Wednesday, March 31, 2010

stocking the fridge

One of the world's healthiest foods, with lots of lean protein and sky-high concentrations of omega-3s. Power Play: Place a 4-ounce fillet, some cherry tomatoes, and sliced fennel in the center of a foil sheet. Top with olive oil, salt, and pepper and seal. Bake at 400°F for 12 minutes.
Red peppers supply more cancer-fighting lycopene and 60 percent extra immunity-boosting vitamin C than their green kin. Power Play:Roasting concentrates the pepper's flavor. After charring on the grill or under the broiler, put them in a sealed paper bag to sweat. When they cool, the skin will come off easily.


For 18 calories a serving you get monster doses of vitamins like A, C, and K and a rush of phytonutrients. Power Play:Sauté kale over medium heat with olive oil, sliced garlic, and a pinch of red chile flakes. Finish with a splash of balsamic vinegar before serving.
The watery whey is removed from this Greek-style yogurt, giving it a creamy texture and a huge dose of protein. Power Play: Mix a cup of yogurt with minced garlic, fresh parsley, and a glug of olive oil for a healthy sauce for grilled protein.
No longer food taboo, protein-dense eggs should be a staple in every fridge. A recent study from Thailand found that eggs actually help raise good HDL cholesterol. Power Play: Hard-boil half a dozen eggs at a time so they're on hand for snacks or to give salads a protein lift. They'll keep in the fridge for a week.
The best-tasting 10 calories in the market. Power Play: Try three salsa swaps at the table: on baked potatoes (instead of sour cream), on eggs (instead of ketchup), and on salad (instead of ranch).

Here's a great recipie: (via foodgeekery)
  • 1 Red Onion (diced)
  • 1 Serrano Pepper (minced)
  • 2 Tomatillos (diced)
  • 5 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 5 Vine Tomatoes (medium sized, seeded, diced)
  • 8 Plum Tomatoes (small, seeded, diced)
  • Handful of Cilantro (or to taste, chopped)
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • Instructions:

    1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Make sure everything is well combined together.
    2. Let sit at least 30 min (overnight is best).
    3. Eat! (makes about 6 cups)

USDA researchers found that Red Delicious apples have a higher antioxidant capacity than other apples. Power Play: Leave the peeler in the drawer. The skin contains a good chunk of apple's antioxidants and fiber.
These diminutive broccoli sprouts have 20 times more cancer-fighting sulforaphane than their grown-up counterparts. Power Play: Add to sandwiches, scrambled eggs, salads, and soups.

A 100 percent apple spread that gives your toast a fruity bite without the sugar found in most jams. Power Play: Swirl into cottage cheese with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Researchers determined that red grapefruit juice contains more nutrients per calorie than grape and apple juices. It also contains less sugar than OJ. Power Play: For a light vinaigrette, mix 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and 1/4 cup avocado oil.

Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

my marbelized Easter eggs

My attempt at the marbelized eggs, via the directions below.

My tips:
• use large bowls
• be sparse w/ the oil at first (until you have tried it a few times & get the hang of how it works) • keep a base color as a sans-oil dye bath (we used yellow)

Bookmark and Share

Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter eggs

Some fab Easter Egg designs:

Some fab Easter Egg design idea how to's:

• Pick up the paint: Try painting instead of dying. Splashes and splatters of colour create a pretty effect. Use paint brushes for details, and sponges for smudges (Psst: use the empty carton to squirt your paints in as the perfect palette.)
• Add some oil: Before you dye your eggs, combine 1 tablespoon of oil with the vinegar and choice of food colouring. Add enough water to make the liquid deep enough to cover an egg. Swirl the mixture (so the oil briefly distributes), then add the egg, immediately taking it out. Pat dry, and add to another colour, following the same method. Keep going if you’d like. This creates a swirling, subtle effect.
• Other ideas: using elastics and masking tape to create white spots and lines, and using markers to add effects after the dye dries.
(via ecoki)

DIY: Marbleized Easter Eggs:

Tools and Materials
Mixing bowls
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
White vinegar
Food coloring
Olive oil
Paper towels

1. Prepare a dye bath in a small heatproof mixing bowl: Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) with 1 cup of hot water. Add an egg, and submerge it until it turns the desired hue. Remove egg; let dry, about 15 minutes.
2. In a shallow, wide bowl, prepare another batch of dye in a darker or different shade; this will provide the swirls. The liquid should be 1/2 inch deep. Add about 1 tablespoon olive oil (you may need more depending on the size of the container). Run a fork through this mixture, creating swirls of oil on the surface. Place the dyed egg in the marbleizing mixture, and roll it once around the bowl to pick up the oil streaks; remove, and blot gently with a paper towel. Let dry, 30 minutes.
3. Try various color combinations. Vary the base tints and the swirls to achieve contrasts both striking and subtle.

DIY: Wax Resist Egg Dyeing:
Introduction: If you draw on eggs with wax and then dip them in dye, the color doesn't adhere to the wax -- so when you melt it away, you reveal the design. Use a stylus to apply wax in refined, precise patterns, or try a crayon for simple motifs. (Remember, if you draw your wax designs on white or brown eggs and then dye the eggs, the designs will be white or brown after you've melted off the wax. If you dye the eggs a solid base color and then add the wax, the patterns will be the base color; in this case, use a light base and a darker second color. )
Step 1: • How to Create a Wax-Resist Pattern Using a Stylus - This tool looks much like a pen, but has a barrel at the end for holding and dispensing wax. Heat the barrel of an empty stylus by holding it near a lighted candle. Scrape the beeswax patty to fill the stylus with wax, then heat the barrel again in the flame. Touch the tip of the stylus to the egg, letting wax come out, and draw your design. Heat and refill the tool as necessary. Make line drawings, or fill in areas if you wish. Let wax dry, then submerge egg completely in dye. Remove egg; let dry, about 10 minutes.

• How to Create a Wax-Resist Pattern Using a Crayon - To create a design with a crayon, draw on a white, brown, or dyed egg with any color (the crayon color doesn't matter because you will be removing the markings), then submerge egg in dye. Let dry, about 10 minutes.

Step 2: To remove wax from eggs -- whether you've used a stylus or a crayon -- place them on aluminum foil on a rimmed baking sheet in an oven preheated to 250 degrees; this works for blown-out and hard-boiled eggs. When wax starts to melt, about 10 minutes, it will glisten and shine; remove eggs from oven, and hold in a paper towel as you wipe off the wax.

check it: more egg dyeing basics from
Bookmark and Share

Monday, March 08, 2010

made to order typography canvas

oh so loving this idea. I may have to make my own chronicling the Tahoe ski runs I am slowly conquering!

via nativevermont on etsy

Bookmark and Share


Kate Spade & I have the same shower curtain!!! ha!

(via habitually chic)

(via me)

Bookmark and Share


Related Posts with Thumbnails