Every year, millions of couples flock about trying to make dinner reservations at fancy restaurants and eateries, all to play the Valentine’s game. Yes, the setting may be nice, and it’s nice to have someone bring food to your table, so you and your mate can focus on the mushes, but what if you couldn’t get that reservation? What if you’re just plain poor? Or alternately, what if you just want to make something at home to keep Valentine’s Day special? Well PCFG has you covered! Today we’re gonna go over one of the easiest “fancy” recipes you can make for that special someone, while seeming like a total whizz. And best of all, odds are that you already have everything to make it! So pull up a chair, and let’s look at making some delicious, chocolatey crepes!
So by now I’m sure everyone and their mom has heard that General Mills brought back the much-beloved French Toast Crunch about two years ago, and I’m happy about it for the most part. (Though honestly, the cereal tends to be a little bit pricey, so sadly I haven’t been eating it as much as I’d like to.) In the last year, the big GM released two new cereals in a brand new subline known as Tiny Toast, in what I assume is mostly an effort to justify keeping manufacturing French Toast Crunch, since the machine that produces tiny little toast-shaped cereals now has more than one specific purpose. Similar to French Toast Crunch, these are tiny little toast cereal pieces with sugar and fruit specks. So far they’ve got both strawberry and blueberry, and we managed to pick up a box relatively cheap recently at a local liquidation store.
So you might remember a pretty alarming study from 2012 back about how Americans throw out something close to half their leftovers per year. Well it’s 2017 and there’ve been a couple more recent ones since then and, well, things aren’t really getting better. As of 2014, America threw out close to 40 million tons of food waste, which was more than double the number in 1980. In 2015, we threw out $165 billion worth of leftovers, and over 20% of all waste in the U.S. is made of food, even more than plastics, papers, and metals.
What the frig?!
No matter how you want to try and spin those numbers, that’s an absolute embarrassment for us a country. And let me say this right at the outset, we at PCFG promise to never get political with our content, and as such this post is not politically-charged. But! Regardless of how you feel about environmentalism or the culture surrounding it, I think preeeetty much everyone here can describe themselves as “pro-food”.
If we all like food, and we all eat food, then why the hell are we throwing so much of it away?! There’s a few explanations, some of which might be a little bit more uncomfortable to hear about (and we’ll discuss in a future post), but let’s focus on the solution here: stop throwing your frigging leftovers away. It’s bonus food. Who doesn’t want BONUS food? At the very least, if you’re not worried about working on reducing the amount of waste we as humans create, you have to at least want to up your leftovers game if no better reason than to just have more food.
It’s a new year, and Poor Couple’s Food Guide recently published its 200th post on the site. Traditionally, everyone looks to start resolutions and ways to better themselves, but we here at PCFG are bettering the blog, not as a resolution, but just because we’ve been complete lazies for the past month.
That’s right. In case you haven’t heard, both Erik S. and myself recently moved into our first apartment together. As you can imagine, that, combined with Christmastime, made for an explosion of busy activity. Unfortunately PCFG had to take a brief but temporary break to compensate. But fear not! We’re back and we’ve got some cool new ideas in store, plus some returning favorites!
- For starters, as part of our recent move-in together, PCFG is starting a brand new column aimed at explaining the ups and downs as well as all our discoveries about getting a first apartment, designed to help out any young couples in a similar situation whom need some advice and insight on moving out for the first time. For the next few months, you can look forward to reading about it in “Our First Apartment”.
- A new site layout is coming up as well, to accommodate our new column, new content, and to better organize our preexisting works. Don’t worry, nothing’s changing too drastically, it’ll still be the good old Poor Couple’s Food Guide site you’ve come to love, just a little bit streamlined and flashier.
- PCFG’s experiment with a Youtube channel last year was not for nothing! We’ll be updating the channel in the near future with new videos for you to enjoy!
- Remember Midnight Snack? The column about romance involving food between lovers? Of course you don’t, it only lasted for two articles! But we’ll be bringing it back since after all, this is a food guide for COUPLES.
- All our regular columns like Cheat Codes, We Can Do It Better, Pizza Lab, and our standard recipe posts will all be returning as well! Plus newbies like Food 102 and Musings will stay in the rotation as well.
For now, that’s all we can divulge about the future about PCFG. We appreciate everyone’s support and are happy to say that despite our interrupted posting schedule over the past two months, 2016 still managed to be the site’s busiest, most viewed year ever! We promise to keep working on building the site up as long as you all promise to keep being awesome fans. And who knows, if all goes well, 2017 might see the start of things like a PCFG book, more IRL events, or even a podcast! Keep your eyes peeled, and once again, Happy New Year!
As the Fall draws to a close and we all curse under our breath about the impending cold, let’s take one dip into the pool of delicious Autumnal foodstuffs. Pizza Lab has experimented with pumpkins before, but to avoid repetitiveness we went for a more alternate take on the edible gourd, and used a butternut squash instead. There was a point where we actually had trouble thinking up an overarching theme besides just “Fall” but we eventually decided to toss in some smokey flavors since it seemed like a nice complement. Oh, and also because we recently bought a food smoker and smoked meats are reeeeeeally good.