Author Archives: Meg

Smoothie Sunday: Mixed Starfruit Smoothie

I’m not sure how common starfruits are.  When I was younger I used to get them from the grocery store often, but then I went a long time without seeing them.  When I finally saw starfruit again at the store the other day I bought couple.  I knew I wanted to try making a smoothie with one because they have a very light, refreshing taste.  To boost up the amount of fruit I added some blueberries we’re still trying to finish and some pineapple we had lying around.  I ended up with a very summery, refreshing smoothie that’s high in vitamin C and antioxidants.  Can’t beat that.

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Smoothie Sunday: Blueberry Taro Smoothie

If any of you out there have ever had taro bubble tea, you know how magically yummy taro can be.  Ever since having taro bubble tea I’ve wanted to make a taro smoothie, but had trouble finding taro I could use.  Near the end of last year’s Smoothie Sunday one of our local Asian markets started supplying taro, so I decided to make it the first smoothie of the season this year.  I decided to add blueberry not just for color but because we ended up with a surplus of blueberries from vacationing family’s farm share.  The blueberry and taro went together really well.  And now I really want to experiment with more taro dishes.

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What you’ll need.

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Pizza Lab #46: Butterfingers Pizza

Though it’s being posted late, this was October’s Pizza Lab.  Since October’s main event is Halloween and we were due for a dessert pizza, we decided to take our inspiration from Halloween candy.  We’re both huge fans of the chocolate/peanut butter combination so we tend to return to it frequently.  Butterfingers and Reese’s are both at the top of my list of favorite candies.  Since we’ve already done a Reese’s peanut butter cup inspired pizza, we turned instead to Butterfingers.  We decided pretty quickly that we wanted to use Butterfingers, but figuring out what else to put on the pizza took a bit more time.  Obviously chocolate and peanut butter would be involved somehow.  But just putting chocolate, peanut butter and chopped up Butterfingers on would be a bit too similar to the Reese’s pizza.  We had to get more creative.

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Cheat Code: Pizza Dough Pretzels

Pretzels of all kinds are a great snack.  Hard pretzels are yummy, and easy to take on the go, but I think we can all agree that soft pretzels are the superior variety.  If you don’t, then you might want to stop reading this post now, since, spoilers – this post is about soft pretzels.  The main downfall to soft pretzels is that you generally have to put on pants and leave the house to get one, unlike hard pretzels which are usually already there.  You can always make your own those times that you’re craving a soft pretzel but also don’t want to go to the mall or other pretzel selling location, but as we discovered when we made the Pretzel Pizza, making pretzels from scratch is kind of a pain in the ass.  It’s kind of actually less work to just go buy one.

However!  We have come up with a method for making pretzels at home that is not a total pain or a ton of work.  It does require putting pants on temporarily to go get the initial base ingredient, but once that part’s done you can totally have a no-pants pretzel party.

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You know this guy’s ready for a no-pants party.

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Pizza Lab #45: Savory Maple Apple Pizza

September is kind of a weird month.  Half of it is still summer, then the other half is fall.  One day you’re still enjoying hot dogs and corn on the cob, and then the next pumpkin has taken over the world.  Since we made this pizza in the latter half of the month we decided to go with a slightly more fall-themed pizza.  An obvious choice was pumpkin, but we’ve already done two pumpkin themed pizzas, both sweet and savory, so we weren’t quite ready to revisit that yet.  Apple was the next main fall flavor to come to mind.  We’ve used apple on pizzas before as well, but not on a savory pizza, so that seemed like a good place to start.

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