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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Stars Wars themed treats at Dodger's Stadium



Victor and I went to the Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back night at Dodger's Stadium on May 23rd: Dodgers vs Detroit Tigers. Chewbacca threw out the first pitch and various folks were in costume...it was pretty cool. Our tickets were for the Our Town section which included all you can eat and a special commemorative tee shirt. As evident in the menu above, the theme was even worked in with the food. Naturally, we went for the Clone Burgers and IG-88 Kettle Chips rather than normal old Dodger Dogs....

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Curry Tuna Salad





I found this recipe on All Recipes and tweaked it a bit. My mom's approach to tuna salad has always included sweet pickle relish, chopped hard boiled eggs, Miracle Whip and salt and pepper. I thought this recipe was similar and would add a little kick to an already tasty lunch treat. It was good but next time I think I am going to increase the curry a bit to jazz it up a bit.

1 -12 oz can of chunk light tuna, drained
4-6 tablespoons mayo or Miracle Whip (I used Kraft Light Mayo)
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
1/4 heaping teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped

In medium bowl, mix everything together. We especially like it on whole wheat toast...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hey! Your chocolate's in my peanut butter!




2 great tastes that taste great together! Although not chocolate and peanut butter...this time it's guac and hummus! The taste combo of 2010! Trader Joe's had samples of their Guacamole Hummus when I was there last week...so I quickly surveyed the ingredients and tried to make some myself. I just made this recipe up, so the measurements are a bit loose.

1 medium ripe avocado
1 can of organic garbanzo beans
1 "bunch" of cilantro
6 cloves of garlic (4 would suffice if they are large)
the juice of 1/2 lime
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
Sea salt - to taste
Smack My Ass and Call Me Sally hot sauce - to taste

In food processor, mince/process the garlic and cilantro. Add can of rinsed garbanzo beans. Process....Add EVOO, juice of 1/2 lime and water. Process...Salt and hot sauce to taste.

Enjoy with some tortilla chips!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Nothin' but a bundt kisser!







A friend posted on Facebook that she took a fun baking class at this bakery here in LA called Kiss My Bundt....with such a snappy name, I had to check it out.
Kiss My Bundt is located on West 3rd St., a few blocks from the Beverly Center. A few years ago, when I used to make an effort to attend the annual West 3rd St Holiday Shopping Party, parking was not too hard to come by on the sides streets in this neighborhood. It seems, however, in the past few years while I was falling in love, getting engaged and then married, all of the side streets become fully permit parking! So, it took us awhile to find a parking spot with a meter about 6 or so blocks away on a Saturday morning. As we walk up to the bakery, there is a sign posted in the window stating there is parking in the alley behind the store...oopps...but there are only a handful of spots, so no guarantee of getting one. The store itself is a pretty decent size space with a lot of potential. Sadly, untapped potential at this time. There are a number of great breakfast and lunch places like Joan's On Third, Jack and Jill's Too, and Doughboys right along 3rd St here that were doing some bustling brunch business the day we were there. Gads of foot traffic passing right by Kiss My Bundt...but not many coming in. Why? Well, the space has hard wood floors, a small counter and an old-ish couch...I don't think there was a coffee table in front of the couch but I could be wrong. There is nothing wrong with any of these objects but the set up just didn't seem inviting enough to come in, grab a cake with some coffee and hang out...and if you came in with 2 friends, the three of you would have to line up on the couch....you get where I am going with this.
Decor aside, what about the cakes? Were they delicous and worth the parking hassle? I wanted to be blown away by the cakes but sadly that was not the case. The cakes were good but a little on the expensive side and nothing that I could not make myself. I love the sassy name of the bakery, I love that they are doing something besides the cupcakes (yawn) but the location + price were big negatives for me.





Low fat Banana muffins



Adrienne over at A Big Mouthful posted a really tasty looking recipe for banana bread...I didn't have all of the ingredients on hand to make her recipe, so I went for some low-fat banana muffins. I found this recipe on CalorieCount.about.com but that website states the recipe is from All Recipes . Either way...these were light and delicious and airy...and only 75 calories per muffin!

1 cup of flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 sea salt
approx 1 cup bananas, mashed (I used 2 since that is all I had)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup applesauce (I always have applesauce on hand...love it!)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffin cups w/ paper liners.

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, beat together banana, sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla. Stir banana mixture into flour until just combined. Scoop into muffin liners.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.