Rating: 4 forks out of 5.
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I am the worst Italian on earth. I'm really not that into pasta. My mom and aunts could eat pasta every day if they could. I'm OK with sauce on Sunday but until I moved to NYC, I had never in my life eaten pasta at a restaurant--and my family owned two Italian restaurants! Now as an adult I'm getting a little more into it and I often regret not ordering it when my bf orders something as good as this dish.
Bombolotti alla gricia is a dish at one of my new favorite restaurants, Quinto Quarto Osteria. This dish has an amazing sweet and salty balance that makes you close your eyes at first taste it's so good. It has an ingredient that this lazy New Yorker didn't want to go to a butcher to get so I cut a corner BUT I have to say that this recipe did not need to be stolen. The restaurant is cool enough to put this recipe right on their website--I love that.
Rating: 4 forks out of 5.
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Did I ever tell you about my awful run in with a bear? It was in March of 2012 and it was awful. But I learned an important lesson that I am going to pass long to you...
A PLASTIC HONEY CONTAINER WILL EXPLODE IN YOUR MICROWAVE IF LEFT IN THERE TOO LONG. And if you're really lucky and time it just right, it will explode right as you open the door and cover not only the inside of the appliance but half of your kitchen and half your body.
If you plan on using this tactic, make sure you keep an eye on the honey and don't forget it's in there. It's probably a good idea to remove the honey from the container unless your attention span is at least double that of the Bear which, sadly, mine is not. It takes FOREVER to clean up honey.
Personal Note: That bear is a GIANT bitch.
Being diabetic must suck! While I admit that sounds incredibly insensitive of me to say but it is an honest thought.
However, it doesn't mean a diet without taste. Even without sugar, things can be pretty sweet. We had guests with special dietary needs come over last night for dinner and in an effort to be conscious, I made this dessert.
This recipe is lifted and tweaked from a diabetic friendly food website. I have done it the way it is intended (with an apple flavor) and they are actually quite good. These ones are pretty good too but I have to say that they are "pretty good" for a sugarless bran muffin.
Bran is healthy and most already know this and I used natural ingredients here as well as some sweet jam that is sugar free and some spices to pep up an otherwise bland muffin (that is good for breakfast as well)
Rating: 3 forks out of 5. (Add a cup of sugar and I bet it is a 4)
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Thanks so much for your love of free shit. 'Scuse me, sugar. I received a lot of guesses in the contest including some creative ones (Laurent, NYC), waaaay off ones (Joe from RI guessed 72--Yes. Happy Valentine's Day, sweetheart. Here's diabetes), concerned and caring ones (Jen from Western NY was so worried about the cost and or effort that she said I didn't have to send her an assortment if she guessed correctly.) So how many people got it right and how many (now on sale) heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are getting shipped out?
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Happy Valentine's Day! I have to admit it is a lame holiday and is more for new, fresh relationships (or fodder for fights in couples where one puts more stock into the holiday than their mate). Sadly, I'm in the latter category...and the sap. But I own my lameness, so restrain yourself from rolling your eyes at me.
I've decided to get over it this year and have a little fun with a contest. If you can guess the number of chocolates that came in the assortment that I gave my partner this morning, I will ship the same assortment to you!
Do not answer me by e-mail. Use the entry form. (Don't worry, your info doesn't post)
Do not answer on facebook or twitter, answer here.
There can be multiple winners but each reader can only enter one guess.
Do not ask my guy, that would make you more lame than me.
Answers must be in by Friday 12pm (EST) to be eligible. Tell your friends, neighbors and neighbors who are enemies and have loud dogs (their dogs can't metabolize chocolate*) *stop crying--I was kidding about the dog thing.
"It's OK, 'cause it's good fat". I've been hearing this for years and I just don't buy it. It's like hearing someone say it's not that bad if it's 109 degrees out 'cause it's "dry heat". Shut up. Hot is hot. Well, the truth is I think it is more my stubbornness to think anyone knows what they're talking about more than the fact behind the matter. I do know that there is indeed good and bad fat but I really think that people have heard that one or two things are good or bad and keep the piece of trivia in their back pocket so they can sound smart. I'm guilty here too. Most people don't have everything straight nor know what really makes something good or bad.
According to WebMD, fat is "necessary for maintaining healthy skin, and it plays a central role in promoting proper eyesight and brain development in babies and children." It also states that it contributes to heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke risk as well as an increase to our bulge. That sounded dirty. Let's instead say increase to your waistline. So which is linked to what?
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Bacon just makes everything better. OK, perhaps not everything, but most things. For instance, wrapping up another food in it (like chicken, steak or fruit) can drive the taste through the roof but can at the same time raise the unhealthy factor or, as is the case today, take away some of benefits of what it's enveloping. Well, it doesn't take it away, but it can cancel some of it out.
Dates are a very healthy food and bacon, while superfluously wonderful is not so much. In the case of Bacon Wrapped Dates----I don't give a fig. They are so gosh darn delicious and ridiculously simple to make, I say dive in. After all, you are still getting the good (even if it is with the bad).
And if you have kids, this is a terrific way to mask vitamins and other goodies in the form of a tasty, tasty treat.
It's hard to give anyone credit for this receipe. It's just one of those things that has always been around. So let's just say I invented it and cheer my name. I made this as one of my 7 dishes for Super Bowl Sunday. It was far and away the best which pisses me off 'cause it was the easiest thing to make...by like a mile (or 17.6 football fields).
Dates look like cockraches but I'd eat a cockroach if it had blue cheese shoved up its ass and was wrapped in bacon.
Rating: 4 forks out of 5
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