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of facial masks and chocolate

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

It all started when Target stopped carrying facial masks.  And I walked up and down the facial products aisle for ten minutes straight, half disbelieving, the other half with nothing better to do on a Friday evening (but I’m not lonely or anything).  At some point, I gave up and marched myself over to the yogurt, picked out some nonfat plain yogurt, which, it seems, only comes in containers bigger than my head.  I then marched myself into the check-out line, where the cashier was probably confused by the yogurt, nail polish, and feminine products I was purchasing.  Or maybe he wasn’t.  I never know.

As it turns out, a simple mixture of honey and yogurt makes a great facial mask, leaving your skin silky smooth and your fridge full of more plain yogurt than you’ll know what to do with.  I’ve heard that plain yogurt is supposed to make a great low-fat substitute for sour cream, if we can assume that any low-fat substitute is ever great.  I wasn’t sure I bought into it, but I attempted to substitute yogurt for sour cream in this recipe, which is commonly referred to as “biscones” due to their biscuit-like texture.  I threw in chocolate chips instead of cinnamon chips, and the results were delightful.

Photo by Nathan Clendenin

Photo by Nathan Clendenin

Nate and Bec raved that they were the “best biscones ever”, which is really saying something, given the great variety of biscones that the two of them have tried over the years.  The important message here?  Lower in fat doesn’t have to mean lower in flavor.

Who am I kidding?  The recipe still calls for 6 Tbsp. of butter!

Thanksgiving leftovers

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Spending Thanksgiving with my family is fun for a variety of reasons beyond what you would expect.  1) Food.  My menu is determined by my imagination, not my budget, since my mom is always happy to pay for ingredients that she doesn’t have to prepare.  2) Cable.  Specifically, food network.  This afternoon, I caught a bit of this episode of Rachael Ray’s.  I was inspired.

Nate has taught me a thing or two

After a bit of time catching up with a good friend, I hit the local grocery store.  Herb and garlic seasoned pork loin, sweet peppers, bread crumbs (I’m a little embarrassed that I actually bought this), and cream cheese.  Before hitting the Dickens Festival in downtown Fayetteville, I mixed feta with the cream cheese.  I cut off the tops of the peppers and scraped out the seeds.  Stuffed the peppers with the cheese mixture, and into the fridge they went.

3 hours later, back from the Dickens Festival, I roasted the stuffed peppers.  When they were done, put in the pork loin and some asparagus we didn’t cook for Thanksgiving.  Then the fun part…

I pulled out leftover sweet potato casserole, rolled it into balls, covered with bread crumbs and pan fried them.  The sweet potato “croquettes” went amazingly well with the rest of the meal.  Time spent in actual preparation for the whole meal: definitely under half an hour.

All in all, the meal was a success!  I want to make it again tomorrow.  Even my little sister who hates feta was grabbing seconds of the peppers.  Alas, the sweet potatoes are almost gone…