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Crack Matzoh

Okay. I’ve been holding off posting this for who knows what reason, but it’s time I shared it. This will change. your. world.


I got the recipe from a coworker, who brought in this unbelievably addicting treat for someone’s birthday. After housing about a million pieces, I asked her for the recipe, which she was kind enough to provide me with – it’s from her boyfriend’s mother.

In any case, if you make this, you will be the hit of ANY party. Seriously. There’s a reason it’s named crack matzoh, because you won’t want to stop eating it. So unless you want the whole tray in one sitting (or you have superhuman willpower), I recommend sharing it. If you can bear to do such a thing.

Because this is the best.

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September 2, 2012 Posted by | Out + About in Boston, Tips + How-Tos | , , , , | Leave a comment

Breakfast to make your coworkers jealous

It’s true. And it’s really a lot easier than you’d think.

I always eat breakfast at work (cause let’s face it – I can really use that extra half hour of sleep), and for a while I was doing the instant oatmeal thing. For some reason I was afraid to make “real” oatmeal… until I discovered that all you do is add water and microwave it for 2ish minutes. Piece of cake.

But what really makes it special, I’ve discovered? (And what makes all your coworkers start drooling?) Fresh blueberries.

Fresh blueberries make it look like you spent three hours mixing up oatmeal, but you just plop a few on top right before you microwave. I generally prepare my oatmeal the night before, and add the following ingredients: lots of cinnamon, golden raisins, and a few chopped walnuts if I have them.

Then it’s just in the microwave with some water (or milk, if you like it thicker and creamier). The best part is when the blueberries pop and your oatmeal turns all pink and purple, but gets yummy and gooey and sweet from the blueberry juices. Granted, the “after” picture isn’t what really makes your coworkers jealous… but I bet it’s still better than that granola bar you dug out of your desk drawer.

You can basically throw whatever you want into your oatmeal and it’ll taste great, but here are some more toppings/ingredients for inspiration:

– Brown sugar
– Sugar
– Mashed banana
– Craisins
– Slivered almonds
– Honey
– Fresh raspberries
– Maple syrup
– Pecans
– Milk

How do you make your oatmeal?

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Breakfast, Tips + How-Tos | , , | 2 Comments

Asparagus + lemon

I’m finally resurrecting the blog! It’s about time I focused on what I really love: food.

That said, I’m still a (very) amateur cook. In fact, tonight’s dinner was basically an experiment. I bought some fresh asparagus at Trader Joe’s on Sunday, planning to cook it with some pasta for dinner – which was really the result of trying to make an asparagus fettucini dish that failed miserably some months ago.

After a Google search told me that stir frying asparagus was a good enough way to cook it (and I’m a sucker for anything I can stir fry), I sliced up the asparagus, then cooked it on the stove for about 5 minutes, along with some garlic and fresh lemon juice.

Did all that while I boiled some whole wheat pasta and then – voila! A delicious (mildly healthy?) dinner – topped with grated Parmesan cheese and some red pepper flakes. Lots of lemon + garlic flavor, with just a hint of spice. And the cheese? Well, everything tastes better with cheese on it.

March 6, 2012 Posted by | Recipes, Tips + How-Tos | , , , | 1 Comment

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