All Posts By Lauren Miyashiro

Monster Cookies — The New Girl

by in Holidays, October 29th, 2012

monster cookiesI consider myself to be a moderately adventurous eater and determined cook. I enjoy expanding my food horizons and working with new ingredients. Saffron, anchovies — bring it on. But I have to admit, every once in a while all I want is a cookie. Not a cookie with sea salt or cocoa nibs, but a simple cookie, filled with goodies that a 10-year-old would go crazy over. Enter Monster Cookies.

There are some spooky recipes out there for Halloween, but Monster Cookies are anything but scary (despite what their name implies). The whole process is beautifully simple: just stir, mix and set the timer. Don’t be afraid of a kitchen mess because you’ll only need one bowl. The cookies are filled with peanut butter, chocolate chips, M&M’s and oats — a baking newbie can’t go wrong when it comes to flavor.

Here are a few things to consider before making this recipe

Blogger Spotlight: Lisa Johnson

by in Uncategorized, October 19th, 2012

Lisa Johnson is a highly regarded personal trainer, fitness expert and writer. She considers herself a “pilates geek” and has traveled the world in an effort to learn everything there is to know about piltes. By running an award-winning Pilates ...

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On the Blogs: Rachael Ray’s New Food Truck and a Coffee Ambulance

by in Community, October 12th, 2012

rachael rayVillage Voice: Rachael Ray is teaming up with Best Friends Animal Society to open a food truck for dogs in New York City from October 18-20.

Chicago Tribune: In a move to win more restaurants as clients, Groupon, Inc. launched Breadcrumb, a sales, order management and reporting system for restaurants.   

M Live: Operating in a re-configured ambulance, Coffee Rescue takes the idea of food trucks to a whole new level.

Slate: Edible packaging is a possible solution to cut down on food-related waste.  Would you try the new wrapper?

On The Blogs: Apple Season and the First Lady’s Winning Cookie

by in Community, October 5th, 2012

applesHuffington Post: In a close race, Michelle Obama is the winner of Family Circle’s presidential cookie contest. Which sweet treat would get your vote: the first lady’s White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies or Ann Romney’s M&M Cookies?

Grist: Does the microwave zap vegetables of their nutritional goodness? Not as much as you may think.

CNBC: The world’s most-expensive wine ever sold directly from a winery goes on sale for $168.00 a bottle. What meal would you pair with such a pricey Cabernet Sauvignon?

Slate: Not sure what kind of apple to use for a recipe? Use this illustrated flow chart to help you decide.

SF Gate: Milk chocolate can be just as flavorful and sophisticated as darker varieties. No wonder Americans prefer it three-to-one.

On The Blogs: A Bacon Shortage, Beer Shampoo and Gourmet Beef Jerky

by in Community, September 27th, 2012

peach beer cocktailL.A. Times: Worries of a looming pork shortage have bombarded the Internet and caused anxiety for soaring bacon prices in 2013.

U.S. News: Beer may be the secret to healthy, shiny hair. How do you feel about shampoo and conditioner made with boozy suds?

The Salt: Food labels affect how much we eat. But what happens when the definition of a “small” serving varies across the board?

New York Times: It may be the season for pumpkin and squash, but the blue crab is still around and better than ever.

Wall Street Journal: Beef jerky brands are experimenting with gourmet flavors.

 

On The Blogs: The Return of the McRib, Rising Tip Standards and Social Gaming

by in Community, September 21st, 2012

tipping at mealsAd Age: McRib fans will have to wait until Christmas for the return of this favorite seasonal menu item.

New York Post: How much do you tip? Twenty-five percent may be the new 20 percent.

Slate: With the recent New York City soda ban in place, find out how soft drinks got so popular in the first place.

Wall Street Journal: What games are your kids playing on your phone? Food producers are now using mobile game apps to draw in young consumers.