All Posts By Lauren Miyashiro

Easy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons — The New Girl

by in Family, Recipes, January 22nd, 2013

Easy Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese CroutonsWhile I’m not technically a rookie anymore, I often still feel like one. Don’t get me wrong — my culinary skill set improved significantly in 2012. The many hours spent whisking away in the kitchen more often than not resulted in satisfied taste-testers (luckily, my friends happily oblige to free food). But with so many techniques still to master and trendy ingredients out there to try, it’s hard not to feel a step behind.

To shake these self doubts, I go back to the basics. A challenge is good, but cooking should remain, for the most part, fun. And sometimes there’s nothing quite as enjoyable as simple comfort food.

Ina’s Easy Tomato Soup from Food Network Magazine is just as the Barefoot Contessa promises: fool-proof. It’s a recipe that I am confident in getting right each time. Prep work is minimal and cleanup is a cinch, so the whole process is relaxing. As I let everything simmer together, I could almost hear her cheery voice encouraging, “How easy is that?”

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On The Blogs: Latte Art, Flakey Pastry and Oprah’s New Organic Food Line

by in Community, November 15th, 2012

Coffee ArtDVice:  Going far beyond the pretty heart-shape topped lattes in coffee shops, Japanese latte artist Kazuki transforms coffee and steamed milk into famous cartoon and video game characters. You can follow is daily creations on Twitter.

Forbes: Oprah Winfrey’s next venture includes organic food and health products.

The Kitchn: Cardamom is delicious in baked goods, but have you tried it in your coffee, too?

Food52: Does homemade pastry intimidate you? Grating frozen butter is an easy trick that yields flaky results.

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 , 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.