Wednesday, December 31, 2008
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
5 slices bread, cubed and dried
1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs, 1 at a time.
3. Stir in pineapple.
4. Fold in bread cubes.
5. Place in 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.
6. Bake 1 hour at 350 F degrees.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
And look, even Oprah has jumped onto the bandwagon. In their December 2008 magazine, they reviewed this product and said "Rehab lips with shea butter and beeswax in Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butters."
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Feedback on the cheesecake: It was delicous!! Very light and airy especially compared to a Costco cheesecake. The flavoring could be more green, in my opinion so I will add even more green tea powder in my next batch!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here is the cheesecake as it came out of the oven. However after 30 minutes, the cake deflated a little and easily separated around the edges. But once it was presented on a pretty plate, it looked (and more importantly, tasted!) delicious!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Karen's recipe for Carrot Bread/Cupcakes/Loaf:
3 cups grated carrots
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 to 1.5 cups white sugar (depending on your taste, but for me 1.5 cups was perfect)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan or 2 8" cake pans or 1 loaf pan or muffin pan(s). In a large bowl, combine grated carrots, flour, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in eggs, oil, vanilla, and nuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
Since I made cupcakes, I baked it for 30 minutes for the full-size muffins and 20 minutes for the mini-muffins. Here are some pictures of my baking process:
Grating the carrots turned out trickier than I thought. Who knew that carrots would dye my Cuisinart a nice shade of orange??
I baked the batter in mini and full-sized muffin tins.
And here's my first attempt at frosting cupcakes with a knife...I will have to improve my frosting techniques next time. This was a fantastic whipped creamcheese frosting from Karen's blog. I alternated between walnuts and red sugar as topping.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
And how can I forget about my private tour of Yankees Stadium? The stadium is no longer standing but yet I had a chance to walk around the locker room, the private lounge and sitting in the dugout! What a fantastic night in June. It is definitely a small perk of volunteering but only because I wanted to meet a celebrity - Josh Lucas. Hehhehe. Another favorite memory from this year was my trip to Hawaii. I loved eating all the food especially the spicy ahi. Ahhh and ever since then, I've been a huge spicy tuna lover! And I look forward to going back to the island for more delicious seafood and sashimi! In fact, Jander and I even tried to recreate the memories by going to Roy's Restaurant in NY. Alas, the food was not the same.
Here's a picture of the Christmas tree at South Street Seaport. Happy Holidays everyone!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
13621 37th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
The first Joe's Shanghai Restaurant was opened in Flushing, NY back in 1995. Since then, they have expanded to Chinatown and Midtown Manhattan. I haven't been to the Midtown branch yet. Out of the other 2 restaurants, I consider the Flushing branch to be the best. Since it's also the closest, that means I can (and do) go there a lot!
The food consists of the standard fare you can bite into at any authentic Chinese restaurant. It's good and inexpensive, but not great. So what exactly is so great about Joe's Shanghai that has celebrities, tourists, and New Yorkers alike coming back over and over?
Three words for you. Xiao Long Bao. Or for you English types, Little Soup Dumplings. Yeah, they're that good! Each succulent dumpling is packed with a little pork meatball and filled with a yummy meat broth. There is also another variation available that uses crab meat instead of pork, but the pork ones are my favorite. They're cheaper too so that's a double bonus if you ask me!
If it's fresh out of the kitchen, I'd advise nibbling a hole in it to either spoon in some of the soy/vinegar sauce to cool it down and add some bite to it or slurp out the soup - otherwise you're going to give your mouth/throat some serious burns. A cartoonist, Robert Zimmerman, drew a cartoon that was published in a newspaper some time ago detailing this vital dumpling eating technique.
|Soup Dumplings : A Survival Course|
Lastly, if and when you go, make sure you go early! And when you sit down, order your dumplings right away! They eventually run out of dumplings when it gets late in the evening and then you're stuck eating good-but-not-great Chinese food.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Last night, I attended the Neutrogena Event sponsored by Lucky Magazine. The "Beauty and Bubbly" event featured make-overs by professional make-up artists, opportunity for a photo shoot, and food! Cupcakes! Champagne! Sparkling water! And the best part, we got to hang out at an awesome penthouse apartment in lower Manhattan. (If it wasn't for the light rain, we would've hung out on the terrace!)
The make-overs were the highlight of the event. We were lined up outside of the bedroom where the 4 make-up artists performed their magic using Neutrogena events. I was more interested in getting new tips and trying a new look for my face. Surprisingly, she gave me smokey eyes which I absolutely loved! She created a large crease to create depth in my eyes (since they are flat) and brushed a highlighting color close to my brows. She also put lots of eyeliner (which required 4 cotton squares of eye make-up to remove!). The only thing I didn't like about my make-up was the super bright red lipstick she used for my lips! It was such a super stain and difficult to remove! Otherwise I was quite pleased with my new look and I already started applying some of the tips to my daily look.
Monday, December 1, 2008
So I just finished watching Heroes and I'm very upset with newest inconsistencies in the portrayal of regeneration:
1) Earlier in the season, future Peter Petrelli gets shot by future Claire. Since his powers are being suppressed by future Haitian, he is unable to regenerate and dies.
2) Moments ago, Claire died as a result of the gunshot wound inflicted on her by Elle. Since her powers are being suppressed by the eclipse, you might think her death would be permanent. Nope. When the eclipse passes, she comes back to life and regenerates.
3) At the same time, Silar dies after Noah slits his throat with an exacto knife. Does he die? Of course not! Just like Claire, he comes back to life and regenerates after the eclipse passes.
So why is future Peter Petrelli dead while Claire and Silar are still among the living? I don't get it! I was happy when the Claire & Silar drama queen patrol bit the dust, only to be disappointed when they were almost immediately returned to inflict their angsty parental issues on me. Blargh!