If someone had told Little Kid Kristina that one day, she would be excited about an invite to a grocery store media event? Little Kid Kristina might have eye rolled and side eyed and laughed… in confusion.
As it is, I am (very likely overly) excited that I now have a Whole Foods Market within one mile of my neighborhood, rather than 8 or 11, the distance of the Whole Foods stores I currently frequent. Whole Foods Greenway is opening this Wednesday May 21, and I was invited to a pre-opening sneak peek.
Why do I like Whole Foods Market? Let me count the ways: [click to continue…]
Here in Portland, it feels like it’s been Halloween for a week already. Last week we had two parties to dress up for, and we have been seeing friends and other Portlanders dressing up since … last Wednesday, really.
Maybe some of those were not costumes – this is Portland after all.
The dachshunds have also been dressing up – new costumes this year include Basil as [click to continue…]
Welcome to dark chocolate week! Even better, two weeks!
I think this is my favorite Meatless Monday project yet, and it was something I made for my mom for Mother’s Day. Mom loves lavender, both the color and the scent. When I was little [click to continue…]
Several years back, I was driving on the FREEWAY. An SUV passed by me, and the kid in the back seat threw something out the window. It hit my windshield, made me swerve, ticked me off! I caught up with the guy, who pulled over. I pulled over in front of their car, GOT OUT of my car (yep, on the freeway) and [click to continue…]
I had a conversation about tempering chocolate the other day.
Actually, the conversation was partly about how I am doing it wrong – this is my own declaration. I do not use a double boiler, I do not use glass bowls over water, I definitely do not use a microwave (okay, so I am not doing it completely wrong…)
If you have read any of my previous truffle recipes, you may already know this – all I do is chop chocolate, then melt it in a pan at the absolutely lowest setting my gas stove allows, stirring constantly and rapidly with a spatula. That’s it.
Works every time, and whether dipping truffles or painting chocolate into molds for filled truffles, it hardens into the shiny coating you find sparkling back at you from the chocolate counter at the candy store.
These truffles have a rich melty center with the perfect hint of mint. I am making them for my valentine, and for a few well deserving friends…
Today I am not only sharing with you my absolute favorite truffle recipe ever, but I have a giveaway as well – with four winners!
If there is something I like as much as the classic pairing of chocolate and peanut butter, it is chocolate and toffee. Chocolate and toffee and salt.
Welcome to Day One of spabettie’s Vegan Valentines – I made you some truffles.
Another thing I love? Mixed textures. The ganache filling in these truffles is cool and rich and velvety smooth. The toffee pieces mixed in have a warm creamy flavor while being crunchy sweet.
While these truffles have [click to continue…]
This weekend we saw the movie Lincoln. It was fantastic, even if it was a good fifty minutes over my ideal movie time.
I am kind of a history nerd.
Back in high school AP U.S. History class, when I wasn’t eye rolling over my boyfriend saying my new hairstyle made me look like Sigourney Weaver (he meant it as a compliment – all I could see was Alien), I was soaking up every detail about historical figures like President Lincoln.
One detail I always remember – Lincoln’s supposed great sense of humor.
This movie showcases that sense of humor and storytelling, among other things. Daniel Day-Lewis was excellent (when asked in an interview how he found Lincoln’s voice, he answered with “you don’t know what he sounded like either…”).
Seems he shares that humor.
There were several [click to continue…]