David Lebovitz’s Angel Food Cake

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I had some leftover egg whites and wanted to try my hand at making an actual angel food cake. Granted, I’ve made a version of angel food cake before called “vanilla cloud cake” that incorporated similar ingredients but produced a much softer, pillowy, and moist cake than the usual angel food cake. I didn’t have all the ingredients I needed for that cake, so the traditional angel food cake recipe would have to do. And, what better recipe to follow than the one by David Lebovitz?

This cake turned out like the stickier and somewhat drier angel food cake I’m used to having. I did notice that the cake baked up evenly and did not sink in the middle when I turned it over. (The vanilla cloud cake I mentioned before has a tendancy to do that.) This was a very delicious cake that I had no problem enjoying, even while watching what I eat! You can find this easy and tasty recipe here.

Homemade Pasta: 1st Attempt

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Last weekend, I had a hankering for homemade pasta. After doing a little research online for recipes, I settled on David Lebovitz’s homemade pasta recipe.

The recipe was simple and used only three ingredients: semolina flour, all-purpose flour, and eggs. Everything seemed to be going okay, but I noticed the dough was rather dry and crumbly in my mixer, so I added an extra egg. I was so excited about making my own pasta that I skipped the step about letting the dough rest for an hour. Oops. Oh, well.

Once I kneaded the pasta dough, I used a rolling pin to flatten the dough seeing as I have no pasta roller attachment for my mixer. This also meant that I had to use a pizza cutter to eyeball the cutting of the flat dough into strips. I made my strips about the width of fettucine.

The noodles themselves were pretty tasty. I thought I was going to taste gritty bits of semolina, but I didn’t. Even with the extra effort in rolling and cutting out the pasta, it was definitely worth it to make my own pasta dough. However, I can’t imagine doing anything fancier for the sauce than Smitten Kitchen’s tomato sauce with onion and butter recipe, which tasted perfect on these noodles with just a bit of Parmesan on top.

Puff Pastry Stromboli

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I’ve been trying to be more mindful of what I eat lately, and I’ve been doing pretty well for about three weeks. However, I have been craving something savory and puff pastry-related. After a small amount of searching, I found this recipe for sausage, peppers, and caramelized onion stromboli on Lemony Thyme’s blog, who made this savory dish last year for Groundhog Day. Coincidentally, she also called it “Ground Hog Day” to celebrate all things pork related, seeing as this stromboli recipe includes a whole pound of Italian sausage.

This recipe makes a lot of stuffing. Even after piling the stuffing pretty high on each sheet, I still had about 3/4 cup of filling leftover. I stayed fairly on point with Lemony Thyme’s recipe, although I added about another half cup of shredded cheese to the mix and used a whole box of frozen spinach insteach of 2-3 handfuls of fresh. I think it worked out pretty well; I just had to pull apart the defrosted spinach leaves a bit when adding them to the filling.

Since this recipe made so much, I’ll be bringing leftovers to work for lunch and to share. But, this is definitely a share-worthy dish and perfect for larger parties because the recipe uses both sheets of frozen puff pastry in the box. Don’t try to eat them both yourself, as I can only imagine you’ll hit one large food coma after! Find Lemony Thyme’s recipe for this puff pastry stromboli here.

Puff Pastry Sausage Bites

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I meant to post these puff pastry sausage bites before the new year, especially since I made them the morning of my low-key Christmas Day. However, I was having too much fun enjoying my gifts, having Christmas Day tea at the Drake, and seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug that I got caught up in the spirit of the holiday and didn’t even turn on my computer!

Anyway, these sausage bites were extremely easy to make and are perfect for lazy mornings when cereal won’t cut it, but you don’t have the motivation to make anything more complicated. Get the recipe from the Pepperidge Farm website here.

Ending with a Bang!

Over the past year, I’ve been blessed to receive multiple blog awards from my fellow bloggers. Although it’s customary to recognize each award once given, time constraints had other plans. Instead, I’ve decided to post this roundup of all the wonderful awards I’ve received this year. A huge thanks to each blogger who nominated me, as it’s always nice to be recognized amongst the vast sea of food bloggers. And without further ado, the awards include:

reality-blog-award The Reality Award from A Pug in the Kitchen.

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premioliebsteraward-1 Multiple Liebster Awards from Daisy and the Fox, Lucky Red Rabbit, Trending Recipes, Saucy gander, Tasty Treats 13, and Jasline at Foodie Baker awarded me the Liebster twice!

super-sweet-blogging-award super-sweet-blogging-award (1) Super Sweet Blogging Awards from Daisy and the Fox and The Perky Poppy.

wpid-images-31 VersatileBloggerAward Versatile Blogger Awards from Tasty Treats 13, Shivaay Delights, and Fae’s Twist and Tango.

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Blog of the Year Award 3 star jpeg A 1-Star, 2-Star, AND 3-Star Blog of the Year Awards from The Seasoned Traveler, Fae’s Twist and Tango, and Therapy Bread!

very-inspiring-blogger-award The Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Jasline at Foodie Baker.

wonderful-readership-award2 The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award from Daisy and the Fox.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award from A Pug in the Kitchen.

readerappreciationaward2 The Reader Appreciation Award from Tandy at Lavender and Lime.

blog-award The One Lovely Blog Award from Mimi at Chef Mimi Blog.

And, Tasty Treats 13 made me a Member of the WordPress Family and gave me the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! 20130924-141646

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Thanks again to all the bloggers who nominated me, and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

3-Day Suja Juice Cleanse: Final Day!

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I finished the final day of the 3-day Suja Juice cleanse yesterday, and I’m really glad I did it. In fact, it worked so well that I baked a cake, two dozen sugar cookies, two dozen Ad Hoc chocolate chip cookies, and creme brulee without sampling any of it! I just made sure I had the appropriate bottle of juice within arm’s reach to avoid any temptation.

My overall thoughts and suggestions (in case anyone tries this cleanse themselves):
-A glass of water in between juices helps curb any cravings or temptations to cheat.
-The 16-ounce juice bottles made me feel better about the cleanse. The bottles appeared substantial enough that I didn’t think I would feel deprived after drinking them. Plus, the different flavor combinations of each of the juices prevented “chugging” or “gulping”.
-I read another blogger’s comment that some headaches may occur on the second day because of the lack of caffeine. Seeing as I kicked my caffeine habit months ago, this wasn’t a problem for me. But, definitely start reducing the amount of caffeine you intake for a couple of days beforehand in case you do this cleanse.
-Admittedly, there were times on Day 2 when I wanted to stop and just save the Day 3 bottles for a 1-Day cleanse. I was so hungry! But, I kept reminding myself that I was halfway finished, and it was worth it to finish it out right. Day 3 was a breeze to complete!

I’d definitely do this cleanse again. I feel better and more alert. Plus, my snacking cravings have been curbed just in time for Thanksgiving. Three days of just juice isn’t as bad as you’d think. I think it helped that I did the cleanse right before Thanksgiving because it made me just a bit more conscious of what I’m going to eat during this food-driven holiday. Thanks to Suja Juice for this great cleanse and to Cher from The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler… for sponsoring the giveaway!

3-Day Suja Juice Cleanse: Day 2

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I just completed Day 2 of the 3-Day Suja Juice organic, cold-pressed juice cleanse, and my main thought for the day was: I’M HUNGRY!

I woke up this morning feeling hungry, but it went away with the first juice. I started feeling hungry again half an hour before my second juice, so I had a glass of water to calm my hunger pangs. (I read somewhere that when you start feeling hungry, your body is actually thirsty. I’m not sure how accurate this statement is, but the glass of water seemed to do the trick.)

Wanting to prevent that waterlogged feeling I had at the end of Day 1, I decided to reduce my intake of water from six glasses to three. It must have worked because I didn’t feel bloated today.

I was also tempted by aromas at the grocery store. There seemed to be a lot more free samples than I remember. Thanksgiving can’t come soon enough! Because of my grocery run, I had to wait a little longer than normal to have my third juice, and I was feeling pretty light-headed by the time I drank it. (Note to self: do not go grocery shopping during a juice cleanse.)

I still felt pangs of hunger prior to my last three juices, even with the glasses of water. However, I had way more energy today and felt slimmer, probably due to the loss of water weight. This day started off rocky, but it ended pretty smoothly. Final day tomorrow. Will keep you posted!

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