Chipotle Curry Black Bean Burgers

23 June, 2009

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I blame my Auntie Donna. Lovingly, of course. She came to visit this past Friday for Patrick’s graduation.

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When my mother threw some tasty looking steaks onto the grill, she quietly slipped out of the house and picked up some spicy black bean burgers from the grocery store.

Apparently, she hasn’t eaten beef or pork in years. Sticks mainly to chicken and seafood, and didn’t want to have a dinner of rice and vegetable medley.

She grilled up two of the four patties and enjoyed them at the table with us. Later that evening, her and my grandmother left to head back to Maryland. The remaining two patties were my lunch on Saturday and suddenly the container of black beans in my fridge became fodder for creating my own spicy black bean burgers. Read the rest of this entry »


Mango-Orange Ginger Smoothie: Hungry Student’s First Breakfast Recipe

1 June, 2009

“Stacy,” you’re probably saying, “what moved you to break out the microplane so early in the morning? And for ginger root!?”

Fear not. The mini workout of grating a piece of ginger into your blender will turn into the perfect way to start your day when you try this zinger of a smoothie. Read the rest of this entry »


Homemade Cranberry Almond and Walnut Granola

1 June, 2009

Phew.

Heck of a last semester at Rowan, but I am finally a college graduate! This hungry student now has her B.A. in journalism, a minor in psychology and an honors concentration. In fact, I’m now a hungry grad student: I’ll be pursuing my M.J. in online journalism at University of Maryland – College Park this fall! I’ve also been toiling away on StacyAnnJ.com, my professional portfolio and blog.

As my inaugural “Hey, I’m Back!” post, I present you with some homemade granola. In fact, as this recipe yields so much, I’d be happy to ship some to anyone interesting in sampling my creation. It’s very tasty, and like all granola recipes, completely customizable. Read the rest of this entry »


Hungry No More: Lobster Salad with Homemade Avocado Cilantro-Lime dressing

24 February, 2009

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No, in my absence I haven’t resorted to snapping photos of Saladworks creations. This, my dear friends, is a lobster salad with a homemade avocado cilantro-lime dressing!

The lobster and dressing are leftovers from a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner that my boyfriend Shawn cooked for me. By the way, I can’t imagine that it surprises anyone that I’m dating someone who loves to cook. Read the rest of this entry »


When the weather outside is frightful, make challah. And read perhaps too much about bread baking.

13 January, 2009

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I’ve dabbled in scratch baking before. You know, the kind that requires yeast to be bloomed or proofed and then for the dough to sit around for at least an hour while it doubles in size. I’ve been able to successfully pull off cinnamon buns, a few babkas and dinner rolls. But this past weekend when snow began to fall, I decided to make one of my favorites: challah!

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My family is not Jewish, but my grandmother bought these from a local bakery when my mother was young. They have since found their way into our house. In fact, we most recently had some during Thanksgiving. It was one of the sweet flavors that balanced out the savory in my mother’s stuffing, and it was heavenly.

As you can probably tell from my photos, I started my challah in the late afternoon, finally pulled it out of the oven in the late evening and then sliced it up the next morning and made it into french toast for my family. We devoured it at a rate that did not allow me to grab my camera, but photos of the baking process and a recipe, from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart, await you after the jump.

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There’s a photography book giveaway at ZestyCook!

8 January, 2009

Cory, otherwise known as ZestyCook, will be giving away two copies of “Fundamentals of Photography” by Tom Ang!

According to his review, the book offers tips useful to both beggining and advanced photogs shooting film or digital cameras. It includes 11 chapters which are broken down into brief (usually two-page), easy to digest sections. In short, if you take photos at all, this book should be on your shelf. Check out his post here to find out how to enter!

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Read about the camera I shoot with and browse my list of food photography 101 favorites after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »


An afternoon of Panda Cupcakes

6 January, 2009

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Yesterday afternoon my friends Denise, Tisha and I embarked on a mission to make some panda cupcakes from Alan Richardson and Karen Tack’s book, which Denise received as a Christmas present. The book’s creations are adorable! Making these was a great group project since all the components that transform these cupcakes into pandas take a considerable amount of prep work. By the way, the lovely kitchen you see in these photos is at Denise’s parents house.

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The cupcake decorating ideas in this book vary from the whimsical, like our pandas, to the elegant like a white Christmas wreathe.  It also comes with a cupcake decorating kit, which includes metal decorating tips and some disposable pastry bags. However, one of the book’s big draws is that you need little more than some candy, plastic storage bags and time.

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There’s also a section in the back with recipes for making your own cupcakes from scratch. We saved some time by using white cake mix and vanilla icing from the grocery store, but I’d be happy to give the book’s cake recipes a go next time.

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Making 24 of these little guys took us three hours, complete with messes, improvised ingredients and laughs. Ooodles of fun photos after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »


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