One of my freshman year roommates taught me how to make these simple peanut butter cookies. This is by far the most simple cookie recipe… all you need is:
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
Mix the three ingredients in a bowl, place the dough in chunks on a cookie sheet, then pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. These are so simple and taste best when they’re fresh out of the oven but have cooled for about 5 minutes. If you have a cookie craving late at night but don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, this is the perfect treat.
I’ve seen several Mendocino Farms throughout LA, but never had the chance to try it out. A few days ago, the newest Mendocino Farms (located in the beautiful FIGat7th shopping center in downtown LA) gave away free dinner for one night as a practice run. During my break from work, I ran over there to grab the free grub. First of all, the staff is SO nice… I was greeted warmly at the door and felt a lot of excitement from the employees. Next, I sampled some curry cous cous which was incredible… so much spice and rich flavor that reminded me of India.
I ordered the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich for my main course, I mean how could I not when I saw this description:
slow roasted, shredded pork in a chipotle BBQ sauce, applewood smoked bacon, housemade pickles, farm house cheddar, mustard pickle slaw, potato salad spread on panini grilled Dolce Forno soft roll
The sandwich was just incredible. I mean it’s genius that they put the potato salad between the bread – the combination of flavors reminded me of a 4th of July cook out. I’ll definitely return for this sandwich and other delicious sounding items on the diverse menu. A+ Mendocino Farms!
Thank you for cooking up some delicious Mexican food that made me feel at home.
Homesick Texan in LA
El Coyote is located at 7312 Beverly Blvd and boasts a huge lit up sign that you can’t miss. Though I’m a downtown LA-er, I’m always in the West Hollywood area, so I pass by the restaurant all the time. Finally, after a these past years of living here, I decided to try it.
First of all, I’d like to comment on the prices – they’re amazing. A friend and I got out of there with a margarita and an entree each, with a final bill of $30. A margarita and damn good enchiladas for 15 bucks? I’ll drink to that!
The Enchilada Howard is the closest I’ve gotten to tex-mex here in LA. The plate consists of a cheese enchilada topped with a thick chile con carne sauce with extremely tender pieces of pork along with some rice and beans. The portion is not overwhelmingly huge like at other Mexican restaurants.. I was able to finish the whole plate and feel full but not stuffed.
Try out El Coyote next time you’re looking for a nice, reasonably priced yet delicious dinner spot.
Thank you, Jamie Oliver, for your spiced lamb kebab recipe.
I decided to make a modified version with the materials already in my kitchen. If you make this for your friends they will love you forever and be astounded by your cooking abilities. Plus, who ever really thinks to cook lamb at home? It’s not very common, so try it to spice things up!
First, place the lamb in a mixing bowl and add some spices – coriander, cumin, chili powder, thyme and rosemary. Then add salt, pepper and parsely. Next, saute an onion in olive oil. Then add the lamb mixture and cook for about 20 mins. For the sauce, mix yogurt, fresh mint, cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Heat a tortilla then pour the lamb and the sauce on top of the tortilla like you would a taco. Enjoy!
I don’t wrap gifts enough to buy and store wrapping paper, so this year I decided to use the things I already have at home to wrap gifts for Valentine’s Day. Growing up, I always loved making homemade cards rather than sending store bought cards… making something at home always adds a personal touch, plus it gives you a chance to be creative. This craft is incredibly simple – all you will need is a set of water colors, a paintbrush and a brown paper bag.
First, cut one of the edges of the brown paper bag all the way down to the base.
Second, cut out the bottom of the bag so you are left with a long rectangle. Make sure to also cut off the handles.
Lastly, paint the blank side of the bag with any symbols that represent the holiday.
As a kid, every summer camp I attended served sloppy joes in the mess hall. I found myself missing this food that reminds me so much of that time that I decided to make the camp cafeteria favorite at home. For this meal, I did not use measurements of the ingredients, just added a bit of each until it tasted just right.
Start by sauteing an onion, then add the ground beef. Strain over the sink, then add the mixture back to the skillet. Turn the heat on low then add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, mustard and brown sugar. Scoop the mixture onto a toasted hamburger bun and enjoy!
Getting into my room requires three keys – for the gate, front door and my bedroom. It’s been taking me a while to remember which key does what, so in order to make the memorization task simple, I decided to paint a portion of each key with a different color of nail polish to tell them apart. All you have to do is paint the handle portion of the key (on both sides) with two coats of any nail polish. Problem solved: