Mini Apple Pie Muffins!!!

One Word.

Grilled Shrimp with some Fab Rice and Beans

English Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies :)

These were made special last night for my awesome su-chef/bf Jake during the Celtics and Lakers game. (GO CELTICS!)

Fun Food Facts!

I love reading facts. I can't really explain why... because I don't know why. However, they are awesome. Since I can't possibly fit all of them into one post, heres a couple, and of course, with some pictures.

FACT: Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

FACT: Peanuts are used in the manufacture of dynamite.

FACT: It has been traditional to serve fish with a slice of lemon since the Middle Ages, when people believed that the fruit’s juice would dissolve any bones accidentally swallowed.

FACT: Spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of more than 20%, compared with 3% in a green banana.

FACT: There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.

FACT: The first soup was made of hippopotamus. The earliest archeological evidence for the consumption of soup dates back to 6000 BC and it was hippopotamus soup!

Yumberry - The Yang Mei

I kid you not. That is the name of a REAL fruit. After a long (not really) morning at the barn giving Jet a bath and playing with him I stopped at Jamba Juice. I ordered my regular (Mango-a-go-go with a daily vita boost) without even looking above at the drink list, since they will make anything you want anyways....while waiting I finally started looking around and noticed displays for three new "Yumberry" drinks. I asked the drink guy if it was an actual fruit, and much to my surprise it is! So here's some stuff about it:

- Yumberry is actually the fruit juice extracted from the fruit Yang Mei.
-Yang Mei is a spherical red dimpled fruit with a soft skin and flesh and a hard stone in the middle.
- normally
- It has a unique taste that has shades of many red fruits, such as cranberry, cherry, and pomegranate.
- grows on trees between 7 and 33 feet tall
- harvested by hand in the harvesting season during June each year.
- The trees will grow on relatively poor soil due to the presence of a nitrogen fixing bacteria associated with its root system which makes it a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly crop.
- Evidence shows that Yang Mei has been consumed in China for over 5,000 years now.
- Yang mei fruit has been used in Chinese folk prescriptions for many years now and is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
- Yang Mei fruit has a range of nutrients too. Tests have shown that the fruit contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and folacin.
- 100g of Yang Mei fruit gives you nearly a quarter of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C as well as 13% of your folacin and 12% of your biotin RDA.

I suppose I will try the one of the new drinks...but it's already hard enough to decide between a mango-a-go-go and a white gummy.

(facts from Yumberry and the internets)

Whats for Dinner Tonight?

The last few nights have been excellent nights in the kitchen..and I have pretty much rocked every dish I made. Below we have meatball sandwiches, skirt steak with vegetables and rice, and teriyaki chicken sandwiches with tots and beans. :D

Here's some pictures of the dishes.

(click on the pics!)

Cream Cheese Brownies! YUM

I finally made a delicious batch of from-scratch brownies last night! The perfect combo of chewiness and fudginess. YUMMMM is all I can say at this point.

Memorial Day Cookout!!

Sooo this is my 100th (! (yay!) and its pretty cool (I must say) that its a post about a day celebrating what our troops have done for this country! :D Without going into further detail about anything, here are some pictures for the day!

On the menu:
- burgers
- BBQ chicken
- corn!
- baked beans
- salad
- beer!
- deviled eggs
- hot potato wedges!
- Memorial Day Cake (see post below)

Memorial Day Cake!!

Even though I was super sick last night after eating so much sugar yesterday my cake came out awesome! And good thing too, because this was the second one I had made yesterday since I have no control over my hands and dropped half of my first cake on the floor!!