News: I’m in a Google Video! (and also in the NYT)

You may remember that I posted a short, cryptic blurb a couple months ago about being in an upcoming Google video… it’s now been released on Google Plus!

It’s amazing that this took a full day to shoot! It was interesting to see the process of creating a video, including all the alternate shots the team goes through to give them enough fodder to make the actual video. This is a bit like the process of writing a speech — you gather a whole bunch of thoughts and information and then distill it into one smooth piece of text that only includes a fraction of the information you gathered. I happen to know a bit about that, and, as a totally unrelated, shameless self-promoting side note, was so excited to have my business, Vow Muse, featured in the NYT last weekend!… 

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Recipe: Seafood Paella

For actual Mother’s Day this year, we went down to Pebble Beach to visit the boyfriend’s mom (and family). On Saturday night we all made seafood paella! It was a team effort, and it took a while to make, but it turned out great and was actually really interesting to witness.

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Traditional paella is made in a big round pan, and we had an awesome outdoor paella cooker that’s made specifically for these special pans. We loosely followed this recipe for seafood paella, with modifications including omitting the dried tarragon, replacing sweet paprika with smoked paprika, and (most notably) using two pounds of Trader Joe’s frozen scallops instead of the littleneck clams. Here’s the play-by-play…. 

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Photos: Homemade Sourdough Bread!

We’ve received a handful of thoughtful housewarming gifts after moving into our new place, but one of the more interesting ones was a sourdough starter. This was a little bit of the boyfriend’s mom’s sourdough starter that she’s been keeping alive week after week for some time. Now it’s ours to keep alive each week and make into delicious treats if/when we choose. This week we did our first sourdough loaf, yeay!

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Recipe: Chex Mix and the Post-Super Bowl Wrap Up

Whew! Super Bowl 49 (or XILZXVX or whatever in Roman numerals) was quite a doozy wasn’t it? What with a close score and improbable interceptions and guacamole spilled on the carpet? Yeah, it was a good day. And I tried really hard to make a good day even better by creating a couple tiny snack masterpieces for my friends (and gosh, myself) to enjoy. By the power vested in me by The Lady Who Works for Chex, I now share with thee two amazing Chex Mix recipes.

Chex Muddy Buddies and Original Recipe Chex Mix

Chex Muddy Buddies and Original Recipe Chex Mix

First is the OG Chex Mix. Literally straight from the Chex website:

Original Recipe Chex Mix… 

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Giveaway: Chex Mix Super Bowl 2015 Party Pack

Update: The winner of the Chex Mix Super Bowl Party Pack, chosen by random number generator, is Patrick! Thanks to all who entered!!

Remember Chex Mix? I remember getting the packaged version as a snack sometimes when I was a kid, and hovering over the bowl at a holiday party if someone was kind enough to make a batch from scratch. In the interim since these childhood memories occurred, Chex Mix has not just stayed around, it has expanded, adapted, and become possibly more popular than ever. Case in point: the nearly endless recipes with accompanying beautiful photos on the Chex Mix recipe page — yum.

And Chex has been kind enough to host a giveaway with me just in time for your upcoming Super Bowl celebrations… please email me at brocandchoc@gmail.com or leave a comment below to be entered to win the following Chex Mix gift pack, sent right to your door!… 

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Services: Full Circle — Organic Produce Delivery

Oh! I just happened to see that Full Circle is having a LivingSocial deal right now and thought I’d take the opportunity to recommend them highly! Full Circle was kind enough to give me a six month subscription for free a while back, which was totally amazing. I hadn’t really done the CSA box thing (though Full Circle is apparently not a true CSA, which is ok), and Full Circle was an amazing introduction.

If you’re thinking about getting weekly fresh, organic produce delivery and you live in the delivery areas around the SF Bay, try them out. And buy their LivingSocial deal to get a discount!

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Recipe: Tzatziki Sauce

It doesn’t matter that I’m not entirely sure how to correctly pronounce this word, it matters that tzatziki sauce is amazingly delicious, and now I can make it at home with relative ease. Tzatziki sauce, aka Cucumber Yogurt Dip, is a Greek sauce that is often served in gyros or on falafel. It’s delicious, and not even horrible for you. Imagine such a thing.

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As my natural foods store does not sell pre-made tzatziki (anger!), I have been forced to fend for myself. I have now made this dip myself a half dozen times, and it’s really good. And my favorite thing about it: it’s nearly impossible to mess up.

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Recipe: My Boyfriend Taught Me to Make Salad Dressing

Who knew cooking could be for regular mortals? Fine, I won’t pretend that making salad dressing is “cooking”. But still, I feel like Nigella Lawson up in here.

People hear I have a food blog and always say something along the lines of, “OMG, what’s your favorite thing to cook*?!” And I’m like, “toast!”

And for the past ten years (literally) I have stockpiled the Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing from Trader Joe’s since I love it so well and never ever seem to get sick of it on the myriad of salads I have jouously consumed over said decade. This salad dressing enables me to make an entire dinner (composed of a salad) in approximately five minutes, which is my general threshold for patience when making food for myself. And so, loyal salad dressing, I have enjoyed you for many moons.

Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Trader Joe’s Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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Storytime: A tale of two (dozen) cookies

Today, I have a cookie tale to tell to you. It is filled with action, adventure, sorrow, and sweet victory, as every good tale should be.

On Sunday, I decided to make cookies for my fellow work comrades, as they all had a deadline on Monday that they have been working countless nights and weekends to meet. Imagine ten men and women sacrificing their precious time with their children, their friends, and televised football games in order to slave, seemingly unendingly, to meet an impossible deadline. Some fell ill, others went insane, and one man’s wife forgot her husband’s name entirely.

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Recipe: Sweet Onion Dip

I had a little shin-dig at my apartment a few weeks ago; my good friend, Natalia, is going to Colombia for four months and we wanted to see her off properly. And, apparently, to me, “properly” means “like a crazy person who can’t judge food quantities like a normal human”. Like my mother before me, I made enough food to feed three times the number of people who came to my house. But, this was one of the more successful recipes and so I thought I’d share (read: steal).

sweet onion dip from marthastewart.com

sweet onion dip from marthastewart.com

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