Do It Yourself: Mishap #1 — Chocolate-Banana Vesuvius

My mishaps as of late are not confined to ankle problems… I don’t mind making mistakes when I cook, if the results are still somewhat edible. Screw-ups make for funny stories. So here are three: Chocolate-Banana Vesuvius, Sweet-Tooth Eggplant Sauce, and Overflowing Cauliflower Stew. (I’m going to do three separate posts, because I don’t want this to become monster-long.) Chocolate-Banana Vesuvius (pictured above) was my … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Mishap #1 — Chocolate-Banana Vesuvius

Do It Yourself: Almond Milk Ice Cream

One of the toughest things about lactose intolerance is the lack of ice cream (or the stomachache when I eat it). Even tougher is not getting to use my ice cream maker. So this week I decided to experiment and make some almond milk “ice cream.” The results were delicious! First I made my old stand-by, mint chocolate chip. I used the same recipe as … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Almond Milk Ice Cream

Do It (Over) Yourself: USE PEPPERMINT EXTRACT!

The other night, after reading my post about making chocolate chip mint ice cream, my mom texted me, “Mint extract and peppermint extract are 1000 miles apart.” I was like, too late. Also– how could mint extract be a thousand miles from peppermint extract, when mint extract was part peppermint, part spearmint? But you know what? It made a BIG difference. The spearmint was giving … Continue reading Do It (Over) Yourself: USE PEPPERMINT EXTRACT!

Do It (Over) Yourself: Chocolate Chip Mint, Part 2

My mom alerted me to the fact that peppermint extract DOES exist. I think the spearmint in the general mint extract might have given my mint chocolate chip ice cream the weird twinge that made me feel a bit ill. (I don’t think I like spearmint.) (For the record, Sam thought it tasted fine… maybe he lacks the spearmint-nausea gene.) So… I found peppermint extract … Continue reading Do It (Over) Yourself: Chocolate Chip Mint, Part 2

Do It Yourself: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The best kind of gift is the one you open and realize– it’s what you always wanted, but never knew you wanted. Because it’s such an amazing surprise. That pretty much sums up my new ice cream (and frozen yogurt, sorbet, gelato, etc.) maker. It was a Christmas present from Sam’s parents (THANKS!). Luckily they let me know that I had to freeze the bowl– … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Snack With Caution: BEN & JERRY’S LATE NIGHT SNACK

Typically I am pretty good with my portions. If you give me a big chocolate bar, I will eat it in small chunks over a series of days. If I bake a spice cake, I will eat it in small pieces, and it will take me at least a week to finish. (I actually did that, but I didn’t blog it yet.) (WHY I did … Continue reading Snack With Caution: BEN & JERRY’S LATE NIGHT SNACK

Snack Trek: Ice Cream Cupcakes! (Frosted Cupcakery)

Today my family summoned me to lunch in Long Beach, on the cute 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. When I arrived at Open Sesame they served me with my traffic school papers. There’s no such thing as a free lunch! But seriously now, why are there so many traffic schools called “Pizza 4U”? Are they serious? Is there pizza involved? I’ll bite! (Pun intended.) Unfortunately … Continue reading Snack Trek: Ice Cream Cupcakes! (Frosted Cupcakery)

Snack Trek: SCOOPS Ice Cream

Recently I went to Scoops, a hip(ster) ice cream shop near LA City College (aka near my apartment– it’s maybe the only interesting destination within walking distance). I’m not sure if it’s more of a gelato/sorbet place than an ice cream shop, because many of the flavors are vegan and… funky (like, unusual flavors for ice cream– a lot of marsala and balsamic and… some … Continue reading Snack Trek: SCOOPS Ice Cream

Snack Trek: MILK (Blue Velvet Cake & More)

You may recall that I went to Milk for dinner on Monday night, and I said that I didn’t take any pictures. And now I’m here, with all these pictures. Am I a liar? No, I had Milk AGAIN last night. (And I made up for Monday’s lack of pictures with SO MANY PICTURES.) Don’t judge me. I’m already judging myself enough for both of … Continue reading Snack Trek: MILK (Blue Velvet Cake & More)

Snack of the Afternoon, 9/3/09: EATING RIGHT STRAWBERRY SUNDAE CUP

It’s Thursday, and the snack-pickings are slim. So… I ate one of these. Backstory: We get our groceries delivered from Vons, and we have to order certain items each week to qualify for free shipping. These strawberry ice cream cups were one of those items (Eating Right is a generic Vons brand). We used to have vanilla cups, which were good– until I ate them … Continue reading Snack of the Afternoon, 9/3/09: EATING RIGHT STRAWBERRY SUNDAE CUP