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Month: July, 2015

brown rice, two ways

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Cinnamon and sugar always makes me think of those cinnamon twists from Taco Bell. Remember those?! My best friend and I used to ransack our homes for change so we could drive to the local Taco Bell after classes. I’d always get a crunchy taco with lots of medium sauce on the side and cinnamon twists. Anyway, this isn’t about those cinnamon twists- which I should one day recreate- but about how with cinnamon and sugar, we can make two things with brown rice: horchata and rice pudding!

It’s really the best of both worlds. After using the rice to make the horchata, I used the strained rice to make rice pudding. The non-wasting Asian genes in me rejoice. 

Served over ice, horchata is the perfect drink for this steamy weather. The rice pudding is lightly sweetened and great for a quick morning breakfast on the go. 

brown rice horchata//

  • 1 1/3 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup skim milk*

Blend together the rice, cinnamon and 2 cups of water for a minute. Add the remaining water. Refrigerate overnight. Using a sieve, strain the rice water. Set aside rice. Add sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Stir and serve over ice.

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brown rice pudding//

  • 1 1/3 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups of skim milk*
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup**
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Put water and salt into a pot and bring to a boil. Add set aside rice. Simmer rice on for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain rice. Return rice to pot. Add in 2 cups of milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Add remaining milk and beaten egg. Cook for 2 minutes more. Take off stove and mix in butter and vanilla extract. Serve cold. 

*If you would like either creamier, use whole milk instead.
** Sweeten this to taste! If you’d like it sweeter, you can increase it to a half cup.  

mini corn dogs

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Did you know Thursday was National Hot Dog Day? Or that Friday was National Tequila Day? One. Who makes these holidays official? Two. Is there a calendar I can buy to remember these days?

Unfortunately, I couldn’t take part in National Tequila Day. I drank a glass of port after clinic and was knocked out for a few hours. Let’s be honest, my tolerance is embarrassing. Is this the effects of aging?! I’m going to go with my body is a temple and views alcohol as toxic.

Although my body rejected National Tequila Day, it was all about celebrating hot dogs. As a child, it was one of three pre-approved foods that I could eat on my own. I ate them religiously. The only thing that could make them better is nestling those supple dogs in a warm blanket of cornmeal and deep frying them! And making them mini, but of course. 

mini corn dogs//

1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
generous pinch of black pepper
1 egg
1/2 cup almond milk
4 beef hot dogs, halved
Vegetable or canola oil for frying
Skewers (wooden ones work best; I used cake pop sticks and chopsticks in a pinch!)

Combine cornmeal, 1/2 cup flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper in a tall narrow glass container. I used an old Pom jar. Add egg and milk. Store in fridge until ready.

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Pour oil into a saucepan. Set over medium heat.
Skewer the hog dog in the center. Pour the remaining flour onto a plate. Roll the hot dog in the flour. Tap off the excess. Dip into the cornmeal batter, allowing excess to drip off. 

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Place the hot dog into the saucepan. Roll while frying. Remove once it turns a deep golden brown. Drain on paper towels. 

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Serve with your favorite condiments. Might I suggest curry ketchup?! I used a 1:3 ratio of Madras curry:ketchup. Adjust accordingly.

OH. By the way. Chippendales? Wayyy above expectations. 

saturday surf

This 2-day plant-based meal plan.

J. Crew is starting this lower-priced line Mercantile!

This cabbage wedge with corn + an herby spicy zesty vinaigrette.

This story of summer love.

These farmer’s market soba noodles with spicy chimichurri and crispy kale.

This vegetarian fast-food restaurant.

The tools Lisa Congdon uses and loves.

This article about motherhood and a good attitude.

These gorgeous tomato typologies. I love them all!

These are the best new Trader Joe’s products in July. Watermelon juice? Yes, please!

Pictured above is a watermelon margarita (frozen cubed watermelon + tequila + lime juice + simple syrup).

saturday surf


This
story by a Rwandan refugee. Captivating.

37 difficult questions from my mixed race son.

Best brunch addition: bloody mary bar.

Basil cucumber gin cooler
. Summer perfect.

There’s an Uber for everything now.


Sometimes, even women need a smoothly shaved face.

It’s too hot. I need popsicles like this one.

How comedians became public intellectuals
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I was an invisible girlfriend for a month
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Late in the game but reading this book.

a steady stream of busyness

Wow. Once my laptop gave it’s last whir, it’s been all quiet on the interweb front.

Since my visit to Austin with my girlfriends, it’s been a steady stream of busyness here. There’s been a few visits to Boston with a trip to Newport for my mother’s birthday and to Cape Cod for July 4th. Details to come soon!

I also managed to pack up my apartment and wrangle some people into helping me move. Friends, I promise next year I will hire movers. Thank you for not killing me and excusing my inability to pack.

Lastly, possibly most importantly, after hustling for points, I AM A SENIOR. Hallelujah, the year has finally come! Now it’s time to buckle down and decide if I want to do a residency or enter the workforce…

On a less nerve-wracking note, tomorrow I’ll be leaving for Las Vegas, baby! For the first time! I’m joining a group of gals to celebrate my oldest and dearest friend’s last days as a single lady. And, after watching a Magic Mike XXL trailer, I hope the Chippendales live up to expectations.

I will report back.

Picture above: sunset at Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Avenue, Newport, RI.