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Thirsty Thursdays: Tinto de Verano

August 28, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Tinto de Verano

Happy Thursday, everyone! It’s been a while, but I’m finally back with a Thirsty Thursday drink post, and y’all…it’s a good one. Tinto de Verano! Ever heard of it? Me neither! Until a few months ago, when we were at a tapas bar, and my friend Amy told us about the summer she spent living with a host family in Spain. She discovered a lot of awesome things about the country that summer, not least among which was the joys of tinto de verano. Which, as it turns out, translates into “red wine of summer” and is made from red wine mixed with fizzy lemonade/lemon soda. Like sangria, but a little more basic. Poor man’s sangria with a lovely, poetic name? I like it! (Incidentally, Amy also drank a...

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Protein-Style Jalapeno Burger with Bacon Jam {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

August 24, 2014
Protein-Style Jalapeno Burger with Bacon Jam {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

A few weeks ago, I was approached by a company called “The Bacon Jams” to see if I’d be interested in reviewing some of their bacon jam products. My immediate gut reaction was, of course, YUM BACON I LOVE BACON GIMME GIMME (yes, I am the dog from that bacon dog treat commercial). Then I slowed my roll and realized that I didn’t actually know what bacon jam was. The company’s email described their product as “a spreadable preserve made with real, quality bacon”, but I needed more info. Was it sweet? Was it salty? Was it actually jam-like in consistency? What’s in it? How do you eat it? There were a lot of unanswered questions. So, I Googled it. And learned that “bacon jam is a bacon-based relish, similar to the Austrian starter...

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California-Style Garlic Pepper Steak

August 21, 2014
California-Style Garlic Pepper Steak

Another day, another recipe courtesy of  McCormick FlavorPrint, the super awesome online meal planning service that gives you personalized recipe recommendations tailored to your individual flavor profiles. As you may recall, my flavor profile showed that, aside from sweets (preferably chocolate), I like my food to be garlicky. Which should come as a surprise to nobody - I’m Chinese…everything we eat has garlic in it!  So, naturally, when I looked at the list of recipes FlavorPrint recommended for me and saw a recipe with the word “garlic” in the title, I was 100% on board. Especially since another word in the recipe title was “steak” – I love steak! We don’t eat it often (gotta try and be healthy, you know?), but every once in a while I get a mean craving for it that...

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Chocolate Chip Blondies

August 20, 2014
Chocolate Chip Blondies

Hello hello! Remember when I told you guys about  McCormick FlavorPrint a few weeks ago (actually, make that a month ago…where did July go!)? You know, the online meal planning service that gives you personalized recipe recommendations tailored to your individual flavor profiles? As you may recall, I told you that I had chosen three recipes to try – Chunky Chicken Chili, Chocolate Chip Blondies, and California-Style Flank Steak. Well, today’s your lucky day because I’m (finally) back with another recipe to share with you! This blondie recipe was recommended to me by FlavorPrint after I took the introductory flavor profile quiz and learned that I tend to gravitate towards sweet desserts with chocolate/coffee flavors. This should come as no surprise to anyone who reads my blog – I like sweet things;...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Fresh Cherry Champagne Mojitos

July 31, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Fresh Cherry Champagne Mojitos

Hello hello! It’s me. Interrupting your regularly scheduled EuroTrip 2014 recap to bring you a new installment of Thirsty Thursday! Are you excited??? I’m excited. It’s been two whole weeks since my last Thirsty Thursday post! Like I said before, I did actually make a cocktail for last week, but there was that whole SD card/camera cable snafu, and I couldn’t figure out how to get my pictures off my camera, and before I knew it Thursday had gone by without a post. Also, the lighting was bad and I was super rushed because I was thirsty and the drink (a frozen one!) was melting really fast on the balcony, so the pictures were terrible. Like, real bad. Super blurry, terrible staging, wrong color balance…ugh! Y’all don’t need...

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Veggie, Mozzarella & Pesto Crostini + Amsterdam

July 30, 2014
Veggie, Mozzarella & Pesto Crostini + Amsterdam

Guys, why are vacation posts so hard to do? Between going through all the photos on my camera, photo-editing, collage-making, and post-writing, that Paris post seriously took me the better part of two days finish. And this Amsterdam post? I’ve been sitting on it since Sunday night! All my pictures were collaged/edited/uploaded, I just couldn’t find the words to describe them. Last night, I literally sat on the couch and stared blankly at my computer screen for a good 30 minutes before throwing in the towel and on-demanding “The Other Woman” instead (which was predictably outrageous but surprisingly good, in case you’re wondering). I guess I just like being on vacation a lot more than I like writing/telling people about it! Who doesn’t? My friend Sarah’s been...

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Oeufs en Cocotte + Paris

July 27, 2014
Oeufs en Cocotte + Paris

Hi y’all…it’s me! What’s going on with you? Sorry about the lack of posts here at Just Putzing Around the Kitchen the last two weeks, but I’ve been on vacation! And then I was jet-lagged, so there wasn’t much of any action in my kitchen. Also, I lost my camera cable thingy in Iceland and didn’t figure out until just a few days ago that I could pop out my SD card and stick it into my laptop, so my pictures have all effectively been trapped in my camera. Which means that even when I did get around to whipping up tasty treats (for example, I did actually make a delicious cocktail for Thirsty Thursday last week) and taking pictures, I couldn’t figure out how...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Ginger Peach Mojito Mocktail

July 10, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Ginger Peach Mojito Mocktail

Howdy! Sarah from Snixy Kitchen here. Tina’s off gallivanting around who-knows-where (Iceland? The Netherlands? Paris? Who can keep up with this world traveler?) so she asked me to come drink with you! Fruity, fizzy, thirst-quenching drinks are Tina’s specialty, so I feel honored to be stepping into her shoes for a day. Some big shoes to fill.  Today we’re picking some local California produce and tossing it into a refreshing ginger peach mojito mocktail to celebrate almost making it to the end of the week. In my world, we celebrate every step on the journey – you’re almost to Friday. Cheers! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in fresh peaches every July and August. Just last week, while picking...

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Bang Bang Chicken

July 7, 2014
Bang Bang Chicken

<<Hello from Amsterdam! This post comes to you from the past…or maybe it’s the future? I’m confused. Either way, I wrote this before I left for vacation because I didn’t want you all to forget about me while I was gone. And, later in the week, there will be a guest post for Thirsty Thursday, courtesy of my super talented friend, Sarah. It’s going to be fabulous, I promise. See you guys when I get back!>> For as long as I can remember, I have been a late riser on the weekends – my mom and I used to have pseudo-competitions to see who could sleep in the longest (it was always a tie…where do you think I get it from?). Generally, it was probably a...

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Thirsty Thursdays: Cherry Pie Gin Fizz

July 3, 2014
Thirsty Thursdays: Cherry Pie Gin Fizz

As you can probably tell from the low quality photo and haphazard composition above (yes, I did just throw down a random handful of cherries), this week’s Thirsty Thursday post is kind of phoned in. Sorry! Cut me some slack though – it’s been a hell of a week, and I wanted to drink the drink rather than just take a bunch of pictures of it. Plus, I had a ton of packing to do, ‘cuz Dan and I are heading to Europe for 2 weeks! Actually, by the time you read this, we will already be in Iceland, possibly climbing a glacier. Anything is possible on vacation! Yayyyyyyy vacationnnnnnnnnn!!!! Can you tell I’m excited for this trip? So. EXCITED.  You know what else I’m excited about? All these awesome drinks: This mango...

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