Coco Pop – All Natural Multigrain Snack

CocoPop, not coco pops – the australian cereal that no longer exists. How to explain, they are flat circular wafer like snacks, 16 calories, made in this strange contraption below – from Wheat, rice, corn and sea salt. No oil, no nothing.. Tastes like a mix between a rice cake and an ice cream cone, by themselves, just a nice plain snack, but throw some peanut butter on top – and you have a very beautiful thing.  They are lightly toasted and deliciously simple. Available at Wegmans.

This is the Coco Pop Machine. The pops fly out fast, its actually a bit frightening.

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Joy of Cooking

Everyone who will ever make any attempt to cook anything, should own The Joy of Cooking. I guess you really wont fully understand until you have made a few recipes from this book. But I will try to explain, in my own words, why this book is so awesome.

The style of writing is simple, recipes are not these complex page long paragraphs (Not like Martha, whose recipes can be so long and intimidating, sorry Martha – I love you). I find myself getting lost in long recipes, with my hands covered in flour and oil, trying to figure out what the next step is.

The book is like a reference guide. It gives you tips, and the recipes are broken down into basics – for example, I made a Chicken Tetrazzini (awesome), and the recipe (which is the length of my index finger, simple) calls for Sauteed Mushrooms, which is a basic, and you turn to another page to learn how to do that.. Now, sounds complex.. But next time a recipe calls for Sauteed Mushrooms, I know that basic.

This book teaches you to cook, doesn’t just blindly pull you through steps that you’ll never be able to recreate without the crutch of the recipe. Its different, and I feel – the best Cookbook that anyone will ever make. Period.

Kozy Shack – Original Rice Pudding

Six ingredients – Milk, Rice, Sugar, Eggs, Salt, Natural Flavors. This has got to be one of those products that you’ve probably slept on. You’ve seen it in the dairy section since you were a kid, but have you tried it yet? If you have, you are a loyal follower – like me. Eating it, loving it, on a daily basis.

Just good rice pudding. Like homemade. Not too sweet, perfectly creamy, with great texture. If you like rice pudding, it doesnt get much better than this.

http://www.itryilike.com

Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax

It’s a good thing this cereal wasn’t around 30 years ago, because if it was I wouldve probably wore all my teeth down to stubs by now just chewing it, it’s hard, but it’s so tasty!

Kashi cereals are generally made with so many grains and fiber that you spend more time thinking about “digesting” the cereal than you do about enjoying it, If you know what I mean (toot).

But Kashi Go Lean honey almond flax is actually really good while also being really good for you.. It touts helping you stay fuller longer, and for me, it keeps it’s promise and gets me through till lunch. It’s one of my pantry staples.

Kerry & Loni’s Be Boppin’ Bean Dip

Beans, beans, good for your heart- the more you eat, the more you – never mind, you remember the rest.

I love a good bean dip, and who doesn’t – beans are, according to the statement above “good for your heart”. I picked up a jar from Le Gourmet Chef store which is like a discount Williams Sonoma that if you have nearby you, you must go to..

Why is it special? Black beans, crushed tomatoes, jalapeno chile and poblano peppers, garlic, AND its only 25 calories per two tbsp serving. YUM. Sllightly sweet, mildly spicy, delishy.

5 Things You Need To Try

Butter Baked Goods: Rose Marshmallow

The only Marshmallow that is AS GOOD as my homemade recipe, Butter Baked Goods – Rose Marshmallows, get it at Dean and Deluca

Lightly flavored with Rose water, these fluffy heavenly squares are perfectly sweet and addictive!

Swingline PowerEase Stapler

If you staple anything during the day, do your poor hands a favor and get the Swingline PowerEase stapler. No more having to push with all your might trying to get a staple through thick sheets of paper, this handy little guy goes through up to 25 sheets of paper with 70% less force required compared to traditional staplers. I found it was much easier to use then the Staples Reduce Effort staplers, and doesnt have as much annoying snap-back. Its one of those office products that I would chain to my desk (if that didnt look so ugly) because my coworkers tend to get sneaky with other peoples stuff.

Contessa MicroSteam Garlic Chicken Penne

I cook, but not as often as I wish I could, because I actually enjoy it. I am all for easy to prepare dinners, but often this means you compromise on taste. So I went in trying Contessas Micro Steam meals with a little hesitation, not only is it a meal in a bag (like Bertolli’s) but it also is microwaveable, and it cooks right in the bag!

So this is the preparation: Take bag out of freezer, throw it in microwave for 6 minutes, open bag and dump onto plates and enjoy with husband.

Mmm. It was actually very good! We tried the Garlic Chicken Penne, and the asparagus pieces tasted fresh, the pasta sauce and mushrooms were perfectly cooked. The chicken was pretty good too. I give this high praise because in the end, you dont have to wash a skillet! Get a coupon for $1.50 off here

GeoDefense for iPhone

My next review is for all the lovers of iPhone users out there, for which I am one. And dont get me started on how much I love my iPhone! <3! I was addicted to Bejeweled for a good 4 months, until I found GeoDefense, a game about setting up laser shooting towers, and such, around a maze that these little alien pacmen travel down. Your goal is to stop them from getting to the end of the maze.

For each Alien you destroy, you gain $, which you can use to buy more lazers and gun towers.

The Aliens move at different speeds, and have different weaknesses, so you need to diversify your defense plan in order to succeed.

Fast paced, and frustratingly addictive. There is a free version available, so I’ll let you check it out for yourself.

Last but certainly not least…

Twitter

I tried twitter for the first time about a year ago. I didn’t follow anyone, I just started tweeting all sorts of random useless rants about my commute, and about a week later, I decided – this sucks, and I stopped twittering.

I came back in February 2010 with the idea I would try it a little different the second go ’round. This time, I began following massive amounts of people – regular people like me, news sources, and people with similar interests in food, coupons etc..

After about a week, I realized I was hooked, and after a month, I realized this was a life changer. I was now a dedicated twitterer. I started connecting and making friends with people all around the world. Martha Stewart actually followed me, and I can remember dancing and jumping up and down, she is my favorite human.

After a month, I was more connected to what was happening in the world than most people I knew, and interestingly enough – I found that I was reading news sites and exploring the web much more in hopes that I could find something interesting to share with my followers (i call them “Fellowers” it sounds so much less imperialistic!).

Ultimately, everyone can benefit from twitter, whether you want to give to it, and take (as I do), or just give (like some celebs do, who dont follow anyone, just post about whatever it is that they are doing at the moment), or just take. There is something here for everyone, and thats why iLike it!

Until next time!

Momma Alias Spicy Hommus

I can’t understand why hummus tastes so good, considering how simple it is. Maybe that’s the beauty of it? This particular hummus, which I found at the Amish Market in NYC, has only 8 ingredients. It is this beautiful spicy mix of hearty hummus, and spicy peppers. Perfect with crisps. On the hotter side, and at times you feel the heat, but it’s so good you’ll look forward to the burn!

Jolly Time – Mallow Magic


Oh my…. Goodness.. Just had my first bag of Jolly Times Marshmallow popcorn, somewhat cornily (pun intended) named Mallow Magic. Let me say, sweet, marshmallowy deliciousness. Addicting. Magical. Heaven. And unfortunately, there are only 2 bags per box, and the only place I’ve found to buy it is online.. (www.alice.com) – I plan on completely depleting their stock, so youd better get there faster then me!

yum yum.

Beef bowl – Udon West

By far the best beef bowl in midtown is from Udon West. The thinly
sliced beef is lightly marinated with the perfect ratio of onions, all
over a nice bed of somewhat oily and very delicious rice. Another
jewel introduced by a coworker, they have received so many good
comments on chowhound that I'm sure I'll be writing about the rest if
their menu soon!

Kolache Mama

A few days ago, one of my coworkers told me about Kolaches, and a lil
shop called Kolache Mama. They basically make these little breaded
pastries with either meat veggies or sweet type toppings. I've tried
the deep berry which was heaven, and a very delicious apple grape mix.
The pastry portion is more a sweet flour mix than your typical flakey
pastry, and is really good (filling too) and the best thing is you can
get 2 for $5. I also like the cute logo on the bag. And if your
feeling crazy you can buy a dozen for $30 bucks, mmmm! gunna buy em
for all my staff today!