Kelley Gaston

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virgina Woolf

Category: Listicle

Spring Tailgates

Now that it’s officially spring, I thought people may enjoy browsing some websites I came across that talk about how to prepare food for a top-notch tailgate. Why a tailgate? Well, spring is when outdoor sport teams finally come out of hibernation from the winter. With the 70 degree weather we’ve experienced here at Lehigh, attending outdoor games has been quite popular among the student body. But what do most college students love more than supporting their fellow Mountain Hawks? Tailgates. So, here they are. A couple great websites which explain how to make some great food for a tailgate.

1. Food Network

I’ve talked about Food Network before in my blog because I think they have a great selection of recipes for every occasion. Of course they have a number of recipes for tailgate food. In fact, they don’t provide their readers with just one or two recipes, but 50. From chili to calzones, food network explains how to make each dish.

2. Bleacher Report 

Bleacher report claims they have 10 of the best tailgating foods ever. The post has over 23,000 reads, so people must agree. Right? Through pictures and clever titles like “Breakfast of Champions,” I must say I’m pretty convinced that these dishes are worth making. Since the site, in general, is made for sport viewers, I’m sure the creators of the article know exactly what they’re talking about.

3. Southern Living

Southern Living is definitely trustable when it comes to tailgate food. The South is pretty much known for having large universities and good sport teams. So what are people who attend the games doing hours before the game? Tailgating of course. Southern Living explains this and offers ready-to-serve tailgating recipes. Most of the food is easy to make and is as simple as burger sliders. All you need is a grill and a cooler and you’re set. I highly recommend checking the article out.

SteakNEggs

Fun Food

For this post, I thought I would share some fun food sites I came across. These are sites that I came across which I often check up on each day. If you follow me on twitter (k_gaston) then you probably notice I often tweet these websites because they have such interesting and usually funny food news. So, here they are! Enjoy!

Food Beast 

Food beast is probably one of my favorite food websites. Most of the news and information they post on the website is written as a satire, but is true at the same time. Besides posting entertaining pictures, the things they write about always make me laugh. If you’re looking for a light-hearted and airy food website than I recommend food beast.

Huffington Post 

Huffington Post-Taste is a little more serious, but can also be quite entertaining at times. If you’re looking for a more serious and toned down website about food than Huffington Post is the site for you. They have articles about certain businesses to individuals (regarding food of course), so I definitely think you should check it out if you want to tweet about food.

Spring Snacks

Spring has finally arrived and summer will be creeping up before we know it! For that reason I thought it would be nice to list two websites I’ve found which include a number of spring meals and snacks. From healthy to not so healthy, these links provide recipes and ingredients on how to make fresh, spring meals to get in the seasonal spirit! Although each website has a list of meals, here are two entrées that caught my eye!

1. Sarah Yates Blog 

This blog, created by Sarah Yates, provides a slideshow of “7 So-Healthy Recipes for Summer.” One of the meals she lists is a kale and blood orange salad. I’m a huge fan of both ingredients, so I was thrilled when I found out it could be whipped up in 7 minutes. Here’s what else Yates lists about the salad.

Ingredients
1 small bunch dino kale
4 small oranges
1 small shallot, very thinly sliced
High quality extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt or other large flake finishing salt

Directions
Remove stems from kale (it’s preferable to have a small bunch of dino kale, the leaves will be less bitter)
Wash greens, dry in a salad spinner or with paper towels and tears into manageable pieces. Massage kale to soften it (more about massaging kale here).
Cut peel from 3 of the blood oranges and slice into rounds.
Combine greens, shallot slices and oranges on a plate.
Drizzle with olive oil, squeeze the juice from the remaining blood orange over the salad and generously sprinkle finishing salt over the top. Serve immediately! (Directly from her blog).

2.Martha Stewart

One of my favorite cooks and home-stylist is Martha Stewart. She offers a variety of spring ideas on her website, and one of these being bacon covered potatoes. Sure this may not be the healthiest of snacks, but they sound delicious. All you need is 8 bacon slices and 16 small potatoes. And the directions are even simpler: “preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each bacon piece around a potato and secure with a toothpick. Place in a baking dish and bake until bacon is crisp and potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, 40 to 50 minutes.” Two ingredients and two steps later and you get these!

bacon potato wraps

bacon potato wraps

Easter Eats

With Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be helpful to list a couple of sites I found useful from cooking websites to personal blogs. Here’s some of the best Easter food ideas I found. Enjoy!

1. 55 No-Stress Easter Dinner Recipes  

The article comes from “Country Living Magazine,” and includes 57 photos of Easter treats and meals. From a creamy bibb and herb salad to deviled eggs with old bay shrimp, this article surely won’t disappoint. Besides posting meals, the website also includes how to make simple, yet tasteful, easter cakes and desserts for those with a sweet tooth.

Easter Cakes

2. Love from the Oven 

“Love from the Oven” is a popular blog which has a post on easter sweets and treats. The blogger, Christi, writes about her experience with PEEPS Style Sugar Cookie Pops, Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes, Salted Carmel Easter Popcorn and more. Her blog is fun, creative and definitely gets you in the mood for Easter! I highly recommend checking out Christi’s page if you want to have a little fun while baking this coming Sunday!

3. Easter Cocktails and Virgin Drinks 

Okay, so we have dinner and dessert, but what about drinks? “Chow” offers a wide selection of drinks to whip up if having a small get together on Easter or if throwing a party. Some of these include the classic Mimosa, a refreshing mint Limonata, Bloody Mary’s, White Wine Spritzers and more. The website includes quick recipes and great pictures! Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a little “buzz” on the holiday!

 

 

St. Patty’s Day Dishes

Although St. Patrick’s Day was Tuesday, I don’t believe the holiday should be just one day long, but should be celebrated for the entire week! To maintain the festive spirit, I thought I’d post some links from one of my online communities (reddit). The St. Patty’s day dishes some of the members in this online community have created and have come up with is just awesome and I believe that the ideas could help many of you who wish to create your own St. Patty’s traditional meals next year, or in the nearby future!

1. This Reuben Sandwich

http://imgur.com/qd1U0Us

http://imgur.com/qd1U0Us

If you don’t know what a reuben sandwich consists of, it basically includes corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and russian dressing compressed between two slices of rye bread. Since corned beef is a St. Patty’s day tradition, there’s no reason why the reddit user, Normativity, would not post this scrumptious picture.  The link got over one million views, and I can see why…

2. Irish Themed Jell-O shots 

http://imgur.com/LTJ9Uat

http://imgur.com/LTJ9Uat

*This St. Patty’s Day festive drink is for those of you 21 or older obviously!* While growing up and learning about the holiday, I realized that many people (especially Americans) link St. Patty’s Day with drinking and partying. To be honest, I read somewhere that this day was actually once a “dry holiday” which is quite ironic. But, speaking in terms of present day, there are many that spend March 17 flocking from bar to bar and party to party. Whether you’re attending an event or hosting your own holiday gathering, these refreshing and rather tasty looking Jell-O shots could be quite the crowd pleaser!

3. Green Hummus Dip 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12943/st-pattys-day-green-hummus-dip.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12943/st-pattys-day-green-hummus-dip.html

This could be one of my favorite St. Patty’s day links. The best part about this hummus is that it’s just regular hummus but has a bit of green food coloring in it which makes it a festive and holiday treat. “MindBodyGreen” writer Holli Thompson created this post and not only includes her recipe in the link above, but talks about how easy it is to prepare and also recommends replacing the pita chips on the side with carrot sticks or celery for a healthier option. The snack is perfect for any age and I highly recommend this St. Patty’s Day goodie!

 

These were just three of the links that stood out to me while looking at my reddit community today. Basically, I realized if you make a dish that contains either corned beef, alcohol or is green… than anything goes and is considered festive for St. Patty’s!

Listicle: Homemade Panera Cream Cheese Potato Soup

In case you’re unaware of the term “listicle,” what I basically mean is that each week I will post a couple of my favorite links in which I wish to share with the rest of you. So here we go:

 As a college student I am often eating at “fast-food” and “chain” joints such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Five Guys Burgers & Fries…etc. One of my favorite places to eat when I’m not scarfing down Lehigh food is Panera Bread. As an online and media addict, I came across a link which explains how to make your own Panera cream cheese potato soup (recipe by food.com member, Shawn H). How great is this! We all know how much of a hassle it is to get in your or a friends’ car, drive all the way to a Panera Bread (which can be hard to find depending on your location) and wait in that long line to place and finally receive your order. Therefore, I thought every Panera and food lover (college student or not) should take a look at this homemade Panera soup recipe. Not only does it involve little ingredients, but it’s super easy to make! And as much as I love food, I’m not the best chef! I highly recommend checking it out!

http://www.food.com/recipe/paneras-cream-cheese-potato-soup-150863

Photo credit: http://www.food.com/recipe/paneras-cream-cheese-potato-soup-150863

Photo credit: http://www.food.com/recipe/paneras-cream-cheese-potato-soup-150863

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