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Shake Your Latte Maker

During a recent hypoglycemic jaunt to Whole Foods, I came across a gadget I did not know I needed. Behold the Hario Latte Shaker: a simple plastic device that makes latte foam in about thirty seconds.

Fill to the line with ice cold milk.

Fill to the line with ice cold milk.

I mean, this is genius. I love low tech stuff…I am one of those odd birds who were upset when they got rid of Scantrons and scratch paper for Important Exams.

Shake for about 30 seconds. Ludacris tunes optional.

Shake. Ludacris tunes optional.

Easy to use. Easy to wash. And really kind of unbelievable. I prefer to use whole or two percent milk. Haven’t tried soy milk but almond milk didn’t really foam up. Shake for about 30-40 seconds or until you feel less liquid in one half of the shaker because it has become foam. Don’t shake too long or you might get butter, which sounds delicious, but probably not in your coffee:

Voila!

Voila!

Good morning and Happy Monday!

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No Artificial Colors or Flavors

Afternoon snack.

Pre-run snack.

Roasted cauliflower and yams or sweet potatoes (I get them confused, like alligators and crocodiles). They are one of my favorite snacks. They also make a tasty side dish and are really easy to make. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a 9×11 baking dish with parchment paper. Place the florets, cubed yams (orange, purple or white sweet potatoes) in a single layer on the pan. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and toss contents of pan around to coat. Bake for 20 minutes then stir the veggies around so different parts will get a nice browning. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.  Season with salt to taste. I usually like to add brussel sprouts too (cut them in half), I just didn’t have any on hand today!

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Fiesta Fish en papillote

One of my goals for 2015 was to cook at least twice a week. I’m always on the lookout and/or trying to come up with recipes that I would still be willing to make after a long workday. Other than being tasty, this recipe is fast, easy, and easy to clean-up afterwards because it’s cooked en papillote (Literally means: in paper. I could’ve said that but it doesn’t have the same ring to it).

Fiesta Fish en papillote     Makes dinner for one.

Total time from start to first bite: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

6-8 oz filet of Pacific Cod or tilapia

~3/4 cup frozen corn, defrosted (I like to use Trader Joe’s fire-roasted corn)

~3/4 cup canned black beans

a handful of mini heirloom or cherry tomatoes

1/2 of an avocado

sprigs of cilantro

a pinch each of cumin, red chile pepper and salt

~1 tsp olive oil

lime wedges

parchment paper (I love parchment paper. It is an underrated kitchen essential.)

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place a large piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  • Place the filet in the middle of the paper.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt, cumin and red chile pepper.
  • Place the black beans and corn on and around the filet.
  • Bring the two ends of the paper together lengthwise and roll/scrunch to seal. Do the same with the two shorter ends.
  • Bake for ~12-14 minutes, until the fish is white and flaky. (The thicker the filet, the longer it will need. There’s a reason cod and tilapia aren’t on sushi menus. You can check at 12 minutes and then reseal and pop it back in the oven if the fish doesn’t flake easily with a fork.)
  • While the fish is cooking, cut the avocado into cubes and cut the mini tomatoes in half. If you don’t feel like practicing your knife skills, you could use store-bought pico de gallo and/or guacamole.
  • Remove from oven and transfer packet onto a plate, open the packet (beware of hot steam) and sprinkle the avocado, tomatoes and cilantro sprigs on top.
  • Season with salt to taste (for serving, I like to use a flaky salt like Maldon sea salt) and serve with lime wedges.
  • I eat it as is, straight out of the packet. You can also heat some corn tortillas and voila–fish tacos.
  • Enjoy!
It's a party on a plate!  I swear there's a piece of fish buried under there.

It’s a party on a plate!
I swear there’s a piece of fish buried under there.

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