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How To Make Cold Brew Coffee (like Starbucks)

Have you waited in line at Starbucks… just to get to the register and the barista tells you, “we’re out of cold brew for the day”?!  I was at the Starbucks in Target when that happened and ended up walking down the kitchen appliance aisle and purchased the coffee appliances.  So now, I make as much cold brew I want and can have it any time I crave it.  It tastes just like Starbucks cold brew and it’s so easy to make!  Lastly, you save a lot of money doing a one-time purchase on these two appliances than spending $5+ per cold brew at Starbucks. What you need: Coffee bean grinder $12 French press $20 Coffee beans – your choice of coffee beans, not coffee ground. Filtered water Creamer/milk (optional) – original creamer or any flavor you like. Method: Grind 8-10 tablespoons of coffee beans using your coffee grinder.  Ensure that your settings are on coarse setting, not fine!  If your coffee beans are too fine, it will seep through the french press.  It’s okay …

Simple Spaghetti Squash Recipe

A healthy alternative to pasta noodles! In addition – easy, inexpensive, and takes less than an hour to make. I went to the local market and spent only $14 and it’s great for two people plus leftovers. Sounds like a win-win situation. Ingredients Squash Fresh parsley Garlic Meat sauce Ground beef Olive oil Salt Pepper Dried oregano Like my previous recipe posts – eyeball it to your liking (no measuring cups). BAM!!! *think Emeril* Steps Pre-heat oven 375F Cut the squash in half lengthwise Discard the seeds Drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper Flip them face down and in the oven it goes for 40 minutes Cook the ground beef with garlic Drain the excess oil from the cooked beef Add salt, pepper, oregano, minced parsley, and meat sauce (I used the pre-made Ragu can to make it faster) Once the squash is done – flip it back over and let it cool for a few minutes Using two forks, pull the squash. It should simply fall off. You can definitely tweak this recipe to your …

Easy Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe

Is it spring rolls or is it summer rolls?  Here is my quick thought on that – I call it “spring” rolls because I think of spring as a fresh season with greens.  Hence, the fresh greens in the rolls.  “Summer” rolls reminds me of the hot weather – so I think of the egg rolls being fried in hot heat.  For the purpose of this recipe – my fresh rolls will be called spring rolls! Ingredients: Spring roll wrapper (bánh tráng) Vermicelli noodles (bún) Lettuce Cilantro Shrimp Hoisin sauce Peanut butter Milk Water Olive oil Peanuts (optional) *Note – I do not have specific measurements because I cook my food from eyeballing and tasting it to my own liking! Using measurement tools just takes too long in my opinion with extra things to wash. The wrappers, vermicelli noodles, and hoisin sauce can be found at local Asian and Latino markets. Steps: Boil the vermicelli noodles for 4-5 minutes.  Then drain the noodles and run cold water over it. Peel and cook the shrimp halves …

Valentine’s Day at Home

For our fifth Valentine’s Day – we decided to celebrate it at home for a change. Don’t get me wrong, I love to dress up and go wine and dine at fancy restaurants. However, due to our hectic work schedules lately, I’ve never wanted to be such a homebody until now. My fiancé made steak for dinner and we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine to pair with it. Pros on celebrating Valentine’s Day at home: Way less expensive (food and wine) No rush because we didn’t have dinner reservations Completely comfortable in pajamas No interruptions during dinner (complete privacy) The food was made with LOVE! You can make this simple and inexpensive dinner yourself, in less than an hour and for less than $25 total! Ingredients: New York Strip (10-12oz.) Broccoli Mashed Potatoes (packet/pre-made) Household staples: salt, pepper, butter, olive oil Marinate the steak with salt and pepper in separate zip lock bags the night before. If you don’t have a sous vide, I recommend it because it makes cooking so easy! Fill up …