257. Recipe Faves

Three Cheese "Mexican Style" Sausage Dogs with Avo

Three Cheese “Mexican Style” Sausage Dogs with Avo

Ok, so it’s not like I cook a lot but I had to share some of recipes that have popped up in my Facebook and Instagram feeds (yes, I do follow Chobani online – should you be surprised knowing my obsession with Chobani?). Take for example this amazing hot dog recipe above. How come I never thought to combine avocado with one of my favorite BBQ dishes? I mean, if avo was a condiment offered at my local hot dog stand, I’d probably pile it so high that I’d completely forget about the hot dog. This recipe came from a blog I’ve been following for years called Noble Pig. The woman behind this virtual yumminess is Cathy, who is a certified winemaker, wife, and mother, living up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Plus she went to my alma mater, UC Davis. Go Aggies! Her recipes are fast and delicious, and you really feel connected to her and her family. It’s hometown cooking at it’s best.

Just when I thought my obsession with Chobani yogurt couldn’t get any worse, I came across the company’s recipe site. Oh God. I want to try them all! From Protein Packed Pancakes (see below) to creamy salad dressings, this greek-style yogurt packs a punch to any mundane recipe.

Chobani's Protein Packed Pancakes

Chobani’s Protein Packed Pancakes

Finally, the last recipe I came across recently was for a light summer pasta dish. The constant heat wave we are experiencing here in NYC (or should I just say, er, summer) makes me want to eat ice cream constantly. But since I can’t really eat ice cream for dinner (not every night, at least), this Cavatappi with Bacon and Summer Vegetables does the trick. The smokiness of the bacon paired with the crispy summer vegetables is the perfect combination for this hot weather.

Cavatappi with Bacon and Summer Vegetables

Cavatappi with Bacon and Summer Vegetables

So, with that said, I guess it’s time to break out the pots and pans in my un-airconditioned apartment. Hopefully, my roommates won’t mind me looking like this in the kitchen:

Sweating

*Note to self: Find other recipes specifically tailored for hot weather – like maybe something I can make while sitting in a kiddie pool.

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244. #PrayForBoston

Jessica and Eric minutes after finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon

Jessica and Eric minutes after finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon

This is the picture that all Boston Marathon runners should have been posting yesterday. Instead, a tragedy occurred at the finish line just hours after these courageous athletes started out on their 26.2 mile journey. I’m still trying to wrap my head around what happened at 2:50 p.m. yesterday that cost an 8 year-0ld boy his life, when all he wanted to do was hug his dad at the end of the race. Two other innocent people lost their lives yesterday while hundreds more suffered severe to critical injuries. What possessed someone to plant two bombs during such a joyous and momentous event? I don’t think we’ll ever understand.

I was so relieved to find out that my good friend, Jess, and her boyfriend were safe after crossing the finish line yesterday. As a former reporter for Fortune magazine and current Facebook employee, Jess had the opportunity to share her view of what happened minutes after she finished the race. She also emphasized the importance of social media and the role it played in the aftermath of yesterday’s devastating event. May we all remember to love each other today and be thankful for those closest to us.

 

If you would like to help those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings click here.

203. Ouch

Alvin

You know that guy next to this Alvin Ailey dancer is praying that he doesn’t get tagged on Facebook. #goingtogymtomorrow

159. Are You Tweeting Correctly?

If you have been using Facebook and Twitter to promote your business or brand, listen up. Buddy Media, a social media engagement company, recently conducted a survey of top 1000 Fortune companies. According to their findings, the way brands use (and don’t use) Twitter and Facebook is extremely important when trying to expand consumer engagement. You can’t post something on Facebook and cut and paste it into Twitter. It won’t have the same effect. Read the article to find out what you should be doing. For now here are a few tips from Barc’s resident pup (Simba):

  1. Tweet on the weekends
  2. Include links to on your posts
  3. Use hashtags…sparingly.
  4. Woof!

30. My Drunk Kitchen

No, not mine.  But take a look at Hannah Hart’s.  This funny lady is putting every day kitchens and drunk cooking/eating on the map.  Her web series, called My Drunk Kitchen (MDK), has taken YouTube by storm.  Many of her episodes have reached more than 1 million views and now you can buy MDK merchandise online, become a fan on Facebook, listen to MDK podcasts, or talk directly to Hannah on her website.  Her quick wit and random thoughts about life are what makes the show so entertaining (i.e. “At brunch people whine about problems that aren’t actually problems, so let’s do a little bit of that.  I think Whole Foods has really gone down hill.”).

The Huffington Post, Time.com, and LAWEEKLY.com have all written about why she’s so appealing.  She’s even recorded an episode straight from Burning Man.  Here’s a look at one of my personal favorites, her very special Christmas episode:

Season 2 is on its way to the Internet so stay tuned!

29. Someone just bought a camera for her bday

Yep, bought myself an early birthday present (I’m a Valentine’s Day baby) and right after I made my purchase this picture popped up in my Facebook feed:

Is the universe trying to tell me something???  Just you wait, universe.  Just you wait.

8. So I’ve been thinking about Oprah lately…

While watching the mash-up of 30 Rock, I was reminded that Oprah guest starred in the season premiere a few years ago.  She used to be such a part of my life and now the only time I hear from or about her is on Facebook ( in case you’re wondering she has over 6 million friends).  It made me realize how much influence she really has had on America and beyond.  If anyone is a brand in this country it’s Oprah Winfrey.  Since attending to the University of Oregon, I’ve associated an “O” with the school.  Prior to that, however, if I saw that initial somewhere I’d automatically think of Oprah.  I’m wondering how her network is doing and if she’ll come back to television in a more mainstream way anytime soon.  I think her network is a great idea but you have to have the most premium type of cable in order to view it.

Well, Oprah Winfrey, you’re still one of the most recognized brands in the world and I’m just happy I got to meet you.  I still can’t believe I ever did this: