Some months ago, one of my first kittensharks articles was a review of Amazon’s Kindle Fire; I discussed the purchase in terms of what made me decide to buy it instead of an iPad ($$$) and what I found useful about it in terms of my life and how I would be using it. These are pretty general terms for a review, and I still think that, at that time, I made the right decision. Things changed a few months later and I needed more productivity than the Kindle Fire could provide, so I was forced to make a change in devices. Here is the story about how and why I bought an iPad as well as a description of its usefulness to me.
Good news, everyone!
I updated the header image finally. Love it or hate it, it’s still bright pink, and that’s how it will always be. I also made a Facebook page (go Like it!!!) because people seem to need that for whatever reason. Anyway, there are some great new additions coming up today and in the next week, so keep watching!
Also: Zelda’s updated review of the Kindle Fire/iPad situation and new book reviews - PLUS a new kittenshark!!!
I have just been advised by the lovely Nikki Martin herself that she has taken the name devised by your favorite kittensharks and made a much better recipe than the half-assed version we gave you a couple days ago! Here is her official recipe and photo as well as a link to her Facebook page, where it is posted:
Wondering what to drink tonight while watching Food Network #Star? Sip on a delicious ‘Nikki Martini’.
( Clever Name courtesy of my KittenSharks)
Nikki in a glass: Fun, Flirty, A touch of Spice & Might Bite ya in the Ass Later!
PASSION JALAPENO NIKKI MARTINI
2 oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice/Puree
1/2 Jalapeno Seeded and Sliced
Muddle Jalapeno slices with lime & simple. Add Tequila and Passion Fruit (Peach or Grapefruit works too)
Shake it like a Polaroid Picture
Strain and Serve up. Garnish with a Jalapeno Slice.
In honor of Food Network Star contestant Nikki Martin, who was sadly eliminated in last week’s episode, the kittensharks have created a recipe for a martini with grilled. We forgot to bring our gin to the tiki bar, so it was made with vodka. Half-assed recipe follows:
So, tonight we learned that Nikki Martin was eliminated from Food Network Star. If you
know anything about kittensharks, then you know that we are obsessed with Food Network Star. (If you don’t know anything about kittensharks, then you are a jackass.) Kittensharks are traditionally #TeamAlton because, as you know, we are huge fans of Alton Brown. However, through a series of tweets with Nikki Martin, we learned that she is a classy and interesting lady who has some stuff to teach us about grilling food.
Tonight, I was extremely disappointed to see her removed from the running in place of Michelle on Bobby Flay’s team. I think it was a huge mistake in the producers’ decision. Nikki might not be everyone’s idea of “classic” food show host, but she is attractive, interesting and informative. Which is what one ought to want in an informative food show. I don’t eat meat, but I would be interested in some of her tips on grilling vegetables. I don’t know what any of the other contestants would have to say on this subject because they don’t seem to care. I think Nikki does.
I’m going to launch a campaign to get a Nikki Martin Show on Food Network. I think you should join me. Yeah? Do it.
If you are interested in joining, email firstname.lastname@example.org or start tweeting @FoodNetwork that you want a #NikkiMartinShow immediately! Nikki is a classy lady and has a lot to teach us. As a Food Network viewer, that’s what I’m looking for. What about you?
It’s finally happening! Potbelly Sandwich Shop is opening a location in Boston. There is technically already an open location, but it is in the airport, so it would be a pretty expensive lunch if one wasn’t already planning on taking an air trip that day. (That doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about it.)
The opening date isn’t official yet, but I will keep you updated and eventually add a countdown clock . In the mean time, check out the news page: Boston Opening.
Every Taco Tuesday needs a special taco, and I enjoy finding new and exciting ways to celebrate said fun day. As a vegetarian, people tend to think the options are fairly limited, but they have come a long way from the once glorious, single delight of Taco Bell releasing the potato soft taco (and gotten better for you, I might add).
My favorite thing about this recipe is switching out sour cream for fat free plain Greek Yogurt. The texture is velvety and the nutrition is great, not to mention the (I think) better taste.
Nick is a huge fan of real meat, but even he really enjoyed these!
Half-assed recipe follows:
Once in a while, the “NEED TO BAKE NEED TO BAKE NEED TO BAKE” urge takes me over. Usually I’ll just make some cupcakes or something, but sometimes I want to try something new and different, especially if it will please a friend. Fellow kittenshark Ashley loves cheesecake, and it just so happened that when I had this urge to bake something, it was almost Nick’s birthday; he also loves cheesecake. Settled. Gotta make cheesecake.
Since I’d never made a cheesecake before, I scoured the internet for the right recipe for me, and because I knew I wanted to make mini versions, I ended up using one I found at a wonderful site and only slightly adapting it. Since she said it best, please check out Annie’s Eats for the full recipe.
The adaptations I made were using Chocolate graham cracker crumbs instead of chocolate cookie crumbs (I don’t like Oreos), Natural Balance Vegan Buttery Spread instead of butter, Egg Beaters Egg Whites instead of Eggs and no salt. It was still pretty tasty! In fact, Ashely said, “This might be the best dessert I’ve ever had.”
I baked 4 mini cheesecakes in glass ramekin and made cupcakes out of the rest. With future cheesecakes, I hope to have a more attractive looking final product, but all the different crap about how to know when your cheesecake is done had me pretty spooked.
If you want the recipe for the ganache seen in the first picture, click here.