Angry Birds Cook Book

What exactly made those birds so angry anyway? Oh yeah! Those rotten pigs are stealing their eggs! Now you get to see just what those bad little piggies are doing to aggravate those birds so. This cook book holds a number of delicious egg-based recipes with nomenclature that faintly echoes the absurdity of hurling birds at precariously placed building material. The cook book also features a fair number of angry birds illustrations to compliment the dish you intend to make while making a few nods to the mobile game source material. Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes.

($7.49 @ Amazon)


“Tagalong” Bars: Girl Scouts, Meet Your Maker!

Everyone loves girl scout cookies. I think part of their allure is that you can only have them one time out of the year. You spend the entire year building them up in your head, even resorting to stalking little girls… Apparently stalking children is OK, so long as they’re the ones using the treats to lure you to their vans… “Come over here, I have a van full of cookies”… I’m onto you, girl scouts…

No matter how much you love girl scout cookies, there’s no way you can look past their insane price tags. Well you can, but I had to limit myself to two boxes last year. TWO BOXES!!! I mean, they’re usually parked right outside the grocery store, which sells similar cookies at half the price. I get that we’re helping their cause, but really? Four to five dollars a box? And there’s only like twelve cookies in there… that’s going to last me what, six minutes? Maybe seven if I slow down to savor them…

Some time last week I made the millionaire shortbread recipe from my Baked cookbook, but was completely underwhelmed. I may post the recipe, since tons of people rave about it, but it was just too… monotonous. It didn’t have enough flavor, and the flavor it did have just kinda melded together into one basic flavor: sugar. I tried sprinkling some sea salt on top which helped, but not enough to make me eat them. I had however been planning to try my hand at Tagalongs for some time, and the millionaire shortbread motivated me to finally make them, being that they are similar in that they are layered shortbread bars.

No way I’m rolling and cutting 43824239430 shortbread cookies, pressing a little indent into each one, filling it with peanut butter and then covering it in chocolate. Just typing that made me tired. Bar form? Now that’s what I’m talking about. I knew what not to do with the shortbread from the millionaire bars, so I found a new shortbread recipe and set myself on the path to girl scout cookie heaven. If you like Tagalongs, you’ll love these – they’re so good. You must make them. Must.

In honor of “Peanut Butter Month” here at Foodbeast, and because Girl Scout Cookie Season doesn’t start for another 64 days, 4 hours, and 12 minutes… HOME MADE TAGALONG BARS!!!

Home Made “Tagalong” Bars

For the cookie layer

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the peanut butter layer

  • 1 2/3 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer*

  • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes

For the cookies:

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and milk. Add flour and mix on low until just incorporated. It will be on the dry side.
  3. Pour out onto parchment paper and form into general rectangle shape. Roll close to 9 x 13” and transfer into 9 x 13 baking pan. Press into bottom of pan until it reaches the edges, leaving a slight lip on the edges.
  4. Poke holes in shortbread with a fork and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes, until lightly golden on top. Cool completely on wire rack before topping.

For the filling:

  1. Beat the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until mixed. Spread over shortbread layer. It will be thick and difficult to spread, an offset spatula worked best for me J

For the topping:

  1. Melt chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in a double boiler*. Pour over peanut butter layer and place in fridge to harden.


*If you’re lazy you can use just melted chocolate, about 7 or 8 ounces will cover it.

*Melt in a double boiler, a non-reactive bowl over simmering water, or a microwave in 30 sec intervals @ 50% power

*Cut with a knife, wiping with a warm, damp cloth in between. They may get a little messy…

[ shorbread adapted from here ]

[ chocolate layer adapted from Baked ]


OCD Cutting Board for OCD Chefs

Do you suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Do you bring that with you into the kitchen. Well this nifty board will make things easier for you. The OCD “Obsessive Chopping Disorder” board is made from beechwood and will measure out everything you chop to the tiniest detail! It measures at 9 x 12 inches and can be purchased at Spoon Sisters.

Now cooking can feel like you’re in high school math class again!

Fast Food

Fast Food: Is It Worth The Cost?

Are fast food meals actually cheaper than home cooked meals? Mark Bittman, author of “How to Cook Everything” and columnist on The New York Times, says forget about it.

According to Bittman, we’ve created this mythical idea that junk food has a better value nutritionally and economically, thanks to value menu items and our need for quick calorie throughout the day. Bittman argues that the calories we find in home-cooked meals could easily make up for the amount that we need in a day, and that we would still be able to have enough leftover cash to buy even more food.

“The fact is that most people can afford real food,” states Bittman. “We have to assume that money alone doesn’t guide decisions about what to eat.”

One reason so many of us choose fast food (myself included) is for its major convenience, and I’m sure that we can all relate when it comes to not wanting to cook after a long day’s work. The real issue, that Bittman states, is that we don’t cook enough, either because we don’t have the time, or because we simply don’t see the joy in it.

Ultimately, Bittman is urging everybody to get out there and cook more, for the sake of our bodies, our wallets, and for the new generation (so they don’t think fast food is the only food option). If you’d like to check out the whole article, feel free to check it out here. I couldn’t condense all of it, so I highly recommend checking it out!


Nutella Soufflé

Whenever I hear the word Soufflé, I always think about culinary school graduates baking incredibly difficult dishes like risotto or Soufflés. My theory is probably completely ill-advised, but what I do know is that Le Cordon Bleu (A prestigious culinary school) isn’t teaching its students how to make these Nutella Soufflés! This fluffy soufflé creates some huge flavor with very a minimal amount of ingredients, including: egg yolks, melted Nutella, Frangelico (Hazelnut Liqueur), vanilla and a pinch of salt. If you want to get your Iron Chef skills on and try baking this Nutella Soufflé, make sure to stop by GracesSweetLife for the whole recipe!


How Many USB Ports Does It Take to Cook Meat?

Never want to leave the comfort of your computer screen to indulge in fresh cooked meat? If you have a USB-powered cup warmer and enough USB ports, you can! How many USB ports do you think it takes to cook meat, find out here!


Boil Buoy

We have all probably started to boil some water and walked away, only to come back to it exploding all over your stove. The Boil Buoy will forever change that problem for you. Just like a buoy in the ocean, it floats on the surface and when your water is boiling it will begin to chime, letting you know it’s time to add your food in. Perfect for when you’re cooking up some crack. (Thx IncredibleThings)


Foodwishes: "Cook with a Fearless Joy"

Looking for some real homemade cooking that has culinary grad written on it but is simple enough to actually do? Foodwishes is the answer you have been searching for.