Waffle Taco?!

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It’s happening … Waffle Taco VS Egg McMuffin! Breakfast is coming to Taco Bell on March 27, 2014.

When someone writes about food and culture, fast food should be honored at least once. It is rather sad that fast food became a part of our food motion. However, when another fast food chain introduces its new product, the promotional campaigns are usually pretty sweet. On top of that, people would probably receive a bunch of coupons in the mail encouraging to try out the new thing.

Waffle Taco from Taco Bell looks fairly appealing on the picture. I will definitely try it. Just out of curiosity.

In less than a month, consumer will have a larger choice for a quick breakfast stops. Forbes Magazine says that McDonald’s should watch out as market will get tough. 

Here is the link to Taco Bell website with a display of the new breakfast menu: http://www.tacobell.com/food/menu/breakfast-menu

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“They Fit Together Like PB&J or Dinner for Two on One Plate”

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It was on one of those nights when you don’t mind to cook, but you don’t want to clean after. In addition, there are no paper plates in the house. But guess what? You can serve a meal for two people on the one big plate. It actually turned out to be quite convenient and way less cleaning.

This photo might look fancy, but it was an easy and n0-mess meal to prepare. To make this meal, I borrowed tips and techniques from a few cultures. For example, people in Ukraine just love garlic, so I include it in almost every chicken or meat dish I make. I never tried asparagus before I moved to the US, but now, I absolutely love it. Lemon Pepper Seasoning was something that I have tried randomly and grew really fond of it.

Here is what you need:

1 oversized chicken breast (easily obtained in Giant Eagle or your local grocery store)

10 asparagus spears

1 cup instant rice (I used GE brand, it was like $2 for the whole box)

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Salt

Pepper

1 tbs minced garlic

1 ts butter

Pam Olive Oil Cooking spray

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Chicken: Preheat oven to 425. Spray cooking sheet with cooking spray. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper and place it on slightly warmed and already oiled sheet. Spread minced garlic on top of the chicken and spray with Pam. Bake it for 40 minutes or until it doesn’t bleed if cut through.

Asparagus: Place asparagus spears on the cooking sheet. You can put it on the same sheet with chicken. Spray with Pam and season with Lemon Pepper Seasoning. Bake for 5-6 minutes. Don’t forget to wash your asparagus and cut off tiny pieces from the bottom of each spear.

Rice: Cook rice as it is said on the box. The only thing I did differently is I added Lemon Pepper Seasoning after the water just boiled. This is what gave rice a slightly lemon flavor and yellow color.

I’m officially obsessed with the asparagus spears. It tastes good, looks good, and it’s super healthy for you. Also, something I never knew before is that asparagus is a Spring vegetable. Here is an article that will tell you more about asparagus and its goodness: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=12

If you choose to use better quality rice or even brown rice, here is a link that will tell you how: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-rice-on-the-stove-44333

Bon Appétit!

“What’s for desert?” – “Zebra!”

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I made an attempt to translate this recipe from Russian to English. I found it on my Ukrainian social network. The actual origin of this Zebra cake is unknown, yet it looks very cute and tastes great. Easy to make too. Here is how it’s done…

You will need:

5 eggs

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1 cup sour cream

1 stick butter

2 table sp. cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)

1 tea sp. baking soda and vinegar

Preheat oven to 375.

Beat eggs and sugar until white frosting. Add flour, melted butter, sour cream, baking soda and vinegar, and stir thoroughly. If you have a kitchen mixer or blender, you can use that too.

Now here is a trick how to give your cake some stripes. Divide batter into two even parts. Add cocoa powder tone part. Pour small portions of different batters into the center of your baking pan. Do not stir!

Bake it for 35-40 minutes. Watch the middle of the cake. If the center of the cake is still raw, but the top part is getting crispy, cover it with foil wrap, lower heat to 350, and bake it for a little bit longer.

You can put your favorite frosting when the cake cools off, or you can enjoy it just the way it was baked.

About me

20131223_185633408_iOSTo my dear readers…
Hello, and, yes, my blog is about food. But before we proceed, I would like to introduce myself.
I’m not a chef, and I probably enjoy to eat more than cook, but ever since I baked my first apple pie cooking became my passion. I love trying new dishes, making food at home, or eat out.
When I left Ukraine almost five years ago, I had to adjust to different products and simply open myself to new recipes. My cooking now is a combination of family recipes passed on in my family and everything that looks appealing.
Food is an endless topic appropriate in scope for any sort of discussion. In this blog, I would love to share with my readers everything that I’ve learned so far about culture and foods.
Thank you for your patience.
Sincerely, Olena.

About Wine and Dine

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