All posts filed under: Whit’s Tidbits

Whit’s Tidbits: Herbed Lima Bean Hummus

As I said in my last post it’s back to school time! For me that also means it’s time for rush for my sorority and all the other Greeks at NYU. Confused? Yes, we actually do have Greek life at NYU, it’s a little known fact but we do exist. Along with spending hours “flirting” with girls trying to get them to join my sorority, I also decided to contribute by enticing the PNMS (potential new members) with my cooking and baking skills. So far, so good. For those of you who aren’t familiar with recruitment and how rushing goes, lemme give you the sparknotes version. In formal recruitment every girl must see every organization at the beginning and then can narrow down her choices from there. There are hundreds of great girls out there that we have to get to know in just a few nights. It’s our job to impress them, chat them up, and welcome them into Greek life. Smiles and good munchies are highly encouraged to lighten the mood and keep …

Whit’s Tidbits: Roasted Carrot Soup and my Dad’s garden

All summer I’ve been hearing about the wonderful produce coming from my Dad’s garden. Pretty much every time I talk to my parents I hear about the huge white summer squash or the fresh eggplant coming from the garden. I’ve been a little jealous to say the least. Well I am home in Nashville for a few days so I have been taking FULL advantage of the fresh produce Dad is growing. On Sunday he walked in with a massive basket of like fifty carrots and announced “Whitney, find something to do with all of these”. So I did. A few ideas right off the top of my head were carrot cake, carrot cupcakes, or carrot muffins, but my Dad prefers the savory versus sweet, so I had to do a little recipe searching. I found this recipe for Roasted Carrot Soup on Sea Salt with Food, showed it to Dad, asked Mom if she approved, and got to work. Dad helped peel and clean carrots and soon we were all cooking. My mom was …

Whit’s Tidbits: Gazpacho

First off let me apologize for not blogging in over a week! My trusty Mac hard drive broke (for the second time) leaving me without a computer for a week or so. Then once I got my computer back, everything was gone so it took like a day to upload all my pictures because I have over 2,000 on my camera. Whew. But all is well now! Got the computer back and don’t think I needed anything too much that was on my old hard drive, or at least I hope not. My friends and I ventured to the Jersey Shore for the fourth of July to spend the weekend at our friend Elise’s house. All in all a very successful weekend. Good food, friends, and drinks. Scratch that GREAT food. I was so happy to be pampered by Elise’s parents’ cooking. Throughout the weekend we had broccoli slaw, potato salad, brisket, a brie round, burgers and hot dogs of course, and this Gazpacho. This is my friend’s Elise’s recipe and it is fabulous! I …

Whit’s Tidbits: Tilapia with Honey Scallion Dressing

I am very weird about which types of fish I will eat and which I will not. Mostly I like uncooked fish, like raw fish in sushi–I’ll pretty much eat any type if it comes wrapped up in some seaweed and rice! But when it comes to fish that is actually cooked I am VERY picky. I pretty much only eat tilapia and salmon. I think my palate is starting to mature a little so I’m getting better about eating more varieties of our gilled friends, but for now I like the most bland and non-fishy fish. Again, if you give me tuna tartare I will eat it in about 2.5 seconds–I love it, but if you sautee that same tuna filet then you best find me some chicken to eat! Anyway, the other day when Ariel and I were tooling around in the grocery as we normally do I saw that they had Tilapia on special so I picked some up and made some for dinner a few nights ago. I didn’t want to …

Whit’s Tidbits: Tofu Shirataki Noodles

Tofu shirawhatwhatwhaaa? That’s what I said when I first heard about these wonder noodles on Hungry Girl. I use the term “wonder noodles” because Tofu Shirataki Noodles are WONDROUS! An entire package of them (8 oz) is only 40 calories. 40 CALORIES! Even if you aren’t watching your figure, or “relaxing off the pounds” as I like to call it, you have to be in awe of the fact that a package of pasta only has 40 freakin’ calories, and get this: 6 g of carbs. WHAT? Yes. It’s time for a PASTA PARTY Y’ALL! Might be too good to be true depending on how you think these noodles taste.  There’s a few things that are different besides these noodles besides there amazing nutritional stats, you gotta handle them a little different than you average penne. The noodles are, as you can guess, made out of tofu. They come in a little package soaked in water and need to be refrigerated (you’ll find them in the refrigerator section of the grocery too). So as a result, you have to rinse …

Whit’s Tidbits: Three S Vegetable Salad

Three S Vegetable Salad: Spinach, Squash, and Sundried Tomatoes. Yes, it really is that easy. I used 3 ingredients in this warm veggie salad and added a little lemon pepper to taste, voila: an easy side dish for lunch or dinner! It’s even great re-heated the next day, or cold straight from the fridge. I used to abhor spinach–I refused to eat it up until like a month ago. Any salad with spinach leaves, ANYTHING with spinach was a no no for me. Good news! I LOVE it now! I’m like Popeye, I can’t get enough spinach. I don’t mean that block of spinach you find in the freezer section in the grocery, I mean fresh spinach leaves. I have been experimenting with cooking spinach lately and I absolutely love it. I cooked this up for me and the folks for dinner the other night and we all agreed–this warm three veggie salad is delicious. The colors are so beautiful, it’s healthy and it’s a great summer side dish. The sun-dried tomatoes really complement the …

Whit’s Tidbits: A Comprehensive Guide to Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream

Frozen yogurt is my jam, ice cream too, but I LOVE fro yo (yeah I’m just that cool, I actually call it that). Luckily most of my friends love this delicious frozen treat as well so I can get my fix with company. For this reason (and because I can’t bake until I’m home tomorrow) I am doing a MEGA frozen yogurt post. It’s summer-ish, it’s hot, and frozen yogurt is perfect for any time of day. So NYCers and beyond read this and have your wallet handy to go out and get your fro yo fix! In no particular order, here is a smattering of some frozen yogurt/ice cream places I frequent: Pinkberry: you knew it would be on here. Chances are if you live in New York or LA you have tried this fro yo. The term frozen YOGURT literally describes this chain, it is actually made from yogurt and tastes like it too. Quite simply if you like the way yogurt tastes then you will love pinkberry, if not then you will …