Game Day Recipe Round-Up and Giveaway Winners!

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Oct 242011

Football all day Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday nights, basketball (when there’s not a lockout), soccer, the World Series for baseball, and most importantly, San Jose Sharks hockey games…

There are so many games going on this time of the year and not enough time to watch everything! But we make time. Because watching sports is fun. Unfortunately, I never really watch basketball though (sorry to disappoint all you basketball fans and my best friend). But no matter which sport, what I love more is the company you’re with when you watch the games. And what I love almost just as much are the snacks and food made to sustain you through the 2 plus hours of the game. Ok, ok, I may like the food more than the games. Except Sharks games.

But in any case, whether you are a die-hard super sports fan or a I-have-no-idea-what-is-going-on-during-this-play viewer, here is a round up of some game day snacks and food ideas to keep everyone in the room happy–Enjoy!

From Life Tastes Like Food:

Crab and Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Buffalo Fries

Spicy Corn and Black Bean Guacamole

Crab and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet Potato Fries

 From other blogs:

Football decorated chocolate dipped strawberries via The High Heeled Hostess

Chili bites via Southern Living 

Buffalo Wings via The Culinary Chronicles

Nested Potato Skins via Just a Pinch

YUM! Happy Monday, Everyone!!

And congratulations to Alex and Peggy for winning a pair of touchscreen Agloves from last week’s giveaway!!! Please email me if you already haven’t yet in order to get your gloves shipped out asap! 

Oct 182011


Have I mentioned how much I love Fall? And my affinity for pumpkin-flavored things? Oh, I haveee? Well, here’s one more for the list: pumpkin snickerdoodles!

The subtle pumpkin flavor adds a nice spin to your everyday snickerdoodle, and the cookie comes out so soft and chewy! It’s a great dessert to bring to a potluck, party or just to have around the house on a Sunday afternoon.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Recipe (only slightly adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen)

  • 2 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 Cups sugar plus another 1/4 cup
  • 2 Sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Large egg
  • 3/4 Cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. In a separate bowl, cream together the softened butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the pumpkin puree and mix everything thoroughly. Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture a little at a time until everything is incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

In a small, shallow bowl, mix together the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Take a heaping teaspoon full of dough* and roll it into a ball. Roll the ball in the sugar/cinnamon mixture, and the place the ball on the cookie sheet. Flatten the ball so it’s about 1/4-1/2 inch thick (if you want thicker cookies,  flatten the ball a little bit less). Make sure you space the cookies about 2 inches apart from each other.

Bake cookies for 9-12 minutes or until the edges and bottom start turning golden brown. The flatter you make the cookies, the shorter the bake time.

Makes about 2 dozen large cookies

*If the dough seems too sticky just let it sit for about 5 or 10 minutes. It should be easier to work with once it sits for a little bit.

Now, the giveaway!

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Since the weather is getting colder and we are celebrating Fall, I’m holding a giveaway! Agloves was kind enough to offer a pair of these awesome touchscreen gloves to TWO lucky Life Tastes Like Food readers! 

These gloves are unique in the sense that they are stitched with silver thread! This is great because if you’re using a phone with a touch screen, your iPod, or iPad, you don’t have to take off your gloves to use it anymore! The silver thread throughout the gloves creates a reaction so your touch screen can sense your finger taps correctly. I’ve given these glove a try, and they are really neat! My hands usually get really cold during the winter too, and I also take a lot of trips up to Lake Tahoe throughout the snow season so they’ll be perfect for Fall/Winter–I’ll definitely be using them as glove liners when I go snowboarding! With normal gloves, you have to take them off and use your bare finger tips in order to use your phone. Not anymore! :)

I bet you guys who live in especially cold weather could use a pair of these. I’d like to think that it gets really cold here in California so I embrace winter gear like the next storm of the century is going to hit tomorrow, but I think maybe it’s just because I’m just a wimp when it comes to anything below 50 degrees.

If you win, you can choose from three different types: standard, bamboo (the sustainable version), or a sport fit (which is more snug). Get more info and/or check them out here.

So here are the details:

  • When: Giveaway starts TODAY and ends this Saturday, October 22nd at 9PM PST
  • What: Two winner will each receive a pair of gloves of their choice (Standard, Bamboo, or Sport) from Agloves
  • How: You can enter up to 6 different ways to increase your chances of winning by filling out the form below. You can do as many or as few entries as you’d like.

*If you’re already subscribed, “like” the blog on Facebook, and/or follow the blog on Twitter, then just click “I did this!” to give yourself that entry. All winning entries will be checked for qualification! Good luck, Everyone!

[Also, if you are certain you want a pair of these gloves, is having a deal that allows you to purchase a $24 voucher for the site for only $12! Deal starts Wednesday, October 19th and ends this Friday, October 21st, so hurry and grab one if you want a pair!]


Aug 212011

About a month ago (wow, time flies!), I wrote a guest post for my friend, Shellina, over at The Frugal Flambe. Now, that same pitcher of Thai tea I made for the post is definitely gone, and I’ve been craving it for, oh, about a month. Not to mention that within this time frame Shellina and her family have gained a new addition to their family! Their new little bundle of joy, Abigail, is so beautiful! Congratulations, Shellina!

Also, congratulations to the three winners of the coffee cup giveaway: Sunni, Sarah Michelle, and Jhenifer! Please email me at for more information on how to receive your prize!

Thanks to everyone that entered!

BUT WAIT, as a consolation prize (because I truly wish I could give everyone one of these awesome mugs), here is a 10% off coupon code for any order at Dawn’s Etsy Shop! So if you want one (or ten) of these cute cups, you can still get them at a discounted price! Just use the code: Yummy2011 when you check out.

Now, back to the Thai iced teas…if you’ve ever tried them, then you know they’re pretty delicious. Here’s the guest post I wrote :


Creamy, sweet, rich, and ORANGE. I love every aspect of it. As a huge fan of Thai food and anything spicy, Thai iced tea is a perfect compliment to any meal. This black tea is brewed, sweetened, and then served over ice. Whenever I go out to Thai food, this drink calls to me and more often than not, I give in and order one. Or two! And furthermore, my heart really races with excitement when a restaurant offers bottomless Thai iced teas–it’s seriously like Christmas for me. I just love Thai iced teas!

But at $3 (or so) bucks a pop, they are not awesome for my wallet. So I decided that there had to be a better way to get my fix. I decided to take a stab at making it myself and immediately ran to the store. I got the main ingredients at a local Asian market–loose Thai tea leaves (a huge bag for a mere couple of dollars), a can of sweetened condensed milk, and a small carton of half and half. With only 3 ingredients, it’s so easy…

To read the rest of the post and/or for the recipe, click here! [Edit 6/4/12: The link isn’t working so the rest of the post is below!]

I use to work at a restaurant that served Thai teas so I was familiar with making them. The only step I had never done was brew the actual tea itself! “I make tea all the time, this should be a piece of cake,”  I thought to myself. Well, little did I know that I had some learning to do.

I did some research (aka Google-ing) and saw that most recipes said to brew the tea for about 5 minutes. Well, after steeping the loose leaf teafor 5 minutes, the tea looked like the right color but when I tasted it, it was extremely weak when I added the rest of the ingredients (not to mention the ice that watered it down even more). So, I went back to the restaurant where I use to work and asked the cooks. And this is what I found out: the key to brewing Thaitea is using a large amount of tea leaves and simmering it for a very long time. The restaurant suggested steeping the tea leaves for over an hour, but I didn’t have enough time for that, so I tried an express method of simmering it for 30 minutes. And it worked!

Now I can have my weekly fix of Thai iced tea, and it tastes just as good as it does when ordered in a restaurant, if not fresher. And now you can make it at home too!

Thai Iced Tea* (serves 3-4)

  • 8 Cups of water
  • 3/4 Cup thai tea leaves
  • 1 Can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of half and half (for each serving)
  • Ice cubes

Bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Place the tea leave either directly into the water or use a large tea strainer. Boil for about 5-10 minutes and then bring down to a simmer for 20 minutes or longer. (The longer you boil it, the more concentrated the tea will get which is better for flavor, but you will have less tea overall at the end because a lot of the liquid boils out.)

Once tea is done simmering, remove from stove and strain the tea leaves out of it. Then let it completely cool. You can even refrigerate it if you want.

For individual servings, take a glass and add 1 cup of the Thai tea concentrate, 1/4 cup of condensed milk, and 2 tablespoons of half and half. Mix together well, and then fill the rest of the glass with ice.

The mixture should be rich, sweet, and creamy. The ice cools it down and dilutes it a little bit. It’s just a perfect drink for any summer evening or meal!

*There is a variation to this recipe: some places add sugar to their tea…personally, that’s too sweet for me since the condensed milk already adds a lot of sweetness, but by all means go for it if you like your Thai teas nice and sweet!

Aug 182011

After reading Jessica’s cookie post from her blog How Sweet It Is, I could not get cookies out of my mind!

So first, I used her recipe to make Heath Bar and walnut cookies:

They were so good, but I was still dreaming of her cute, colorful cookies. So then I made another batch just like hers–with M&Ms:

Then, I decided to throw in the kitchen sink and made M&M, chocolate chips, AND walnut cookies:

I threw in walnuts at the end to convince myself that they were “healthy”, therefore making it ok to eat more of them. Um, I think I ate about 5 times as many cookies I should have eaten. Whoops!

Yes, I went a little cookie crazy, but I am not sorry at all! At all. My roommates even ate the batch that overcooked because I forgot about them in the oven. Even though I told them not to eat the bad batch, they refused to listen to me and continued to dunk them in milk in order to “soften them up”. So when they weren’t looking, I threw the rest of the overcooked cookies in the trash! Then they yelled at me. But then I baked another batch and all was forgiven.

These cookies (any version) are so delicious. This recipe is now officially my go-to cookie recipe base because the cookies come out so soft and perfect every single time (unless you forget about the last batch and burn them). The secret to getting nice and fat cookies? It comes down to how you place the cookie dough on the cookie sheet! Who would’ve known!!

I’m trying to think of other fillings to add to this cookie base, and I can’t wait to make some more. Really, the sky’s the limit!

I’m thinking a s’more type cookie is in my near future!

Here’s the recipe:

M&M/Heath Bar/Walnut/Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Jessica over at How Sweet It Is)

  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) of salted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Choose your cookie of choice:

  • For M&M cookies: Add 1 Cup of regular or mini M&Ms
  • For Heath Bar/Walnut cookies: Add 3/4 cup of Heath Bar pieces (I just chopped them up with a knife) and 1/2 cup walnut pieces, chopped
  • For Chocolate chip/walnut/M&M cookies: Add 1/2 cup of M&Ms, 1/2 cup walnut pieces (chopped), 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Melt and cool butter, then set aside (I melted the butter in the microwave and then stuck it in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes until it was cool). In a bowl, mix the flour and baking soda together. In a separate bowl, combine the butter and sugars with a whisk. Then add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla and mix everything together. Slowly add the flour and baking soda mixture to the bowl until a dough forms. (This is when I moved from using a whisk to a baking spatula).

Fold in the M&Ms (or whatever ingredient you’re using).

Stick the dough in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Take the dough out, then using a tablespoon, spoon out two tablespoons of dough and roll it into one ball. Take the ball and rip the dough in half. Place the ripped side down on the cookie sheet, and then take the second half and squish it (ripped side up) on the first half (see the picture above!). Leave about 2 inches of space between each cookie.

Bake for 12-16 minutes or until edges are starting to get slightly brown (mine baked for 16).

Between each batch, put the dough back in the fridge. Once the cookies are completely cooled, enjoy!!

P.S. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a cool mustache mug! It ends this Sunday, so hurry! :)

Aug 112011

Drumroll, please…

So Life Tastes Like Food has recently taken the big step and moved from to being self-hosted. I can do so much more with the site now! The greatest downfall is this: anyone that is currently subscribed to my blog will not receive anymore updates UNLESS THEY SUBSCRIBE AGAIN on the new site (so make sure you re-subscribe!).

To thank you for being fans of Life Tastes Like Food and any trouble this move may have caused, I’m holding a giveaway!! I’m picking not one, not two, but THREE lucky winners. Wheee!

Life Tastes Like Food mustache mugs! How could this NOT brighten up your morning?! They’re so whimsical and cute, I just can’t get enough of them. Thank you Dawn for customizing them for me. See her entire Etsy shop here.

Meet my best friend, Megan.

We drink tea and coffee like this all the time! Well, not really, but we will now!

We had too much fun taking these pictures and just had to share our demonstration of how fun these mugs are. By the way, we’ve been best friends since 5th grade (but we’ve known each other since 1st grade!). She’s my soul sister.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering we took separate pictures with an extra cup–if you win, you won’t be getting the cup in the picture, you’ll be getting a brand new, never-been-posed-with cup!!

Enter below–you can have a total of 6 entires. That’s a pretty good chance of winning, if you ask me ;) Enter once or enter all 6 ways, it’s up to you! And if you’re already subscribed, “Like” the Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter, all you have to do is confirm it below! The giveaway will end next Sunday, August 21st at 10pm PST. Other terms and conditions of the giveaway are below.

Good luck!

You guys are all amazing! So enter, share, and enjoy!

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