Food/Recipes

Pizookie

Pizookies are life. If you have never had one before, you are missing out. A pizookie is a large cookie mad in a pan, topped with ice cream. BJ’s Sports bar and Grill is known for concocting this delicious dessert, and so we salute them today for their genius taste buds.

I have tried and failed numerous times in the past in attempt to make my own pizookie at home. But, thanks to the Pinterest user HowSweetsEats, I now have found the perfect recipe. It’s so simple, quick and only uses a few ingredients (which my wallet is thankful for).

The Ingredients:

1 ½ cup Flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 stick of butter

1 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

8 inch cast iron skillet

 

Here's How:

First Step: Melt the butter.  

Second Step: Add sugars (both brown and white). Mix the ingredients thoroughly until it comes to a caramel-like texture. Then, remove the skillet from the heat and let it sit for a couple of minutes. You want the mix to be warm, not hot.

Third Step: Whisk in an egg and vanilla extract.

Fourth Step: Mix in the remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt).

Fifth Step: Now that you have a batter, mix in the chocolate chips.

Sixth Step: Put the skillet in the over set at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes.

Once you take it out of the oven, let it sit for just a few minutes, and top it with ice cream while it’s still hot. And there you have it! The masterpiece is complete!

For more recipes by HowSweetsEats, visit http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2012/05/dark-chocolate-chunk-skillet-cookie/

Also, check out the FRC Pinterest page to find this exact recipe for more details!

Banana Split on a Stick

Here’s a fun recipe that your children can help you with, its super simple and a great way to spend family time in the kitchen. You can serve the super tasty treat at get-togethers, pool parties, barbecues, children birthdays, and any other celebration you can think of. There great and not as messy as the traditional banana splits. You can read the article here.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • ¼ lb cored pineapples
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 cup dipping chocolate
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
  • 12 Popsicle sticks (or skewers)
  • Wax paper/ parchment paper
  • tray

Instructions

  1. Remove the leaves and stems from the strawberries and cut them in half.
  2. For each strawberry half cut a banana and pineapple the same size.
  3. Get a tray and line it with wax paper/ parchment paper.
  4. Then add a pineapple, banana, and strawberry to the skewer/Popsicle sticks.
  5. Put the skewers with fruit on the tray and Continue till there are no more skewers left.
  6. Place the tray in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  7. Put the chopped peanuts  in a small plate to use for dipping
  8. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until it’s melted and smooth. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.
  9. Lastly, dip the cold fruit in chocolate, then into the peanuts, then place them back on the tray.

Local Grub

The best part about living in a small college town is the local food. Stillwater has so many locally owned restaurants, I feel like I discover a new one every week.  I have made a list of my personal top favorite places to eat in Stillwater that you can’t find anywhere else

 

Eskimo Joes 

Stillwater’s Jumpin’ Little Juke Joint. If you’re only in town for Stillwater to make it to one restaurant, it has to be Eskimo Joes. You have to go to Joes. You have to order cheese fries. And you have to get a soda so that you get a free cup. Joe’s is a fun, family restaurant with a little college kick.

Café 88 

I lived in Stillwater for three years before finding this hole-in-the-wall restaurant, and it was right across the street! Café 88 is home of what I deem the most delicious and spicy Asian food on the planet. With 5 levels of spicy to choose from, you’ll be sure to leave with a kick in your step. They also handcraft their own bubble tea.  In the back, they boil the tapioca balls, brew the tea and add whatever flavor you request, and then they seal it tight at your own wish! Brilliant!

 

Granny's

This place will taste even better than your own grannie’s kitchen. Granny’s is only open for breakfast. But, I’ll be the first to say, if my alarm clock is set for me to go to Granny’s, I will not be hitting the snooze button. I will spring out of bed with a smile if I know I’m about to eat Granny’s breakfast.

 

Da Vinci’s 

Walking into Da Vinci’s is like leaving Oklahoma and enter Italy. This little restaurant doesn’t really stand out amongst the crowd, and you wouldn’t really think much of it. But the food, the setting, the staff – it’s all incredible. Da Vinci’s Italian menu is delicious and if you’re in the mood for some real spaghetti, I highly recommend a visit.

 

Thai Café 

So much food that it’s impossible to not get a to-go box, all for a price a college student can afford? Yes! I’m a picky eater, so the first time my friend and I went to eat here, I was a little hesitant with such a large menu.  But boy was I in for a treat! If you want to take a date somewhere that won’t leave you eating ramen noodles the next two weeks, I recommend Thai Café.

 

Blue Spruce

Now, it may be on a little bit of the pricey side. But let me tell you, this gelato is worth every penny. With so many flavors to choose from, everyone will leave with a new favorite flavor. The atmosphere of the room is so cozy and relaxed, it makes it impossible to leave. And then they throw in live music every now and again and the shop turns into the best date spot in all of town.

 

Shortcakes 

Also known as a hometown IHOP. Shortcakes is here 24 hours a day to satisfy and pancake craving you have. Located right off the main road, you can swing by in between classes, for diner, or for breakfast like a normal person.

 

Ranchers Club 

The finest cuisine in Stillwater, made by the finest residents of Stillwater. The Ranchers Club has it all. The chefs are the hard workers that provide for OSU dinning all day, everyday. The staff knows what the students want, because they’re students too. The Ranchers Club is a fine dining experience that anyone can appreciate. And the best part is, you can bursar it. Take the family or a date out for an elegant dinner, bursar, please!

 

Red Rock Bakery 

Stillwater is lucky to have two Red Rock Bakeries, one on each side of town. They open up when you wake up and are sure to bring you the best on-the-go breakfast in town. The location on the north side of town has a drive-thru for you busy-bodies, while the one on the south side of town has a large dining space. So whatever pace of breakfast you crave, Red Rock Bakery is the choice.

Cherry Coke popsicles

Popsicle's taste great, especially during the summer heat. Here’s a great Popsicle recipe with a cherry twist! You can view the Pinterest post here for more details. Here’s what you’ll need for a Cherry Coke Popsicles.

Ingredients

  • 16-20 oz cola
  •  1 jar maraschino cherries - will need 12-24 cherries

Instructions

  1. Separate maraschino cherries from the maraschino cherry juice. Keep the juice and cherries.
  2. Cut 18-24 cherries in-half then place 3-6 cherry halves in the Popsicle freezer molds.
  3. Pour maraschino cherry juice over the cherries in each mold to fill up each mold.
  4. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  5. When the cherry juice is frozen, move on to the next step.
  6. Pour cola over the cherries and juice in each mold - leaving ¼" head-space in each mold.
  7. Cover and place Popsicle sticks down into each Popsicle - push firmly and into the frozen cherry portion.
  8. Freeze overnight.
  9. When ready to serve, gently remove the Popsicles. If needed, dip the molds (do not immerse) in lukewarm water but just for a few seconds and only long enough to loosen the Popsicles.
  10. Enjoy!

 

...We all scream for ICE CREAM

The summer heat can drive anyone insane, well cool down with a tasty summer treat. There’s nothing better than homemade ice cream, in the middle of the summer. I found this terrific recipe on Pinterest, check it out here.

 

Materials:

(1 serving)

  • 2 sandwich-sized baggies
  • 2 gallon-sized baggies
  • ½ cup of half-and-half (or milk)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • ½ cup of rock salt
  • winter gloves

Now that you have your materials, let’s get to work.

  1. Pour ½ cup of half- &-half (or milk) into one sandwich sized bag.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  3.  Remove all of the air from the bag. Then place your filled bag into another sandwich-sized baggie and seal it.
  4. Now put the doubled-bag inside of a gallon-sized baggie and add the ice along with ½ cup of rock salt.
  5. Then place the gallon bag that also contains the milk and vanilla extract inside into another gallon sized bag. ( you will have 2 small bags and 1 large bag inside)
  6. Next use gloves to start shaking the bag because the ice makes the bag cold. (shake bag for 15-20 minutes)
  7. Now you’re finished! Enjoy your treat.

TEA-riffic.

The world is filled with coffee lovers, but what about the tea lovers. Tea tastes delicious and can also help your overall health. Coffee may have the power to keep you awake...but can it soothe you and help you go to sleep? I’ll answer that – No, it can’t. Tea can help you in several ways, plus it’s easier to make than coffee. If you’re drinking tea you only need a cup, hot water and a tea bag – I can’t say the same about coffee, you might as well go buy a coffee machine now and don’t forget to grind your coffee beans later.

Let’s face it, tea can save you time and money when compared to coffee. I’m not trying to convince anyone to drink tea instead of coffee, I’m just simply sharing a few facts. For example, green tea can help keep your bones healthy, unsweetened black tea can help with bad breath because it has the power to slow down the process of plaque-causing bacteria. Wait, there’s more… Some people say tea is better than drinking water because it replenishes the body just like water does and it contains antioxidants, so it’s kind of like a two for one deal. I think pure water is one of the healthiest things for your body, but I understand how some people say tea is better.

Well, I’m done preaching about how great drinking tea is for your body - so here’s the next step. Now that you know the benefits of drinking tea, you should look at the chart on the right, to see which types of tea can assist your specific needs.

Pumpkin Spice Tea

I know some people like coffee, but I like tea. No, I LOVE hot tea. I’m absolutely addicted to it. I can’t get enough of it - I drink it all day, every day. It tastes great and it can be pretty healthy for you, I’m always looking for a new recipe and I found a great one to make pumpkin spice tea. It sounds great, looks great, so it must taste great – right? Pumpkin spice tea is pretty simple to make, you make your own syrup and you pour it into your hot tea – better said than done right?  Here’s what you need, organic granulated sugar, water, syrup, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree.

Ingredients

1 cup – organic granulated sugar

1 cup- water

4 teaspoon – stevia extract

1 tablespoon- pumpkin pie spice

2 tablespoons – pumpkin puree

Alright let’s get started

1.       First, let’s make the syrup. Mix 1 cup or organic granulated sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Stir the ingredients until the sugar has disappeared.

2.       Second, add 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice and 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree to the mixture.

3.       Then, make sure your stove is on low and simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes.

4.       After that, strain the mixture and use immediately or store in a glass jar up to a month.

5.       Lastly, mix 1 ounce of the syrup in your mug of hot tea. Now you’re done, enjoy!

7 Snacks You Didn't Know Were Vegan

It’s hard to find snacks you can take with you on the go that are cruelty free. Personally, I enjoy a vegetarian diet, meaning I do not eat any type of meat. I respect a traditional vegan diet of only eating food that has no animal products at all, but I do know how hard it can be to find tasty vegan foods. Most foods that are affordable are full of preservatives and are unhealthy. And most of them have animal products such as milk, egg or butter.

 

When I’m running out the door in the morning, or starving in between classes, I don’t always have enough time to prepare a meal using all natural ingredients and I am forced to pick up something convenient at a local shop.

 

It sucks, but what’s a broke girl to do?

 

Behold, a beautiful list of quick, simple and delicious snacks that you can take with you anywhere and you can find anywhere. Everything on this list is vegan, which means no animals were harmed in the making.

1. OREO 

2. JELLO Instant Pudding Mix (Pudding Version ONLY)

3. Taco Bell Bean Burrito (If you don't add cheese)!

4.Ritz Crackers

5. Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bar

6. Thomas's New York Style Bagels

7. Chocolate Chip Teddy Grahams 

These are all some of my favorite snacks, so to learn that I don’t have to feel like a monster for eating them is terrific!


Next time you’re running late in between class, don’t ignore your growling tummy because there isn’t any food that you can’t eat. This a my favorite list of go-to snacks. So go ahead and make your own list!

Homemade Churros

Do you remember going to the grocery store with you mom as a child? My parents had a Costco card and every Saturday Costco employees gave out free samples all over the store (I think that’s why I’m addicted to the word ‘free’ now). Of course, that was the only time I actually volunteered to go to the grocery store with my mom – I didn’t like going because she shopped way too long. Anyway, back to the topic. I’ll never forget the first time I had a churro, they were giving out free samples and begged my mom to buy them. I was a child, so I’m sure a donut-like stick of pure sugar and cinnamon drove me off the wall.  The sugary sweet treat tastes delicious. Luckily, I’ve found an easy recipe that you can make with the kids.

Here’s what you need…

Mixer, tongs, butter, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, oil, water, salt, flour

1 cup – flour

½ cup - water

½ t - vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

2T- sugar

¼ t - salt

3 - eggs

Oil for frying (your choice)

Coating the batter

½ cup- sugar

½ cup- brown sugar

1/4 t – salt

1t- cinnamon

Let's get started

1.      First, get a separate dish to mix your ingredients for coating your churro. Mix the cinnamon, salt and sugar (½ cup of sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ t brown sugar, ¼t salt, 1t cinnamon). Then place it to the side, you won’t need it till after you fry the batter

2.      Now, gather quick dough in a saucepan over the stove (put on medium heat). Add the water, butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla in the pan. Stir the ingredients until they have melted. Then add the flour and continue to stir until you’ve created a dough ball. Then put the hot dough in your mixer and allow it to cool for about 5 min before adding the eggs.

3.      Beat 3 eggs one at a time. Then add them to the dough ball you created. Mix it into the dough and put the batter into a piping bag with a large star tip.

4.      Add the oil of your choosing to a pan and make sure it’s hot, around 350-375 degrees.         ( you can make the churros as long or short as like, just make sure they can fit into to pan to cook properly)

5.      Then, pipe the batter into hot oil and fry them until it’s a crisp golden brown all the way around, be careful not to burn yourself or the batter. It should only take about 1 minute on each side to cook the churro properly.

6.      Now, use tongs to remove the churros from the oil and place them on a napkin to drip them and remove the excess oil.

7.      After draining the extra oil dip the hot crisp-like stick into your cinnamon sugar mix that you created at the very beginning. Be sure to cover the entire churro with the mixture.

8.      Serve and watch smiling faces enjoy your sugary treat.

Healthy Traveling

Road trips sound like fun, but lets be honest - they last forever. Hopping on a plane makes life easier. I just wish I could take the gas station’s cheap snack prices with me. If you’ve been on an airplane before, then I’m sure you can agree that food and beverages are not all that affordable, especially for people with families. Here are a few healthy snacks and traveling hacks for flying with young kids. All you need are plastic zipper bags and snacks that your children will enjoy.

1.      Plastic Zipper Bags

Plastic zipper bags are a must have when traveling with children. The smaller baggies are perfect for carrying on the plane. Plus they’re the right size for small hands to carry.

2.      The Snacks

The best snacks for traveling are finger foods. Why? Because they're easy to clean up. A few finger foods that would be great to pack are pretzels, carrots, sliced apples, raisins, peanuts, dry cereal.

            3.      Don’t Forget

Don't forget that a few spills may occur on your trip, so pack wipes and hand sanitizer, just in case. You know never know when you might end up in a sticky situation.

I'll Drink To That!

Lemon Water  

You should start off every morning with a tall glass of water with fresh lemon juice. Drinking lemon water not only boosts weight loss, but it also cleans the liver, stimulates digestion and improves your skin. All these benefits for sipping on something that’s basically free?! Sign me up!

Green Tea

 Drinking green tea has been proven to increase your metabolism, which helps aid in weight loss and makes you healthier. It also helps to lower cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood sugar as well. There are dozens of flavors of green tea, so you are sure to find one for your tastebuds!

Freshly Squeezed Juice

 Coffee is perfect. I know. But try swapping out your morning cup (or two) with a glass of freshly squeezed juice. It will provide you with more energy than you’ll get from the caffeine in coffee and it is so much better for you and your health. Caffeine leads to irritability, weight gain and it absorbs the calcium from your bones, which makes you weaker. Lucky for you, if you don’t want to squeeze your own oranges everyday, OSU has a Jamba Juice right on campus! You can get freshly squeezed juices such as orange or carrot and add different fruits and vegetables for flavor!