Blogs, Websites and Articles That Interest Me

Like most millennials, I spend most of my time on the internet. I’m usually on one of the popular social media sites scrolling and clicking things that interest me. However, I do try to make an effort to find new things outside of my networks. Here is little list of random, and some not so random, items I found on the internet that I really liked.

The How I Work series on Lifehacker is an interesting archive of people who have a variety of different jobs. They talk about what they do everyday both before and after work. http://lifehacker.com/tag/how-i-work

This was an interesting artcile about the model minority myth. I enjoy learning about society and culture, and as a black woman, especially one that has lived in East Asia, I wish the model minority didn’t exisist. It doesn’t help people of color; it hurts them. http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/04/dismantle-model-minority-myth/#.WOwk7Aw5eZY.facebook

I was listening to the podcast Another Round and during an episode they interviewed two Registered Dietitians who are also best friends. The advice that they gave was informative and their advice was geared towards people of color. http://www.foodheavenmadeeasy.com/meet-food-heaven/

A few years ago, one of my coworkers showed me this blog. I had forgotten about it until a couple of weeks ago. The blog itself is nicely laid out blog. The creator, Darya, writes about eating healthy and living a healthy life. Plus, she has an interesting backstory. http://www.summertomato.com/

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The Top Ten Songs on My Travel Playlist

If you know me, you know that I love music. Thanks to my parents, I’ve been exposed to all different types of music. Years of choir, musical theater and randomly learning how to play instruments have led me to enjoy the majority of different musical genres.

When I travel, I only like to listen to certain songs. I think it’s because I’m always thinking about what’s about to happen next and what I did to get there. I made a list of my top ten songs on my travel playlist. I listen to these songs whenever I travel. You can find all of these songs on Spotify.

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What’s Cooking and a New Video!

Hi, everyone!

Life has been a little hectic in the 185, that’s the area code of Nanjing if you didn’t know. I’ve been trying to work out consistently, make a plan for next year and write a million cover letters. My cooking has taken a backseat, but it’s always at the forefront of my mind. I have been baking and cooking a little less and trying to remember to post on my social media outlets. It’s not that I don’t like to post,actually, I enjoy writing posts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Unfortunately, I forget to create the post within the desired time frame.

Despite my cooking hiatus, I made a couple of spectacular foods that tasted great, but the recipes definitely need to be more developed. I made tiny cookies filled with buttercream. I want these cookies to be cake or cupcake toppers. I’m still figuring them out.

Next, I made a mixed bean chili with biscuits.The beans that I used were black beans and kidney beans The chili was a little spicy but good. The biscuits were soft and tasted like a biscuit I would buy back home.

So, I’m trying to learn how to create more recipes from scratch. I’m tired of modifying recipes and trying to make them my own. I’m ready to experiment with different flavors and see what I can create. Over the weeks, I’ll post what I’m learning about cooking from scratch. This will include triumphs and fails.

Last but not least, I have new video! This is my first “live” video and I was a little nervous while making it. It’s about me at the grocery store doing my weekly shopping. I shop at a store called Metro in Nanjing. It’s like a Costco or a Sam’s Club. They sell a variety of imported and Chinese goods. Enjoy!

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Fluffernutter Cupcakes

A fluffernutter is a sandwich made with marshmallow cream and peanut butter. I really like fluffernutters. I think they are better than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They are definitely sweet, but I think it’s worth trying if you’ve never had one.

There isn’t an amazing story to why I chose to make these cupcakes. I had peanut butter frosting and two bags of mini-marshmallows leftover from Christmas. I hate wasting food, and I don’t eat marshmallows that often. So, I thought why not create a cupcake that tastes like one of my favorite sandwiches.


Fluffernutter Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A fun cupcake made with marshmallows.
Servings
6 cupcakes
Cook Time
21 minutes
Servings
6 cupcakes
Cook Time
21 minutes
Fluffernutter Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A fun cupcake made with marshmallows.
Servings
6 cupcakes
Cook Time
21 minutes
Servings
6 cupcakes
Cook Time
21 minutes
Ingredients
Fluffernutter Cupcake
  • 1/2 cup cake flour Plus two tablespoons of cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oil I used sunflower oil. The oil should be flavorless.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
Peanut Butter Buttercream
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 200 grams unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Fluffernutter Cupcake
  1. Preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius, or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. First, place the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine them with a spoon. If your brown sugar clumps in the mix, separate it with your fingers.
  3. Next, push your dry ingredients to the side of the bowl creating a well for your wet ingredients. Add the oil, egg, milk and extract to the dry ingredients. Mix them together with a whisk.
  4. Take a well greased muffin tin, or place six cupcake liners in your muffin tin, and pour three spoonfuls of batter into each cup or liner.
  5. Top each cup of batter with three to five mini-marshmallows.
  6. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. To know if the cupcakes have been fully baked, insert a toothpick in the middle of each cupcake, pull it out and if it comes out "clean", meaning no batter is left on the toothpick, they are ready. If it does not come out clean, bake the cupcakes in two minute intervals until they are thoroughly baked.
  7. Allow them to cool for about ten minutes before frosting them.
Peanut Butter Buttercream
  1. *Mise en place your ingredients.
  2. Add the butter, peanut butter and half of the sugar to the bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until they begin to cream.
  3. Next, add a little milk and sugar. Continue to whisk the ingredients together. Repeat this step until the buttercream is your desired level of texture and sweetness.
  4. Once the cupcakes are cooled, place the frosting in a piping bag and pipe it onto the cupcakes.
  5. Optional: Add a mini-marshmallow on top of each cupcake.
Recipe Notes

* Mise en place is a French culinary term. It means that you should measure out your ingredients and place them in separate bowls or containers. This will allow you to work quickly and efficiently.

* Make sure to place your egg and milk on your counter about ten minutes before you start cooking. This will allow the batter and buttercream to have even textures. You can learn more about this here .

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