Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Friday Yummies. Here are some of my favorite things from this week!

1. Jay-Z & Beyonce's Grammy performance. Need I say more? These two have major parenting swagger. Do you think Blu Ivy's little brother will be named "Surfboard."

2. This week's gym jam…that should be a hashtag #gymjam…trademark! Anyway this week's gym jam is Bastille by Pompeii, or is it Pompeii by Bastille? Either way it gets me through mile 2.

3. "Knock-knock." "Who's there?" "Justin Timberlake." "Justin Timber-WAIT-WHAT?!" I don't know why but the latest Mastercard commercial gets me super-emotional. I love it when A-list celebs randomly knock on the doors of us peasant folk for a sporadic jam session while the cameras roll… hey wait a minute...

4. Jumpsuits are back. Are we happy about this?

5. You know when your friends annoyingly ask you to vote for their kids in some radio-based cutest kid contest? I'm about to do that. My baby flavor is a contender in the Lays "Do Us a Flavor" contest. I didn't actually create this entry but I really-really-really want to eat it. Vote here. K-thanks-bye!

6. Nike makes paisley athletic shoes. Can't wait to see where this leads for future sports gear. Paisley Superbowl helmets? C'mon NFL!

7. I need to be force fed fruits and nuts. Perhaps if they are dropped at my doorstep... Naturebox anyone?

8.  I want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up.

9. Big up to Brooklyn! Grub Street has assembled a list of Brooklyn based restaurants who will deliver Hipster cuisine straight to your game day futon.  You may need to rethink those skinny jeans though. Hey, did you hear jumpsuits are back?

10. CoffeeMaker's Shockers are 22-0. Like, kind of, friggin-amazing. ShockerNation is trying to bring ESPN Gameday to Wichita. Help us out here and maybe I'll get on TV, in my jumpsuit, twerking.

Have a delicious weekend Yummies!
Pad Thai Chicken Wings
Next to Thanksgiving, I think Superbowl is the biggest cooking day of the year. We all try to come up with fun snacks the boys will eat, the kids will love and we can whip up in time for kickoff. But one or two just never seems to be enough. Never fear Yummies. There's still plenty of time to shop and cook a Superbowl menu that will have all their favorite flavors with half the calories!
Jalapeño Poppers
Many Superbowl recipes require frying and a lot of oil, ours however, are baked and therefore are healthier and require less clean up. 

Avocado Egg Rolls
Our latest post on showcases these 7 traditional Superbowl recipes we baked rather then fried. Everything from chicken wings to egg rolls, and all super simple to make.

 ​Fried Pickles
So what are you waiting for? Get on over to and start making these healthy versions of game day favorites.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Isn't it frustrating when your family doesn't enjoy the same foods you do. CoffeeMaker, for instance, hates tuna, and can't eat avocado and cucumber. ToddlerBaby is pretty limited to chicken fingers and mac n' cheese these days. Not that there's anything wrong with those dishes, but every so often Mamma needs to takes a lunch hour to herself and indulge in all those yummy foods the rest of the family won't eat.

This week I took two lunch hours and ate these tasty babies two days in a row!


2 tins of tuna
2 ripe avocados
1 tbsp finely diced red onion
1/2 cucumber sliced thin
1 tsp salt & pepper
6 sheets of egg roll dough
2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Add the tuna, avocado, diced red onion, salt & pepper to a mixing bowl and stir together.
  2. Add a spoonful of the tuna avocado mixture to the center of the egg roll dough sheets.
  3. Top the tuna with 2-3 thin slices of cucumber.
  4. Roll the egg roll dough sheets are directed on the package.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan
  6. Once hot add 3 egg rolls at a time.
  7. Fry on each side for 1-2 minutes until golden and crisp.
  8. Remove and allow to drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  9. Serve with soy sauce for dipping.


Enjoy Yummies! xoxo

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I am in love.
I am in love with numerous things.
I love veggies.
I love flavor.
I love veggies with flavor.
I love veggies with flavor that I can cook quickly.
I love veggies with flavor that I can cook quickly and mix in with my own special ingredients.
I love veggies with flavor that I can cook quickly and mix in with my own special ingredients that my toddler will eat.
And I think I've found the one.
The one who embodies all of these things and who makes my life in the kitchen that much more delicious.
He's tall, green and handsome — and he wears a lettuce-leaf toga.
Your minds are reeling, I know.
Green Giant Frozen Steamers are an amazing produce find for people who lead busy lives but want to eat healthier. I've used their broccoli, corn and peas numerous times, and I am always blown away by the results. Each vegetable comes prepared in a flavorful sauce or naked as a blank canvas for you to experiment with.
I was very fortunate this month to host a Google+ Hangout with Green Giant Chef Maggie Lyon and I spoke with Maggie about different healthy recipes and how she makes frozen vegetables exciting. You can view a video of our Google+ Hangout by scrolling down after clicking here.
Maggie and I developed three healthy recipes using Green Giant vegetables that are available now on I highly recommend you head on over and check them out.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A couple of weeks ago we told you about a Superbowl recipe we developed for Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles, and today it went LIVE! If you're looking for a cleaner, more sophisticated way to serve your nachos this Superbowl, look no further than our Mini Nacho Bites on

The Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles used in this recipe makes prep time minimal so you can enjoy the game with your friends without hovering over a stove and frying pan. 

So get going Yummies! Head on over to our Mini Nacho Bites recipe and score a game day touchdown!

Yummies! We've discovered a fabulous new website called Cut Out + Keep. It's full of step-by-step tutorials on thousands of craft projects ranging from home decor to children's games to cooking! That's where we came in.

Cat, the owner of Cut Out +Keep asked Yumology to be one of their featured chef's of the week. Starting today Cut Out + Keep will showcase one of our recipes every day until Friday.

Follow along here, and tap into those crafty cooking talents of yours!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

If you want to have a fun, sassy brunch with delicious cocktails on the Upper West Side, all at a reasonable price, then you should hit up Good Enough to Eat.

A favorite of the movie star Kevin Bacon, this establishment is located at W. 85th and Colombus, near the Natural History Museum. There is always a line around the block, and their infamous strawberry butter and biscuits are what make this southern comfort kitchen one of the most desirable nosh spots in the city.

Don't be deterred by the line, it moves quickly and the maitre d' will make sure you get the seat you want, which, if you're as desperate for their food as I am, you'll eat pretty much anywhere they can seat you. Seriously, I'll sit in in the coat closet if it means I can get unlimited strawberry butter and biscuits. Did I bring those up already? There's probably a reason for that.

FYI: Kevin Bacon always gets the macaroni and cheese on their lunch and dinner menu so be sure to check out the six degrees of deliciousness there.

The brunch menu ranges from southwestern migas to their traditional southern eggs and biscuits and gravy.  I ordered the corned beef hash with poached eggs, which was filling and delicious for a January day. I washed it all down with their cranberry mimosa and a cup of strong coffee. Good Enough to Eat is exactly that.

That darn maitre d' forced me to imbibe in a free cocktail after my friends and I were asked to move down a seat for a customer. Ugh. Fine. If I have to. My free Flirtini took bubbly champagne and added a punch of antioxidant infused acai berry liquer: Veev, Cointreau, pineapple juice and cranberry juice.

Just when I thought my brunch was over, I was snagged by the allure of the G.E.T.E Bloody Mary, made with gluten free ingredients, tomato and cucumber juices and a concoction of vodkas. Make sure you get it with a slab of bacon! Can't forget the bacon.

Look no further than Good Enough to Eat for comfort food to feed the soul, cocktails to tickle the taste buds, and the occasional celebrity sighting.

Enjoy Yummies! xoxo

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I know. We've done sangria to death! But every time we experiment with this drink we seem to hit a home run!

The recipe below was born from a love of mulled wine. I know Christmas is over, let it go, blah blah blah - whatevs.  We took the warm, earthy flavors of this winter drink and transformed it into a pitcher of playful party fun.

Here ya' go Yummies! We hope you enjoy this one with those you love the most.

1 bottle of red wine (we used Cabernet Sauvignon)
1 orange
1 cup of orange juice
1 bottle of licorice mint almond water (yep - we can't stay away)
2 cinnamon sticks
  1. Cut three slices of orange and add it to the bottom of the pitcher with the cinnamon sticks
  2. Add the wine, orange juice and almond water to the pitcher
  3. Allow the drink to sit for 30 minutes before serving

Friday, January 24, 2014

This week was a BIG one for us. We had so many wonderful things happen for our little site that I can't wait to tell you about in our Friday Favorites.

We got to host a Google+ Hangout with and Green Giant. YES! It was so exciting to interview Chef Maggie Lyon, LIVE, while she came up with delicious recipes in Green Giant's very own test kitchen. Check out the video link here.

There is a pretty awesome website out there called Pretty Bitches Can Cook Too. It's fun, flirty and full of delicious recipes from Pretty Bitches across the country. Chief Pretty Bitch, Tamara, says being a Pretty Bitch is about independence, strength and confidence more than anything else. She asked us to be in her upcoming cookbook, which we couldn't be more flattered or excited about. If you haven't checked out her website or Facebook page you should do so now!

Cut Out + Keep is an international website dedicated to step by step crafts and tutorials. If you're a crafty person or you need a craft project for your kids I highly recommend you check out Cat's site. Hours upon hours of fun "how to's" await you. Cat reached out to Yumology last week and told us she wanted to profile Yumology in her weekly cooking feature. Look for Yumology on Cut Out + Keep Monday when our profile goes LIVE.

Photos, photos and more photos. Life is about making memories, and the best way to do that is through beautiful photography. My dear friend Serena, is the owner of Bleu Hollow Photography. If you take time to comb through the pictures on her Facebook page you're bound to trip over one or two of CoffeeMaker, ToddlerBaby and I. We try to have Serena make memories for us every six months or so, and I can't wait for her to shoot my publicity pics for Yumology soon. Stay tuned Yummies! Lots of glitter, sprinkles and icing headed your way.

I need a vacay in a major way. We're hoping to get away with friends this summer. It will be the first time I leave ToddlerBaby overnight, or over many nights. I'm kind of struggling with it. Kind of struggling in an "ohmygodicantbreatheatthethoughtofit" kind of way. Anyhoo, we used the website All Inclusive Outlet once before when booking a trip to Cabo San Lucas and it. was. fabulous. We stayed at the Riu Palace and relaxation never felt so good. This year we're thinking Playa del Carmen or Puerto Vallarta, but if money were no object I'd be at this Sugar Beach resort in St. Lucia to-day! Maybe as a second honeymoon for the big 10 in a couple years…hint-hint CoffeeMaker.

Nashville! Is anyone else watching Nashville?! I can't get enough. I wish they'd air it 8 nights a week and then have marathons every Sunday. The music is incredible. The songs between Gunner and Scarlett are usually my favorite, but there have been some solid gems already this season. I think I was supposed to be a country music star in another life. Oh well, for now I'll keep singing these ditties in the shower.

I'm in love with Whitney Stern's latest jewelry line. So dainty and elegant and sparkly and everything girlie jewelry should be. There's a RueLaLa sale going on now! Check it out!

If you have kids you HAVE to check out the Honest Toddler Twitter page. OMG. Everything your toddler ever thought is now being conveyed in 140 characters or less.

Thanks to Bakeaholic Mama I'm craving BBQ Chicken Mac n' Cheese. Yep. That's happening this weak-end. Spelled correctly. Stay tuned.

CoffeeMaker's Shockers are 20-0. Right now, we've got the best record in the country yet for some reason we're still not ranked number one. Why is it that no matter how good you are, no matter how many times you win, you still have to fight that much harder.  C'mon and catch the fever y'all. Root for the small-town heroes. GO SHOCKS!

What are some of your Friday Favorites? Share your links in the comments section below.

Have a delicious weekend Yummies!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

You're welcome. I'm saying that now because you are going to thank me for making dinner so stinkin' simple and delicious you'll feel like a total rockstar in the kitchen.

The nacho chicken used in this recipe is one you need to have in your back pocket at all times. If you can throw this simple - and I mean SIMPLE- recipe together, the dinner possibilities are endless.

We used our nacho chicken to make enchiladas this time around, but, we've also used it in tacos, on nachos, even just ate it by itself. It's that good and it's that easy!

4 chicken breasts (you can use thawed or frozen)
2 cups of jarred salsa
1 cup of nacho cheese sauce
2 oz tequila (optional)


  1. Add the chicken breasts, tequila and salsa to a slow cooker and let them love on each other for about 4-6 hours.
  2. Once the chicken is tender enough to shred with a fork go ahead and shred it all up until it soaks up all the salsa juices.
  3. Transfer the chicken and salsa to a large mixing bowl and stir in the nacho cheese.
  4. Now your mix is ready you can decide exactly what you want to use it for. If you want our Green Chile and Nacho Chicken Enchiladas then do the following.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400.
  6. Roll the nacho chicken into corn tortillas and place in rows in a baking dish.
  7. Top with 2 cups of chopped green chiles with the juices.
  8. Top with 1 cup of shredded cheddar and jack cheese.
  9. Cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes until they begin to brown and bubble.
  10. Remove and serve.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I didn't name them, I just baked them.

In fact, the Better Than Sex Cake was introduced to me many moons ago after we first moved to Kansas. When I tried it then it was a simple German chocolate sheet cake filled with ooey gooey caramel, and topped with whipped cream and toffee. Today, not much has changed, except my dedication to chocolate and the need to make this recipe as rich as possible.

Disclaimer: Yumology is not responsible for any turmoil your relationship may go through upon introducing your spouse or significant other to this dessert.


1 box of German chocolate cake mix and the ingredients your box calls for (eggs, vegetable oil and water)
1 tin of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of caramel sauce or caramel ice cream topping
2 cups of toffee bar crumbles (we used Heath bar bits)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare the cake as instructed on the box.
  2. Find a 9x13 baking dish and pour the prepared cake batter into the dish.
  3. Bake as instructed on the box (about 20 minutes). You will want to make sure the cake doesn't burn since you are making it thinner than a round cake pan or cupcakes.
  4. When the cake has finished baking remove it from the oven and let cool briefly for 10 minutes.
  5. While the cake is still warm use the handle end of a wooden spoon to poke holes about 1 inch apart all over the cake.
  6. Pour the sweetened condensed milk and the caramel sauce all over the top of the cake, making sure you hit every hole so it fills up.
  7. Sprinkle the toffee bar crumbles all over the top of the cake.
  8. You can serve slices of these brownies warm over ice cream or allow them cool for another hour or so.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The NFL Playoffs are over and Superbowl season is upon us. Not only is this the biggest football day in America, it's the biggest snack day of the year! If you want to make something incredible for your Superbowl guests try using Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles in your favorite Superbowl recipes.

Jimmy Dean Sausage is no longer just for breakfast. These fully cooked, easy to use, high quality sausage crumbles come in a variety of your favorite flavors and offer many options in terms of Superbowl snack food.

Yumology was thrilled to form a delicious partnership with Jimmy Dean Sausage and this month. We developed a special Superbowl recipe of our own. Our Mini Nacho Bites will go LIVE on and Yumology on January 26th so be sure to check back and get this delicious recipe guaranteed to take your nachos to the next level.

For now, head on over to the refrigerated meat section of your grocery store and bring home some Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles to try some game day recipes of your own.

Game on Yummies!

Confession: It has taken me this long, yes, this long to make spaghetti squash. I've seen so many delicious spaghetti squash recipes from fellow food bloggers, and I had always wanted to try them, but for some reason my brain forgot to pick up a spaghetti squash every time we went to the store.

Not this time.

I wasn't quite sure how to prep spaghetti squash, but a simple roasting technique of cutting the squash in half, removing the seeds and pulp from the center and rubbing the interior down with olive oil, garlic and salt worked beautifully.

So here goes Yummies. My delicious venture into spaghetti squash. I hope you find it as tasty as we did!

1 spaghetti squash
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 tin of diced, roasted tomatoes

1.5 lb ground turkey
1/2 onion diced small
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 cup of italian breadcrumbs
2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp sea salt, pepper and garlic powder
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese to top
2 cups of roasted tomatoes to top


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, remove to seeds and pulp
  3. Mix the olive oil with the minced garlic and 1 tsp sea salt and rub in on the interior meat of the squash
  4. Roast the squash in the oven for 30-45 minutes until the center begins to flake away and soften
  5. Remove the squash from the oven and use a fork to scrape out the meat of the squash
  6. While your spaghetti squash is roasting prep your meatballs
  7. Add the ground turkey, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, diced onion, parsley salt, pepper and garlic powder to a large mixing bowl and use your hands to mix it all together
  8. When everything has been mixed use the cups of your hands to form golf ball-sized meatballs (recipe makes about 18-20)
  9. Drizzle some olive oil in a frying pan and brown your meatballs on the stovetop first
  10. When each meatball has formed a brown crust transfer them to a large baking dish
  11. Top the meatballs with roasted tomatoes and shredded mozzarella cheese and bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes until the centers of each meatball are no longer pink and the tomatoes begin to bubble
  12. Remove your meatballs from the oven and serve atop a nest of spaghetti squash

This recipe is an excellent, flavorful, healthy alternative to the more traditional spaghetti and meatballs. We hope you'll try it and let us know what you think!

If you have seen Woody Allen's acclaimed film, Midnight in Paris and envied Owen Wilson's character for being transported back in time and place to 1920's Paris, then you are in for a real-life treat.  I went back in time to 1920's Paris last night here in New York City, and it was a delicious and magical experience that I will always cherish.

Before me and my friend enjoyed an Off-Broadway comedy called Craving for Travel at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, we decided to run into the cafe next door to enjoy a quick bite before the performance. When we walked in, we were immediately transported to the life and times of Josephine Baker in Paris during the 1920's. The art, decor, music and even the personalities of the staff made you feel as if you had stepped into another world. We were greeted in french by the enigmatic and charming Maitre d' and shown to a cozy table near the piano. 

The menu was eclectic: ranging from lobster cassoulet to fried chicken, to the enticing special of pan seared sea bass, making our dining decision even more difficult. Once our waiter arrived, and we had ordered some wine, a man dressed in a tuxedo appeared by the piano and started playing the iconic As Time Goes By from the classic film, Casablanca. I asked the waiter what the signature or most popular entree on the menu was and he listed almost everything that was listed on the menu. He then suggested the spaghetti bolognese since it is listed as "Josephine's favorite". I took him at his word, while my friend tried the special of the evening: the sea bass with mushroom risotto.When our food had arrived  it was by far the best, most flavorful spaghetti bolognese I had ever tasted. When I usually have this dish, it is too harsh and tart, but Josephine's version was just right. As we ate, the waiters and maitre d' periodically checked in on us, but made casual conversation as if we were guests in their home.

Later ,after we ate, I took a trip upstairs where I snapped a few shots of the empty dining rooms that looked like your classic drawing rooms in a Paris apartment. 

Even the bathrooms looked as if they were the garrets of starving, genius artists, musicians and writers of the era, with flowers, vintage posters, ruffled curtains, and antique doors and other paraphernalia of those times. You felt as if you had paid a visit to Josephine Baker's apartment in Paris.

Coming down from the drawing rooms and restrooms, I caught a few dark, yet enchanting shots of the pianist at work, who smiled charmingly and  greeted me in french as well.

 After dinner, we had to have a quick dessert before returning to reality. We ordered two intriguing desserts that boggled the imagination: an apple rhubarb crepe cake and a lemon tart brulee. Is it a crepe or a cake? Is it a tarte? A creme brulee? The staff answered: both, of course. We didn't argue. When our desserts arrived, they didn't last long. My crepe cake was light and fluffy, with layers of apple rhubarb compote interspersed between layers of crepes. My friend's lemon tarte brulee was in the shape and form of a tarte but the creamy texture and crunchy burnt sugar topping made it seem as if you were eating creme bruelee. We left feeling blissful and well looked after.

The creative, welcoming, warm and friendly staff of Chez Josephine made an otherwise ordinary dinner a truly decadent and international experience. The decor, atmosphere, music, art and personalities of the establishment will make you feel at home, yet on a Parisian adventure in the heart of Manhattan. So, if you ever find yourself on 42nd street between 9th and 10th avenues, and you are looking for a decadent, yet affordable and magical experience, stop by Chez Jospehine, where you will be pampered and transported to another time and place during an unforgettable and delicious french inspired meal. 

Enjoy Yummies!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Happy Friday Yummies!

I know, I keep changing the game on how I share some of my favorite bloggers and links with you, but I truly think these Friday Favorites posts will be the way we go from here on out. 

This way I can share 10 links with you every week of things I find delicious. So let's get started…

1) Have y'all heard of the blog How Sweet It Is? I have the biggest bloggy girl crush on Jessica. Her photography is beautiful, her recipes are to-die, and her writing makes me want us to be best friends forever-eva. She recently put up an Inspiration board on Pinterest, of which I have Bogarted numerous pins from and I recommend you do the same.

2) I met How to Be a Country Cleaver through last year's Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Her name is Megan (all the great ones…) and she's managed to post about 10,000 doughnut recipes this week which you should absolutely go explore on her Facebook page because…well…doughnuts!

3) FoodieChats just posted a fun little ditty…
Color of Your Pants + The Last Thing You Ate = Your Band Name
We were the Black Cupcakes. SOLD! Loves it!

4) Did anyone else see Robin Roberts on LIVE with Kelly and Michael this morning? Homegirl was rockin' a dress that I HAVE to HAVE. Here's an Instagram pic from the show's account. Apprently it's a Stella McCartney and waaaay out of my price range. But perhaps this won't leave me on the bread line.

5) We lo-huv coconut oil. We use it all the time for beauty remedies. Those lovely lovelies over at Simply Happenstance have two new coconut oil beauty remedies, a hair mask and body scrub, that I hope to try this weekend. If I can get 10 minutes alone in the bathroom without a toddler clinging to my leg.  Speaking of toddlers…

6) We're in the early phases of potty training and we could use all the help we can get. Babycenter was a huge resource for me during my pregnancy and I love the tips they have available during this patience endurance test as well.

7) Awards Season! Awards Season! Awards Season! It's the only time of year I plan to sit on my couch and be uber-judgy of everyone's wardrobe whilst looking like a total slob myself. What did you guys think of the Oscar nominees? Is it sad that I've seen every animated film and NONE of the ones up for Best Picture? Thought so. Note to self: must get life.

8) New York City has a gym where people go to work out and they get wine afterwards. Why does this not exist everywhere?

9) Sports fans, CoffeeMaker's Shockers are 5th in the Men's College Basketball Polls. Friggin 5th! Still undefeated going into tomorrow's game against Indiana State. Can't wait to wear one of these awesome Keep Calm and Gregg Marshall On shirts mañana. GO SHOCKS!

10) I cannot get this song out of my head. Thank you Frozen!

What are some of your Friday Favorites? Share your links in the comments section below.

Have a delicious weekend Yummies! xoxo

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I've been home with a sick ToddlerBaby for three days now and the two of us are only just coming out of our cold comas. Ick! I hate being sick. I feel like there are so many things I'm missing out on whilst I lay on the couch and my child uses me as a human tissue.

Very little has been accomplished this week. Including blog posts. I'm sorry.

While we didn't do much in terms of productivity, we did do a lot in terms of snacking. In my feeble attempt to make our snacks healthy I threw together this little-ditty which the two of us managed to wolf down in less than ten minutes.

Is is feed a fever, starve a cold? Or feed a cold, starve a fever? Whatever it is, we weren't starving after this.

Enjoy Yummies. Stay healthy out there.


1 tin of chickpeas
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh chopped dill
1/2 lemon juiced


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Add your chickpeas to a 9x9 baking dish and toss them in the olive oil
  3. Sprinkle the salt and chopped dill on top of the chickpeas and toss again
  4. Now juice the lemon on top of the chickpeas and toss one more time
  5. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until the chickpeas start to crisp up and harden
  6. You'll want them to be crunchy but still soft on the inside

I felt much better about ToddlerBaby's incessant snacking during the day after he got a hold of these.
I hope your littles enjoy them too!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Okay Yummies. Many of you have voiced problems you've had making your own kale chips. I'll admit, they are fickle. Too much oil and they're heavy. Too little oil and they burn. Through many attempts and failures, Yumology has finally discovered a kale chipping method that worked for us. We hope you'll try it and let us know if it works for you too.

1 bag of chopped kale
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tbsp hot sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lay your kale chips out on a large baking sheet. We use one with an edge to held them all in place and make the seasoning easier.
  3. Spread the kale chips out on the baking sheet then drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle the salt over them and toss.
  4. Sprinkle the hot sauce over the kale chips and toss again.
  5. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes over the top and do not toss.
  6. Put the kale chips in the oven and bake them at 400 for 10-15 minutes until the edges brown and they crisp up. Monitor this closely, everyone's oven is different. 
So thereyago Yummies, our go-to method for baked kale chips. Let us know how it works out!

Monday, January 13, 2014

ToddlerBaby and I are both home sick today with the crud. Bleh.

Having my son home sick always makes me think of how I spent sick days as a kid. I would curl up on the couch with my favorite comforter, my favorite pillow, a good movie and a big mug of tomato soup. It was such a great recipe for recovery, why change things 28 years later?

My mum wasn't the "make it from scratch" kind. Rather she was the "let's just experiment on how to improve the basics" kind. Her exploratory ways reaped huge rewards when it came to this go-to sick day tomato soup.

The comforter is out. The movie is playing, and the soup is on.

Feel better Yummies.

2 tins of Campbell's tomato soup with just 1.5 tin of water
1 tin of diced tomatoes
2 tbsp of olive oil
Pinch of sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder
1 tsp fresh thyme
Garlic toasts or crostini
Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. Toss the diced tomatoes in the olive oil, thyme and spices then lay them out on a baking sheet
  3. Bake the diced tomatoes at 350 for 10-15 minutes, just long enough to bubble and crisp up a little bit
  4. Prepare the tomato soup as directed
  5. Add the roasted tomatoes to the prepared tomato soup and stir together
  6. Top with garlic crostini, a sprinkle of Parmesan and an extra drizzle of olive oil

This recipe is also a great last-minute dinner on those nights you're too tired to go all out in the kitchen.
Enjoy Yummies! xoxo

Sunday, January 12, 2014

When you live in New York City you are surrounded by delicious, authentic foods from any and all cultures.

On cold winter days like these, most New Yorkers are looking for any excuse to grab something hot, fast, and delicious without having to venture too far from home. This usually results in late night delivery orders, but if you're looking to see a little of the city while trying to stay warm, this tucked away treasure will be just the ticket.

Anyone visiting New York City looking for the best of Asian foods should take advantage of the diversified neighborhood of Chinatown. Here you will find authentic and delicious Asian cuisine, but if venturing that far downtown is too daunting for those living uptown, then Hell's Kitchen will be a good area to satisfy your adventurous hunger needs.

My friend from Singapore informed me about Totto Ramen two years ago. We tasted many other ramen joints in the city, but I found this one to be the most affordable, delicious and fast.

My foodie friend made the suggestion of starting my meal with some pork buns and roasted pork belly before ordering the spicy ramen. These are the tasty staples of Totto Ramen that can not be missed.

The Totto Spicy Ramen is the most famous of the ramen dishes here.  If you are not a spicy food fan then ask the waiter to make it mild or order another delicious, less spicy ramen option.

The New York Times, TimOut NewYork, New York Magazine and the Wall Street Journal have written rave reviews about this Hell's Kitchen establishment, agreeing that is one of the top ramen restaurants in the city.  The authentic and rustic atmosphere of pipe and brick exposed walls in a warm, cozy space makes you feel as if you are one step closer to the kitchens of downtown Tokyo.

Totto Ramen is a small, below-street-level restaurant whose large, metal vats filled with ramen noodles and chicken broth, stirred by Japanese masters in headscarves add to the authenticity. If you are lucky enough to catch a counter seat, you can see the chefs prepare the food right in front of you, while enjoying many a joke and story as they cook pork belly with blow torches on char slabs and prepare the ramen and broth to perfection.

As you arrive and leave, the kitchen staff greet you and thank you in Japanese, a custom that is common in Japan and makes you feel right at home. This friendly hospitality, warm atmosphere and  delicious food will constantly keep you coming back for more.

Be sure to get to the restaurant early since there is usually a line outside, or go for lunch when it is less busy and always remember to bring cash!

For Totto Ramen locations throughout New York City click here.

Hope to catch you all in New York City's Hells' Kitchen soon Yummies! xoxo