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Summer’s Coming and So is the Food!

I know it might not seem like it, but summer is just around the corner. Doesn’t that make you feel warm and fuzzy? I smile like a moron when I’m sitting in class and this fact dawns on me. Being that I’m a food lover, it probably doesn’t surprise any of you that, when I imagine summer, I imagine all of the delicious food I’ll be eating soon.

I think that everyone associates food with certain memories and certain times of year. For instance, when I think of latkes, my mind goes straight to my fondest Hanukkah memories. When I think of turkey and mashed potatoes, I’m transported to the Thanksgiving table instantly.

The summer is no different.

I’m a summer girl at heart and I associate so many amazing memories of summer with food. I can almost piece together the tastes that go along with specific memories, that’s just how I think (it’s the foodie in me).

So here’s a few of my favorite summer foods. I hope they make you as excited as I am to head into the warmer months and sit by the beach with my sunnies on.

Burgers

Photo From: www.dishmaps.com

Photo From: Dish Maps

I don’t know about you, but I think this picture is glorious. To me, there’s absolutely nothing better than sitting on a picnic blanket at a barbeque and eating one of these juicy bad boys off a paper plate. Here are some creative burger recipes to try this summer: http://fd.cm/1JtTqax.

Ice Cream 

Does that not look amazing? Eating a soft serve ice cream cone always takes me back to warm summer nights at the beach, enjoying a snack after dinner. My favorite flavor as a kid? Chocolate with gummy bears (don’t judge).

Carnival/Boardwalk Food

Photo From: www.foodnetwork.com

Photo From: The Food Network

Besides being two amazing places to visit during the summer, the county fair and New Jersey boardwalks have one important thing in common: an endless variety of creative fried foods to snack on. Why not try a sugary funnel cake, a fried Oreo, a fried Snickers bar, a fried…fry? You get my drift.


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Fair Use and Yummy Smoothies

Photo by Ken Hawkins via Flickr

Photo by Ken Hawkins via Flickr

In trying to figure out what kind of a picture to post, I came across this amazing smoothie image. You always know when a picture of food is good because it makes you crave whatever is in it. And after looking at this picture, I was ready to whip up a smoothie!

I found this picture on Flickr through the Creative Commons Search Engine. The picture is associated with an attribution restriction. This basically means that I can share the picture, and even edit it to an extent, but I must give appropriate credit to the creator of the image and cite whether I changed the image in any way.

Also, according to the Fair Use Checklist, I can use this image because it is for reasons related to scholarship; basically, it’s okay because this is a school project and not a for-profit enterprise. Related to this point, I can also use this image according to Fair Use because my posting it will have little to no effect on the market for the picture; essentially, my limited audience, which mostly consists of peers in the class, won’t really impact the economic potential of the picture.

Now that I’ve established that I can rightfully use this picture, let’s get to the smoothies! Check out some of my favorite recipes here, here and here!


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Drunken Passover Grilled Cheese… WOW.

Okay, so Passover starts this coming Friday and I have mixed feelings about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Passover. It’s a time when my family and friends all come together and we feast on lots of amazing food like brisket, potatoes and matzo ball soup. But, after the first few days of celebration, Passover gets hard.

I’m not sure how much you guys know about Passover (here’s a history of the holiday) but, for various religious reasons, Jews can’t eat a variety of foods like leavened bread for 8 days. 8 days?! I’m telling you, no matter how delicious matzo is, after a few days, you run out of ways to eat it creatively.

But now I’ve found this magical recipe… Drunken Passover Grilled Cheese (insert amazed sigh here).

Photo From: Doves and Figs

Photo From: Doves and Figs

Originally published on Doves and Figs, this recipe boasts a simple but creative way to enjoy matzo (and a little wine too). This recipe is also awesome because it is so easy to make and involves only a handful of easy to find ingredients. What could be better?

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of egg matzo
  • cheddar cheese
  • Manischewitz
  • Butter (for frying)

Instructions:

  • Basically, this works like a regular grilled cheese sandwich with one exception: soak the matzo in the wine (just until wet but not soggy) before you sandwich the cheese between the matzo and fry it. Easy!

Full instructions and more information can be found here.

So my Jewish (and non-Jewish friends): I hope you can get into the Passover spirit with this nifty little recipe!


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I Need Some Help from Facebook…

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Photo From: Ankit Rawat

Hi loyal readers! First, let me say how much I truly appreciate every one of you who takes the time to read my posts and scroll through the pictures here. As you probably know, a blog is really nothing without followers and readers; you guys make this fun and interactive!

Keeping this in mind, I’d like to ask you all a huge favor… could you all help to spread the word about I’m Only Here for the Food with me?

I think that, using Facebook, you wonderful people could really help to connect this blog to more wonderful people looking for a fun and interesting blog about food!

I’m so grateful that you are (hopefully) visiting this blog because you’re interested and you like the subject matter (food, duh). So, if you guys like my blog, there’s a good chance that your friends and networks on Facebook might have similar interests. I’d be eternally grateful if you could share my content on Facebook so that awesome people similar to you could get a chance to explore the blog.

Also, including hashtags in your posts on Facebook about I’m Only Here for the Food could help to spread the word quickly to a lot of people. By using certain popular hashtags in your posts, eager potential readers searching for #food, #foodporn, and #yum might have the opportunity to stumble upon my blog!

I have a tiny network but a lot to say so I think that my blog could benefit from a little networking on Facebook. Food is universal, Facebook is universal and (hopefully), I’m Only Here for the Food will be universal too one day!

Thank you!!!


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Hamantaschen: Snow Day Purim Treats

So, today is Purim people and that means only one thing for foodies… hamantaschen!

Confused?

If you’re not Jewish, you probably are.

Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the saving of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from annihilation. You can find a more complete history of Purim here.

Hamantaschen are amazingly delicious, triangular cookies filled with all different types of fillings. Favorite traditional fillings are prune, raspberry, and apricot jams but, really, the filling possibilities are endlessunbaked

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Here in New Jersey, it’s a snowy snowy Purim so my mom and I decided it was like fate telling us to make some hamantaschen. We keep it pretty traditional as far as fillings: raspberry, apricot, chocolate (a more modern twist) and our own raspberry-chocolate hybrid.

But here’s the catch… we make the best hamantaschen.

How?

A secret ingredient that we’ll never reveal 😉 (well maybe if you ask nicely!)

Enjoy your Purim everyone!

Are you guys making anything interesting today?