Friday, July 28, 2017

Creme De Menthe Brownies


Creme De Menthe Brownies

1 1/4 cups of sugar
1 stick melted unsalted butter
3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
dash of salt
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of creme de menthe chips

Directions: In a mixer, blend sugar, melted butter, eggs, unsweetened cocoa powder together. Next add dash of salt and vanilla extract. Finally add flour and creme de menthe chips. Scrape sides of mixing bowl, if needed. Pour into a rectangular shaped pan and spray with cooking spray. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, check with a toothpick to see if cooked.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Capo's Italian Speakeasy Restaurant, Knock Three Times and they just might let you in




Capo's Italian Speakeasy Restaurant, Knock Three Times and they just might let you in
By, Gina Meyers










Deep in the heart of Texas, I mean off of Sahara in Las Vegas, there is a joint so nostalgic you just cannot believe it. Knock three times and maybe they'll let you in. If you know the right people of course. I'm talking about a very unique dining experience, Capo's (translated, Mob Boss) Speakeasy. On our recent family vacation, I'm a cookbook author with discriminating tastes, afterall, I used all my resources to their full disposal and purchased a Travelzoo restaurant voucher. An amazing value for the price. I paid $19.00 for $30.00 worth of food, plus tip (tip should be off of the full value of the meal).


Dark, mysterious, with Frank Sinatra playing in the background, we were shown our table, a plush red booth with black and white photos of Mob bosses and chandeliers. The staff wears 1930's beatnik clothing from the era and they speak in a sort of Godfather English/Italian tome. Being of Italian decent, I didn't find it demeaning in the least, it was fun and the food was fabulous.



The staff were incredibly nice. We ordered the Capo's salad, a Meatball Sandwich, and a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich. The travelzoo special also came with drinks of which we ordered ice tea. The staff was so friendly, they kept filling up our ice tea and even sent us on our way to Hoover Dam with more iced tea to go.



A fun experience and overall pleasant dining and eating experience. Don't forget to tell them Gina sent you! Cookbook Author Gina Meyers


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Off to College... tips to make it a smooth transition.




So you are headed off to college. Congratulations on your achievement. There are so many things to think about and so many new exciting experiences you will enjoy. College is happening, here's a handy list of items to help you with the transition. 
College Checklist

BEDDING
Pillows
Pillow cases
Comforter (check what size you need, dorm room beds are twin)
Sheet set
Body pillow and cover (optional)
Blanket

FURNITURE
If you are living in the dorm, chances are that the furniture will already be provided. They usually provide a bunk bed as well as a closet and a desk with chair. If you chose to live in an apartment, you may find this list helpful.
Futon
Futon cover
Lounge chair

BATH
Shower caddy
Washcloths
Towels
Flip-flops (for the shower)
Hair wrap, body wrap (optional)
Shampoo/Conditioner
Body wash
Soap
Skin care
Razors
 Makeup
Bath accessories
Personal care items
Shower puff
Contact lenses/solution
Eyeglasses
Shower curtain/shower liner (optional)
Shower spray (such as shower to shower, or Lysol) (optional)
Hairbrush
Hairstyling products
FOR CLASS
Backpack
Calculator
Pens/pencils/highlighters
Binders/notebooks

DINING
Plates/bowls/cups/mugs
Forks/spoons/knives
Bottle opener
Water bottle/plastic pitcher
CLEANING
Cleaning supplies
Paper towels
Sponges
Disinfecting wipes
Broom and dust pan
Trash can
Laundry detergent
Dryer sheets
Laundry basket/bag
Drying rack (only if you live in an apartment and your dishwasher doesn’t have a dry cycle option)
Iron
Lint brush
Mini ironing board
Vacuum
Swiffer
Bucket
Toilet bowl cleaner
Toilet brush
Garbage bags (plastic, paper)
KITCHEN
Microwave
Toaster/toaster oven
Mini fridge (ice trays)
Coffeemaker/espresso maker
Electric tea pot
Can opener
Pizza cutter
Pot holder
Food storage bags
Cooking utensils
Utensil tray
Kitchen gadgets
Mixing bowls
Cookware/bakeware
Shelf liners (optional)
Dish soap
Dish-cleaning wand
Dish towels
Paper towels



TRANSPORTATION
Bus Pass
Car
Skateboard
Bike
Scooter

ELECTRONICS
TV
Speakers
DVD Blu-Ray player
Tablet/IPAD
Gaming system games
Laptop case
Laptop desk
Computer
Laptop
Cords/cables/power strip
Printer/ink/paper
USB drive
STORAGE
Storage bins
Storage carts
Closet organizers
Hangers
Bed risers
Under-bed storage
Desktop organizer
3M command hooks

MISC.
Mini Barbecue
Stadium seat
Sunscreen
Address book
Notebooks


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Banana Spinach Smoothies, by, Gina Meyers






Usually, the combination of bananas and spinach isn't the first thing that pops into one's head when preparing a smoothie. For me, it was out of necessity, that's what I had in the fridge so I went for it. Upon researching (yes, cookbook authors have a tendency to do this), I discovered that I was packing my smoothie with a punch. This is what I added, a handful of spinach, ice, almond, coconut milk, a little orange juice, a banana. Place in the blender for about thirty seconds on pulse and walla. You will be receiving vitamin k, vitamin c, and potassium with this easy to make smoothie. Vitamin K plays an essential role in early wound healing.

For other smoothie recipes check out: Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook, by, Gina Meyers

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sketches from creating The Magic of Bewitched Trivia & More book cover, by, Gina Meyers






 



 







Perhaps, one of the most interesting things about being a writer, is getting the opportunity to work with other talented people. Artist Erik Davison is one such person. I've saved these rough sketches that he so brilliantly drew to show the progression and the vision that I had for my Magic of Bewitched Trivia and More book cover. Initially, I dreamed that my book cover would resemble the opening credits from Bewitched with cartoon Samantha riding on a broom with the Manhattan skyscrapers in the background and the sky blue. "Weell", as Samantha Stephens used to say, those dreams came to a crashing halt one day when I was perusing the Barnes & Noble Popular Culture section at the bookstore and I came across Herbie J. Pilato's Bewitched Book. From that point, 1994, to 2004, when The Magic of Bewitched Trivia & More was published, I guess you could say, my inspiration was brewing. You can view Erik Davison's artwork at: http://my.fresnoarts.net/profile/ErikDavison. You can purchase Herbie's Bewitched Book: Herbie's Books. You can purchase Gina's book at: Magic of Bewitched at Amazon

Monday, June 26, 2017

Easy Guacamole Recipe, excerpt from Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook





Easy Guacamole Recipe
Level of Expertise
Bachelor’s Degree
2 Ripe Avocados, mashed
1 Small Onion, diced (purple, white, or yellow onion)
1 ripe tomato, chopped (Campari, Roma, or garden variety tomatoes)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 lime, squeezed and juiced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. Stir in diced onion, minced garlic, chopped tomato, lime juice, and salt and pepper. Season with remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Chill for half an hour in the refrigerator to blend flavors.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summertime Eats To Beat The Heat, Tomato Caprese Salad with Italian Basil



Summertime Eats To Beat The Heat

Tomato Caprese Salad

Me and my daughter Lauren went to our local Farmer's Market and picked out wonderful tomatoes, as well as basil. This is an easy, healthy and flavorful dish that is perfect for those warm summer days. The balsamic vinegar gives it some acidity while you bite into the juicy tomatoes.

1/2 pound of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 large vine-ripened tomatoes (heirloom and beefsteak, found at Farmer's Market(s)
1 cup of fresh Italian Basil leaves (found at Farmer's Market(s)
Drizzle avocado oil
Drizzle balsamic oil

Directions: In a circular design around the side of a serving plate, alternate fresh mozzarella, slices on a large platter or on an individual plate if you are doing individual portions with sliced tomatoes, overlapping for effect. Wash and tear fresh basil leaves and place liberally over the slices. Drizzle avocado oil as well as balsamic vinegar to taste.

For these and Uni(versity) Tips check out: Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook, by, Gina Meyers

Photo courtesy of KP Phagnasay

Photo courtesy of KP Phagnasay