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Design Curiosities is now: Curiosity and Curiosities

A Stopgap as Design Curiosities becomes Curiosity and Curiosities

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In an effort to bring more unique and thoughtful content to our site we’ve been discussing and working on what changes we need to make. As those changes are taking place behind the scenes, and to let you know that we are still here, you can find us at Curiosity and Curiosities. We are sharing visual content as a stopgap for this transition.

 

 

 

 

Try This: Mochi

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One of our favorite treats from Trader Joe’s. Mochi is ice cream encased in dough and dusted with rice flour (so they won’t stick to everything). We are partial to the strawberry and chocolate varieties, but they also come in mango and green tea. The texture is great, and the single serving is nice. We can usually resist the urge to gorge ourselves, unlike when we just get a pint. ※ photograph by dc

Try This: Turkey Chili

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We are expecting a mini heat wave here in Boston over the next few days (think typical May in Houston), but today is gray and rainy. It makes for some good chili weather. This recipe is a little spicy, and a definite comfort food. I mix in sour cream at the end to tone down the spiciness, add less if you like a kick. Top with cheese, and enjoy with crackers.

Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
1 large jalapeño, seeded and sliced
2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
2 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
2 cans (15 ounces) black beans, half drained
1 tbsp. white vinegar
sea salt

sour cream
shredded cheese

Directions

1. Brown the turkey on the stove top, adding 1 1/2 tbsp. of the chili powder to the meat
2. Saute onions on stove until they are translucent
3. Add tomatoes, turkey, onions, garlic, chiles, and the jalapeño to the slow cooker
4. Let the mixture warm for an hour (or longer)
5. Add the black beans, white vinegar and remaining chili powder
6. Salt to taste
7. Let the chili sit for an additional 30 minutes
8. Dish out chili, and mix in a tbsp of sour cream (to tone down spiciness)
9. Top with cheese
Sources
Adapted from Everyday Food, March 2013

Try This: French Martini

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We don’t have drinks often around here, but when we do my go to is a French Martini (which is also my favorite shade of lipstick). This isn’t a gin and vermouth drink, instead its made with vodka and a black raspberry liqueur. I’ve included the amount of lime juice noted in the recipe, but we generally add about half. Just do a taste test to decide what you like.

Ingredients

2/3 oz. (4 tsp.) Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
2 oz. Vodka, Chilled
2 oz Pineapple Juice
Juice of a Lime
Directions

Add ingredients and a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until the drink becomes frothy. Pour into a chilled martini glass and serve. Fills one glass.
Sources

This recipe can be found in Peace Meals, a book written by the Junior League of Houston