Month: December 2014

Secret Ingredient Mac ‘N’ Cheese Cupcakes

Mac N Cheese Bites

These mouthwatering, portion controlled nuggets of mac n cheese are my go-to potluck dish. Now that we’re in peak potluck season, I thought I’d share my recipe with you. Plenty of recipes exist for mac ‘n’ cheese baked in muffin tins, but this one’s different: you’d never know it, but they include a secret ingredient that lends a beautifully soft and creamy texture, and makes it healthier!

Ingredients

• 1.5 cups dry macaroni
• 1Tablespoon butter
• 3 cups shredded cheese (I use combo of cheddar and parmesan, but you could also include mozzarella for texture or small amounts of other cheeses for flavour), 2/3 c of cheddar reserved.
• 3/4 cup shredded cauliflower (you could easily increase this amount without it being detected)
• ¾ cup milk
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (plus some salt if your breadcrumbs are unseasoned)
• scant 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, shred cheeses and cauliflower, and mix breadcrumbs with olive oil. Trust me, do this before you start cooking the pasta. You’ll also need to oil a cupcake tin.
2. Boil macaroni until just underdone, about a minute from al dente. Drain and return to pot.
3. Add butter and cheese except for reserved cheddar, mix until melted.
4. Add cauliflower, milk, and egg, and mix until well coated.
5. Spoon into oiled muffin tins, distributing liquid from the bottom of the pot if left over.
6. Top with reserved cheddar, then breadcrumb mixture. Making sure to cover the top of each with cheddar will significantly improve the texture.
7. Bake for 25 min.
8. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before removing from the pan, to allow the cheese to set.

Fills 12 regular muffin tins.

– Arlie

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The 13 Hugs You’ll Receive This Holiday Season

December is hug-y. Friends and family get together for the holidays, students return to their hometown for the break, and there are lots and lots of parties. With this comes a lot of hugging, but we all know not all hugs were created equal. Look out for these hugs this holiday season!

Sorry for the erratic posting, it’s been a busy time. But Alannah is back in town so you can look forward to lots of great posts in the coming weeks!

Bisexuality and Pansexuality

First video in a while! (Get ready for a bunch more this holiday season) This video features our friend Ayesha and Arlie talking about the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality. We have both identified as each over the years, so we have a bit of insight about the implications of the labels, from the perspective of young cis women. Our main points we tried to fit into the video are:

  • “bisexual” and “pansexual” are both ways of describing attraction to people of more than one gender
  • “pansexual” implies but does not mean attraction to all genders, and has undertones of attraction regardless of gender
  • “bisexual” does NOT mean attraction to both or two genders, but rather attraction to people of your own gender and different genders
    • the term “bisexual” is not binarist, gender essentialist, transphobic, or trans exclusive
    • a personal interpretation of bisexuality is that it implies differential attraction to different genders or gender presentations – this isn’t true of all bisexuals!
  • bisexuals and pansexuals are often subject to some misfortunes
    • invisibility
    • stereotype of promiscuity
    • rejection by monosexuals
  • keep in mind that:
    • sexual orientation is not the same as sexual behaviour!
    • sexual orientation is not always the same as romantic orientation
  • you don’t need to label your sexual orientation if you feel it’s not helpful
    • if you want, you can use a more encompassing term, like “queer”

Things I want to stress if you’re figuring out your sexuality:

  • It’s ok to be confused!
  • It’s ok if your preferences change!
  • It’s ok if you want to change your labels!
  • It’s ok to “experiment”
  • It’s ok to be promiscuous if you want to be
  • You can still be bi or pan if you’ve only ever been with people of one gender
  • None of these things make your sexuality invalid

This website deals with most of the stuff we talked about, and gets a little more in-depth.

If you have any questions about anything we mention, Google is your friend! Also feel free to comment, ask us stuff, add your experiences, we want to hear what people are thinking about this topic!