Serve it up Sassy t s e t a e r G The s t o h S g Mu ! e m i T l l A of Busted! College students are creating mug shots at an alarming rate. A mug shot usually means doing time for a crime, but in our case, there are no police reports, no booking photos or fingerprints. These mug shots are cute coffee mugs filled with food and micro-waved to perfection. A mug shot can be found in college dormitories, apartments and recently in residential homes, and businesses. Some critics allegedly claim it is criminal to cook foods in a mug and microwave, but not this young ‘Z’-or WIFI generation. A mug shot can feature breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. The cooking equipment is a microwave, a large microwavable cup RECIPE DEVELOPMENT, FOOD STYLING, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND ARTICLE BY LIZ BUSHONG or mug, a spoon or fork to mix. Some food bloggers have created a recipe mug book. Leslie Bilderback, author of Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, recommends the following tips for successful baking. “Use self-rising flour, one large egg equals two mug cakes, the most important thing is not to fill the cup or mug more than half full with batter, start with the shortest cooktime your recipe lists first, mug cakes will be blonde in color, and sinking will happen.” Although Leslie is focused on baking, many other recipes can be made using a mug. Hungry Girl.com has egg mug recipes, “Sweet Cheese and Apple Mug, Mexi-licious Egg Mug. and Egg Foo Mug.” SEPTEMBER 2014 | VIPSEEN | 61 Serve it up Sassy What kind of mug shot do you want to make? Serve it up Sassy decided to recreate comfort foods, Mug-a-Mac with Cheese, Mug-a-Muffin with Berries and Streusel, and a high-profile beverage, Mug-a-Cocoa, Caramel Orange Pumpkin Spice. The Mac with Cheese is a hearty meal with a little touch of home. What makes this recipe different from other mug recipes is cooking the pasta in milk and adding water as needed. Elbow macaroni is cooked at 1-minute intervals until “al dente”. Shredded sharp cheddar cheese and a dash of ground nutmeg are added to the mix creating a pungent and sweet creamy sauce. Crushed Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish crackers are sprinkled on top of the Mac and Cheese as a crunchy garnish. This Mac and Cheese mug recipe creates a half-shot, meaning half-cup or a four-ounce serving. If you want more than a half-shot, make the recipe again in a separate cup then add the two together. Moments of home will come to mind as you savor every bite of this creamy cheesy Mug-a-Mac with Cheese. No time for breakfast? In 1-minute and 25 seconds you can have the best muga-muffin ever! Fresh berries are mixed with self-rising flour, milk, vegetable oil and egg for a moist sponge -type muffin. Sounds like a lot of ingredients but we are talking tablespoons and not cups. For added crunch, a pecan brown sugar streusel covers the baked muffin. The muffin recipe is basic, which will allow combinations of ingredients such as mashed bananas and chopped walnuts, diced apples and ground cinnamon, cocoa and chocolate chips to name a few. The all-time most delicious cold-weather beverage is the Mug-a-Cocoa. This cocoa is blended with pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, and orange extract. For a double-shot add fresh whipped cream, drizzled caramel topping, and coarse sea salt to this divine hot cocoa. To keep calories in check omit the doubleshot and use skim milk. Mug recipes are fun to create. A teaspoon or tablespoon of this-or-that ingredient makes these recipes easy to mix and bake. A small well-stocked pantry will enable students to create a wide variety of foods. In the dorm room, designate a small book-case to serve as the pantry. Keep the book-case pantry clutter free and neat by stocking food staples in colorful baskets. Bright and cheery placemats provide protection and coordinated color scheme for the top shelf of this book-case pantry. Create a space for the microwave, coffee maker and blender, the three essential elements for dorm living. For more ideas on stocking a mini pantry in your college dorm room go to blog site,http://stronglikemycoffee.com. HERE ARE A FEW OTHER NO-BAKE MUG-A-LICIOUS IDEAS: • Place 1- tablespoon of ranch or blue cheese dressing in a mug; fill with fresh carrot and celery sticks, cucumber wedges, and cheery tomatoes. • Place 1-tablespoon almond or peanut butter in a mug; fill with sliced bananas, crushed peanuts or almonds. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. • Create a trail mix with popped popcorn, almonds, cashews, mini pretzels, raisins, or other dried fruits. Serve it in your mug for a controlled portion. • Place 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt in a mug; fill with 2 teaspoons brown sugar, let brown sugar soften, add layer of fresh berries and crushed granola bar. Repeat layers as desired. • Place 2 tablespoons hummus in a mug; add desired dippers, whole grain crackers, pretzel sticks, sun chips, pita or flat bread wedges. Don’t be alarmed by the Mug Shot Mania! College kids are making wholesome and delicious food choices with this new way of cooking. The evidence is in and Mug cooking is here to stay. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation http://us.macmillan.com/mugcakes/lesliebilderback http://www.hungry-girl.com/biteout/show/best-of-egg-mug-recipes INGREDIENTS: ¼ cup elbow pasta almond ¼ cup milk-any kind- tested ter but n poo ½ teas r cheese ½ cup shredded sharp chedda er wat s 2 tablespoon g (optional) Salt, pepper, dash of nutme ckers cra fish Garnish: crushed gold ta. Microwave large mug add milk and pas 1.In large microwave- proof to dry, add 1 ms see ta pas If t. il pasta is sof 50 seconds at a time unt tim l e for continue to microwave. 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Microwave at High 1-1 /2 minutes sauce, and sprinkle el caram with le whipped cream, drizz salt. with mini chocolate chips or sea creamier the hot 3. Higher the fat content in milk the ies. chocolate + more calor will determine the 4. Mug size and power of microwave time. ing accuracy of cook Yield: One medium mug serving VIPSEEN MUG-A-COCOA CARAMEL ORANGE PUMPKIN SPICE #S021376JLA Make a Statement, Make it Sassy and Make it Yours! Liz Bushong is an expert in the three-dimensional art ofentertaining. She transforms simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments by adding a touch of her own “sassy” style. She makes elegance easy for her audience and encourages them to add their own Sassy touch to make it unique. Liz is famous for creating her own version of a beautifully presented tablescape – which she calls a Sassyscape ™ . In 2009 and 2010, Liz was selected from thousands nationwide to be part of an elite team of 100 professionals entrusted with decorating the White House for the holiday. In 2011, she was part of sevenperson team selected to decorate the Tennessee governor’s mansion for the holiday. Liz has been featured as the monthly guest chef on Daytime Tri-cities, television show on WJHL, the CBS affiliate for the Tri-cities area of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. She is also the creator and host of her own one-hour seasonal television show called “Serve it up Sassy!” for the same market, which aired in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Consumer and Family Sciences from Purdue University and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is also certified in Decorative Finishes and has been trained as a master gardener. Liz is the author of Just Desserts and Sweets & Savories cookbook. Liz makes her home in Johnson City, Tennessee. She continues to perfect her sassy approach to turning simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments. To purchase cookbooks, see recipes, cooking, and decorating ideas go to www.lizbushong.com.
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