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Cheekie News!

12 Jan

Hello friends!

Just a quick note to let you know that Cheekie is currently being retooled to better serve and entertain our readers. The first couple months have been fabulous, and we have learned a lot from your feedback.

Thank you in advance for your patience. We will be back in a fantastic way very soon!

Best,

Lauren Constance, Editor

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Gourmet Food for Your Broke Ass!

4 Jan

I am the queen of Champagne Taste on a PBR Budget. I have a knack for choosing the priciest candle on the shelf. The most costly curtain design. That pair of boots that will break the bank–you know, the one surrounded by dozens of cheaper or discounted pairs.

Gabi Moscowitz

If you can relate then you are sure to be stoked about a fabulous blog I recently discovered: BrokeAss Gourmet. Blogger Gabi Moskowitz posts recipes for delicious gourmet food. Here’s the kicker: every recipe can be created for less than $20 (assuming you have basic pantry stock items like olive oil). Some are as low as $4!

I don’t particularly enjoy cooking. In theory, I make food at home in order to save money. Yet often by the time I finish buying all the ingredients I’ve spent more than I would on a meal at my favorite restaurant! BrokeAss Gourmet ensures you know what you’ll be spending before you even step foot in the supermarket. And you won’t have to eat scrambled eggs or plain pasta for dinner five nights a week. Imagine feasting on Eggplant-Chard Won Ton Soup for $8 or Apple-Cabbage Piroshkis for $10! Can’t beat that.

Moskowitz often includes charming stories with her recipes. My favorite? Red Cabbage Striptease Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing. I just dare you to not click that link and read the story behind this unexpected recipe. I don’t think you can do it.

BrokeAss Gourmet has been kind enough to pass along two recipes for Cheekie’s readers. Enjoy!

Seared Scallops with Wasabi Aioli

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lb fresh sea scallops $7.50
  • soy sauce Pantry
  • 1/8 cup light mayonnaise Pantry
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced Pantry
  • 1 tsp (more/less to taste) prepared wasabi $2 for 4 oz.
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Pantry
  • freshly-ground black pepper Pantry
  • 2 handfuls mixed greens $1.50
  • Sriracha or other Asian chili sauce $1.50 for 8 oz.
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish $3 for an 8-oz. container
  • Total Cost of Ingredients: $15.50

    DIRECTIONS

    Toss the scallops with 1/4 cup soy sauce and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.

    Whisk together the mayonnaise, garlic, wasabi and a dash of soy sauce. Refrigerate until ready to use.

    Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Sear scallops for 1-2 minutes on each side (they should develop a nice brown crust).

    Divide greens between two plates and top with the seared scallops.

    Top each scallop with a dollop of the aioli and a dot of chili sauce. Garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.

    Serve immediately. Serves 2.

    Prep Time 0:20

    Cook Time 0:04

    Grilled Peaches Over Mixed Greens with Ricotta, Avocado, and Sweet Onion Dressing

    INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus more for brushing grill/grill pan Pantry
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced $0.50
  • 1 handful mint, plus more for garnish $0.50
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp balsamic vinegar Pantry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil Pantry
  • 1 tsp honey, plus more for drizzling Pantry
  • 2 ripe peaches (I like white peaches for this recipe), halved, pit removed $2
  • 8 tbsp ricotta cheese $4 for 15 oz.
  • 8 cups mixed greens $3
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced $1.50
  • salt and pepper Pantry
  • Total Cost of Ingredients: $11.50

    DIRECTIONS

    Heat vegetable oil in a medium frying pan over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions and cook, stirring very occasionally, for 10-12 minutes. The onions should become very soft and fragrant.

    In a food processor or blender, puree caramelized onions, mint, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, and a pinch of salt. Add a few drops of water if necessary to achieve a nearly-smooth dressing. Set aside.

    Heat grill or grill pan over high heat. Brush lightly with oil. Grill peaches flesh-side down for 2-3 minutes, or until grill marks appear and peaches soften slightly. Remove from heat.

    To assemble salads, toss greens together with dressing and divide between 2 or 4 plates. Top with a few avocado slices and 1 or 2 peach halves. Top each peach half with a generous dollop of ricotta, a light drizzle of honey and freshly-cracked pepper. Serve immediately. Serves 2-4.

    Psst: Make this recipe vegan by leaving off the ricotta!

    Prep Time 0:25

    Cook Time 0:15

    New Category: Personalitie

    29 Nov

    Well, the results are in…

    Cheekie’s new category, determined by you, our readers, is Personalitie!

    With 64 percent of the vote, Personalitie has earned a spot as our newest feature. The Personalitie category will allow us to profile interesting, amazing, and unique women in their 20s and 30s. A business owner, a comedian, an author… the possibilities for this category are inifinte. The profiles will appear in Q&A format, and will hopefully offer an inspiring look at the lives of all different kinds of women.

    Don’t worry Poochie fans, we are still considering adding a doggy-centric category in the future! In the meantime keep your eyes peeled for our first Personalitie post, coming soon.

    Thanks for voting in the poll and providing great feedback. We appreciate you!

    Cheekie’s New Category: You Decide!

    17 Nov

    Exciting news! Cheekie will be adding a new category soon!

    Okay, okay. We know Cheekie is still brand new, so technically all our categories are new. Eh, who cares? Our goal at Cheekie is to be constantly evolving and improving, and offering a new category is a brilliant way to pursue this goal!

    The best part? You get to decide which category we add. Yep, that’s right. It’s totally up to you.

    Papa Diddy and Meg celebrate their right to vote!

    So… what are the options? It’s down to two: Poochie and Personalities.

    Poochie would be a category for all things pooch-related. We might dabble in the Kittie genre occasionally, but pups would be the main focus. Posts would range in topic from pet health to doggy toys to stories about my outrageously naughty and loveable dog, Miles. (Who, by the way, escaped from my apartment today and took himself on a walk to the dog park–see our about page for another charming story about Mo Mo.)

    The Personalities category would allow us to profile interesting, amazing, and unique women in their 20s and 30s. A business owner, a comedian, an author… the possibilities for this category are inifinte. These profiles would use a Q&A format, and would hopefully offer an inspiring look at the lives of all different kinds of women. I’ve always been inspired by my peers–when I witness a young woman living an extraordinary life, I feel empowered to make my life more extraordinary.

    So don’t just sit there! Get voting!

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