Taste

Issue #35 – Nacho Daddy

The Circles crew had lunch in May at (Nacho Daddy) ND, located in downtown Las Vegas. At this time, we interviewed Evan Boyd (GSD) who works at the corporate office who has been with the company since 2010.  Born and raised in Las Vegas. Nacho Daddy has three locations in Las Vegas. Downtown, the Strip, and west Sahara at Fort Apache. The most popular Nacho platters are the Tostada and Fiesta nachos. The Tia Chicken Nacho platter has become a favorite of late. All the ingredients are delivered fresh every day from corporate  kitchen N.D. has here in Las Vegas.  All of the sauces are signature creations exclusively made for N.D.

Briana- “It was my first time doing an interview with Nacho Daddy and having lunch too.”

Dominique- “My Experience at Nacho Daddy was great! I enjoyed the good food and the atmosphere!”

Justin  “My experience at Nacho Daddy was amazing! Food was excellent!”

Stacey- The food was so awesome and the Restaurant is a beautiful place, the people who work there are friendly.

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Issue #35 – You Like What Kind of Pizza?

Circles wanted to know what kind of pizza people like, so we did a short survey of our peers to find out what they like.

What we found out is that most of our peers picked Little Caesars pizza overall for a variety of reasons. It scored better than Pizza Hut and Papa Johns.

After doing the survey, we were hungry so we decided to go out to a local Cici’s Pizza to satisfy our appetites (and because it was close by). Among the people that went we have some opinions:

Sandy E – “Cici’s pizza met my standards by having a really good price and how it is for a person to have a good time there. All you need is $8.25 or somewhere roughly around there to enter and enjoy the Cici’s experience.”

Dominique C. – “It’s fun and enjoyable for the entire family.”

Dallin H. – “It’s really enjoyable for what you pay and the food is extremely marvelous!!”

Sarah V. loved the atmosphere of the pizza place because the people were friendly and nice.

Leslie H. also exclaimed that the food is an absolute treat and the games are full of fun times with family and friends!

Overall Cici’s is really the place to be for family friendly fun, and inexpensive enough to where anyone and everyone can have a wonderful time! Cici’s also has an application downloadable on the Google or Apple play store (depending on what device or OS you have). and you can get some pretty sweet deals, for example a free buffet! Overall, the survey on pizza was a success, Cici’s is quite unique for pizzas because they make any pizza you want, and all it mainly costs is $8.25 or more to have a good time.

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Issue #34 – Galaxy Icing

Ingredients:

1 box cake mix

1 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)

2-3 Tablespoons milk (add additional milk if too thick)

Gel food coloring(red and blue)

Edible glitter (sprinkles)

Directions:

Prepare cake according to directions on box.

Combine the milk and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Stir well with a whisk or tablespoon until properly combined.

Separate glaze into 4 equal parts, placing them into 4 small bowls (or cups).

Add 1 drop of red food coloring to one bowl, this should make a pink color.

Add 2 red drops and 2 blue drops of food coloring to one bowl, this should make a purple color.

Add 1 drop of blue food coloring to one bowl, this should make a light blue color.

Add 5 drops of blue food coloring to one bowl, this should make a dark blue color.

Drizzle the glaze over the cake, one color at a time.

Using a spoon gently smear colors together to create a space effect.

Finish off by sprinkling edible glitter (sprinkles) to the glaze for the stars.

TIP: Prior to glazing the cake, we frosted the cake with white canned frosting to give us a smooth and even texture for the glaze.

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Issue #34 – Galaxy Milkshake

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup milk

Whipped cream Pink, purple and blue sprinkles

Pink, purple and blue food coloring

Directions

Pulse together one third of the ice cream and milk a time in a blender, adding a drop of either pink, blue or purple food coloring.

Layer the three colors in tall glasses. Using more milk will create a swirly pattern, while less milk will create more distinct lines between the colors.

Divide the ice cream and milk into # equal portions.

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Issue #34- Galaxy Cake

The galaxy cake includes multiple recipes; cake pops, marshmallow fondant, and 2 box cakes which were used with the cake pops.

Ingredients:

Marshmallows.
Cookie sticks.
Sugar.

1/3 cup icing

1 and 1/2 cake mixes and ingredients listed on the box (oil, water, eggs)

2 packages of white chocolate chips (ones that melt)

food coloring

sprinkles

Instructions:

Prepare 1 cake mix as directed on the box.

Let the cake cool.

Crumble the cake into fine crumbs with your hands in a large bowl.

Mix in about 1/3 cup of icing with your hands.

Crumble the mixture in your hand to pack it tightly into a ball.

Roll it into a nicely shaped ball.

Roll the remaining mixture into balls.

Set pops on a cookie tray.

Freeze for a minimum of 3 hours.

Put approximately 1/3-1/2 cup white chocolate chips into a microwavable mug or small bowl.

Microwave for approximately 2-3 minutes or until melted.

Add food coloring to melted chocolate.

Dip the cake pop into the mug, evenly coating it.

Let the coating drip off.

Place cake pop into the mug on cookie sheet.

If using sprinkles, add immediately before coating sets.

Repeat for remaining pops.

Marshmallow Fondant

The marshmallow fondant was used to cover the 8-9 inch round cake for the sun.

Dallin shows his skills.

Ingredients:

1/2 cake mix and ingredients listed on the box (oil, water, eggs)

16 ounces package mini marshmallows

2-5 Tbsp. water

8 cups powdered sugar

1/3 vegetable shortening

food coloring

Taylor is working on her marshmallows.

Instructions:

Place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a large microwavable bowl.

Microwave for 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until they are melted and smooth.

Place about 5 cups of the powdered sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture and gently fold into the marshmallows.

Grease your hands and your counter-top generously with the vegetable shortening. Add food coloring. Turn marshmallow mixture onto counter and start kneading it like you would dough.

Add more confectioner sugar as needed and re-grease your hands the counter-top as needed.

If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8-10 minutes.



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Issue #34 – Space Cookies

Ingredients:

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Black fondant

Different colors of icing

Candy Eyeballs

Step 1: Place cookie on plate.

Step 2: Choose icing: blue, green, or purple.

Step 3: Roll out fondant on a cutting board.

Step 4: Start decorating your cookie the way you want it!

Step 5: Use a knife and a toothpick to spread over cookie.

Step 6: Put on eyeballs or any other things you would like on your cookie.

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Issue #33 – Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

1/2  cup  granulated sugar                   

1/2  cup  brown sugar (dark or light)     

1  cup + 1 1/2 tbsp. all-purpose flour    

3/4  tsp  baking soda                            

1/2  tsp  baking powder                        

1/2  tsp  salt

1/2  tsp  cinnamon*                               

1/2  tsp  pumpkin spice*                        

1  large egg  or 2 small ones

3/4  cup  pumpkin puree                       

1/3  cup  oil

1/3  cup  water

Experience

  1. In a large bowl, combine both sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spice.
  2. In another bowl, combine egg, pumpkin puree, oil and water. Add wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
  3. Grease one 9×4 (6 cups or 1.4 liters volume) loaf pan and pour the batter into it.
  4. Bake at 350 F (175 C) for 45-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Then take out of the pan and wrap in aluminum foil. Let it cool off completely.

The pumpkin bread was taste tested by the Circles team and was well received.  The majority of the taste testers said it was very moist, delicious, flavorful, and had a pumpkin pie like quality. It was also suggested to add nuts, dates,raisins, or pumpkin seeds.  The team felt it was very easy to bake and would like to make it again soon!

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Issue #33 – No Bake Eggnog Pie

Ingredients

1 premade 9 in inch pie crust

1 quart eggnog

3 (5.1 oz. each) packages vanilla instant pudding mix

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

8 oz. Whipped cream

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, pour in the eggnog and vanilla pudding mixes.
  2. With a hand mixer, start mixing on low for about 1 minute.
  3. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and nutmag.
  4. Mix on high speed for another 1 to 3 minutes. It will begin to thicken up.
  5. Get out your pie crust and pour in the creamy eggnog mixture.
  6. Cover with whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  7. Set back into the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
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Issue #33 – Santa Shaped Cookies

Ingradients:

Graham Cracker Square

Red decorating icing

Mini marshmallows

White icing

Assorted round sprinkles

Directions:

1. Turn your square graham cracker so that it looks like a diamond.

2. Add a layer of white icing all over the top of the graham cracker.

3. Take the red icing and fill in the top corner of the diamond to make it look like Santa’s hat.

4. Add one marshmallow to the tip of the red icing.

5. Add two round sprinkles in your choice of color for the eyes and a red one for the nose.

6. Use the mini marshmallows to fill in any empty spots up to the nose area making it look like Santa’s full beard.

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Issue #32 – DIY Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients

Peas
Green Beans
White Rice
Chicken Breast

The dog food recipe contains rice, meat, green beans, peas and it was a very easy recipe to make for your dogs and it is very healthy for the pets to eat.

Directions

Step 1: Boil chicken (No seasonings added) Boil until fully cooked.

Step 2: Cut chicken to bite-sized pieces.

Step 3: Mix rice and chopped chicken.

Step 4: Add 1 can of peas and 1 can of green beans, mix together

Experience

Michelle: “Making this healthy food was a really fun experience for me.”

Jeremy: “Making the cake was really fun and exciting. I really enjoyed pouring the ingredients and mixing them all together.”

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