Episode 016: Ice Cream Sandwiches, Celebrating Yourself & BIRTHAWEEN!

In today’s episode, we are celebrating BIRTHAWEEN! It’s a holiday we made up to celebrate, well, ourselves and our 16th episode! We chat all about what Birthaween even is, why we deserve to be celebrated, why we love parties and celebrations so much, what it means to us to have hit our 16th episode and why we believe people should celebrate themselves often and randomly. We also played some party games like the ever-gross but ever-popular Beanboozled, a round of rapid-fire question and answer, and exchanged traditional Birthaween gifts that remind us of each other. Think: taco truck taco holders and pumpkin spice face masks.

Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwiches

To fit the celebration theme, Rachel also made green tea mini ice cream sandwiches (chocolate dipped and sea salt sprinkled-gah!). These were so delicious and such a fun party snack!

Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwiches
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Prep Time
6 min
Prep Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pint green tea ice cream (I used Haagen-Dazs, but other brands available at most Asian Markets!)
  2. 48 butter cracker rounds (I used organic Golden Crackers from Sprouts)
  3. 8 ounces milk chocolate, roughly chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  5. Course sea salt for sprinkling (I used Maldon Sea Salt)
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together softened green tea ice cream. At this point you could mix in any additional delicious goodies like chopped chocolate, but I kept it simple.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer to reharden for 4 hours, or overnight.
  3. To assemble sandwiches, soften the ice cream just slightly and use a small ice cream scooper to scoop a heaping tablespoon of ice cream onto the bottom side of a butter cracker. Top with another butter cracker and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Continue until all the ice cream is gone and quickly place the assembled ice cream sandwiches in the freezer. Freeze for 2 hours before dipping.
  4. While the sandwiches are re-freezing, melt chocolate and coconut oil together (either over a double boiler or in the microwave) until smooth and combined. Place the chocolate in a small (but not shallow) bowl.
  5. Remove the frozen sandwiches from the freezer and dip half of the cracker sandwich into the milk chocolate. Shake off excess chocolate and place back on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and return to the freezer to harden the chocolate after all of the sandwiches are dipped.
  6. Once the chocolate is hardened, sandwiches can be stored in a freezer-safe bag or container!
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Adapted from Joy the Baker
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Episode 005: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gettin’ Deep & Intuitive Eating

In this episode we discuss all things Intuitive Eating and how it has shaped our food philosophies, both personally and in our careers. But first, Rachel made the most DELICIOUS cookies ever, and Erinn tried really hard to not eat them all. Instead, they both savored every chocolatey, crumbly morsel. Guilt free! 

Intuitive Eating

We’ve talked about Intuitive Eating in almost every episode so far, and it’s about time we spent some quality time discussing our favorite topic. We explain what the Intuitive Eating concept is, why and how it works for us, our personal journeys into this food philosophy (WARNING: we get deep! like, Junior High insecurities deep!), and how others can get started in this eating practice if they so desire! Special thanks to Rachel’s family and Erinn’s family for providing insightful thoughts on the topic of Intuitive Eating.

Things we discussed in this episode:
Intuitive Eating (THE BOOK) by Evelyn Tribole MS, RD and Elyse Resch MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD

Rachel’s other favorite books and resources:
Ellyn Satter’s “What is Normal Eating?”
Eat What You Love and Love What You Eat by Michele May, MD

Erinn’s other favorite books:
Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth
Brain Over Binge by Kathryn Hansen

Rated explicit because we include a blooper at the end where Erinn takes the Lord’s name in vain and Rachel drops the F bomb. Rated clean if you skip the bloopers!

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Elyssa's Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 3 cups flour
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp baking soda
  9. Chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate chips and use an entire 11.5 oz bag)
Instructions
  1. Either in a Kitchen Aid mixer bowl or by hand, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar
  2. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix well
  3. Slowly add in the flour. I usually add a cup at a time to the mixing bowl
  4. Add salt and baking soda, mix until well combined with other ingredients
  5. Gently fold in the chocolate chips to the dough
  6. OPTIONAL STEP: Chill your dough overnight, or if you really have the time, chill for 36-48 hours. This allows the dough to "age"
  7. Scoop your desired cookie size and place dough on a baking sheet. I usually spray a fine layer of non-stick cooking spray. I can usually get ten cookies on my sheet per batch
  8. Place sheet into an oven preheated to 375 degrees F and cook for 8-10 minutes or to desired doneness. I like them dough-y!
  9. Recipe yields about 20-25 cookies. Savor them all!
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Episode 003: Hippie Crispies, Mirandas & Egg Milk

We start today’s show with a delicious dessert, Hippie Crispy Treats from Food52 Baking, the first dessert on Table Chat! Erinn made it, then Rachel ate it.

Hippy Crispy Treats Food52

In this episode, we are talking all about what we eat when we eat alone. We got the idea from one of our favorite shows, Sex and the City, so in addition to sharing what our menu looks like for a party of one, we took two different “which Sex and the City Character are you” quizzes and of course, we chat about our respective results! See if you can guess which character we both get. And you can take the two quizzes we did, too! Find them here and here. Also, why are we still obsessed with Sex and the City after all these years? What is so appealing about the show? We think this article sums it up pretty well!

Sex and the City

We also share the things we like to do and wear when no one else is around because we’re both homebodies at heart. Rachel paints her nails with this perfect pink Essie polish, Erinn shares her favorite eyebrow shaping tool, and they both LIVE for comfy pajamas like these or these.

This episode rated explicit because we throw the word sex around a few times, but share nothing gross or personal- we promise. And Rachel says “long-ass”. As usual, sorry to our moms.

Hippie Crispy Treats
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Bars
  1. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  2. 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  3. 1/2 cup almond butter
  4. 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  5. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  6. 1/4 teaspoons salt
  7. 4 cups brown rice crisps
Topping
  1. 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  2. 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  3. 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  4. 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  5. Optional: shredded coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to drape over the edges.
  2. To make the bars, combine the maple and rice syrups in a large pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, for 1-minute. Remove from the heat, add the almond butter, chocolate, coconut oil, and salt, and stir until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate is melted. Fold in the cereal.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the lined pan and pack it firmly and evenly using a spatula or your fingers (you may want to dampen your fingers to prevent sticking).
  4. To make the topping, combine the chocolate and oil in a small saucepan and cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, just until the chocolate has melted, then cool for 5 minutes.
  5. To assemble the treats, pour the topping evenly over the rice mixture and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the almonds and salt over the top.
  6. Let set at cool room temperature for about 2 hours, or in the refrigerator for about 1 hour, until firm. Use the edges of the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan and cut into 16 squares.
  7. These treats are at their very best the day they're made. They'll keep at room temperature for several days, though the cereal will soften slightly.
Notes
  1. Pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes for a cool, crunchy treat.
Adapted from Food52 Baking
Adapted from Food52 Baking
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