Chick or Treat

Chick or Treat Day 9 – Chipotle’s Boorito Event

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I have always been intrigued by Chipotle’s ability to deliver a fresh, tasty and healthy (assuming you can resist from eating an ENTIRE burrito in one sitting) fast food option. Although their food is not 100% local nor 100% organic, they are definitely doing a heck of a lot more than most restaurants (fast food or not) in delivering food with integrity.  When I dove into the nitty gritty of where Chipotle’s food originates, it was hard to overlook the adjectives giving them an “out” in many of their marketing statements, but the bottom line, is they are trying.

    • Chipotle prefers to work with family run farms.
    • They serve local produce (within 350 miles of final destination) when possible, which in most cases is a minimum of 50% of one produce item, when available seasonally.
    • Although 100% of their pork is raised naturally, only 85% of their beef is and only 35% of their dairy is pasture raised (although all of their dairy is from cows raise without the use of synthetic hormones.)
    • 40% of their beans are organic, and they strive to raise that percentage each year.

At the end of the day, Chipotle will never stand up to a local neighborhood taqueria that serves food purchased daily from the farmers market, but they are trying, and for that I give them an A+. Plus, let’s face it, not all of you live in Texas where there is constant access to a plethora of fresh Mexican food options.

That having been said, this year for your 2011 Halloween Celebration, I encourage you to head out to Chipotle dressed in a farm inspired costume and get a burrito, bowl, taco or salad for only $2. Not only is it food with integrity, but all proceeds (up to $1 million), go to support The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation and Farm Aid. The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation is committed to creating a more sustainable and healthful food supply so that one day not only can Chipotle purchase 100% of their food from sustainable sources, but other restaurants can as well. Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant family farm centered system of agriculture in American.

After enjoying your $2 Chipotle meal, snap your photo in your farm inspired costume and upload to chipotle.com/boorito or text it to 888222 with the keyword costume. You will be entered to win the Chipotle Costume Prize (all the details can be found here). With a grand prize of $2,500, I can assure you that I will be participating. Even the lower levels of winnings are pretty fantastic.  Five runners up with win $1,000, and twenty folks will win a burrito party for ten.  Do you think that means I can have a burrito party for one, and keep all ten burritos to myself?!

Chick or Treat Day 8 – Halloween Playlist

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In search of the perfect Halloween playlist? Look no further!

Chick or Treat Day 7 – Candy Corn Colored – Tropical Jell-O Shots

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I personally think Jell-O shots get a bad rep. Most people hear Jell-O shot and instantly have flashbacks of college parties or trashy bars. Either way, the alcohol included in the shot was normally too cheap and too strong, leaving the shooter to shudder as they choked down the slimy shot; vowing to never do one again.

Although I do not particularly enjoy the aforementioned shot, I believe that when Jell-O shots are mixed appropriately, something magical can happen. I was so sure this could be done, that I created a Candy Corn Colored Tropical Jell-O Shot for this year’s Chick or Treat Series.

Candy Corn Colored – Tropical Jell-O Shots

Ingredients:

    • 1 box island pineapple Jell-O
    • 1 cup Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Pineapple Rum
    • 1 box orange Jell-O
    • 2 cups TGI Friday’s Orange Dream Drink mix (with vodka included)

 

Method:

1) Make the island pineapple Jell-O by boiling 1 cup of water and dissolving the Jell-O mixture in the water. Instead of adding a 2nd cup of cold water, substitute for Parrot Bay Pineapple Rum.

2) Fill each of your shot glasses approximately 1/3rd of the way with the yellow Jell-O. Place the cups in the fridge.

3) While the yellow is starting to solidify, mix the orange Jell-O. My grocery store only carried the large boxes of orange Jell-O, so I boiled 2 cups of water, dissolved the orange Jell-O mixture, and then substituted the rest of the water for TGI Friday’s Orange Dream Drink mix.

4) Let the orange Jell-O mixture sit and cool to room temperature.

5) In approximately 20-30 minutes, check on your yellow Jell-O. You will want the yellow layer to be firm, so that when you pour a secondary layer of Jell-O on top, your colors won’t run together. Make sure it is not solid, however, or your orange layer will not stick.

6) Once your yellow layer is firm and your orange mixture is at room temperature, stir the orange mixture one final time (your Orange Dream layer may have separated from the rest of the orange mix while it sat) and then gently poor on top of the yellow layer.

7) Place in fridge and let solidify.