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Friday, March 21st, 2014
Thank you to General Mills for sponsoring this post. I like to make sure that my family gets as many veggies in as possible, even in unexpected places; along those lines, we enjoyed this Butternut Butterscotch Pudding and I hope your family does too.
There is no food that reminds me of school lunches as a kid more than pudding does.
(Except maybe tunafish sandwiches, which were ubiquitous in my lunchbox, despite my pleading with my mom for something else. It was a rare happy occasion when a fluffernutter found its way in there, but when it did, what a bartering tool it was! It was the gold of the lunch table, and anyone was willing to give up anything to get it. But back to pudding.)
I think my mom thought chocolate was my favorite flavor (which would make sense…me and chocolate go way back) because it’s what she used to pack most frequently. But butterscotch was what I was really after, at least when it came to pudding. Heck, to me it was even worth trading a fluffernutter for. (more…)
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Thank you to I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® for sponsoring this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share products that I enjoy with my readers, and I hope you like my recipe for Stovetop Tuscan Mac and Cheese.
There are the obvious sources of mealtime inspiration, like cookbooks, food magazines, and food blogs. There are friends’ recommendations, and remakes of restaurant favorites.
But how often do we really go to our moms for recipe advice? (I mean after college anyway…my mom was my cooking guru during undergrad!) (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
I want to start off telling you about one of my favorite new cookbooks by saying that this book is not just for sandwich-lovers! Of course sandwich aficionados will be sated beyond words with the huge variety of paninis, but Kathy Strahs, author of the Panini Happy blog and The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, creatively shows just how much a panini press can do beyond making sandwiches.
You can make things like Grilled Smashed Potatoes, Spinach-Feta Quinoa Cakes, Grilled Brie with Honey and Toasted Pecans, Grilled Apple Turnovers, and get ready for it – Homemade Ice Cream Cones! I can’t even tell you how excited I was to discover all these other uses for the panini press…uses that had never even entered my wildest imagination.
The recipes are fantastic, so let’s dive right in… (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
I have a confession. In my world, comfort trumps fashion at least 85% of the time and if left to my own devices, I would live in my comfy workout clothes 24/7. Phew. So glad to get that off my chest. :)
That’s why I was tickled pink when I recently found out about Albion Fit’s line of beautiful and comfortable high-performance fitness wear. I’d call that the best of both worlds.
I was thrilled at the opportunity to try a few of their beautiful pieces for myself, and to host a giveaway for a $150 Albion Fit Gift Card! With Christmas right around the corner, this would make the perfect gift…or gift-to-self if you’re all done shopping for everyone on your list. (more…)
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Thank you to Progresso® Artisan Soups for sponsoring this article. Follow the latest happenings at @ProgressoArtisan on Instagram.
Moving to Kuwait has shown me that words I thought I understood the meaning of actually have a much more relative definition.
Like “soon”. As in We’ll be over soon, we’re on our way now! Three hours and as many pots of Turkish coffee later, it’s apparent that “soon” has a different meaning here, lol. (And since you literally can drive from one end of Kuwait to the other in that amount of time, it also becomes apparent that unless they were either in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, or somewhere on the Persian Gulf, they in fact were not on their way.)
Monday, August 5th, 2013
Thank you to Castello® Moments for sponsoring this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share brands that I believe in with my readers, and I hope you enjoy my recipe for Vegetable Beef Pie with Cheesy Potato Topping with Weissbier.
It’s been a strange summer for a million different reasons.
I won’t bore you with the details (yet), but let’s start with the weather.
First off, it’s felt like autumn for the past week or so now (especially in the unseasonably chilly evenings), and there were even brisk days in July that felt more like late rather than early summer. Not that I’m complaining; I’m a cold-weather girl all the way, but it is curious to say the least.
And instead of leaving me craving a fresh summer salad for supper, this is the sort of weather that leaves me wanting something warming…a dish like Vegetable Beef Pie with Cheesy Potato Topping fits the bill perfectly. (more…)
Monday, July 15th, 2013
Thank you to Castello® Moments for sponsoring this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share brands that I believe in with my readers, and I hope you enjoy my recipe for Savory Cheese Crackers with Hirten.
Ring! Riinnngggg!! The telephone impatiently shrieked at me.
Coming, coming! I was just as impatient with it as it was with me.
The phone had been ringing off the hook all morning, with the majority of calls either being telemarketers or wrong numbers (why do these sort of calls always seem to come in batches?), and I was desperately trying to finish cleanup after a morning of baking. My kitchen looked like it had been struck by natural disaster. (more…)
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Thank you to Bumble Bee SuperFresh™ for sponsoring this article. Find the new Bumble Bee SuperFresh™ entrées in your area by visiting: http://bumblebeesuperfresh.com/buy.
When I was a kid, we used to go camping at my grandparents’ (on my dad’s side) cabin in Lake George, Canada. I’m using the word camping loosely because the cabin (what we all call The Island because my grandparents’ own the little island that the cabin is on) has electricity and running water, and along with it, a kitchen and bathroom for the full comforts of home – so I realize it isn’t really camping. It was nothing like the cabin that my grandparents’ on my mother’s side had in the Adirondacks, which was the most primitive cabin you can imagine. It was basically just shelter from the elements, but it didn’t really matter; as a kid, I got stuck sleeping outside in a tent shooing away mosquitos, with at least three different roots sticking into my back no matter where I’d put my sleeping bag. There was no electricity or running water (unless you count the stream), and I won’t even talk about the kitchen and bathroom, lol. (more…)
Friday, May 24th, 2013
Armed with a spoon in the kitchen can be a dangerous thing.
Heading over to the pantry, there are things like peanut butter and coconut-vanilla syrup. And the fridge can be even more of a hot zone, housing spoon-able treats like pudding, custard, mousse, or jam. Or yogurt treats.
And caramel. Always rich caramel, with its beautiful flavor notes. (more…)
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
(Image above courtesy of Staples.)
Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker? Or maybe hot cocoa is more your thing. Whatever you drink that gets you going, it’s likely that you can brew it in a Keurig…I’ve even seen K-Cups for hot spiced cider and iced coffee! (I know, iced coffee. How I love you.) I’ve had a Keurig for about six months and I can tell you that it gets more than its fair share of use; we use it just about every day and sometimes more than once a day. I am absolutely thrilled to be giving away a Keurig! (more…)