Archive for the ‘Giveaways’ Category
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Today’s giveaway is close to my heart. As many of you probably know, I’ve had the opportunity to immerse myself in Middle Eastern culture for most of my adult life (thanks to my Middle Eastern hubby), and I’ve come to fall completely in love with both Middle Eastern culture and cuisine.
I’m really excited to be giving away a few of my favorite Middle Eastern goodies today, and I hope that they’ll soon become your favorites as well.
One lucky winner will get everything you see in this post, so let’s get right to the good stuff… (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…)
Friday, August 16th, 2013
This post is sponsored by Mangia! children’s recipe books.
Shells Bolognaise – the whole family loved this dish!
We all know cooking with your kids is important for so many reasons…but how many of us actually take the time to really get our kids involved in cooking as often as we’d like to?
There are a million reasons not to: soccer practice, a scouts meeting, the baby is sick, you’d have to run to the grocery store first, or even just the fact that it’s nearing the end of a busy day and you’re beat and take-out is sounding pretty darn good. Even so, despite every reason not to cook with your child there is an even more important reason to do so: it’s one of the most important skills you’ll ever teach them and one of the deepest passions you’ll instill in them. Marilyn Cappellino, author of the children’s book series Mangia! makes it easy. (more…)
Friday, August 9th, 2013
There are certain recipes you see that you expect to have certain ingredients just from reading the title.
Like macaroni and cheese. I always expect macaroni, and I always expect cheese…but that’s not necessarily true. Take cauliflower “macaroni” and vegan “cheese”; true it doesn’t taste exactly like the original, but still, it’s macaroni and cheese-ish and delicious anyway.
Or fudge. I hear the word fudge and my mind goes to chocolate. But flavors like cappuccino, cinnamon bun, and peanut butter show that isn’t the case. Chocolate obviously doesn’t have to be included in a fudge-like confection for it to be tasty.
And then there’s quiche. When I think of quiche, I inevitably think of buttery pastry and loads of cheese…a rich dish, made even richer by a splash or two of cream. This quiche took away my preconceived ideas about what quiche is. (more…)
Friday, July 26th, 2013
The final treat I’m sharing in honor of Frozen Treat Week is a real doozy.
In keeping with the other two healthy treats I’ve shared for this event (3-Minute Easy Cherry-Chocolate Sorbet and Almost-Instant Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Soft Serve), today’s treat is equally healthy. And every bit as delicious.
I’m not even kidding when I say that last summer I don’t think I touched a carton of ice cream once because of this smoothie. And that’s not to say that I didn’t crave ice cream. (more…)
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
By now I’m sure most of you have heard of banana soft serve. (If not, you will absolutely die when you try it.)
Also called “yonanas”, banana soft serve is frozen banana blended with whatever flavorings (like vanilla extract, cocoa powder, espresso powder, etc.) or add-ins (like toasted almonds, coconut, chocolate chips, etc.) you like. The best part is that it has the same creamy texture as soft serve ice cream. (The first time I ever saw banana soft serve was on Gena’s brilliant blog, Choosing Raw.)
As you can imagine, this delicious treat is incredibly versatile and completely perfect for when you want ice cream but don’t want ice cream. (Ladies, you know what I mean.) (more…)
Monday, July 22nd, 2013
There are so many things that I make for myself on a near-daily basis that I just don’t think about sharing the recipe for.
Like this caramelized onion + goat cheese omelet, this cabbage hash + fried eggs, or this pretty little breakfast number.
Or an almost-instant, healthy treat (that I promise tastes more indulgent than healthy), like this cherry-chocolate sorbet that can be easily whipped up when a sweet craving strikes. (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…)