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  • Bar Tartine Cauliflower Salad

    101 Cookbooks
    Heidi Swanson
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I'm not much of a menu collector, although I have a small stack of gems in one of my desk drawers. A good number of them are menus from past meals at Bar Tartine. For those of you who have yet to visit San Francisco, Bar Tartine is a much loved establishment in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district, just a couple of blocks from the (deservedly famous) namesake bakery. After Tartine, Chad Robertson and Liz Prueitt opened Bar Tartine - nearly ten years ago - and chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns have been at the helm since 2011. It's the place Wayne and I like to go to celebrate a…
  • Buttery Broiled Sole

    80 Breakfasts
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    I was flipping through a parenting magazine a couple of days ago, reading all the articles packed to the brim with how-to’s and good advice and words of wisdom…and I felt a familiar sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.  Familiar because I realized, surprised, that I always feel this way when I read parenting magazines – like everything I’m doing is not exactly right and that grave consequences will surely follow.I realized further, although fashion magazines get a lot of censure for giving girls negative body image, and impossible (and quite limited) standards of beauty, I…
  • Future Postings

    Cooking the Books with Kelly-Jane
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Hello Readers,I have been very short on time for a good while now, hence the real lack of blog postings. Still it's the cookbook season once more, and I still buy books and cook from them, so if you are interested in my more recent makes and bakes, I'm going to post pictures and book information on my blogs Facebook page.Thank you for your support. :)Best wishes,KJ x
  • Luby’s Chocolate Icebox Pie

    Cookie Madness
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Having grown up in Texas, I’ve eaten at Luby’s Cafeteria more times than I can count. They’ve updated the menu to include healthier fare such as salads and grilled meat, but one thing that hasn’t changed much is their dessert section. Part of the fun of going through the line is and always has been […]

    Bryanna Clark Grogan’s Vegan Feast Kitchen/ 21st Century Table
    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I'm going to start out by apologizing for being TWO WEEKS between blog posts!  I have been working on a few ongoing cooking experiments/projects, but, for the most part, we have been eating pretty simple meals with our own or local produce that is in such abundance.  For a few days, when my husband had some sort of flu, he wasn't eating at all, so I wasn't doing much cooking at all.  In between, I was tackling my pantry, which was badly in need of a good clean-out and re-organization.  It felt so good to get that done!The above "tile" of photos represents four of the quick…
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    101 Cookbooks

  • Bar Tartine Cauliflower Salad

    Heidi Swanson
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I'm not much of a menu collector, although I have a small stack of gems in one of my desk drawers. A good number of them are menus from past meals at Bar Tartine. For those of you who have yet to visit San Francisco, Bar Tartine is a much loved establishment in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district, just a couple of blocks from the (deservedly famous) namesake bakery. After Tartine, Chad Robertson and Liz Prueitt opened Bar Tartine - nearly ten years ago - and chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns have been at the helm since 2011. It's the place Wayne and I like to go to celebrate a…
  • Green Juice

    Heidi Swanson
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Everyone should have a green juice recipe in their repertoire, and this one is a ringer. Its heart and soul is straight green, not at all sweet, with a good amount of lemon-lime tang, and invigorating ginger lift. Like many green juices, it makes you sing from the inside, and is reason enough to invest in a juicer, or dust one off. When I traveled to Paris last year, I spent a beautiful first day and night there, then came down with a (particularly miserable) cold - throat on fire, raspy cough. Being sick away from home is hard, begin sick in a city like Paris, when you're there for just a…
  • Momo Dumplings

    Heidi Swanson
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I'm in France right now, for a relatively quick trip. Or, another way to think of it, a quick trip flanked by two long flights. I took it as an opportunity to up my dumpling game, making and freezing an assortment of them in the weeks leading up to my trip. It made it easy to leave some for Wayne to enjoy while I was gone, and to pack a box, bento-style, for my flight. Dumplings at 30,000 feet are a treat, and worth the effort - filling, nutritious, plane-friendly finger food. Here's the wildcard. This time I made my own dumpling wrappers. It's only about half as crazy as it sounds. In…
  • A Good Shredded Salad

    Heidi Swanson
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    One of the things I love about having a work studio is our location. It means most days, at one point or another, I find myself standing in the middle of San Francisco's Chinatown. It's a neighborhood in transition spanning a handful of steeply sloping blocks east to west, from the dragon gate at Bush Street north to Broadway. There's a new subway stop scheduled to open in the coming years, and a good number of cranes reaching skyward to facilitate the construction of new buildings. My hope was that we'd have a Chinatown dispatch ready to follow our summer one, but here it is, summer gone,…
  • Muhammara

    Heidi Swanson
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Muhammara (or mouhamara) is something I love to turn people on to. It's a traditional red pepper spread originating from Syria made with a beguiling blend of red peppers, walnuts, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, and a handful of other ingredients - depending on the cook. I included a recipe for it years ago in Super Natural Cooking, and make it when something reminds me of how much I love it. Which is exactly why you're seeing it today. I was having dinner the other night at Aziza, here in San Francisco, and always order Mourad's beautiful spreads - one of which reminds me of muhammara…
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    80 Breakfasts

  • Buttery Broiled Sole

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    I was flipping through a parenting magazine a couple of days ago, reading all the articles packed to the brim with how-to’s and good advice and words of wisdom…and I felt a familiar sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.  Familiar because I realized, surprised, that I always feel this way when I read parenting magazines – like everything I’m doing is not exactly right and that grave consequences will surely follow.I realized further, although fashion magazines get a lot of censure for giving girls negative body image, and impossible (and quite limited) standards of beauty, I…
  • The Wagyu Bacon Giveaway...We Have a Winner!!

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    How is everyone doing this wet and windy Friday?  Another typhoon has hit our shores and, as I've seen report after report on the news, floods abound and power is already down in some areas.  Now is the time to stay home and hunker down with your family...or with a good book and a bowl of something extra yummy.  Others are not so lucky, so do check out relief operations nearby.  I know San Antonio Parish in Makati has already started accepting donations -- just look for this hashtag on twitter:#SanAntonioReliefOpsOn other news, rain or shine, I promised one of you some…
  • It's Friday....and some bits & things for the weekend!

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    It's Friday and I'm down with horrid bug.  It's been going around these parts, first with the little girl, then with the little boy, and then finally with mama...where it has settled with some vengeance in the form of achy bones and a really painful throat.  Not much of a Friday night for certain but I'm burrowing down with my family and that, above all, gives me great comfort.Between managing the sickies and work there hasn't been much time for puttering in the kitchen.  As such, I thought I'd share as some of the delicious food (and drink!) I have been enjoying in and around…
  • Breakfast #72: Wagyu Bacon & Eggs, Indulgence, and A Giveaway!

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I left you last week while I was bemoaning my sorry state of having been reduced to wearing all flats…my heels gathering dust as they no longer fit my post-pregnancy feet (not to mention my post-pregnancy lifestyle).  What is a girl to do?  Do I resign myself to the fact that tottering around, 3-5 inches off the ground, my less-than-perfect legs feeling like a million bucks, is no longer in the cards for me?  Do I accept the fact that I can no longer say “fashion before comfort” with as much youthfully brash confidence as I did before I had children?  Do I start…
  • Three Cups Chicken

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    I swear.  I look around and realize that I have, suddenly and frightfully, reached the depths of un-sophistication.  Ok, I’ll be honest, maybe not so “suddenly”.  But most definitely frightfully.  I was puttering around one morning, organizing my shoes (puttering?? organizing my shoes?? Why am I not out changing the world? Or at the very least sipping a gin & tonic at that swanky new place?), and I realized…they are all flats!  I have nothing against the occasional ballet flat, especially in animal print, but to go from stilettos to 99% flats is a bit…
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  • Future Postings

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Hello Readers,I have been very short on time for a good while now, hence the real lack of blog postings. Still it's the cookbook season once more, and I still buy books and cook from them, so if you are interested in my more recent makes and bakes, I'm going to post pictures and book information on my blogs Facebook page.Thank you for your support. :)Best wishes,KJ x
  • Sophie Conran Boards Product Review

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    I was approached recently to see if I fancied working with the Sophie Conran website by doing a product review. I said yes (it was a no-brainer!) as I’ve been a fan for a long time of Sophie’s Portmeirion range of dishes, plates, mugs and glass ware. Indeed I know some of my readers have spotted the distinctive white beauty of them before on le blog. Anyhow, Sophie Conran has recently branched out into a few different areas, and one of the newest ranges she has designed is her wood boards by T&G Woodware, made from natural beech wood, harvested and manufactured in Europe. There…
  • Sally's Baking Addiction Cook Book - Review

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Sally's Baking Addiction Irresistable Cookies, Cupcakes & Deserts for your Sweet Tooth Fix by Sally McKenney. Published in 2014 by Race Point Publishing. I collect cookbooks, but it would be fair to say I’m obsessed by baking books, I can’t get enough. I don’t think a baking book is a waste if I never use it, I’m happy to read them too. This one however, most definitely falls into the category of ‘a book to bake from’ too. Do note that as this book hails from the U.S. the measurements are in American cups, though often, helpfully, grams are given too for things like flour and…
  • Sally's Soft Gingersnap Molasses Cookies

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Here is a little bonus before the proper Sally's Baking Addiction Cook Book review in a few days. A recipe from her fabulous website.  I printed off this one (and three more while I was looking!). My friend Jodie of Jo Blogs, Jo Bakes ( )  pointed me in the direction of these, a couple of days ago, and loving ginger as I do they had to be made!  Here is the link for Sally's recipe.
  • Fay Makes it Easy - Review

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:55 am
    Well, I’d been anticipating this one, her third cook book. Fay Makes it Easy - 100 Delicious Recipes to Impress with No Stress by Fay Ripley published by Harper Collins in 2013. Perhaps I should look back before going forward, I enjoyed her first book, then her second one more, which to be fair probably puts Fay (or any other book author of any type) under some pressure to live up to expectations. ”And does it?” I hear you ask. Yes, I think it does!I look to Fay for family suppers, you know inspiration for weeknight teas, that don’t take too long to make, but still deliver on taste…
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    Cookie Madness

  • Luby’s Chocolate Icebox Pie

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Having grown up in Texas, I’ve eaten at Luby’s Cafeteria more times than I can count. They’ve updated the menu to include healthier fare such as salads and grilled meat, but one thing that hasn’t changed much is their dessert section. Part of the fun of going through the line is and always has been […]
  • White Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Spice Creme Oreos

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    There’s been some backlash towards pumpkin spice this week, but do yourself a favorite and don’t let the negativity put you off the new limited edition Pumpkin Spice Creme Oreos. They’re really good! Having been burned by some of the other flavors (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreos, I’m looking at you), the Pumpkin Spice Oreos […]
  • Fig & Walnut Loaf Cake

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Today’s recipe is from The Triangle News and Observer.  It’s a fig cake, but instead of actual figs it gets its flavor and texture from fig preserves.  I had about 3/4 of a bottle of fig preserves leftover from another little cooking project, and since there are very few other places I use fig preserves, […]
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    Bryanna Clark Grogan’s Vegan Feast Kitchen/ 21st Century Table


    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I'm going to start out by apologizing for being TWO WEEKS between blog posts!  I have been working on a few ongoing cooking experiments/projects, but, for the most part, we have been eating pretty simple meals with our own or local produce that is in such abundance.  For a few days, when my husband had some sort of flu, he wasn't eating at all, so I wasn't doing much cooking at all.  In between, I was tackling my pantry, which was badly in need of a good clean-out and re-organization.  It felt so good to get that done!The above "tile" of photos represents four of the quick…

    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    The tomatoes are coming in fast and furiously, from our garden and from the gardens of friends. We have big ones and little ones, red ones and yellow ones. We're eating them on salads, in sandwiches and many other dishes, but it's hard to keep up.  Yesterday, I slow-roasted a small tray of tomatoes of various sizes and varieties and knew I could do something with them for dinner that night.If you've never slow-roasted tomatoes, cut them in half horizontally if round, lengthwise if the long paste type.  Cover your rimmed baking sheet with foil and then with baking parchment.

    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    More kale!  These days I'm constantly looking for great ways to use the ever-abundant kale supply coming out of our garden. Today I give you my version of an old Martha Stewart recipe (from 2009), to which I made a few changes.  1.) I lowered the oil content from 1/2 cup to 2 tablespoons (and I used olive oil); 2.) I used julienned carrots instead of "coins"; and 3.) I "massaged" the kale-- which is just rubbing the sliced raw kale for a very few minutes to break down some of the connective tissue of the kale leaves so that it is softer. I really liked the idea of the peanut…

    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    We have such beautiful kale this year and such alot of it!  I'm trying to incorporate it into as many dishes as possible.  (Fortunately, we both love it!). Last night we had our friend Brenda over for dinner and I made a kale lasagne, using up 1 1/2 lbs of fresh kale, and some tofu ricotta and homemade spaghetti sauce that I had in the refrigerator.  It was delicious and definitely a keeper!  I served it with some lovely roasted beets from my friend Holly, just sprinkled with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and fresh parsley.We ended the meal with some tea and organic green…

    Bryanna Clark Grogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    This is a different take on the Charred Corn, Black Bean & Toasted Barley Salad from an excellent book in my cookbook collection called “Spilling the Beans” by Julie Van Rosendaal and Sue Duncan.  My husband doesn't like barley in salads and I had no mangoes or red onion, so this is my riff on this colorful full-meal salad. It is filling, colorful and delicious! I made this for lunch last week when we had guests and it was very well-received.Printable RecipeBRYANNA’S CHARRED CORN, BLACK BEAN, VEGETABLE AND QUINOA SALAD WITH PEACHES (OR…
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    Simply Recipes

  • “Kale”sadilla

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    We all love quesadillas, and we could all use more leafy greens in our diet, so let’s add some shredded kale to our cheese and tortillas and call it a “kale”sadilla! This could even be a rather clever way to get your kids to eat more greens. Though it’s not exactly “sneaky” as you can clearly see the kale. Continue reading "“Kale”sadilla" »
  • Apple Cobbler

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Stop by my parent’s house in September or October and likely you will not leave without a bag filled with granny smith apples from their tree. My father grafts several varieties of apples on to his trees, but the granny smiths are the ones that are the most prolific, and they’re also great for pies, applesauce, apple butter, and cobbler. Continue reading "Apple Cobbler" »
  • Classic Meatloaf

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    My sweetheart came over to my parents the other day for dinner. He wasn’t exactly thrilled when he heard we were having meatloaf, and insisted on taking only a very small piece. All that changed the minute he took his first bite. (You should have seen the expression on his face—that look of amazement? priceless.) Continue reading "Classic Meatloaf" »
  • Sesame Chicken Fingers with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Chicken fingers! The ultimate finger food, perfect for dipping. The challenge is, how to make crispy tender chicken fingers without having to deep fry them?  Continue reading "Sesame Chicken Fingers with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce" »
  • Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of my favorite recipes from childhood is one for stuffed bell peppers. (We love them so much both my mom and dad have their own versions!) I’ve been experimenting with a quinoa stuffed version and have settled on this one as a great meatless approach to stuffed peppers.  Continue reading "Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers" »
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  • 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from September 2014 (Gluten-Free, SBD, Paleo, Whole 30)

    Kalyn Denny
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    This post has Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from 2014, found on Kalyn's Kitchen and other blogs around the web.It's October, but before we transition completely to fall eating, there are going to be more warm days and for most people, definitely a few more weeks of summer veggies from the Farmers Market or garden.  This round-up of 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from September 2014 has recipes I've been collecting all through the month of September with lots of good ideas for those garden veggies, so here's hoping you'll find a new recipe or two that might…
  • Crustless Breakfast Tarts with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    A new pan from Williams-Sonoma inspired Crustless Breakfast Tarts with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese.Recently my sister Laurel gave me a very generous gift card for William-Sonoma, a store that's always a wonderful splurge for me.  (Thanks Laurel!)  So I went to the Salt Lake William-Sonoma (where my friend Bobbyanne is the manager) and started looking around for something fun.  They happened to be having a sale on bakeware, and when I spotted a fabulous tart pan I experienced one of those unexplainable flashes of cooking inspiration and my mind went immediately to a custardy egg mixture…
  • World's Easiest Garlicky Green Beans Stir Fry Recipe (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    There's nothing like fresh green beans and this is an amazing way to cook them.(For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites. Phase One Recipes are also Low-Carb and Gluten-Free, but for this recipe be sure to use Gluten-Free Oyster Sauce if needed, as most oyster sauce has a tiny amount of wheat flour.  I first made this back in 2009 when I had green beans in my garden, but now I'd buy beans at the farmer's market to make this favorite recipe.)Beans used to be one of those plants that didn't get too much respect from me…
  • Easy Paleo Shrimp and Avocado Salad (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

    Kalyn Denny
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    You can make this Easy Paleo Shrimp and Avocado Salad in minutes!Sometimes I'm a very bad blogger.  I actually made this Easy Paleo Shrimp and Avocado Salad months ago when a couple of my nieces were doing Whole 30 and I was brainstorming recipe ideas that would be a treat for them.  Then somehow it kept getting pushed to the end of the line for recipes to show up on the blog.  Now I hope I'm not too late to be encouraging you to give it a try, because even though I might not eat a cold salad like this in the dead of winter, I'd happily eat this for a quick and delicious…
  • Recipe for Zucchini and Yellow Squash Soup with Rosemary and Parmesan (Pressure Cooker or Stovetop)

    Kalyn Denny
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    This favorite soup is perfect to welcome the arrival of fall!(Updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions, September 2014.)  This delicious Zucchini and Yellow Squash Soup with Rosemary and Parmesan is a recipe that has a lot of sentimental value for me.  I first made it in 2008 when Lisa of Homesick Texan sent me the link to this recipe on and told me how delicious it was.  And I was making soup back then because I had just gotten braces on my teeth!  Now flash forward six years and I'm still enjoying this Zucchini Soup with my nice straight teeth. …
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  • “Kale”sadilla

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    We all love quesadillas, and we could all use more leafy greens in our diet, so let’s add some shredded kale to our cheese and tortillas and call it a “kale”sadilla! This could even be a rather clever way to get your kids to eat more greens. Though it’s not exactly “sneaky” as you can clearly see the kale. Continue reading "“Kale”sadilla" »
  • Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of my favorite recipes from childhood is one for stuffed bell peppers. (We love them so much both my mom and dad have their own versions!) I’ve been experimenting with a quinoa stuffed version and have settled on this one as a great meatless approach to stuffed peppers.  Continue reading "Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers" »
  • Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    September is a great time of year for fresh green beans here in Sacramento. I was too busy to plant them this year, but have been finding beauties at our local market. Usually we just boil them until tender, place a dab of butter on them, sprinkle with salt and pepper and call it a day. Here’s a quick and easy way to take them up a notch, Continue reading "Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans" »
  • Arizona Cheese Crisp

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    I’ve been going through the Simply Recipes archives lately, updating recipes that seem a bit neglected and in need of a little love. Here’s one of my favorites from my mother—what she calls a “Sonoran Quesadilla,” known in Tucson, Arizona where they’re from as “cheese crisps”. Unlike our usual stove-top quesadilla made with corn or flour tortillas and jack cheese, Continue reading "Arizona Cheese Crisp" »
  • Spanish Rice

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    My mother’s Spanish rice (aka Mexican rice) is a mandatory accompaniment to any Mexican dish we serve at our house, whether it’s with enchiladas or tostadas, or with steak and black beans. This rice is our family’s comfort food. My mom always makes a big batch when she makes it, because we can’t get enough! Continue reading "Spanish Rice" »
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  • latke waffles

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    If you’re anything like me — someone who begins each workday with grand ambitious to be startlingly productive, but finds themselves at 4 p.m. most days aimlessly clicking random links shared on social media, trying not to nod off onto their keyboard and wondering if there’s maybe any chocolate anywhere? — you may have found yourself a few weeks ago on that day’s viral food content du jour, an enticing recipe for tater tot waffles. What could be more delicious than tater tot waffles? Nothing, nope, nada. But it lost me when it called for a bag of frozen tots…
  • sunken apple and honey cake

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    There are recipes on my Cook This list that I’ve been plotting for years but take forever to jump from that place where they’re a rough idea of how I think something might taste good and how I’ll make that happen. There are items on the list which are just the names of dishes I haven’t tried yet and want to learn more about. And there are recipes that make me kick myself every time I see them because how have we not made a good hearty tortilla soup here yet? And where is that Russian napoleon I’ve been promising you? But this here is none of the above. Exactly…
  • cucumber lemonade

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    I began this summer by expressing, in no uncertain terms, just how terrible New York City summers really are — sticky airlessness occasionally broken up by eerily refreshing droplets of cool water on your head that turn out to be filthy window a/c run-off, and you know, given that NYC lets people with absolutely no relevant skills install their own window a/c units, you might not want to walk underneath them at all, is all I’m saying. Right, I’ve digressed again. I think I hoped that if I aired my grievances about summer early and unflinchingly, I could get through the…
  • cauliflower slaw

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Given my druthers, a word I’ve been looking for an excuse to type in a sentence for at least eight years, I would never choose a salad with lettuce in it over one that’s mostly shaved or shredded raw vegetables. I mean, lettuce — the dewy, freshly-plucked-from-the-earth stuff that spends a couple months a year gracing local farmer’s markets — can be absolutely delicious, but nine times out of ten, the same word is used to refer to that packaged stuff that doesn’t taste like a whole lot. And can we talk for just a second about that prematurely rotten red…
  • herbed tomato and roasted garlic tart

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    I had a friend in town this week and just when we were at the point in the conversation when we’d usually pick a place to meet for lunch, something terrible happened. Caught up in a moment where I forgot that I am me and not, say, Ina Garten, I suggested he come over and I’d make lunch for us instead. I realized I’d lost my ever-loving mind. Sure, I’d like to be the kind of person who makes “just lunch, nothing fancy!” for friends on a whim but I am not. I don’t really do “whim” cooking, as a website with nearly 918 intricately detailed…
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  • Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of my favorite recipes from childhood is one for stuffed bell peppers. (We love them so much both my mom and dad have their own versions!) I’ve been experimenting with a quinoa stuffed version and have settled on this one as a great meatless approach to stuffed peppers.  Continue reading "Cheesy Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers" »
  • Classic Baked Chicken

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    If there is one recipe that every home cook should know, it’s this baked chicken recipe. All you need is chicken, olive oil, salt, and pepper (and maybe some stock or white wine for gravy). Continue reading "Classic Baked Chicken" »
  • Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Here is a family favorite for a weeknight dinner—chicken thighs, floured and browned and then baked, served with a creamy mushroom sauce. You can serve it with rice, or if you put it over egg noodles, you have something resembling a chicken stroganoff. Continue reading "Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce" »
  • Easy Poached Eggs

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Poaching eggs couldn’t be easier. It’s also a great low-calorie way to prepare eggs—you don’t need to use added fat to cook them, as you would with scrambled or fried eggs. Not only do eggs prepared this way make a great breakfast all on their own (with a little salt and pepper and maybe some toast), you can also use them to top a French salad Lyonnaise, bathe them in luxurious Hollandaise sauce in an Eggs Benedict, or go super healthy and serve them over sautéed greens. Continue reading "Easy Poached Eggs" »
  • Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    It’s Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end of the summer holidays (though for some kids, school started a couple weeks ago!) We’ve been experimenting with grilled shrimp lately and I thought I’d share this festive shrimp taco for those of you still looking for ideas of what to grill this weekend. Continue reading "Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa" »
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  • Asian Hummus

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    This is a Japanese variation of the classic hummus. -- posted by Broke Guy
  • Tunisian Style Hummus

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    This is a Tunisian style variation of the classic hummus. -- posted by Broke Guy
  • Hummus Mexicana

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    This is a Mexican variation of the classic hummus. -- posted by Broke Guy
  • Red Beet Hummus

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    This is an extremely healthy variation of the classic hummus. -- posted by Broke Guy
  • Green Hummus

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    This is an herby style variation of the classic hummus. -- posted by Broke Guy
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  • Longhorn Steakhouse Wild West Shrimp

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Today’s secret recipe (below) is an easy-to-prepare appetizer from Longhorn Steakhouse.  Their wild west shrimp is loaded with flavor and perfect for when you’re entertaining guests.  Crispy popcorn shrimp is tossed with garlic butter, spicy cherry peppers and their signature prairie dust spice blend.  Everyone will devour these because they taste so good.  The best part is you can prepare this dish in about 20 minutes. To make the prairie dust spice blend, use this secret recipe from our forum: Go Here Enjoy! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Foods That Help…
  • Valerie’s Hazelnut-Orange Tea Cakes

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Today’s 5 star secret recipe comes from Valerie Confections in Los Angeles, California.  At Valerie’s they make the most amazing tea cakes.  They’re moist, dense and not too sweet.  The hazelnut-orange tea cakes are rich with nutty flavor and bright with candied orange peel.  The best part is the citrusy glaze that goes on top.  These yummy little cakes are worth the time and effort, and you’ll have plenty of them to share with friends. Valerie Confections has been voted the best chocolatier in Los Angeles.  They have also expanded to include an amazing selection…
  • Linguine with Spinach Pesto

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    To keep your weekend meals full of flavor, I’ve shared some fantastic recipes with you below.  These dishes are all easy to make and come together in about 30 minutes or less.  First I have a secret recipe for a yummy pasta dish that can be served as a side dish or a main dish depending on your portion size.  Linguini is topped with a spinach pesto to create some vibrant flavors for your taste buds. This recipe is only one of the delicious recipes featured in “Super Side Dishes“.  This cookbook contains a collection of tried and true side dishes to compliment any meal. Members…
  • Red Lobster Grilled Baby Rack of Shrimp

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    You really can’t beat a healthy and delicious meal that can be prepared in a flash.  Today’s secret recipes will give you exactly that.  Red Lobster’s grilled rack of shrimp is ridiculously simple and is full of flavor.  You can pair your grilled shrimp with a bottle of your favorite Chardonnay or a light Pinot Noir. Serve this dish with these recipes from our forum for steamed green beans and steamed herbed potatoes. Now you can enjoy a fresh home-cooked meal tonight! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Eliminate Acid Reflux Forever! [Free Video] Watch this 7…
  • Madonna Inn’s Carrot Cake

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Today’s 5 star secret recipe comes from the landmark Madonna Inn located in San Luis Obispo, California.  This resort is known for its legendary eccentric decor and themed rooms as well as there amazing on-site bakery. The Madonna Inn bakery makes an incredible carrot cake.  Moist with a hint of tang from crushed pineapple and rich cream cheese frosting, and elaborately decorated.  You can easily recreate this yummy cake at home by following the recipe blog. For and incredible selection of other cake recipes, visit our forum: Go Here Enjoy! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Lose 1-2 Inches…
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  • Smoked Paprika Steak Wraps with Horseradish Cream

    Thomas Grossmann
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    4 sirloin steaks (6oz each) 1 garlic clove, minced 2 teaspoons smoked paprika olive oil 1/2 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons minced prepared horseradish 8 small flour tortillas 1/3 cup baby greens 2 ripe avocados, sliced pickled red onions salt and black pepper, to taste Rub the steaks with garlic on both sides.  Season both sides with salt, black pepper and smoked paprika. Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat and brush with oil.  Add the steaks and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.  Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the horseradish and sour cream. …
  • Pickled Red Onions

    Thomas Grossmann
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    These pickled red onions can be made quickly and taste great on wraps and sandwiches. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 red onion, thinly sliced Whisk first 3 ingredients and 1 cup water in a small bowl until sugar and salt dissolve. Place onion in a container; pour vinegar mixture over. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Related Posts:Spicy ColeslawGerman Potato SaladSmoked Paprika Steak Wraps with Horseradish CreamHoisin SauceChicken Fajita Skillet
  • Citrus Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken

    Thomas Grossmann
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    4 chicken breasts 1/4 cup honey 1/3 cup light soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped juice of 1 lime In a bowl, mix together honey, soy sauce, pepper, garlic, ginger and lime juice. Place chicken breasts in a large ziplock bag with marinade. Set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to marinate. On a heated grill or broiler, cook chicken breasts until done. Serves 4 Related Posts:Chipotle-Glazed Roast ChickenHoney Glazed ChickenChicken Avocado Salad with Sriracha DrizzleBarbecue Broiled Chicken BreastsChicken Thighs…
  • Sausage & Squash Risotto

    Thomas Grossmann
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    11 oz. Arborio rice 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 oz. butter 2 oz. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 lb. ground sausage meat (or 3-4 sausage links, casing removed) 1/2 cup white wine 1 medium yellow squash, diced salt & black pepper, to taste 1 quart chicken stock 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated chopped parsley, for garnish Saute the sausage meat in a pan until cooked through, set aside. In another large saute pan, saute the onion in butter and oil until transparent. Add the rice, stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes then add the wine and diced squash. Let the wine evaporate and then…
  • Spicy Corn & Zucchini

    Thomas Grossmann
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    2 ears corn, kernels cut off 1 medium zucchini, diced 1 tablespoon butter 1/8 teaspoon Ancho chile powder dash cayenne pepper dash smoked paprika salt and black pepper, to taste In a saute pan over medium-low heat add the butter.  Then add the corn and zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the seasoning and cook another 2-3 minutes then serve. Serves 2-3 Related Posts:Spicy Southwest CornRed Pepper, Onion and Zucchini FrittataHearty Vegetable SoupBeef Tacos !Simple Spicy Pasta
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  • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Not Exactly P.F. Chang’s, But Close Enough for the Internet

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I don’t do a lot of copycat recipes; mostly because I don’t eat at the restaurants people are requesting the recipes from. I mean, unless they're going to throw in a couple bottles of wine, I’m not going to Olive Garden to figure out how they do their breadsticks. These chicken lettuce wraps however, are a delicious exception. When I go back to visit my mom, we usually make it to P.F. Chang’s at least once, and always start the meal with their very popular chicken lettuce wraps. Off the record, they do a good job with most of the dishes I’ve had, but the wraps are clearly my…
  • Pumpkin Seed Brittle – Break Some Off This Halloween

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    This pumpkin seed brittle recipe was a lot easier to make than film. The procedure for nut brittle, or in this case, seed brittle, is very simple, but there are points in the recipe when you have to move fast, which is unfortunate when you have to move a camera and set up shots. Even with these challenges, it came out just fine, and I’m only complaining as a way to build confidence. Once your sugar mixture has turned a nice caramel color, you have to immediately turn off the heat, add your baking soda (be careful), then your nuts or seeds (be careful), and hastily mix until combined.
  • Does This Count?

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    As I recently mentioned, I'd really love to make it to Video 2,000, and I just thought of a way to do that a little quicker than seven years. I may start doing golf tips on off days. This is me demonstrating my famous backwards-between-the-legs shot. I couldn't take a normal stance with the ball so close to the edge of the sand trap, so this was the only option. My father-in-law Al is on the green, and my sister-in-law Jennifer is filming. We were playing the gorgeous, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. I don't remember if I made the put. ;) Enjoy!
  • Crostini Dijonnaise – Mustard-Infused Toasts for Extra Special Spreads

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    If you’re going to serve your pate or rillettes with toasted bread and mustard anyway, why not save a step, and just make mustard-flavored crostini? That’s the question I asked myself while making the potted duck spread we just posted, and this was the answer.  For a first attempt I was very happy with the results. These had the same crispy crunch of traditional crostini, but also offered a fairly noticeable, mustardy zing.I’m looking forward to trying some variations using hot mustard powder, maybe mixed into a little olive oil. Speaking of oil, my only criticism is that these…
  • Duck Rillettes – It Only Tastes Like Duck Butter with Extra Butter

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Duck rillettes is one of the most amazing culinary magic tricks of all time. Even though most of the spread is made up of fairly lean duck meat, by emulsifying in a little butter, duck fat, and duck gelatin, you’ll swear the final product has the fat content of the finest foie gras torchon. By the way, I miss foie gras torchon. The key here is to mash the large chunks of cold duck with the warm duck fat and gelatin. As the meat breaks down, the fat cools and turns the whole bowl into creamy duck spread heaven. Pack it in a crock, keep it sealed with a layer of fat, and you have an…
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    Savory Sweet Life - Easy Recipes from an Everyday Home Cook

  • Fire Roasted Poblano Pepper and Eggs

    Alice Currah
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    One of the most rewarding culinary experiences I recently experienced involved having to hike every morning for my breakfast for seven days.  At the crack of dawn just as the sun was about to rise, I would wake up from a deep slumber with the famous and sacred Kuuchamaa mountain showing off her glory in […]
  • Ginger Apple Cream Scones

    Alice Currah
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Waking up on the weekends is always a struggle between wanting to sleep in and my body waking up on its own sleep cycle.  Yesterday I lay in bed motionless with eyes closed hoping if I waited long enough I would fall back into a deep slumber. Ten minutes go by… then twenty.  With every […]
  • Autumn Carrot Basil Soup

    Alice Currah
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    I’m in day 3 of the kids back at school and it is amazing how much more I can get done when I have hours of time to be creative in silence and just cook the way I want to without someone asking me to do anything for them or take them somewhere. Up until […]
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  • Caramelized Apple Onion Soup

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    This soup tastes like Fall in a bowl! Apples and caramelized onions are simmered with cider and broth, and blended with a touch of cream. The flavor is the perfect balance of savory and sweet. One bowl filled me up and made my tummy very happy!Last Fall while visiting Harry and David in Oregon, I had lunch at a quaint bistro called Deja Vu Bistro that had this incredible soup.I was dying to make this at home and I emailed the chef for the recipe. He was kind enough to send it to me and I've made it several times with slight adaptions to his original to lighten it up. In place of 1 cup of…
  • The Skinnytaste Cookbook Sweepstakes – Win a 2-Night Trip For Two To Las Vegas with Dinner and a Show!

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    I'm SOOO excited about this amazing sweepstakes! To celebrate the release of The Skinnytaste Cookbook, I have partnered with Food & Wine to bring you this prize!One lucky winner will have a chance to win TWO (2) round-trip airline tickets to Las Vegas, and a 2-night stay at the Luxor Las Vegas. PLUS you will get 2 tickets to the Jabbawokeez Show, dinner for two at TENDER Steak & Seafood, two signed copies of The Skinnytaste Cookbook, and a customized "skinnyfied" version of your favorite meal in Vegas! To enter to win, click this link and fill out the form below. Good Luck!The…
  • Skinny Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    These cookie bars are the perfect Fall dessert – moist and chewy, made lighter with pumpkin puree and studded with butterscotch chips. The topping is a simple, light cream cheese frosting drizzled with chocolate – so good!I played around with my Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars and loved how they turned out. They have just the right amount of pumpkin spice for my taste, but if you really love those spices you could add a bit more. If you want to make these ahead, you can bake the cookie bar a day ahead and make the frosting, then assemble the day you're ready to serve them. Click Here To…
  • Buffalo Chicken and Bean Chili

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is chili with a buffalo chicken twist! So easy to make and SOOOO good – perfect for game watching or any night of the week!And the best part is it doesn't need to simmer all day. This is ready in about 40 minutes, and most of that time is unattended. To thicken the chili and give you that texture like it's been simmering for hours, I added refried pinto beans to the mix which always works like a charm!I like to serve mine with a handful of chips like Beanitos which are made from white beans, but any baked chip is great and of course, some carrot sticks and celery on the side.
  • Crock Pot Sazon Pork Chops with Peppers, Olives and Potato

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    These pork chops are seasoned with Latin spices and slow cooked in a flavorful sauce with tomatoes, olives, peppers and potatoes. They literally fall of the bone when they come out of the slow cooker!I love to serve them with just a little brown rice on the side, but totally optional!My house was a little divided on this recipe. My husband thought it was good but not great, but my oldest daughter Karina thought it was AMAZING as she put it. I really liked this a lot too, and it was my first time making pork chops in the slow cooker believe it or not but won't be my last.I weighed the pork…
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  • Recipe | Quick Fried Rice with Capsicum and Almonds – It’s all Greek to me..

    sanjeeta kk
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Any recognition feels good, as it is a reward and an affirmation of what one does…Hmm..agreed. But what one does when one is featured in two different magazines and is still trying to decipher what is written in there. Google translation of both the articles makes it a comic read. Well, sometimes, somethings are best if left unsaid. Hoping good is written about me  here is how it all started… The other day I received this mail from the editor of a popular Italian magazine; “Dear Sanjeeta, I’m writing you from the Cucchiaio d’Argento office in Italy. We liked your blog and…
  • Recipes | Three Quick Indian Stir-fry recipes aka Subzis

    sanjeeta kk
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A Subzi or vegetable stir-fry is an integral part of an Indian Thali (platter. If Subzi is one of the important components alongside a flat bread in a North Indian thali then it takes the form of an accompaniment to rice dishes in South India. Subzi also refers to any vegetable in Hindi. I like these quick subzis made with fresh vegetables more than the slow-cooked curries wherein the vegetables are completely lost in the flavors of spices and gravies they are cooked in. Whether it is a rich Peas and paneer butter masala or a creamy malai kofta, to me they all taste same. I prefer the…
  • Recipes | Three easy Indian Stir-Fry recipes aka Subzis – Simple food big flavors

    sanjeeta kk
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    “I am jealous of your husband and kids, they get to eat five-star cooking every day” was one of the questions in an online interview on Ganga’s blog here. And she is the nth person to have said the same to me. The fact remains that most of days what comes out of my kitchen is a simple one-skillet meal with whatever spices or vegetables I have on hand. Yes, my personal favorite is simple Indian food which is quick to cook and is very near to its natural state. Well…competing for the title of Master Chef is never in my mind, every time that I take a ladle in my hand Indian Subzi…
  • Recipes | Healthy Wholegrain and Lentil Crepes with quick Spreads – Memories which root us in a time and place

    sanjeeta kk
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Growing up, we used to visit our granny every holiday. Reaching late at her house and being treated with warm and comforting Bajra khichda (millet porridge) was the best part of our trip. She would welcome us with a sweet smile and rush to her kitchen to cook a quick meal. The wooden hearth would be hurriedly filled with charcoal to light the fire. She would then open the large round aluminum box placed neatly on wooden shelf and take out handful of wholegrain and lentil grits from it. The spice-mixed grits were added to the earthen pot of boiling water on the hearth. In between her cooking,…
  • Recipe | Healthy Papdi Chaat Tarts- It’s all about sharing my love for food

    sanjeeta kk
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    “What keeps me motivated is not the food itself but all the bonds and memories the food represents.” M. Chiarello I was slightly disturbed reading a message from a reader last evening which read like this “I love your recipes, but please include step-wise pictures of the recipes and increase the frequency of your blogposts.” To which my reply was, “I am glad that you like the recipes here. But please understand that Lite Bite is not just a recipe blog, it’s my personal diary where I also love to share my experiences and stories behind the food I present. There are millions of…
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  • White Chicken Chili {Progressive Eats}

    Lauren Keating
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A few weeks ago, Shawn asked me to make chili for dinner. I wasn’t really feeling it – to me, chili is winter food and I’m just not ready – so we compromised and made this white chicken chili instead of our usual favorite beef chili. Made with chicken and white beans instead of beef and tomatoes, white chicken chili seems lighter, fresher, and perfect for a rainy fall night. I make mine with thighs and three kind of peppers (poblanos, jalapeños, and New Mexican green chile powder) to give my chili tons of flavor. It’s ready in just about an hour, but it’s even…
  • 21 Days to Lean + Green: A Review

    Lauren Keating
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Back in June, I did an awesome program called 21 Days to Lean + Green. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but never got around to writing about it in much detail. Since I loved it so much, I decided to do it again in October. You should do it with me! Last Spring, I started noticing some amazing recipes popping up on my Facebook feed. They were from a blog called With Food + Love, and it quickly became one of my favorites. The recipes all looked light and fresh, but also super flavorful and delicious. Basically, they were the kind of recipes that I strive to make, but sometimes struggle…
  • Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

    Lauren Keating
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    There used to be a bakery on the main street of the town I grew up in that made the best cakes and pastries. Every time we had out of town guests, we’d order a few of their coffee cakes to have for breakfast (and afternoon snack, and dessert.) My favorite was the apple version. Unfortunately the bakery has been closed for a few years and my memories of their apple cake (they called it apple edelweiss) are fuzzy. I’ve spent hours scouring the internet for anything that looks even remotely similar, but I always come up empty. This coffee cake isn’t the one I grew up eating,…
  • Spiced Pear Chips #RecipeRedux

    Lauren Keating
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    When I saw that the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux was dehydrating, I had to laugh. I actually tried to dehydrate something (cherry and beet fruit leather) for last month’s lunchbox challenge. After several attempts that failed miserably, I gave up and went a different route instead (if you haven’t made those earl grey granola bars yet, what are you waiting for? They’re incredible!) I considered giving fruit leather another try, but ended up deciding it was just way too much work for something that didn’t even end up tasting that great. These pear chips are…
  • Baked Breakfast Taquitos

    Lauren Keating
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s not much of a secret around here that I’m pretty obsessed with baked taquitos. Over the past few years I’ve made a few versions, filled with everything from buffalo chicken to farm-fresh veggies. I’ve been meaning to make a breakfast version for a while, but I never got around to it – until now. It seems like out of nowhere the mornings are cold again, and I’ve found myself looking for a warm breakfast instead of my usual smoothie. Combine that with the fact that September is National Breakfast Month and, well, how I could I not make breakfast taquitos?
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  • 10 Most Popular Greek Recipes On Pinterest For September

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    These are the 10 most popular Greek recipes from our boards in Pinterest this last month. Bean Soup (Fasolada) comes out on top! To go to the recipes, just click on the links. Follow us on Pinterestsymposio Bean Soup (Fasolada)Eggplant PapoutsakiaTzatzikiGreen Beans (Fasolakia)Stuffed Vegetables (Gemista)Cheese Pie (Tiropita) with Feta and Bechamel BouyourdiPeinirliKeftedakia (Small Meatballs)Baklava Eat and Enjoy! ca-pub-5932202259726035
  • 9 Greek Bread Recipes

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    There are several types of bread traditionally made in Greece - some of them at particular times of the year. We've put together a list of 9 breads for you. Just click on the links to go to the recipes.Cheese Bread (Tiropsomo) A lovely bread with Greek feta cheese. It's a wonderful accompaniment for any dish, but especially for Greek Bean Soup (Fasolada) along with olives.  Christmas Bread (Christopsomo) This is a traditional bread eaten at Christmas and right up to New Year. The name Christopsomo means Christ's Bread.  LaganaA bread traditionally eaten on Clean Monday at…
  • Greek Sesame Cookies

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    This recipe for sesame cookies (Koolooria me Soosami) is very simple and you'll find them really lovely to accompany your coffee or tea!Ingredients500g soft flour300g butter200g icing sugar1 egg50ml brandy/cognac2 tsp baking powder300g sesame seedsPreparationBeat the butter and icing sugar well in the mixer.Add the egg and continue mixing for another 1-2 minutes.Add the brandy and continue mixing for another 1-2 minutes.Sprinkle the baking powder over the flour and add to the mixture in the mixer.Using the kneading attachment in the mixer, beat lightly until it has become a dough.Cover the…
  • Authentic Greek Recipes - Get Our Updated Kindle Book!

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    We're happy to announce that we've just updated our Kindle Book - Authentic Greek Recipes! Lots of delicious recipes plus How to Make Your Own Filo Pastry!Click on the photo above to check it
  • 20 Delicious Greek Pies You'll Just Love!

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Greeks love making pies! There are hundreds of different recipes, depending on the part of Greece and the ingredients. Most people outside Greece just know of Spinach Pie (Spanakopita) and Cheese Pie (Tiropita) but there are countless varieties of those two as well as many other different types. So we've put together a small list of 20 savoury Greek pies for you to try for yourselves - just click on the links to go to the recipes. If you want to make your own Filo pastry, then just go here. Artichoke Pie6 Cheese Pies 6 Ways to make Cheese Pie (Tiropita) Cheese Pie with…
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  • Light Garlic Soup—from Spain

    Pots and Frills
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Weather became finally cold enough, at least in the evenings, to think about a bowl of hot soup. All the garlic soups I ate were rich and creamy. They usually either included cheese, cream, eggs, flour, or sometimes, all of them in one recipe. But this garlic soup is very different. It comes from Spanish cuisine. And, when I was making it, I even had doubts if these two basic ingredients used in it—chicken stock and garlic—can really produce anything tasty. In less than half an hour the soup was ready. When I tasted it, I was surprised how light and good it was. Definitely garlic surfaced…
  • Avocado Tartar with Wasabi Sauce

    Pots and Frills
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Avocados are among the best vegetables in the US. This opinion is shared by local lovers of great food and many visiting foreigners. My favorite way of serving avocado, with the addition of fresh tomatoes, comes from the Latin American culinary tradition. Unfortunately, my son does not like fresh tomatoes and wherever possible I need to find a creative way of omitting them, even in the dishes where they are almost essential. And today's post is a byproduct of these efforts. Some time ago, at our friend's house, he ate avocado served just with cucumber and soy sauce. Ever since this is how he…
  • South Indian Rice and Yogurt Salad

    Pots and Frills
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    This is one of my all time favorite salads. I had it ready for one of my first posts but somehow never found the right moment to publish it. When I made it this summer for a BBQ dinner, my friends loved it so much that I finally decided to share this recipe. This rice and yogurt salad comes from the South Indian tradition and was invented to use old yogurt, which in India is usually home made. It is also an excellent idea to use any leftover basmati rice, which in my home I cook at least once a week. I discovered it thanks to my neighbor who prepares it often when yogurts gets too tart. Once,…
  • Another Cabbage Salad--with Ketchup Dressing

    Pots and Frills
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    As promised last time, today, cabbage salad. Since it is about a sixth cabbage salad on my blog I do not really have much more to rave about. However, to convince those who have not found their way to embrace cabbage, I would like to mention an article from one of the health magazines I recently read. Once again it, quotes a study proving that cruciferous vegetables, which include Brussels sprouts, kale, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, and of course all kinds of cabbage, are a powerful remedy against any inflammations in our bodies. Consumed daily, they help prevent heart disease and other…
  • Fava Bean Spread

    Pots and Frills
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    During my recent visit to Poland I noticed that fava beans had become very present at farmers' markets. Some sellers offered them in pods but most often they were sold in bags, already shelled. Fava was displayed in large quantities at every stand and seemed even more popular that cabbage. I also saw fava beans on the menu of many restaurants, among them at the restaurant offering molecular cuisine. Inspired by this newly discovered popularity of fava beans in my native country, I decided to post today a fava bean spread, which I had made just before I went to Poland. Since fava bean has…
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  • Feature & Giveaway | My Favourite Chef {s} … and a holiday giveaway #myfavouritechef #inspiration #giveaway #flipkart

    Deeba Rajpal
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Who is the one chef that has left their impression on you? Who is your favourite chef? My favourite chef ... The post Feature & Giveaway | My Favourite Chef {s} … and a holiday giveaway #myfavouritechef #inspiration #giveaway #flipkart appeared first on Passionate About Baking.
  • Baking | Wholegrain Coffee Chocolate Chip Pound Cake #healthy #wholegrain #delicious #coffee #teacake

    Deeba Rajpal
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    A moist and light Wholegrain Coffee Chocolate Chip Pound Cake that makes for a wonderful tea cake. It's healthy and delicious; a treat for coffee lovers! The post Baking | Wholegrain Coffee Chocolate Chip Pound Cake #healthy #wholegrain #delicious #coffee #teacake appeared first on Passionate About Baking.
  • Baking | Wholewheat Cocoa Almond Biscotti #comfortfood #biscotti #chocolate

    Deeba Rajpal
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Wholewheat Cocoa Almond Biscotti ... what's not to love about a crisp twice baked chocolate cookie. This is a wholegrain healthy version with roasted almonds. You could use toasted walnuts instead and make a brownie biscotti! Use a good-quality cocoa powder as that really makes the difference to how deeply chocolaty the biscotti will be. The post Baking | Wholewheat Cocoa Almond Biscotti #comfortfood #biscotti #chocolate appeared first on Passionate About Baking.
  • No bake | Jamun {Wild Indian Java Plum} Mousse #dessert #inseason

    Deeba Rajpal
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Jamun {Wild Indian Java Plum} Mousse is light, fun and a beautiful way to use produce in season. Use any seasonal berry if you can't find these. It's a sublime make ahead dessert option. The post No bake | Jamun {Wild Indian Java Plum} Mousse #dessert #inseason appeared first on Passionate About Baking.
  • Food Festival Review | Dehlvi cuisine @ The Oberoi, Gurgaon … celebrating the flavours of India #India #independenceday

    Deeba Rajpal
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Dehlvi cuisine {pertaining to the Delhi region} as the name suggests is an evolutionary melange of the cuisine of the Mughals, Rajputs, Punjabis, Marwaris, Kayasthas and Vaishyas blended by the centuries. As the British empire moved it's capital from Bengal to Delhi, it brought with it a potpourri of folk to run the administration. As Delhi became the hub of political, social and commercial activity, people from different communities found livelihood here. With them came interesting and unique culinary influences. The post Food Festival Review | Dehlvi cuisine @ The Oberoi, Gurgaon ……
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  • Wat Tan Hor

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    (Chinese shrimp chow fun with egg gravy) Image by avlxyz 4 Average: 4 (1 vote) This delectable chow fun dish is a favorite with kids. Tender rice noodles are tossed in a wok with shrimp and scallions, then covered with a light gravy and tender poached egg. Chow fun noodles are wide and flat and can be found dried in Asian markets or online. If you can find them fresh, so much the better. They will just need a quick soak in warm water to make them more pliable. Wat tan hor (滑蛋河), also known as kong foo chow, is popular in the southeast of China, as well as in Singapore and Malaysia. 4…
  • Willkommen zum Oktoberfest 2014!

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
  • Braised Short Ribs

    16 Mar 2013 | 11:51 am
    (Jewish beef ribs simmered in red wine) Image © iStockphoto 5 Average: 5 (1 vote) While brisket is the traditional choice for Passover, more and more Jews are turning to braised beef short ribs as a more tender, flavorful and luxurious option for their post-Seder meal. Short ribs are a fatty cut of meat, which is one reason why they're so flavorful. But ribs swimming in grease aren't very appetizing. This recipe uses a simple two-step process to get rid of excess fat. First you roast the ribs in a hot oven to render excess fat while also giving them a nice caramelized crust. Then…
  • Carapulcra

    7 Mar 2013 | 3:34 pm
    (Peruvian pork and freeze-dried potato stew) Image by manda_wong 5 Average: 4.5 (2 votes) Modern Peruvian cuisine has several dishes with ancient roots in Incan culture, and carapulcra is one of them. Carapulcra is a thick stew made with meat and the freeze-dried potatoes called chuño, or papa seca. The original meat for carapulcra was llama. Pork and chicken are more common these days. 4 to 6 servings Ingredients Papa seca, or chuño (freeze-dried potatoes) -- 1/2 pound Oil -- 3 tablespoons Boneless pork chops, cut into large chunks -- 2 pounds Onion, minced -- 1 Garlic, minced…
  • Hoi Nam Gai Fan

    7 Feb 2013 | 11:49 am
    (Singaporean Hainanese chicken rice) Image by avlxyz 5 Average: 4.3 (3 votes) Hainanese chicken rice (海南鸡饭) is based on a dish from Hainan province in China and was adapted by the immigrant Chinese population in Singapore. Chicken rice is one of Singapore's most popular meals. To make chicken rice, you first gently poach a whole chicken, then chop it into bite-sized pieces. Finally, you use the resulting broth to make both flavorful rice and and a nourishing soup.  Chicken rice is usually served with one or more accompanying sauces. Stir up a chili-garlic sauce to give…
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    The Daily Dish

  • Caprese Prosciutto Sandwiches

    Kristina Vanni
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday I arrived at the grocery store early in the morning just as they placed the warm baguettes, fresh from the oven, on display.  Somehow, this beautiful piece of bread found its way into my basket and I knew a sandwich was on the menu for lunch. Keep reading for the recipe… From the bakery, I wandered over to the deli counter and the Prosciutto di Parma caught my eye.  Then I found my way to the refrigerator case with marinated fresh mozzarella balls. This sandwich was coming together in my mind. Finally, I landed in the produce section and decided to make a hybrid of a…
  • Easy Homemade Frozen Yogurt

    Kristina Vanni
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know it is easy to make your own fruity frozen yogurt at home?  For this recipe, simply pick your favorite frozen fruit and it’s a snap to make this delectable frozen treat. I am completely obsessed with blueberries, so that is what I chose for my frozen yogurt.  Next time I am thinking raspberries, strawberries or maybe peaches! Keep reading for the recipe… All you have to do is combine your favorite frozen fruit, Greek yogurt and a bit of confectioner’s sugar in a food processor.  Process until combined, but you can leave a few fruit chunks in there for texture,…
  • Sparkling Blueberry-Mint Cocktail

    Kristina Vanni
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every once in a while it’s nice to indulge in a relaxing and refreshing weekend cocktail.  The only problem?  Sometimes those mixers can be overflowing with excess sugar, weighing down your drink with extra calories. This recipe not only features garden-fresh ingredients, but a secret ingredient with zero calories! Keep reading for the recipe… The key to this light sparkling cocktail is a bottle of this Organic Blueberry Sparkling Water from Cascade Ice.  I love that it is free of unnecessary and unhealthy “extras” found in other flavored waters like calories, sodium,…
  • Caramelized Onion and Olive Pizza

    Kristina Vanni
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This easy pizza recipe is an elegant appetizer course for serving a crowd.  It can also be a beautiful light lunch when served with a green salad! Keep reading for the recipe… The inspiration for this pizza is the French “Pissaladiere.”  Here I make it quick and easy by using frozen puff pastry for the crust. Your kitchen will be filled with the aromas of a quaint bistro in the south of France as you caramelize the red onions.  After about 30 minutes the flavor is delicate and sweet, perfectly balanced with the salty black olives on top of the pizza. Ready to make this…
  • 5-Minute Shrimp Appetizer

    Kristina Vanni
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Whether you are entertaining or are simply looking for an easy starter to your evening meal, this recipe is for you. In fact, these “Shrimp Appetizer Skewers” are ready to enjoy in just about 5 minutes! Keep reading for the recipe… All you have to do is alternate jumbo shrimp and lime wedges onto a bamboo skewer.  Brush with sweet chili sauce and broil for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side. Hint:  I like to cover my baking sheet with non-stick foil for easy clean-up! Serve the shrimp skewers with some extra chili sauce for dipping and garnish with few lime wedges to squeeze…
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  • {Today’s Cookbook} Will It Waffle? 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Why do you want to read Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron by Daniel Shumski? Library Journal: Whether curious, rebellious, or short on cooking equipment, readers who try recipes such as waffled chicken fingers and red velvet waffle ice cream sandwiches will delight in discovering whether or not they will waffle as promised…  J. Kenji López-Alt, The Food Lab and Dan Shumski’s genius lies in asking not what his waffler can do for him, but what he can stuff into his waffle, and following that question through to all of its…
  • Perfect Pasta Dishes, Cookbook-Style!

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Check out Perfect Pasta Dishes, Cookbook-Style! by Cooks&Books&Recipes at Perfect Pasta Dishes For me, pasta really is perfect. Left on my own, I would have some form of pasta for dinner every night (as the husband could tell you). That’s the reason pasta is perfect: there are so many forms! Pasta is made in countless shapes and sizes, prepared with different flours or rice or vegetables, topped with anything you can possibly imagine, served hot or cold. These twelve recipes are a place to start, beginning with three for the perennial favorite: spaghetti. Kids (and…
  • {Today’s Cookbook} Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Why do you want to read Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts by Lei Shishak? Chef Michael Mina, James Beard Award-winning chef and CEO of Mina Group: I was always impressed with Chef Shishak’s ability to create simple, tasty pastries. Beach House Baking gives readers the confidence to make easy, yet delicious recipes inspired by life on the water. Packaged nicely with tips and tricks, as well as anecdotes about her favorite beach spots, Beach House Baking will conjure up images of sun, surf and sand. The S’mores Cupcake is a favorite and hits all the flavors of what…
  • End-of-Summer KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Yes, you have a chance to win a KitchenAid mixer. But here’s the even better news: you get a fun freebie!*   Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway We love giveaways here at Cooks&Books&Recipes, and this one has us pumped up for several reasons. First, we collaborated with a great group of bloggers to offer an amazing prize: a KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer. Buying one would cost you $300 and up! Why do you want this? I’m sure I don’t really need to answer that question, but just in case you need some encouragement, I’ll point you to four fun recipes to…
  • {Today’s Cookbook} Coolhaus Ice Cream Book: Custom-Built Sandwiches with Crazy-Good Combos of Cookies, Ice Creams, Gelatos, and Sorbets

    Dee, Cooks&Books&Recipes
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Why do you want to read Coolhaus Ice Cream Book, by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, with Kathleen Squires? You can still stock your own freezer with these addictive goodies thanks to Coolhaus’ first cookbook. Inside, alongside the inspiring story of would-be architects turned ice cream entrepreneurs Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, you’ll find ice cream recipes from the classic to the wacky—Blueberry Cobbler, Nutella Toasted Almond, Olive Oil & Rosemary, Whiskey Lucky Charm—and equally creative cookies for sandwiching, including Vegan Ginger Molasses, Peanut…
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  • Staples Says Agriculture Is A Technology Leader

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Staples made the remarks at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Luncheon Wednesday. He also said advancements in agriculture are important to feed the world.texas agriculture. the lubbock chamber of commerce’s harvest luncheon featured outgoing texas ag commissioner todd staples. he says that advancements in agriculture are important to help feed the world… “so the Harvest Luncheon reminds us all of the food and fiber that we rely upon, and it reminds us of the economic driver agriculture happens to be. I’m very proud of the fact that agriculture is a…
  • Dining Out: Thai Time

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Dining Out: Thai TimeWhen producer Amy Khuu and i stopped by Thai Time… …It was a typical busy lunch service. And though it was my first time at the Front Street restaurant… …i quickly learned why the spot was so popular. Part of the allure of Thai Time is the experience. Beyond the food, the restaurant features the perfect location… … overlooking the Chenango River and downtown’s Main Street gateway… …An excellent setting for enjoying some of the best dishes Binghamton has to offer. But just like all of our Ding Out features……
  • Wing Wars 2014: Marble Depot

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Wing Wars 2014: Marble Depotstay tuned. amanda davis and liane shaw in the kitchen today. we’re talking wing wars. we want you to be part of it. it’s such a great event. you’ll get more wings and beverage that you can shake a stick at. before we get to your wonderful recipe, let’s talk about the monster academy and all the wonderful thing you have going on over there. >> it’s exciting now. i want the thank amanda. >> and she makes some good wings. >> that’s right. this wing wars goes toward building our new gym, which we hope to start construction on by the…
  • Valley Delicious Squash

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Alex Delgado interviews Todd Hirasuna from Sunnyside Packing in Selmaguess operational eficiencywe try we do have an i believe 5 or 6 different location we farm this being biggest and just makes things a little bit easier wh everything in one place. all right that’s for sure. now wen — you ship out squash to place all around the country all aroundorld is that right? >> pretty much from most part we stay west of the rockies we will do western nine nd western 11 united states. we do have ex near the canada. just kind depending upon markets and time of the year and where we feel…
  • Valley Delicious Squash At Save Mart

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Alex Delgado learns how to pick the perfect squash at Save Mart. you know squash cops so many varieties. but one that’s becoming very popular is spaghetti squash. and according to certified nutrition consultants from eat to keep fit, spaghetti squash is good source of vitmin c, and b-six whic supports imune system. metabolism. composed 92% water great for weight loss fills you even though it low in calories. since it is low also on the index spaghetti squash diabetic friendly. find out more eat to kep fit on their Facebook page at Facebok.COM slash eat to keep fit. . . inmeantime, here…
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    Simply Trini Cooking

  • 22 Tips to Treat and Prevent Kidney Stones

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    There are several things that you can do at home to treat and even prevent kidney stones. Here are 22 tips. 1. Drink Water. Probably one of the simplest things that you can do, drinking water can really help lessen your chance of getting kidney stones. You should drink a minimum of 50% of body [...]
  • Sleek

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I love to eat Sleek. I've known this Syrian/ Lebanese dish for a long long time, and today I finally feel the time is right to share this recipe with you all.  Since the earliest of my love affair with Local Trini Syrian dishes this was on the top of the list followed closely together [...]
  • Beef Fingers

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Ever felt bored thinking about  what to eat while watching T.V.? You know like you had enough popcorn or sweetbread or the mundane fries and chicken. Well, that's how I felt one day while watching T.V. at home with the family. I just didn't know what to eat.  So, with belly in hand, I rummaged [...]
  • Soursop Ice Cream

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Before I get into the Soursop Ice cream post, I would like to share a little about my writing........ Sometimes I wonder if visitors read the introduction to each recipe.  Do you just skip the writing and go straight to the recipe?  How many of you really take on what I have to say? Or,  [...]
  • Super Tonic

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    The health benefits of Super Tonic goes without saying. It may not be known to many so I thought it fitting to post this simple and natural, but remarkable recipe that will help you on your way to good health and well being. Now I won't tell you the many things it is good for [...]
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  • Cauliflower Espuma

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Ingredients: 500 g cauliflower florets 3/4 tbsp Curry powder 2 pieces Shallot(s) 1/3 cup Butter 1 Cup heavy cream Preparation: Place the cauliflower florets in cold water and bring to a boil. Dice the shallots into cubes and sauté them in butter, then add the curry powder and allow it to fry with the shallots a little, and finally add the cauliflower. Infuse with the cream, reduce, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Puree in a blender until smooth. Pour through the iSi funnel & sieve directly into the 1 US Pint Dispenser. Screw on 1 N20 cream charger and shake vigorously. Keep the…
  • Sangria With Carbonated Fruit

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Ingredients: Orange Segments Apple Chunks Peach Chunks Grapes For the Sangria 1 bottle red wine 1/4 cup brandy 1/2 cup triple sec 1/4 cup simple syrup 1/2 cup orange juice 1/4 cup lime juice Preparation: Chill the fruit and place in the dispenser. Seal the dispenser and charge with 1 C02 charger. Vent the dispenser and then full charge with C02 again. Place in the refrigerator for several hours or preferably overnight. When ready to serve, vent the C02 from the dispenser. Pour the fruit in the sangria and serve. The fruit will usually hold their carbonation for 10 to 20 minutes. For the…
  • Quick Sweet Pickles ( Rapid Infusion)

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Ingredients: for the Brine 1 cup of Water 1 cup of Vinegar 1.5 cups of Sugar 1/2 tsp of salt Pinch of mustard seeds coriander, celery seed and turmeric for the Pickles 1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced 1 medium cucumber, sliced 1/4 in thick. For The Brine Combine all the ingredients for the brine in a pot and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve completely. Remove from the heat. For The Pickles Add the onion and cucumbers to the still-hot brine. Let the brine cool then pour it and the begetables into the 1 US Pint Dispenser, being sure not to overfill it. Seal the dispenser…
  • Light Waffles

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Ingredients: 3/4 Cup Milk 180 g Flour 1 tsp Stevia 2 pieces Egg(s) 1 pinch Salt Preparation: Stir all ingredients together to form a smooth batter. Sweeten with Stevia if necessary. Pass the mixture through the iSi funnel & sieve or a fine mesh sieve directly into the 1 US Pint Whipper. Screw on 1 N20 cream charger and shake vigorously. Serving Suggestion: Serve with powdered sugar and  whipped cream
  • Raspberry Yogurt Mousse

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Ingredients: 1 cup Natural yogurt 3/4 Cup Raspberry purée 2 pieces Sheet of gelatin 3 TBSP Orange juice 1 1/4 Stevia granules 4 TBSP Powdered sugar Preparation: Soften the gelatin in cold water. Heat the orange juice. Remove the softened gelatin sheets from the water, press out the excess water and dissolve in the orange juice. Slowly stir in the remaining ingredients. Sweeten to taste with Stevia. Pass the mixture through the iSi funnel & sieve or a fine mesh sieve into the 1 us Pint dispenser. Screw on 1 n20 cream charger and shake vigorously. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Shake…
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    Kitchen Konfidence

  • Charred Onion and Bacon Dip [Giveaway]

    Brandon Matzek
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Remember when I told you how much I enjoy Game Day grub?  Well here’s another recipe I love to eat while pretending to watch the game: Charred Onion and Bacon Dip.  Also, I’m giving away a $100 gift card! Thick slices of sweet red onion are cooked in bacon fat AND butter until melting and blackened around the edges.  Honey, garlic and white wine are added to boost sweet and savory flavors.  After a quick chop, this charred onion flavor bomb is mixed into a rich blend of cream cheese and sour cream.  The dip is finished with chopped bacon, chives, smoked paprika, cayenne…
  • Fig Cakes with Vanilla Glaze

    Brandon Matzek
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Figs are a seasonal favorite of mine. So when I got a basket of them in my Specialty Produce Farmer’s Market Box (FMB) a few weeks ago, I just knew I had to come up with a fresh, new recipe with figs as the main focus.  In particular, Fig Cakes with Vanilla Glaze.  Flavored with cinnamon, almond and vanilla, these cakelettes are studded with purple-hued bits of earthy, sweet fig.  A simple vanilla glaze is added to echo flavors inside the cake, and toasted almonds are sprinkled on top for crunch and contrast.  I enjoyed these cakes with vanilla ice cream for dessert, and with…
  • Beer Can Chicken

    Brandon Matzek
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    I’m not a big sports fan, but I sure do love game day/tailgating eats. Like this Beer Can Chicken.  Kosher salt, brown sugar, paprika, cayenne and black pepper get rubbed on first.  Then, the chicken takes a seat on a can filled with light beer, onion, garlic, lemon zest and thyme.  Cooked upright on the grill, this brazen bird gets infused with flavor from the inside out.  I like to serve simply with  lemon wedges.  And beer of course If you’d like to take this recipe on the go (to your next tailgating party), prep everything in advance for easy game day execution.  The…
  • Romesco’s Cucumber Martini

    Brandon Matzek
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    It’s about to get all sorts of tasty up in here. Several weeks ago, I had an outstanding meal at Romesco in San Diego with my boyfriend Jorge.  David Nelson, a friend and food writer extraordinaire, also joined us for the afternoon.  Romesco, known for its upscale Mexican-Mediterranean cuisine, is a must-visit restaurant by Chef Javier Plascencia.  Jorge and I had a fantastic experience at Misión 19, another Chef Plascencia hotspot, just months earlier in Tijuana, so I had a feeling that Romesco would be a treat.  And let me tell you.  It was.  Continue reading for highlights…
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Easy Plum Compote

    Brandon Matzek
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    I’m not ready to give up summer just yet. Apples, pears, quince and pumpkins will all have their turn.  But for now, I’m holding on to summer with this Yogurt Panna Cotta with Plum Compote.  Panna cotta is a favorite dessert of mine, because the process is easy, and the results are spectacular.  Typically made with heavy cream, panna cotta is custard-like dessert that is thickened with gelatin instead of eggs.  The texture is smooth, rich and silky.  In this recipe, tangy whole-milk yogurt is flavored with sugar, citrus zest and an entire vanilla bean, then firmed up with…
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    Within the Kitchen

  • S'more Snacks Recipe

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    My son's snack mix was such a hit in our house my 10 yr old daughter decided to get in on the act too. Her's is more of a treat than a healthy snack but the cereal is low in sugar, fat and salt so that makes me feel a little better about it!She chose a classic s'more mix - chocolate, mini marshmallows and Shreddie(tm) cereal. She threw in some sweetened dried cranberries too.Ingredients6 cups cereal - we used Shreddies2 cups (1 bag) mini Hershey Kisses2 cups mini marshmallows1 cup sweetened dried cranberriesInstructionsMix everything in a large bowl.Divide into snack bags - 1/2 c of mix in…
  • IFBC 2014 - Seattle

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I'm heading to my first food blogging conference - IFBC 2014. Since it's in Seattle, the conference is just a hop, skip and jump away from Vancouver. I excited about it for many reasons:the authors of The Flavor Bible are giving the keynote address - the most used reference book in my kitchen!a chance to meet other bloggers - there will be over 400 bloggers in attendance!meet a great list of sponsors including:to learn more about:food photography, writing, recipe development, technology,wine!shopeatThe conference itself is priced right at $95 (not including hotel) - to receive…
  • Roasted Tomato and Jalapeno Salsa

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    So far we have collected about 15 lbs of tomatoes from our little garden. I've made tomato sauce and kept some of the cherry tomatoes for snacks and salads. I would normally make pico de gallo too but this year I roasted a couple of pounds of tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic and onions to create this roasted salsa. I also roasted a nectarine I had on hand for some extra sweetness.We ate this salsa with homemade baked tortillas. You can use this recipe to make your own...just leave off the cinnamon sugar and sprinkle with salt and pepper before putting them in the oven.Almost ready - the jalapeno…
  • School Snack Mix

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    My kids are old enough to make most of their own lunches. They can reheat leftovers for their Thermos and usually make their own sandwiches. For snacks, we keep a big bowl of treats that they can choose to go along with whatever fruit or veggies they pack. The bowl has a mix of prepackaged treats like granola bars and krispie treats but we also have homemade goodies too. These homemade treats might be healthy muffins, nut-free granola or my son's homemade cereal mix. The one I'm sharing today has pumpkin seeds, cereal, dehydrated raspberries, dried cranberries and mini Hersey kisses. My…
  • Fruit Salad Smoothie

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Lots of fruit along with a little plain yogurt and peach nectar makes this smoothie quick, easy and healthy. You can add whatever fruit you have on hand - fresh or frozen. At the cabin, soaking in some sun? Then maybe you want to kick it up a notch with the addition of a little tequila or vodka.Makes one smoothie.Ingredients1 cup fruit - I used strawberry, orange & watermelon but any combo will do1/2 cup peach nectar (or other juice or even water)1/2 c plain yogurta handful of ice cubes if NOT using frozen fruit1/2 tsp vanilla (optional but adds another level of flavor)InstructionsBlend…
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    Good Food Life

  • Purple Viking Potatoes from Rainshadow Organics

    Gabriel Avila-Mooney
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Members may have had an exciting addition to this week’s box – Purple Viking Potatoes. These delicious potatoes come to us from one of Organically Grown Company’s Ladybug Brand growers Rainshadow Organics. A second generation farm located fifteen miles Northeast of Sisters, Oregon, they grow a variety of vegetables in their high desert environment, along with poultry, pork and beef. An incredible example of a sustainable farm, Rainshadow Organics uses a variety of methods to provide nutrients to their soil “Our soil fertility is built with our composted horse manure.
  • Scarlet Poached Pears

    Gabriel Avila-Mooney
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Poached pears can make a delicious dessert by themselves, though together with beets they trade their floral tones with the ripe earthiness of beets to create a unique and rich flavor. Don’t just use the beets for coloring either! Serve them alongside for amazing flavor. You can make this dish with D’anjou pears and Chiogga beets, which makes a lovely presentation, especially on top of some rich vanilla ice cream, or use Purple Goddess Pears and red or golden beets for some contrast. PrintScarlet Poached Pears Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 35 minutesTotal Time: 40 minutes Yield:…
  • Simple Vegan Celery Soup

    Gabriel Avila-Mooney
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I opened our fridge last Thursday when we received our weekly delivery from Full Circle and started putting away our order. I opened one of the crisper drawers and found to my surprise, not one or two, or even three, but four semi-eaten bunches of celery! Let me be honest, celery is only good for two things in my mind – dicing up for mirepoix in creating stock or soups, and slathering with peanut butter for a quick snack. I’ll add it to stir fry on occasion or chop it into salads, but otherwise it just has a weird soapy taste I’m not terribly fond of. My wife likes it a ton, my…
  • Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah

    Guest Blogger
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Food traditions leaven the faith of synagogue members, lending richness and ritual to the meaning of Judaism. While the loaf is intricately braided throughout the year, for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) the challah loaf is formed into a round, representing the full circle of life. The spiraling loaf serves as a visual reminder to rise higher spiritually. When baking, use a scale to weigh flour. For recipes that measure flour in cups, spoon it lightly. Never pack, shake, or use the measuring cup as a scoop. Liquid should be warm, not hot – just slightly warmer than your finger.
  • Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe

    Gabriel Avila-Mooney
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Although the days are getting shorter and the cold foggy mornings are less frequently parting way to sunny afternoons, the chilly nights and rainy days herald fall’s inevitable arrival. As we enjoy this time of year, nothing warms the blood and bones better than a thick soup of hearty vegetables and chicken. Potatoes, beets, turnips, carrots or parsnips, can all contribute wonderful, rich and nutty flavors. Instead of adding flour to your soup to get that thick consistency, try adding bread. The starches of the bread will not only thicken your soup, but give it a creamy consistency.
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    Eat In Eat Out

  • Meals made easy with Simple Tandoori Shrimp

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Need a family dinner fast? This simple stir-fry is the answer! Authentic Indian food can be fast, easy and flavour-filled, with a little help from Patak’s and Tilda. I love these guys. Their flavourful healthy products make dinner come together fast, on days that you have no time to spare. We featured three great recipes in the Spring 2014 issue of Eat In Eat Out Magazine – check it out on page 30. Patak’s Cooking Sauces for 2 are authentic, quality, and convenient products. Patak’s makes it fast and easy for you to Mix in a Little India. These sauces are extremely versatile,…
  • Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Blogger Spotlight: The Kitchen Magpie I know I feature  a lot of cakes, but in my defense, they’re all irresistible! We first met Karlynn Johnston of The Kitchen Magpie, when she shared a recipe (on page 60 of the Fall 2014 issue of EIEO), for Cheesy Tex Mex Zucchini Sticks that’s sure to be a big hit with the family. I love zucchini, so versatile, inexpensive and great tasting. A must try! Today Karlynn takes us to my favorite place… caketown… with a Homemade Pistachio Pudding Cake. I love love love the colour and texture of this cake. Many thanks Karlynn for sharing…
  • Cajun Mussel Soup

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Time to curl up with a new family-style cookbook Mussels have long been a staple on restaurant menus, but have been featured less frequently in home kitchens and backyard grills. In the fall issue of EatInEatOut magazine, we review a great new cookbook, Mussels – Preparing, Cooking and Enjoying a Sensational Seafood by Alain Bossé and Linda Duncan. It includes recipes for using mussels in every type of dish, from where you would expect them – in appetizers, salads and mains – to where they are a delightful, whimsical surprise – in pickles, pies and cocktails. On page…
  • Apple Cake with Maple Buttercream and Pecan Trim

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Cake of the Month – September 2014 Looks what’s starting to appear at the local market this week… McIntosh apples!!! Did you know John McIntosh discovered the original McIntosh sapling on his farm in Ontario in 1811? The McIntosh Red Apple is considered “all-purpose”, suitable for both eating raw and for cooking. I love it’s tart flavour and semi-firm texture, truly a sign that fall is in the air! So, now that you have a big basket of apples you’ve harvested yourself (love apple farms in the fall with hay rides, cider… back to the…
  • Crave-Worthy Carrot Noodle Salad with Grilled Asparagus

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Blogger Spotlight: Clean Wellness This week we’re featuring the blog Clean Wellness. I love this site! Allison Day – is the nutritionist, recipe creator, designer, and voice behind the blog. The recipes are largely plant-based and many are gluten-free. We featured Clean Wellness in our Fall 2014 issue – don’t miss Allison’s awesome recipe for Revitalizing Raw Raspberry Cheesecake on page 66. This recipe is tangy, bright and full of flavour – just what you need for a busy weeknight meal. Crave-Worthy Carrot Noodle Salad with Grilled Asparagus Print…
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    Nicole's Nutrition

  • Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken with a Kick!

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    I call this Mexi-chicken because I don’t really know what to call it! Haha. It is very simple–mostly a can of Rotel, seasonings, and chicken! Super easy and great for weeknight meals. I added my chicken on top of a bed of lettuce and added avocado. But, you could also use a tortilla and make tacos. Whatever you prefer! Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Ingredients: 4 small-medium chicken breasts (about 1 lb.)  TIP: It is OK if your chicken is still frozen; it will cook perfectly 1 can of Rotel 1 yellow onion, sliced (I forgot to add to mine this last time!) 1-2 tsp. olive oil 1-2 tsp.
  • Cilantro Pesto Black Bean Pasta

    13 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I discovered this amazing black bean “pasta” at Costco the other week, and I cooked it up for the first time yesterday! I love it! It tastes great, holds its texture nicely, and is packed with excellent nutrition. Black Bean Pasta Nutrition Per 2 oz. serving Calories: 180 Fat: 2 g Carbohydrate: 17 g Fiber: 12 g Sugar: 5 g Protein: 25 g As you can see, 2 oz. will give you 25 grams of protein! This is great for those who are trying to eat more plant proteins. And, it is loaded with fiber as well. Plus, 2 oz. gives you 36% of your daily value for iron–again, a great nutrient to…
  • Healthier Spice Mixes

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Healthy Solutions Spice Blends was kind enough to send me 4 seasonings to try. I received a salmon with dill seasoning, herb crusted tilapia seasoning, encrusted haddock seasoning, and a burger seasoning. They are comparable to Mrs. Dash seasonings, except I would say they have more spices in them, and even more flavor. Most of their seasoning mixes has no salt added! So, if you like to monitor how much sodium is in your diet, these would be great. Another positive is that the seasonings are all natural and contain no filler or MSG! I enjoyed the tilapia seasoning which had excellent lemon…
  • Healthier Slow Cooker Frittata

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    I was surprised how well this recipe turned out! I didn’t think it would work well in the crock pot. I managed to take an unhealthier recipe and turn it into a healthier slow cooker frittata! Healthier Slow Cooker Frittata Ingredients  1 bag frozen hash browns (I used the Alexia brand). *You will use half the bag if it is a smaller crock pot, and you will use the whole bag if it is a large crock pot. 7-10 oz. approx of a breakfast chicken or turkey sausage (I found one with no nitrites) 1 small onion, diced 2 bell peppers (1 orange, 1 red), diced 9 eggs (for a smaller crock pot) OR 12…
  • New Nana’s Nola Granola

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Nana’s Nola sent me a few packs of their new granola to try! Of course I gladly accepted because I love granola–but usually will make my own before I go out and buy some. They came in these little 2 oz. snack/meal packets convenient for travel. I enjoy the taste–not too sweet tasting, and it’s crunchier like a cereal would be. Each pack is 270 calories, so you could possibly eat this for a snack, or add some milk and fruit and eat it as a meal. If you are watching your calories, this is a little over the recommended 200 calorie snack guideline I give patients.  The…
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    MyGourmet Connection

  • Cinnamon-Spiced Pear Galette

    Lynne Webb
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Made by folding a lightly-sweetened, buttery tart crust around a filling of cinnamon-spiced pears, this rustic fall dessert is very simple to prepare. Continue reading →       
  • Baked Truffle Macaroni and Cheese

    Lynne Webb
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    An elevated version of baked macaroni and cheese made with a combination of fontina, mozzarella and sauteed mushrooms flavored with truffle oil and truffle salt. Continue reading →       
  • Hearty Minestrone Soup

    Lynne Webb
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    A rich, hearty minestrone soup, loaded with vegetables and flavored with pancetta, garlic, Italian sausage and dry red wine makes a satisfying one-dish meal with plenty of leftovers for another day. Continue reading →       
  • Stovetop Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

    Lynne Webb
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Chunks of tender lobster combine with corkscrew pasta and a rich, creamy sauce of Gruyére, mascarpone and fresh chives to make a decadently rich and flavorful stovetop mac and cheese fit for any special occasion. Continue reading →       
  • Soft Garlic Breadsticks

    Lynne Webb
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    These soft, flavorful, homemade garlic breadsticks are quick to mix, have short rise time and are a perfect choice to serve alongside soups, stews and chili. Continue reading →       
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    Indian Food and Recipes

  • Chicken Thukpa (noodles in gravy)

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Ingrediants: 400 g egg noodles 100 g Spinach, washed and cut into pieces 1 cup onion, chopped Capsicum julienned – 1/2 cup Carrot julienned – 1/2 cup Cabbage julienned – 1/2 cup 1 cup tomatoes Chicken strpis – 1/2 cup Chicken broth/stock – 2 cups 1 tbsp- garlic, finely chopped ½ tspn -turmeric 1 tspn -cumin powder 3 -fresh bell
  • Bread Chat

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Bread Chat - you can make this excellent tasty snack with leftover breads Ingredients Bread pieces- aprrox quarter pound Black Chana (boiled)- 1/2 cup Plain curd- 1/2 cup Tamarind chutney or lemon as per taste
  • Char Magaz

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
    Char Magaz Proper Char Magaz is a combination of four seeds and nuts viz. Almonds, Pumpkin seeds, Cantaloupe Seeds and
  • White Chicken

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:13 am
    White Chicken Ingredients: Chicken 250 gms capsicum 1 (chopped) ginger paste 1 tbsp onions 2 (chopp
  • Tomato Chicken

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tomato Chicken Ingredients: Chicken 250 gms tomato 3 (finely chopped) bay leaves 2-3 onions 2
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    Mostly About Chocolate Blog

  • La Maison du Chocolat Autumnal Bouchee Range

    Judith Lewis
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    I am a big fan of Maison du Chocolat. I absolutely love their ranges from chocolates ro truffles to patisserie, everything is executed gorgeously. I am just a huge fan and I do buy chocolates for myself often from Selfridges … Continue reading → The post La Maison du Chocolat Autumnal Bouchee Range appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
  • 2012 Official Selection of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc

    Judith Lewis
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Something a little different for the blog and something quite new for me – Cru Bourgeois: The Bordeaux You Should Know! For most people, Bordeaux can be intimidating. Heck – I’m about to try a bunch of these wines and … Continue reading → The post 2012 Official Selection of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
  • Travelling and Planning – Comparing Flights & More with

    Judith Lewis
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    I like a bargain but finding the cheapest flights home to Toronto is often a bit of a gamble. What if the airline isn’t listing their flights yet with the site I’m using? How do I know when it is … Continue reading → The post Travelling and Planning – Comparing Flights & More with appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
  • Idilio Chuao Chocolate Bar Reviewed

    Judith Lewis
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    I was given four bars by the company themselves to review so I’ve chosen to do them individually so it’s easier to find information on them in search The company’s name “Idilio” apparently originally comes from the Spanish (not SwissGerman) … Continue reading → The post Idilio Chuao Chocolate Bar Reviewed appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
  • Teaching Loncon 3 How To Taste Chocolate with Original Beans, Willie’s Cacao, Pump St Bakery, Askinosie and Duffy

    Judith Lewis
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I volunteered like some kind of foolish person to do a free tasting for 150 people at Loncon – the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention which came to London for the first time in over half a century. Having … Continue reading → The post Teaching Loncon 3 How To Taste Chocolate with Original Beans, Willie’s Cacao, Pump St Bakery, Askinosie and Duffy appeared first on Mostly About Chocolate Blog.
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    The Menu Mom

  • Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    School is in full swing for all of us and we are all, I’m sure, used the schedule.  There are those mornings that we need something quick to grab as we head out the door for an early morning appointment. I have been wanting to try something like this and looked at many different ideas online and in my books.  I decided this sounded like the best option that my family would enjoy.  It didn’t take long to make and I had 12 sandwiches in the freezer for crazy mornings. Do you pre pack some things in the freezer for crazy days?  I’d love to hear some other ideas from you!
  • Chicken Lo Mein

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Nothing, besides a crock pot, is better than a one pot meal.  I’ve seen a few of these online and wondered if they really worked out.  I mean, cook noodles at the same time as the veggies?  Doesn’t seem right. But a friend tried a recipe and gave me what she did.  It seemed easy enough so I put the items on my grocery list and planned put it on my menu. She was right.  It was all done together and the flavor was amazing!  This is another winner for our household and will be added to our rotating menus. Chicken Lo Mein ½ lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small…
  • Jif To Go – Where Would You Go? (Sponsored)

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Is your family on the go?  With five kids, most in sports, we ALWAYS are!  And it never fails… as soon as we get somewhere (or half-way there) I hear the famous words… Can you guess?  “I’m HUNGRY…”   I make it a habit to not purchase much from the concession stands because with our large family, that adds up fast.  (Not to mention, it is mostly junk).  Therefore, almost always I pack a cooler bag with lots of snacks.  I generally throw in apples, string cheese, yogurt, and sometimes a special treat.  I am super excited about the new JIF TO GO®…
  • Apple Butter Muffins

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fall is upon us and this makes me think of recipes to make with apples.  For some, it seems, they think of pumpkin things, but apples is more my thing. I had some Apple Butter that needed used up as it was canned last year.  I figured I could replace applesauce with apple butter and it should work OK, yes? Thankfully, it did, because really, apple butter is a great amount of work to make.  The muffins where nice and moist and the flavor was amazing.  I loved the dark color the apple butter gave the muffins.  This will be a great breakfast for mornings that need to be quick! Apple Butter…
  • Roman Meal Bread

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Bread.  I don’t eat a ton of it (unlike my children) but when I do, I like it to be good.  I love homemade bread, but sometimes when I make it, it just turns out too dense for my preference.  I am good with rolls and breadsticks, but a loaf of bread sometimes just doesn’t turn out “right”.    I like the convenience of store bought bread, but it just tastes artificial most of the time.  This week I was introduced to a new product that I am loving!  Roman Meal Bread. Roman Meal bread is baked fresh, locally.  They have partnered with more than 90 regional…
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    Simple Plate

  • Homemade Gluten Free Pizza #GetYourBettyOn

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    I have a love hate relationship with pizza. I love it I really do, but the crust. We all know the crust is loaded with gluten and if I cheat? I pay. Oh boy do I pay! Well, much to my surprise, Betty Crocker and Bisquick have a gluten free variety now! Woohoo! Not only […]
  • Homemade Fruity Oat Bars #NATUREVALLEYGRANOLA

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    hangry-(adjective) : Feeling or showing anger caused by hunger. Combination of “hungry” and “angry”. I’m not a breakfast eater. You might have noticed I don’t post much about it. I’ve found a delicious way to kill off the 10 o’clock slump. You know, that time of day when you’re tired, and hungry and grumpy angry and […]
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    The Picky Eater: A Healthy Food Blog

  • Sneaky Zucchini Lasagna and a Giveaway from Snack Girl!

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Photo credit: SnackGirl   Hi Everyone! This month’s giveaway comes from one of my favorite healthy food bloggers – Lisa Cain at SnackGirl! Lisa makes healthy food super easy and simple – through her family-friendly recipes and real-life solutions for losing weight and getting healthy. She recently wrote an amazing cookbook – Snack Girl to the Rescue!: A Real-Life Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Healthy – and that’s what today’s giveaway is all about This book: Will show you how small, easy tweaks can change your lifestyle to be healthier and…
  • Linguine with Garlicky Kale and White Beans

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I absolutely love garlic. I put it in everything: pasta, pizza, Indian food, stir frys, veggie sautes, the list could just go on and on. It’s one of my favorite seasonings because it makes any veggie taste absolutely delicious, and it’s so good for you: it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it good for heart-health and for helping to prevent cancer. So when I saw this recipe for Linguine with Garlicky Kale on CookingLight, I knew I had found a go-to pasta meal for any night of the week! Healthy greens, creamy beans, and whole grains make this the perfect…
  • Spicy Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    One-pot meals are definitely on my list of must-haves these days. It’s the easiest and fastest way to get a balanced meal for dinner without a ton of prep work or cooking time. This soup totally fits the bill. You just throw everything into a pot, let it simmer for ~20 minutes, whip out your immersion blender and voila! You have a delicious and healthy meal ready to go (and that also freezes really well). I served it with some toasted whole wheat pita, which made for the perfect dipping “croutons” for this recipe.  The base of this soup is spicy and warming, thanks to the…
  • It’s Easy Being Green: Smoothie Recipe

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    I am a huge fan of green smoothies. It’s the easiest way to get a ton of fruits and veggies (especially green veggies which are the best for you!) into your diet in an easy, quick, and effortless way. I recently bought a Vitamix when we moved to our new house in Ann Arbor, because 1) it was a moving gift to myself 2) I wanted a more powerful blender with the ability to make food in bulk and with easier cleanup for making Layla’s baby food and 3) we finally had the counter space to store it! The Vitamix is definitely pricey, but it is worth every penny. The husband was super…
  • Baby Food Recipes: Sweet Potato Puree

    Anjali @ The Picky Eater
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Sweet potato is another Layla favorite! I think she just loves orange veggies haha. I’m fine with that because like it’s cousins butternut squash and pumpkin, sweet potato is another nutritional powerhouse. They are loaded with carotenoids, Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. There are many options for cooking sweet potatoes. If you’re in a bind for time, you can microwave them by wrapping them in saran wrap and using the “baked potato” setting on your microwave. You can also cut them up and steam or boil them. But ideally, you would roast the sweet potatoes in the…
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    Health Care And Products

  • Get the Most Out Of a Built in Foaming Soap Dispenser

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    No one enjoys throwing away all their hard earned money on unnecessary things. Well throwing away money is precisely what you are doing each time you have to buy another one of those, endlessly needed, foam soap bottles. The only way to save yourself from this endless cycle is to rid yourself completely of the need for those monotonous little soap bottles. But how? How are you to eliminate such an everyday necessity? With a built in soap dispenser, that’s how. A sink soap dispenser not only saves money and waste on hand soap, but can also save you money and waste on any foaming liquid soap.
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  • 5-Layer Hummus Dip

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Warning: in_array() []: Wrong datatype for second argument in /home/content/80/8414380/html/wp-content/plugins/related-posts-thumbnails/related-posts-thumbnails.php on line 379 It just isn't game day without great food to help fill your belly and spirits as you cheer your favorite team to victory. While traditional tailgate fare has a rightful place in any pre-game celebration, adding interesting new tastes and textures to your typical spread only enhances the excitement. Quick, flavor-rich appetizers are an easy way to amp up your tailgate experience. The post 5-Layer Hummus…
  • Liberty Burgers

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Warning: in_array() []: Wrong datatype for second argument in /home/content/80/8414380/html/wp-content/plugins/related-posts-thumbnails/related-posts-thumbnails.php on line 379 The weather is getting cooler, but that doesn't mean grilling season has to burn out. In fact, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, 60 percent of grillers are now cooking outdoors year-round, so fall grilling season is just heating up. With the new season come new opportunities to fire up the grill, from tailgating at football games to harvest parties around bonfires. The post…
  • Shrimp Scampi Tacos

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Warning: in_array() []: Wrong datatype for second argument in /home/content/80/8414380/html/wp-content/plugins/related-posts-thumbnails/related-posts-thumbnails.php on line 379 Make dinnertime simple, delicious and fun by using different proteins, such as shrimp, for tried-and-true dishes like tacos, pasta or even slider sandwiches. To make the most of evenings together, smart families shop for time-saving ingredients. Using the frozen food aisle can help save time preparing dinner, without sacrificing quality. The post Shrimp Scampi Tacos appeared first on CulinaryChat.
  • Coco-Mango Smoothie

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Warning: in_array() []: Wrong datatype for second argument in /home/content/80/8414380/html/wp-content/plugins/related-posts-thumbnails/related-posts-thumbnails.php on line 379 Looking for creative ways to get your family to eat healthier? Registered dietitian nutritionist and mom of three, Frances Largeman-Roth, finds inspiration from the color spectrum, creating vividly-hued homemade culinary creations that encourage her children to explore new foods while incorporating good nutrition. "When planning meals and snacks, include the colors of the rainbow - like vitamin C-rich…
  • Simple Ways to Infuse Fall Flavors with Apples

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Warning: in_array() []: Wrong datatype for second argument in /home/content/80/8414380/html/wp-content/plugins/related-posts-thumbnails/related-posts-thumbnails.php on line 379 There's no time like fall to experiment with new recipes, especially those savory and sweet comfort dishes that highlight the season's favorite fruit - apples. Delicious when spread over a warm slice of fresh-baked bread, apple butter is also an unexpected but ideal ingredient for creating rich flavors in baked, cooked and grilled dishes that add warmth to any meal. Traditional apple butter is made by…
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    Simply Good Eating

  • Cotton Candy Grapes

    Jerry Ko
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
    It was a typical weekend for me shopping at Whole Foods Market on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  As I was walking through the produce section of the store looking around the fruit section, my wife brought to my attention these cotton candy grapes. At first glance it looked like green grapes with the exception of it being packaged in a hot neon pink transparent plastic bag.  I took a closer look at the grapes and saw that the description mentioned the California grown grapes tasting like cotton candy so right then and there I knew I had to try these grapes out. Who doesn’t like cotton…
  • Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac)

    Jerry Ko
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Serving bo luc lac, is an easy and fantastic Vietnamese dish to make for a dinner for two or for hosting a party. You can use any cut of steak you like such as filet or rib eye or sirlion. Vietnamese shaking beef has many variations on how it’s served. Some restaurants serve it with sauteed onions, lettuce, and rice, while others may serve it more like a steak salad presented on a bed of watercress and tomatoes, topped with pickled onions. I went with the latter today because I wanted to avoid carbs for dinner this evening. Ingredients: Beef Marinade: 1.5 lbs beef sirloin (or any cut you…
  • Cilantro Lime Shrimp

    Jerry Ko
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Shrimp in a tasty, light and fresh cilantro lime marinade that is seared to perfection. This is a great quick and easy recipe that I believe you will love especially if you are a fan of lime and cilantro. One of the great things about the cilantro and lime flavor combination, is that it is so light and refreshing and perfect for summer or just on a beautiful sunny day like today. You simply make the marinade, marinate the shrimp,and stir fry them. You can enjoy these shrimp by themselves or in other dishes like rice, pasta, burritos, tacos, nachos,salad, etc. Ingredients: 1 lb. shrimp…
  • Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce

    Jerry Ko
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Manhattan is known for a lot of different type of foods throughout the city ranging from restaurants, cafes, diners, fast food, hole in the wall spots and of course various food cart trucks.  I often hear people mention hot dogs as the first thing that comes to their minds when I ask what they know about food cart trucks in New York city.  However with today’s food scene, there is simply so much more such as Korean taco trucks, burger trucks,  Asian Mexican fusion food truck and a whole lot more. One of my favorite food trucks to eat dating back to when I used to work in Manhattan is…
  • Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

    Jerry Ko
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    I made these Mini Lemon Cheesecakes today. These cheesecakes are probably are as natural as they can possibly be.  You wont find any filler ingredients being used here so the result is a very simple delicious cheese cake that can be served with fruit pie filling, preserves or my favorite, fresh fruit! Ingredients: 2 (8 oz. package) cream cheese (softened) 2 eggs 1/2 cup organic cane sugar or 12 packets of stevia 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. 2. Boil water in tea kettle and set aside for later use. 3. Line muffin tins with 12 paper baking…
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    Snark & Pepper

  • Week 11: Weight Watchers Weigh In

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I’m down another 2 lbs! There seems to be a pattern that when I don’t expect to lose much, I do. This weigh in followed a night of pizza and wine, so I was expecting to be UP. For those of you keeping score, I’ve lost 18 pounds in less than 3 months (!!!). It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around that because for a while my weight loss seemed so slow — which just goes to show that a little bit at a time really adds up. Hopefully I’ll be celebrating the 20-pound mark soon. I wish I could share some secret trick for how I’ve done this. It’s as…
  • Week 10: Weight Watchers Weigh In

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    I’m not sure HOW I lost 2 lbs this week, but it’s a welcomed surprise! I had a lot going on over the weekend (a.k.a. lots of drinking and eating), so I expected to gain weight. I went to a brunch/wine tasting event, had a BBQ at my house, drank by the pool, went to a housewarming party, and watched the Gator game with friends. In addition to drinking at each of the aforementioned get togethers, I ate things like french toast casserole, cupcakes and cookies. So yes, the weight loss is mind boggling. I suppose the difference compared to when I’d normally have a big weekend…
  • 21 vs. 31

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    My roomie Cassie and I have been talking about how hard it is to lose weight now compared to when we were in college. Back then we’d do some crazy crash diet for 2 weeks and be bikini ready once again. Today, well, not so much… Which got us thinking that — despite feeling like we’re still 21 at times — life is A LOT different than it was then. Thus, I decided to take a Buzzfeed-style look at life at 21 compared to life at 31… Weight Loss 21: You’re not phased by a sudden weight gain. You can easily drop 10 pounds after two weeks of dieting. source…
  • My Before Photo (And Why I Couldn’t See How Fat I Was)

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The picture below is what I looked like at the end of May of this year. When this was taken, it had been a while since I’d seen a full body photo of myself. I remember seeing this picture and thinking “I don’t look like that.” When I look at this picture now, I see someone who was in denial. For a very long time, I lived in denial about my weight. I thought “no one will realize I’m overweight if I don’t bring attention to it.” I know this may sound crazy to most people (since I clearly need to lose some weight in the picture above), but being…
  • Week 9: Weight Watchers Weigh In

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’m down 0.8 lbs this week. I hit my “official” 10 pounds at Weight Watchers and I’m down a total of 14 pounds since seeing The Number on the Scale (I started dieting a week before  officially joining WW and lost 4 pounds). This week marks my second month on Weight Watchers. Two months is the longest I’ve stuck to a diet plan in a long time. It’s definitely different this time. I’m losing slowly, but that’s good. Weight Watchers isn’t a quick fix.  I’ve lost this amount of weight in less than a month before, so I’m not…
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    Onion Rings & Things

  • Southwestern Quinoa Salad

    Lalaine Manalo
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    I have to admit, this is the very first time I’ve ever tried quinoa. Before today, I didn’t even know how to pronounce the darn seed.  I went to our nearby Sprouts Market looking for kwuh-NO-ah and I was greeted by blank stares. “Oh, you mean KEEN-wah?”, answered an employee after I repeated myself for the fifth time and lead me to the appropriate aisle. You see, I saw my doctor a few weeks ago regarding persistent discomfort and swelling on my knees. Fortunately, he said my complaints were from nothing major. Unfortunately, he said they were from the weight I gained…
  • Potato Meatball Crockpot Stew

    Lalaine Manalo
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    I know, I know. The photo doesn’t leave much to get excited about. But my favorite people, let not this potato meatball crockpot stew be judged by my uninspired picture taking.  Just imagine coming home after a day’s labor to chock full of meatballs, potato chunks and baby carrots swimming in a creamy, flavorful broth. Or waking up to it. I prepared it in my slow cooker before I went to bed Friday night and when I got up Saturday morning, the whole house smelled heavenly. The aroma of piping hot stew was so inviting, I couldn’t resist serving myself up a hefty bowl for…
  • Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken, Caramelized Onions and Bacon

    Lalaine Manalo
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    My friends, look at that gooey mess of a mac and cheese. Just look at that spoonful filled with succulent chicken, cheesy macaroni, crisp bacon and caramelized onions. Do I really need to go on and on to sell you on this? It’s enough to make my heart go pitter-patter. This macaroni and cheese with chicken, caramelized onions and bacon has all the comforts of our childhood favorite but with extra goodies for grown-up tastes. It’s definitely a one pot meal that is sure to please the whole family. I used chicken breast tenders I lightly pan-fried with olive oil but you can easily…
  • Jalapeno Poppers

    Lalaine Manalo
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    One of the most shared and most pinned recipe here at Onion Rings and Things is the bacon-wrapped cheese stuffed anaheim peppers I posted last year. Can’t blame ya, folks. With crisp bacon, creamy cheese and spicy peppers all in one bite, they’re pretty hard to resist. Seriously good stuff. But as much as I love ‘em, the preparation can be a hassle what with the seeding and stuffing and wrapping. G and I had a few friends over the weekend and since I expected the bacon-wrapped peppers to go like crazy, I had to figure out a way to make a good amount in half the…
  • Split Pea Soup

    Lalaine Manalo
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    I was clearing the freezer to make way for my freshly-bought meat when I found a lone ham bone tucked between trays of chicken leg quarters and stewing beef cubes. The bone was from the honey-glazed ham we had for Easter, which I bagged and meant to use for soups and stocks the next few days. Typical Lalaine fashion, I have forgotten about it as new purchases piled on top of the other in the freezer. With the hottest days of summer upon us, we are definitely quite a ways from soup season but the thought of a hearty bowl of split pea soup was too hard to resist even in the sweltering heat. I…
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    The Development of Taste

  • Katie Button and John Fleer: Food Blog Forum 2014, Part Three

    Renia Carsillo
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    The Development of Taste - Recipes for life, love and dinner too. As you’ve probably noticed in Part One and Two of my adventures in Foodtopia, we ate a lot of incredible food at Food Blog Forum 2014. What we haven’t talked about yet are Asheville’s chefs. Two of my favorite Asheville culinary masters where Katie Button and John Fleer. Many of you have heard those two...  Read More » The post Katie Button and John Fleer: Food Blog Forum 2014, Part Three appeared first on The Development of Taste.
  • My writing process and a wordsmith’s cocktail recipe

    Renia Carsillo
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Development of Taste - Recipes for life, love and dinner too. This thing we’re doing, this thing right here, it used to be called a carousel. My writing process compares to that most tame of children’s rides too. Faulkner and I have something in common. I write round-and-round in circles, completely lacking the soaring and plunging of a thrill-ride called fevered inspiration. My first blog was on...  Read More » The post My writing process and a wordsmith’s cocktail recipe appeared first on The Development of Taste.
  • Grass-fed beef and sustainable farming: Food Blog Forum 2014, Part Two

    Renia Carsillo
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The Development of Taste - Recipes for life, love and dinner too. At Hickory Nut Gap Farm, a fourth generation family farm, just 20 minutes outside of downtown Asheville, running a farm capable of supporting a family is as much about remembered history as it is about innovative new practices. On a visit there last week, Jamie Ager taught me a few things about sustainable farming, choosing grass-fed...  Read More » The post Grass-fed beef and sustainable farming: Food Blog Forum 2014, Part Two appeared first on The Development of Taste.
  • Meet me in Foodtopia: Food Blog Forum 2014, Part One

    Renia Carsillo
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    The Development of Taste - Recipes for life, love and dinner too. In Asheville, Foodtopia® doesn’t just refer to what’s on the plate. As good as that is, the varied perspective of the people creating this food-haven are the real story here. This small city, nestled unassuming in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is home to one of the most vibrant farm-to-table movements in the country. Add to this...  Read More » The post Meet me in Foodtopia: Food Blog Forum 2014, Part One appeared first on The Development of Taste.
  • How To Chop An Onion, Weekend Cooking Techniques #2

    Renia Carsillo
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Development of Taste - Recipes for life, love and dinner too. Ah, the humble onion! It is, perhaps, the most versatile and useful of all flavoring ingredients. Unfortunately, onions are also notoriously difficult to dice uniformly. More than one tear has been shed over this humble vegetable, and not just because of its famously potent juices. Health benefits of onions According to family legend, I used...  Read More » The post How To Chop An Onion, Weekend Cooking Techniques #2 appeared first on The Development of Taste.
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    The Culinary Life

  • Simple Chicken Stew Recipe with Tomatoes and Olives

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    - This simple chicken stew recipe is perfect for when the days start to turn a little chillier - I’m a vocal advocate for eating hearty, simple recipes composed of real ingredients, so you’ll find a lot of these kind of dishes in any culinary projects I’ve got a hand in developing. Think tender braises, rich casseroles, and other comforting, down-home dishes – but the key is that they have to be good for you and support the kind of life you want to live. In other words, they need to be easy to make and relatively healthy (or at least of the whole foods ilk).
  • Ultimate Artisan Cheeseburger Recipe

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m a cheese person at heart, so it should go without saying that I love a good cheeseburger recipe. I am not, however, a purist. While I can appreciate the joys of a standard burger with a slap of American cheese on top, I’m always looking for ways to improve and explore. This may be sacrilege to some, but I like to mix other ingredients into my ground meat to play with the burger’s flavor and texture. It was only a matter of time, then, before I added shredded cheese in an attempt to concoct the ultimate melty, meaty experience. My first experiment was so promising that I…
  • Easy Blackberry Pie Recipe with Spiced Sour Cream Custard (and No-Roll Pie Crust!)

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    - Pretend summer isn’t over with this incredibly easy blackberry pie recipe - Can I ask you a question? Where the hell did summer go? I’m not really sure what happened, but I woke up this morning and realized, Cripes! It’s almost September! Were I still a youngling, I’d be heartbroken that it’s time to go back to school; but as I’m in my 20th year of adulthood, I’m more bewildered than anything else. I’m a little panicked. I didn’t eat enough peaches while I had the chance! No more tomatoes in the markets! The nectarines will be gone…
  • Summertime Macaroni Salad with Chèvre and Grilled Peaches

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    - ‘Tis the season for grilled peaches, fresh goat cheese, and incredible macaroni salad. - When I was writing Melt: the Art of Macaroni and Cheese, I had to relearn almost everything I thought I knew about flavor. Cooking with cheese is a unique experience, and when you’re working with artisan cheese, it’s important to take the cheese’s personality into consideration when picking herbs, spices, or other additional flavors for a dish. You certainly don’t want to drown out the flavor of the cheese, given it’s probably your intended star of the show! There…
  • Buttermilk Tomato Pie Recipe + Easy Pie Crust

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    - How about a buttermilk tomato pie recipe with homemade cottage cheese? - Last week I posted a recipe for how to make homemade cottage cheese out of leftover buttermilk, and I have to admit I had an ulterior motive for posting that recipe. Sure I wanted to share a super simple recipe to kick off the Super Simple Series, but the underlying reason was I wanted to make sure you had that technique in your repertoire before I gave you this week’s recipe for my favorite thing ever, buttermilk tomato pie. And now, here we are! Because, really, buttermilk pie – or any variation…
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    Spanish Food and Cuisine

  • Tuna In Tomato Sauce Recipe

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Tuna In Tomato Sauce RecipeTuna fish stew in tomato sauce, a typical Spanish fish stew recipe in a yummy and easy tomato sauce with onions and peppers. Calories : 354 calPrice estimation: 5 - 10 $Complexity level: MediumNotesIf you like tuna stew, take a look to our homemade Marmitako recipe, the famous Basque tuna stew with potatoes!  Food type: FishMain dishes
  • Caprese Skewers Recipe

    3 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    Caprese Skewers RecipeCaprese skewers, discover this Spanish-style appetizer recipe typical from Italy with Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil! Calories : 132 calPrice estimation: 5 - 10 $Complexity level: Easy Food type: AppetizersSaladsSide dishesTapasVeggies
  • Tomato Salad Recipe

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Tomato Salad RecipeSpanish tomato salad! Discover this easy summer salad recipe from Spain with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and fresh parsley! Calories : 56 calPrice estimation: Less than 5 $Complexity level: Easy Food type: AppetizersSaladsTapasVeggies
  • Mediterranean Salad Recipe

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Mediterranean Salad RecipeMediterranean salad recipe, a delicious and easy summer salad recipe from Spain with extra virgin olive oil, fresh cheese, eggs and oregano! Calories : 75 calPrice estimation: Less than 5 $Complexity level: EasyNotesFor this salad, you can use any kind of lettuce or cabbage! Food type: SaladsSide dishes
  • Chicken Thigh With Mushrooms Recipe

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:26 am
    Chicken Thigh With Mushrooms RecipeChicken thighs with mushrooms and potatoes, one of the most delicious and easy Spanish chicken thigh recipes with mushrooms, potatoes and herbs! Calories : 418 calPrice estimation: 5 - 10 $Complexity level: Medium Food type: Main dishesMeatChicken
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    Whiskey Bacon

  • Bacon Puff Cookie Stars: Cookies for Kids Cancer

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    When OXO offered some kitchen cookie freebies, the literal first thought I had was, “Can I make bacon cookies?” Kids love cookies. It’s perfect logic in a crispy bacon brain. So that, on top of the charity bonus, made it a great big yes to another OXO post. In addition to giving 10 cents from select items sold to the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cause, OXO is donating $100  for each blog post dedicated to the cause in September. OXO Good Cookies will be donating up to $100,000 to the cause, so we’re hoping to make them shell out in the name of awesome causes…
  • Broccoli and Kale Soup

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:28 am
    I’m a big fan of thick and creamy soups. In trying to eat a little healthier (have to do something to balance out the amounts of whiskey and bacon we consume!) I find that that combo leads to potatoes and/or cream being added to the soup. No ma gusta. Then the idea hit…beans. Loads of good stuff and nowhere near as heavy. Thanks to my CSA box from Fertile Grounds, I had tons of veggies to choose from when deciding what kind of soup to make. Given that my fridge and freezer were full of kale, it made the most sense. The broccoli though… that was a matter of ‘use it…
  • Crispy Smashed Potatoes

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Traveling and eating are two of our favorite things.  When they can happen at the same time…BOOM goes the dynamite! This spring/summer was a heavy travel season for me and it proved delicious. Of all the things I tried, one stuck with me because of it’s simplicity and tastiness. Tender yet crispy, the smashed potatoes changed breakfast for the rest of the summer. Where did I have these tasty taters…of all places, the Minneapolis Airport.  Realistically, it’s just a boiled potato smashed flat and fried. But with that simple preparation you get something fun and…
  • OXO BBQ Review #WhatAGrillWants

    9 Aug 2014 | 2:47 am
    OXO BBQ Review Recently we had the pleasure of receiving some slick cooking utensils from OXO at no cost to try out. (disclaimer points: achieved) Coincidentally, it was the week before the Big Damn Cookout, which was BBQ kismet for some fun pics and real good food! All in all, we  received the Bladed Meat Tenderizer, cute as a button Salad Dressing Shaker, silly Silicone Basting Brush, sexy Corn Stripper and the full reach BBQ Tongs. What we liked The meat tenderizer had the bonus of a Safety Lock, which is immeasurably handy for when you are drunk and tenderizing. It was fun to use…
  • Summer Scape Salsa

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    Things we love about summer: Sun, Patio Drinking, Drive-Ins, Patio Drinking and Garlic Scapes. Garlic, in general, is a fave, but scapes are a magical summer treat. They come from the green tops of garlic (think scallions to an onion) and have a great mild garlic flavor that goes delish in almost any dish. This salsa gets a garlickly-tastic kick and a nice crunch along with the other fresh veggies for an even better texture. It’s almost like having roasted garlic without having to turn the stove on…which is a blessing in the summer heat! If you’re looking for a fresh and…
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    The HauteMeal

  • Tiger Stripe Sweater

    Stephanie Augustine
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    I love the multiple textures of this tiger stripe sweater, and how the style can be worked from many different style angles. For example, pair it with a tank top if you’re feeling demure and want more coverage, or wear it off the shoulder if you want to spice things up a bit.  I took it a more casual route with moto khakis and low heels – low for me, anyway. I will definitely be layering this with my blazers for fall! Tiger Stripe Sweater by Eloquii Moto Khakis from Gap – nice alternative via Lane Bryant Leopard pumps by Guess – love this similar pair from Nine…
  • Pumpkin Nutella Sweet Rolls

    Stephanie Augustine
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Can you believe it’s been over a year since the last time I posted a sweet roll recipe? The last ones I shared were these luscious Orange-Chai spiced rolls, which I remember quite well. But frankly I’m stunned that it’s taken me so long to post another one, since it certainly hasn’t been over a year since I’ve made sweet rolls. No worries, I’ve got some for you now that are wonderfully thick and soft. These are perfect for enjoying on a lazy Sunday while reading the paper (or, if you’re like me, while watching the previous night’s episode of…
  • I’ll Have What She’s Having

    Stephanie Augustine
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently came across a post from Shay of A Thick Girl’s Closet in which she responded to a question from one of her Tumblr followers regarding feelings of embarrassment about eating in public. The reader admitted that she is always hyper-aware of the food she orders when going out with friends, tailoring her meal so people don’t see her as “the fat girl.” I really appreciated that Shay took the time to respond, and as a food blogger I felt moved to address the question for myself. First a question for myself: Does my appearance ever make me feel self-conscious about…
  • Fancy Sweatshirt

    Stephanie Augustine
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m a big fan of a fancy sweatshirt, and this one caught my eye right away. I love how fun the print is, yes, but I also love how luxe it looks and feels, which I was really not expecting for a sweatshirt from H&M. I mean, this thing is HEAVY. I decided to pair it here with leather-look pants; I thought it might lend a little edge to such a whimsical piece of clothing. Sweatshirt from H&M | Pants by Junarose | Earrings from Forever 21 | Shoes by Sophia & Lee (similar here) Today’s Earworm: I’m Like a Bird by Nelly Furtado…
  • So Tasty: 5 Favorites for Fall

    Stephanie Augustine
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fall officially begins next week! Goodness gracious, where did the summer go? I can say for a fact that my summer disappeared down a black hole of school and work; I took an extra class, and summer is also my “busy” season at my job, since that’s when we get everything ready for the incoming fall students. I feel as though I barely saw the sun, and now it’s already time for ubiquitous neck scarves, brilliantly colored leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes. On the bright side, fall means new wardrobe choices that will keep you warm – and fashionable! – when the…
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    HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate

  • Louis Vuitton Hand Bag Cake

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    Inspired by the $20K Louis Vuitton alma bb alligator skin bag in lively pink, this handbag cake is a delicious and affordable alternative for those of us who would never dream of spending that much on an accessory. I’m frequently … Continue reading →
  • Giant Twix Bar Recipe

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:36 am
    Giant Twix bar recipe makes two 1kg (2.2 pounds) twix bars, we gave this one to a wonderful young lady who volunteers some time each month to work with deaf children in Fiji.  Learn how to make the Twix bar … Continue reading →
  • Elegant Fruit Dessert Recipe

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Sometimes  an elegant dessert is needed to finish off an evening.  The fresh tang of the fruit and the sauce, the rich creaminess of the chantilly and the crunch of the biscuit all compliment each other to make a grand … Continue reading →
  • Disney Frozen Snowflakes Jelly Cups

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    These little Frozen jellies, complete with frosty rims and snowflake icing will be a wonderful dessert to go along with an Elsa, Anna or Olaf cake at a Disney Frozen party.  As a little girl growing up in a very … Continue reading →
  • Frozen Elsa Cake

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    Little girls everywhere have fallen in love with the Disney Frozen movie, watching it repeatedly.  Singing the ‘Let It Go’ song until parents don’t want to hear it anymore.  Come birthday time they are of course wanting an Elsa cake. … Continue reading →
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    The Dinner-Mom

  • Easy Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice #SuccessRice

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Stuffed Tomatoes with rice and chicken sausage stuffing will dazzle and delight with their fancy presentation.  But, you don’t have to slave over the stove. They’re ready in about 30 minutes if you use our time-saving tips.  And, who doesn’t like quick and easy recipes this time of year? (Wait! I need them all year […] The post Easy Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice #SuccessRice appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
  • Pumpkin Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Spinach

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Pumpkin Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Spinach gives a delicious fall flare to pizza night. Step out of your comfort zone and try this lightened-up recipe. You’ll be glad you did! This flat bread is slathered with creamy, cheesy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce instead of the red kind. It was a bit adventurous for our traditional pizza […] The post Pumpkin Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Spinach appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
  • Lightened Up Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is creamy and cheesy and a real crowd pleaser served over your favorite noodles. We lightened it up so you can feel good about enjoying this fall favorite. It’s like an Alfredo sauce, except that I added extra sharp white cheddar cheese…which reminds me of the cheesy sauce you might find on […] The post Lightened Up Pumpkin Pasta Sauce appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
  • Crock Pot Vegetable Lasagna Stacked a “Mile High”

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Crock Pot Vegetable Lasagna is stacked a “mile high” with vegetables, 3 cheeses and whole wheat noodles. Just layer everything in your slow cooker and then sit back and wait for the applause. It’s hard to believe that there are 6 cups of vegetables piled high in this Crock Pot Vegetable Lasagna. You can see […] The post Crock Pot Vegetable Lasagna Stacked a “Mile High” appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
  • Broccoli Stalk Ribbon Salad with Feta

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Don’t just eat the florets! Broccoli stalk ribbon salad makes good use of the bottom half of this superfood in this easy recipe that’s ready in minutes. I am so not done with this obsession…that is, broccoli ribbons. In case you missed it, I recently shared a recipe for Thai Beef Strips that were served with broccoli […] The post Broccoli Stalk Ribbon Salad with Feta appeared first on The Dinner-Mom.
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    Veg Recipes of India

  • sabudana chiwda recipe, how to make sabudana chivda

    dassana amit
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    sabudana chiwda recipe with step by step photos – a snack recipe of sabudana or tapioca pearls for the navratri fasting season. finally got some time to post a navratri recipe and this is the only recipe i will be able to post. a hectic travel journey to spiritual places of pilgrimage, is the reason why i am not able to give time to blogging. we will be again travelling after a few days to devi shaktipeetha temples, with maa’s grace & blessings. to make the sabudana chiwda, you require nylon sabudana pearls of the larger variety. they regular sabudana pearls won’t work.
  • paneer kheer recipe, how to make paneer kheer | kheer recipes

    dassana amit
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    paneer kheer recipe with step by step photos – one more quick sweet dessert recipe of kheer, that can be made for navratri, dussehra and diwali. i plan to add some quick and easy sweets for the upcoming festive season. the paneer kheer is one such recipe that can be made in a jiffy and will be done in less than 25 minutes. all you need is paneer and milk along with some dry fruits. the paneer kheer has been flavored with cardamom powder, saffron and rose water. cardamom powder is a must. rose water give a beautiful rosy fragrance to the kheer. good to add it, but skip if you…
  • rice pakora recipe | chawal ke pakore recipe

    dassana amit
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    rice pakora recipe with step by step photos – fried fritters or pakoras made from cooked rice or leftover cooked rice and gram flour. these rice pakoras have a crisp texture from out and are soft from within. they are so good, you won’t come to know that these pakoras are made from rice. i make these pakoras when i have some leftover rice. i prepare many dishes with leftover rice like idli, appams, kheer, cutlets, masala rice, lemon rice and these pakoras. talking of pakoras from leftovers, we also make pakoras from leftover chapatis or rotis. some recipes already shared on the…
  • appam recipe without yeast, how to make appam without yeast

    dassana amit
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    appam recipe without yeast – here’s a recipe of soft hoppers also called as appam. this version of appam recipe is made without yeast. when i had posted the appam recipe made with yeast, i had got some requests on how to make appams without yeast. the recipe was in drafts from a long time and i just missed it completely. the soaking and grinding is similar to dosa batter. depending on the temperature conditions, the batter can be fermented overnight or for about 10 to 12 hours or more. to make the appams, i have added soaked regular rice, cooked rice and soaked urad dal. ground…
  • basundi recipe, how to make basundi | quick basundi recipe

    dassana amit
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    basundi recipe with step by step pics. basundi is sweet thickened milk, flavored with cardamom and nutmeg, with the addition of dry fruits. this milk based dessert is popular in the western part of india, specially in the states maharashtra and gujarat. generally milk is reduced on a low flame till it becomes thick. the consistency is not thick like that of rabri, but more fluid and flowing. this recipe of mine is a quick one and does not ask you to simmer the milk for hours. in about 20 to 25 minutes the basundi will be ready. sweetened condensed milk makes the work easy and you just need…
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Recipe: Glazed OREO Bars
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    I was contemplating posting something healthy to kick off the school year, but just had to share this one with you first!  (We have the whole school year to go that way!)  These bars are by far (am I rhyming) one of my favorite treats ever.  Why?  Because they are simple, delicious and with just few ingredients.  Plus they are always…and I mean ALWAYS a hit!  Let me know what ya think Ingredients 22 Oreo Cookies crumbled 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup dark chocolate chips 1 cup white chocolate chips half stick of butter 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2…
  • Truffle & Mushroom Ravioli
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    You open your fridge and find yourself staring blankly for a minute, maybe two, until it hits you; there is nothing!  That defrosted chicken that you could have sworn was in the back of the shelf is no longer there. You frantically open the freezer and “Hallelujah,” frozen truffle ravioli is staring at you in the face.  Oh, the possibilities you have and here is one that is just so simple and delicious.  Dinner is “Oh so DONE!” Phew….. INGREDIENTS • 1 package of prepared truffle ravioli • 1/4 cup low-fat half & half • ½ cup white wine or cooking broth • 2…
  • Peanut Butter Noodles
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Back in the 80s my father introduced me to “Peanut Butter Noodles” and I never looked back.  What is it about the twirly Chinese Pasta with a creamy coating of Peanut Butter Sauce.  I know….it’s just plain delicious!!  Here we have my version of this lovely authentic treat.  Care to know the best part?  It gets even tastier the next day chilled in the fridge! YUM! Serves 4-6 Ingredients • 8 ounces lo mein noodles (If you cannot find in your specialty store use spaghetti) • 1/4 cup smooth reduced-fat peanut butter • 2 tablespoon honey • 2 tablespoon…
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Pancakes
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Pancakes!!” Even typing the words makes me drool.  My daughter requested this interesting, yet so perfect combo one day and was shocked that I had never dreamt it up before! I mean talk about a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on serious breakfast steroids!  So fantastically decadent and delish that it has actually become one of my most famous go-to brunch-y company treats.  Ingredients * 2 cup white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour or all-purpose flour *1/4 cup cream peanut butter ¼ cup Nutella (hazelnut-chocolate spread) *1/4…
  • Parmesan Dip with Roasted Veggies
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but I am a huge “Veggie & Dip” person!  The crunchy crudité with a creamy swipe of something what healthy summer parties is all about! Now the only issue with this nibble is that it could become a bit monotonous to say the least.  Hence, I decided to change things up a bit and twist this classic around.  A little Olive oil, a baking pan, and one tangy dip to finish! Ingredients “Veggies” • roasting vegetables • olive oil • Kosher salt • ground pepper • spices of your choice “Dip” • 8-ounce container of low-fat sour cream…
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    Vegetarian Indian Slow Cooker

  • Colorful Protein Pancake (Puda) Recipe

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Did you like Spinach Paneer Wraps recipe I published last week? Well this week I am writing about these simple pancakes or pudala (puda) my daughter usually makes as simple way to sneak-in some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spinach Paneer ( Cottage Cheese ) Wrap Recipe: How to make Spinach Paneer Wrap

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    This is a simple and healthy lunch box recipe. Just like my slow cooker spinach daal , vegetable pulav and kansar, Spinach Paneer wrap are also staple for my grand-kids lunch-box. It is very easy to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kansar Recipe Using Slow Cooker: How to Make Kansar in Crockpot

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    If you liked my last post regarding Traditional Gujarati recipe Kadhi using slowcooker or crockpot, you will also like this another Gujarati Traditional recipe kansar or kamsar using slowcooker.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Slow Cooker Gujarati Kadhi or Tempered Buttermilk Recipe

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Kadhi is a traditional recipe from Gujarat region of India. It is very simple preparation of yogurt and some tempering which is very comforting food.  Kadhi is usually served with Khichadi (rice... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Eggless Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

    21 Jun 2014 | 8:54 pm
    My niece Swati makes best ice creams. She always told me to try her recipe. She said it is very simple recipe, it requires 5 easily available ingredients and hardly needs 10 minutes of prep time to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    YUM eating

  • The Yuck Stops Here {27} #stoptheyuck

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The last 10 days have not been great. It’s definitely a case of when it rains it pours. For those of you who were here last week you were made aware of my cousin’s home burning and how they lost everything. Right before that day I found out an aunt who had been battling MD (or is in MS, my brain is mush right now) actually was misdiagnosed. Come to find out she has a large tumor (and some others if I remember correctly) that are in her spine and pushing on her spinal cord and that is what is causing her mobility and life issues. Another aunt fell earlier this year and her back…
  • 3 Seeds You Should Be Eating

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Searching for some healthy ways to get better nutrition into your diet, try some of these super seeds.  They can be easily integrated into your eating plans or diet with out too much fuss. Organic White Chia Seeds Called a superfood by some, Chia sees contain high levels of omega 3 fatty acids as well as high levels of fiber and minerals such iron, calcium, magnesium etc. Enjoy them on your oatmeal or cereal, stir it into your veggie shakes or add to yogurt for a nutritious boost.  You can also try adding to baking goods. Organic White Chia Seeds — 12 oz – $9.33 (55% off), Free…
  • Crockpot Irish Soda Bread Pudding

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Ya hear that? Wait. Be quiet for a minute! Listen. Know what that is? That’s the sound of leaves falling off the trees and ‘cracking’ when they hit the ground. At least, that’s what you hear at my house Know what that means right? It’s comfort food bust-out-the-crockpot season! I have just the recipe to get you revved up and ready to go.  First, you are going to need to make some of my fan-tab-u-lous Irish Soda Bread. But only half of it. If you don’t have half,  there is Irish Soda Bread Pudding with Irish Cream. I really enjoy the baked version,…
  • Low Carb Portobello Pepperoni Pizza with Goat Cheese

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ooops I did it again. I love pizza. However not all pizza loves me. I wish it wasn’t this way, but, well….yeah. It sucks. But, at the same time it is probably for the best since pizza isn’t exactly numero uno on the healthy foods list. Matter of fact, it’s really down on the bottom. Like, way down. I know when I did Weight Watchers moons and a half ago they really tried to teach you that it is ok to have fast food style pizza ( yah!) but you should really keep it to 1-2 slices and count those points (or calories for you non pointers.) That worked very well for me. I…
  • YUM’s Brick Wall

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Sometimes you hit a wall in life. Sometimes that wall makes no sense. Other’s, your light bulb burns brightly.  I had one of those moments recently. Over the last 6 or so years I have been freelancing. It was easier for me than trying to juggle a work schedule with school and battling the Michigan winters. I tried that when I first moved here and it was difficult. It doesn’t help when you have mental and physical illnesses that battle you as well. As a freelancer one learned quickly that it is best to gather as many eggs for your basket as you can. You just never know when a…
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    Lemon & Olives: Exploring Greek Cooking And Culture

  • Kalitsounia | Cretan Sweet Cheese Pies

    Kenton Kotsiris
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Is it really October already? It is? So you’re telling me we’ve only got a few more months and it will be 2015? Oh boy… This year has gone by incredibly fast. I know I’ve said it before, but it really has. Both Jane and I have grown a lot this year and developed new skills and new outlooks on life. Of course this blog has been at the heart of it all. It’s been a little slow here these past few weeks, the first in the blog’s history, but rest assure it’s for good reason. We’ve got some things in the works that we’ll be releasing in the next few months. We’ve also kept…
  • Saffron Rice Pilaf | Easy Rice Pilaf

    Kenton Kotsiris
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    I don’t know how it’s been where you live, but southern California has been incredibly hot this past week. We are in the midst of some kind of heat wave. Why? That’s all I want to know. While I’m sure there is some scientific explanation for this rare display of heat, the electric company isn’t going to care when they send us the bill for the air conditioner. Needless to say, both Jane and I are looking forward to fall/winter weather. In other news, we’re in the process of decluttering. Somehow we’ve accumulated too much stuff and now feel like it’s time to purge. We’ve…
  • Greek Yogurt Garlic Kalamata Aioli

    Kenton Kotsiris
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    There is one thing our closest friends know about us: we love moving around/changing directions. For example, Jane and I have been together for 6 and a half years. During that time, we’ve lived in 2 different countries, 5 different cities, and have moved about 7 different times – averaging about once a year. What’s funny is we’re getting the itch to move back to Europe again, and some things are in the works, but that’s a story for another day. With traveling to different cities, you are introduced to different foods. Sometimes they are simple alterations and others are things…
  • Greek Caramelized Onions | Metaxa Onions

    Kenton Kotsiris
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Jane and I are getting pretty excited. Our European trip is just right around the corner. This year we’ve decided to spend some time visiting other places besides Greece, which I must admit was a difficult choice. However, we’ll be spending roughly a month there next summer, so that helps ease the pain. If there is one thing Jane and I love more than cooking – it’s traveling. Europe has so much to offer via history, culture, and picturesque towns. When it comes time to plan a trip, it’s always so hard to pick where to go. In all our time traveling however, we’ve learned one…
  • Vyssinatha | Greek Cherry Cordial

    Kenton Kotsiris
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    In our last post, we talked about how we spent labor day weekend at the beach. It was hot. In Greece when it’s hot, and there is sour cherry spoon sweets being made, there is one thing that is never hard to find. It’s a refreshing drink made with the syrup from the spoon sweet. It’s delicious. It’s called: Vyssinatha (βυσσινάδα) It might just be the single most refreshing and easiest thing to make. I don’t know how well known it is with tourist, but in Greece it’s pretty popular in the summer time. Therefore, we’re excited to introduce it to those of you that haven’t…
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  • Halloumi Cheese And Chickpeas

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Halloumi Cheese and Chickpeas - Quick and easy midweek supper recipe. Low cost too! Read More... The post Halloumi Cheese And Chickpeas appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
  • Butternut Squash Curry

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Butternut Squash curry - Easy and delicious vegetarian curry recipe with squas, peppers and lentils Read More... The post Butternut Squash Curry appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
  • Goats Cheese Quiche

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Tasty and easy quiche recipe using leek and goats cheese which go together perfectly. Suitable for dinner, packed lunches, picnics or a buffet,. The pastry is made from spelt flour but you can substitute with wheat flour, either wholemeal or white if you prefer - or even use ready made pastry! Read More... The post Goats Cheese Quiche appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
  • How To Cook Cauliflower

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    This nutritious and often under rated vegetable, is available most of the year and is very versatile as a side dish, main course or soup. Read More... The post How To Cook Cauliflower appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
  • Spelt Fruit Scones

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    These Spelt Fruit Scones are really light. Spelt flour is an ancient grain popular for its low gluten and high vitamin content. Read More... The post Spelt Fruit Scones appeared first on Penny's Recipes.
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  • How Do You Red Bean, SPENCER BOHREN?

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Musician Spencer Brohren and his wife Marilyn moved to New Orleans from Colorado in the mid-seventies. Spencer said that New Orleans had a, “profound effect” on him. It became a spiritual home. And with it being such a musical city, Spencer fit right in. It didn’t take Spencer long to become a sought after attraction in the local music scene. As his popularity soared in New Orleans, he decided to hit the road. He traveled with his family while sharing his music across the country. In 1983, he recorded his first album. Now with 16 albums in the discography, Spencer has made a…
  • Chicken, Two Sausage, Okra Gumbo

    Eric Olsson
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you really need an excuse to make a piping hot-pot of gumbo?  The cooler weather.  Football game.  Family gathering.  Just because.  As they say in New Orleans, it’s always gumbo season, no matter how humid or cool it gets. For me, gumbo is fun to make.  There are a lot of things going on at once to get everything into the one pot that’ll finish it up.  I’ll have every spot on the stove fired up.  My wife laughs because it’s like I’m on a cooking show – all my ingredients are pre-measured out and lined up, waiting to build upon the flavor.  And…
  • How Do You Red Bean, PANDERINA SOUMAS?

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Panderina Soumas, it’s all about her heritage. In fact, in her company’s tag line for Soumas Heritage Creole Creations, she points out that, “It’s ALL in the history.” It’s been a quest for her to not only promote and cook the Creole ways that is her heritage, but to also educate others about the unique culture. Panderina started Soumas Heritage Creole Creations as a way to honor her ancestors. The company produces prepackaged Creole food mixes with a nod to the past and influenced by African and Caribbean flavors. The name of the mixes reflect what is…
  • Pork Chop NOLA

    Eric Olsson
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is one of my favorite ways to cook pork chops.  Sometimes it’s a nice fat juicy piece of pork that goes perfectly as a side to red beans and rice on a Monday, sometimes it’s a thin cut boneless piece that has so many different uses.  I usually pan fry the pork chops, but I read about cooking them under the broiler from an old clipped out Good Housekeeping article my mother gave me.  My wife thinks it’s funny I get her old magazines after she reads them, it’s even funnier when she catches me reading Women’s Day! I used a light version of a Creole Seasoning…
  • How Do You Red Bean, GEORGE GRAHAM?

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you want to explore the uniqueness of the area of Louisiana called Acadiana, you have to follow George Graham’s blog, ACADIANA TABLE.  The blog features George’s life in the culturally rich area of southwest Louisiana with his wife and daughter.  He shares wonderful stories with some of the finest Creole and Cajun recipes you’ll find anywhere.  Besides the stories, you’ll also get lost in his photographs.  His pictures are amazing! Acadiana Table is not only receiving high acclaim from the growing number of followers, but also from the likes of Saveur magazine.
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    Non Veg Recipes

  • Chicken Manchow Soup

    Nitesh Singh
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Ingredients:  Cooked chicken pieces : 1 cup  Chicken stock : 4 cups  Green chilies-finely chopped : 1 tsp  Coriander leaves-finely chopped : 1 Tbsp  French beans-finely chopped : 2 Tbsp  Ginger-finely chopped : 1 tsp  Garlic-finely chopped : 1 tsp  Carrots-finely chopped : 2 Tbsp  Cabbage-finely chopped : 2 Tbsp  Capsicum-finely chopped : 2 Tbsp  Mushrooms-finely chopped : 2 Tbsp 
  • How to cook Spicy Prawns

    Nitesh Singh
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is a very tangy and spicy prawns recipe.This recipe has a lot of Indian flavouring. Note: You can avoid coconut oil and go with other cooking oil..but coconut oils brings the actual south indian flavouring. Enjoy this delicious meal!!! Image Source: Ingredients: White prawns : 250 gm Kashmiri red chilly powder: 1/2 tsp Coconut oil: 4 tsp
  • Mexican Grilled Chicken

    Nitesh Singh
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Ingredients: 8 chicken thighs Onion: 1/2  Garlic: 1 large  clove Mexican oregano: 1/2 teaspoon  Olive oil: 1/4 cup  Cumin: 1/2 teaspoon  Salt: 1 teaspoon  Black pepper: 1/2 teaspoon  Dried chipotle powder: 1/4 teaspoon  Paprika: 1 teaspoon  Lime: 1 Apple cider vinegar:  2 tablespoons  Cilantro leaf : 1 handful Image Credit: Method: Put all marinade
  • Pasta Salad

    Nitesh Singh
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Ingredients: Cooked Pasta: 1 pound Garlic Powder:  1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper: 1/4 tsp Green Pepper, sliced: 1 Chicken breast cooked and diced: 1 and 1/2 cup Grated carrot : 1 Stuffed olives, sliced : 1/4 cup Onion: 1/2 medium Celery stalk, chopped: 1 Thin sliced green piece: 1/2 cup Kidney beans, boiled or roasted : 1/2 cups Catalina Dressing or Bleu Cheese dressing: 1/2 cup Method:
  • Prawns Momo

    Nitesh Singh
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Ingredients: Prawn (small) boiled:500 grams (dark dorsal vein removed ) Rice flour: 1 cup Coconut grated: 1 cup (optional) Onions, finely chopped: 2 medium Oil: 3 tablespoons Curry leaves: 10  Salt to taste Turmeric powder: 1/2 teaspoon Coriander leaves: 2 tablespoons Tomato sauce: 3 tablespoons Green chillies, chopped: 2  Tomato, chopped: 1 medium Image Courtesy:
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    The PinterTest Kitchen

  • What’s for Dinner: October 2014 Meal Plan

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You know, doing these meal plans every month has become one of my favorite blogging tasks. A few months ago, when I started, I thought it would just be a fun way to organize the recipes I want to try. But being able to connect with and promote other food bloggers has been awesome! I really hope you’ll take the opportunity to reach out to other bloggers and try their recipes. We’re all guilty sometimes of getting into a rut sometimes! Even if you don’t follow this meal plan exactly, I hope you find a few new recipes and new bloggers to follow on this list. Without further…
  • Frosted Molasses Cookies

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you like cookies that just melt in your mouth?  The Frosted Molasses Cookies have a wonderful molasses flavor and they can frosted and decorated for whatever season it is. This time it is near Autumn so I used my fall colored sprinkles. These cookies are Jessica’s favorites. She came over to take some pictures so I sent some home with her. (Note from Jess: That container lasted about two seconds before it was empty. YUM!) Make sure you get a mild flavored unsulphured baking molasses to use in the cookies. One time I didn’t have any baking molasses and I used golden table…
  • Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Cupcakes

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    When a recipe mashes up two things I love, I get excited…but this one includes THREE! Key lime pie? Yum! Cheesecake? Yum! Cupcakes? YUM! My mom, Sharon, made these cupcakes and few times, and I decided to try my hand at them. They are so good that I literally have to hide them so they have time to actually cool and chill before eating, just like these other cheesecake cupcakes we make. A tip? You might need to give these guys a little longer in the oven. The first batch I made weren’t quite set enough. They were still good, but you want that creamy cheesecake texture. Plus, when…
  • Peach Ginger Smoothies

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Who doesn’t love a frothy fruit smoothie on a warm summer’s day… Wait. What? It’s not summer anymore, you say? PSH! Labor Day might be behind us, but fall doesn’t officially start until next week. So that means I can still have smoothies and eat watermelon and fire up the grill for at least a few more days. Regardless, I actually make these peach smoothies all year long. The trick to the perfect smoothie is to not use fresh peaches. So it doesn’t matter it peaches are in season or not! Here are a few peach smoothie tips: If you’re not a fan of ginger,…
  • Comfort Food Time: Sweet Cornbread Muffin Recipe

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The other night I was making chili, a less spicy version of Allison’s chili, and I wanted to make cornbread to go with it. I usually go the easy way and use a mix. But I didn’t have one. I started looking for a simple cornbread recipe to make and came across a recipe posted at Looked simple enough and I had all the ingredients. I also like to put it in a muffin pan. If you have extra you can wrap them individually and put them in the freezer for the next time you make chili. I baked the cornbread muffins while I made the chili. Nothing like having warm muffins…
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  • Caesar Salad

    Site Admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Method: Wash the romaine thoroughly and dry it well. Wrap it in a tea towel or paper towels, and refrigerate … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Pomelo and Edamame Salad with Honey Ginger Vinaigrette Baked Tofu Salad with Mustard Miso Dressing Crisp Fuji Apple and Crab Salad
  • Lettuce with Almonds or Walnuts

    Site Admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Method: To blanch almonds or walnuts, place them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. D rain the … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Lettuce Cup Appetizers Hong Kong Yinyeung Tea-Coffee Beefsteak and Kidney Pudding
  • Cucumber Salad with Goat’s Cheese

    Site Admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Method: The crottin cheese called for in this recipe is a small, round, soft goat’s-milk cheese. You can substitute Montrachetor … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad Healthy Chinese Chicken Wraps Baked Tofu Salad with Mustard Miso Dressing
  • Cucumber and Fennel with Yogurt

    Site Admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Method: Layer the cucumber slices in a bowl, sprinkling each layer with salt, and let them drain for at least … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad Coconut Frozen Yogurt Bosnian Meatballs with Yogurt
  • Almond-Cucumber Salad

    Site Admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Method: Place the cucumber slices in layers in a colander, sprinkling each layer with salt. Mix the sour cream, chopped … Read full recipe >> Related posts: Thai Beef Salad Wraps Baked Tofu Salad with Mustard Miso Dressing Crisp Fuji Apple and Crab Salad
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  • Healthy Spicy Egg Fried Rice

    27 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    When most of you think about egg fried rice, it’s usually that greasy, fatty side dish that you’ve purchased from the local Chinese takeaway when you’re feeling the effects of the night before. Well, I’m here to say that this simple little side dish can actually be made as a perfectly healthy meal. As well as that, it can be made in no time at all (and with little skill involved). Laura and I often cook up egg fried rice when we’re in a rush because it’s simple and quick to make but it’ll fill you up a treat. Perfect for those rushed Friday evenings!
  • Grilled Monkfish Tail in a Tomato & Aubergine Sauce with Mustard Mash Potato

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    This was one of the first times that I had cooked with Monkfish tail and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a really meaty fish so although it can be a little expensive at the supermarket, it’s really filling so you don’t need a huge portion. Personally, I like to grill monkfish, especially when you’re adding a sauce afterwards. It’s much healthier and it gives a great texture to the outside of the fish. The sauce itself is full of flavour and packed with goodness. If you’d prefer, you could add in peppers and courgette to almost make it like a ratatouille.
  • Dark Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    These rich and velvety chocolate orange cupcakes are made with dark orange chocolate and topped with a soft, Peruvian milk chocolate and orange buttercream.  Yum! This beautiful recipe will make 12 perfectly sized cupcakes and enough buttercream to pipe onto them (with a little extra, just in case you like to lick the bowl). Dark Chocolate Orange Cupcakes Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 35 minutes Serves: 8 cupcakesServing Size: 132gCalories per serving: 466Fat per serving: 19.7 IngredientsCupcakes 120g plain flour 140g caster sugar 1tsp baking powder 40g softened…
  • Grilled Swordfish Steak with a Pesto, Chili & Lemon Crust

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Swordfish is a particularly meaty fish and it can be cooked in a number of ways. The flavour and texture is fairly similar to tuna steak, but swordfish steak definitely wins in my opinion. I tried out this recipe after cooking swordfish the same way for a long time. It’s really easy to just get in your comfort zone with fish and just simply pan fry it with some sale and pepper seasoning. If you really want to do something different then this recipe is a perfect starting point. If you’ve never made pesto before, don’t worry, it’s SO easy. I made it all the time when I…
  • Win a Three Month’s Supply of Portlebay Popcorn

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Delicious, gourmet and hand popped in Devon: win a three month’s supply of Portlebay Popcorn! All you need to do to be in for a chance of winning is to enter via the widget below (UK only) – it’s as simple as that a Rafflecopter giveaway A bit different from your average squidgy toffee popcorn, Portlebay Popcorn has set the bar with unique and unusual flavours. Munch your way through bags and bags of Wasabi & Sweet Ginger, Sweet & Salty Kracklecorn, Chilli & Lime and Orchard Wood Smoked Cheddar. Plus try their brand new fruity sweet flavours: Lemon Sherbet, Cinnamon…
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  • National Mulled Cider Day

    ila nguyen
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    September 30th is Hot Mulled Cider Day – what a perfect way to celebrate the arrival of fall! Mulling is a very old technique that is used to infuse spice flavors to drinks like sweet wines and ciders. Most European counties have some sort of a rendition – British Wassail, Nordic Glögg, Germanic Glühwein, French Chaud Vin, Russian Glintwein... And the list keeps going on and on! The spice combination differs by region, but is usually some mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and/or citrus. While mulled drinks have been around since the Roman Ages, it became a holiday tradition after it…
  • Achiote Grilled Fish Tacos

    Melissa Lopez
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
    Our achiote marinade gives these tasty grilled fish tacos a warm, earthy flavor. Dressed in our creamy chipotle dressing, they're unequaled. Serve these at your summer BBQ along with jicama sticks and our Spiced Guacamole. Achiote Grilled Fish Tacos serves 4 Marinade ¼ cup olive oil 2 tbsp organic achiote seasoning juice of 1 lime ½ tsp salt Dressing 1 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt) ½ cup adobo sauce 2 tbsp lime juice 2 tsp lime zest ¼ tsp organic cumin, ground ¼ tsp organic chili powder ½ tsp organic paprika, smoked salt and pepper, to taste Fish Tacos 1 ½ lbs tilapia 1 cup shredded…
  • Grilled & Spiced Peaches

    Melissa Lopez
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    Peaches have no better home than on the grill. Tossing them over the flame intensifies their deep sweetness and natural juiciness, and adding a bit of spicy flavor on top of that makes for an incomparable summertime dessert. Just make sure to clean the grates extra well before tossing these (or any fruit) on the grill. And (as if it has to even be said) pair with vanilla ice cream to complete the treat. Grilled & Spiced Peaches serves 3-6 3 white peaches, cut in half and pitted 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted 2 tsp honey ½ tsp organic cake spice seasoning pinch of organic chili powder Preheat…
  • Blueberry Crumble

    Melissa Lopez
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    Nothing says summer like blueberry crumble. Our version is gluten-free, comes together with minimal effort and makes a fresh, sweet treat for your upcoming backyard get-together. Blueberry Crumble serves 6 4 cups blueberries ⅔ cup maple syrup juice of half a lemon 1 tsp organic vanilla extract 1 cup gluten-free oats ⅔ cup almond meal ¼ cup coconut oil ½ tsp organic true cinnamon, ground pinch of salt Preheat oven to 350ºF. Rub the inside of a 9-inch baking dish with a dab of coconut oil. Place blueberries into a large bowl Add maple syrup, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Toss to coat.
  • Make Your Own Mustard

    Melissa Lopez
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:49 am
    Dress up your sandwiches, sausages and burgers with homemade mustard. Making your own condiments is easier than you’d think, plus it’s fun to get creative and adjust the recipe to cater to your preferred taste. Essentially, mustard is merely a combination of mustard seeds and liquid. The active prep in this recipe requires less than half an hour, and your food processor makes the mixing process a breeze. In fact, the hardest part is waiting a few weeks for the mustard to develop its full flavor before digging in! The recipe below calls for cayenne, which gives the mustard a hot kick, but…
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  • Deep Fried Camembert Cheese Recipe — Fried Cheese Wedges Starter

    Arnaud Pinoit
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Arnaud Pinoit has a new article on Kip Kitchen - Quick and easy meal ideas for two Camembert cheese. Some love it. Some hate it. If you love it, read on. (Sorry, haters, but there are probably other recipes you'll like here) The post Deep Fried Camembert Cheese Recipe — Fried Cheese Wedges Starter appeared first on Kip Kitchen.
  • Madeleine Cookie Recipe — An Easy Homemade Cookie Recipe

    Arnaud Pinoit
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Arnaud Pinoit has a new article on Kip Kitchen - Quick and easy meal ideas for two This madeleine cookie recipe is my customized version of the traditional French Madeleine recipe. Look into your kitchenware to see if you have a shell shaped madeleine baking pan, or simply get one here. This French pastry recipe requires very little effort. I bet you'd soon be baking these madeleine cakes for friends. Be prepared to see your popularity skyrocket! The post Madeleine Cookie Recipe — An Easy Homemade Cookie Recipe appeared first on Kip Kitchen.
  • Easy Muffin Recipe with Yummy Fresh Mangoes & Coconut Milk

    Arnaud Pinoit
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Arnaud Pinoit has a new article on Kip Kitchen - Quick and easy meal ideas for two It's very easy to find blueberry muffin recipes online and yes, they're very good. To introduce more variety, I'm going to share with you today an easy muffin recipe that contains mango, coconut milk and white chocolate. The post Easy Muffin Recipe with Yummy Fresh Mangoes & Coconut Milk appeared first on Kip Kitchen.
  • Vegetarian Cake Recipe–How to Make a Vegetarian Cake by Oven

    Arnaud Pinoit
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Arnaud Pinoit has a new article on Kip Kitchen - Quick and easy meal ideas for two As it's almost summer, I decided to cook a quick, easy and healthy summer vegetarian meal using the oven: a Mediterranean flavor vegetarian cake without sugar. And you know what? It's your turn to try it! The post Vegetarian Cake Recipe–How to Make a Vegetarian Cake by Oven appeared first on Kip Kitchen.
  • Shrimp Stir Fry in Hot Sauce–A Healthy Shrimp Dinner Recipe

    Arnaud Pinoit
    20 May 2014 | 5:50 am
    Arnaud Pinoit has a new article on Kip Kitchen - Quick and easy meal ideas for two "Shrimp stir fry" murmured my dear wife in her sweet dulcet voice when I asked for dinner suggestions. An hour later, I found myself pounding the streets in the pattering rain. The pattering rain soon turned into a deafening downpour but I was a man on a mission. I had to buy those shrimps fresh from the food market. The post Shrimp Stir Fry in Hot Sauce–A Healthy Shrimp Dinner Recipe appeared first on Kip Kitchen.
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    Rasoi Menu - A collection of tasty recipes for foodies

  • Doodh Pak Recipe - Rice Pudding Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Doodh Pak is Guajarati dessert recipe. Doodh pak is made from rice and milk. Doodh pak is made during Diwali and other auspicious occasions. Preparation Time: 10 MinutesCooking Time: 30 MinutesServings: 4 Persons Ingredients 1 liter Milk A pinch of Saffron Strands 1 cup Rice 1 Cup sugar ½ teaspoon cardamom powder 1 tablespoon chopped almonds 1 tablespoon ghee 1 tablespoon charoli (chironji)
  • Kuttu Atta Poori Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kuttu Atta Poori is made from Buckwheat flour to eat specially during the fasts. Here is the Kuttu Atta poori recipe that is made with mashed potatoes. Enjoy kuttu atta poori with yogurt in your navratri fasting. Preparation Time: 20 MinutesCooking Time: 25 MinutesServings: 4 Persons Ingredients 2 cup Kuttu Ka Atta (buckwheat flour) 1 tablespoon coriander leaves 1 boiled potato Rock salt to
  • Coconut Ladoo Recipe - Indian Sweets Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Coconut Ladoo is very easy and quick recipe that can be easily made at home. Rather than bring coconut ladoo from market, for any festival seasons you can make it home. In this coconut ladoo recipe we are not using mawa, it’s made from condensed milk. Coconut ladoos are very rich in taste. Let’s learn to make Coconut Ladoo. Preparation Time: 10 MinutesCooking Time: 20 MinutesServings: 4 Persons
  • Sabudana Kheer Recipe - Farali Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sabudana kheer is a delicious Indian sweet recipe made from sabudana and milk. Sabudana Kheer is serving during fasting as a faral. Sabudana kheer is very easy and quick recipe which can be made in just 25 minutes. Preparation Time: 10 MinutesCooking Time: 25 MinutesServings: 3 Persons Ingredients 2 liter milk 500 gm sabudana (sago) 200 gm sugar 40 gm almonds 30 gm cashews 2-3 drops rosewater
  • Basundi Recipe - Gujarati Sweets Recipe

    Kavita Parmar
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Basundi is a milk based Gujarati dessert recipe. Basundi is similar to rabdi, but is lesser sweet. Basundi is made during festivals and other special occasions. In my family we usually made basundi on navratri, Diwali and dashera. Basundi is time consuming recipe; it takes 1 to 1.30 hours to make. Cardamom flavored basundi tastes best and can be eat anytime. Preparation Time: 10 MinutesCooking
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  • Healthy Monster Egg Rolls

    I Eat Therefore I Cook
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Feeling like takeout? Save money and calories by making your own egg rolls. These are not only healthier, but they are dinner sized.  Some ended up looking closer to a burrito than an egg roll, but they all were delicious. Baking the egg rolls cuts the fat down and the flaky phyllo dough gives the egg rolls their characteristic crunch. Don’t be scared, these are so simple to make. Just be gentle with the phyllo dough and make sure to seal the dough with water. Your family will love these, and you can even reheat these by throwing them in the oven for 5 minutes. Make extra for leftover…
  • Round 2 Recipe: Chicken Taco Salad

    I Eat Therefore I Cook
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    This was a perfect weekend lunch. We used the cold Margarita Chicken leftovers and chopped up some veggies for a healthy weekend lunch. You could also be the envy of the whole office and bring this to lunch at work. You could also use a rotissare chicken or chicken breasts if you don’t have the Margarita Chicken. But seriously, you should. You get a dinner and a lunch out of one recipe. How awesome is that? Cut up all the veggies for your salad. Mix the salsa with greek yogurt for the dressing. Laziness Level:     Round 2 Recipe: Chicken Taco Salad   Print Prep time 15 mins…
  • Margarita Chicken

    I Eat Therefore I Cook
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    So our new apartment has a grill that actually works. So amazing. This is the first of many grilling recipes to come. The chicken is marinated in Bud Light Lime-A-Rita because I could not find tequila at two stores, so I gave up and gave this a try. It actually turned out really good as the drink is a beer, margarita blend so the chicken ends up super moist and flavorful. Marinate this chicken for at least 24 hours in jalapeno, lime and garlic and Lime-A-Rita for a intensely flavorful chicken. Marinate the chicken for at least 24 to 48 hours. Prep the chicken on a baking sheet with spices and…
  • Pumpkin Banana Bread with Nutella Swirls

    I Eat Therefore I Cook
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    So I finally gave in to the pumpkin craze. I at least waited to the fall is upon us though, unlike Starbucks. I love pumpkin as much as the next person, but when it is still 95 degrees outside, I have a hard time getting into the pumpkin spice season. Now that it has started to cool to a balmy 88 I know that I can start transitioning into my fall menus. This bread is great for breakfast or dessert, depending about how sweet you like your breakfasts. Mix the pureed pumpkin and the banana. Add the flour, greek yogurt, spices and eggs to make the batter. Place in a loaf dish and add two dollops…
  • Chorizo Stuffed Poblanos

    I Eat Therefore I Cook
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The smoky flavor of the poblano is a perfect pairing with creamy cheese and savory chorizo. Top it with a avocado crema and you have the perfect comforting meal. These are so easy to make that you could throw these in during the week after work and this could be a great crowd pleaser as you can amp up the recipe to serve as many people as you like. Serve with some tortilla chip, rice or refried beans for a complete meal. Roast the poblanos under the broiler, blistering the skin. Stuff the poblanos with monterey jack and chorizo. Laziness Level:     Chorizo Stuffed Poblanos   Print…
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  • Sathu mavu ladoo recipe | Easy millet ladoo recipe | Healthy toddler snack recipes

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Sathu mavu ladoo recipe is a healthy toddler snack recipes made of multi grain millet  flour. It is a very very healthy snack/sweet that you can give to kids/toddlers without any guilt. Most of you must be knowing the health benefits of sathu mavu,for those who are not aware-Sathu mavu means nutritional flour in Tamil and it is made of various lentils, millet,grains and nuts. It is one power house of nutrition and great wholesome food for toddlers and growing kids. This gruel made with this sathu mavu used to be our regular drink while growing up and and it is  very good for adults too to…
  • Vangi bath recipe | Spicy eggplant rice recipe

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Vangi bath recipe is a popular variety rice from Maharastra. Rice,egg plants and fresh spice blend come together to form this wonderful lip smacking preparation.I am not a great fan egg plant,yet I love this vangi bath,especially when prepared really spicy.I have seen two varieties of vangi bath,in terms of handling eggplants.In some places baby egg plants are used and fresh spice powder is stuffed into them,while in most of the places,egg plants are cubed and sauteed with spice blend. I have been preparing vangi bath only by cubing the eggplants, I am yet to try the stuffed version. The…
  • Kala channa masala sundal recipe,kondakadalai masala sundal recipe

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Kondakadalai masala sundal recipe or kala channa masala sundal recipe is one more navaratri special sundal recipes with black chickpeas or karuppu konndakadalai or kala channa. As I posted here,I made this kondakadalai masala sundal and semiya kesari for the offering on the first day of navratri. Usually black chickpeas tend to take more time to get cooked and it should be soaked for minimum 6 hours.Also it doen’s gets bigger like white chickpeas and also has an earthy flavor which some people might not like. To balance the earthy flavor and also to give some body to the sundal,we…
  • Spices of India-a click for saturday snapshot series#4

    27 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    I have joined a lovely group-Saturday snapshot series to improve my photography and this week’s assignment was to click whole spices.Here is what I clicked-Spices of India Sending this to Saturday Snapshots” hosted at Merry Tummy and Siris Food. The post Spices of India-a click for saturday snapshot series#4 appeared first on Cook click n devour!!!.
  • Semiya kesari recipe| easy sweet recipes

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Semiya kesari recipe for Navaratri,semiya kesari is a quick and easy twist to traditional rava kesari and today being day 1 of navaratri,I made this semiya kesari along with kondakadalai masala sundal for offering.Semiya kesari is quite easy to make and there is no fear of lump formation like unlike rava kesari, If you are in short of time but want to make something sweet,then try this semiya kesari,it gets ready in minutes and tastes very delicious,a welcome change to rava kesari it would be.In this recipe I have used less sugar,so the kesari will subtly sweet,you can increase the quantity…
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    The Low Fat Chick | Healthy, Low Fat Recipes

  • Quick & Easy: Rosemary Cheddar Muffin Biscuits

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Found this recipe on but it was not skinny enough for me. I substituted some ingredients and fell in love with this recipe. Light, airy, and so tasty. I kept eating these with my breakfast, but it makes great muffins for a dinner meal as well. Very easy!  Goes into my vault of regular […]
  • Healthy Food on a Modest Budget

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    If you’ve tried to buy healthy food at the grocery store, you might have been put off by the price. After all, organic apples are so much more expensive than conventionally grown ones, and whole grain snack crackers cost more than white soda crackers. But those price comparisons are not the whole picture – maybe […]
  • Tuna Noodle Casserole

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Tuna noodle casserole is an all time favorite. It can sometimes be a little rich with calories, so I opted to lower the calories and saturated fat by using 1% milk, olive oil, and reduced fat cheese. Unfortunately, I did not reduce the butter in the sauce because it is required for a bechamel sauce. […]
  • Cooking at Home – How It Can Make all the Difference

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    These days, with the economy faltering, people are turning to their home stoves and cookware rather than dialing up for take-out or delivery, or heading to a restaurant. Other times people choose to eat at home because they think it’s healthier and better for the family, and finances are only part of that. Regardless, cooking […]
  • Shrimp Enchiladas

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    I love enchiladas but it is difficult to make a healthy version when lots of meat and cheese are involved. Using shrimp instead cuts the fat down significantly.  I have made shrimp enchiladas before, but these were very spicy and not for a family. This recipe can be shared with your family, as it is […]
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  • Minced meat Egg Kofta

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Minced meat Egg Kofta Kofta balls made from minced meat, egg, channa powder and coriander leaves and various other spices will surely leave you mouth watering. Do check out the recipe for the easiet way to cook it. Ingredients: Minced meat – 250 gm Onion – 1 finely chopped Ghee – 1 tsp Cinnamon Clove Green chilli – 1 chopped Ginger & garlic paste – 1 tsp Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Salt to taste Chana dal – 1 tbsp Boiled Eggs Boiled potato -3 Mint leaves Coriander leaves Egg – 1 Oil for frying Minced meat Egg…
  • Nalli Nihari Gosht

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Nalli Nihari Gosht Ingredients: Lamb Shanks Clarified butter (Ghee) – 2 tbsp Ginger & garlic paste – 1 tsp Chilli powder – 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp Salt to taste Red chilli paste – 1/2 tsp Brown Onion paste – 1 tsp Cashew nut paste – 1 tsp Spice Potli Black Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp Mutton Stock Cardamom, Clove, Star Anise, Cinnamon stick, Bay leaf Gram flour – 1 tbsp Nalli Nihari Gosht Preparation: Add ghee in a pan. Once the ghee is hot, add ginger-garlic paste and saute it. Then, add the lamb shanks, chili powder, coriander…
  • Kala Chana

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Kala Chana Ingredients: Cooked kala chana Fresh grated Coconut Salt to taste Mustard seeds – 1 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp A pinch of Asafoetida powder Oil – 2 tbsp Green chilli – 1 chopped A few Curry leaves Lemon – 1/2 Preparation: Heat oil in a pan, add urad dal and mustard seeds. Once mustard seeds starts to splatter add green chilli, asafoetida powder and curry leaves. Finally add cooked chana (while cooking the chana add little salt) to the tempered ingredients & mix it. Add salt and fresh grated coconut other option you can add raw mango. Squeeze half a…
  • Ridge Gourd Skin Chutney

    27 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Ridge Gourd Skin Chutney Ingredients: Oil – 2 tsp Green chilli – 3 Tomato – 2 A piece of Tamarind Garlic – 2 cloves Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Carrot – 1 finely chopped Onion – 1 finely chopped Salt to taste Coriander leaves For Tempering Oil – 2 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Red chilli – 2 A pinch of Asafoetida powder A few Curry leaves Ridge Gourd Skin Chutney Preparation: Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan. Add ridge gourd skin to it. Add green chillies, tomato, a little tamarind and salt. Mix it well, cover it with a lid…
  • Rava Fish Fry

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    Rava Fish Fry Ingredients: Fish – 250 gms( I used basa fish fillet boneless n skinless) Lemon juice – 1 tsp Salt to taste Ginger, garlic & green chilli paste – 1 tsp Red chili powder – 1 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Rava / Semolina – 4 tbsp Oil for frying Rava Fish Fry Rava Fish Fry Preparation: Marinate the fish piece with lemon juice, salt, ginger, garlic & green chilli paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder & mix it well. Let the fish marinate for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes gently dust the fish with rava & coat well. Heat oil…
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  • 5 Links to Read Before Cooking with Fresh Herbs

    Lauren Kodiak
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master something new in the kitchen. Culinary greatness, here you come. Today: How to make the most of fresh herbs. Fresh herbs are the best way to dress up an otherwise plain dish or drink. They add flavor and color, breathing life into everything from potato salads and soups to cocktails to cookies. But all too often, fresh herbs either wilt or rot shortly after purchase or you're left with an abudance of leftover herbs and no game plan for using them up. Sound familiar? These…
  • The 6 Best Apples for Pie

    Rowan Jacobsen
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Today, James Beard Award-winner Rowan Jacobsen, author of Apples of Uncommon Character, dishes on six apple superstars that will rock your pies. Lucky us. We are in the Second Golden Age of the Apple, with more great new varieties appearing in markets than we’ve seen in decades. But lost amid the snap-crackle-pop of all the Honeycrisps and Jazz of the produce aisle is a sad little secret: Not a one of them is a top-notch baker. For that, we have to hearken back to the First Golden Age of the Apple, the 1700s and 1800s, when more than 7,000 varieties graced American farms, many of them…
  • Collection of the Month: Celebrating the Oven

    Posie Harwood
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Every month, we're picking a new collections theme. Gather together recipes, ingredients, tools, and tips, and at the end of the month, we’ll pick our favorite, most inspiring collection. Share yours in the comments; the winner will get a $100 gift card to our Provisions shop.   Today: Celebrating the oven -- because it’s finally cool enough to turn up the heat. You've all helped shaped our site with your contributions to our recipe contests. Now we want you to help us think bigger: What tools and goods fit alongside recipes and tips to make us cook, eat, and…
  • How to Decorate Your Home for Fall

    Chloe Redmond Warner
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Don't you sometimes wish you had an interior designer on call for advice? Now you do. Chloe Warner from Redmond Aldrich Design is giving us tips to make our homes a little more lovely.  Today: Simple tips for a seasonal fall refresh. It’s not practical to redecorate your entire house four times a year, but a few fall updates can make it feel connected to the season. The trick is to take a cue from nature without overdosing on the traditional red-orange-yellow palette. Just pick one of those warmer colors, combine it with something from the cool end of the…
  • If You Have This, Make That: Pantry Edition

    Gabriella Paiella
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.  Today: Forgot to plan ahead? Here's how make something out of nothing using a few pantry staples.  Sometimes you remember to go grocery shopping, to stock up on seconds at the farmers market, to cook meals on Sunday night so you can have lunches and dinners all week long. Other times you open up your pantry wanting to make pasta and…
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  • Moroccan Beet Salad

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Moroccan Beet Salad is a simple, healthy and beautiful side dish to add to your dinner table. Beet salad is often served as a side dish/salad along with other salads. Because beets are so sweet, we also use them in orange smoothie, which I will post in the future. In Morocco, we usually cook the […] The post Moroccan Beet Salad appeared first on Tajoon.
  • Moroccan Coconut and Semolina Cookies

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Moroccan Coconut and Semolina Cookies is also called Ghoriba with coconut and Semolina. Ghoriba is the traditional Moroccan cookie and it comes in many flavors as most cookies do. Most of the Ghoriba are made with Almonds and semolina, which make them gluten free. These cookies are super easy. They don’t require any fancy equipment. […] The post Moroccan Coconut and Semolina Cookies appeared first on Tajoon.
  • Beef Stew With Potatoes And Carrots

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Beef stew is a great dish to serve during the fall and winter seasons. This might sound strange to a lot of people, but I don’t like summer, I am just not a fan of the heat, especially excessive heat. So I am very excited that the fall season starts today, and I celebrate it […] The post Beef Stew With Potatoes And Carrots appeared first on Tajoon.
  • Chicken With Mushrooms And Saffron

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    As most of the recipes I have been posting, this chicken with mushrooms and saffron is a healthy, easy and loaded with flavor. I often make chicken with mushrooms and broccoli for a quick weeknight dinner.  But this time, I thought I’d change the flavor a bit and cook the chicken with saffron instead of […] The post Chicken With Mushrooms And Saffron appeared first on Tajoon.
  • Broccoli And Cauliflower Gratin

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Broccoli and cauliflower are a great source of vitamin C. But let’s be honest, they can be just a tad boring. Making them into a gratin will jazz them up a bit and give them more flavor. Also, this broccoli and cauliflower gratin is a great substitute for Mc & Cheese if you are looking […] The post Broccoli And Cauliflower Gratin appeared first on Tajoon.
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  • Spicy Mongolian Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Stir-Fry

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Craving something spicy and slightly sweet? Despite what the name suggests, Mongolian beef doesn’t actually trace its roots back to Mongolian cuisine. Neither the cooking method or the ingredients have anything to do with the country of Mongolia. The name only implies that it’s “exotic”. I can only say that the picture doesn’t do this dish justice – this was spectacularly delicious – since we were only two, even better with the little leftovers that remained the next day. Mongolian beef is essentially the creation of early Chinese immigrants who aspired to win over…
  • Warm Baby Potato and Smoked Salmon Salad

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    After a few days working in Stockholm, I was inspired by the simplicity of Swedish food. It may not be know as being the destination of culinary excellence, but there is more to it than just those iconic meatballs sold at Ikea. Among the delicious crispbread (knäckebröd), their menus brim with fish. Salmon, mackerel and herring, all kinds of white fish, raw, cured, steamed, you name it…served with dill potatoes or yellow boiled potatoes. Simple and puristic. I was told by a colleague that typically Scandinavians eat six portions a week, that’s 3 times more that what we’re…
  • Black Bean Vegetarian Chili

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I have been a long time fan of chili and my mind still races back to when I was 22 years old and first discovered and fell in love with vegetarian chili. It was one of my first “real” jobs and the cafe next door served the most fabulous chili ever. I can ever remember how the owner looked, she was plump, you know, plump in a great way. Like I imagine a great aunt who is always smiling and loves to bake, and laugh and keep everyone happy. Well, that came through in her chili. What I loved the most about it was that it was packed full of vegetables, things I never expected to be…
  • Sicilian-Style Stew with Swordfish, Tiger Prawns and Scallops

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Shortly before my 15th birthday, I landed a job at a swank Italian restaurant down the road from where I lived. The owner — I was utterly impressed by him — he must have been in his late fifties, maybe older. Though at 15, everyone seemed older. However, with his white hair (what remained of it) and his perfectly coifed self with ascot and all (seriously!) it was a dead giveaway, definitely early sixties. He also sported a very classy and stunning girlfriend at his side. Blond, young, but not too young, perhaps late thirties, and straight out of a fifties film. These two had style…
  • Buttermilk Red Currant Muffins

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I absolutely love red currants. Native to Asia and Western Europe, these little gems were thought to be among the original foods consumed by the Palaeolithic people. Yes, they’ve been around forever! Being a fan of tart fruits and berries, I don’t actually recall seeing currants all that often in my years of living Vancouver. Or perhaps I was blind to them. Whatever the case, you can imagine how excited I was when I moved to Hamburg and discovered half a dozen or more massive bushes in my backyard. Okay, short-lived excitement, which led to disappointment pretty quickly. The first…
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  • Methi Matar Malai

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This recipe is dedicated to my big sister. As all big sisters should be, she is my biggest cheerleader. This is one of her favorite dishes that she has requested. This is a super easy version of the recipe (especially for her), so no need to slave over the stove!  Methi Matar Malai roughly translates to peas in a creamy fenugreek sauce. It is a restaurant favorite in India but strangely, I never see on the menu in Indian restaurants here in NZ. It is a beautifully flavorful, creamy and nutty dish. I use Kasuri Methi (i.e dried fenugreek leaves) in this dish and I believe that this…
  • Ma's Home Cooking : Aloo Posto

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    My blog posts (and diet) have become fairly meaty in the last few weeks and I am starting to crave the simplicity of some good old vegetarian classics. To a bong, there is no vegetarian dish more classic than 'Aloo Posto' - A simple potato dish cooked with poppy seeds. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a boring dish though, because it is packed full of flavor. Oh, and enjoy your tryptophan induced food coma!Yield - Serves 2-3Prep Time - 5 Minutes plus overnight soakingCook Time - 25 MinutesAloo Posto - A Bengali ClassicIngredients4 Tablespoons - Poppy Seeds*1/2 Cup - Water3 - Potatoes1/2…
  • Game Night Beer Chili

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    I love game nights! They are a fantastic way to get a group of people to relax, unwind and have an absolute ball of a time. My voice is still a bit hoarse from all the screaming and laughing during our last game night. Food, wine and 'Taboo' are sure shot ingredients for a smashing fun evening. Chili is an easy choice for game night food. It can feed a crowd and you can mix things up with a variety of toppings. Best of all, it tastes better the next day, so you can make it ahead of time for a stress free game night. The only thing to watch out for is the average heat tolerance of…
  • Murgh Methi - Chicken Curry with Fenugreek Leaves

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Last week, I competed in the Tough Guy/Gal challenge in Rotorua, a 6K obstacle course through mud, cold cold water and mainly...manure! It was my second time at the mud run, I participated last year as well. It was fun enough that I got suckered into doing it again.This year though, I did not train for it at all, so my ambition really was to not die in the mud. I am happy to report that not only did I manage to complete the course, I also beat my time from last year, which felt really awesome.For about a day.The next day I got really sick!After a week of battling a horrible beast of a cold,…
  • Pepper Steak Stir Fry with Black Bean Sauce

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Stir fries are the perfect weeknight lifesavers. They are highly customizable, healthy and ridiculously easy to put together. There are just three things you need to keep in mind to create the perfect stir fry:1) Prep all of the ingredients before you start cooking. So slice the meat, chop the vegetables and the herbs before you even think of putting the wok/ skillet on the stove top.2) Cook everything fast and on high heat. This is quick work, the veggies will get soggy and over cooked if you take too long to cook them. Unfortunately, most domestic stove tops are not nearly as hot as…
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    The Eat More Food Project

  • Thai Chicken Cakes (Tod Mun Gai) with Cucumber Relish

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You already know about my love for Thai food (here) and my love of cakes/patties (here), and today we are combining the two! These are really light, flavorful chicken patties with a very “springy” texture. Even though they are pan fried, they have the texture of a good sausage – a nice pop as your teeth pierce the outer layer and lots of tender and moist meat inside. They are slightly adapted from Thai Fresh’s Tod Man Kai Fried Chicken Cakes to really bring up the heat and make them spicier. The fresh green beans add a great crunch. You’ll want to serve them…
  • Greek Gyro Salad

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Do we still have time for another salad recipe before our thoughts turn to all things warm and comforting?? Good! Because this salad is ridiculously good. This was my first time making homemade gyro meat. It wasn’t complicated, but it does take a little bit of time to do it right. The recipe for the meat comes straight from the amazing J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats and you can find it here: Greek-American Lamb Gyros, with a quick photo recap below. Stop at the completion of Step 2 of Kenji’s recipe when the gyro meat is cooked and comes out of the oven. Now onto our salad:…
  • Baja Fish Salad

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Are you a kitchen dancer? Certain songs are just made for dancing around your kitchen, singing at the top of your lungs – mainly those with lyrics that are total nonsense. Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do? Mama say mama sah mama koo sah? Su su sudio? Galileo Galileo will you do the fandango? Whatever Snow is saying in that song Informer?? This, super easy, Baja Fish Taco Salad is perfect for turning on your favorite nonsense lyric song, singing wildly into your carrot microphone, and still putting something really impressive on the dinner table. Other than baking the fish, it’s…
  • Pickled Red Onions

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    My husband and I honeymooned in Mexico on Isla Mujeres, a small island. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, but our wedding guests generously sprang for us to eat and drink all over the island and tool around on golf carts. One of the things I enjoyed particularly were the pickled red onions. Even though these are made with strong, white vinegar, the flavor is really balanced because of the fruit juices. Put this on errrrrythang (click each phrase for pictures) – burgers, steaks, greens, deviled eggs, bagels with cream cheese, potato salad, BBQ Chicken Brats with Spicy Mustard. This…
  • Pork Stir Fry with Scallion Sauce

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Surprise!! If you are keeping up with me via RSS or email, this post will come as a big surprise. I’ve changed the schedule to posting every Monday morning to start off the week on the right note! What was I thinking sending my recipes out on Fridays when everyone’s thoughts are on takeout and sweats and watermelon beer?? Okay, moving along…. I love a good stir fry. After a long day at work or when it’s too hot to be in the kitchen for long, they are the best. Once you get all your ingredients chopped and ready to go, the dish is done very quickly. When I was thinking…
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  • Are you a home baker? Try these 6 alternative ingredients

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’re not a regular home baker my guess is that you’ll nearly always have an ingredient missing from your store cupboard when the urge comes upon you to bake. I’m a keen baker and so in my store cupboard I have a regular stock of baking ingredients but on the odd occasion I’ve used alternative ingredients when I haven’t had time to stock up.A cake such as a Swiss roll can be baked with just 3 ingredients, sugar, eggs and plain flour. However delicious, the variety and taste is limiting. Fat, flavourings and raisings agents are all added to make baking and tasting more…
  • Scrumptious September Warmers – Meal Plan

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
  • School Lunches; How to Get Them Right

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Packing school lunches for your kids can be one of the most nightmarish tasks there is. With schools sending healthy eating guidelines and fussy children who refuse to eat the healthy food that has been prepared for them, this can be a real area of strife for parents and kids. It’s so upsetting to see a warm egg sandwich squished in the bottom of the bag after a long day at school. Or worse still, the thought that your young ones may have thrown them in the bin.However, with all the creative, colourful lunch boxes and bags currently available on the market, it is true that lunches can be…
  • 9 Natural Energy Boosting Foods Backed by Science

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Feeling tired? That’s to be expected if you’ve just done an 80 hour week or been up all night or have just run a few miles. For the rest of us, being alert, focused and feeling full of beans should be fairly typical. However, on the occasions we hit a wall of lethargy, look no further than your diet for foods that supply your body with calories and nutrients to give you the energy you need. These 9 foods are back by strong scientific advice to provide lots of energy in your busy, active life! No excuse for my daily 30 minute walk now.1. NutsWe’ve been told that snacking on nuts…
  • Quick and Healthy Dinners – Meal Plan

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
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    Chef Masterclasses

  • Gluten Free Omelette with Semi Dried Tomato, Spinach and Fetta

    Chef Masterclasses
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    We had such a great time at Valley Park free-range farm, that we wanted to share another eggy recipe with you – a gluten-free omelette, with semi-dried tomatoes, spinach and fetta. Easy, quick & healthy for any time of the day. Pin It
  • Prawn and Scallop Risotto

    Chef Masterclasses
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    INGREDIENTS 12 prawns 12 scallops 400gm Carnaroli risotto rice 2.5lts fish stock 75ml white wine 75gm diced butter 1 small onion, finely diced ½ bunch chives, finely sliced Squeeze lemon juice METHOD Gently heat 20gm of the butter in the bottom of a heavy base pot until it melts, add the diced onion and sweat off for 4 to 5 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent. Increase to a medium heat and add the rice. Stir the rice continuously until the grain is ‘toasted’, or feels warmed evenly in your hand. Season the rice lightly at this point and adjust the seasoning again at…
  • Cinnamon French Toast with Crispy Bacon and Maple

    Chef Masterclasses
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 8 thick slices of Sourdough, preferably a day or two old 4 eggs ½  cup cream ½  cup milk 2 tbs caster sugar 1 tsp cinnamon butter , for frying 1 tbs olive oil 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon maple syrup, to serve METHOD Whisk eggs, cream, milk, sugar and cinnamon together in a medium sized bowl. Heat a large fry pan over medium to high heat and fry bacon until crispy. Set aside and cover with foil to keep warm. Soak two or three slices of bread at a time for a few minutes each. In the same fry pan add a knob of butter and fry slices of bread for a few minutes on each…
  • Indonesian Eggs

    Chef Masterclasses
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Here’s a super easy (and healthy!) take on Indonesian Eggs, cooked with free range eggs from Valley Park Farms! Serves 2 INGREDIENTS 2 x eggs 1 x cup of mixed shredded Asian veggies 1 x cup fresh bean shoots 1 x cup pre-cooked brown rice 1 tablespoon mild chilli sambal ¼ cup of toasted peanuts (optional) ¼ cup of torn fresh coriander METHOD Get your wok or fry-pan nice and hot, and wilt down the shredded Asian veggies and the bean shoot. Add the rice & combine until the rice is heated through and remove to a serving plate. Fry two eggs until yolks are set and slide them onto your…
  • We Visit Valley Park Farms

    Chef Masterclasses
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    We were blown away by not only the caring staff and the actual set up of Valley Park farm in Seymour, Victoria, but also the happy, healthy chooks, pecking and scratching and just being happy chickens, in a massive expanse of glorious farm land. I was able to have a chat to Ralph Burd and Morry Wroby (owners) about the farm, so I could show you all what a true ‘free range egg farm’ looks like.   Pin It
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    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Although one of the main benefits of making your own nut butter at home is that it’s cheaper, I like to make it as I find it fun. I love watching the nuts breakdown and gradually change form into a delicious nut butter. So, some may find it time consuming, but I think it’s definitely worth it. Another positive about making this yourself is that you get to control the ingredients! Lots of premade nut butters have sugar and other unhealthy ingredients packed into them. By making your own, you can make sure you create a nut butter that’s actually nutritious! Also, it gives you…

    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    So these actually began as raw date caramel, which turned into a peanut butter caramel and eventually became these crunchy energy bites by combining them with puffed quinoa! To be honest, you could quite easily enjoy the peanut butter caramel alone as a dip, spread or even as an indulgent centre for a chocolate! There are just so many possibilities for this versatile recipe! Today, I toasted some puffed quinoa to give the caramel a light bite and create the perfect crispy treat. These remind me of the delicious caramel crispy bars I used to enjoy as a child, and I am so glad to share this…

    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    If you love nutella like I do, you’re bound to enjoy this recipe. The taste of these truffles is just like the smooth, rich and nutty spread which many of us enjoy. What I love most about these little bites of joy, is the way they seamlessly melt away in your mouth like butter. These make such a great chocolate hit that nobody would be able to resist. I simply rolled these up into balls to make the truffles, but I also think they would work great dipped in chocolate or dusted with cocoa for extra decoration. Either way, I hope you find them as delicious as I did!   Chocolate…

    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Just when I thought I couldn’t eat any more chocolate today, I had to come up with these. These are the sweetest, richest, best whoopie pies I’ve made to date – and that’s including any traditional ones I’ve made. I honestly don’t think anyone would be able to tell that these were free from gluten, dairy, eggs or refined sugar. I can’t stop eating these. Although they’re simple to make, they would easily impress any guest. I hope you fall in love with these chocolate indulgences as much as I do!   Double Chocolate Whoopie Pies – makes…

    Harriet Emily (Harriet Smith)
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Today, I was craving something a bit different for my lunch, so decided to create this dish. Sometimes, you don’t feel like eating an entire curry dish, as they can be very filling. However, I still wanted to enjoy the flavours and spices of a curry. For my curried chickpea recipe, I decided to add lots of spice to stir fried vegetables and create a small amount of sauce. This way, I was able to enjoy the indian flavours I love, held together by the chickpeas and vegetables, absorbing most of the tomatoes juice, to create a light and delicious meal.   Curried Chickpeas –…
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  • Protein Power Pancakes

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    These are a healthy modification of a recipe Tanya’s friend Laura used to whip up after a late night of dancing. Serve these tender and delicious pancakes with warm pure maple syrup, a teaspoon of yogurt or sour cream sprinkled with sugar, or a dab of your favorite jam. 2 large eggs 3/4 cup reduced-fat (2%) milk 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 cup whole milk ricotta, preferably organic 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose fl our 1/3 cup whole-wheat fl our 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 1.Place the whole eggs (in the shell) in…
  • Kiss of Honey Wheat Biscuits

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    A sprinkling of cinnamon sugar makes these generous golden biscuits a special treat for breakfast, and they are quick to mix up. Serve them warm with a smidgen of cream cheese and fresh fruit. 2/3 cup sour cream 1/3 cup milk 3 tablespoons honey 1 cup whole-wheat fl our  1 cup plain cake fl our (not self- rising), plus a little more for dusting 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small dice  1/2 teaspoons sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, for sprinkling 1.Preheat the oven to 425°F. 2.Stir the sour…
  • Bursting Berry Muffins

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    You can enjoy these muffins any time of the year, because they are made with frozen berries. If you like, before baking you can sprinkle the muffin tops with cinnamon sugar for added crispiness. To make two dozen, simply double the recipe and bake in two muffin pans, one in the upper third and one in the lower third of the oven. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 2 large eggs, at room temperature 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon fi ne salt 1 cup unbleached all-purpose fl our 1/2 cup whole milk 2/3 cup whole-wheat fl our 1/3 cup…
  • Ba- Ba Banana Bread

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    This quick kids breakfast bread  comes from an old English recipe Tanya’s grandmother used, but Tanya has made it more nutritious. She replaced the usual two sticks of butter with buttermilk and a bit of oil, and the white flour with whole-wheat flour, making it great for breakfast or a lunch box dessert. For best results, use very ripe bananas. 2 cups whole-wheat fl our 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 2 large eggs 3/4 cup sugar 4 very ripe medium bananas, coarsely mashed with a fork 1/3 cup buttermilk 1…
  • Yankee Doodle Corn Bread

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    This not-too-sweet corn bread is best served soon after baking, split and spread with a bit of soft salted butter. Serve the bread with eggs, soup, or barbecued meats. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 2/3 cups yellow cornmeal 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose fl our 1/3 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper fl akes (optional) 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3 large eggs 1/2 cups milk 1.Place the butter in a 10-inch cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, transfer to the oven, and turn the oven to 375°F. 2.Combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, crushed red…
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  • Portuguese Yolk Cheese Cupcakes

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    This Yolk Cheese Cupcakes recipe gives you the right amount of ingredients for 6 units. It’s great to serve in an afternoon tea when you have some friends over. Ingredients for the dough: Jelly to brush the cupcakes Dough 4.4 ounces (125 grams) of sugar 4.4 ounces (125 grams) of butter 1 egg 8.8 ounces […]The post Portuguese Yolk Cheese Cupcakes appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.Related recipes:Pear Pie Apple Puff Pie Yogurt and Lemon Cake Recipe
  • Seafood Sticks Crepes

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    This is a great recipe, very easy to make and it also has the advantage of being healthy! Ingredients: For the crepes: 2 eggs 1 cup(2 decilitres) of milk 7 ounces (200 grams) of flour 3 1/2 tablespoons (1.7 ounces / 50 grams) of melted butter salt 2 tablespoons of oil For the filling: 1 […]The post Seafood Sticks Crepes appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.Related recipes:Coffee Ice-Cream Octopus Fricassee
  • Delicious Pie Recipe

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    This recipe is perfect for afternoon tea, but you can also serve it as a great desert. Ingredients for the pie: Pastry to linen the pie 3 1/2 tablespoons (1.7 ounces / 50 grams) lard 5 teaspoons (0.88 ounces / 25 grams) margarine 9 tablespoons (4.4 ounces / 125 grams) flour Salt and water to […]The post Delicious Pie Recipe appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.Related recipes:Coconut Roulade Yogurt and Lemon Cake Recipe
  • Coffee Ice-Cream

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Coffee ice-cream is a true delight! It’s a fresh and delicious recipe. Ingredients: 1 can of condensed milk 2 expressos 13.2 fl.oz (4 decilitres) of cream 2 egg whites 2 tablespoons of sugar 1.7 ounces (50 grams) of butter cookies Caramel sauce and wafer sticks to your taste How to make Coffee Ice-cream: Start by […]The post Coffee Ice-Cream appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.Related recipes:Yogurt and Lemon Cake Recipe Caramel Cake Coated with Walnuts Seafood Sticks Crepes
  • Yogurt and Lemon Cake Recipe

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    This is a delicious and easy recipe. The yogurt and lemon cake is a great snack for children to take with them to school. Ingredients: 7.8 ounces (220 grams) of sugar 3.3 fl.oz (1 decilitre) of milk 5 eggs 1 plain flavour yogurt 7.8 ounces (220 grams) of flour 1/2 lemon (you’ll use both the […]The post Yogurt and Lemon Cake Recipe appeared first on Recipes, Easy and Healthy.Related recipes:English Fruit Cake Caramel Cake Coated with Walnuts Portuguese Yolk Cheese Cupcakes
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  • Batik Cake

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Batik cake was a childhood favorite of mine. I remember visiting friends and relatives during celebrations and at least one or two of the house we visited would definitely serve batik cake. Looking back at the time, I had no idea it was made of chocolate. To me, all that mattered was that it was delicious and plentiful. Imagine the mind-blow when I first found out. So that’s why it’s so good. I did know that it was made of Marie biscuits though and I thought it was pretty cool that something so delicious contained a biscuit named after yours truly. At least, I like to think of it that…
  • Easy Homemade Pizza Crust

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Still riding on the sugar high from my cinnamon rolls, I was raring to make something else with yeast. There’s just something about being elbow-deep in flour working that bread dough I find quite magical. Perhaps it’s seeing the combination of simple ingredients transforming into a product that looks nothing like what it’s made of. Or maybe it’s the fluffiliciousness you get from freshly baked breadOr that delightful smell. I contemplated making cinnamon rolls again, but I figured it would be best, health-wise at least, if I stayed away from anything…
  • Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    I was watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty last weekend when there was a scene where 2 men (I’m not gonna say who lest any of you haven’t seen it) sat down at the airport to eat their cinnamon rolls. My brother who was also watching with me – despite sweating out a high fever – suddenly turned to me and said, “Bi, that’s what I want. We need a Cinnabon in Miri.” I was caught off guard because those were the first few words he had spoken with such clarity since he got sick. To think that the mere sight of a Cinnabon could work through the fog…
  • Shepherd’s Pie

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    After several diabetes-inducing albeit delectable sweets, I figured it’d be nice to have a savory recipe for a change. I used to make shepherd’s pie in college because it was so easy to make, and very convenient. I could make an entire batch over the weekend to last me through the week. For some reason, when I was in college I could eat the same thing five days in a row, lunch and dinner. The thought of it now scares me, but with all that was expected of us as students, who had time to cook? I mean, that episode of  CSI wasn’t gonna watch itself, right? Anyway start off with…
  • Simple Vanilla Cupcake

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:34 pm
    I was feeling quite demoralized after trying out a couple of recipes for green tea cupcake. I wanted it to be like the one I used to get from the RT pastry house in KL but I couldn’t seem to achieve the same fluffiness. Having to wash dishes without the incentive of a yummy cupcake afterwards is quite depressing, so to cheer myself up I decided to do my go-to no-fail classic vanilla cupcake. “The remedy for failed cupcakes is more cupcakes?” you may ask. Wait, I can explain. First off, this recipe has only seven ingredients which is great because fewer ingredients mean…
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