You know those days when you wake up and your heart just feels full? Yep, right here. Full. And inspired. And humbled. And thankful. Wishing you all a great and meaningful weekend. Read more So, I did a juice cleanse earlier this week. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right? Well, since these cookies have peanut butter and banana in them, maybe that can at least partially count as health food. ;) Read more I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. Read more Read more
Homemade Chicken NuggetsThese homemade chicken nuggets had the right texture, flavor and consistency of a standard McDonald’s Chicken McNugget. However, it still tasted leaner (healthier) probably because I trimmed all the fat off the chicken pieces. Scroll to the end of this post for the printable recipe. I used a mixture of chicken breast meat and thigh meat, hoping the thigh meat would add some extra richness, flavor and moistness after frying. I remember back in the old days, McDonald’s used to only use dark meat, that’s when I liked them the most. You can use all dark meat if you wish, if you do, let me know how they turn out. It was easier than I thought it would be. Homemade Chicken Nuggets (approx. 30 nuggets) adapted from For The Love Of Food Ingredients: 2 lbs. Directions: 1) Heat oil in a heavy-duty skillet (like a cast iron skillet) on medium-high heat while preparing the chicken nuggets â it should be ready to work with once half of your nuggets are ready to go in. Homemade Chicken Nuggets : Easy
Annie's Eats22 Ways To Get Your Vegan Snack Attack OnIt must be snacking season because I’ve had a lot of emails lately asking for some healthy vegan snack ideas and I thought it was a great idea for a post. Many of the recipes below are also some of the most popular snack recipes of 2011, so I will also add this post to my Top Recipes of 2011 page for easy reference. Ready to get your vegan snack attack on? 1. My all-time favourite cracker and quite possibly one of the top 3 recipes so far in 2012. 2. Enjoy this ultra-creamy, thick, and energizing smoothie, with a hint of orange that will help keep those cold bugs at bay! 3. Love dipping your finger into a bowl of cake batter? 3. Just like my favourite salt and vinegar chips, but better. 4. Incredibly easy to make. 5. Growing up, I always loved strawberry nutri-grain bars. 6. Adapted from the lovely Heather, this almond butter is the best thing to pair with a juicy apple or drizzled over fruit. 7. 8. 9. 10. for the rest click the link to continue… 11. Simple. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19.
no-bake energy bitesI probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government. Good grief, I won’t even go there. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Pasta. When life is good, and when life gets crazy, I turn to pasta. And just as it has for years, this one hit the spot. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. Read more Read more I’ve always said that I like a good balance of cooking and baking in my life.
Slutty BrowniesNow I don’t want to over sell this, so I’m going to be conservative and simply say, that these are… The Best Brownies In The WORLD. I know, big statement. They’re called Slutty Brownies because they’re oh so easy, and more than a little bit filthy. They’re best served warm from the oven, with good quality vanilla ice cream (devastatingly I didn’t have any in the freezer this time, so I guess I’ll just have to make them again). They take about 45mins to make, including baking time. The ultimate comfort food, whipped up within the hour. You will need… 1 Box of cookie mix, 1 Box of brownie mix, 2 Eggs, 2 Packs of Oreos (double stuffed ones are even better if you can find them) Some oil & your favourite ice-cream (optional) Preheat your oven to 350F, 180C, gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Squidge (technical term) the cookie dough into a lined baking tray, until it covers the bottom. Cover this layer with your Oreos. Mix up your brownie batter. & pour over your Oreos. Bake for 30mins.
Romancing the StoveGastronomiz22 The Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired food creationsIf you have or had young kids at home, you probably are familiar with the famous kid's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This after school snack for my son was made from Babybel cheese, green apple, a little piece of cheese slice and fruit leather. Pretty fun and healthy, isn't it? Also, check out these The Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired food creations I found: The Hungry Caterpillar's snack idea from Gourmet Mom On The Go Cute caterpillar cookies from Cake Walk A set of The Very Hungry Caterpillar cookies from Kneadacookie on Flickr Paint your caterpillar on royal icing. Buy personalized chocolate covered Oreo caterpillar cookies for 2.25 each from Parties "r" Personal Mini sandwiches for The Very Hungry Caterpillar party from Mini Mocha The Very Hungry Caterpillar cupcakes from Coco Cake Caterpillar cake pops from Be Different Act Normal. Muffin tin snack- caterpillar style from The Masked Mommy The Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake from Sugarypink via Cake Central
gimme some ovenFood for My Family: Recipes, menus, cooking tips, gardening and more.Episode 1 - Pan-Roasted Shrimp with Wisconsin Aged Parmesan | Favorite Foods with Chef Michael SymonServings: 4-6 Ingredients: 2 shallots, minced (about 2 tablespoons)1 clove garlic, mincedKosher salt and ground black pepperJuice of 2 lemons1/2 cup (4 ounces) extra virgin olive oil plus 1 tablespoon for shrimp1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved1 cup freshly cooked or canned white beans, such as cannellini1 cup (about 4 ounces) Wisconsin Parmesan Cheese, cut in small dice1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined Cooking Directions: Place shallots and garlic in mixing bowl. Pan-roast shrimp: Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in sauté pan. Add warm shrimp to prepared mixture and toss.