Must-Have Cooking and Food Mobile Apps

  Gone are the days of leisurely thumbing through tome-sized cooked books in search for that perfect recipe. Sadly, it seems like cookbooks are becoming relics used more often as coffee table books or as decorative pieces that simply adorn our kitchen shelves (although, I’m in the minority and still love to go through my cookbook faves: Homemade with Love, Silver Palate Cookbook and Small Plates Sweet Treats) . As our lives become increasingly fast-paced and pressure-filled- with multi-tasking becoming the norm- many people are … [Read more...]

Secret Recipe Club: Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Yay!  It’s my favorite day of the month, I get to reveal my Secret Recipe Club assignment for January. I’m honored to be a part of this diverse international group of food bloggers.  In case you forgot, everyone in the Secret Recipe Club gets “assigned” a blog from which we are supposed to pick a dish to cook.  But, it’s all done in secrecy.  It isn’t until the ultimate reveal day (today) that everyone showcases their dishes and discovers who’s been their secret foodie link.  This club has provided me valuable exposure to blogs I might not … [Read more...]

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

How many times have you been stumped, trying to figure out a vegetable side to your dinner? I was so tired of steaming and sauteeing broccoli (and so were my kids).   When I discovered Brussels sprouts (note proper spelling) I felt as if I had truly turned a corner and opened up a whole new realm of veggie possibilities. I introduced the first Brussels sprouts recipe sautéed with some chunks of bacon and hot maple syrup.  I had hoped the salty and sweet toppings would draw the attention away from the fact that is was labeled a "mystery … [Read more...]

Breville Panini Maker Giveaway

Who doesn’t love a nice warm perfectly pressed Panini? I’m drooling over the thought of a veggie-based Panini filled pesto and warm melted mozzarella cheese. My daughter would love a turkey and cheese Panini with tomatoes, basil, olive oil and pesto. My son loves a salami filler. No matter your preference, hands down, fresh Panini sandwiches are tasty and delicious. How many times have you ordered a Panini at a restaurant and wished you could replicate all that warm goodness in the comforts of your own kitchen? Imagine sinking … [Read more...]