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Mouthwatering Cheesy Maple Bacon Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Lunch provided on behalf of the National Pork Board How often do you feed your family pork? I admit that I am guilty of always feeding my family steak, chicken, and fish on a regular basis. Recently, my friends have been talking a lot about their kids finding a love in the different pork dishes that they have been serving their families. Pork is known to be a healthier meat, and is just as lean as a skinless chicken breast. When the National Pork Board offered to bring my family lunch for the day, I couldn’t resist so that my kids could have a chance to try the protein that everyone seems to be talking about. I took the kids for an afternoon at the park, and once we got home, a local chef delivered us a handmade pork...

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Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Primavera Recipe

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Bounty My kids love when I make pasta, however, I don’t love the mess that it makes in my kitchen. There is always sauce splatter on the stovetop, and unless the kids properly wash there plates then I’m stuck with hard to clean pasta sauce on the dishes the next morning. Once I discovered the new Bounty with Dawn ultra-durable paper towels, I don’t even question making pasta for my kids anymore. The 2-in-1 paper towel easily fights grease and mealtime mess with just one disposable sheet. In celebration of discovering this cool new product, I made a delicious sun-dried tomato pasta primavera recipe, that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you. Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Primavera Recipe Ingredients: 1 package of your kids favorite pasta 1 bottle of marinara sauce 2...

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Delicious Chicken Tostada Recipe

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Instead of having our traditional Taco Tuesday, we mixed it up this week by having Tostada Tuesday. With my husband working late, and one kid at baseball practice, I had to figure out a recipe that could be served at different times throughout the evening. When making the recipe I realized that it is my all-new favorite weeknight dinner recipe. It is so simple to make, can be prepared in less than 10 minutes, and everyone in my family loved it (even my picky eater). The toppings for the tostada can be made in advance (win-win for mom). Ingredients for the topping: 3 Tbl. olive oil 2 tea. garlic 1/2 package of “Just Chicken” pre-cooked strips from Trader Joe’s (you can use other branded pre-cooked chicken strips) 1/4 red onion 1 zucchini 1 cup of corn 1 cup of...

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Birds Nest Cookie Tutorial

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Easter, Family, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

I love Spring. The beautiful flowers, amazing weather and the sounds of singing birds. When the birds first laid their eggs in the small bird house on the edge of our front porch, I surprised the kid’s by making birds nest cookies for their afternoon snack. The cookies are super simple to make, and kid’s love them! Whether you’re looking for a tasty Easter dessert or just a fun treat to give to your kids this Springtime, then these birds nest cookies are guaranteed to be a hit with your kids. What do I need to make them? Baked sugar cookies (your own recipe or pre-made dough) Pastel green food coloring White icing Hershey’s chocolate eggs (pastel) Plastic icing bag and tip (can be found in the making grocery isle) How do I make them? Freshly bake your sugar...

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Kid-Friendly Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Family, Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

I have tried so many different versions of chicken tortilla soup before finalizing this kid-friendly version that even my picky eater will eat for dinner. The soup requires very little work, and can simmer on the stovetop while working on the kids homework. When looking for a simple and delicious weeknight dinner for your family then this soup is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Kid-Friendly Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients: 1 lb. chicken (I used a rotisserie from the grocery store and used most of the meat) 1 onion 1 tea. cumin 2 garlic cloves 2 Tbl. Olive oil 2 cups of chicken broth 1 can of diced tomatoes 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies 1 cup of corn Optional 1/2 cup of water Directions: 1. In a dutch oven on high heat add olive oil, onion,...

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Vegan Lentil and Vegetable Stew Recipe

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

I love everything about my crockpot, especially on a busy weeknight when I’m shuffling the kids to and from their activities and I have no time to cook. It is a time saver, a life saver, and seriously, you can put just about anything into it, leave the house, and it does the cooking for you?!?! It’s just about as good as having your own private chef, minus the clean up of course. My friend shared this recipe with me years ago and my kids go crazy over it. I typically serve it up with some jasmine rice and it’s a tasty, hearty, and nutritious meal for the whole family. Go ahead and empty out the refrigerator. If you don’t have the exact ingredients just use what you have in the kitchen. You can’t go wrong with this recipe!...

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Richard Blais Adds Sizzle To Baker Ranch Unveiling

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Events, Giveaways, Recipes | 3 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue Saturday Baker Ranch, Lake Forest’s resort style master-planned community went all out with a Grand Unveiling event featuring appetizers by Suzanne’s Catering, smoothies, tours of model homes by Toll Brothers and Shea Homes, plans for the community’s Promenade Park, live music, massages by Spa Gregorie, synchronized swimming demos, and my personal favorite part of the day, a cooking demo with Top Chef Winner and 2014 James Beard Award nominee, Richard Blais. Blais packed the beautifully equipped party room of Baker Ranch’s luxurious Grove Clubhouse charming his audience with humor and stories, providing tips on upping your cooking game should “Tony Bourdain show up” for dinner, all while walking us through how to make his gluten free pasta dish, Buckwheat Spaccatelli with Broccoli Pesto. This pesto was made with finely chopped broccoli...

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes With A Twist

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  Without a doubt one of my top two favorite things in the world to do is spend an evening with family or friends or both cooking a wonderful meal. Two weeks ago my niece, Madi was on Christmas break from her first semester in college and I was beyond honored that she wanted to spend her very last evening home cooking a dinner with her mom and me. So what was Madi’s last dinner request? Chimichurri steak over arugula with roasted sweet potatoes. My sister Shan and I got to work on the chimichurri while Madi replicated her good friend Bryce’s sweet potato recipe. I have to admit I had my own idea of what I wanted my roasted sweet potatoes to taste like going in. Thyme, olive oil, salt… roasted. But Madi was raving about Bryce’s version...

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Mickey Mouse Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Disney, Recipes | 1 comment

Disney Side party was sponsored by Disney M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! When planning our upcoming Disney Side party, I wanted to try and make a healthy “Mickey Mouse” themed snack for the kids. While walking through the produce department of our grocery store, I thought that blueberries and strawberries would somehow be able to come together to make a Mickey Mouse themed snack…I had no idea that they would end up being so cute. When we got home and started make the treat, everything came together…but I felt like it was missing something. So, I went onto Facebook, to seek some advice from my friends, and with a little brainstorming we were all able to figure out exactly what was missing to perfect the treat. Supplies needed: You’ll want to get a package of strawberries that are mostly round. Toothpicks Blueberries...

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Sweet and Savory Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini Recipe

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Featured, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Making a romantic dinner for your honey this Valentine’s Day? Maybe like me you have a Valentine’s Day themed party and are looking for a festive dish that captures the holiday. These easy to make Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini are a perfect blend of sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy. Crispy baguette toasts are topped with a creamy mascarpone mixture and topped with a heart shaped strawberry that’s been resting in a luxurious bath of chocolate balsamic vinegar. Turbinado sugar lends a satisfying crunch and sweetness with roasted pistachios countering with a bit of salt. The basil adds a perfectly paired herbal note for the strawberries. Appetizer or dessert? You decide! Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Crostini [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:45] Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and...

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Garlic and Prosciutto Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Family, Featured, Recipes, Shopping | 2 comments

samples provided With a son who has severe food allergies, olive oil is the only oil that I am able to cook with in my house. It is also one of my favorite ingredients to use to experiment with new recipes, especially after discovering We Olive in San Juan Capistrano. During the kids holiday break, we went to San Juan Capistrano to play at Zoomar’s Petting Zoo and to have lunch when I stumbled upon the boutique store, We Olive. Inside the store, was every kind of olive oil I every could have ever dreamed possible. I left with a couple different bottles of flavored olive oils and have been creating new recipes with the oils including this delicious garlic and prosciutto flatbread recipe. It was my first time making a flatbread, so I learned the do’s and don’ts...

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Spicing Up Super Bowl Sunday With Tandoori Cauliflower

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. Maybe you’re hosting a party or maybe you’re going to one… and maybe you’re looking for a unique appetizer that is on the healthier but still oh so flavorful side to balance out all of those delicious but sinful wings, nachos, and creamy artichoke party foods that are sure to tempt you. This easy Tandoori Cauliflower recipe compliments of Seven Happy Seeds’ owner Sujata is perfectly paired with Naan and a Cucumber Raita to cool down the heat of the Tandoori spice for an appetizer sure to please no matter whose team is winning. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:42] If you would like to purchase please email the owner of Seven Happy Seeds, Sujata Chiplunkar, [email protected] Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the...

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Tamarind of London Rose Petal Martini Recipe

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Love is in the air and Tamarind of London is one of the most romantic dining destinations to spend dinner on Valentine’s Day. In celebration of the big night, Tamarind of London, has offered their Rose Petal Martini recipe for us to share with all our OC Moms. If you can’t find a sitter on Valentine’s Day, enjoy making this sweet cocktail for your Valentine. Tamarind of London is located just steps away from the ocean at 7862 East Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. Reservations are available by calling (949) 715-8338. Rose Petal Martini Recipe Ingredients: 50ml citrus vodka 40ml lychee juice 5ml rose syrup (add another 5ml if you want the drink to be sweeter and if you want more color) Dash of fresh lime juice Method Pour ingredients over ice into cocktail shaker Shake vigorously Strain...

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When Pigs Fly Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 1 comment

Do your kids like macaroni and cheese? What kid doesn’t? Elbow’s Macaroni and Cheese in Brea is one of my kids favorite places to have the ultimate mac ‘n cheese experience. The owners of the restaurant recently offered us their secret recipe to their popular dish “When Pigs Fly” for us to share with you! This macaroni and cheese dish is made with swiss and gruyere cheese with huge pieces of smoked bacon. It was my kids favorite dishes at Elbow’s and we are thrilled to be able to make it at home too! Enjoy this exclusive recipe, and bring your family to dine at Elbow’s Macaroni and Cheese. They are located at 215 West Birch Street in Brea. WHEN PIGS FLY MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS: FOR BECHAMEL SAUCE: 3 CUPS WHOLE MILK 1 SMALL ONION HALVED 2...

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Quick and Easy Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Sample received Normally I’m not one to use pre-made or packaged foods, however every so often having emergency go to food that’s fast and easy is a life saver. Recently I received several internationally inspired pastas by Monterey Gourmet Foods to try and so I put them in my freezer knowing I’d find the perfect opportunity to give them a try. Sure enough I found myself in a situation where I needed to make dinner, had very little in the refrigerator and didn’t have time to run to the store. Monterey Gourmet Foods to the rescue! With three options to choose from – Spinach & Cheese Ravioli, Five Cheese Ravioli, and Potato & Cheese Pierogi – I did a quick inventory of ingredients I had on hand that I could use to toss with my dish. I had a...

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Alternative Sweets Recipe Roundup

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Family, Health, Recipes | 0 comments

In the United States we eat a lot of processed junk food.  I think we’ve actually become immune to the taste of it; sometimes sugary treats don’t even taste that sweet! The good news is that we can reverse the effect that years of consuming junk food has had on our taste buds and retrain our palate, in my opinion.  Or – even better! – we can orient our impressionable kids’ palates towards more whole foods from the beginning. My family doesn’t eat much junk food. But I come from a long line of natural sweet-tooths, so we try to satisfy that longing for sweets with reasonable choices.  We extremely rarely eat store bought sweets and are very picky when we do.  This keeps us away not only from refined sugar, but also hydrogented oils, preservatives, artificial flavors and...

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Cauliflower and Celery Root Soup

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Cauliflower seems to be the new “it” food. It’s popping up on more menus and in more incredible looking recipes than ever. It’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detox properties are believed to help prevent cancer as well as cardiovascular disease. This mildly earthy vegetable can stand on it’s own cooked simply, added for texture to dishes, or enhanced with delicious sauces. Roast it and it takes on a beautiful nutty flavor. Steamed and then mashed and you get a great low carb substitute for mashed potatoes. Not to be outdone, celery root (celeriac) has health benefits similar to those of cauliflower and offers a decidedly more pronounced but incredible flavor to dishes if you’re a celery lover like me. Add to that when added to soups and puréed you get an unbelievable creamy texture without actually having to use cream....

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Fuel for Young Athletes: Pre-Game Eating

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Recipes | 0 comments

Make sure your athlete eats a meal 2-4 hours before his/her event and starts hydrating at that time. The meal should consist of mostly carbohydrates with a small amount of protein. Some examples include oatmeal with honey, raisins or other dried fruit, whole grain cereal + milk + banana, whole wheat sandwich, roll or wrap with turkey, chicken or ham, chicken noodle/vegetable soup with whole wheat bread. If the event is early in the morning, then make it a snack, but DON’T skip breakfast! It can be something small, like a piece of toast with nut butter and a glass of juice, a banana, granola bar, a small smoothie or yogurt… and don’t forget to start hydrating! Recovery Meals Recovery snacks are an essential part of sports nutrition., and after all, kids REALLY care about what snack they will...

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Authentic Homemade Cannoli Recipe

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Christmas, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

After marrying my husband, he would always talk about the cannoli’s that his Grandmother would make for him on Christmas. Since his family recipe was not passed down to his mother, nobody in his family had been able to make them until now. I had multiple failed attempts at making this authentic Italian dessert until I was passed down this recipe from one of my students parents (back in the day when I was a teacher). The recipe is seamless, simple and comes out perfect every time. There are not all the extra steps that are attached to most of the recipes I had tried before, and I love making them for Christmas every year. This year, was a little crazy, and my kitchen got a “little” disorganized. When I was having trouble finding the recipe I had been...

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Cooking Made Simple with Sous kitchen

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Dining, Family, Recipes, Shopping, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review product received Have you ever felt like not preparing dinner for the night, but were tired of take out? I have felt this way many nights. We end up with pizza most times, but now there is a new way to combat that scenario. Sous Kitchen is a company that you can go to their website and order pre prepped, ready-to-cook meals. They ship them right to you door. How awesome is that? It is very simple to sign up and order. Once you do this there will be a scheduled delivery. Mine was on a Thursday which was perfect right before the weekend.   The meals are shipped in a box with a cooler and dry ice which keeps the food frozen you either thaw it to cook or you put it in your freezer for a...

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From Garden to Cookie

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Health, Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

You know how the call to do chores often falls on selective-hearing little ears? When the video game and TV programs drown out their commitment to living in the real world? Well, the antidote to this—I have figured out by doing double-blind unscientific studies using neighborhood children and my 5-year-old son—is to suggest to your child that they play in dirt. Yes, this call to soiled action moves butts, my friends! All you need to do is square off a section of dirt in your front or backyard where there is usually a lot of sun. Stray rocks or stones work very well for this purpose. With your child, remove any twigs, branches or other debris from the newly cubed plot. Hand him a small garden tool, like a mini-tiller or a small spade, and have him mess up...

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Seasons 52 Butternut Squash Recipe

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Parenting, Recipes | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Braun We were recently treated to a wonderful afternoon of learning about delicious fall recipes for the cooler weather. Yes it’s that time of year for those comfort food dishes. Executive Chef Russell Johnigan of Seasons 52 showed us how easy it really can be to make delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup even on a school night. While enjoying squash dishes from time to time, this soup was a winner and tantalized my taste buds. It was bursting with flavor, full of subtle hints of green apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and honey; and the most surprising ingredient Chipotle Tabasco. The good news, a generous serving is under 475 calories! Definitely looking forward to making this one; comforting, satisfying and good for those cool, fall days. Braun was also present, demonstrating a fabulous...

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Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

I grew-up with my Mom making the best beef stroganoff. Even now that I am an adult, I still call my mom often begging her to make me some of my favorite dish. Just like when I was a kid, I still don’t like when my mommy tells me “no” so I challenged myself to make my first dish of beef stroganoff on my own. I made this recipe with a combination of what I witnessed my mom putting into her dish, James Beard and Paula Deen. The mixture of the three recipes made the best beef stroganoff recipe I have ever had. Ingredients: 1 package of egg noodles 1 pound of stew meat 1/2 sweet onion 1/4 cup of flour 1 cup of beef broth 1/4 cup of white wine 1 cup of sour cream 1/8 tea. pepper...

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Indian Mango Lassi Recipe

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Our sweet tween neighbor Raneem is one of the most talented young cooks I have met, and my daughter and I have a blast cooking with her. This week, she shared her delicious Indian Mango Lassi drink with our family, and was so generous enough to share her recipe with all of you. This refreshing drink is easy to make, and your kids will love every sip of this sweet treat. Indian Mango Lassi Recipe Ingredients: 15 ounces mango pulp [half the can] you can find mango pulp at international stores 2 cups milk 2 cups plain yoghurt 1 tablespoon sugar Directions: In a blender, combine mango pulp, milk and yoghurt. Blend at medium. Stop and stir in sugar, pulse, then pour in pitcher. If you’re serving a lot of people, repeat the recipe using the other half of...

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New Year’s Eve Kid’s Mocktail Recipe

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Entertainment, Film, New Year's Eve, Recipes | 2 comments

We are a Netflix stream team member Are your kids ready to party like it’s 2015? The ultimate party animal, King Julien, is ready to party with your kids with his all-new series on Netflix, “All Hail King Julien.” In anticipation of the big night, we tested out this delicious kid-friendly mocktail recipe to serve to our kids on the big night. We started out with some fun mason jars and colored straws. Adding a rim of sprinkles to a glass is simple, and kids love it! To make a sprinkle rim on your kid’s glasses, dip the rim of the cup in corn syrup, and then dip into sprinkles. Hold the glass over the bowl of corn syrup for a few minutes until the dripping has stopped to avoid having the sprinkles slide down the cup. Ingredients: 1...

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Holiday Hot Cocoa Recipes

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

One of the first cool weather traditions my family enjoys is the making and drinking (more like slurping) of hot cocoa. Each year, we have different styles of hot cocoa that we love to taste test. Now it’s not like the memorable hot cocoa scene in the holiday movie classic “Polar Express,” but these tasty versions should warm your taste buds and your tummy. Traditional Hot Cocoa Ingredients Around 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I like the Ghiradelli brand) 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like it) 1 cup milk or any combination – whole, half and half, low fat or skim Whipped cream or marshmallows Preparation Whisk together the cocoa, sugar and about 2 tablespoons of the milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved. Whisk in the...

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Holiday Cookie Decorating with Walkers Shortbread Cookies

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday, Recipes | 1 comment

Sample product received One of our favorite holiday activities is to decorate cookies. Instead of decorating plain sugar cookies from the grocery store bakery this year we tried something new by decorating Walkers Festive Shapes Shortbread cookies. The shortbread cookies come with four different holiday shapes in a set of twelve (just enough for each of my three kids to decorate one of each shape). What I love about Walkers cookies in that they are made with just four high-quality ingredients: wheat flour, butter, sugar and salt. There are no “chemical names” on the ingredient list that I’ve never heard of before, just the ingredients needed to make delicious holiday cookies for our children. I got out different colored tubes of icing and lots of decorations to let the kids express their creativity while decorating their holiday cookies. We...

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Brie and Caramelized Onion Triangles Recipe

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Christmas, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

With the holidays upon us, there’s no shortage of celebrating and party invites! Sometimes those invites include a request to bring a dish or appetizer. Hmmmm… what to make? These crispy Brie and Caramelized Onion Triangles with Cranberry Drizzle are festive, fun little bites wrapped in flakey, buttery phyllo dough that are always a hit! And the best part is they can be pre-made and frozen until you are ready to bake them. Make a big batch and store them in your freezer in Ziploc bags to have at the ready for the parties you’re invited to! When you’re ready to bake, no thawing is necessary. Take them from your freezer directly to the oven. The Cranberry Drizzle can be frozen as well and re-heated on the stove. Ingredients: 1 pound phyllo dough, thawed as directed on package 2 –...

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Three Easy Ideas for Your Christmas Cheese Board

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

What party is complete without a cheese board? Here are three ideas to add a touch of Christmas to yours this year! Include a Pink Peppercorn and Rosemary Goat Cheese Log! To prepare, chill your goat cheese, stem and chop enough rosemary to coat your goat cheese log, lay out in the length of the goat cheese log and roll so the cheese is coated. And then do the same with pink peppercorns. You will have to lightly press some of the peppercorns into the log. Garnish with a sprig or two of fresh rosemary, drizzle with high quality olive oil. Make your favorite paté recipe. I am fond of Emiril’s chicken liver paté recipe. Since paté is often served with cornichon and Dijon, I like to slice the cornichon into thin slices and use them to form Christmas tree...

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Holiday Cranberry Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Christmas, New Year's Eve, Recipes | 0 comments

Item received for review   When getting ready to plan your upcoming holiday party, welcome your guests with a flavorful cranberry champagne cocktail. The recipe is simple to make and all the prep work can be done ahead of time to avoid added stress during your holiday party. Feeling overwhelmed by what brand of champagne to purchase? ARIA is not only an affordable brand with an average pricing of $14 a bottle, but also boast sophisticated flavors. ARIA comes from the Penedes region of Spain outside of Barcelona from an estate that dates back to the 11th century. For this recipe, I used the ARIA Estate Brut because of its lively and refreshing tasting notes.   Cranberry Champagne Cocktail Recipe Ingredients: 1 cup fresh cranberries 1 cup sugar 1 bottle ARIA Estate Brut Champagne saucepan strainer (cranberries for garnish)...

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Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Christmas, Featured, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

The holidays are a fun time to bake treats with your kids but sometimes it can be difficult to find a recipe that kids of all ages can help make. My kids have been helping me make homemade peppermint bark during the holidays since they were just toddlers, and it is one of their favorite holiday treats. Before purchasing commercial store-bought peppermint bark for a holiday gift, make it at home instead. You’ll have a blast bonding with your children, and a homemade gift is extra special to receive during the holiday season. What do you need? It is simple! 1 box of candy canes 2 12oz. bags of white chocolate chips 1 tea. peppermint extract 1 gallon-size ziploc bag 1 sheet wax paper 1 cookie sheet Where do you start? Bring your kids into the kitchen, and get...

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Healthy & Delicious: Roasted Shrimp Kale Salad with Pesto

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Family, Recipes | 2 comments

My brother-in-law, John has a mantra, “I’m starting fresh on Monday.” This is usually recited during a weekend of over-indulgence such as this past week! Coming up with ideas for starting fresh isn’t always easy when you’re cooking for a meat lover, but recently I had my sister, Shan and John over for dinner and served a salad I had come up with when I was on a health kick myself. The verdict? They both loved it. The salad starts with a bed of kale with toasted almonds, golden raisins and Parmesan cheese tossed in roasted garlic dressing with lemony breadcrumbs. This is topped with an assortment of colorful ribboned vegetables that have marinated in a light vinaigrette and then roasted shrimp with kale pesto. The layers of textures and flavors make this a satisfying and delicious dinner, without...

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Moms Magnificent Fudge

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Christmas, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

I’ve had the recipe for Moms Magnificent Fudge sitting in the recipe box that I received when I was married, and yet I had never tried making it until this holiday season. Our family focus this year is to have most of our holiday gifts handmade vs. store bought. Nights like the one we spent making fudge together were special, and has strengthened our family bond. While I had thought that homemade fudge was too hard to make (I mean they sell fudge kits at Michael’s) it is actually super duper easy – just a little time consuming! We found it to be so easy that we made a second bath the following night. Purchase some cute treat boxes, make a batch of this fudge, and give your friends a gift from the heart this holiday season. Ingredients: 4...

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Pomegranate Turkey Recipe

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Christmas, Holiday, Recipes, Thanksgiving | 1 comment

Why make a traditional turkey when you can surprise your guests with a unique turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas. I love doing a unique twist on traditional holiday dishes, and this pomegranate turkey recipe was the hit of the holiday in our family last year. It is easy to make, and gives the turkey a sweet flavor that tastes just like eating candy. If you find yourself staring at the giant bird defrosted in your refrigerator wondering what to do with it…try making this fun new recipe. Ingredients: 1 turkey 1 cup of softened butter 1/4 cup of chopped rosemary 2 cups of pomegranate juice 4 large pomegranates 2 garlic cloves 3/4 cup of brown sugar 2 Tbl. honey 1/2 cup of orange juice 4 Tbl. olive oil Dash of salt and pepper Directions: In a food processor, chopped...

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Corner Bakery Chicken Pomodori Panini Recipe

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Recipe courtesy of Corner Bakery I love Corner Bakery. My kids love Corner Bakery. There is something for everyone at the family-friendly restaurant. One of my all-time favorite things to order at Corner Bakery is their Chicken Pomodori Panini. Chicken + Cheese + Basil all inside of Sourdough bread = bliss. Knowing that my instagram feed is flooded with constant pictures of this delicious panini, Corner Bakery offered to share the recipe to this popular sandwich with all of you. What are you waiting for? Get your panini maker out and try making this delicious sandwich for your kids. I guarantee that your kids will love this delicious warm panini. Chicken Pomodori Panini Ingredients: 2 slices of Sourdough bread Butter Garlic butter 4 slices of Provolone cheese 3 oz. of sliced chicken 1 oz. of roasted tomatoes 3-4 leaves...

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Roasted Pear in Dark Chocolate Balsamic with Burrata Recipe

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

About a year ago I discovered Dark Chocolate Balsamic. I’m not really a huge chocolate lover, but it is so incredibly delicious it’s downright drinkable. Since this discovery, I’ve come up with all sorts of fun ways to incorporate it into dishes and now that it’s Fall I started thinking about how good it would be with roasted pears. Dark chocolate and pears. They were made for each other. I also think rosemary is wonderful with roasted pears so I decided that would be part of my dish. But what else? When I was young my mom used to make this pear salad. I’m pretty sure it came from the back of the Del Monte Pear Halves can. Here’s what she did. Half a canned pear, a scoop of Best mayo, and grated cheddar cheese…quick and easy and so...

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Cranberry French Toast Casserole

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Christmas, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Recipes | 7 comments

Bakeware  & gift card provided from Baker’s Secret Tis the season for holiday baking! Get your family into the holiday spirit by baking with the rich flavors of the season. Treat yourself to some new bakeware this holiday season that can go from the oven to the table adding a touch of color to your holiday table. Baker’s Secret colored metal bakeware has a premium non-stick coating, dishwasher and metal spatula safe, and comes with a full lifetime warranty. We created this special recipe for you to prepare for your next holiday brunch. Cranberry French Toast Casserole Ingredients: 1 Loaf of Texas toast bread (thick bread) 8 Eggs 2 Cups milk 1 Cup fresh cranberries (divided) 1 Tbl. sugar 1/2 Cup brown sugar 1 tea. vanilla 1 tea. nutmeg Directions: 1. Cut the crust off the bread and then...

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Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Recipe

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Now that the weather is starting to cool and the leaves are beginning to fall there is nothing I love more to cook with than pumpkin. I’ve been making pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie and recently pumpkin spice cream cheese for my kids morning bagels. When my daughter took her first bite of the pumpkin spice cream cheese on her bagel this morning she said, “mmmmm, it tastes just like pumpkin pie.” Making the recipe is super easy! Simply mix all the ingredients together in a blender or mixer, and then keep chilled in your refrigerator for future use. It is a great way to mix-up your traditional breakfast offerings for your kids. Ingredients Needed: 1 package of whipped cream cheese 1 15oz. can of canned pumpkin (I used the Trader Joe’s brand) 1 Tbl. agave (optional if you don’t...

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Smoked Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Family, Halloween, Recipes | 0 comments

Nothing says Halloween like the sight of orange pumpkins displayed on porches and the smell of smoke in crisp cool fall air. Ahhh…. Halloween I love you! You kick off The Holiday Season… you make me nostalgic. And though, I may not decorate my house for you, I will go all out and cook for you! You call for a comforting, luxurious, velvety warm soup and one of my favorites is butternut squash soup. So in honor of you this year, I decided to start there and add a twist or two. I busted out my handy stovetop smoker and set about cutting up a small sugar pumpkin as the star ingredient in my special Halloween soup… just for you. …Just for you, and as it happens for my friend’s birthday bash this month. It turned out to be...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe – OC Mom Blog

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Halloween, Recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

What would Halloween be without a delicious sweet treat? Just in time for our family Halloween celebration, I made this delicious chocolate peanut butter trifle. It is sweet, delicious and perfect to serve at your upcoming Halloween party…and guaranteed to satisfy every guests sweet tooth. Ingredients: 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Triple Chocolate Durge Cake Mix 3 eggs 1 1/4 cup coffee 1/3 cup butter 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cups peanut butter 4 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 12 chocolate peanut butter Oreo cookies (crumbled) 1 bag of Reese’s pieces 1 bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped into small pieces Chocolate Cake Directions: With electric mixer, mix 3 eggs, 1/3 cup melted butter, 1 1/4 cup coffee and chocolate cake mix. After it is mixed stir...

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Cream Cheese Wonton Recipe – OC Mom Blog

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Whenever I find myself with the “Monday Blues” a fresh batch of cream cheese wonton always seems to brighten my mood. It has been my favorite comfort food for years, and my kids love it because they can easily help make the tasty appetizer. Whether looking for a quick and easy appetizer for your next dinner party or just a quick “comforting” snack, this cream cheese wonton recipe is sure to do the trick. They are easy to make as 1-2-3. Encourage the kids to help with folding the wonton and sealing the edges with water. They will love every minute of helping to make these delicious appetizers. Ingredients: 1 package of wonton wrappers 1 package of whipped cream cheese 1 small bowl of water 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2-3 paper towels (optional chives) Directions: On your kitchen counter,...

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Banana Pumpkin Spice Waffles Recipe – OC Mom Blog

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Now that it is starting to feel like Fall in Orange County, it is the best time to start cooking with the flavors of the season. Over the weekend, I made these delicious banana pumpkin spice waffles for the kids, and they loved every bite. You can easily make them into Paleo by using coconut oil/flours/butter instead of traditional ingredients. They are super easy to make, and is a great way to mix-up your kids normal breakfast routine. I encourage parents to allow their kids to help with making the waffles by having them put the ingredients into the blender. The recipe might end up a little “off” but the kids will never forget the memories made while cooking breakfast with their parents. Ingredients: 2 bananas 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 2 Tbl. pumpkin spice 5 eggs 1 tea. baking...

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Spooktacular Jello Shooter Recipe

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Dining, Family, Halloween, Recipes | 0 comments

It’s starting to feel spooky as the Halloween festivities are fast approaching. To calm your nerves and get into the holiday spirit, here’s an adult (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) drink that will sure to send shivers up the spine of all of your guests. What You’ll Need 3 ounces Jell-O or other gelatin (grape and/or orange flavored)) 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup (4 ounces) vodka (or other distilled spirit)* 1/2 cup cold water Plastic shooter cups Gummy candy (eye or other body part)   How to Make it Chill the liquor and cold water mix in the refrigerator so they are a consistent temperature. Pour gelatin (grape and/or orange) into a bowl. Add boiling water, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved (about two minutes). Place gummy eyeballs (edible) or other gummy body part in bottom of plastic shot glass. Note:...

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Wild Mushroom Linguine Recipe

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

One of my mom’s favorite foods in the world is mushrooms. If there’s a dish on a menu with mushrooms, she is almost certain to order it. So the other night when I was trying to come up with something to make for dinner for her, I was thinking about Fall dishes and this is was what I came up with. This is a rustic pasta with bright acidic notes from lemon zest and juice. Cutting each different mushroom type a little differently gives this dish interesting texture. One of the things that makes this so delicious is the vegetable stock the mushroom pan is deglazed with. It’s made with shitake mushroom stems and has earthy, woodsy notes from the liquid reserved from soaking dried oyster mushrooms used in the sauce. I’ve swapped out the nutty, salty parmesan cheese...

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Chronic Taco Breakfast Taco Recipes

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Dining, Recipes | 0 comments

While National Taco Day may have passed, Chronic Tacos is celebrating throughout the month of October by offering double points to all Chronic Tacos loyal customers. They have also been generous to share two of their delicious breakfast taco recipes for your family to enjoy making at home this month. Gringo Breakfast taco Ingredients -2 corn tortillas -one egg – 1/4 cup diced potatoes* or pre- cooked breakfast potatoes -One or two pieces of bacon Recipe Scramble one egg, dice the cooked bacon and add to eggs along with breakfast potatoes. Mix into eggs. Heat two corn tortillas and fill with eggs, bacon, and potatoes. Top with your choice of cheese, salsa and if desired, hot sauce. We like Gringo Bandito green pepper sauce. *Breakfast Potatoes from scratch – Boil cubed potatoes until soft (approx 5mins), then transfer to...

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Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Recipes | 5 comments

Tomatoes were gifted from Melissa’s Produce The long-lasting warm weather is giving us extra weeks to enjoy summer produce. Last week, I visited Melissa’s Produce in Los Angeles, and I left with a basket full of the beautiful heirloom tomatoes. Eager to make a something with them for the family, I chopped a couple of them up, and made them into a fresh bruschetta. Bruschetta is one of the easiest dishes that you can make. It is also healthy, and every kid loves it. Head to your local store or Farmer’s Market to get some heirloom tomatoes before the are gone for the season, and make your kids this delicious bruschetta for an after school snack. Ingredients: 2 Large heirloom tomatoes 1/4 Onion (diced) 5 Tbl. Olive Oil (we used Arianna Trading Company Extra-Virgin Olive Oil) 1/8 Teaspoon basil...

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Kid-Friendly Paleo Pesto and Bacon Eggs Recipe

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

After my husband started Crossfit, he started talking to me about switching our family diet to Paleo. I was 250% resistant at first until I took a recent Paleo cooking class. Since then, I have opened my mind to the possibility and have been exploring different recipes. What I have learned is that it is not as hard as many would think, and the recipes can be simple, tasty and kid-friendly. One of my favorite recipes that I made this week was Paleo pesto and bacon eggs. The kids love it, my husband loves it and I love how simple it is to make! Bacon! To make it easy to cook this dish throughout the week, I made a bunch of bacon ahead of time. Bacon does not have to make a huge mess in your kitchen when baking it....

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Date Night: Rosemary Lamb Chops with Mascarpone Stuffed Zucchini Planks & Couscous

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Lamb is one of those meats people love or hate. I am on the love side! Lamb chops are one of my favorites because they make for an elegant, incredibly flavorful dinner and grilling them takes only a matter of minutes. There are so many delicious ways to prepare them, but here’s a quick and easy recipe that has always been a hit with my family and friends. While admittedly the chops are quite expensive, lamb ribs are a much more budget friendly and equally tasty alternative. The chops just score a few extra points for wow factor! Add a couple of quick sides and you have a date night dinner that looks like you slaved away when you only spent about 30 minutes preparing it. Grilled Rosemary and Garlic Lamb Chops This is such a forgiving recipe. When...

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Creating a Light Summer Small Plates Dinner On the Fly

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Sometimes the best dinners happen on the fly. After an exhausting day of cleaning out closets and a storage unit preparing for a combined garage sale, my sister Shan and I were almost catatonic sitting in her car trying to decide on something easy we could make for dinner at my place. I did have prosciutto and burrata on hand which I had bought the previous day to make burrata, prosciutto, and sautéed peach crostini simply because it sounded so good at the time. This became the basis for our dinner. Shan was in the mood for spinach so we decided on salad to go with the crostini and I wanted golden raisins if we were having spinach salad. With that we decided we had enough of a plan to hit the grocery store and 20 minutes later we...

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Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins Bento Box

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

I have challenged myself to create new bento boxes for my kid’s school lunches this year. I’ll admit that I got lazy last year and found myself making the same Sunbutter and honey sandwich every day for the last weeks of school. While making pancakes this morning, I had a large amount of leftover pancake batter, so I decided to make chocolate chip pancake muffins for the kid’s school lunches. Who doesn’t like breakfast for lunch? This is the easiest lunch to make for your kids, and you can make a huge batch in advance. Since this lunch is going to be my kid’s first day of school lunch, I made them in heart shapes so that they will know how much I love (and miss) them. How do you make them? It could not be any easier. You...

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Spicy “Cheesy” Kale Chips Recipe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Are you ready to start packing lunches? Finding healthy snacks for kids lunches can be a challenge – until now! This healthy and delicious spicy “cheesy” kale chips recipe is perfect to make for your kids school lunches, and can be made in a snap. About 12 oz chips (2 one-gallon zip bags) ▪ 2 ½ cups of raw cashews ▪ 1 large (Holland type) red bell pepper ▪ 2-3 red Fresno peppers ▪ 1-2 tsp lemon juice (to taste) ▪ 2 tsp mineralized sea salt ▪ 2 Tbs. nutritional yeast ▪ 3 bunches curly kale Be sure to purchase ultra-fresh organic vegetables. Soak the cashews in water for 3-4 hours. Combine with the stemmed and seeded peppers, lemon, salt and yeast in a blender. Puree. Taste the mixture, and if it needs it, add more salt or lemon....

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A Taste of Spain… Andalusian Gazpacho

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Family, Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Maybe I shouldn’t post two soup recipes in a row, but I just can’t help myself… I love soup! Last week I shared a Chilled Summer Squash Yogurt Dill Soup recipe and this week I’m chillin’ again, this time with Andalusian Gazpacho. Living in New York City in the early 90’s, one of my favorite summer lunches… as in I had it several times a week…was Gazpacho. How could you not love a tomato-based soup with chunky pieces of cucumber and pepper? It was so refreshing and cool and at the height of summer helped conquer the heat of the city. It wasn’t until I visited Spain with my friend and roommate Katie that I first tried Andalusian Gazpacho. It was a completely different Gazpacho than what I had ever had before and I fell in love with it....

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Beat the Heat with Chilled Summer Squash Yogurt Dill Soup Recipe

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

One of my favorite things in the world for lunch or dinner is soup. Even in the heat of the summer there are plenty of chilled soups you can enjoy to cool you down. Here’s a creamy, delicious one I make every summer. Though this one has a creamy feel, it gets its luxurious texture from Greek yogurt! Yields approximately 10 cups Ingredients: 7 or so (just over 3 pounds) Summer Squash (Zucchini and or Yellow Squash) 1 Sweet Onion sliced into half moons (Yellow Onion is fine) 2 Garlic Cloves sliced 6 Cups (enough to cover the squash) Chicken or Vegetable Stock (homemade or use store bought as a time saver) 1 TBSP Fresh Dill stemmed and chopped 14 oz. (2 7 oz. containers) Plain Greek Yogurt (non-fat is fine) Approximately 2 TBSP Olive Oil or Grape Seed...

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Summer Italian Bread Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

If you’re looking for a refreshing, new and easy summer side dish that is sure to impress your house guests, then look no further than this “Italian Bread Salad.” This original recipe created by my mother-in-law (MIL) chef extraordinaire received rave reviews last week from our dinner guests. My grilling husband served it with his perfectly smoked Tri Tip and garlic green beans, paired with a smooth Pinot Noir. This meal was so tasty, we’re going to have to hit the “menu replay” button one last time before the end of summer. What you’ll need: 4-6 – 1” thick slices of crusty French bread (slightly stale); Cut in bite size pieces 1 large or 2 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped coarse ½ cup of red onion, chopped 1 large or 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped coarse 1 cup...

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BLT Pizza Recipe

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

When making pizza with the kids, I am always trying to mix it up and get creative with the ingredients. Over the weekend, we made a delicious BLT pizza with just a few simple, fresh summer ingredients that the kids loved. If it is making the dough that is keeping you from trying to make your own pizza at home, local stores are making it easy for parents. Although, Trader Joe’s is always a popular place to get pre-made pizza dough, it is usually on the sticky side and often hard to roll-out. I prefer getting mine at Whole Foods Market from the deli counter – and it is the same price! At Whole Foods, they use on the highest quality ingredients, and it is made the same day, making the pizza fresher and the dough easier to use....

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Tandoori Chicken Wings Recipe

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

Inspired by the gorgeous dishes in The Hundred-Foot Journey, I decided to make Tandoori Chicken Wings using a recipe card provided by the “The Hundred-Foot Journey” I was given during a recent interview with the cast. It was wonderful! Here’s the recipe brought to you by The Hundred-Foot Journey: Ingredients: 3/4 Tbsp sweet paprika 1 Tbsp garam masala (I made my own, but you may also buy a blend in the spice section) 1 Tbsp ground cumin 1 Tbsp coriander Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 1 cup chopped cilantro 1 Tbsp finely grated ginger 5 cloves of minced garlic 1/4 cup fat~free greek yogurt 1/2 cup canola oil 1 minced shallot 3 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 4 lbs chicken drumsticks Method: 1. Preheat. oven to 450° F. Set racks on each...

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Sweet Cherry Bruschetta Recipe

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Featured, Recipes | 2 comments

Sponsored Our favorite summer fruit is at it’s perfect perfection right now at Whole Food’s Market during cherry fest. Families are invited to the Whole Foods Market in Tustin on July 9th from 6-8pm to sample our delicious cherry bruschetta recipe while purchasing the freshest and ripest cherries available in Orange County to bring home. The sweet bruschetta recipe tastes just like a slice of cherry pie, and will have your guests begging for the recipe after having a bite at your next summer barbecue. Don’t have a cherry pitter? No problem. Bring the kids into the kitchen to help carefully pit the cherries, and this fun cooking project will keep them occupied for at least an hour. Sweet Cherry Bruschetta Make 8-10 slices 1/2 Baguette sliced 1 cup of cherries 1 Tablespoon of honey 1/2 cup of mascarpone...

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Local Bakery Launches New Cookbook: Beach House Baking

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Dining, Featured, Giveaways, Recipes | 8 comments

We attended as a guest of Chef Lei Chef Lei Shishak is a talented local baker, and owner of Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente. Lei was once Michael Mina’s pastry chef at Stonehill Tavern, and it seemed fitting to have her first cookbook launch on the outdoor patio of Stonehill Tavern. As the guests arrived at the cookbook launch party, everyone was greeted with a beautiful display of desserts made from the recipes in her new cookbook, “Beach House Baking.” The beautiful full-color cookbook features a wide variety of tempting summer desserts for families to cook and enjoy together throughout the warm summer months. Some of our favorite recipes from the new cookbook “Beach House Baking” are the PCH Pina Colada Highway Cupcakes, the tsunami cookies and Cocoa Island cookies. Along with the delicious desserts together we...

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Katie Chin Makes Everyday Thai Cooking Quick and Easy

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Dining, Family, Health, Recipes | 0 comments

  Chef Katie Chin with host, Inspire Artistic Mind’s founder Bobby Navarro. I’m a huge fan of Thai food, but honestly as much as I love to eat it, I have only attempted to make it once…over 20 years ago. I was living on Cape Cod at the time and got it in my head that I was going to master two of my favorite dishes at the time, Thom Yum Gung and Pad Thai. I bought a Thai cookbook and started going through the list of ingredients I would need and realized that the Kaffir lime leaf, lemon grass, galangal, preserved tamarind, brine cured radishes, and dried shrimp my recipes called for were definitely not stocked at my local grocer. Because I was travelling weekly to NYC at the time, I made a quick stop to Chinatown, list in...

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Quinoa Fried Rice Recipe

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a health food superstar and one of my favorite grains to cook with. The Inca referred to quinoa as the “mother seed” because it was considered to be sacred. I like quinoa because it can be eaten hot or cold, it’s one of the few plant based foods that is a complete protein, it cooks in less than 15 minutes, and it’s gluten free! Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune and this recipe proves that point. Quinoa is an accessible and inexpensive grain, making it a wonderful choice if you are on a budget and trying to eat healthy plant based foods. What’s Inside Quinoa? Quinoa contains more vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants than any other grain. In just one cup of quinoa, you will get Vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, potassium, and riboflavin, plus...

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Muscat Grape and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Orange County My son loves grilled cheese sandwiches. Everywhere we dine out, he will always order a grilled cheese sandwich. After purchasing a bunch of delicious muscat grapes at Whole Foods Market over the weekend, I decided to see how they would taste in a grilled cheese sandwich combined with his other favorite food – bacon! The result was one happy boy. He loved the sweet flavor of the grapes paired with the saltiness of the bacon melted inbetween two pieces of cheese. The recipe is super easy to make, and the muscat grapes are only available at Whole Foods Markets for a limited-time. Ingredients: (makes 1 sandwich) Bread 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup of muscat grapes 1 slice of grilled bacon 2 slices of your favorite cheese Directions: 1. Brush olive oil...

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Burrata and Prosciutto Crosanti with Muscat Grapes

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Do you like sweet grapes? Then you are going to fall in love with the muscat grapes at Whole Foods Market. The grapes can only be found for such a short time here in Orange County, and right now they are at their perfect ripeness at Whole Foods Markets across Orange County. The grapes are from Chile and range in colors from light green to blushed pink, and they will be the sweetest grapes you’ll ever eat for just $2.99 a pound. When I heard that the muscat grapes were at Whole Foods Market, I picked-up a bunch for our Sunday brunch. I used the grapes to make an incredibly delicious appetizer that is perfect for the next time that you have guests visit – Burrata and Prosciutto Crosanti with the muscat grapes. The...

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Stained Glass Easter Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Easter, Featured, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

Easter time in my home is always filled with an abundance of goodies. I love to bake different types of sweet treats to share with our friends and family. These Easter sugar cookies are perfect for any Easter or Spring celebration. Not only are they unique, they are delicious as well. They also make great decorations. These cookies are simple enough to make, that even a non baker will be able to make them with ease. Here is what you will need: Sugar cookie dough (I used Martha Stewart recipe http://www.marthastewart.com/338471/basic-sugar-cookies ) If you use your own dough make sure it is good for sugar cookie cut outs. If the dough is too soft the candy will spill out and not stay inside the desired area.   Egg shaped cookie cutter Small shaped cookie cutters – these will be...

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Brightening Up The Kitchen with Fresh Fruit Vinegar Mangé Le Gastronome

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

If, like me, you’re a lover of cooking with different types of vinegar, this should be right up your alley! I’d have a hard time counting all of the bottles of vinegar on my counter and in my pantry, which include champagne vinegar, rice vinegar, sherry vinegar, cider vinegar, white vinegar, red and white wine vinegar, aged balsamic vinegar, as well as a number of flavored balsamic vinegar. I use them all and I have to control myself when I see a new one that sounds interesting because I am running out of space! So I was happy to have the opportunity to review a line of Fresh Fruit vinegar by Mangé Le Gastronome. When my package from Mangé arrived, the first thing that stood out was that their Fresh Fruit vinegar look different from anything I had on...

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Grown-up Green Eggs and Ham

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

“I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am!” One of our favorite things to do with our children to read books to them. It doesn’t matter how old they get, we will never stop sharing our favorite books with them. My husbands favorite book as a child was “Green Eggs and Ham.” While he was reading the book to my son Tyler over the weekend, I made some delicious green eggs and ham for their story time snack. Traditionally, everyone normally adds green food coloring to make green eggs and ham. Since I do my best to eliminate food dyes in my kids diets, I made it with pesto instead. The result was a delicious and healthy snack based off on of our beloved children’s book. Supplies Needed: The book “Green...

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No Bake Fruit Loops Rainbow Bars

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Featured, Holiday, Recipes, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

While the kids were swimming outside, I was busy inside creating Rainbow Bars to sneak into their lunches Monday morning.  Rainbow Bars are like Rice Krispy Treats, but with Fruit Loop cereal instead.  You can quickly make these while the kids are at school, and ready to serve as a St. Patrick’s Day after- school or dinner treat. Here’s what you’ll need: 6 tablespoons margarine (works better than butter in this recipe), 16 ounces of mini marshmallows, and 10-12 cups of Fruit Loops, parchment or wax paper and cooking spray. Line a 9 x 13 pan with wax or parchment paper, coat with cooking spray and set aside.  In a sauce pan, melt 6 tablespoons of margarine over low – medium heat. Once melted, add mini marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth.  Once melted, remove from heat and...

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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Recipe made possible thanks to Total Wine & More St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for kids. I love creating unique craft cocktails on holidays to surprise my husband with after the kids go to sleep. Since I have been so busy this month, I found myself lacking the creativity I needed to design a St. Patrick’s Day Irish Whiskey cocktail, so I got some help from my friends over at Total Wine & More. I asked the knowledgeable staff to help me create the mint flavored cocktail that I had in my head, but couldn’t quite figure out how to execute. My husbands favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, and I wanted a creamy mint flavored cocktail that would taste just like dessert for him to enjoy after dinner. Total Wine & More quickly brought together different ingredients...

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Shamrock Baked Tortilla Chips

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Holiday, Recipes, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

If you’re looking for a kid friendly St. Patrick’s Day , I have just the thing.  Not only is this recipe easy, the kids can help every step of the way.   My three leprechaun’s and I created Shamrock Baked Spinach Tortilla Chips this afternoon. The ingredients and tools needed are simple and the kids loved prepping and cooking with little help from me. You’ll need spinach tortillas or wraps, cooking spray, salt to taste, and shamrock cookie cutter(s) and your favorite dip; we used classic humus. Start by preheating your oven to 375*. Place one tortilla on the counter, and press firmly down on the shamrock cookie cutter moving side to side to ensure the cutter pierces all the way through.  If the edges are resistant, use cooking scissors to trim. Place each shamrock on a cookie sheet. Using...

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Best BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

My favorite night of the week is pizza night! My husband learned how to make the best pizza from his high school years working at Original Pizza in Newport Beach. The kids scream with delight every time that he tosses the pizza dough high into the air (which I recommend doing outside unless you want your kitchen covered in a blanket of flour). This is my favorite kid-friendly bbq chicken pizza recipe. You can make your own pizza dough from scratch, but the dough from Trader Joe’s works just as good. You will want to lightly floured surface before rolling out the dough to the your desired pizza size. Best Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe Ingredients: 1 Pizza dough (I recommend just keeping it easy by getting the one from Trader Joe’s) 1 Jar of your favorite barbecue sauce 1 Package...

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How to Make Gourmet Kid-Friendly Scrambled Eggs

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Trying to get kids to eat a well-balanced diet is a challenge for almost every mom that I know including myself. With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, I have created this kid-friendly gourmet egg recipe that my kids love. Even the little boy across the street who has never liked eating eggs loves coming over to my house on the weekends to eat my egg recipe. Tip: I will make a double or triple batch of this recipe over the weekend so that I can quickly reheat it for the kids before they run out the door to school. Gourmet Kid-Friendly Scrambled Eggs Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of diced onion 2 ounces of Canadian Bacon diced 4 large eggs 2 tablespoons milk ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ cup fresh ricotta cheese Directions:...

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Kid-Friendly Turkey Burger Recipe

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Recipes | 1 comment

I love to cook. I love good food. That is why trying to lose weight has always been a challenge for me. I kicked off the New Year by committing to making healthier eating choices while still getting to enjoy my love for food. Instead of eliminating my favorite foods, I am just finding healthier ways to prepare them like with this grilled turkey burger recipe. I was able to substitute ground turkey for ground beef, and cut down the caloric intake of this meal. By changing my recipes instead of eliminating them, it has helped me to be successful with obtaining my goals. Your kids will also love this recipe. Best Turkey Burger 1  pound ground turkey 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard Dash of salt & pepper (optional bun and cheese)...

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Sundried Tomato Parmesan Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Holiday, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Creamy pasta sauce is the key to my kids hearts. For an early Valentine’s Day dinner, I made this decadent garlic parmesan sundried tomato pasta recipe. It was made within just minutes, and the kids devoured every bite. If you are still wondering what to prepare for your kiddos on Valentine’s Day – this recipe is going to be a hit in your household. Make the meal extra special with some pink and white ravioli that can be found at Surfas in Costa Mesa. Where to start? I starting the sauce right when I put the noodles in the water (the sauce is made that quick!) Ingredients: Your favorite pasta 2 Tbl. butter 1/2 cup chopped onions 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup of diced sundried tomatoes (the kind in oil – not dried) 1 Tbl. of chopped garlic...

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What would YOU do for love? Labor Day Film Review

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Film, Recipes | 3 comments

Terri attended a pre-screening and Q&A for the film. Recipe & photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures Would you risk everything? Your safety? Your security? Your freedom? Your heart? What if you had a child? Would you still risk it all? These are questions that Adele ( played by Kate Winslet) must grapple with when she meets Frank (played by Josh Brolin) under impossible circumstances. I jumped at the chance to attend a pre-screening of the film “Labor Day” and a Q&A with James Van Der Beek who plays Officer Treadwell in the movie. The opening scene of the movie has you traveling down a country road with what could have been a beautiful instrumental piece playing in the background. The music is uncomfortable to listen to, as a screeching sound ribbons its way throughout the piece. Lonely, depressed Adele...

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Citrus Pork Chop Recipe

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

It is always a struggle to get the kids to eat pork chops. I often tend to overcook the meat making it end up dry and tough for them to chew. Instead of grilling the pork chops this past week, I tried something different by baking them in a citrus juice. What ended up happening, is that the juice soaked into the pork chops while baking, making a juicy and flavorful citrus pork chop that the children enjoyed. The best part of this recipe is that it can be prepared within just a few minutes allowing you to spend more time with your children. What will you need? 1 package of pork chops (I always get the boneless because they are less expensive, and easier for the kids to eat 1 1/2 cups of orange juice 1/2 of a...

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How to Start a Plant Based Diet

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Family, Featured, Health, Recipes | 8 comments

By now, everyone has heard of a plant based diet, but do you really know what the results of eating a plants are? In recent years, numerous studies have proven that a plant-based diet can reverse diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain cancers that processed foods, GMOs (genetically modified foods) and animal products promote. This means that by eating a diet rich in foods that are made from whole plants – fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds, you can actually reverse many of your health problems! Plants are natures true medicine! In my personal life this also means eating organic and non-GMO foods. If you want to gain optimal health in the years to come, a plant-based foods lifestyle will provide your body with more antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber, and organic is the best...

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Lemon Garlic Trout Recipe

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Are you planning on taking your kids trout fishing at the Laguna Niguel Lake? Then you are going to find yourself on the hunt for the best trout recipes. When the kids came home with eleven giant trout earlier this week, I found myself staring at the whole fish wondering, “What do I do with this?” I googled, I Facebooked, I called my mom, and ended up discovering the Jaime Oliver recipe online. I did some alterations to his recipe by adding garlic and wine, but overall it was the easiest way to cook the fish. Guess what? Because the kids knew it was the fish that they had spent the whole day trying to catch, they were actually excited to have fish for dinner last night. Talk about a win-win! Hopefully, you found someone at the lake to...

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Ultimate Homemade Caesar Salad Recipe

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Skip the bagged salad in the grocery store, and start making your own homemade caesar salad with this simple recipe that makes it as easy as 1-2-3. As a child, my father would make us caesar salad all the time, and it would take him forever to make the dressing. After growing up thinking it was too big of a challenge, I never attempted to make my own until now, just to realize that it can we easy by simplifying the recipe. One tip that I have to share when making this salad is to put all the ingredients into your blender before starting dinner, and chop the lettuce. That way when dinner is ready, you can just turn on the blender for a few minutes, toss it with lettuce, and viola – your salad is ready. Ingredients: 5...

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Red Wine Marinated Rib Eye Roast Recipe

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Over the past 15 years of marriage, we have always had a traditional Italian Christmas dinner with fish on Christmas Eve, and pasta on Christmas Day. We wanted to try something different this year, and for the first time we made a roast for Christmas. We got a beautiful Rib Eye Roast at Costco, and it was a deliciously tender dinner. This recipe is not only good for a holiday meal, but any special occasion. It took about 45 minutes to prepare the roast, and it was done in just a couple of hours. Your guests will love every bite of this roast when served at your next dinner party. Ingredients 4-5 pound Rib Eye Roast 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 cup of red wine 1 Tbl. dijon mustard 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 Tbl. worchester sauce...

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Apple Sausage Brussels Sprouts Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Recipes | 0 comments

Brussels Sprouts are in full season, and now is the time to take advantage of the healthy benefits of this vegetable with your children. After coming home from a road trip with a bountiful of brussels sprouts, I created this delicious recipe that the kids loved…and they didn’t even feel like they were eating vegetables. This recipe is simple, and your kids will love the array of flavors. Made within just minutes, this recipe makes the perfect winter weeknight meal for your family to enjoy. Ingredients: 1 Pound of Brussels Sprouts (chopped) 2 Tbl. olive oil 2 Garlic cloves (crushed) 1 cup of mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese 1 Apple 1 Package of Chicken and Apple Sausage – sliced (I used Aidell’s from Costco – not sponsored) 1 package of your favorite noodles Directions: Preheat the oven...

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Cranberry Cheese Wonton Appetizers

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

Looking for a new appetizer to serve to your guests during the Fall season? Cranberries are currently in-season and made a perfect ingredient to creating a unique and delicious appetizer. During the holidays, we made these Cranberry Cheese Wonton Appetizers to serve to our holiday dining guests, and they were gone within a blink of the eye. The best part – is that they are easily made without a lot of work in the kitchen. Plus your kids can easily help with making this recipe by helping to fill the cups or older children can help with the filling along with adult supervision. If you cannot find fresh cranberries to make this recipe, then I would recommend just using a the canned cranberries instead. What will you need? 1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1...

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Kid-Friendly Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Recipes | 2 comments

Stuffed peppers is just one of the creative ways that I get my kids to eat their vegetables. During the summertime, our garden produces so many bell peppers, that I have to great creative in making recipes like this delicious kid-friendly stuffed peppers recipe. The only advice that I have is – don’t mention the word *peppers* when serving it. For some reason, my youngest always thinks of something spicy when we say that word, so we end up calling them stuffed veggies. Ingredients: 4 bell peppers (red or green) 1 pound of ground beef 1 cup of Monterey jack cheese 1 cup of canned corn 1 cup of cooked rice 1 teaspoon of cumin 1 tablespoon of olive oil 2 green onions (chopped) Directions: 1. Cut the top off of the bell peppers 2. Cook the rice per...

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Prosciutto and Gruyere Sandwich Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

I have spent so much time in the kitchen doing holiday baking, that the last thing I want is to spend more time in the kitchen preparing a big family meal. I want dinner on the table in less than a few minutes so that I can focus on what is important – spending quality time with my family. I love prosciutto and Gruyère, so I created this simple and easy sandwich casserole recipe – it was a huge hit in my family! You’ll be able to have dinner prepared within just a few minutes, and with barely any effort at all. Ingredients: 1 package of Kings Hawaiian Roles 1/4 pound of fresh prosciutto 1/4 pound of Gruyère cheese 1/2 cup of arugula 2 tomatoes (sliced thin) Directions: 1. First slice all of the Hawaiian roles in half 2....

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Lasagna

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

While on our road trip to Santa Cruz over Thanksgiving weekend, we stopped at a lot of local farm stands to collect some fresh produce from the Central Coast. Our eyes ended up being much bigger than our stomachs as we brought home enough Brussels Sprouts to feed at least a hundred people – ops! So what did we do? We ate Brussels Sprouts every single day for almost ten days so that we would not waste a single sprout. Since we were eating so many of them (and they are already not my kids favorite) I had to great creative. I started creating many different recipes (some good – some bad) and this Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Lasagna ended up being one of my all-time favorite new recipes. Ingredients: 1 Jar of your favorite pasta sauce 1 package...

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Gumdrop Christmas Cookie Recipes

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Christmas, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

One of my favorite holiday candies are gumdrops. When I thought about what type of holiday cookie I wanted to make today, gumdrops were the first that came to my mind. When making the gumdrop Christmas Cookie recipes, I accidentally started by reading my oatmeal cookie recipe, and decided to manipulate the recipe a little, and the result was pure goodness – Kid approved! If you cannot find a bag of red and green gumdrops (aka. spice drops) then I would recommend purchasing two bags to get enough red and green gumdrops to make the recipe. You can incorporate your kids into the project by allowing them to cut the gumdrops with a non-serrated knife. They can also just use their fingers to tear them into small pieces for you! Gumdrop Cookies Yield: 1 1/2 dozen Ingredients 1/3 cup...

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Christmas Tree Meringue Recipe

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Christmas, Featured, Recipes | 2 comments

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to bake holiday treats. Every year, I tend to make the same things year after year, and this year I was determined to try some new holiday treats so we started by making Christmas Tree Meringues. After discovering my Grandma’s old recipe box earlier this year, I have a treasure trove a delicious recipes that she left for me including this meringue recipe. I love meringues, and I have always been so intimidated about making them until seeing the recipe. (They are not as hard as they appear) With a little Pinterest inspiration, I got inspired to shape our meringues into Christmas trees. The biggest tip that I have is to make them at night! If you are planning any other holiday baking, it will slow you...

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Eggnog Pancake Recipe

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Nothing says the holidays more than a delicious glass of chilled egg nog. We have been enjoying regular deliveries from Winder Farms with their fresh vegetables, tasty chocolate milk and tender meats. Recently, we ordered some of their Rockview Farms eggnog along with our other groceries to bring to the cabin in Big Bear last week. While in Big Bear, I surprised the kids with the most delicious eggnog pancakes. The kids enjoyed it so much, that we had a special pre-Thanksgiving pancake dinner with our neighbors. Why Rockview Farms? There is nothing more important to me that supporting local companies, and Rockview Farms is one of the last family-owned and operated dairy farms in Downey. Rockview Farms has rBST-free milk, and pasteurized at a lower temperature that you can definitely taste in the flavor. Your family can help...

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Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

When the boys are stuck at football practice until late, and I find myself not knowing what to cook for dinner, this Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe is one of my all-time favorites. I am able to prepare one of the fastest (and delicious) meals that my family loves. The best part of this recipe is that it’s simple, less than five ingredients, and can be prepared in just a few short minutes. This recipe is a gift from one of my dear friends who first made it for me after giving birth to my son Tyler. The recipe is delicious served either hot or cold, and is paired perfectly with a fresh salad and warm garlic bread. Basil Pest Pasta Recipe Makes: 4 Servings Ingredients: 3-4 Tbl. of Basil leaves (chopped) 1 small package of Buitoni pesto with basil...

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Bacon and Sage Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

With rain in the forecast, I found myself craving a delicious Fall soup. Pumpkin, squash..I could not decide. After talking with my neighbor about how I could make the perfect soup I was craving, we decided on these key ingredients to make the perfect Fall soup. I mixed some of my favorite ingredients to create the most incredible butternut squash soup that I have ever had. My kids loved this soup so much that for the first time, we had no leftovers! ~Enjoy! Bacon and Sage Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Yield: 6 Servings Ingredients: 1 Large Butternut squash 4-5 Sage leaves (chopped) 2 Tbl. of Butter 1/2 Onion (chopped) 4 Slices of Bacon 3 1/2 cups of Chicken Broth 1/2 cup of cream Salt and Pepper 1. Slice, peel and remove the seeds from the butternut squash. 2. Add...

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Jack Skellington Sugar Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Disney, Featured, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

It’s Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. Bring the classic Tim Burton film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” to life with this delicious Jack Skellington sugar cookie recipe. These delicious sugar cookies are sure to bring spooktacular fright to boys and girls everywhere as parents transform their kitchens into Halloweentown with this frightful treat. Jack Skellington Sugar Cookies (not pictured) Courtesy of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Makes 18 cookies Cookies 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Icing 2 egg whites 3 cups confectioner’s sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Black food coloring paste For cookies: Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside. Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer...

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Sauté Garlic Tilapia with Lemon Kale Salad

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Recipes | 2 comments

Tilapia is one of my favorite types of fish to cook for the children because it never has that traditional “fishy” flavor that most fish has. As a bonus, Tilapia always cooks super fast so that dinner can be on the table in under thirty minutes. We had a busy weekend, and I was able to make this delicious Sauté Garlic Tilapia with a Lemon Kale Salad in just a few minutes. The kids loved it! I normally chop the garlic, and mix the herbs myself when making this dish for the family, but I decided to try making it with the Land O’Lakes Sauté Express® Sauté Starter that I came across while shopping at Walmart over the weekend. The starter tasted just as fresh as it did when I would cooked the fish using my own ingredients, and...

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Toffee Latte Recipe

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

I have fallen in love with B.toffee. A jar of the delicious treat never seems to last more than a day in my home. Since I love latte’s, and I love toffee, I attempted to merge my two favorites into a toffee latte. The result was nothing short of amazing. It took a couple of attempts to perfect the recipe, but I finally managed to perfect it over the weekend. You can easily make the mix ahead of time, and store it in your refrigerator until you are ready to make your latte. Ingredients: 1 large piece of B.toffee 2 cups of your favorite ground coffee 1 coffee maker 1/4 cup of milk 1 frother Directions: I used a vitamix, but any blender will work. Simply add the B.toffee into the blender, and blend until it is the same...

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Bringing Back the 80’s with Tuna Melts

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 1 comment

Dinnertime was so much simpler when I was a kid. Who needed buns for their hamburgers? Baked potatoes for dinner? Why not! I am always making fancy gourmet meals for my kids every night, but after barely surviving the first week of school schedule, mom is dead tired. So, I flash backed to my mom’s era, and attempted to serve my kids tuna melts for dinner. “eewwww..this is disgusting mom,” said my kids, while my husband and I could not get enough of them. The kids were plugging their noses while washing them down with giant cups of water, and it hit me – I am raising a group of food snobs. Oy! If you don’t have a bunch of mini culinary connoisseurs running around your house, then you are in luck with this recipe. It’s quick, easy, and...

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Red Leicester Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Football practice ends at 5pm, and I find myself wondering what to make for dinner? Whenever I am in this situation, I always know that I can count on Trader Joe’s. It’s like they know when I need a simple meal, and they even it ready for me to taste test it on the kids before I attempt to cook it at home. During the first week of school, Trader Joe’s saved me with this delicious red leicester macaroni and cheese recipe. Now I will be honest, I have never made anything with red leicester cheese, but after the kids sampled the recipe they said it was a “go!” The recipe was easy, but I still think it was a little too time consuming for a weeknight when trying to help the kids finish their dinner. It would make...

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Raspberry Mint Prosecco Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

My favorite cocktail and my favorite fruit came together with this refreshing Raspberry Mint Prosecco cocktail recipe. Last weekend, we had some friends drop-in to say “hello,” and I rushed to see what I had to prepare them a lovely drink. I completely winged it with this recipe, and it ended up being probably my favorite cocktail to serve to guests. If you are planning on guests this weekend, or just want to make a cocktail for you and your husband, I guarantee that you are going to love this drink. Since I did not have Prosecco in my wine cabinet when our guests arrived, I used a very similar sparkling Pinot Grigio from Trader Joe’s (pictured below). This sparkling Pinot Grigio is a fraction of the price of traditional Prosecco’s and tastes just as delicious as some of...

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Grilled Caprese Chicken Camping Recipe

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

The heat is finally on, and time to head down to your favorite campground for a weekend family getaway. One of my favorite camping recipes is my grilled caprese chicken camping recipe. Not a camper? No problem! This is also a fun recipe to make for a backyard camping night, or just for fun! It is made using fresh, healthy ingredients, and your kids will love eating out of their own foil food pouch. Enjoy! Ingredients: 4-5 chicken breasts (I use the chicken tenders because they cook faster on the grill) 3 Tbl. of balsamic vinaigrette 4 Tbl. of olive oil 1 package of mini mozzarella balls 1/2 cup of basil aluminum foil Barbecue Directions: 1. Cut the foil into 12″ x 12″ squares 2. Add the chicken, and top with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette...

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Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Chicken

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

The weather is perfect for firing up the grill to make this delicious bacon wrapped barbecue chicken recipe! What I love the most about this recipe is how easy it is to make, and these are just a few ingredients. When planning to impress some guests, or just your family, this recipe is the perfect backyard barbecue recipe to make before summer is over! With just three ingredients, and a barbecue, you will have dinner on the table in a flash! Ingredients: 1 pound of chicken tenders 1 package a applewood bacon 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce Directions: 1. Roll the bacon around one piece of chicken tenders 2. Drizzle the bacon wrapped chicken with your favorite barbecue sauce. 3. Grill for 5-15 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. 4. Enjoy [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:15] Look how simple...

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Hawaiian Halibut Recipe

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Halibut is one of my favorite types of fish to cook. Every year, my husband goes to Alaska to bring us home a large amount of halibut and salmon to eat throughout the year. Since my husband could not attend this year, my dad still went bringing us home 1,500 pounds of fish for the year! Let’s just say that I will be sharing lots of fish recipes with you over the next couple of months. This week, I was sitting on the beach dreaming about Hawaii, when I made-up this Hawaiian halibut recipe – and it turned out amazing! (Even the kids loved it) Did I mention it is easy? Well it’s that too! Ingredients: 1 Large halibut steak 1/2 cup of pineapple juice 1/2 cup of bread crumbs 1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs 3-4 slices of...

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Sundried Tomato Basil Pizza Recipe

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

I love exploring new recipes when making pizza for the kids. Pizza is a great way to sneak in healthy ingredients without your kids every knowing it. I normally just make a traditional tomato and basil pizza for the kids, but this week, I tried something different by using sundried tomatoes – they loved it! I hope that your kids like this sundried tomato basil pizza as much as mine did! Ingredients: 1 Pizza dough 1 Package of mozzarella balls 2 Tbl. of Olive oil 1 clove of chopped garlic 8-10 fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes Directions: 1. Roll out the pizza dough 2. Drizzle olive oil on the dough, and then sprinkle with the chopped garlic 3. Use a pastry brush to spread the olive oil across the dough 4. Add the mozzarella, basil and...

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Carolina Barbecue Chicken Sliders Recipe

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

I decided to plan a last-minute Labor Day Bash, and wanted to try-out a couple of recipes today. I hit the jackpot with this Carolina Barbecue Chicken Sliders recipe, and it might just be my new favorite recipe. Why? It is only TWO ingredients, and no work – you heard me right – just two ingredients – and no fuss! I spotted the secret sauce while picking-up a few last-minute dinner recipes at Trader Joes this past week, when I thought it might just be good for the type of dish I was hoping to make for Labor Day. It ended up being more than what I could have ever hoped for, and my entire family LOVED it..I mean..LOVED it! Ingredients: 1 pound of chicken breast 1 Bottle of Carolina Gold Barbecue Sauce from Trader Joes 1 Package of...

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Weekly Family Meal Planning and Recipes Week #1

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

We asked, and you answered. It is no surprise that Shelby has had a long passion for cooking, and is excited to share some of her favorite recipes to help you plan your weekly family meal planning for the week. We are making it simple for your family to enjoy these recipes for the week with a printable shopping list, and recipes. Enjoy the leftovers or dining out over the weekend, and stay tuned for another weekly meal planning list next Sunday. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:10] Monday Margarita Pizza Ingredients: 1 lb. of pizza dough 1 large ripe tomato 1/2 cup of chopped basil 2 Tbl of garlic 2 Tbl of olive oil 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese Directions: 1. Roll out pizza dough 2. Brush olive oil over dough 3. Sprinkle with chopped garlic, sliced tomato, basil and cheese 4. Bake...

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