Sargento Cheese Tasting

Due to my participation with Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s program and Sargento, I was chosen to compare Sargento’s 100% natural cheese products to other brands on the market.? I gave it some thought and decided that several opinions was better than just 1 so I worked up a little cheese tasting party and invited some of my neighbor friends.? In preparation for this little tasting I bought 4 different Sargento cheese flavors – Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone and Cheddar Blend.? I also bought the same flavors in another brand.? Tastemaker had sent me a “Taste Test” fact sheet so I worked up voting vouchers for each of my guests.? They were to judge the different cheeses by look, texture, smell and taste. The cheeses were placed in separate dishes with their name, such as Cheddar, and either

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Got Wine? Eversave.com Giveaway – Wine.com

June 15, 2011 by  
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So, you know I like wine. Right? And so do my friends. No big surprise here. I’m sure most of you do too. Right now Eversave.com is offering an amazing deal – $70

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Home Tips

?Sent to me by a friend Thought I’d pass this along, some good tips. ? ?? ?? ?? DID YOU? KNOW? , ??? ? Take? your bananas apart when you get home from the? store. If you leave them connected? at the stem, they ripen faster.?? Store your opened chunks of? cheese in aluminum foil . It will stay fresh much? longer and not mold! ? Peppers? with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for? eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the? bottom are firmer and better for?cooking. ? Add? a teaspoon of water when frying ground? beef . It will help pull the grease? away from the meat while? cooking. ? To? really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple? of Spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy? cream ; then beat them.?? ? Add? garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light? taste Of garlic and at the end of? the recipe if your want a stronger taste of? garlic. Reheat? Pizza Heat leftover pizza in a? nonstick skillet on top of the stove; set heat to? med-low And heat till warm. This? keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this? on the? food channel and it really? works. Easy? Deviled Eggs Put cooked egg yolks in a? zip lock bag. Seal; mash till they are all broken up Add? remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up? mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy; squeeze? mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done – easy? clean up.? Reheating? refrigerated bread To warm biscuits, pancakes,? or muffins that were refrigerated, place them? in A microwave next to a cup of? water. The increased moisture will keep the? food Moist and help it reheat? faster.? Newspaper? weeds away Start putting torn newspaper? in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet? newspapers, Put layers around the? plants, overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget? about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening? plastic; they will not get through wet? newspapers. Broken? Glass Use a wet cotton ball or? Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see? easily. Flexible? vacuum To get something out of a? heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper? towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to? your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow? openings. Reducing? Static Cling Pin a small safety pin to? the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt? or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when? wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and … Ta? DA! .. Static is gone.? Measuring? Cups Before? you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup , fill with? hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup.? Next, add your ingredient ( peanut butter , honey, etc.) and? watch how easily it comes right out. ?? Foggy? Windshield ? ? Hate? foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in? the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with? the eraser! Works better than a? cloth! Reopening? envelope If? you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to? include something inside, Just place your sealed? envelope…

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So it’s been a while

I know, I know…I’ve been a very, very bad blogger but honestly I was totally immersed in a 3 month long project that I loved dearly and took up the majority of the very limited free time that I have.? But the project has been completed and the torch has been passed so “I’M BAAAAAAAAACKKKKK!” I’ve missed my twitter friends, my Facebook friends and most importantly I’ve missed my blog.? So I am back nice and fresh with a recipe that is perfect for this up coming weekend (there is some sort of game or something going on right?) or really any time you get a craving for some chicken wings that will knock your socks off!!! They are fast and easy but take a little bit of pre planning for the marinating time but other than that they are perfect for a busy weeknight meal…Thanks @aggieskitchen for a great recipe! Ranch Chicken Wings (from Aggie’s Kitchen , with slight seasoning changes) Ingredients: 2 lbs chicken wings 1 cup olive oil 1 1/2 tsp dry lemon pepper seasoning salt 2 cloves of minced garlic 1/2 tsp dry dill seasoning (Or look for a seasoning called “It’s A Dilly” which has it all) Dry Ranch Dressing Packet Fresh Ground Pepper Combine oil, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic and dill seasoning in bowl. Pour over chicken wings and let marinate for 4-6 hours. Place wings in an oven pan covered w/foil and sprinkle liberally with Dry Ranch Dressing packet and fresh ground pepper….cook 425 degree for about 35-40 minutes. You may want to broil them for a few minutes to brown them right up…But watch them closely! Serve with Ranch dressing and cut celery.

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Consuming Fruit Correctly

EATING FRUIT… This was sent to me by a friend and I found it quite informative, even though it is long. We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths.? It’s not as easy as you think.? It’s important to know how and when to eat. What is the correct way of eating fruits?? ? IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS!? FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. ? If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities. ? FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.? Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. ?The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so. ?In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil….. ? So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals!? You have heard people complaining “every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat during my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc” actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach.? The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat! When you need to drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice , NOT from the cans.? Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up.? Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all.? You only get to taste.? Cooking destroys all the vitamins. But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. ?If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.? You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body.? Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look! ? KIWI: Tiny but mighty.? This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber.? Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange. APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a?low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke. STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals . ORANGE : Sweetest medicine.? Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol , prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer . WATERMELON: Coolest …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010 by  
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am thankful for each and every one of you… For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. –Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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Brownie Cupcakes – A Kiss Dish

These cupcakes make a wonderful, tasty gift for teachers, friends, neighbors, etc.? They are so simple! 1 box brownie mix 1 cup mini-marshmallows 1/2 cup chopped nuts Preheat oven to 350.? Fill muffin tins with liners.? Mix brownie mix according to package directions.? Add marshmallows and nuts.? Spoon into tins filling them 1/2 full.? Bake 20 minutes.? Makes 24 Changes – use coconut instead of nuts.?

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Iron Foodie 2010 Contest

?? ? ?? ??? ? ?? ??? ??? ? ?? ??? ? ?? ? ?? ? ?? ??? ? ?? ??? ? ?? ??? ? I’m entering the Iron Foodie 201 contest sponsored by Marx Foods and Foodie BlogRoll.? This sounds like a really fun contest.? There will be 25 challengers selected to participate and I plan to be one of them.? Here is what I have to do 1st. 1) – I have to answer a few questions. ?Q. Why do I want to compete in this challenge? ?A.? I love a good challenge, especially when it comes to food.? One of my favorite things to do is create new dishes or take complicated recipes and make them simple. ?Q.? Limitations of time/space notwithstanding, whose kitchen would I like to spend the day in and why?? Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Ferran Adria, James Beard, Marie-Antonie Careme or The Swedish Chef? ?A.? This is a tough one to answer.? I admire Julia Child for her determination to break into a world normally dominated by men.? Thomas Keller who started as a cook and followed his dream to own some of the best restaurants in America.? Ferran Adria for his application of science to the culinary world.? James Beard for awarding the best of the best.? Marie-Antoine Careme for her contribution to the dessert world and The Swedish Chef for adding humor that sparks the interest of cooking in children.? Now for my answer.? I would choose Julia Child.? She strikes me as one who would laugh at mistakes I might make while being taught by someone as great as she was.? She is what I would call a “real person.” ?Q.? What morsel am I most likely to swipe form family and friends’ plates when they aren’t looking? ?A.?? There are actually several answers to this one.? If you have anything coconut on your plate you better guard it from me.? If you have shrimp on your plate you better guard it.? And if you have anything with melted cheese on your plate you better take the plate with you wherever you go. ?Q.? Sum up your childhood in one meal. ?A.? Thanksgiving dinner!? My mother would spend the week before making cakes and pies.? I would see them sitting around the kitchen wanting so badly to pinch a bite.? When the day would finally come I would spend the whole day “balancing” my food so I could eat all day.? The dressing and gravy were my favorite.? And…

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Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies

As you can tell from the picture I used 4 different toppings.? I love my white chocolate so some had to be adorned with them.? Some I sprinkled with chocolate sprinkles, some with candy coated chocolate sprinkles and some with a mix of chopped peanuts and chocolate sprinkles.? These are really kid friendly cookies and with the holidays around the corner, they are perfect to add to your holiday trays and even to leave for Santa.? And don’t forget the school parties.? Think how proud your kids will be when they brag to their friends that they made the cookies.? View the recipe by going to Martha’s Recipe Cabinet .

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Left Over Cheese

After having a gathering of friends I found myself with leftover sliced cheese. All kinds of cheese.. Swiss, Cheddar, etc. With the economy as it is there was no way I would just throw it away and there was also no way I could eat it all before it went bad. So what do you do with leftover cheese? I did 2 things. First I cut it up into small pieces. I measured out 1 1/2 cups and made pimiento cheese. I did this by mixing 1/2 of an 8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese, softened, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 2 heaping tablespoons of chopped pimiento and pepper. The different cheeses gave it a great taste. This made a delicious spread. Second, I took what was left over, put it into a freezer bag and put it into the freezer to use with dishes I make that call for cheese. Frozen cheese, after thawing, won’t work very well for sandwiches but it works great in cooking. So the next time you’re stuck with leftover sliced cheese, give either or both of these suggestions a try.

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