Saturday, December 31, 2011

Chicken Marsala

1 1/2 cups virgin olive oil 9 (4-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts 3 cups Italian bread crumbs 3 tablespoons minced garlic 6 cups fresh sliced mushrooms 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes 3 tablespoons fresh chopped basil leaves 1 1/2 cups Marsala wine 3/4 cups half-and-half 3/4 cups marinara sauce 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 1 pinch pepper Directions For the Chicken Marsala: In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. Pound chicken breasts lightly on each side flipping twice. Place the bread crumbs in a shallow baking dish. Bread each breast by pushing down into bread crumbs and then flipping so both sides are breaded. Place the breasts in the hot pan and saute until lightly browned on each side. Drain the oil from the pan. The next 2 steps must be done quickly while pan is on the burner. Add the minced garlic to the hot pan, NOT on the chicken breasts. Add mushrooms, tomatoes, basil and marsala wine. Flip chicken breasts over placing them on top of the ingredients so they cook and the breasts do not burn. Let the alcohol burn off and let the wine soak in for a minute. Stir in the half-and-half, marinara sauce, and chicken broth and cook over high heat. Add pepper and continue cooking on high heat until liquid reduces into a thick, golden brown sauce, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the chicken breasts from the pan and transfer to a serving platter. Pour the sauce directly from the pan onto the chicken breasts and serve.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Homemade and Delicious Chicken Nuggets

1 to 2 cups vegetable oil Bread crumb mixture: 3 to 4 cups bread crumbs 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tablespoon white pepper 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon thyme 4 to 6 boneless chicken breasts 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 to 4 eggs, beaten Directions Add the vegetable oil to a deep skillet and preheat to 350 degrees F. For the bread crumbs: Combine the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper and thyme in a large bowl. Set aside. Slice the chicken into 1/2-inch strips. Don't forget to remove the cartilage from center of breast. Place the flour and eggs into separate bowls. Cover each strip evenly in flour, then submerge strips in the eggs, to coat well. Let excess egg drip off, and then coat with the bread crumb mixture. Fry strips in hot oil until golden brown. Remove from fryer, drain on paper towels and serve.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin-Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
1 c. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix, just pure pumpkin)
1/2 c. almond milk
2 egg whites
1/2 c. safflower oil (or any light-flavored oil)
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

For the frosting:

1/2 c. canned pumpkin

1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 c. honey

1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Line your cupcake tins with cupcake papers or grease the tin itself. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your pumpkin, almond milk, egg whites, safflower oil, honey and vanilla extract. In a second mixing bowl, whisk together your flour , salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Whisk the flour mixture into the liquid mixture and blend well. If your batter is too thick, add a little extra almond milk (about 1/4 c. at a time until you reach a thick, yet runny consistency). Pour into tins, and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.


For the frosting:

Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and whisk until well blended. Remove cupcakes from oven, allow to cool and spread frosting over the tops.

Makes about 16 cupcakes.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Old-Fashioned Potato Salad

6 eggs 4 celery stalks 10 pounds russet potatoes 3 teaspoons salt 2 tablespoons prepared mustard 3 tablespoons dill relish 5 tablespoons real mayonnaise Freshly ground black pepper Directions In a large pot, hard-boil the eggs. Drain and cool, then shell and dice the eggs. Dice the celery stalks, and place to the side with eggs. In a large pot, boil whole potatoes until fully cooked. Drain water. Let potatoes cool and then peel. In a large bowl crumble or mash potatoes. Add all remaining ingredients, including the eggs and celery, and mix. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving time.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Worlds Perfect Meatloaf

1 teaspoon prepared horseradish 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 pound ground beef, moistened 1/2 onion, finely chopped 1 egg 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 cup bread crumbs 1 cup ketchup Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the horseradish, mustard, salt, and pepper. Set aside. In large bowl, mix ground beef, onion, egg, and Worcestershire sauce. Add contents of small bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the bread crumbs and combine well. Place mixture into a 1-pound loaf pan. Pour ketchup over top and place in oven. Bake uncovered for 45 to 60 minutes.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Delicious Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

1 tablespoon salt, plus more for pasta water 1 pound large elbow macaroni 6 tablespoons butter 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups milk 1 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 1 pound white Cheddar, shredded 4 ounces Romano, shredded 4 ounces Asiago, shredded 2 cups bread crumbs (suggested: panko (Japanese) available at most markets) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish Directions Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In large pot filled with water add 3 pinches of salt and the macaroni and place over high heat. Bring to a boil and let cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain. Set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Sprinkle flour over butter and cook 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat, whisking until a roux or paste forms. Add cold milk and whisk vigorously until dissolved. Cook sauce on medium-low heat until thick and bubbly. Add heavy cream, all cheeses, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon pepper. Cook until cheeses are fully melted, stirring occasionally. Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture and mix thoroughly. Place macaroni mixture in a 13 by 9 baking dish and top with bread crumbs. Place in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Top with fresh parsley and serve.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Triple Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons instant coffee
3 large eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk chocolate, chopped into large bits
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped into large bits
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Melt the 10 ounces of bittersweet chocolate with the butter in a double boiler over low heat. Remove from heat, and place the top part of the double boiler over a pan filled with warm water to prevent the chocolate from hardening. In a small bowl, mix the vanilla and coffee until the coffee is completely dissolved. Add to melted chocolate and stir. In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, brown sugar and white sugar. Place this bowl on a pot containing hot water (not boiling). Continue mixing by hand until the mixture is warm. Remove the bowl from the hot water. Using the electric mixer, beat the egg mixture for approximately 5 minutes or until it is pale yellow, thick, and cool. Fold into melted chocolate. Fold in the flour. Add chopped chocolate and nuts, stir. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop on a baking sheet by heaping tablespoonfuls, leaving 1 1/2 inches between cookies. Lightly flatten cookies with a floured fork. Place in the upper part of the oven and bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the cookies are golden. Remove from oven and let cool 3 minutes, then place cookies on a cooling rack.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

No-chill Cutout Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add baking powder and flour one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Dough will be stiff. Do not chill dough. Divide dough in half. Roll each half about 1/8 inch thick. Dip cutters into flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet on middle rack of oven for 8-12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ty Ku Toddy

Ingredients:
1 1/2 TY KU Liqueur
1/2 oz. light rum
1 oz. chamomile tea
1/4 oz. sugar free vanilla syrup

Directions:

Stir ingredients together. Serve warm.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Frosted Ginger Pumpkin Cookies

2-3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup buttermilk
Frosting
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
Decorations for faces: candy corn, cinnamon red hots, jelly beans, licorice laces, other candies

Mix flour, ginger, baking soda and salt. In large bowl with electric mixer beat butter, sugar and molasses until well blended and smooth. Stir in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk until well blended. Wrap dough, chill overnight. Heat oven to 375 degrees. On lightly floured board roll 3/8" thick. Cut out pumpkin shapes. Place 1" apart on un-greased cookie sheets. Bake 1 cookie sheet at time in middle of oven for 15 minutes until puffy and golden brown. Cool on sheets a few minutes. Remove to rack to cool completely. Frost cookies except stems with frosting. Frost stems with melted chocolate.

Almond Macaroons

3 egg whites, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 ounces blanched almonds, toasted and ground to a fine powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil. Beat together the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until egg whites are glossy and form very stiff peaks. Gently fold in the ground almonds and flour. Drop by tablespoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden on the tips. Slide foil from baking sheets onto wire racks. Let stand 5 minutes. Gently peel foil away from backs of macaroons. Return macaroons to racks to cool.

Gluten-Free Quinoa Cupcakes

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
2 1/2-3 c. apples (about 2 medium sized apples), diced
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. dark rum
4 large eggs
9 tbsp. butter (1 stick + 1 tbsp.)
1 c. sugar
1 1/3 c. cooked quinoa
1 3/4 c. rice flour
1 tsp. baking powder


1/2 c butter
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. milk
2 c. confectioner's sugar, sifted

Directions:
For the cupcakes:
Simmer the apple cubes with the water, sugar, cinnamon and rum until the apple is cooked and almost all the liquid is evaporated. Whisk the egg and sugar and add the melted butter. Stir well. Add the quinoa, mix well and then add the flour and baking powder. Stir well. Fill 12 cupcake liners about 1/3 full with batter. Add a layer of apples. Top with another layer of batter so that they are all about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the tops bounce back when you touch them.

For the frosting:
In a saucepan, melt 1/2 c. butter. Add the brown sugar. Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium low and continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm. Gradually add sifted confectioner's sugar. Beat until thick enough to spread. If too thick, add a little hot water.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pumpkin Martini

Ingredients:
2 oz. TY KU Sake
1 oz. vanilla rum
1/2 oz. pumpkin syrup
Whipped cream
Cinnamon stick garnish

Directions:
Mix ingredients together. Top with whipped cream and garnish with cinnamon stick.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Coconut Highball

Ingredients:
2 oz. Chivas Regal 12 Year
4 oz. coconut water
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. organic light agave nectar

Directions:
Dry shake (no ice) and pour ice in a highball glass. Garnish with lemon slice.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fiji Apple

Ingredients:
2 oz. TY KU Sake Black
1 oz. Captain Morgan spiced rum
1.5 oz. apple juice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Elegant Extravaganza Gift Basket

Still looking for a special gift for someone across the country? Take a look at this wonderful basket of gourmet food!



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Napa Mustard, Traditional Butter Cookies, Lemon Almond Biscotti, Sonoma Jack Garlic & Herb Cheese, Beef Salami, Smoked Almonds, Cracked Black Pepper Crackers, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Beth's Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sonoma Cheese Straws, Chocolate Popcorn, Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares Bag
  • Nearly 5 pounds of pure delectable bliss.
  • Includes: butter cookies, biscotti, chocolate chip cookies, Napa mustard, beef salami, Sonoma Jack cheese, and more.
  • Let's not forget the Ghirardelli chocolate squares, chocolate drizzled popcorn, honey roasted peanuts, and Sonoma cheese straws.
  • This one is sure to please.
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cranapple Cobbler

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz. TY KU Liqueur
1 oz. apple juice
Splash of sugar-free cranberry juice

Directions:
Stir ingredients together. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Twinings Earl Grey Tea, 12-Count K-Cups for Keurig Brewers

  • Twinings, K-Cup, Earl Grey, Black Tea
  • Fine black tea; blended with the citrus fruit flavor of bergamot; uplifting tea; unique floral aroma; refreshing taste; source of anti-oxidants
  • Simply brew and enjoy
  • Made in London


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Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients:
6 oz./170 g. egg whites at room temperature
1/2 c. whole milk at room temperature, divided
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
6 oz./170 g. gluten-free flour
6 oz./170 g. organic sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
6 oz./170 g. organic butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or line muffin pans with cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, combine the egg whites with 1/4 c. of milk and the vanilla. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt together on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the butter cubes and remaining 1/4 c. of milk. Mix on low speed until the butter has been incorporated. Increase to medium speed and beat for 1-2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg mixture in 3 separate batches; beat on medium speed for 20-30 seconds after each addition. Pour or scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Let cool on racks completely before frosting the cupcakes.

Makes about 16 cupcakes.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs

Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chocolate Nibs, King of Cacao 16 Ounce Pouch (Pack of 2)



Partially ground cacao beans that are the natural source of all chocolate products
Pack of two 16-ounce pouches
100 % pure cacao that is certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and raw
Healthy way to stock up on antioxidants and important minerals like magnesium and iron
A healthy, gourmet, and delicious addition to all kinds of treats
The mission of Navitas Naturals is to provide premium organic functional foods that increase energy and enhance health

Navitas Naturals organic raw chocolate nibs are the partially ground cacao beans that are the natural source of all chocolate products. With their crunchy texture and intense flavor, the cacao nibs are healthy, gourmet, and a delicious addition to all kinds of treats. From adding them into a brownie batter, sprinkling on ice cream, or even just tossing into a trail mix, there is virtually no wrong way to add more of this “real chocolate” into your life. Moreover, with cacao’s soaring levels of antioxidants, and trace minerals like magnesium and iron, you can feel good in every way about enjoying this tasty superfood. Navitas Naturals cacao nibs contain 100% pure cacao that is certified organic, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and raw. This is sold in a pack of two 16-ounce pouches.

About Navitas Naturals
The food philosophy of Navitas Naturals is simple--nutrient rich whole foods are best produced using organic agricultural methods with minimal processing. Focusing on both food safety and nutrition, they handle their premium superfoods with care. This includes third party testing for all the products. Their facility is organic, kosher, and GMP/HACCP certified. In addition, they utilize methods such as freeze-drying and low temperature processing to ensure maximum nutrition and safety.

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“Navitas” is the Latin word for energy. As the name implies, their mission is to provide premium organic functional foods that increase energy and enhance health. Part of this effort is to continually search for the world’s most beneficial natural foods. Navitas Naturals is a certified organic, green business headquartered in Marin County, California.

They specialize in organic and wild-crafted functional foods, and strive to lead the industry in this expanding market. Health conscious consumers choose their nutrient-rich products because they are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

King of cacao. Raw chocolate - the new red wine. Cacao beans (theobroma cacao/raw chocolate) are the source for all chocolate and cocoa products. Our certified organic, raw cacao is the premium criollo variety. Theobroma literally means food of the goods
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Twinings English Breakfast Tea, 25-Count K-Cups For Keurig Brewers

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  • Pack of 2 (total 50 count)
  • Rich and satisfying robust tea
  • Consistent well balanced flavours
  • Twinings sold in more than 100 countries throughout the world
  • Blended with Kenyan and Assam black teas

Twinings English Breakfast Tea was originally blended to complement the traditional, hearty English breakfast, from which its name derives. Their refreshing and invigorating flavor makes English breakfast one of the most popular black teas to drink at any time or occasion - not just for breakfast. English breakfast can be enjoyed with or without milk, sweetened or unsweetened - the choice is yours. English breakfast tea is a rich and satisfying robust tea, traditionally blended with Kenyan and Assam black teas.

Newman's Own Organics California Prunes

Newman's own Organics California Prunes (dried plums) are the best tasting prunes I've ever had.
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Prunes are well known for their ability to prevent constipation. In addition to providing bulk and decreasing the transit time of fecal matter, thus decreasing the risk of colon cancer and hemorrhoids, prunes' insoluble fiber also provides food for the "friendly" bacteria in the large intestine. When these helpful bacteria ferment prunes' insoluble fiber, they produce a short-chain fatty acid called butyric acid, which serves as the primary fuel for the cells of the large intestine and helps maintain a healthy colon. These helpful bacteria also create two other short-chain fatty acids, propionic and acetic acid, which are used as fuel by the cells of the liver and muscles.

The propionic acid produced from prunes' insoluble fiber may also be partly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering properties of fiber. In animal studies, propionic acid has been shown to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme involved in the production of cholesterol by the liver. By lowering the activity of this enzyme, propionic acid helps lower blood cholesterol levels.

In addition, prunes' soluble fibers help to lower cholesterol by binding to bile acids and removing them from the body via the feces. Bile acids are compounds used to digest fat that are manufactured by the liver from cholesterol. When they are excreted along with prunes' fiber, the liver must manufacture new bile acids and uses up more cholesterol, thus lowering the amount of cholesterol in circulation. Soluble fiber may also reduce the amount of cholesterol manufactured by the liver.

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine confirms that eating high fiber foods, such as prunes, helps prevent heart disease. Almost 10,000 American adults participated in this study and were followed for 19 years. People eating the most fiber, 21 grams per day, had 12% less coronary heart disease (CHD) and 11% less cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to those eating the least, 5 grams daily. Those eating the most water-soluble dietary fiber fared even better with a 15% reduction in risk of CHD and a 10% risk reduction in CVD.
Lastly, the insoluble fiber provided by prunes feed friendly bacteria in the digestive tract, which helps to maintain larger populations of friendly bacteria. In addition to producing the helpful short-chain fatty acids described above, friendly bacteria play an important protective role by crowding out pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria and preventing them from surviving in the intestinal tract.

Pomosa

Ingredients:
4 oz. sparkling wine
1 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka

Directions:
Pour chilled Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka into a flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a strawberry.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water

Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water, 11.1-Ounce Containers (Pack of 12)

Pure Coconut Water



  • Case of twelve, 11.1-ounce containers (total of 133.2 ounces)
  • High in potassium, free of fat, cholesterol, and sugar; low in acidity
  • Contains five essential electrolytes--potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous
  • Serve chilled or mixed in a cocktail
  • A product of the Brazil

Craving a healthy, delicious all-natural boost? Take a hydration vacation from sugary sodas and sports drinks with Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water. (No bikini required!) Made with the pure coconut water taken from young, green coconuts harvested in the north of Brazil, and naturally full of potassium and four other essential electrolytes to enhance the hydration process, this fresh, clean-tasting beverage will help replenish your body as it quenches your thirst.

The Beauty of One Ingredient: Coconut Water
Vita Coco is about hydration, and hydration is important no matter what you do. So while other beverages claim to be the before-, during-, and after-sports hydrator, Vita Coco is the hydrator made without added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or pick-me-ups.

In fact, the beauty of Vita Coco is that it's made with 100% pure coconut water from young, green Brazilian coconuts.

The coconuts that are used to make Vita Coco drinks are young, green coconuts -- each one cracked by hand -- from northern Brazil that have an average age of about seven months, which is the best age to extract coconut water because it's still fat-free.

Hydrate Naturally with Five Essential Electrolytes
Sure, you may not be a marathon runner, a football player or Tour de France winner, but your every day life is hectic enough--you should be hydrated while you live it. Go ahead, get hydrated and remember that life is a sport!

Loaded with the five essential electrolytes that your body craves -- including potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous -- Vita Coco has what it takes to keep you hydrated and refreshed throughout your busy day.

In fact, each serving of Vita Coco has more electrolytes and 15 times more potassium than the leading sports drink, and more potassium than two bananas (about 700 mg of potassium is in each 11.2-ounce serving size). These electrolytes work to keep the body cool, help boost poor circulation, replenish your body's fluids after exercising, and aid in the detoxification process while boosting your immune system.

This cholesterol- free, fat- free and pucker-free drink can also help soothe an upset stomach, and when paired with a healthy diet, it can even promote weight loss. All this from a single, natural ingredient, and without any artificial sweeteners or added sugars.

11.2-Ounce Tetra Pak with Peel-Away Opening
The perfect solution for an on-the-go lifestyle, the 11.2-ounce Tetra Paks give you just the right amount of Vita Coco to get you through your next task. A convenient peel-away opening makes it easier than ever to access the great taste and benefits of Vita Coco wherever you go.

What's in the Box
Pack of 12 11.2-ounce Tetra Paks of pure coconut water (134 Total Ounces).


Earth's Best Organic Infant Formula with Iron, DHA, Canister


Organic Baby Formula from Earth's Best
Give your baby a healthy start on life with Earth’s Best. Earth’s Best is the only full line of organic baby food and it is the first brand of baby food to be produced with NO Genetically Engineered Ingredients. Earth’s Best infant cereals and jarred foods are available in over 40 varieties, along with infant juices and teething biscuits to satisfy the taste and texture of babies four months and up.
  • Case contains four, 23.2 Ounce canisters
  • Organic, an excellent source of iron, zinc and six B vitamins, 1-3 grams of protein per serving
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Contains DHA & ARA for baby’s brain and eye development


Ingredients
Protein (2.2 g), Fat (5.3 g), Carbohydrate (10.6 g), Water (134 g), Linoleic Acid (750 mg), Vitamin A (300 IU), Vitamin D (60 IU), Vitamin E (2 IU), Vitamin K (8 GU), Thiamine, Vitamin B1 (100 GU), Riboflavin (150 GU), Niacin (750 GU), Folic Acid (7.5 GU), Pantothenic Acid (315 GU), Biotin (2.3 GU), Vitamin C (9 mg), Choline (15 mg), Inositol (4.1 mg), Calcium (63 mg), Phosphorus (42 mg), Magnesium (7 mg), Iron (1.8 mg), Zinc (0.75 mg), Manganese (15 GU), Copper (71 GU), Iodine (9 GU), Selenium (2.1 GU)Sodium (23 mg), Potassium (84 mg), Chloride (56 mg) DHA & ARA for baby s brain and eye development

Directions
Each 25.7 oz canister makes 194 fl oz (6 quarts) of formula.

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Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker



Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker

  • Dual-blade bread machine makes rectangular-shaped 2-pound loaves
  • 10 pre-programmed settings; 3 crust shades; LCD control panel; 13-hour delay timer
  • Large viewing window; removable nonstick bread pan for easy cleaning
  • Measuring spoon, measuring cup, and user manual with recipes included
  • Measures approximately 9-5/8 by 17 by 12-1/5 inches

From cinnamon-raisin bread for breakfast to buttery dinner rolls or garlic bread sticks to serve with dinner, this countertop appliance makes it easy to create delicious bakery-style artisan bread right at home. It can even be used to make homemade meatloaf, strawberry jam, chocolate cake, and more. For a basic bread recipe, simply add in measured ingredients, close the lid, make a selection from the user-friendly LCD control panel, and it takes care of the rest--baking up a rectangular-shaped 2-pound loaf of bread to perfection. Choose from three crust shades--light, medium, or dark--and from 10 pre-programmed settings that consist of Basic, Basic Wheat, Basic Dough, Quick, Quick Wheat, Quick Dough, Jam, Cake, Sour Dough Starter, and Home Made. Best of all, the machine's timer can be set to delay the end of the baking cycle by up to 13 hours, which makes it possible to wake up to the smell of freshly baked, homemade bread in the morning or to come home to a warm loaf at the end of a long day at the office. The bread maker provides two blades for thorough dough kneading and a higher rise, a large viewing window, an "on" indicator light, a start/reset button, and a removable nonstick bread pan for easy cleaning. A double-ended teaspoon/tablespoon measuring spoon, an 8-ounce measuring cup, and a user manual with a variety of recipes come included. The durably built, 700-watt bread machine measures approximately 9-5/8 by 17 by 12-1/5 inches.

Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

Ingredients:
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 can pineapple rings
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. dark rum (optional)
1/2 c. milk
2 tbsp. pineapple juice
1/4 c. poppy seeds

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cupcake pan with non-stick spray. Sprinkle 1/12th of the brown sugar into the bottom of each cup, then top with a pineapple ring. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Add the butter and sugar to another bowl and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between additions. Beat in the vanilla and rum. Add half of the flour mixture and mix to combine. Mix in the milk and pineapple juice, then stir in the remaining flour. Gently fold in the poppy seeds. Divide the batter among the cups of your pan, so that the pineapple ring is on the bottom. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until fully cooked. Allow to cool, then invert pan onto a baking sheet to remove cakes.

Makes 12 cakes.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Cornbread Dressing

Ingredients

* 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
* salt and pepper to taste
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
* 2 chicken livers, trimmed and chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 teaspoon dried sage
* 1 cup chicken broth
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 4 cups cornbread crumbs
* 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
* 1/2 cup water

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Cut a pocket into the side of each piece of chicken, going to within 1/2 inch of each edge. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper; set aside.
3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and chicken livers; cook and stir until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sage; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Pour in the chicken broth and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Gently stir in the cornbread crumbs and set aside until cool enough to handle.
4. Spoon some of the stuffing into the pocket of each piece of chicken. Arrange them in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Spoon any leftover stuffing into the pan to surround the chicken. Stir together the condensed chicken soup and water; pour over the top off the chicken. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the center of the stuffed breasts has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C) and the chicken has browned on top.

Slow Cooker Baked Eggplant

INGREDIENTS
1 1/4 lbs eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
2 ribs celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Tbs olive oil
1 can (16-oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
3 Tbs tomato sauce
1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, cut in half
2 Tbs Balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs capers, drained
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
Combine eggplant, onions, celery, oil, tomatoes and tomato sauce in Crock-Pot slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until eggplant is tender.Stir in olives, vinegar, sugar, capers and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 45 minutes to 1 hour or until heated through.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

K-Cup Coffee for Keurig Brewers, Flavored Coffee Sampler Pack

Check out this Yummy Deal at Amazon.com


  • tart your Mornings Right with this 24 Count of Flavored Coffee!
  • Works with Keurig single serve brewers
  • The quick, simple, and no mess way to get a fresh cup of coffee!
  • Try new flavors without committing to a whole box!

Plain coffee is great, but every now and then I need a nut, vanilla, or chocolate - pure, heavenly chocolate with my coffee. If you agree, then this is for you. This is a variety of flavored coffee for brewers that use the Keurig K-Cup system. There will be 24 K-cups in total. This variety sampler includes only flavored caffeinated coffee. A minimum of 8 different flavors will be included. We select 20 or more flavors of k-cups (some from the list below, some not), mix them together and randomly pull 24 for the package and typically see between 8 and 16 different types in bags we sample. Due to the mixing method, the result is random and the count of each type is also random. You may get 2 of 12 different types, or 7 of 1 type and 1 of 17 others. We select different boxes and flavors every time we order to make sure the varieties stay unique and random -- which is part of the fun. Coffee roasters are always discontinuing flavors and adding new ones which we try to get and add as soon as they are available to us, so the list below is not exact but we try to update when major changes occur. Most people receive a few of the listed K-cup types, but occasionally one won't because of the random selection method. We repackage k-cups into a new bag. We use a recyclable and compostable bag that is eco-friendly. Possible Flavors: Donut House - Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Glazed Donut Green Mountain Coffee - French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Rain Forest Nut, Pumpkin Spice, Southern Pecan, Mocha Nut Fudge, Carmel Vanilla Creme, Wild Mountain Blueberry Gloria Jean's - Mudslide, Swiss Chocolate Almond, Hazelnut, Butter Toffee Van Houtte - Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Vanilla Cupcake, Pecan Praline, Belgian Chocolate, Creme Brulee, Butterscotch, Macadamia Nut Cookie Wolfgang Puck - Creme Caramel, Hawaiian Hazelnut, Jamaica Me Crazy

Fred M Cup Measuring Matroyshkas

Look at this Fred M Cup Measuring Matroyshkas, Set of 6 Dry Measuring Cups. Isn't it adorable?

  • Set of 6 dry measuring cups made in the shapes of traditional Russian matroyshkas
  • They even nest like Russian dolls for easy storage, and they're easy to find in any drawer or cupboard
  • 6-cup set includes 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, 2/3 cup, 3/4 cup, and 1-cup sizes
  • Made with heavy-duty construction, the cups are built to use and to last
  • They are food safe and come in a full-color gift box; makes a great gift for newlyweds and new homeowners

Measure and bake with glee using this set of 6 dry measuring cups made in the shapes of traditional Russian matroyshkas. The cups even nest like the Russian dolls for easy storage, and they're easy to find in any drawer or cupboard. The 6-cup set includes 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, 2/3 cup, 3/4 cup, and 1-cup sizes. Made with heavy-duty construction, the cups are built to use and to last. They are food safe and come in a full-color gift box. The set makes a great gift for newlyweds and new homeowners.

Orange Spiced Cider

Ingredients:
1 Numi Orange Spice tea bag
8 oz. apple cider
2 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo rum

Directions:
Heat cider until very hot. Steep tea bag directly in cider for 5 minutes, covered. Uncover, add rum and stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Slow Cooker Barbeque Meatloaf

2 to 2 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1 can tomato soup, divided
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons
Worcestershire sauce, divided
2 tablespoons dried minced onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar

DIRECTIONS
Combine ground chuck with half of the tomato soup, egg, crackers, honey, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, onions, salt, and pepper. Mix well and form into a ball. Place a crinkled length of aluminum foil in the slow cooker/Crock Pot so the ends extend an inch or so out of the pot.
Place the meatloaf in the pot (the foil will make it easier ro lift the meatloaf out and keep it out of the drippings).
Combine remaining soup, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, the water, mustard, and brown sugar. Whisk together and pour over the meat loaf. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
Serves 4 to 6.

Slow Cooker American Chop Suey

1 to 1 1/2 pound ground chuck (lean ground beef)
1 medium onion chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded process cheese
1 can (6oz) tomato paste
1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups cooked macaroni (about 1 cup uncooked)

DIRECTIONS
In a non-stick skillet, brown the ground beef with onion and green pepper. Drain; transfer to slow cooker/Crock Pot. Add seasonings, cheese, tomato paste, and tomatoes; stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Stir in hot cooked macaroni 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 4.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My New Slow Cooker


I just got a Hamilton Beach 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. Click here to see it at Amazon. I can't wait to try it and I'll have to post some slow cooker recipes to celebrate it.

Timothy's World Coffee, Breakfast Blend K-Cups for Keurig Brewers




  • Sweet, aromatic Costa Rican beans blended with smoky Guatemalan coffee beans make this a perfect solution in the morning
  • Subtle, smooth and mild roast blend with easy-going flavor
  • Made from specialty grade 100% Arabica; certified Kosher
  • Single-serving packaging means no mess or wasted pots of coffee; for use with Keurig brewers
  • Please note: 'regular', 'bold' and 'extra bold' refer to the amount of coffee in the K-Cup
Introducing the new 50 count K-Cup package from Timothy’s World Coffee. The same top quality coffee K-Cups are now available in a single 50-count package exclusively on Amazon.com. This new larger package optimizes for our customers. It is more efficient resulting in both a lower cost and a green sensibility, given the reduced waste. You can find this package on our most popular K-Cups including Midnight Magic, Breakfast Blend, Kona Blend, Rainforest Extra Bold Espresso, and Decaf Columbian. So go ahead and explore all the great K-Cup varieties in the new 50 count package.
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K-Cup Brewing Process
The K-Cup brewing process allows you to make the perfect cup of gourmet coffee -- every time. No more guessing how much water or how many beans to grind, and best of all no more mess! Timothy’s ensures that coffee is sealed immediately into individual K-Cup, protected from air and light until you brew them -- all you need to do is insert your K-Cup, hit the button and allow the Keurig machine to brew your next cup of gourmet coffee.

Keurig Brewing Machine
Timothy’s K-Cups work with the Keurig brewing machines. The Keurig machines produce a single cup of gourmet coffee in 3 different pre-measured amount with a single push of a button, including a 9.25 size for travel cups. The hardest part of the whole process is deciding which flavor of coffee to have!


About Timothy’s World Coffee
Founded in 1975, and headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Timothy’s Coffees of the World Inc. operates over 150 restaurants across Canada, under the Timothy’s World Coffee, Michel’s Baguette Bakery Café and mmmuffins® retail banners. Timothy’s produces multiple coffee formats to suit any application, including K-Cups® for Keurig coffee brewers.

Timothy’s purchases the finest Arabica coffee beans from around the world and roasts these premium beans at its own coffee roasting facility, located in Toronto, Canada. Roasting coffee beans is an exact science, and Timothy's meticulous roasting and testing practices ensure that each batch is roasted to perfection. The result is premium specialty coffee with rich aroma and superior quality.

From a single cup of coffee brewed from a wide selection of Timothy’s K-Cups to a pot of freshly brewed coffee, Timothy’s offers perfection in every cup. That’s why over 100 million cups of Timothy's coffee is served annually, in North America, alone.

Green Sensibilities

  • 33% reduction in packaging with a single new 50 count package.
  • 40% recycled cardboard in every package
  • Reduced carbon emissions due to more efficient packaging and transportation

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 c. soy milk

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

3/4 c. granulated sugar

1/3 c. canola oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract, chocolate extract or more vanilla extract

1 c. all-purpose flour

1/3 c. cocoa powder, Dutch-processed or regular

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract and other extract, if using, to the soy milk mixture and beat till foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add in two batches to the wet ingredients and beat till no large lumps remain (a few tiny lumps are okay). Pour into liners, filling three-quarters of the way. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool completely.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Amana 25-Cubic-Feet Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Amana 25.1 cu. ft. Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator
Expect plenty of space for fresh and frozen food from Amana side-by-side refrigerators. An exterior dispenser provides quick and easy access to ice and water while interior features like adjustable door bins and gallon door storage provide versatile storage options within easy reach.

Your next refrigerator is waiting at Amazon

Oster 4208 Inspire Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller



See this at Amazon.com!

  • Electric bottle opener removes corks at the touch of a button
  • Opens up to 30 bottles on a single charge; works with all traditional wine bottles
  • Foil cutter; soft-grip handle; cordless operation; recharging base included
  • Also includes thermal stainless-steel wine chiller that keeps wine cold for hours
  • Opener measures approximately 4 by 4 by 12 inches; chiller measures approximately 5 by 5 by 9 inches; 1-year limited warranty
I was surprised as to how well this item actually worked when we opened and started using it. I purchased this as a 'filler' gift for my wife for Christmas. Knowing that it was a gadjety gift I did not have high expecations. We used this for fun and found out how easy it is to use and how cleanly it removes the cork. It opens many bottles on one charge, although we have not yet tried to prove the box statement correct that it opens 30 bottles on one charge.
Good for a person who struggles with conventional wine openers and breaking corks.
The bonus wine chiller is stylish and functional.

Caramel Appletini

Ingredients:
2 oz. TY KU Liqueur
1 oz. butterscotch schnapps
Candy garnish
Green apple slice

Directions:
Stir ingredients together. Garnish with green apple slice.

Slow Cooker Artichoke Chicken And Olives

1 1/2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast halves and/or thighs
2 c sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 or 9 oz) pkg frozen artichokes
1 c chicken broth
1 med onion, chopped
1/2 c sliced pitted ripe olives (or 1/4 cup capers, drained)
1/4 c dry white wine or chicken broth
3 tbsp quick cooking tapioca
2-3 tsp curry powder
3/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 c hot cooked couscous

DIRECTIONS
Rinse chicken & set aside. In a 3 1/2 qt crock pot combine mushrooms, undrained tomatoes, frozen artichoke hearts, chicken broth, onion, olives, & wine/broth. Stir in tapioca, curry powder, thyme, salt, & pepper. Add chicken. Spoon some of the tomato mixture over chicken. Cover & cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Serve with hot cooked couscous. Serves 6.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tis the Season for Small Appliances

One of the happiest places on earth is the small appliances page at Amazon.com. Mmmmm, all that cooking stuff and all of it sparkling. Amazon has such great deals too!



Look at this cutlery set, for example. It's a KitchenAid 14-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set with Block It's 51% off right now. Click Here to see it at Amazon.

Click Here for even bigger savings on this KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials Hard Anodized Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set. It's 68% off right now!


I'm a fan of KitchenAid stuff in general. Their mixers are like art.

Like look at this KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer. Click here to see it at Amazon.
Oh, and by the way, it's on sale! :)

Give yourself an important Christmas present- something new and gorgeous for your kitchen, you deserve it!