Sunday, April 24, 2016

Work Treats

Yohboh had a big meeting at work.  He asked me to make some treats so I did.

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This is the leftover cooks treats!

What are they?  Brownies and lemon squares.

I think they made his meeting better to attend.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kimchi Slap

When I am a really old woman, I am always going to carry a rancid container of kimchi just for this purpose.


To slap arrogant little shits down!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

My almost plant based day thanks to Sprouts

A few Saturdays ago, I was invited along with other members of the Atlanta Food Blogger's Society to the Morningside Sprouts to meet with Marisa Moore, a registered dietitian to talk about a plant based lifestyle.


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I will be honest, my family and I are not vegans but we do eat our fair share of plants.  And I am always interested in incorporating more plants into our diet.

I had not been to Sprouts before either so I was interested in visiting.  Marisa was very informative about what strategies to use to include more plants into our diet like use hummus instead of mayonnaise in a sandwich or have packets of nut butters with you for a ready made snack.

Can I just tell you?  SPROUTS IS AMAZING!

They have a bakery section, cheese and meat, ready made foods and pantry items.  But the thing that impressed me was their produce.  They have all the wackadoo vegetables that I love like purple carrots, shishito peppers and this interesting fruit:

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What is it?

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It is a mini kiwi fruit which my whole family loved.  I put the raspberry in there to give you an idea of the size.


I was given a gift card to Sprouts so I decided to try a plant based day for my family.

That morning we had:

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Tropical smoothies with coconut yogurt.

I took the things in the picture and put them in the blender.  It was the whole container of the coconut yogurt, one coconut yogurt container of pineapple chunks, four tablespoons of chia seeds, four tablespoons of ground flax seeds.

I had never tried coconut yogurt before and it was really good.  My youngest child loves coconut and she devoured this.

Later my daughters and I made:


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pumpkin spice muffins which were made with coconut oil and soy flour for the eggs.

Which led to this lunch:


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which my youngest said looked like a rainbow.  Marisa recommended eating the natural rainbow to get all your nutrients on a plant based diet.  There is a stick cheese there but my kiddos asked for it and I complied.

And the kids loved the snow peas so much that they ended up eating the rest of them all day as snacks.


And then I made a green tomato pizza.

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I tried to avoid all non plant based items but I have to tell you pizza is not pizza without cheese.  So I had a mostly plant based today.



I think Sprouts is an excellent market and that it can provide a lot of good food for a family.  It certainly did mine!


I was not paid for this post but I was given a gift card to Sprouts thanks to the Atlanta Food Blogger's Society.  All these opinions are mine.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

My new favorite food show

I have a new favorite cooking show.  It is irreverent and interesting.  It is offensive and amusing.  I particularly like the sidekicks constant patter.  They are full of bullshit and occasional insight.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

First Fresh Foods Chicken Sausage Review

I received some chicken sausages from First Fresh Foods to review.


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So we had some with our breakfast for dinner.  I poached them gently in water.


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Then we grilled the rest.


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How were they, you ask?

They were great.  They were less fatty than pork sausage and they were well seasoned.  The breakfast sausage was better with a little maple syrup to dip in.  And the Italian sausage were well flavored with fennel.

Would I buy these?  Yes I would.

These sausages are made in Georgia and available in the metro Atlanta area.

I was not paid for this post but I was given some sausage to sample.  The opinions are all mine.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Insulated Coffee Cup Off

I am very serious about the temperature of my beverages.  I do not like anything lukewarm.  I like my coffee scalding hot and my Coke Zero ice cold.

I found a few travel coffee cups in my cupboard and wanted to know which was best for keeping the coffee hot and drinking it hot.

So I took these three I insulated travel coffee cups and did a comparison.


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The three I did for comparison were the Thermos 16 ounce travel tumbler, the Reduce Everyday Ridge Thermal Tumbler, the Contigo 20 ounce Snap Seal.

I filled each one with water from a recently boiled kettle and just left them on the counter.  After about an hour I measured how much the water had cooled off.

Here is the chart held by my youngest

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I prefer in the reduce everyday cup because I cannot drink more that 12 ounces of coffee at a time.  Twenty ounces of coffee is just too much for me.  I would be just too jumpy.  The Thermos has a lid that makes it difficult to drink the coffee.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Empanadas

Did you know that Goya sells empanadas discos?


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So I made some ham and cheese ones.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Strawberry Cake

My oldest turned nine last week.   I am the kind of mom who makes a birthday cake.  I do not judge if you order one for a birthday.  But for me, it is important that I make the cake.

So kidlet asked for a strawberry cake.  I have made Trisha Yearwood's cake in the past and it was good but I wanted more of a real strawberry flavor and maybe less sweetness.

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So I took the famous Gâteau au Yaourt, doubled it, put buttermilk instead of yogurt and added pulverized freeze dried strawberries and some strawberry puree.

The frosting is the classic cream cheese frosting with pulverized freeze dried strawberries.

I put a layer of chocolate ganache on top and served it with whipped cream.

It was well received.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Baking Fool

It has been unseasonably cold of late.  What does that mean?  Minjenah is a baking fool.


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That is whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffins.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Meatloaf Sandwiches



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I like meatloaf sandwiches more than meatloaf.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Coconut Macaroons

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This one is a back of the bag recipe.  It made 24 and lasted two days.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Pumpkin Pancakes

I made pumpkin pancakes with my mix.  I just added one cup of pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.  If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, it is two parts cinnamon, one part nutmeg, one part ginger.  I also put a pinch of clove in the pancakes.  Then I let it sit.  This is key for fluff factor.

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The kids really liked it.