Month: December 2011

Fridge and Freezer Organization – Tips, Tricks, And Costs Involved

I meant to post this last week but server issues prevented it.  Now that we’ve moved (yes, once again and hopefully for the last time), I can finally show you what I’ve been up to.  The start of the new year seems to always bring out the organizer in most of us.  Whether it’s the turning over of the calendar, the long days of winter that lend themselves to long stretches inside, or the need to find room for all of the stuff accumulated during the holidays, it just seems the natural time to take a look around at your home and do something to make it more liveable. Shop for freezer organization supplies online [amazon_carousel widget_type=”SearchAndAdd” width=”600″ height=”200″ title=”Freezer Organization Products” market_place=”US” shuffle_products=”False” show_border=”False” keywords=”freezer storage” browse_node=”” search_index=”Kitchen” /] Now I admit these are 1st-world problems and it’s a little embarrassing that we spend more money on containing our things than many people can spend on food all year.  So to alleviate my guilt, I’ve made several donations to remind myself how lucky I am to have this abundance that needs organizing. That said, what I tackled was my refrigerator and freezer. Sounds simple – fill it, eat it, move on. But somewhere over the last few weeks it’s gotten completely out of hand. There are four adults living here now and I think we were all afraid...

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Frito-Lay Healthier Options Vegetarian Appetizer Recipes

Appetizers are a theme today, maybe it’s because it’s New Year’s Eve, and maybe it’s me just putting off having to actually cook today.  Either way, here’s another appetizer recipe and a giveaway! Frito-Lay wants you to have some fun with your family and not bust your diet in doing so, so they’ve shared these great recipes that are lower in calories. Enter the contest below to win two bags of chips, an adorable magnetic mini-retro kitchen timer (colors vary), and a kitchen shears/paring knife set (colors vary), to make your own fabulous dips (prize ARV $45).  But for now check out these recipes and start planning your next party! Sweet Bean Scoops Ingredients: 2 jars of TOSTITOS® Restaurant Style Salsa 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained 1 -15 oz can of whole kernel white corn, drained 2 bunches of green onions, chopped 2/3 cup of dark brown sugar 1 bag of TOSTITOS® SCOOPS!® Tortilla Chips Instructions: Mix all the ingredients except tortilla chips together and let mixture sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.  Serve with  TOSTITOS® SCOOPS!(R) Tortilla Chips.  Refrigerate any leftovers. Savory Edamame Puree High in both protein and fiber when served with Sunchips multigrain snacks Ingredients: 2 cups ricotta cheese 1 cup blanched peas ½ cup blanched edamame ¾ cup olive oil 1 medium shallot 1/8 cup Parmesan...

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Seafood Salsa Recipe Featuring Wild Planet Pink Shrimp

My husband LOVES shrimp. It’s about the only seafood he’s crazy about. And I love salsa, so this is one of those duo recipes – make & mix without the shrimp then divide it and add the meat to his and leave mine without. Perfect! I love the fresh ingredients used in this one and will be making it soon. When I do, I’ll be using Wild Planet Pink Shrimp.  Why?  Because it is MSC Certified and contains no phosphates or anything artificial.  My husband is worth it – he’s a keeper 🙂 Not a shrimp fan?  Toss in your own favorite crustacean and substitute some Old Bay Seasoning in place of the cumin for a unique taste and serve on soda crackers or similar. Save Print Salsa featuring Wild Planet Wild Pink Shrimp Salsa is so versatile - from mild to spicy and everything in between, but there are other ways to change it up. This recipe takes a traditional salsa and gives it a seafood spin. Author: Wild Planet Type: Appetizer Yield: 6 Prep Time:  10 mins Total Time:  10 mins Ingredients 1 can Wild Planet Wild Pink Shrimp, drained 3 large plum or other tomatoes, seeds removed, chopped ½ cup red onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, finely minced ½ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained ½ jalapeno pepper, finely minced 1 small Kirby cucumber, diced into ¼"...

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Fresh Mozzarella and Sausage Appetizers – Quick and Easy!

It’s New Year’s Eve and even though we stay home to celebrate, rather than throw ourselves out to the mercy of the drunk drivers who will be out in droves tonight, that doesn’t mean that we won’t be celebrating.  We’re doing an Italian theme this year with Chicken Alfredo Lasagna and other goodies, but we’ll also be making an appetizer with fresh mozzarella cheese and sausage.  Granted, mine will be made with vegetarian sausage (I’ve discovered some amazing Original Field Roast varieties that are fabulous and will work beautifully in this recipe) but for the hubby and kids it’ll be nothing but meat for them.  Sadly not Coleman Natural this time because their sausage isn’t carried at my local store (but their bacon is so I know their quality), only Whole Foods, and I haven’t been there in a few weeks. The photo is compliments of Coleman Natural because I’ve not made mine yet, but I wanted to you have a chance to see this quick and easy recipe in case you’re still looking for something to serve.  Why choose Coleman Natural? For me it’s because they’re fully cooked, no antibiotics, hormones, preservatives, nitrites, nitrates, MSG, fillers, artificial preservatives or trans fats. Yep, just the good stuff and none of the bad. Want more veg?  Use a longer pick and add a cherry tomato.  Don’t like the burst of tomato? ...

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Inspirational Quotes on Life, Living, Growth, and Contentment

It’s been awhile since I posted quotes.  I collect them randomly and am always surprised how they seem to follow a theme.  These were all collected while I was doing my year-end gift-giving and I was choosing who to donate to this year.  I settled on Kiva.org (we’ve been lenders for years, but we donated to their operating fund), Wikipedia, and Water.org.  I’m pretty happy with my choices and it reminded me again how lucky I am that by random birth, I was born here where water is plentiful as is food and shelter.  I’m so grateful and happy...

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Asiago Cheese, Sage, and Onion Scrambled Eggs Recipe and Aeternum Nanoceramic Pan Review

I’ve mentioned before that I’m replacing all of my Teflon pans because of the health issues associated with them.  I went with cast iron and while I don’t mind the extra work they require, not everyone in the house agrees.  So I’ve been looking for something the family can embrace and ceramic pans seem a good alternative.  But there are so many on the market I wasn’t sure which one to try. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to try out the Aeternum Nanoceramic Nonstick Saute Pan (it comes in 3 sizes – 8″, 10-1/2″, and 12″ – priced $19.99-$39.99) and I have to say I’m pretty impressed.  I’ve tried it out with two recipes now and I’ve love the non-stick capabilities and the even heating. I used butter in the recipe below for the flavor, it wasn’t necessary to keep the food from sticking.  In the previous trial I made pan roasted vegetables – potatoes, carrots, green beans, and onions in olive oil.  Check out the results in the photo on the right – the vegetables were nicely browned and they entire meal slid out of the pan with ease.  Again, olive oil wasn’t necessary to keep the ingredients from sticking to the pan, but used for flavoring. Aeternum makes a full line of Nanoceramic Nonstick pans including saucepans which are available nationwide at Bed, Bath and Beyond (in...

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