Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Garlicky Kale with Beans and Bacon

Do you ever go shopping just to cruise the isles and see what you can find? I know that can be a bit dangerous for the ol' pocketbook, but sometimes I just have to do it. 

It is kind of like a big game of hide and seek. Dinner is hiding somewhere in the store, and I have to find it. Unfortunately I can get a little ADD, especially in the produce section.

Ohh look at the pretty fresh berries. Wait, is that asparagus? WOW that corn on the cob looks awesome....

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Make Your Meal Planning Quick and Easy with FitsMe

When you are looking for recipes, do you often find yourself wondering if you can eat them because of dietary restrictions? 

Do you flip through pages in a cookbook quickly because dishes that interest you are few and far between? 

Are you looking for quick and easy meals to prepare on those busy weekday nights?

What if you could go to a website and input the foods you like, the foods you could do without, and the foods you must avoid, and be shown a set of recipes that accommodate your immune system, nutritional plan, and taste buds?

Would you use it? 

If yes have I got the just the place for you. 

It is called, Fitsme, and it ROCKS!

They are a food discovery and meal planning app that aims to make the process of finding food that you can, and want, to eat so much easier, and I love it. 

They analyze every ingredient in every recipe and adapt their interface to show only dishes that fit your tastes and dietary needs. All of the dishes show in a "Pintresty" style set up, and you know how much I love Pintrest. 

All you need to do is pop on over to FitsMe and set up your free account. It is quick and easy. 

Once you sign up you can go to your "Food Personality" to set up your likes, likes, dislikes, needs, etc.

Then click browse and just like that, bing bam boom you are looking through tons of drool worthy photos for those perfect recipes that make you want to get into the kitchen immediately and start cooking

I have been loving just cruising through the site and finding new tasty things to make.

And they just launched some brand new features!

If you create a meal plan, you'll notice a new button called "Create shopping list." Which has several key functions available: 
1. Users can choose which days of the week they want to shop for. For example, just Monday and Tuesday, or the entire week. 
2. Users can scale the recipes to make more of less. Cook for 6, but the servings size is only 2? No problem. 
3. Shopping list are broken down into categories such as: Spices & herbs, Vegetables, fruits, dairy, etc to make shopping easier. 
4. If a user recognizes and has the ingredient in his/her pantry, they can check it off and it'll disappear from the list. 
5. Users can email the list to themselves or others, with a message(optional).

All of these fabulous features on one website and the best of all it is FREE!

Why not give FitsMe a try and see for yourself how easy it is?

Make sure to stop back by and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your feedback!

Compensation was provided by FitsMeApp, however the opinions expressed herein are soley those of the author.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things 4/22/14

Howdy gang! Welcome to A Few of My Favorite Things.

When I decided to start this series of posts I thought long and hard about what to call them. I played around with a few ideas. Weekend Wanderings, Web Wanderings, even Satisfying Your Saturdays. But no matter what I tossed around, all I could think of was the song from The Sound of Music. You know, "Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens...."? It just seemed so clear to me that I had to use it.

Now it is going to be stuck in your head.

It has been in mine for days! Good thing I love that song!

Anywho, this is where I will share with you all of the fantabulous things I find whilst poking about the internet.

Between, Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Instagram, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and just plain old web searches, I come across so many cool things. I figured, why keep them to myself? I mean, somebody else needs to see this stuff! Right?

So be it food, crafts, blogging, gardening, photography, etc. I will be sharing with you every Saturday.

Sound like fun?

Woohooo let's see what this weeks faves are!!

My Favorite E-Book
How to Monetize Your Food Blog - This e-book is a serious must read for all food bloggers that want to take their blog to the next level. There is also a media kit template available. I was so happy I found this!

My Favorite App/Website
FitsMe - This is a fabulous tool for people that follow a strict diet, such as vegan, paleo, or pescatarian, have food allergies, eat a specific way to attain a physical goal (body building), have little time to find recipes or to plan meals, and more. It really is quite fabulous, with tons of drool worthy recipes and best of all it is FREE!!

My Favorite Food
Cookie Dough Stuffed Whoopie Pies
Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden

My Favorite Giggle

Well that's it for this week my friends. I hope you have enjoyed the goodies that I have shared with you and make sure to come back next Saturday for more!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blackberry Pie Bars

I think I am starting to spoil Kevin a bit.

It seems I have gotten over my aversion to baking. Mostly because I haven't burned anything in quite some time *knock on wood*. 

Seriously though, my baking attempts of the past usually ended up with a burned, overly dry, or gooey mess.

Over the first 2 years of blogging, I think I made maybe 5 desserts.

Don't get me wrong, I could make a mean cookie, but anything else? Ppfffttttt ya right!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps for Two

I have been craving,  

I mean seriously jonesing for,

some Asian lettuce wraps.

But for some reason I just don't get off my rear and make them.

There is a local restaurant that has a terrific happy hour, and I always get their Asian Chicken Wraps. They are soooooo good I actually crave them in between visits.

I have been promising myself,

for quite some time now,

that I would crack down and make them at home.


It is hard when you can't trust yourself.

Then Kevin accidentally brought home ground pork instead of ground sausage.

That had me stumped for a bit.

It has been so long since I made anything with ground pork my brain just wouldn't kick into gear.

Then I was down at my local "watering hole", which would be the bar my son works at, visiting with a few of the regulars I know. We always chat about food because, well what else do food bloggers talk about? And I mentioned my ground pork dilemma. Someone asked me if I had ever had larb.

Do what?

I am sorry but "larb" just didn't sound very appetizing but hey, that could just be me.

She laughed and explained that is was a Thai ground pork dish.

OK that sounds waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than larb....right?

She gave me the run down on what she usually puts in it, with me taking a few notes, and I had my dish.

I went home and got to cooking.

Then Kevin asked what I was making for dinner.

Did I tell him?


I told him just what it says here.

"Thai pork lettuce wraps"

"Oh, OK"

*Whew* I dodged a bullet on that one, let me tell you!

Once I had these little beauties on a plate he was hovering. It drives him crazy that I have to take photos before we can eat.

Ahhh the hazards of loving a food blogger.

What happened after the photos?

Well, these didn't last very long.

Yup, he loved them!

Now if I could only get him to love my Mexican food like he does the Asian dishes.

Oh well, I do love a challenge!

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps for Two  

1 pound ground pork
1 clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced, plus sliced jalapeño for garnish
Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges, for serving
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
2 teaspoons Sriracha (chile sauce), plus more for serving
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/4 cup chopped basil (Thai basil if you can find it)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
Chopped salted peanuts
Butter or other leafy lettuce, separated into leaves

In a medium bowl, mix the pork, garlic, shallots and minced jalapeño. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar and Sriracha.

In a large skillet, over high heat, heat the oil. Add the pork mixture and cook, stirring to break up the meat, until no pink remains, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a bowl; stir in the herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the chopped peanuts and sliced jalapeños. Serve with lime wedges, Sriracha and lettuce for wrapping.

Serves 2