Monday, June 30, 2014

Stars & Stripes KitchenAid 5qt. Artisan Stand Mixer #Giveaway

Are you ready for summer? I know I am especially now that school is officially done for the year and my oldest is a high school graduate! To celebrate, I've rallied some of my favorite food bloggers to help kick off summer with the STARS & STRIPES GIVEAWAY where you could win your very own KitchenAid 5qt. Artisan Stand Mixer in your choice of either Empire Red, White or Blue Willow.
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mexican 3 Bean Salad for a #Picnic #SundaySupper

Are you ready for a twist on your classic 3 bean salad? Give this Mexican 3 Bean Salad a try and your family will say "Muy bueno!"



I was so excited when I found out the theme for this week's Sunday Supper was "Picnic". 

Living in Washington picnic weather is fleeting, so squeezing in as much picnic time as possible is a huge goal for my family. Sunshine, good food, and family? That is a trifecta in my mind

We all love the typical picnic fare like Red Skin Potato Salad, and Spicy Coleslaw. But we also love to change it up with dishes like Deviled Potato Salad, Ultimate Potato Salad, Kitchen Sink Macaroni Salad, and, Spicy Tropical Slaw. However, for this week, I wanted to take another family favorite and switch it up a bit. 

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things 6/28/14



Happy weekend gang! How has the first week of summer been treating you? We have been having some fabulous weather here in Western Washington, and when that happens we try to stay outside in it as much as possible. That usually transfers into grilling, or as the case may be here, smoking. 

This is our first year trying our hand at smoking and it has been a lot of fun. There have been a lot of hits, and of course a few misses, but all in all I think we are getting the hang of it. I am already planning on smoking the turkey this Thanksgiving instead of doing the traditional roasted bird. I may be addicted my friends!

We have also been spending some time at the beach this year. Usually my kids come over, we pack a cooler with some drinks and food, and make a day of it. The water is pretty ding dang cold so you won't catch me more than about ankle deep. But my the kids are brave. Ahhh youth!


My son and his girlfriend Heather


Heather and my "granddog" Lily

So I will leave the water play to them and stick to feeding everyone. It is a win/win for everybody!

Now on to this weeks fun finds...


My Favorite Website/App
Pomodoro Pro - The Pomodoro technique, named after a timer shaped like a pomodoro tomato, is a time-management system that helps you achieve maximum productivity by working in specific time intervals. Pomodoro Pro is recommended to help me time work sessions. Basically, according to Pomodoro enthusiasts, you should work for 45 minutes and then take a 15 minute break to get up, walk around, grab a glass of water, talk to a friend, or stretch. The important thing is to block out your work and computer screen for 15 minutes. When you go back, you will be refreshed and ready to get back to what you’re working on. Sometimes it's not possible, but I try to do this every day now and swear by it!


My Favorite Food
Chocolate Blackout Cake from Crafty's Cafe
Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Scallops from Cook's Country 
Roasted Garlic, Chicken & Herb White Pizza from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Carbonara from Closet Cooking


My Favorite Crafts/DIY
How to Make a Mesh Wreath from Kristen's Creations
Cute DIY Snowmen Family from Lovely Little Snippets
How to Make Deco Mesh Garland from Mardi Gras Outlet


My Favorite Fashion






































My Favorite Gardening Ideas Bundt Pan Herb Container from Burpee Garden Projects
DIY Hanging Garden Baskets from DIY Craft Tutorials


My Favorite Giggle













OK my darling foodies, that is all for this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and can get out to enjoy some sunshine!!

Foodie <3 to you all!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto - Scapes are a wonderful Farmer's Market treasure I discovered last year. With a mild flavor (think scallions that taste like garlic). They make this pesto a wonderful bright sauce that compliments many dishes.

Garlic Scape Pesto fro www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


A couple of weeks ago my kids and I headed over to Seattle and wandered around Pikes Place Market. We had such a good time. If you have never been there you have got to go the next time you are in Seattle. I have lived in Washington for about 7 years now and it has to be one of my favorite places to visit. It is the perfect spot for a foodie! I mean, check out this row of fresh produce to drool over, errr pick from.



There is all the largest selection of fresh fish and seafood that I have ever seen anywhere in my life!!




You can check out more pictures from that day on my Instagram. Go see how adorable my kiddos are!

Anyway, I found garlic scapes there. I had heard of them, but had never seen them. I mean, I live in a tiny little town and our "Farmer's Market" is pretty much a joke, so I had no way of getting my hands on any. As soon as I saw them I knew I had to buy them.

Did I have any idea what to do with them? Heck no! But I figured I could come up with something after I got them home. It would be an adventure. Who doesn't like an adventure?

You should have seen Kevin's face when I took them out of the bag. You would think I had brought an alien home! But I explained to him that the were kind of a cross between garlic and asparagus. In fact the first way I used them was to roast them like asparagus in the oven. I tossed a bit of minced garlic on the baking sheet with them, salt and pepper, a generous drizzle of olive oil and in they went. They tasted wonderful! They really did taste like asparagus with a mild garlic flavor.

Next up, pesto. I read on so many pages that pesto was the way to go with these bad boys. Who was I to argue? I brought out the usual suspects for pesto and got to work. You could make this with just scapes, but I decided I wanted to add a bit of basil to the list. Plus it gave me a few more scapes to work with!

The result is a slightly sweet pesto with a nice garlic flavor. Not the bite of raw garlic, just a mellow flavor.

I am so excited and am not sure what I am going to use it on first. I have already eaten it plain right out of the jar!!

Garlic Scape Pesto from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Garlic Scape Pesto

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Garlic Scape Pesto

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, packed
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, whatever gets the pesto to the right consistency

Instructions

  1. In a small, dry pan set over very low heat, lightly toast the pine nuts, stirring or tossing occasionally until just beginning to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on them because they can burn easily.
  2. Combine the scapes, basil, pine nuts, lemon juice and zest, Parmesan cheese salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse until fairly well combined. Pour in the olive oil slowly through the feed tube while the motor is running until the pesto releases from the sides and becomes smooth in consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  3. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: Approx 1 pint
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: garlic scape, basil, pine nuts, lemon, sauce

Tip - If you are not using the pesto within the next few days you can freeze it. I like to freeze mine in an ice cube tray so you can pop out a few cubes as you need them, but not have to defrost the entire batch.


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beef Enchilada Mac and Cheese



If you have read my story you know that I used to be a processed food junkie. Rice-a-roni, Hamburger Helper, Kraft Mac & Cheese. My trash can overflowethed with boxes, and my blood pressure shot through the roof with all of that sodium!

But I will admit, there were times when I secretly missed those wicked boxed meals. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Roasted Garlic Caprese Style Flatbread Pizza



Most of you know that I am obsessed in love with any and all recipes that are "caprese". I have made Open Faced Caprese Sandwiches, Chicken Caprese Pasta, Caprese Stuffed Chicken Breasts, and Caprese Meatball Subs. Yes, I could eat that lovely blend of creamy mozzarella, juicy tomato, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar everyday!

I am not sure that Kevin follows along with that idea though. I mean, you know Mr I Need Meat, but he does put up with a meatless meal once in a while to keep me happy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ultimate Potato Salad for the #PicnicGame

Are you looking for a new spin on classic potato salad? Then give this Ultimate Potato Salad a try!!



What is one of your favorite thing about Summer? 

Besides the sunshine?

I don't know about you, but for me it is picnics. Living in the Pacific Northwest, picnic weather doesn't come around all that often. So when there is an opportunity to combine food + family + sunshine? Well you know I am all over it! 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tex Mex Gut Buster Chili

Tex Mex Gut Buster Chili - Putting a Mexican spin on an American classic, makes this chili Tex Mex perfection! From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com



I have had this recipe wandering around my head for quite some time, but was wondering if other people were like me. I love chili year round, I don't care how hot it is outside. Just grab an ice cold beer to cool yourself down if needed.

So I decided to pose the question on my social media.

Is there a "chili season"?

The answer was a resounding NO.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things 6/14/14



Hey gang! I know I missed the last couple of Saturdays. This past week I was out of commission due to strep throat UGH!! I can't remember the last time I had strep throat. I have had allergy episodes, colds, and the flu over the last couple of years. But nothing compares to strep throat! Either that or I am just a huge baby, which could very well be true.

Now that I am on the mend I have been making up lost time scouring the interwebs for awesomeness. It gives me a good excuse for sitting on my butt in front of my laptop. "Umm honey, I am working". 

Ssshhh it sounds good!

So without further adieu, I bring you the fruits of that strenuous labor. 


Favorite Website/App
Calm.com - Calm.com boasts a seven-step meditation process that can help you reduce anxiety, feel better, and create great ideas. The website and app are both really minimal and have beautiful imagery, music, and narration for you to find your happy place. You can choose different backgrounds to suit your mood, as well as different mediation lengths. By focusing on your breath and posture, Calm.com can help you escape the chaos around you and focus on your well-being. The yearly pro-access is available for $9.99, but the beginners edition is free.


My Favorite Food
Grilled Potato Bites French Onion Soup au Gratin Stuffed Meatballs

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs



So as soon as we get any amount of sun here in Western Washington it seems like just about everything we eat goes on the grill. Meats, veggies, fruit, you name it! We seriously become obsessed, which I love because it keeps my kitchen clean and cool. Plus it give Kevin a chance to step in and drive, and me a chance to step back and take a breather. I mean don't get me wrong, I love cooking. Duh right? But I have no problem handing off the baton once in a while. I am no control freak. Well, I guess I should say I am no control freak outside of my kitchen. In my kitchen it is all bets off and do it my way. Just ask Kevin, or my kids, Lord only know the stories they will tell you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Eggplant Parmesan for the Cooking Planit #FormaggioChallenge



Remember last week when I told you about my collaboration with CookingPlanit and Formaggio Cheese?

You all took the time to vote on what cheesalicious recipe you wanted me to prepare from CookingPlanit using some of the awesome Formaggio Cheese products I received to review.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Father’s Day Canon Rebel T3 #Giveaway

Still don't know what you are going to get for Dad? Father’s Day is only a week a way and how awesome would it be to surprise Dad with a Canon T3 digital SLR camera kit!!!

I have teamed up with several other blogger friends to offer this amazing Father’s Day Giveaway. One winner will receive a Canon Rebel T3 camera with 18-55 mm zoom lens, a 16GB SDHC memory card, a holster-style camera bag and the usual Canon camera accessories!

Friday, June 6, 2014

My Day on Instagram with BonBonBreak #BonBonBreakBTS



This month BonBon Break has been handing over the reigns of their Instagram account to their contributors so you can get an inside look into their lives.

Wednesday was my day and, as you can see above, I chose to spend it with my son and his girlfriend. My kids are seriously my life, so what would be more appropriate? There was no question in my mind.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The CookingPlanit Formaggio Cheese Challenge and Giveaway



I’m excited to tell you about a giveaway I’ll be running with CookingPlanit and Formaggio Cheese! Three lucky winners with the tastiest cheese-centric recipes will be awarded a Formaggio Cheese basket along with a 5-piece cheese knife set.

You know what I am talking about - your famous lasagna, a killer mac and cheese, or grandma’s secret recipe for the perfect grilled cheese. We know you have it in you, now it’s time to show it off.

The winning recipes will also be added to the CookingPlanit collection and featured on CookingPlanit.com.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Crispy Potatoes with Spicy Aioli



Do you love potatoes?

We sure do! My whole family are potato freaks lovers. Although I don't think there has ever been anyone on the planet that loved potatoes as much as my father did. It was not unheard of for him to make an entire meal of just potatoes. Mashed, baked, he didn't care. Just give him a plate of buttered up spuds and he was a happy camper!