Monthly Archive for November, 2013

No Kid Hungry- A Thanksgiving Wish

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While I am typically not home to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving meal, when I see a beautiful table setting I imagine what it would be like to sit as a guest at that table. The wafting smell of a home cooked turkey, a plate brimming with my favorite stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes with a puddle of rich gravy, accompanied by tart cranberry orange relish and eventually a slice of pumpkin pie. What strikes a cord with me is that imagining such a dinner is what many do on this holiday. Knowing that there are families that can’t afford it breaks my heart. I know how lucky I am to have a good job that allows to put food on the table. My family and I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. But many people in America are struggling. You can help by making a donation to No Kid Hungry’s Thanksgiving campaign today. With the simple click of your mouse, you can be a part of the solution to end childhood hunger and connect hungry children with the food they need to grow, learn and thrive.
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Vegetarian Homegating 101

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While there is no place more exciting than watching a game at a stadium along with 70,000 other screaming fans, most fans watch games at home with family and friends. Growing up with a single mom, who was not a die hard sports fan, there were never any occasions to go see professional sports teams and embark upon the All American Tradition of tailgating. We did do a lot of homegating (but we never thought to call it that) at the homes of family or friends. Flash forward from the 1980s to 2014 and while I have finally attended two professional football games and numerous baseball games (usually with my mom who is now an avid SF Giant’s fan), I still have yet to officially tailgate. So in the spirit and tradition of homegating, I thought it would be fun to flip this meal on its head and honor those vegetarians in my life with a party theme they would be excited to enjoy. While I am reminded by avid sports enthusiast that most vegetarians are not hard core sports fans, I refuse to be complacent. After all, can you imagine if at nearly every party you went to, the best vegetarian option available was spinach dip or a cheese plate? Yes, I do love both of those food dishes, but being at the top of the food chain I don’t have to devote an entire afternoon to this type of limited meal before I gobble down dessert. So in tribute to all those looking to go meatless, host meatless or just wanting to mix it up, I present Vegetarian Homegating 101.

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The Lost Boys’ Cake

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If Peter Pan could grow a vegetable it would be corn. Candy Corn. I contemplated for weeks about what type of Peter Pan inspired food I could make as I anticipated the upcoming performance of ‘Peter and the Star Catcher’ and despite wanting to create a recipe that incorporated Peter Pan Squash, it just didn’t seem fitting. I can’t imagine Peter or the Lost Boys wanting to voluntarily eat veggies. It had to be something that captured the hearts and palates of big kids everywhere. Nothing screams I am a big kid more than the seasonal candy corn. It almost sounds like a legitimate vegetable and not at all like the amazingly sweet convection we know it to be. I am certain that if Peter Pan were to cultivate and eat a vegetable he would probably have stalks of candy corn.

I tested out my theory and made this cake, and the photos alone spawned lots of interest from my contemporaries. And here, all these years, I thought I was the ONLY closet candy corn eater. Evidently that is not the case and I have a whole new world of food to share with friends.

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Crazy Pork Curry Peanut Sauced Tacos

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TortillaLand tortillas are always a treat. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the company on a few occasions and I am a true fan of their product. If I am not able to make homemade tortillas then this is my go-to healthy brand of choice. These are not your typical store bought tortillas – they contain no preservatives, no lard, no cholesterol and no saturated or trans fats. They are freshly made and can be found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket.

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