Nibbles & Bites: Turkey Gumbo

Everyone has their own favorite ways of using up the leftover Thanksgiving turkey. In our family, it’s steaming turkey gumbo ladled over a pile of fluffy white rice. (Yes, I know, brown rice is healthier but this is a once a year thing, folks; fluffy and brown rice don’t meat too often as far as I know!) There are as many different ways to make gumbo as their are people who make it. Here’s my way. Turkey & Sausage Gumbo First you make a roux from 2/3 c olive oil 2/3 c flour Cooking to just past blond stage–enough to
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Tweets on 2009-11-29

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Kitchen Appliances

Black Friday is one of the craziest shopping days of the year. Each year, stores compete with low prices to entice customers to come. This year, I woke up, along with other crazy people at 3 am, to get ready for stores that opened at 3 am, 4 am, and 5 am. After waiting in line for 2 hours to check out at Old Navy, I got to Target 20 minutes after they opened at 5 am. Basically, I woke up early and went to Target to get cheap kitchen appliances. They had great small appliances for college or apartments
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Food Commercials over the years

Image via Wikipedia This first commercial is from 1986. It shows Pizza Hut advertising their pan pizza. This commercial uses the ingredients to show you why to buy their pizza. This commercial is very different from current Pizza Hut commercials. One of the ones I found on YouTube, from this year, 2009, shows Jessica Simpson singing a song to a young boy and encouraging him to try this new pizza. This commercial has major sex appeal, and does not even describe the pizza. Although the pizza is shown, Jessica is the main focus of the ad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbWM_NJacOE pizza hut. 1986.
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EASY 7 layer dip

Looking for a simple inexpensive appetizer for a party or event! This dip is not only tasty, but very easy to make. Ingredients: Sour cream Can of chili beans Taco seasoning Cheddar cheese Tomatoes Olives (black or green depending on preference) Green onion Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning and put as first layer in a pie dish. Then put chili beans on top. After that, layer the cheese on. Finally, add tomatoes, olives, and green onion to top. For variation, you can add meat. You can also take away/add certain vegetables depending on your taste. Anyway you make
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#1 Christmas Gift

Cover of Panini Parents, if you are looking for something to get your son or daughter and they are either currently in college or going to college soon, I have the perfect gift idea! This one thing is less than $20, and has really made a difference to me in college. This item is the sandwich maker. This may sound like it would not be a good gift, but it really makes cooking easy and turns a regular sandwich into a gourmet Panini with no extra work or added calories. This sandwich maker makes my turkey sandwich for lunch into
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A New Twist to Chili

Image via Wikipedia Chili is a favorite of mine during the colder months in Ohio. But in my house, we do not have typical chili. With our chili, we have cheddar cheese, crackers, and peanut butter sandwiches. Yes, I know you are thinking that the peanut butter sounds weird, but it is really a good taste treat. The peanut butter sandwich story goes back to when my dad was young. He was in grade school at a small town in southern Ohio where he was eating lunch. One day, they had chili for lunch, and it was served with these
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Starbucks

Image via Wikipedia Coffee is a drink that is sold everywhere. You can find coffee in the grocery store, at restaurants, in gas stations and of course in coffee shop. But the question is why Starbucks is so popular? I understand that in this current recession, Starbucks has had some problems and they are not having good inventory turnover, but they are still doing great in most places. But again, what is so special about Starbucks. For me, I have grown use to drinking Starbucks when I want something special. It is a nice treat for me. I can not
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Pizza Deals

Image via Wikipedia Being in college, I know how to save a buck or two. You have to know the tricks when your budget is very limited. For a treat, we will all order pizza and hang out. From this ordering trend, I have come to know how cheap is cheap. When you think of ordering a pizza and think of a good deal, what do you think? 10 dollars for a large, 15?? It all depends on the person, but I bet I will have some good deals for you. $3.99 LARGE ONE TOPPING PIZZA from Akron local pizza
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Edible Creations

Image by wizan via Flickr Have you always wanted to bring something special to a party but could never think of what to bring? Do you know what edible creations are? Anyway, Edible Creations is a company that makes fruit baskets and other decorations for special occasions. These arrangements are very expensive, but they look very nice and are a real treat to have. I wanted to bring an arrangement like one of these to my friend’s dinner party, but I did not want to spend 70 dollars buying it. So what did I do instead?…. I made one! First,
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