Review | She Cooks, She Scores by Jennifer F Stoker

***This is a sponsored post. I was provided a copy of She Cooks, She Scores for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation has been received. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** Food-based memoir, on the surface, should be an easy mark to hit. After all, everyone eats and many people are able to tie certain strong memories to the food they enjoyed at those times. Home cooking, soul food, amazing dinners out, it all connects us on some level. And since I love hearing the stories behind the food, I
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Low-FODMAP Pineapple Salsa

I was expecting company last week and had meant to do some baking but the week had just gone from hectic to all-out-insane and I just couldn’t summon the will to turn on the oven. Still, I wanted to offer my guests something so I figured I’d just pick up some nice cheese on the way home and call it done. Until, that is, I got a hankering for something a little more tropical and came up with this: Low-FODMAP Pineapple Salsa 1 c diced tomatoes 1 c diced pineapples 1/2 c sliced green onion tops 1/4 c chopped cilantro* juice of
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Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Personality Test

There seems to be a personality test for everything these days — why not ice cream? from the press release CANTON, Mass.  (July 15, 2013) – Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is keeping its celebration of National Ice Cream Month going by revealing what a person’s favorite ice cream flavor says about them, and by offering its fans the chance to win a year’s worth of Baskin-Robbins ice cream through its National Ice Cream Day Twitter sweepstakes. Baskin-Robbins recently partnered with Dr. Alan Hirsch, a nationally recognized smell and taste expert and founder of the
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AlcoHOLidays | Raspberry Cake Day | Raspberry Bubbles

Who comes up with these holidays? In this case it was probably someone on the Berry Board (I’m sure such a thing exists) but whatever, I’m not complaining, because not only is a good raspberry cake a thing of beauty, so is a good raspberry cocktail! The thing about raspberry-flavored anything is that it’s all too easy for the yumminess of raspberry to go overboard and plunge straight into ick-ville. And the worst offender is possible raspberry liqueur. So today’s challenge was make a drink with raspberry liqueur, in honor of July 19th’s National Raspberry Cake Day, that avoided the overabundance
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Gio Taco Coming to Downtown Tucson

Another new restaurant is  added to the menu of restaurants in downtown Tucson. While Campbell Avenue might be conceived as a fairly stable restaurant row, downtown Tucson is exploding with a 30-something generation of restaurateurs. Coming in November…Brian Metzger names his restaurants after his children — Jax Kitchen, The Abbey, and soon-to-be,  Gio Taco. from the press release (TUCSON, Ariz.) — In a commitment to bring fast, fun and culturally inspired cuisine to the world of tacos, Metzger Family Restaurants has announced plans to open Gio Taco later this year. Named for restaurateur Brian Metzger’s stepson Giovanni, the 2,400 square-foot,
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Tucson Dining: Beer Dinners – Oro Valley, Downtown

In the summer, I crave beer. Nothing is as refreshing as a glass of craft-brewed beer. Two Tucson restaurants are hosting Beer Dinners and/or a series of beer dinners. Check out Noble Hops in Oro Valley and Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson. If you are particularly flush — you can try both. (from the press releases) Noble Hops TUCSON (July 12, 2013) — Join us for our popular monthly Beer Dinners. We pair four of Chef Angel’s delicious tasting dishes – infused and served – with four specialty brews from top craft breweries for an enjoyable evening of craft beer
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So I’m Making My Own Yogurt Now?

Yup. In fact, as I write this post  my latest batch of lactose-free yogurt is perking along on the kitchen counter. My EuroCuisine Yogurt Maker at work. Now, why would I go to this much trouble when there are ready-made options available, even for the lactose-intolerant and Low-FODMAP among us? Because not all options are created equally. I enjoy my afternoon yogurt snack both for taste as well as health benefits. I discovered ages ago that it helped keep me healthy long before Acitivia and the like started marketing as such. And, yet, the Low-FODMAP challenges showed me just how sensitive I
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AlcoHOLidays | Cow Appreciation Day | Sweet Bessie Brown

So plenty of folks out there complain about manufactured holidays, especially those by corporations, often in a serious case of sour grapes. Well, today’s holiday appears to be 100% corporate but listen up: I. Don’t. Care. I don’t care that Chick-fil-A seems to a have thought up a cute, fun, customer appreciation idea that takes place on the second Friday of July: Cow Appreciation Day. (Please note: this is not a sponsored post. Neither I nor this post is affiliated with the Georgia-based company that is awarding free food to customers who arrive dressed not in their dignity but in cow costumes.) Frankly,
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Arizona: RA Sushi to Donate 100% of Profit, Hotshots Survivors Fund

This is incredibly generous: All the Arizona locations for RA Sushi will donate 100% of  the profits on July 12th & 13th to the 100 Club of Arizona. Money raised will benefit the Survivors Fund in memory of Granite Mountain Hotshots, the 19 firefighters who died while fighting the Yarnell fire near Prescott. from the press release In response to the recent Yarnell Hill Fire tragedy that took the lives of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, Scottsdale-based RA Sushi Bar Restaurant will be hosting a two-day fundraiser at all six Arizona locations. On Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, from
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Review: Easy Indian Cooking, Second Edition

***This is a sponsored post. I received a copy of Easy Indian Cooking, 2nd Edition, by Suneeta Vaswani, for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own and no other compensation has been received. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you’ve probably figured out that Todd and I love Indian food in general, and that I love to try out authentic recipes when time allows (like participating in the Indian Cooking Challenge). So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to check out Suneeta
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