Get your Five a Day with Sizzling Stir Fry Recipes

Many people are starting to make a conscious effort to live a healthier lifestyle this summer and fitting your five a day in to your daily food intake is one way to do this. Replacing your usually sugary snacks and high calorie meals with healthy alternatives such as fruit and vegetables is the first step to feeling and looking great this summer. Eating five separate pieces of fruit or vegetables may seem like a difficult task but there are a few ways to achieve this. Stir Fry dishes are the perfect meal for any occasion as there is so much
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Nibbles: PB&J, Candy and GABS-ing

Scattered thoughts after a very busy weekend means it’s time for a few nibbley tidbits: April 2nd is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day I can’t think of a pb&j without remembering the scene from St. Elmos Fire. Mare Winningham’s character, Wendy, has finally stood up for herself, moved out, and is living her life on her own terms. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night to make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich… and ya know, it was my kitchen, it was my refrigerator, it was my apartment… and it was the BEST peanut butter
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Worldly Recipes with a Trader Joe’s touch

Imagine creating a cookbook with the idea of using products from Trader Joe’s Well, that’s exactly what Cherie Mercer Twohy has done.  And while TJ’s is not associated with the project, Twohy has done an admirable job of creating a full slate of international recipes using TJ’s items. Chapters include the expected stuff  like Italian, Chinese and Mexican recipes, but Twohy also includes chapters like ‘Island Flavors,’ ‘Middle East Magic,’ ‘African Adventure’ and ‘Greek Idyll.’ They all sound tempting and are enhanced by beautiful photos. I’d like to try the Banh Mi, which includes TJ’s Truffle Mousse Pate and their
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Cake Pops. What a concept.

I love being a food writer for many reasons; one of them being that people send me things for my “inspection.”  After checking things out, I pass the items on either donating them to charity or giving them to someone I know will make good use of them.  Such is the case with the second bake book I received from Ulysses Press a few weeks ago (see my previous review of “Mini Pies”.)  I plan on gifting them both to my boss at my day job as she loves to bake. The second book is called, “Crazy for Cake Pops.”
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Little Pies; Big Tastes

Miniature desserts are all the rage these days, and with good reason. What better way to satisfy a sweet craving with the worry of overindulging? And so when the people at Ulysses Press sent me a copy of  “Mini Pies”,  I was intrigued. Written by Christy Beaver and Morgan Greenseth of Seattle’s Mini Empire Bakery, this tiny baking book is chock full of pretty little treats.  You’ll find recipes for everything from bottoms to toppings. Fruit pies, cream pies, savory pies, nut pies, a variety of crusts and some interesting toppings are all part of the package. The photos are
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OMG! A great guide for novice cooks.

Learning to cook can be a little intimidating even for a young foodie. But a new cookbook published by Tate Publishing  – www.tatepublishing.com  –  takes a little of the fear and trepidation out of the process. “OMG – Oh My Gosh! I’m In College and I Never Learned to Cook” is written by Hollis Ledbetter,  a mom who knows what it means to send your kids off to school armed with book smarts but maybe not the skills it takes to create meals like they had at home. The majority of the recipes are pretty simple, many of them with
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My oh my! That’s some pizza pie

Unlike the rest of the country when summer means grilling anything and everything,  in Tucson it’s just too darn hot to fire up the charcoal grill. So when I received several packets of Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast along with recipes for pizza on the grill I opted out of the grilling part and just make some pizza indoors. We make a lot of pizza in my house, but even after all these years I have trouble getting the dough to stretch evenly and I always have to patch holes here and there. But this didn’t happen with the specially designed
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Epic Meal Time

Have you ever heard of this show?…. Epic Meal Time is a show that is CRAZY. On the show, guys create an epic meal using insane ingredients to make an “epic” meal. I had never heard of the show until my boyfriend showed me. Then after watching a short episode, I found out my brother liked the show too. It isn’t serious with cooking, but really pleases the “guy” crowd. It is meant to be funny. On each meal, there are thousands upon thousands of calories and they make the food HUGE. The one episode I watched was where they
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Memorial Day Desserts

I love Memorial Day Weekend! First of all, it means the weather is getting nicer. Secondly, it means its right around my birthday. Third, it usually means a longer weekend off of work and last but most importantly it is a time to honor those who fought for our country and who brought honor to America. With memorial day weekend always comes barbeque’s, parades and picnics with family and friends. I love helping prepare food for memorial day festivities, but my favorite thing to make it dessert which is funny because I am not even a big dessert eater. Last
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Cupcake Wars

Have you ever seen this show? Cupcake Wars is a great show on the Food Network Channel that features bakers who battle it out to win $10,000 to further their business. They have to compete to make the best cupcakes in a very restricted time frame. In the final round, two teams battle it out to make thousands of cupcakes with a display in two hours for a particular event or function. This show is very addictive and I love watching it. Before I stumbled upon it, I had no idea what I was missing but now I love this
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