Monday, August 24, 2015

#Don'tCallMeBasic Foster Farms Sandwich Contest

#Don'tCallMeBasic +Foster Farms  Sandwich Contest
General Turkey in the Dining Room with the Pepper Jelly

I LOVE contests....recipe contests and enter them all the time!  I so enjoy creating new recipes and contests give me a perfect excuse to experiment.
Anyway I found a contest from Foster Farms  celebrating their newest product...sliced turkey and I'm sharing MY entry with you also won the weekly contest drawing so I am waiting for a new panini press to arrive!  How cool is that!  NOW you can understand why I LOVE contests!
General Turkey in the Dining Room with the Pepper Jelly
This is definitely not your basic chicken sammy!  It’s all grown up and ready to party!  Spicy pepper jelly bacon teams up with rich melted Provolone and Fontina cheeses with the star of the show….sliced turkey!  Then add peppery arugula and tangy baby spinach to complete the flavor festivities!
6 thick slices bread
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup arugula
6 slices bacon
1 cup sliced turkey
3 T. pepper Jelly
4 slices Provolone
4 slices Fontina
2 eggs
3 T. milk
4 T. butter

Place bacon on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in preheated 425 oven for 8 minutes.
Turn Bacon over, spread with pepper jelly and bake until crispy done; about 8 minutes depending on the thickness of the bacon. Set aside.
Lay out 2 slices of bread, top with sliced turkey, spinach and Fontina cheese.
Place one slice of bread on each sandwich then top with bacon, arugula and Provolone cheese.
Top with remaining two slices of bread.
Beat together the egg and milk then dip both sides of the sandwiches in the egg mixture.
Melt the butter over medium high heat in a large sauté pan.
Grill sandwiches on both sides until toasty brown and cheese is melted.
Cut in half, serve warm and ENJOY!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Food & Wine Conference Gems and Pear Pineapple Yogurt Cake #FWCon

Come join me for an espresso and a sweet treat!  I have something I want to share with YOU!

I came home from an absolutely amazing weekend in Orlando at the Food and Wine Conference #FWCon and headed into two incredibly busy weeks at work.  I so wanted to just relive every moment, finally meeting some of my online foodie friends, ( Jenni Field YOU are at the top of that list!) hearing food bloggers generously give tips on just how they became so good at what they do, partaking in over the moon and out of this world tasty treats and in general learning more in one weekend than I have any time in recent memory! But….as often happens….work took over and I am just now taking the time to enjoy going back over a MOST incredible weekend!
Some of my favorite sessions were the Certified Angus Beef demonstration and the Dixie Crystals Sweet Retreat reception where we actually made our own scented sugar scrubs, Florida Strawberry’s Welcome to Florida Reception and Taste of Rosen Shingle Creek
Now I want you all to know that I did receive a reduced rate for my ticket as I was lucky enough to be selected as a brand ambassador…which simply means I did some tweeting while there to highlight my sponsor.  Here’s how I feel about that…..I was the ambassador for “Out of the Weeds” a salad dressing company owned by Robin King who along with her husband also own “Three Birds Tavern” in St. Petersburg FL……. LUCKY ME! Yes LUCKY, super lucky to have been able to get to know Robin over the weekend, sample her products and to tell the truth, I would have posted, tweeted and blogged for her free of charge….as in no reduced ticket…. just because she is one of the most genuine, caring individuals I have met in a long time and I am now personally hooked on her “Roasted Beet Vinaigrette Dressing”!
My husband asked me two questions recently; 1: did I have a good time and 2. Did I learn anything?  OK NO I did  NOT have a good time….I had an unbelievably GREAT time and am already anxiously waiting to see when the next Food & Wine Conference will be held!......did I learn anything….oh hell YES…I learned my online friends transferred right over to being in person friends, I learned how to better my videos, how to pair wine and cheese, how to take selfies ( oh yes that was one of the treats we got to bring home with us courtesy of Sunday Brunch with Duda Farm Fresh Foods), I learned about beef cuts, marketing and I learned a few things about myself… in I need to be more organized and consistent with my posts… one told me that but it was easy to see after listening to our speakers share what they do!
I want to share an updated version of an OLD French country grandmother’s cake, sometimes called a yogurt cake because it contains yogurt and in France everyone used to use the yogurt jars as the measuring cup for this cake….it’s that just the sweetest idea?
Anyway I have been making this basic cake for more years than I like to admit but this time I wanted to change it up a bit….mostly because I had both fresh pears that needed to be used and fresh pineapple sliced and ready to use.

Here’s what I did and I’m definitely going to do this again!
1.       ½ cup yogurt (I used non fat Greek)
2.       1 cup sugar
3.       3 eggs
4.       1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
5.       ½ cup corn oil or blended oil (you can even use olive oil and that tastes great!)
6.       1 teaspoon lemon extract
7.       2 ripe pears, peeled and chopped into thumbnail size pieces
8.       1 cup chopped fresh pineapple same size as pear chunks
9.       ¼ brown sugar
10.    ½ cup wheat germ

Mix first 6 ingredients together, stirring until any lumps are gone.
Coat 9X9 baking pan with non-stick spray and pour in ½ of the batter
Top with ½ of the pears, pineapple, brown sugar and wheat germ
Spread remaining batter across the fruit
Top with remaining fruit, sugar and wheatgerm
Bake in preheated 350 oven for about 30 minutes until tooth pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Healthy Eating before #FWCon Grilled Pineapple

REALLY trying to keep to a low cal fresh fruit and veg diet until I over indulge at the Food and Wine Festival #FWCon in Orlando just a couple of weeks away! Such an #amazing  #conference I can't wait...I'm like a little kid at Christmas time...and I have no intention of holding back one tiny bit....I'm going to see everything, do everything and taste everything!
I keep going back to look at the schedule of's totally awe inspiring! Before you run off to make Pineapple Islands take a quick look around the web site for the conference!

As hard as I try this  is one treat I can't resist...and I bet you can't either!  BUT you DON'T need to ....YEAH
Pineapple Islands Floating in Strawberry Coulis
1 pineapple
16 ounces strawberries
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 whole strawberries

Wash, hull and chop the strawberries.
Place berries and balsamic vinegar in a sauce pan over medium heat and cook until softened stirring often.  This should take about 15 minutes.
Put a strainer over a bowl and pour in the strawberries.
Smash through the strainer with the back of a soup ladle.
Chill strawberry coulis in fridge for 30 minutes minimum.
While strawberry coulis is chilling, clean the pineapple by cutting of all the peel then slice into one inch circles. 
Using a sharp knife core each slice so you have a basic doughnut shape.
Heat BBQ grill or grill pan to high.
Rub lightly with a paper towel dipped in the olive oil.
Grill pineapple until browned; 4 to 5 minutes.
Turn slices over and grill another 4 to 5 minutes.
Spoon strawberry coulis onto a plate and place a slice of pineapple in the center of the coulis.

Top with a whole strawberry and serve immediately.

If you want to go to Orlando ...just do it!!!! I promise you will not regret your decision one second AND I LOVE meeting and making new foodie friends.  With that thought in mind I have a discount code worth $50 off your ticket.....FWC15quark.  The link will take you right o how to register...Then let me know so we can meet up!