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Saturday, November 28, 2009

WINNERS - A Century of Flavor Cookbooks!

WE HAVE WINNERS - A Century of Flavor Cookbook - 5 winners!

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Congrats to: *Owen's Mom *fashionfrugality *Kathy Pease *jengd *Erin 

Emails have been sent - you have 72 hours to reply. Thanks for entering and congratulations again!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Signature Shrimp Salad

I have a thing for salads.  I love that I can be creative and put whatever I want on them - how fun is that?

Here is my favorite - I came up this with this salad and it is perfect to have as a meal since there are lots of goodies on it:


Romaine Lettuce
Shaved Parmesan Cheese
Frozen Popcorn Shrimp (I use Sea Pak brand)
Poppyseed dressing (I use Marie's - some of the others are too watery)

Put as much or as little of everything on that you want!  Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Century of Flavor Cookbook Review and Giveaway (5 winners!)

A Century of Flavors cookbook giveaway

Have I got something special for you! This time of year makes me want to head to the kitchen to dig out my old recipes, and also to try new recipes! I was offered "A Century of Flavor" cookbook from Nielson-Massey Vanillas for review, and I am so thrilled with it. Not only is it gorgeous, but the recipes are absolutely mouth-watering.

About the cookbook and Nielsen-Massey Vanillas:

The delightful aroma of the kitchen during the holidays – with smells of cinnamon, peppermint, chocolate and vanilla – is a scent that many associate with long lived memories. The holiday season is a perfect time to create flavorful memories with your family and loved ones. Nielsen-Massey Vanillas A Century of Flavor cookbook provides moms with a variety of holiday recipes. Vanilla Carmel Corn Crunch can be made with your young chef, while Creamy Vanilla Sweet Potatoes is a perfect side to your family’s main course.

This vanilla-inspired cookbook, published by family-owned Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, celebrates the exciting nuances of one of America’s most-loved and versatile ingredients – pure vanilla. It is filled with 50 of the most tantalizing recipes, highlighting the intricate, yet delicate flavors of pure vanilla and is written for the novice cook as well as the seasoned chef.

This cookbook is a beauty!  It is a hard-cover book with 127 pages, and is filled with heavenly recipes. It includes sections such as: On the Side, Now This is Dinner!, Fresh Baked, It's Always Better with Vanilla and even the history of Nielsen-Massey.  The color photos in the cookbook are absolutely stunningThis recipe was absolutely delicious:

Nielsen-Masseey Vanilla a century of flavors cookbook review


4 medium sweet potatoes
~canola oil
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
¼ cup real maple syrup
1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
5 strips bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the sweet potatoes and lightly coast the skins with canola oil. Pierce each potato several times with a fork. Place the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour or until fork tender.

Cut the hot potatoes into halves. Scoop the potato pulp into a mixing bowl, discarding the skins. Beat at medium speed for 1 minute using an electric mixer. Add the cream cheese, butter, syrup, vanilla extract, salt and pepper. Whip until creamy.
Spoon the whipped potatoes into six ramekins coated with nonstick cooking spray and top with the bacon. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheat 375-degree oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, they may be reheated in a microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.

Serves 6

This would be a perfect dish to go along with your holiday dinners.  If this isn't enough to make you hungry, you might like to try the Crab Cakes with Vanilla Remoulade, the Apricot Mango BBQ Ribs or Marcy's Vanilla Sugar-Crusted Scones.  Mmmmm - I cannot wait to try them all.

The recipes are simple and easy to follow, which I really love.  You can order the A Century of Flavors cookbook online, or you can win one here!

THE GIVEAWAY is now closed!:

I have 5 COPIES of the "A Century of Flavors" cookbook to give away!

For first (and required) entry, tell me in a comment, your own favorite recipe that calls for vanilla (this should be a simple entry)!

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Giveaway ends on November 25th at 9:00 (PST)

Blog author never gets paid to post. The only compensation for any review on this site is a sample of product for review. I received compensation for this review/post in the form of the cookbook reviewed above. The opinions herein are those of blog author only. Compensation received has no bearing on any review outcome. Please refer to my Acknowlegement Policy for further information.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Final Fall Festival Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fall Festival!

My final winner is:


Congratulations to:  Confessions of an Overworked Mom


Sunday, November 1, 2009

WINNERS! Five Winners announced!

Well, we are winding down now, but I thought I would go ahead and announce this group of winners.  Tomorrow I will announce the final winner.


Congratulations to:  nynekats!


Congratulations to:  Kari!


Congratulations to: MusicJunkie!


Congratulations to Kirsten and ale_d_o_l!

All winners have been notified via email and have 72 hours to reply.