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Savory Saltine Seasoning Review

Saltines have been a snack in everyone’s diet for a long time now. From soups to chili, people have been using Saltines to add a little crunch to their meal. And let’s not forget the magic it works for morning sickness! Now there’s a way to jazz up the go to cracker of choice with a little style. Savory-Saltines-Label

Say goodbye to the plain cracker that you are used to, it has been transformed! Savory Saltine Seasoning makes it easy to turn your cracker into a gourmet treat, use it at tailgate parties, or even a sophisticated party for your boss! Amaze your guests with great tasting crackers without spending a lot of money.

The seasoning comes in 1.4 ounce packets and makes four sleeves of Saltines, or if you want a more flavorful experience, you can use the entire packet on just one sleeve. Transforming your Saltines into an amazing treat, is simple. Use your Savory Saltine Seasoning, Canola Oil, and your Saltine crackers….Place them in an air filled mixing bag, and toss until seasoning has been absorbed and they are all coated. No baking or refrigeration required! Easy peasy, and done in minutes! You can’t beat that! Savory-Saltines1

The possibilities for great uses of your Saltines are endless! You can spice up your fajitas, coat chicken or pork, add to any ground meats like beef or turkey, crumble onto your favorite casseroles or salads, or even top off that baked potato for an amazing zing!

Plain crackers are now a thing of the past thanks to Savory Saltine Seasoning, your basic cracker now has a life of it’s own! Enjoy your
crackers without cheese or peanut butter for a savory snack when you’re craving for something different. Never eat boring crackers again! Savory-Saltines

To see all of this in action, check out this YouTube video on how to make savory party crackers. Great tasting crackers with just a little work. Sounds like a good idea to me!

Shop Savory Saltine Seasoning

You can get Savory Saltine Seasoning from their online shop: http://www.savoryfinefoods.com. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get great recipes and ideas!.

 

Disclosure: I received a package of the Savory Saltine Seasoning for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Students Go Gourmet Cookbook Review

Looking for a great cookbook can be difficult. Some have recipes that call for some famous chef to work their magic! Students-Go-Gourmet-Cookbook-Review
The Students Go Gourmet cookbook is different. It works with the time and budget restraints placed on college students. Do you remember living off of Ramen noodles and macaroni? I sure do! I didn’t have time or energy to cook most days. I also didn’t know half of what I do now about cooking. The Students Go Gourmet cookbook is full of recipes for college students and also comes with a complimentary instructional cooking DVD that teaches you the basics of knife skills, poached eggs, truffles, and more Students-Go-Gourmet-Cookbook
There are recipes by authors such as:  Sophia Khan, a world traveler and recent graduate of Yale and Harvard who through her overseas studies, and cultural experiences has learned how to prepare fast and delicious food.  Her aunt, Dr. Ellen Bass, a self-proclaimed Francophil, uses her experience as an award-winning Pediatrician and working mother to bring you healthy foods, and fresh ingredients.  They both bring their understanding of the need for quick and healthy recipes.

Inside the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook you find recipes inspired by Sophia’s travels to China, Italy, England, and Scotland, with sweet and savory combinations.  You’ll also find some great recipes that have a great fusion of spices like Cajun Sugar Popcorn.  They were striving to make this cookbook for college students different from other books on the market. Their goal was to come up with great tasting healthy meals–on a college student’s budget. I’d say they’ve succeeded.

In the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook you will learn:

  • How simple it is to cook healthy and fresh on a limited budget
  • The necessary ingredients to keep stocked in your pantry/fridge
  • How to curb your late night munchies by making great, healthy finger foods to snack on
  • How to prepare great tasting foods to wow your friends
  • How to actually cook through a complimentary video and the user-friendly, easily referenced directory which categorizes the food, explains cooking terms and equipment needed

Captain-CRUNCH-Ice-Cream-recipe Looking through the cookbook I found a lot of inspiration and meal ideas for my family. The beautiful part is that most can be prepared in limited time so for a busy mom it’s perfect. My son begged for the Captain Crunch Ice Cream. I followed the recipe to the letter and it came out delicious. It was a little hard for me since I like to put my own twist on things, but this didn’t need any changes.

I can definitely see this book being useful to anyone heading away for college or even those who want to enhance their cooking skills. The easy to follow recipes, tips and pointers are great for anyone regardless of how experienced they are in the kitchen. The photos aren’t high quality, but that has no affect on the food!

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Get the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook

You can pick up a copy of Students Go Gourmet from a few different places. Head over to the Students Go Gourmet website to find out where and get free sample recipes! A portion of all proceeds will be donated to sustainable post-hurricane redevelopment efforts in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans.
You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news and promotions.

Win the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook

We’re giving 1 winner their own copy of the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook – enter below!

 

Disclosure: I received a copy of the Students Go Gourmet Cookbook for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Dei Fratelli Heart Healthy Recipes & Product Review

Tomatoes are a great addition to almost any meal. From chili to stew, spaghetti to your favorite sauces, tomatoes make every dish that much better. Dei Fratelli helps make those meals easier with their canned tomato products. They have been around for over four generations, bringing great tastes to your family table and their own. They start out with the finest ingredients available, and their tomatoes are made from seedlings that they cultivate.

About Dei Fratelli

The Hirzel and Dei Fratelli families have developed a reputation for being a strong family oriented brand, striving to maintain a strong sense of integrity in their products. They make pizza, spaghetti, and tomato sauces, canned tomatoes, and so much more. They are proud to bring you the same quality products that they bring to their own families. A great dinner to make with their amazing products is chili. It’s been very cold lately, and nothing tastes better than chili on a cold evening. Adding Dei Fratelli tomatoes to your chili makes it even better.

The fresh taste that is provided by their canned products is what they spend their time doing to bring you the best tasting products. Nothing is better than knowing that what you’re serving your families has probably graced their tables a time or two as well. They have a strong sense of family, and nothing brings a family together better than a hot great tasting meal. Knowing that the meal you present them is healthy, is also important. Dei Fratelli helps you to do just that.

They have some really great videos showing how they package their tomatoes helping to bring out the fresh taste that families have grown to love and expect from Dei Fratelli. Bring the taste of fresh tomatoes home to your family, and taste the difference between their tomatoes and the other canned tomato products you normally eat.

 How to Use Dei Fratelli

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In true Green Eggs fashion we have some amazing recipes, using Dei Fratelli tomatoes (like this easy marinara sauce) in various form, to share. The freshness of these tomatoes will definitely add that something special to these dishes. These recipes are perfect for National Nutrition Month as well as Heart Healthy Month.

Tomato Macaroni Beef

Ingredients:

  • 1 (28 oz) can Dei Fratelli Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 1 Green pepper, chopped
  • 1 Cup Water reserved from macaroni water
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 8 oz Elbow macaroniDF_MacCheeseBeef

Preparation: Boil macaroni in quart-size pot. Brown beef. Saute onion, green pepper and butter on low heat until vegetables are soft. Mix beef, onion, green pepper, tomatoes, salt, oregano and the one cup water reserved from cooking the macaroni then bring to a boil. Add macaroni and serve. Serves 6

Easy Dei Fratelli Basil Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 (28 oz) cans Dei Fratelli Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Chicken broth
  • 1 3/4 tsp Dried basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Cup Whipping cream (may substitute half and half)
  • 6 Tbsp Butter or margarine
  • Croutons to tasteDei Fratelli

Preparation: In a large saucepan, bring the tomatoes and broth to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add basil and sugar. Reduce heat to low; stir in cream and butter. Cook until butter is melted.

Stuffed Zucchini

Dei Fratelli Stuffed Zucchini

Ingredients:

  • 2 (10.75 oz) cans Dei Fratelli Tomato Soup
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 medium Zucchini
  • 1 can Mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella, shredded

Preparation: Cut zucchini in half. Scrape inside of zucchini out. Brown ground beef and zucchini in oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Place zucchini shells in large casserole dish and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

 

Shop & Connect with Dei Fratelli

Head over to the Dei Fratelli store to pick up Dei Fratelli tomatoes and other products. Also be sure to connect with Dei Fratelli on Facebook.

Terrapin Ridge Farms Dip, Sauce & Dressing Review

Go to the store, and you will see so many different dips, sauces and salad dressings that your head may spin. The salad dressings are almost always the same – boring and familiar. French, Ranch, Sweet and Sour, Italian…and the different variations of those flavors. Growing tired of the same old same; a box of dressings, dips and sauces from Terrapin Ridge Farms couldn’t have entered my kitchen at a better time.

About Terrapin Ridge Farms

Terrapin Ridge Farms was started by two friends, Brian Coughlin and Mary O’Donnell. They decided to mix their friendship with business to produce great products with delicious gourmet foods, with the finest ingredients possible. After 22 years of friendship, they talked often of starting this business together, and in July of 2010 they did just that. They purchased the Terrapin Ridge Farms brand.

The company had 13 years of innovation and unique flavors that Brian and Mary had dreamed about creating for years, that people would love, and keep in their kitchen to share with their friends and families.

The company maintains their great reputation and the highest of standards today, with their award-winning products.

Terrapin Ridge Farms Products

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The Bacon and Chive dip is two favorite flavors blended together to create this addictive dip. Serve on sandwiches, with your favorite snack, or a baked potato. This dip is also gluten-free. I really like the idea of being able to use this for baked potatoes; less work and better flavor. The bacon really shines in this dip.

Strawberry Honey Mustard pretzel dip brings the sweetness of strawberries to the honey mustard dip. Drizzle over a cheese log to bring this great taste to your favorite cracker. Also great to add to meats for a finishing sauce when grilling. I wasn’t too crazy for this dip but John – who likes crazy combinations – really enjoyed it.

The Creamy Italian White Balsamic Dressing is a great staple for any pantry. Use on salads, pastas, or as a dip for your favorite snack. I have plans to use this in a quick Alfredo inspired dish – look forward to that recipe soon!

Sweet Red Onion White Balsamic Dressing: the great tartness of their white balsamic vinegar combines with the red onion flavor to make this creamy dressing. Delicious in any salad with strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries with goat cheese. Also makes a great dip, or on your favorite sandwiches.

Chipotle Aioli blends the bold flavor of chipotle peppers and a great blend of spices to make this sauce. Use to dip onion rings and tortilla dips. Add to your scrambled eggs for a smoky finish. This sauce is also Gluten Free!Thai Chili Aioli Garlic: Thai Chili, and ginger in a creamy Aioli sauce. Toss breaded shrimp or chicken in this sauce for a great taste. Also makes a great dip for egg rolls, or dollop on some fish tacos. All natural and gluten-free. This was actually my favorite of the Terrapin Ridge Farms variety I received. I used it on Panko breaded chicken breast and they were absolutely amazing.

When everyone in the family loves a meal and doesn’t complain it’s a winner. This is the case when I used the Thai Chili Aioli Garlic to make dinner. The taste was similar to a good hot wing recipe – but better. There was a perfect blend of spices that left the sauce well seasoned without being too spicy for my picky son. He actually asked for thirds!

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Shop Terrapin Ridge Farms

If the other sauces, dips and dressings are like those I received, I can highly recommend Terrapin Ridge Farms products. These are crowd pleasing sauces, dips and dressings that are sure to jazz up any meal. They’re especially great for busy parents who need a little help in the meal prep department. Perfect for a quick dinner or a family affair; find Terrapin Ridge Farms products on their website. Also be sure to connect with Terrapin Ridge Farms on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I received the Terrapin Ridge Farms products mentioned above in order to review them. All opinions are my own.

Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook Review & Giveaway

If you think it’s difficult to find a cookbook for a woman, imagine how hard it is to find one tailored for a man!

David Harap has written the “Entertain Like a Gentleman” written for men who would like to learn to make unique “classy” foods for their families or even their friends.  Think of your husband making his own amazing food for Game Night, Poker Night, and any other “guy’s” night!”  That means you’re off the hook and can go read a good book, take a bath, play with your kids or whatever else; the possibilities are endless!  No more breathing in stinky cigar smoke, listening to them talk, or any other horrible man behavior! Entertain-Like-a-Gentleman-Cookbook-Review
There are recipes that can be made ahead of time so that he can spend time with his guests, as well as those that will take up more of his time when he feels like making a great dinner for family events and gatherings. You know, when he wants to try to wow everyone with his awesome kitchen skills.  Not every man can cook, but this book hopes to change that.

Harap paid his way through college by being a chef, and enjoys sharing the lessons and recipes that he’s learned throughout the years.  Things like shopping ahead, keeping basic items stocked in your pantry, and clean as you go. gent 2

If your husband wants to learn how to cook, or wants to learn some great new recipes to share with everyone, this would be a great starting point. John has actually had a lot of fun looking through the book and trying different recipes. He scoffed a bit at first because he doesn’t consider himself to be a gentleman. Then he saw Oktoberfest and he was sold.

The Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook is broken into fun categories like:

  • Oktoberfest
  • Scotch Tasting Affair
  • Poker Night with the Boys
  • and Breakfast in Bed (this made me fall in love with the book!) plus several other categories.

The cookbook is also written in a way that is entertaining for men. Information is broken down into terms and tones men understand.  In the beginning of the book there are 25 tenets for stress free entertaining – directed at men. The first tenet is: “You have to plan. A football coach does not go into game day without a plan and you shouldn’t have guests over without a game plan.” I think it’s genius to compare entertaining to sports – totally a guy thing.

There are also tips for successfully entertaining a romantic interest or spouse. I think these are tips most guys could use and are usually too macho to ask. They can casually read through the book to get these tips without anyone knowing what they’re doing. That way their manliness is left intact. Entertain-Like-a-Gentleman-Oktoberfest-Meal

Of all the recipes in the book, John decided to make the Schnitzel and Baked Apples Stuffed with Red Cabbage first. He also made the accompanying Bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes laced with bacon and onions). The combination of his love for cabbage and the word Schnitzel drove this decision, I’m sure. He was also highly intrigued by the name, Bratkartoffeln. The directions were very detailed which made it foolproof. They even note the equipment needed to prepare the meal so advanced prep work is super simple. The only issue he ran into were the measurements. The directions called for a 2½ – 3 pound head of cabbage and 2 apples. He upped the number of apples to accommodate all the cabbage (there was a lot.) The end result was amazing as well, so this is a great cookbook for any man. Entertain-Like-a-Gentleman-Cookbook-Octoberfest
If you’re eager to get the man in your life in the kitchen so you can take a break you need the Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook. It’s a fun read for men and makes the most intricate dishes easy to prepare. Find out more about this book on the Like a Gent website and pick up your copy today.

Does your husband like to cook?  Does he make kitchen masterpieces or disasters?

Dislcosure: I received a copy of the Entertain Like a Gentleman Cookbook to review. All thoughts & opinions are my own.