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What Next!?

Okay, so I’ve run out of stockpiled photos, and yes, I still cook just about every day of the week.  I just want something very interesting and different from my previous posts.  So, here I am, turning to my lovely readers.  What would you all like to see sometime very soon, on One Bite At A Time?

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Tastemaker Review: The Irish Awesomeness of Kerrygold

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Please forgive me loyal followers, please, please forgive me!  Yes, I know, I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, but let me just fill you in.  Two weeks ago, I was sick, very sick, out of work for two days sick, it sucked.  I tried to blog but just felt too gross to get anywhere.  And to be really honest, I was just too busy this past week.  I had to jump back into life after being out of commission for awhile.  And again, I did try to write this post a week ago, but I really wasn’t into it, and I didn’t want to write without giving it my all…I’m not here to produce sub-par content and wouldn’t want to short change those who I hope have come to expect more from me.  But, I’m back now and ready to get everything rolling once again.  Now, I’m not posting a recipe today, and I apologize if anyone has been waiting anxiously.  What I do have is a stellar product to clue you all in on.  Back around St. Paddy’s Day, my friends over at FoodBuzz sent me some buy one get one free coupons and great recipes from the Kerrygold company.  If you are not familiar with their products, you should definitely track some down.  Ironically, when I went shopping for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner, which was faboo by the way, I couldn’t find any Kerrygold products, so I didn’t get to use them for that meal.  A few weeks later, I went to a different grocery store and used the coupons to purchase their classic Dubliner cheese and an Aged Cheddar.

024While I truly enjoyed both cheeses, the Dubliner was really the stand out for me.  It almost has the texture of parmesan crossed with cheddar and is fantastic for grating over almost anything and dreamy as a snack.  It has a very distinctive, tangy yet nutty flavor that really is a party for your tastebuds.  It’s sophisticated on the palate, but not so much so that it’s overwhelming just sliced and eaten on a cracker.  Yeah, I’d really like some right now…but, I’m all out.  I think I’ll be using my second set of coupons pretty soon.  You really should check out Kerrygold’s website to learn more about their other cheeses and find out where you can pick some up.  If you’re a true cheese lover, a little effort will be worth it.  Go eat some cheese…NOW, and ENJOY!

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Tastemaker Review: Recchiuti Confections

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You can not get more gourmet than Recchiuti.  My friends over at FoodBuzz have outdone themselves once again, providing me with another product that I love more and more every time I indulge.  Hailing from San Francisco, owner, entrepreneur, and true chocolatier, Michael Recchiuti has created a product unlike anything I’ve ever tasted, and I have reason to believe that the incredibly addictive Asphalt Jungle Mix from his Dragee line is only the tip of the iceberg.

0221An unbelievably satisfying snack of balanced salty sweet nuggets and chewy, melty, and crunchy textures, it meets every demand of the tastebuds with smooth panacea and elegance.  My favorite are the burnt caramel hazelnuts and almonds.  The burnt caramel itself is a signature of Recchiuti.  From the first taste of these nuts, I was intrigued.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on what made them so delightful, but  after a quick visit to Recchiuti.com, it all made sense.  That perfect balance of salty sweetness came from the alluring flavor of delicately burnt caramel mixing with gently roasted nuts.  I couldn’t ask for anything more in a chocolatey treat, but Recchiuti has lots more to offer and for such an upscale, high-quality product, the prices aren’t too bad either.  The Dragees run at only 12 dollars for a 6 ounce box.  In fact, I may even order one of their many other selections.  Who could resist such innovative flavors as Rose Caramel, Bergamot Tea, and Tarragon Grapefruit?  Not me that’s for sure!  And, don’t even get me started on how badly I want to try their brownies!  I’ll be sure to let you know if I do.

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My Foodbuzz True Delights Contest Entry-Spicy Shrimp and Cashew Fried Rice

As a part of Foodbuzz’s partnership with Quaker, they developed a foodie recipe contest.  All entries had to feature at least one of the nine key ingredients in the new Quaker True Delights Granola Bars, of course, the predictable thing would be to submit a sweet rather than a savory recipe, but as anyone can tell from reading this blog, I don’t bake that much.  Not that I don’t like too, I just don’t like what happens when DH and I eat a dozen cookies, half a cake, and six brownies, a piece!  So, not too long ago, I made beef fried rice and on a whim, threw in a handful of cashews.  We totally adored it, and recalling that dish, I decided to develop a fried rice combo for the True Delights contest.  The addition of the cashews, some fresh scallions, and hoisin sauce, really jazzed up my basic fried rice and made it pretty contestworthy, if I  may say so myself.  By the way, the grand prize is a trip for two to Chicago for the Outstanding in the Field event!  So cool!  Hope you try out this recipe and wish me lots of luck!

Note:  Because it’s for a contest, this entry is not in my usual measurement-free format, but as usual feel free to change anything to your liking.

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Ingredients

18 Small Shrimp
1 1/2 cups cooked White Rice
1/2 cup Cashews
2 ribs of Celery
1 large Carrot
1/2 of a medium Onion
2 cloves of Garlic
1 bunch of sliced Scallions
2 tbsp. Fresh Ginger
1 cup Fresh or Frozen Peas
1 Egg
1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
1/2 cup less 2 tbsp of Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt, to taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste

Process

Heat olive oil in a skillet (remember it’s fried rice so don’t be too skimpy with this), you want your pan to get very hot. While it heats up, chop all your veggies, excluding the peas. I use a microplane for the garlic and the ginger, just because I prefer it very fine.

Once the pan is hot enough (the oil should shimmer when you swirl the pot), add your veggies and sautee until onions are translucent. I also season the veggies with salt and pepper (layering the flavor).

Once the veggies are nicely sauteed, add the shrimp to the pan and cook until just pink.

While the shrimp is cooking, you can roughly chop a couple tablespoons of the cashews, for garnish.

Then you should push all the veggies and shrimp aside and scramble the egg into the pan. You can either scramble the egg in a bowl and quickly stir it in or you can crack the egg into the pan and stir it in very quickly (I forgot to scramble it ahead thus, I discovered that the second option works just fine). Once the egg starts to cook, you can incorporate it into everything else.

Again, move everything over to one side and add the cashews, so they can toast up a bit. After about a minute, stir them into the rest of the mixture.

Then you can add the rice to the pan. You should be sure to crumble it up with your fingers instead of throwing in the whole block. Now’s the time to add in the ground ginger, pepper flakes, hoisin and soy sauce.

Stir everything together until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

Add in the peas and continue cooking until the peas are just heated and tender.

Remove from heat and stir in scallions, less about two tablespoons.

Serve in warm bowls with a sprinkling of scallions and a few of the chopped cashews. Enjoy!

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Sort Of South Of The Border Shrimp Wrap

I realize that this is kind of a spring forward to summer, but I needed a quick lo-cal, midweek meal, and this very tasty wrap fit the bill.  Working at a florist means that certain weeks of the year require long hours and lots of preparation.  Needless to say, the week of Valentine’s Day is always one of them.  I knew I wouldn’t have the time to cook, most of the week, but I needed to have some blogging material for this week.  Problem was, I forgot to take any protein out to defrost.  My quick fix?  Frozen raw shrimp.  I usually just pull them out a few minutes before I start cooking, and quick thaw them by submerging them in cool water.  If they are taking a little longer than I need them to, I change the water once or twice to keep it warmer than the temp of the shrimp themselves.  In this recipe, you’ll notice that I use the same method to thaw frozen vegetables to use in salads or other cold dishes.  Anyway, this wrap really hit the spot.  It was filling, healthy, and flavorful.  Even DH was happy, after complaining at the mention of shrimp salad…lol.  I’ve decided to submit this one to Joelen’s Foodie Films Event.  The featured film is Tortilla Soup, which of course calls for Mexican-inspired dishes, and although this one’s not exactly traditional, it does feature a lot of traditional Mexican flavors and they were certainly the inspiration for this dish.  Hope everyone will check out all the film-inspired recipes, at the end of the month.  Her site is amazing!

Ingredients

Shrimp (frozen or fresh)

Red Onion

Radish (or any crunchy veggie of your choosing)

Corn (canned, fresh, or frozen)

Fresh Parsley

Bell Pepper

Mayo (I used Lite)

Fresh Lemon Juice

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Cumin

Paprika

Cayenne Pepper

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Flour Tortillas (mine were whole grain)

Process

Start by thawing out your shrimp, and if you are using any frozen veggies, those as well.  If your shrimp are not peeled, do so as soon as they are defrosted enough to be easily removed.  You can also remove your tortillas from the fridge now, so they can come to room temperature.

0011Heat a large skillet over medium-high flame with just a drizzle of olive oil.  While the pan heats, chop all of your veggies and toss into a large bowl.

0063Add  the peeled shrimp to the hot skillet, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper.

002Sautee until the shrimp are just pink, stirring once or twice.  This will happen very quickly.

003When the shrimp is just cooked, squeeze half of a large lemon over the shrimp and use a spatula to scrape up all the seasoning and browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

0051Remove the shrimp and allow to cool enough to handle.  Then cut each shrimp into small 1/2 inch size pieces.

0081Toss the shrimp into the bowl with your veggies.

0101Squeeze in the other half of lemon, and add in about 1/2 a cup of mayo.

011Stir well to combine all of the ingredients.  Once everything is combined, do a taste test.  You may need to add more mayo to really homogenize the salad, or even a little more of your spices.  Start light with the mayo, you can always add more, but it’s pretty impossible to take away.

0121Spoon a small amount of salad onto each tortilla shell.  Remember not to overfill, or you won’t be able to close the wrap.

0131Fold up both ends and the longer sides as you would for a taco, and serve with crispy garlic oven fries, or even just some good old-fashioned potato chips.

014ENJOY!

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Tastemaker Review: Quaker True Delights

0062And, I sure was delighted with the generous sampling of Quaker True Delights Granola Bars, that I received from FoodBuzz.  I was able to try each of the three flavors, Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond, Honey Roasted Cashew Mixed Berry, and Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut, and even share some with a few of my pals.

The verdict:  although the names are slightly verbacious, each one packs a healthy dose of fruity, nutty, sweetness.  With only about eight grams of sugar, they still managed to satiate my sweet tooth, and even better, they’re only about 140 calories each and boast 3 whole grams of fiber, making them a fantastic dessert alternative.

The Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond and Honey Roasted Cashew Mixed Berry both achieve a wonderfully balanced interplay of sweet and tangy flavors, with just the right amount of crunch.  But, much to my surprise (as I’m usually not a huge fan of macadamia nuts and couldn’t quite imagine a banana granola bar) the Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut was by far my favorite.  The coconut was crispy, the nuts were fresh and super-crunchy, and the banana was not at all overpowering.  Quaker really succeeded in playing these tropical flavors against each other.  Just thinking about it is making my mouth water!  I know it’s just a granola bar, but that coconut banana variety really got me!

As much as I’d love to crack open another box, the price tag is a bit hefty.  Five granola bars will run you about $3.50.  I don’t usually buy granola bars, so wasn’t sure how that compares, but a quick google search confirmed my thoughts.  Without an organic label, Quaker’s price point is pretty pricey.  But, hey, give ’em a try anyway.  If you’re a snacker, have a sweet tooth, or need to have dessert, it’s probably worth it.  Afterall, I’ve never had a chewy granola bar that I liked more!

001ENJOY!

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My First Blogging Award!

A few days ago, rlberry of Savory Safari honored me with the Lemonade Award.  This is one that is passed along by other bloggers to recognize blogs that are conisdered refreshing.  I was completely elated and ridiculously excited when I found out, and I send many, many thanks to rlberry.  I hope I can live up to her expectations.

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This award is meant to be shared and passed on, so there are a few rules –

– Add the logo to your blog
– Add a link to the person who gave you the award
– Nominate up to 10 other refreshing blogs and list the links. Then, leave a message for each nominee informing them of the award.

Thanks to all of my winners for providing me with countless hours of entertainment and knowledge.

Here they are:

Vintage Victuals-Because Laure is a lot like me.

Good Eats ‘n Sweet Treats-Because Jaime has created a site featuring a wealth of tasty dishes and fantastic photos.

Angie’s Simple Cooking-Because I want to eat everything Ang cooks!

Gastroanthropology-Because I absolutely love following Adrienne’s adventures in cooking.

Delicious Meliscious-Because Melissa is lots of fun!

Cook Appeal-Because Elizabeth offers a professional’s insight on food, in an oh so casual manner.

Much success and many good eats to all my fellow foodie bloggers!

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