Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2nd Anniversary giveaway week: A Microplane Zester!



***Update: #6, Karol, is the lucky winner! Now you can zest that lemon like a pro! Look for more information via email from me.  Congratulations! ~Lyndi ***


Today is my blog’s 2nd birthday and that means it is time to kick-off the 2nd annual week of anniversary giveaways!  


Don’t you just LOVE this time of year?


Today’s special foodie gadget giveaway is a favorite of mine: a classic Microplane hard cheese grater/zester!  This gem of a gadget can be used for grating or zesting of chocolate, hard cheeses, citrus zest, coconut, ginger and garlic.  I use mine everyday on my parmesan block.  


I believe that any foodie’s life is not complete without one! 


Prize:


A lucky someone will be getting his or her VERY OWN Microplane!   


Contest ends next Wednesday, September 7th at midnight (CDT).  I will pick a winner via randomizer.


Eligibility:


Leave me a comment, preferably with your twitter or blog name to make it easy to contact you.  If you don’t have either, that’s okay, leave your name (need help on how to leave a comment?)   


Comment question:  


What is your favorite WAY to use your Microplane hard cheese grater/zester?  Oh wait… you don’t have one?  That’s okay, tell me WHY you want to win one!


Want extra changes to win?


+1 extra entry:  Tweet this giveaway (leave an extra comment to let me know!)


+1 extra entry:  Facebook this giveaway (tag nwafoodie in the giveaway and leave an extra comment to let me know!)


No purchase necessary to enter. Contest void where prohibited. Contest open to members who are 18 years or older. Contest open only to US residents only.


Good luck!


Lyndi


Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.


#6 chosen via randomizer:



Happy Birthday, nwafoodie!




She is growing up!

As I look back over the past two years it feels good to know that so much as improved!  I have to chuckle at some of my earlier blog post photos and topics.

Such as:

1. My very first blog post talked about an upcoming colonoscopy.  Nice.

2. World’s worst photo on a blog post. Ever.   

3. Silliest title with lame pun attempt. Giggle.


Okay, enough. 

You’ve had your fun.

Speaking of fun….

Get ready for my second annual anniversary week of GIVEAWAYS!  

Everyday I will be posting a fabulous foodie inspired product to giveaway.

Way cool, right? 

It’s been a great ride so far! Here’s to many more! 

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The scale doesn’t lie.




Yesterday I talked about the 5 VIRTUES OF A FOOD SCALE over at themightyrib.com, a Houston food blog where I have a monthly column called “You Are What You Eat.”

Basically, it’s like this:  I’ve been going ga-ga-crazy enjoying all types of previously forbidden foods since finding out my happy test results.  Drastic measures had to be taken or else.

I bought a food scale so my weight scale would be happy.

You should, too (if you don’t already have one).

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Looking for jadeite green glass dishes?




Let me help!

Did you receive your September 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living?   In it, there is an enchanting article on page 138 that delves into the jadeite green class collection of Martha Stewart and her daughter, Alexis.

According to the article, “during the Depression, when housewives couldn’t afford to waste a crumb, glassware companies turned out inexpensive jadeite containers for flour, salt, and other ingredients.”

Charming!

As any collectable, some pieces are harder to locate, such as green glass butter dishes with lids.

Do you have any of these beautiful green dishes?

Interested in starting your own collection?

All you have to do is look around!  Garage sales, flea markets, your relative’s cabinets, and ebay to name a few.

Actually, I found a place locally that has a decent collection to check out:  The Tontitown Flea Market (apparently the first and original flea market to hit Tontitown), is located on the southside of Hwy 412E.  An easy drive from just about anywhere in Northwest Arkansas.  Open daily from 9-5.

Check out these two booths and their green glass collection.  Aren’t they gorgeous?




The benefit of these green dishes is their stability along with their appealing green tone.  

One more thing... if you find a darker green dish, that’s extra credit for you because they are more rare.

Happy hunting!

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hello, I added an ‘about’ page on my nwafoodie blog. Did you notice it?




First I have to apologize. 

I did not have an official ‘about’ page on my blog for almost two years.  

I’m sorry.

Now I have one… ta-da!

Look up on the top of my page… to the right.  There, see it?  It’s call ‘About’ and all you have to do is click on it. 

When you do, you can read a little bit about little ‘ol me and why I blog about what I blog about.

Sorry I made you wait.  Hope you like it.

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mayonnaise 101.




Hello All,

Check out my guest blog post at eggsandherbs today where I talk about making mayonnaise from scratch! 

There’s also a fun tip about adding herbs!

Enjoy!

Lyndi

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Would you like some chicken lettuce wraps (another giveaway!).



****UPDATE 8.15.2011 We have winners: #14 (Stacy) and #17 (Erika).  Congratulations!  You are going to love this cookbook!  I will reach out to you both for shipping information.  Thanks to everyone who entered!  ~Lyndi ****





Okay, confession. I am not giving away actual chicken lettuce wraps.  I am giving away the COOKBOOK that teaches you how to make the most scrumptious and good-for-you lettuce wraps and other healthy meals.  It’s called Slim & Scrumptious, written by New York Times bestselling author and nutrition expert for the Today show, Joy Bauer.

On Friday, I posted all about Joy Bauer and her Food Cures website and book giveaway.  That contest ends this Friday.  

TODAY’S NEW GIVEAWAY is for her cookbook that has more than 75 delicious, healthy meals your family will love.  And yes, that includes an easy and two-foodie-thumbs up recipe for chicken lettuce wraps.

Want the deliciously-fresh-and-crunchy-yummy-with a-depth-of-flavor chicken lettuce recipe? 

Don’t let the ingredient list scare you.  This is a really uncomplicated meal that can be put together quiet quickly.  Nutrition information is available for all her recipes, which is rockin’… right @NWAMommy and @soarwitheagles?

RECIPE: CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS
Serves 4 (serving size is 3 lettuce wraps)
(p.103 of the cookbook, published with permission)

INGREDIENTS

4 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced (I only had a green on hand)
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely diced
3 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
2 tablespoons grated or finely minced fresh ginger (time for your trusty Microplane!)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground chicken (at least 90% lean)
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup bottled Chinese plum sauce
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce (or tamari sauce for my gluten-free friends)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon hot chili paste, such as sriracha (or to taste)
¼ cup unsalted roasted cashews, chopped
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish (optional)
1 head Boston or Bibb lettuce (if you’re not using these lettuces on a regular basis, we need to talk.  Okay, I’ll write about it soon, I promise)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Liberally coat a large skillet with oil spray, and preheat it over medium-high heat.

2.Add the carrots, celery, bell pepper, water chestnuts, scallions, ginger, and garlic.  Saute, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften slightly, about 5 minutes, adding a tablespoon of water at a time as necessary to prevent scorching.

3.Reapply oil spray if necessary, and add the ground chicken to the skillet.  Cook until the chicken is no longer pink, breaking the meat into a fine crumble with a wooden spoon as it cooks.  Season with salt and pepper.

4.Add the plum sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, and chili paste and stir to coat.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer until heated through.

5.Remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the cashews and cilantro. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, about 5 minutes (if you can wait that long!).

6.Clean the lettuce and break off 12 individual leaves (trim away the stem ends of the leaves if they are touch).  Fill each lettuce cup with roughly ½ cup of the chicken mixture.  Garnish with additional cilantro if desired.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Calories 298; Protein 27g; Carbs 34g; Total Fat 9g; Saturated fat 2g; Cholesterol 80mg; Fiber 5g; Sodium 610g (or less if you use low-sodium soy or tamari sauce)

Curious about the giveaway?


Prize:

2 crazy-lucky winners will receive their very own copy of the book, Slim & Scrumptious, delivered to their homes!

Contest ends this coming Sunday, August 14th at midnight (CDT).  I will pick a winner via randomizer.

Eligibility:

Leave me a comment, preferably with your twitter or blog name to make it easy to contact you.  If you don’t have either, that’s okay, leave your name (need help on how to leave a comment?  Click, here).

Comment question:  What is YOUR favorite way to cook slim or scrumptious?  Example:  “I use chicken broth instead of oil to sauté.”
  
Want extra chances to win?

+1 extra entry:  Tweet this giveaway (leave an extra comment to let me know!)

+1 extra entry:  Facebook this giveaway (tag nwafoodie in the giveaway and leave an extra comment to let me know!)

Good luck!

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.


Full disclosure:  I received free books to review for this post: Food Cures and Slim & Scrumptious. (Thanks, Joy!)

No purchase necessary to enter. Contest void where prohibited. Contest open to members who are 18 years or older. Contest open only to US residents only.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Want to know how “Food Cures?” Joy Bauer knows (psst, it’s a giveaway).

**** August 12, 2011 Winner announcement:  #7 and #9 are the lucky winners!!!  Beth and Jessi, congratulations!!! I will follow up with you both for shipping arrangements.  THANK YOU to everyone who entered, I wish I had a copy for each one of you.  Your answers were inspiring to me.  ~Lyndi ***








Food has such a unique connection for every one of us. 

You might be someone who eats with reckless abandonment, drive-thru after drive-thru, knowing that one day it will catch up but for the meanwhile you ignore the guilt.  Mostly.

Or…

You might be someone who follows the latest diet book craze, always seeking a way to lose weight, feel great or stay young.  In fact, you may have done this so long that perhaps you feel like you’ve forgotten exactly how to eat. 

Or…

You know that eating the right foods will improve your life.  You are always on the lookout for learning more about eating well, living well, and staying in shape.

About a month ago I put an image on the sidebar of my blog that looks like this. 

Have you seen it?



If you click on it, it will take you to Jay Bauer’s site:  Food Cures

What is the Food Cures site? 

Basically, it is a information website that will give you answers on how to treat common health concerns and teach you how to “use food as nature’s medicine – without giving up your favorite meals and snacks.”

Who is Joy Bauer?

She is the nutrition expert for the Today show and yahoo.com, and monthly weight-loss columnist for SELF magazine.  You may have seen her on TV or read her books.

Why do I have an image in my sidebar?

Joy’s team contacted me about a month ago and asked if I would be interested in reviewing her Food Cures book and corresponding cookbook, Simple and Scrumptious.  After I checked out her site, I said yes… AND… I asked if they would be willing to provide the same to you in the form of a giveaway.

They said yes!

Interested in hearing about the giveaway?

Patience.  Patience.  Keep reading…

What is the Food Cures book about?

It includes easy-to-follow food prescriptions for treating common ailments like arthritis and IBS; reducing cholesterol and blood pressure; improving your skin and hair; managing chronic conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, celiac, migraines, PMS – and more!

For example, when I read it, it kick-started me back to what I already knew but had gotten away from: “keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with healthy foods.”  Joy provides a list of the ultimate in healthy foods, lean protein, foods that count towards healthy fats, and high-quality starchy carbs.

See?  I wrote out my Food Cures list on my pantry door to guide me along the way!



Interested in hearing about the giveaway?

Okay now we are ready to talk!

Prize:

2 crazy-lucky winners will receive their very own copy of the book, Food Cures, delivered to their homes!

Contest ends next Thursday, August 11th at midnight (CDT).  I will pick a winner via randomizer.

Eligibility:

Leave me a comment, preferably with your twitter or blog name to make it easy to contact you.  If you don’t have either, that’s okay, leave your name (need help on how to leave a comment?  Click, here).

Comment question:  Tell me why you want to win a copy of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures book?  Have you checked out the Food Cures website to find a food cure, research a condition or browse recipes or the health library? Check it out, here.


Want extra changes to win?

+1 extra entry:  Tweet this giveaway (leave an extra comment to let me know!)

+1 extra entry:  Facebook this giveaway (tag nwafoodie in the giveaway and leave an extra comment to let me know!)

No purchase necessary to enter. Contest void where prohibited. Contest open to members who are 18 years or older. Contest open only to US residents only.

Good luck!

Oh… one more thing… be sure to keep coming back because I am also giving away 2 copies of Joy Bauer’s Slim & Scrumptious cookbook!  Man alive, when will the madness end?

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

Full disclosure:  I received free books to review for this post: Food Cures and Slim & Scrumptious. (Thanks, Joy!)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pass a plate of purple hull peas, pretty please.


**** UPDATE 8/2/2011 Check out local food blog friend, Amy, and her post yesterday that just happened to be about purple hull peas, too! Ironic! She picked her PHP's up from the farmstand in Johnson (by the train tracks). I also forgot to let you know that the PHPs that I purchased cost $3 for the bunch. ~Lyndi **** 

My friend Molly from Monroe went on and on and on and on one day glowing-gloriously about purple hull peas.  Purple hull peas?  What the heck was that?  I had never heard of them, never tasted them, and to be honest, never had seen them for sale anywhere I usually shopped.

Now, I’m a Southern gal, born and raised in North Carolina and surely they had purple hull peas, but seriously, never ever had I come across these curiously named peas.  And seeing that my parents are from New Jersey, this was just not something on their grocery radar.

Because of Molly, I’ve been on the lookout.

I found some!

At the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market…. Because… IT’S PURPLE HULL PEA SEASON!

Ta da!

Here are a few tips to get you started in your very own (potential) love affair with purple hull peas. 

Who knows? 

You may one day glow-gloriously about them, yourself!


Purple Hull Peas 101:

1. Shuck the pea pods (be honest, it just feels good to say that).



2. Boil water, dump in peas.  Depending on how many peas you are preparing, make sure there is plenty of water to cover. 



3.  Add salt, pepper, a tablespoon of butter and seasoning.  I used Weber’s Kickin’ Chicken (yeah, I know, this isn’t chicken but it’s my kitchen, I can do what I want!). 

4. Keep boiling water, tasting peas along the way.  The end result is tastefully seasoned liquid that is cradling your perfectly prepared purple hull peas.  Mine took a good thirty minutes on the stove at medium-high heat.




Simple, right?

And there you have it.  You have mastered purple hull peas 101.

This post is dedicated to Beth… in honor of her very sweet purple hull pea memories of her dear grandmother… which inspired me to prepare, eat, and post this today!

Thanks Beth!

Okay everyone; since purple hull peas are such a sweet reminder of days gone by, do any of you have any stories of your own to share? 

Tell, tell!

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.
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