Friday, September 30, 2011

Flavored chicken broth.




Hello All,

Check out my guest post at themightyrib to learn about an incredibly easy tip for making your own flavored chicken broth.

It’s so easy you will marvel why you ever purchased canned/boxed broth in the first place. 

You’re so foodie.

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.

Lyndi

Friday, September 23, 2011

I’m obsessed with Whole Food’s Chicken Tortilla Soup.



** Think you like this recipe? There is an even better one posted called "Better Than Whole Foods Chicken Tortilla Soup," posted here.


Just because the nearest Whole Foods is two hours away from Northwest Arkansas, doesn’t mean that we can’t participate in its awesomeness.

Whenever I’m in Tulsa or North Little Rock or wherever there is a Whole Foods, I make a beeline to the soup station.  Their chicken tortilla soup (strangely though, I’ve never actually seen any tortilla in it) packs such a KA-POW of flavor that I just may be addicted to it.

I’ve been known to dream about it.

And drool in my sleep when dreaming about it.

My heart is now racing.

Okay, you may be wondering, “how can we participate in Whole Foods awesomeness since it is so far away?”

Answer:  Their website!  It’s overflowing with a bounty of recipes and tips!  Sign up for their newsletter so you don’t miss anything.

Let’s talk about that chicken tortilla soup and the KA-POW factor.  It’s good.  

Realllllly out-of-this-world delicious.

It’s easy to make, too.  And fast.  Perfect for today.

Want the recipe?

TORTILLA SOUP WITH TOMATOES
Serves 4 to 6 (so they say, my husband and I can easily polish this off in one sitting!)

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 serrano chile, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper
2 cups water (I use 1 cup water with 1 cup chicken broth)
1 tablespoon lime juice, more to taste
1/4 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
1/4 cup crumbled yellow corn tortilla chips (I skipped this, no reason, just because)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
(I added the equivalent of half of a roasted chicken.  An easy way to do this is to buy a rotisserie chicken and half it yourself!)

INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until the onion turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chile and cumin and cook a minute longer. Add tomatoes with their juices, water and salt. Cover the pot and cook gently, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Taste and adjust seasonings. Ladle soup into bowls and top with grated cheese, tortilla chips and cilantro. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION

Per serving (about 10oz/285g-wt.): 100 calories (45 from fat), 5g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 3g protein, 12g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 5mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium

You’re going to love this, so enjoy!

Happy Fall!

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Vintage potato chip containers.




My friend Beth, The Food Adventuress, recently blogged about her favorite kitchen tools. 

One of them completely was out of the ordinary.  A surprising unexpected entry. 

And, it was COMPLETELY adorable.

What was it?

One of her favorite kitchen tools was “the chip can.” 

“The chip can” is an old-timey tin container that potato chips and pretzels used to be stored in and sold and often prominently displayed advertising for a shopkeeper.  From what I can gather, these tins were in production in the 1930s and 1940s.

So why is “the chip can” one of Beth’s favorite kitchen tools?  

Because she actually stores her potato chip bags within in!  

Brilliant!

After reading her blog post, I actually came across several of these adorable vintage potato chip containers at the Tontitown Flea Market on Hwy 412.  They are priced in the $11-$15 range, so they are completely affordable.


Okay, so perhaps having a vintage container with character (read: old) is not your decorating style… but the moral of the story is to look at something in a different light.  What items do you have around your house that can be incorporated into a new resource? 

In the case of “the chip can” what makes it so adorable to me is that it is breathing life into something ordinary.   The humble potato chip.

Everything old is new again.

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Seven days of foodie giveaways… did you win?

I just hosted a weeklong celebration for my blog’s second anniversary.  As a thank you for your support, I had all sorts of fabulous foodie giveaways.  Awhhh, did you miss it?

It’s drumroll time…

Day 1 winner of every kitchen’s must-have, a Microplane grater/zester? Karol!

Day 2 winner of adorable vintage cooking pamphletsVicki W!

Day 3 winner of my favorite Medaglia D’Oro Instant Espresso Coffee?  Rochelle!

Day 4 winner of add-something-special Inbru Vanilla Bean Coffee Flavor?  Silja!

Day 5 winner of the fascinating ingredient, Rose Water (L’eau de roses): Debbie!

Day 6 winner of the newly opened Tusk & Trotter Restaurant $25 penguin bill: Debbie!

Day 7 winner of the new taste, Umami Paste (Taste #5): Tara!

Thanks for stopping by and checking in!   

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

2nd Anniversary giveaway week: Umami Paste (Taste #5)!



*** Update: #2, Tara, is the winner of the Umami Paste! ~Lyndi ***

(It’s Day 7, the final day)

Umami.  The “extra” taste frontier.  Have you heard about it?  Experienced it?

Often referred to as the “fifth taste” after sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, umami was officially recognized as basic taste in 1985. 

What does it taste like?

Here’s a great definition“it can be described as a pleasant "brothy" or "meaty" taste with a long lasting, mouthwatering and coating sensation over the tongue.” 

A savory deliciousness.

Mmmm…  I’m going to use that phrase sometime today in everyday conversation.

What to experience umami for yourself?


Prize:

A lucky someone will be receiving a tube of Laura Santtini’s Taste #5 Umami Paste.  This can be used as a condiment, seasoning, flavor bomb, garnish, quick pasta sauce or salsas, or in sauces and gravies.

Contest ends next Tuesday, September 13th 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: 

Q: What is your preferred “taste?”  Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or umami?


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.


#2


Monday, September 5, 2011

2nd Anniversary giveaway week: Tusk & Trotter in Bentonville!



*** Update:  #10, Debbie, is the winner!  Congratulations! ~Lyndi***

(It’s Day 6)

Tusk & Trotter. Off the square in downtown Bentonville.  Have you dined there yet?

My husband and I went recently and he declared, “best filet mignon I’ve had in Northwest Arkansas.” 

Me?  I had the lamb burger and it was p.e.r.f.e.c.t.  

Now, I know not everyone loves beef or lamb, so don’t worry, there are plenty of unique menu items for you to drool over.  The atmosphere is casual yet romantic.  Park on the square and take a stroll during these cool almost-fall nights.



Prize:

A lucky someone will be getting a $25 penguin bill gift certificate to Tusk & Trotter, courtesy of NWArestaurant

Contest ends next Monday, September 12th 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: 

Q: What menu item at Tusk & Trotter sounds the most interesting to try?  If you’ve already been there, tell us what you ordered.

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… however this one really makes sense to those who live in the Northwest Arkansas area.

Good luck!

Lyndi

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.


#10

Sunday, September 4, 2011

2nd Anniversary giveaway week: Rose Water (L’eau de roses)!



*** Update: #3, Debbie, you won! Congratulations! ~Lyndi ***

(It's Day 5)

Rose water.

It’s trendy yet has an old-fashioned vibe.  Old is new again.

Rose water is extracted from the purest of rose petals via steam.  You may have seen rose water pop up as an ingredient as you browse blogs, view cooking shows, and stay on top of foodstuffs from around the world.

Rose water's light and delicate notes can be added to delicate French pastry glazes and creams or added to sugars.  Often it is added to Middle Eastern, Indian, and Greek foods such as baklava or rice puddings.  SeriousEats has an entire article devoted to rose water recipes.

It’s so foodie.

Want some?


Prize:

A lucky someone will be getting a bottle of finest quality Rose Water from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.

Contest ends next Sunday, September 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?)   

Comment question: 

Q: What interests you most about using rose water?

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.

Note: This post was pre-scheduled.


#3

Saturday, September 3, 2011

2nd Anniversary giveaway week: Inbru vanilla bean coffee flavors!



*** Update: #3, Silja, is the lucky winner!!  Congratulations! ~Lyndi ***

(It's Day 4)

Let’s keep the coffee theme going, shall we?

I am always on the lookout for something unique when it comes to foodstuffs.  It doesn’t have to be expense to create a special experience.

When it comes to coffee, we can be a peculiar people at times.  We like to create our own expressions and bask in the pure delight of every little sip.

Happy sigh.

Inbru Coffee Flavors is brewed flavor product that allows you to create your own coffee experience.  Using discarded, clean and sterilized brown rice hulls, Inbru applies aromas and extractives to create coffee flavors.  Rice hulls are taste-neutral so they absorb the pure essence of the applied aroma.  All you do is add a scoop to your regular coffee filter before your brew.


Prize:

A lucky someone will be getting a container of inbru vanilla bean coffee flavors.  One package is enough to flavor eighty 5-ounce cups of coffee.

Contest ends next Saturday, September 10th 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: 

Q: Do you have a favorite “foodie way” of customizing your coffee and making it special?

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.

Note:  This post was pre-scheduled.


#3

Friday, September 2, 2011

2nd Anniversary giveaway week: Medaglia D’Oro Instant Espresso Coffee!



*** Update: #1, Rochelle, you are the winner! Congratulations!  ~Lyndi ***

(It’s Day 3)

I fell in love with this foodie product after searching online and finding a “we recommend this” review by Cooks Illustrated.  I needed an instant espresso for a flourless torte I figured, if Cooks Illustrated recommends a product, it’s got to be good!

It’s more than good.

I can honestly say that this instant espresso is NOT your average espresso!  It’s as close to the real thing as possible and you can make it in an instant!  It is a blend of imported double-roasted espresso coffees. Mmmmm.

In fact, it is my daily 3pm drink when I am at the office! 

Ambiance in a cup!


Prize:

A lucky someone will be getting a jar of Medaglia D’Oro instant espresso coffee!

Contest ends next Friday, September 9th 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: 

Q: When is your favorite moment to enjoy a cup of espresso or coffee?

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.

Note: This post was pre-scheduled.


#1

Thursday, September 1, 2011

2nd Anniversary giveaway week: Vintage Cooking Pamphlets!



*** Update: #2, Vicki W, is the winner!! Rock on Miss Vicki!  ~Lyndi ***

(It's Day 2)

Vintage cooking pamphlets rock!

Besides the fact that they are boast ADORABLE covers, it is a blast to browse the recipes to see what was popular in a particular time (such as mayonnaise added to just about everything). 

One of my favorite things about vintage cooking pamphlets is their ability to surprise with unknown recipes.  Seriously, how many of you are frustrated by cookbook-after-cookbook and magazine-after-magazine that basically provide the same recipes over and over again?

Would you like own your very own vintage cooking pamphlets?


Prize:

A lucky someone will be getting a super-sensational-stash of 4 vintage cooking pamphlets!! 

1.    Guide to Gracious Entertaining, 1963
2.    Invitation to Good Eating, 1962
3.    Good Housekeeping’s Book of Salads, 1958
4.    100 Ways to Be Original in all Your Cooking, date unknown  

Contest ends next Thursday, September 8th 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: 

Q: What is your personal favorite “vintage” recipe memory?  Or, what old-fashioned dish intrigues you (if you’ve been watching Mad Men, surely you have a few!)

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.


#2


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