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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Throw Something on the Barbie #SundaySupper...Featuring Grilled Avocado with Confetti Shrimp Salad

This week, the #SundaySupper theme is Throw Something on the Barbie. Our hostess is Sue from Palatable Pastime, and she asked us to share our favorite grilling recipes! The weather is turning warmer, so it's time to fire up the grill and get ready for al fresco dining. My recipe this week can be made on your outdoor grille -- or inside using a cast-iron grill pan. My Grilled Avocado with Confetti Shrimp Salad is very refreshing, and it makes a perfect first course for dinner -- or a delicious light lunch. The flavorful salad can be made up to a day ahead, and the avocado halves grill up in about 5 minutes. This dish is perfect for avocado lovers! I like to serve crispy tortilla chips on the side for a bit of crunch.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

San Antonio's Culinaria Festival Is Coming Up this Weekend!!

One of San Antonio's most highly anticipated culinary events is coming this weekend! The annual Culinaria Festival will be held from May 19-22. Festival Week is Culinaria’s popular food and wine festival, which features multiple events over the course of four amazing days! With everything from food trucks to gourmet cuisine...and beer to champagne, Festival Week truly offers something for every food lover! The 2016 event lineup features a wide range of fun activities. Whether you want to go casual and feast on tacos, burgers, and BBQ...or dress up for the glamorous Grand Tasting event...the Culinaria Festival has the perfect event for you! Culinaria event tickets can be purchased online at EventbriteTickets are on available on a limited basis, and additional tickets will not be added once an event sells out. Proper identification is needed for check-in at the events; individuals who don’t have identification will not be permitted to consume alcoholic beverages per Texas State Law. Keep in mind that Culinaria events go on rain or shine!

Pre-sale tickets end at midnight the night before the event, and the door price will apply to tickets purchased after the ticket cut off. All ticket purchases are non-refundable. For questions, contact Culinaria at info@culinariasa.org or (210) 822-9555. The Weekend Gourmet will be attending two fun Culinaria events at the gorgeous La Cantera Resort & Spa this Saturday. During the day, we will be attending the festive Tacos and Talk (and Tasting). This fun event will feature tacos, queso fountains, and salsa bars for spicy-good fun. Add in a range of informative wine and mixology seminars, and you have a full-fledged fiesta on your hands! Later that evening, we'll be attending The Grand Tasting (Re-imagined). This picture gives you an idea of the imaginative food presentations that will be seen at this amazing event.
The Grand Tasting will feature culinary creations from some of San Antonio's best chefs, along with wine and spirit tastings. This limited-access party gives attendees the opportunity to personally engage with local chefs and sample their signature culinary creations. Dancing, music, and entertainment will also be offered -- making it a perfect date night! I hope to see some of my fellow San Antonio and Austin food lovers at these events. To follow these two festivities live, be sure to follow us on Instagram (WEEKENDGOURMET) and Twitter (@TheWeekendGourmet). 

Disclosure: Culinaria provided The Weekend Gourmet a pair of tickets to Tacos And Talk (And Tasting) and The Grand Tasting (Re-imagined) to facilitate coverage of the Culinaria Festival. All opinions expressed are solely my own.


Monday, May 9, 2016

The Weekend Gourmet Hits the Road...To Boston AND New York! #WGTravel #EastCoast2016

The Weekend Gourmet is about to head out on an early Summer foodie adventure! This time, we're trying something new! We're combining TWO of our favorite cites in one amazing East Coast trip. We leave tomorrow morning for three nights in Boston. The plan is eat our weight in seafood -- can you say chowder and lobster rolls?!?!? We also plan to enjoy some cooler temperatures before we dive head-first into 90-degree Texas Summer days. We'll see some fun sights and attend a performance of the Boston Pops. To wrap up the Boston leg of our trip, we're going to watch our Houston Astros play the Red Sox at historic Fenway Park! We love going to road games and checking out other ballparks, and Fenway has been near the top of our list for years.
Then, we're renting a car and driving 3.5 hours to New York for another three nights. Along the way, we're going to take a short detour to sample some of the best lobster rolls in New England in Connecticut. While we're in New York, we're catching performances of the New York Philharmonic and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. We're also checking out SNL: The Exhibit...we're big fans of the show, so we're really looking forward to that.
Of course, we'll also enjoy some of the best food that New York has to offer! We'll enjoy favorites like Doughnut Plant tres leche doughnuts and chai latte, Levain Bakery's amazing chocolate chip cookies, Lombardi's coal-fire pizza, and the divine biscuit French toast at Jacob's Pickles. We'll also be trying out some fun new foodie places too! To follow our #EastCoast2016 adventures over the next week, be sure to follow us on Instagram (WEEKENDGOURMET), Twitter (@TheWeekendGourm), and Facebook (The Weekend Gourmet)! 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Weekend Gourmet Dines out for May...Featuring hopdoddy Burger Bar San Antonio #WGDinesOut

For this month's edition of The Weekend Gourmet Dines Out, I'm sharing our recent visit to San Antonio's new location of perennial Austin favorite hopdoddy Burger Bar! This popular Austin-based burger restaurant recently opened at The Rim shopping area in San Antonio -- to much fanfare and excitement. We were so excited when hopdoddy invited Michael and I to come for dinner opening night, and we had a blast! Gourmet burgers, cocktails, and a fun atmosphere you say?!?!? Sign us up! It was stormy when we arrived, but we were quickly seated in the packed restaurant and brought menus to look over. While we decided which burgers to order, we started with an appetizer and cocktails. The signature cocktail of the San Antonio location is the aptly named Alamocitea -- which contained house-made Limoncello, Texas-made Deep Eddy Sweet Tea vodka, raspberry puree, and fresh-squeezed lemon. This gorgeous pink-red cocktail was so good -- sweetly tart like a grown-up version of lemonade. It's the perfect Summer cocktail!
We paired our cocktails with hopdoddy's amazing Green Chile Queso, which is paired with crispy house-made fries for dipping. The amazing fries were a creative spin on traditional tortilla chips. Our meal was off to a tasty start...and then our burgers arrived! I opted for the Magic Shroom Burger, which features a juicy Angus patty, Texas goat cheese, field mushrooms, basil pesto, mayo, lettuce, onion, and tomato. It was DELICIOUS! The beefy patty was expertly cooked, and the combination of earth mushrooms and the herbal basil pesto was out of this world!
We paired this burger with Parmesan Truffle Fries, which came with a decadent truffle aioli for dipping. If you're a truffle lover, these fries are a definite must! The potatoes for the fries are cut and sliced in house, and these are some of the best restaurant french fries we've ever had. We also shared a Sangrita cocktail with this burger. If you love sangria and margaritas, this is the cocktail for you! It contains gold tequila, fresh-squeezed orange and lime juice, and pomegranate grenadine...and it comes with a chile salt rim. This orange-red hued cocktail packs a delicious...and potent...punch.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May Mode Foodie Article...Featuring An At-Home Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Check out An At-Home Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
by Wendy Wofford-Garcia at Mode
Thursday is Cinco de Mayo...so my Mode Foodie Contributor article for this month is An At-Home Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! Every celebration needs a perfect menu that will please your family and friends. My slideshow provides seven items that everyone will love...everything from a fun cocktail to an appetizer, main, two sides, and even a fun cupcake dessert. Be sure to click on the slideshow above to go get these amazing Tex-Mex recipes. Then, you'll be ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in good taste!

Disclosure: This is a compensated post for Mode Foodie. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mom's Favorite Recipes #SundaySupper...Featuring Rocky Road Brownie Sundae for Mom

This week, our #SundaySupper theme is Mom's Favorite Recipes. This event is being co-hosted by Christie Campbell of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Wendy Leep Hammond of Wholistic Woman. Ahead of Mother's Day next week, they asked us to share one of our Mom's signature recipes...or a recipe that Mom would love! My Mom truly loves chocolate, so I decided to create a recipe just for her that combines some of her favorite flavors. My Rocky Road Brownie Sundae for Mom is full of chocolate goodness, creamy ice cream, pecans, and marshmallows. It's gooey fun -- and I can't wait to make one of these decadent little sundaes for her when I go home to visit next weekend!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Review of Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex Cookbook...Featuring Chicken Enchiladas Rojas #enchiladas #cincodemayo

I recently received a review copy of the fantastic new cookbook Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex by authors Cappy Lawton and Chris Waters Dunn. Lawton is a popular San Antonio restaurateur,  and Dunn is a cooking teacher and culinary consultant. This amazing cookbook features more than 60 different enchilada recipes -- both traditional and modern varieties. If you think enchiladas are strictly a Tex-Mex creation, this cookbook will show you otherwise! The cookbook features chapters for chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and dairy fillings...and it teaches you how to make your own enchilada sauces, toppings, and other accompaniments. If you're intimidated by the thought of making homemade enchilada sauce, don't be! Each recipe walks your through the process step by step, and the end result is so much more flavorful than pre-made canned sauce. I had a hard time deciding on one recipe to feature from this book, but ultimately opted to make Chicken Enchiladas Rojas.

From start to finish, it took less than an hour to make a batch of delicious homemade chicken enchiladas -- including making the spicy chile sauce from scratch. Two big time savers that I utilized were to use a roasted deli chicken for the filling, and I purchased fresh corn tortillas. These flavorful enchiladas are not the least bit heavy, and they can be assembled on a serving platter or on each person's individual plate. They're garnished with crumbly Mexican queso fresco, diced purple onion, a drizzle of Mexican crema. I'll show you step by step how to cook and assemble these colorful, flavorful enchiladas!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Regional Specialties #SundaySupper...Featuring Loaded Tex-Mex Chile con Queso

The theme for this week's #SundaySupper is Regional Specialties. Our hostess Sue from A Palatable Pastime asked us to share foods that are specialties in our part of the country. There are many foods that are staples here in Texas, including: BBQ, chicken fried steak, and chili. Since I live in San Antonio, I decided to share my personal spin on a classic Tex-Mex appetizer: chile con queso. Queso is an addictive melted cheese dip that pairs perfectly with crispy tortilla chips. It's typically made with easy-to-melt processed cheese, green chiles, and diced tomatoes. My Loaded Tex-Mex Chile con Queso takes this local specialty to new culinary heights -- and there's not a speck of processed cheese in sight!

My hearty, chunky chile con queso is flavored with spicy Mexican chorizo sausage, aromatic veggies, diced tomatoes, and a shot of tequila for fun. It's super creamy thanks to the addition of two kinds of cheese. Then, just before serving, this moderately spicy queso is topped with a generous amount of chunky avocado-pico de gallo salsa. This hearty queso is best served with sturdy tortilla chips and warm flour tortillas for dipping. It basically combines the best flavors of chile con queso and guacamole into one delicious bite!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sea World San Antonio's Seven Seas® Food Festival....Featuring a Ticket Giveaway

Attention San Antonio-area food and wine aficionados: SeaWorld® San Antonio guests are invited to set sail on a tasty culinary voyage during the park’s 2nd annual Seven Seas® Food Festival. This event is being held every weekend between now and May 15th. Festival goers can sip and savor a wide range of delicious foods, unique wines, and craft beers and cocktails that represent a dozen different countries -- including Italy, Greece, France, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Korea, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, United States, and Spain (new this year!) Last weekend, Michael and I attended an exclusive blogger sneak preview of the Seven Seas® Food Festival. We had a blast taking an around-the-world culinary journey without ever leaving San Antonio!

The Seven Seas® Food Festival is designed to appeal to all palettes, so there's literally something for everyone! Inspired by seven different seas, the savory cuisine reflects culture favorites of regions near the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, North Pacific, Pacific Ocean, and the South Atlantic. "Flavorful pairings range from spicy to sweet to totally unexpected," said Scott Ronczkowski, Executive Chef for SeaWorld & Aquatica San Antonio. In addition to authentic international cuisine, many of the country's food stations also provide authentic entertainment like Spain’s guitarist and flamenco dancer.
Guests can take their festival experience to the next level by purchasing a range of upgrade packages that include wine and cheese pairings and sampling packages. Cooks can also catch live cooking demonstrations presented by local San Antonio and celebrity chefs, who show audience members how to create mouthwatering dishes using products of The Coca-Cola® Company. When we were there last weekend, Chef Jeff White of San Antonio's popular Boiler House restaurant demonstrated how to make yummy savory pork carnitas. When the demonstration was over, we received samples of the finished product.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mode Foodie April Article...Featuring Unscrambled: Egg Recipes for Brunch and Beyond

Check out Unscrambled: Egg Recipes for Brunch and Beyond

by Wendy Wofford-Garcia at Mode


Eggs are a staple ingredient for several reasons. I always have a dozen eggs on hand in my fridge! Eggs are economical, they're a great source of protein...and they're very versatile. For this month's Mod Foodie article, I'm sharing Unscrambled: Egg Recipes for Brunch and Beyond! The recipes in my roundup come from all over the web...and feature a wide range of recipes. There's everything from an Eggs Benedict-inspired burger, eggs baked in an avocado half...and even a pizza that includes an egg in the center! Click the slideshow above to get all of these amazing and versatile egg-based recipes.

Disclosure: This is a compensated article for Mode Foodie. All opinions are solely mine.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Celebrating National Pecan Day...Featuring Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

April 14th is National Pecan Day, and I want to celebrate by sharing one of my favorite pie recipes with you. Pecans are a popular staple ingredient here here in the South...we often use them in savory and sweet dishes. My Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie recipe combines the goodness of sticky-sweet pecan pie with decadent melted chocolate chips and a shot of bourbon. It's a decadent treat, but it's really simple to make. If you love making pie crust, by all means use your favorite recipe. If you're like me and making scratch pie crust makes you twitchy, do what I did: buy a good-quality frozen pie crust.

Monday, April 11, 2016

My Sur la Table Cooking Class Experience...Learning to Make Homemade Pasta

Michael and I recently took a Let's Make Pasta! cooking class at our local Sur la Table location, and it was an amazing experience! During this informative and fun hands-on cooking class, we learned how to make fresh pasta to create two dishes: Fettuccini Carbonara with Asparagus & Smoked Bacon and Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni al Pomodoro. During this informative 2.5-hour class, we learned a lot...and we enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner in the process! 
We were especially excited to take this pasta class, because Michael gave me a pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas. I wanted to learn how to properly use the attachment -- and how to make fresh pasta. Our instructor, Chef Cindy Drake, taught class participants how to make fresh pasta dough. Then, we learned how to use a hand-crank or automatic pasta roller for a stand mixer to make thin sheets of pasta. From there, we used half of our pasta to make fettuccini and half to make pasta sheets for the cannelloni. If you're intimidated by the idea of making fresh pasta, don't be! We left this informative class with hands-on knowledge and skills to make fresh pasta at home. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Hamilton Beach 4 Slice Easy Reach™ Toaster Oven #Giveaway...Featuring French Onion Pull-Apart Rolls

I love being a Hamilton Beach Brand Ambassador, because I get a chance to try out lots of fun and helpful kitchen appliances! This month, I was sent a Hamilton Beach 4 Slice Easy Reach™ Toaster Oven oven to try out in my kitchen. I'm not sure how, but I've never owned or used a toaster oven before -- not even when I was in college living in a dorm back in the day! After using this amazing toaster oven the past few weeks, I'm a convert! The Easy Reach™ Toaster Oven fits easily on your kitchen counter and features an innovative roll-top door, which makes it so easy to place food in and take food out of the oven. Even better, the roll-top door comes off for easy cleaning. Hamilton Beach's Easy Reach™ Toaster Oven can fit up to four slices of pizza or bread -- and it offers bake, broil, and toast functions. It also features a 30-minute timer with automatic shutoff, and it includes a bake try and a rack with two positions. 

I love how versatile this toaster oven is! We're a two-person household, so the Easy Reach™ Toaster Oven has been great for reheating slices of pizza to crispy perfection, creating hot toasted sandwiches...and making the amazing recipe for French Onion Pull-Apart Rolls that I'm sharing here today. Flavorful toasted pull-apart loaves are all the rage these days, so I decided to create a version for smaller households that can be made in a toaster oven. If you love French onion soup, you're going to go crazy for these cheesy onion-infused sourdough rolls!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Food Lover's Weekend In Boston Part 2

During our trip to Boston, we spent one evening across the Charles River in nearby Cambridge. Our home base for this portion of our trip was the modern Royal Sonesta Boston. This gorgeous newly renovated 400-room property is located right on the Charles River, and it offers gorgeous Boston city views! The check-in process in the Sonesta's sleek lobby was very quick and simple, and we were on our way to our room. Our Executive Suite River View featured pretty Boston city views across the Charles River, a spacious living area that came with a large dining table, and a comfortable bedroom. We felt like we were staying in an urban studio apartment rather than a typical hotel room!
The bed was very comfy, and the linens were so soft! The suite's large bathroom featured a deep soaking tub and fragrant spa toiletries. The little touches make all the difference, so we were delighted to find some welcome treats waiting for us on the bar area between our bedroom and living area. In addition to perfectly chilled bottles of artisan Voss water, we were provided a platter of chocolate-dipped strawberries, hand-dipped artisan chocolates, and a colorful fruit display. After we settled in, we hopped in a cab and headed back into Boston for brunch at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse


When we arrived at Davio's, we were warmly greeted and showed to our table. We were immediately impressed with the elegant decor in the main dining room. The vibe was more like dining in someone's elegant home than a typical restaurant. We started our meal with a duo of cocktails. Michael sampled Davio's fun signature create-your-own bloody Mary cart. I opted for a seasonal Pumpkin Pie Martini. Both drinks were just strong enough and excellently prepared. As we sipped our drinks, we shared the creative and tasty Spring Roll Sampler, which featured five flavors: Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken Parm, Buffalo Chicken, Shrimp Cotija, and Reuben. The flavors of the perfect fried spring rolls were robust, and each was paired with a tasty dipping sauce. Our brunch was off to a great start.
For our entrees, we selected a pasta entree and a steak entree since those are Davio's two signature menu items. Michael opted for the beef tenderloin served inside of a popover. It was topped with a poached egg and decadent truffle hollandaise sauce. I selected Davio's specialty: Tagliatelle Bolognese topped with braised veal, beef, and pork tomato sauce. Both entrees were expertly prepared delicious. Michael's tenderloin was fork tender, and my pasta was positively decadent. The slow-braised sauce was deeply flavored and luscious.

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Weekend Gourmet Dines Out for April...Featuring Boston's Bostonia Public House

This month's featured restaurant for The Weekend Gourmet Dines Out is Boston's Bostonia Public House. During our visit to Boston this Winter, Michael and I enjoyed a great dinner at this upscale casual Contemporary American restaurant. We found Bostonia's location to be ideal -- it's located in a lovely historical building in Boston's Financial District that was originally built in 1902. Bostonia Public House was an easy 10-minute from the Omni Parker House, where we were staying that evening. When we walked in on that Saturday evening, we immediately heard some really great live music playing in the first floor courtesy of a group of student musicians from nearby Berklee College of Music. We were warmly greeted by the hostess and shown to our table in the restaurant's second floor. We looked over the dinner menu and decided to start with cocktails and a shared appetizer. The restaurant's manager stopped by our table to say hello -- and to recommended we try the warm Lump Crab Dip. 
This decadent seafood-based appetizer features a creamy base flavored with sweet lump crab meat and is topped with melted cheese. The dip is served with addictive house-made salt and pepper potato chips. While we enjoyed this yummy dip, we sipped on a pair of expertly prepared cocktails from the bar. After we enjoyed our appetizer, we shared two quintessential Boston foods that we can't get here in Texas: a bowl of clam chowder and a lobster roll.
BPH Clam Chowder features smoky bacon, leeks, celery, and marble potatoes in a creamy clam-filled base. The bacon provided a nice smokiness and depth of flavor to this rich clam chowder. It was truly exceptional chowder! We paired the creamy chowder with an amazing Hot Lobster Roll. This sandwich contained plenty of sweet lobster tossed in warm clarified butter and piled into a toasted bun. This decadent lobster roll featured only a few ingredients -- but it packed a true flavor explosion! We were smiling ear to ear as we sampled these two menu items. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Eggland's Best 2016 America's Best Recipe Contest Giveaway...Featuring Individual Tex-Mex Baked Egg Skillets #eggs #ad

The 2016 Eggland’s Best “America’s Best Recipe” Contest is underway, and inventive cooks can enter by creating an original recipe that uses Eggland’s Best (EB) eggs and locally-sourced ingredients made popular by their state! From now through April 29th, Eggland’s Best will accept contest entries via their website. Each recipe entry must use at least TWO whole EB eggs and ONE locally sourced ingredient that is grown or manufactured in the entrant’s home state. Every state has its famous foods that can be used to create anything from traditional cuisine to family-style recipes and more. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner – Eggland’s Best eggs are versatile and provide lots of nutritional benefits! 

Compared to ordinary eggs, each Eggland's Best egg has four times the Vitamin D, more than two times the Omega-3s, and 25% less saturated fat! By choosing EB over ordinary eggs, you are getting an egg that is fresher, tastes better, and contains more vitamins and nutrients. Today, I’m sharing my contest entry recipe with you! I’m a native Texan who lives in San Antonio…which is known for its spicy Tex-Mex food. My Individual Tex-Mex Baked Egg Skillets can be served for breakfast, weekend brunch, or even a casual weeknight breakfast-for-dinner entrée. Simply add some warm tortillas on the side, and you have a complete meal!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wendy's Favorite Things for March #WendyFaveThings #GreatEight

It's time for this month's Wendy's Favorite Things roundup. This month's Great Eight features healthy snacks, a great new cookbook, a unique twist on bacon...and my favorite personalized wine glasses!

(1) Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Tea. I'm a big fan of Bolthouse Farms refrigerated juice blends and smoothies. When I tasted their Vanilla Chai Tea Perfectly Protein Beverage, I knew I had found my new favorite portable breakfast of afternoon pick-me-up. This blend of heart-healthy green tea, vanilla, and chai spices contains 7 grams of filling soy protein. This chai tea tastes amazing...and it's good for me too. Score! This dairy-free beverage is also gluten free -- and it contains just 3.5 grams of fat and 175 calories per 8-ounce serving. To find Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Latte near you, check out their handy Store Locator.

(2) Horizon Organic Cheddar Shapes. Horizon Organic's new Cheddar Shapes are a fun way to get your daily requirement of protein and calcium! Kids of all ages will have a blast eating these star-shaped bites of cheese. Eat them alone, stack them on crackers, or use them to add a fun garnish to your favorite recipes. Each 1/4-cup serving of Cheddar Shapes provides 20% of your daily calcium needs...along with 7 grams of filling protein. I love to eat Cheddar Shapes on top of Triscuits for a filling after-work snack. Like all Horizon products, these cheese shapes are USDA certified organic. Horizon also makes triangle-shaped Colby Shapes for those who prefer a sharper bite to their cheese. To find these products near you, check out Horizon's online Store Locator.
(3) Haulin' Oats Oatmeal Jars. I was a teenager in the 80's, so the creative name of Haulin' Oats organic gourmet oatmeal was the first thing that caught my attention! Then, I tasted their oatmeal and fell in love...this stuff is the real deal! Every flavor starts with organic rolled oats topped with brown sugar, flaxseed, and spices -- along with a rich blend of nutty almond butter and coconut oil. Then, they add lots of yummy organic, sustainable ingredients. Haulin' Oats comes in cute glass jars, making it perfectly portable. When you're ready to serve, cover the ingredients with boiling water and let cook for 5 minutes before eating. Each flavor is named after a popular song. My personal favorite is My Cherry Amor, which features pecans, dried cherries, and white and dark chocolate chips. It's a healthy treat that gets my day off to a great start! Haulin' Oats products can be purchased via their online store.

(4) Sauces 'n Love Pink Pesto Pasta Sauce. I'm always looking for products that taste great and help me get dinner on the table quickly during my busy work week. One of my favorite new finds is Sauces 'n Love Pink Pesto refrigerated pasta sauce. In the time it takes to boil up some pasta and sear some chicken breast, I can have a restaurant-quality dinner on the table in about 30 minutes. This creamy sauce features Vodka sauce infused with herbal basil pesto. The addition of homegrown tomatoes and cream provides a nice richness. Like all Sauces 'n More pasta sauces, this Pink Pesto is gluten free. This sauce really is the best of both worlds -- creamy tomato-based sauce flavored with the robust flavor of pesto. My Texas readers can find Sauces 'n Love Pasta Sauces at their local Central Market. To find their sauces nationwide, check out their Store Locator.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mode Foodie Contributor Feature...Featuring Big-Flavor Homemade Salad Dressings for Spring

Check out Big-Flavor Homemade Salad Dressings for Spring

by Wendy Wofford-Garcia at Mode


Spring is here...which means warmer temperatures are on the horizon! When the weather starts to turn warmer, I start to crave lighter foods -- including lots of main dish salads! For this month's Mode Foodie Contributor feature, I'm sharing a roundup of amazing Big-Flavor Homemade Salads Dressings for Spring. If you think homemade salad dressings are complicated to make, think again! The recipes I'm sharing this month can be whipped up in minutes, and they feature lots of fresh flavors that are perfect for Spring. I'm sharing everything from light and tangy vinaigrette to creamy dressings that are lighter in fat and calories. Once you give these dressings a try, you'll see how simple it is to whip up a batch of homemade salad dressing in minutes!

Disclosure: This is a compensated post for Mode Foodie. As always, all opinions are solely my own.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Weekend Gourmet Flashback: Confetti Easter PEEPS® Sandwich Cookies

Easter is this weekend, which means you’re going to need some sweet treats to share with your friends and family! The days leading up to Easter can be hectic, so I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes from last Easter with you again today. My colorful Confetti Easter PEEPS® Sandwich Cookies are made with a convenient boxed sugar cookie mix. They’re rolled in brightly colored sprinkles, filled with a sweet-tart grape buttercream filling, and decorated with fun PEEPS® Orange Delight chicks. Your little bunnies can even help you roll the cookie dough and coat them in the sprinkles. These festive cookies are cute to look at, yummy to eat…and super easy to whip up in an afternoon. So…gather your favorite sprinkles and let’s get baking!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

San Antonio Book Festival Is April 2nd...Featuring Squash Casserole from Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables #giveaway

Attention San Antonio-area book lovers: the San Antonio Public Library Foundation will be holding its 4th Annual San Antonio Book Festival on Saturday, April 2nd! This free event will take place from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Central Library and The Southwest School of Art, located in Downtown San Antonio. The goal of this fun book festival is to unite and inspire readers and writers alike. The San Antonio Book Festival will feature more than 80 authors, as well as entertainment for all ages -- including Geektown, which is specially geared toward teenage readers. There are a ton of great events planned for the San Antonio Book Festival -- there's truly something for every type of reader! 
One of the festival events that I'm most excited about attending is Eat Your Vegetables (and Love Doing It)!, featuring noted cookbook authors Cynthia Graubart and Nathalie Dupree. They'll be discussing -- and signing - their amazing new Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables cookbook. Cynthia Graubart is the author of six books, including the James Beard Award-winning Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. She also writes the New Sunday Supper column in Southern Living magazine, and she shares her message of gaining confidence in the kitchen to groups large and small. Graubart is also a television producer who produced GPTV’s first nationally syndicated television series, New Southern Cooking with Nathalie Dupree.
Photo provided by Patrick Heagney Photography
Nathalie Dupree has been the host of more than 300 cooking shows on PBS, The Learning Channel, and the Food Network. She has written 14 books, three of which have won James Beard awards. Ms. Dupree has also been awarded the Grand Dame of the Les Dames d' Escoffier, Who's Who in American Cooking by the James Beard Foundation, and was two-time president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is married to author Jack Bass and lives in Charleston, South Carolina. I received a copy of Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables to try out in my kitchen. Being a native Texan, I was very impressed with all of the great recipes. So many of them reminded me of the vegetables that my Grandma Wofford would make with fresh vegetables from her large garden. Today, I'm sharing a fabulous recipe for Squash Casserole -- it's easy to make with simple ingredients, and it's perfect for your Easter table this weekend!

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