Monday, January 19, 2015

Fun Finds at Fancy Food Show 2015

I've gone to the Fancy Food Show for the past few years (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) but walking in to that giant exhibition hall filled with thousands of new food products and smiling vendors still makes me giddy! I don't know whether I like sampling the new treats or learning about their origins or inspirations more. I just know I love it all! So much so that starting in late December, I remind the Hubster every five minutes that it's almost Fancy Food Show time!

This year's show was a fantastic mix of old favorites and intriguing newbies! It's always interesting to see how my favorite new finds match up against the Specialty Food Association's list of annual food trends.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Baked Ziti with the Blogger CLUE Society

I always start the new year with the best intentions. I'll be super neat (and sweep the bathroom floor before the hair balls start looking like tumbleweeds)! I'll go the gym (instead of giving it the side eye as I quickly run in to Starbucks). And most importantly, I'll cut out fast food (including my beloved Taco Bell)!

One by one the resolutions fall to the wayside. I mean, Let's be honest, the gym resolution didn't ever stand a chance in the first place. But the "less fast food, more real meals" resolution? That one is always the most important one and tends to stick around throughout the year. So when I was paired with Lea Ann for this month's Blogger CLUE challenge, I was super excited to find more real food inspiration. Lea Ann is the dynamic powerhouse behind the blog, Cooking on the Ranch, and her recipes are the perfect blend of healthy and hearty.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Smoky Potato, Corn, and Poblano Chowder with the Blogger CLUE Society

I had such a great time hanging out with old blogging friends and meeting new ones in the first round of the Blogger CLUE Society, that I could hardly wait for the next assignment! This month, we were asked to make a recipe from our partner's blog that our grandmother would've made. I was thrilled to draw Christiane's fabulous blog, Taking on Magazines. I've known Christiane ever since I started blogging years ago and it's been so much fun getting to know her family (especially Dudette!) and her cooking.

In perusing her blog to find the recipe I'd recreate, I came across so many of her old posts that I loved when I read them the first time around. If you enjoy hilarious stories served alongside some delicious recipes from your favorite magazines, you really need to be following Christiane's blog. And speaking of delicious recipes, I had the hardest time choosing one my grandmother would make especially because my grandma was a feisty, beautiful, and very strong-willed lady. I kept thinking the recipe had to be just perfect because she was a pretty perfect lady.