Saturday, November 24, 2012

Radish Mouse

HOLIDAY RADISH MICE for a snack tray.
Looks cute next to cheese or dip!

1. Select a radish; it can be big or small, round or oval, but look for a nice long tail (root). Chop off the leafy end, this will be your mouse's nose.

2. Cut a small slice off the bottom so your mouse will be stable. The exact place you make your cut will determine how you mouse is positioned, nose up, or nose down,

3. Cut small slits on each side of the head for the ears.

4. Insert small slices into the slits for the ears. You can take slices from another radish.

5. Add eyes, if you like, by poking small holes.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Marie Callender's Product Review

Today I received a box loaded with mix's from MarieCallender's. Loaded so much it will take a few days to taste and test each one. But first a little information on Marie Callender. Marie always believed from a early age that if you slowed down, especially with your cooking, you ended up with great tasting meals. Meals with special touches that would bring your family together at the dinner table.

So let's get started. It's Monday and the first product I am going to use is the Honey Butter cornbread and muffin mix.
For dinner I intend to fry some catfish up and serve some cornbread on the side. The package of this product is easy to open, and the ingredients easy to use. All you do is add some water and you have a great tasting Honey Butter corn bread. You can also use the same mix and make corn muffins. The mix can be made and cooked in the oven or the microwave. I chose the oven method. The cornbread tasted great. And for a added touch of the honey flavor after the cornbread was just a tad cool, I poured some honey over them. They were warm enough to still melt some butter on top. It was really a dinner time hit, and complimented the dinner just great. It was as if we were eating a meal down south.

It's Tuesday morning and I am going to use the Marie Callender's home-style pancake mix. Again, little other ingredients were needed with the mix, add some milk and oil and you have a smooth velvet pancake mix. The pouch size made the mix easy to use, and had instructions as all the pouches in English and Spanish. The pancakes tasted so rich and decedent. Everyone cleaned up their plates. Breakfast had that comfort food feeling.

For lunch I decided to use the Marie Callender's cheese biscuit mix. Again the pouch made the mix very easy to use. All I had to add was some milk and out came a great tasting biscuit. I cut them in half and placed some Swiss cheese and ham, in them, then put them back in the oven until the cheese melted. Yummy, was the word from everyone.

 Dinner this evening was stuffed pork chops. The stuffing was made with Marie Callender's original cornbread.

 I also had enough mix to make some stuffing for the side. The cornbread came out very moist and tasty. Again the only ingredient I had to add was water. The mix makes a great addition to the cook on the go, when they come home. Just open the pouch, add water, mix and bake. It doesn't get any easier than this.

Its Wednesday morning and I am excited to make some muffins. I am making three flavors that I received from Marie Callender's. First up, cranberry orange muffins.

 If only the computer had smell a read, the entire house smells of fresh baked muffins. The pouch size made just the right amount of muffins. Easy to use, just add some milk, salt, and one egg, and you get moist yummy tasting muffins.

The other flavor I decided to go with was the chocolate chip muffin mix. The mix was full of chocolate chips.

The muffins went great with a cup of coffee to. The pouch for the chocolate chip muffins again was easy and economical to use. You get just the right proportion. With one egg, milk and some butter, you get delicious muffins.

The last muffin for breakfast was the blueberry muffin. Again easy to make, with simple ingredients that are in every one's fridge. The muffins came out moist and at the same time firm. You got a mouthful of blueberries in every bite. Need I say how wonderful my entire house smelled. Well enough it woke everyone up. And boy were they surprised to see a muffin buffet for breakfast.

Its Thursday, Thanksgiving day and I plan on using the last four mix's. For breakfast I am making biscuits and gravy.

 The Marie Callender's all purpose biscuit mix really came through for me. All I had to do was add some water and I got a firm but flaky biscuit that was also moist inside. It held up to the gravy onto as well. It's going to be a great day with baking.

For after dinner I am making some breads out of the remaining muffin mixes. First up, some banana bread.

 For this recipe I am going to also add some walnuts. I served on the side some cream cheese. I only needed some milk, butter and one egg and I created the most moist and delicious banana nut bread ever. The second bread I made was Marie Callender's corn bread, with some whole kernel corn added. Again the product produced a moist bread that was so yummy with a pat of butter on top. The only thing left was the crumbs on the plate.

The last loaf of bread I made was the Marie Callender's multigrain mix. Instead of muffins for all three mix's I wanted the bread on my table. And these great 7oz package's made just the right size for all three breads.

 The multigrain muffin mix made a great tasting loaf bread just as all the others did. With some butter on top, the bread was tasty and oh so moist.

All these mix's were easy to open, and easy to use. They are great for the busy mom or dad, who doesn't have much time to bake when they get home. They use little ingredients to mix up, and the end result is great tasting additions to their meals any time of the day.

If you would like more information on products from Marie Callender's check out their website. They have many more products to offer, and some great recipe tips as well.

Disclaimer: Momzblotter has personally reviewed the product listed above. Momzblotter has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Momzblotter did receive a free product to try out so Momzblotter could evaluate and use it for her review. Momzblotter's thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your  opinions may differ.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Saffron Road Product Review

I was so excited today to receive a special box from Saffron Road. Inside was several products for me to try out and review. I was really excited to get started. But before I do, let me tell you some info on this company.

Saffron Road is the pride and joy, of founder and CEO of Adnan Durrani. He made it his life's work to become a natural food pioneer. The end result were some of the product's I will be trying out, and letting you, my readers know all about.

I received three bags of crunchy chickpeas. Now I love chickpeas in my salad, and I must admit when I use them they come out of a can. So to see them dried was a first for me. So I used them in three ways.

The first bag was the Bombay spice crunchy chickpeas. For them, I made the first course of my dinner, a salad. I topped the salad with the chickpeas and it was bursting with flavor. The crunchy Bombay chickpeas are coated with and seasoned with, Bombay spices. The chickpeas, gave a great crunch factor to the salad. You were, also left with a burst of flavor in your mouth. The salad was a great hit, bite after bite. What's also great is the fact that the chickpeas are a great source of protein and are gluten free. Also they are certified Halal, and are made with organic chickpeas. The Bombay spice crunchy chickpeas do have a high heat level, but using them in salad made it balance out really well. It also gave the salad a bold colorful exotic look.

Next up I made some split pea soup and on top used the Falafel crunchy chickpeas. The heat level for these chickpeas are on a medium level. But with the soup it also was very well balanced out. The soup was nice and creamy and the chickpeas added the crunch factor. These chickpeas are also made with the fine ingredients as all the others. Also on a presentation level, the chickpeas offered a great contrast to the soup. For these chickpeas, the company immerses them with their secret falafel recipe, and this is what makes them so great not only for you, but for taste. 

On the side I placed the next chickpeas in some dishes with a small spoon as a snack. The heat level of these chickpeas were on the hot side. Well why wouldn't they be, they are the Wasabi crunchy chickpeas. Even with their heat level, they slowly over the course of the night disappeared. Made with the same ingredients as the others, they were a great snack hit. As you know Wasabi is a Japanese mustard, and is on the hot side. But when used correctly like in this product it can be a great impact of the food item. Great job, Saffron Road.

Along with the chickpeas, I was sent four simmering authentic Indian simmer sauce's. To taste them I made four mini meals, using two crock pots and two Dutch ovens. First up was the Rogan Josh simmer sauce. In the crock pot I made a beef stew. The sauce was easy to use and added unbelievable flavor. You didn't need many other ingredients for the recipe, the simmer sauce proved that for you. With just some stew meat and veggies I had a hearty tasty Indian inspired meal. The ingredients of these simmer sauce's are great for any one especially if you are a vegetarian. They are low in all nutritional facts. And as other products gluten free and no MSG. And what's best is that you can create a authentic continental dish in minutes.

For the Tikka Masala simmer sauce, I made in my Dutch oven some chicken Marsala. It came out so flavorful and creamy. Again the simmer sauce made it easy to make, and gave it a punch of flavor. Also it made the color of the dish rich and bright. This sauce is filled with tandoori spices and makes any dish you ad it to extraordinary.

For my second crock pot meal, I used the Moroccan Tagine simmer sauce and made a few lamb chops and veggies. This meal came out with a magical taste to it. The spices from the simmer sauce embedded deeply into the meat and veggies as well. It had the taste of true Moroccan delicacy. The meat fell off the bone, and the veggies were tender and flavorful. My house was full of culinary smells, that would make any one's taste buds want to eat.

Last up in my Dutch oven I made some chicken stew with the Lemongrass basil simmer sauce. The stew came out with tender flavorful chicken and veggies. The gravy was creamy and looked like velvet. The simmer sauce infused all the ingredients of my dish with a rich intense flavor. The combination of the Lemongrass and Thai Basil, really made this dish intense, and truly stand out.

If you would like to have your own international dinner, try these great products by visiting their website. There you can learn about their other products, and about them as well.

Disclaimer: Momzblotter has personally reviewed the product listed above. Momzblotter has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Momzblotter did receive a free product to try out so Momzblotter could evaluate and use it for her review. Momzblotter's thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your  opinions may differ.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lizbeth Lane Gourmet Sauce's Review

In my home most of the time I am cooking Italian dishes or Spanish dishes. So I was very excited when I received some gourmet sauces from Lizbeth Lane to try out. I received four bottles, one Lemon Piccata, one Roasted red pepper and basil cream, one roasted vegetable pizza sauce, and one tomatillo cilantro pizza sauce.

A little about the company. Rid and Michael whom are great cooks, wanted to share and cook their recipes and create some creative ones. This is what led up to their unique simmer sauces, and great pizza sauces. Not to mention some others they have created.

The products are all natural, and are gluten free. They have a great shelf life, and all come in nicely designed jars, that would look great in any gift basket.

So, let's get stared. For dinner I made a Spanish Italian feast. The first course was a appetizer of pizza made with the roastedvegetable pizza sauce. Now for this I made my own pizza crust from scratch. I put the sauce on the bottom and topped it with some tomatoes, black olives, green pepper, and some mozzarella cheese. It was a super start to our meal. The sauce was very fresh tasting. I didn't want to add to many veggies on top of my pizza because the sauce was just loaded with it's own veggies, like onions, carrots, zucchini and roasted tomatoes. You also got the garlic in there with some olive oil, that gave the pizza just the right seasonings. I did not need to add anything further.


For the next dish I made for my husband Layered Chicken enchiladas with the Tomatillo Cilantro Pizza sauce instead of a red sauce. Well there was nothing left. I must tell you, when using these sauces you will not have to add any other seasonings to your dishes. The sauce gave the dish that great taste of the southwest as well as the Spanish flair. The sauce was light and hearty at the same time. And you could taste the flavor of the tomatillo and cilantro in every bite. Great hit as well.

Now for the Italian side of the main course, I made a pasta dish with the roasted red pepper and basil cream sauce, instead of traditional red sauce. It gave the pasta a much better flavor than that of using another brand of red sauce. All the flavors for Italian cooking were already available in the sauce. You get roasted red peppers, garlic, basil and the fine herbs and spices already in a cream. Easy to use and great tasting on the palette.

Now for a dish that everyone enjoyed this evening. Lemon piccata chicken with a hint of torn basil, and sliced lemons. Wow, is the one word out of everyone's mouth. I usually spend a little time making this dish. But with the sauce already for lemon piccata it was faster and tasted better. Again all I had to do was coat and fry the chicken and add the sauce. The spices ready to go right in this simmer sauce. You got the perfect blend of what was needed for this dish. Lemon, garlic, sherry, capers, with the herbs and spices. I am telling you, if you work late and want to come home and make a fast great tasting meal, these sauces are wonderful. You family or quests will think you worked for hours. But it will be your little gourmet secret.

If you would like to know more about Lizbeth Lane products head on over to their website.

There you will find their story, their products, and even some great recipes to try. They even have video's to show you how to create some great recipes. How great is that. One bite of food with their products and you will be hooked.

Disclaimer: Momzblotter has personally reviewed the product listed above. Momzblotter has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Momzblotter did receive a free product to try out so Momzblotter could evaluate and use it for her review. Momzblotter's thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your  opinions may differ.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Today for review I received some spices along with some dips to try out. The company that sent them is called Chef-it-Up. Founded by three brilliant men, they created some great tasting products and seasonings so I was eager to get started.

Well having a Spanish husband I use alot of Adobe seasoning so I was really interested in trying a new one. So for this gourmet spice I made for dinner (Fri) some rice and black beans. 

The seasoning had a really great blend of spices to it, alot better tasting than what I usually use. I compared the two products side by side, and Chef-it-Up actually had the better ingredients. The rice was a big hit. So I think I will be switching my Adobe seasoning. For a appetizer this night I decided to make some dip with the Chipotle dip the company sent.

 I made homemade chips and the dip. Very easy to use, just add the mix to some sour cream and mayo, place in the fridge for one hour and you have a great dip. I topped the dip with some chopped cilantro, I also used the Jalapeno/Habanero dip and served that with some celery sticks.

 This dip also was easy to put together, add the same ingredients, sour cream and mayo and you have a intense flavorful dip. Dinner done, and a success.

Now on the next evening meal (Sat), I made some Ribs using the BBQ seasoning. I did not use any sauce for the ribs, just coated them with the seasoning as a dry rub, and wow. 

They were fantastic tasting. You get a touch of heat with a touch of sweet. Really great balance in the spices. For dessert that evening I decided to use the Butterscotch apple dip.

 Again easy to whip up, with some whip topping and whipped cream cheese. Stir, chill and ready to use. I cut up some red apple slices, and green apple slices and dipped away. Tasted just like a caramel apples.

Finally the weekend was winding down and I went for dinner on (Sun), with Chili and Beet tips. Along with some spinach dill dip for a appy. 

To start off the course I made a big bowl of chili with my new product. Again the Chili Mix was easy to use. I added it to my chili recipe, and I needed no other spices.

 What's also nice is that on each dip packet, or mix packet there is a recipe on the back. Next I made some tri-tips (steak) with the Chef-it-up steak seasoning. I coated the steak and let it sit for twenty minutes before sauteing. Yum, I also did not need any other spice but this one. The tips were juicy and really good, with a nice balance of peppery flavor, For that's nights appy, I made some dip with the spinach dill dip, and some rye bread.

This to was easy to whip up with some sour cream and mayo. I opened the top of some round rye bread, hollowed it out and poured the dip inside. With the hollow part I cut it into cubes and used them for the dipping. The dip was a great favorite that night.

My family was definitely in culinary heaven this weekend.

If you love to cook and want some great tasting seasonings, please go to this company's website, your taste buds will thank you.

They have great products that will compliment your spice rack, or be great for gift giving. Also while you are there check out the recipes they offer.

Disclaimer: Momzblotter has personally reviewed the product listed above. Momzblotter has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Momzblotter did receive a free product to try out so Momzblotter could evaluate and use it for her review. Momzblotter's thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your  opinions may differ.

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