Finest Foodies Friday – May 29, 2009

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As always here is what the FFF is all about. Finest Foodies Friday! FFF is a weekly Friday post featuring favorites from The Foodie Blogroll! We do this so we can share in the rich diversity of what The Foodie Blogroll has to offer by featuring some of our favorites and yours!
What is the Foodie Blogroll? It is the first and fastest growing free membership blogroll for food bloggers and has become a wonderful community to share ideas about all things food related. With a membership of OVER 4000 food blogs, I am sure you can find much inspiration and new friends! :)

The only requirement to be featured here on FFF is to be a member of The Foodie Blogroll and be displaying The Foodie Blogroll widget on your blog. If you are not yet a member, but you have a food blog and would like to join us, please click here!

If you have a favorite foodblog on The Foodie Blogroll, that you would like to be featured here on FFF, please join us over on The Leftover Queen/Foodie Blogroll Forum, and post your favorite Foodie Blogroll foodblogs here.

Stir, Laugh, Repeat
I am featuring Martha’s blog this week, as a way to set you all up for another fantastic giveaway we will be doing on Foodieblogroll.com. Martha has a book (same title as her blog) and we will be giving away 4 copies over the month of June (one per week). The recipes in in her book Stir, Laugh, Repeat are all tested by 24 “Food Testers”. They would rate each dish from 1-10 and only those scoring at least an 8 made it to the book. Her blog is a “holding place” for all the recipes in her 2nd book Stir, Laugh, Repeat… Again.


David Hall: Book The Cook

David has launched a new blog, and with it a new vision. His love for simple and honest food has inspired him to teach people about food through educational food demonstrations. His blog is another outlet for teaching. I am not sure if that is his sole purpose, but I know I learn a lot whenever I visit! David is also another big promoter of eating locally and seasonally, and, his latest post on this subject is a slightly different look at eating seasonally, and very well thought out.

Hip Organic Mama
This is a totally awesome blog, that I can see myself visiting a lot at a later point in my life. It is written by Annie who is a mother to four healthy children. She has spent years researching all the contradictory information out there about controversies that impact our health, our food, and our planet and decipher that information into easy steps we can take to make a difference. Her blog is a wealth of information for anyone who has an interest in knowing where their food comes from, how to eat healthy on a budget, or healthy family friendly recipes.

Confessions of a Tart
Irene started this blog as a way to motivate herself to live up to a New Year’s Resolution in 2008 to eat more healthy and local foods. She has always loved baking, and then from baking she also discovered a love for cooking, when she got married – she needed to feed her new husband more than challah bread and chocolate chip cookies, right? Irene admires cooks and chefs that make complicated and intricate recipes, but she loves cooking simple meals filled with comfort, laughter and love. She says on her blog: “ The most satisfying thing about blogging has been meeting all the impossibly kind, brilliant, generous people who are part of the food community. If you are reading this blog and are feeling friendly, drop me a line and say hello. I would love to hear from you!”
So please be sure to drop her a line!


Give Recipe

I love the philosophy behind this blog. Zerrin, the author is from Turkey and she believes that you can learn a lot about a person’s character by what they eat. Her blog mainly focuses on Turkish cuisine (one of my favorites) and she feels that you can multiply your happiness by sharing. So she uses her blog to share her recipes with everyone, the world over. She has everything from appetizers, mains, desserts and even jams, drinks and pastries.

That’s it for this week! I hope you enjoyed this week’s FFF. Remember, if you would like to see a blog featured here, who is part of the FBR please visit the forum and nominate them.
I NEED NOMINATIONS!!!!!! I know we all have our favorite blogs that we read everyday, and I would love to know about them. We have a very diverse food community, and I would love to see more of the blogs you love featured. We also have a lot of humanitarians out in the Foodie Blogosphere. If you think there is a food blogger out there that deserves a little recognition for their culinary skills, or what they are doing to help the world through the lens of food, please tell us about them!!! Please post your favorite Foodie Blogroll foodblogs here.

Also we all love to know how people came to find our blogs, so please visit all of our featured bloggers today and don’t forget to tell them that you found them via Finest Foodies Friday! They would love to have your feedback.

Easy Southwest Style Stuffed Peppers and Haupia

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I love Chile Rellenos, but I have never made real ones at home, mostly because I try to avoid frying things at home. But I really do love the flavors in this fantastic and flavorful dish, and so I created this quick and easy version to satisfy that taste. This is not authentic Chile Rellenos, this is not even authentic Mexican food. If you want that you can visit my friend Ben’s blog, What’s Cooking? This is just my way of getting the flavor combination that I love so much by using up pantry goods and leftovers. I have never posted this recipe, and I haven’t made this dish in a while, but I used to make it quite frequently, back in the day. It is good for families, or to bring as a potluck dish. I think it is going to come back as a regular feature to our menus, because it really is yummy. I mean who doesn’t LOVE the combination of cheese and beans, and a little bit of heat? Major comfort food.

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To cool down the palettes, after the spicy main, I made Haupia for dessert. I saw this recipe on my buddy Adam’s blog, Baking with Dynamite and it looked so awesome I bookmarked it for later use! Almost a year later, I decided to make it. I have really started to love using coconut milk as a base for desserts, and am going to be using it a lot more often. Haupia is a coconut milk based dessert that is from Hawaii and is reminiscent of a pudding. My family loved this, and it is certainly something I will be making again. It is great for the summer when you want something for dessert that is not too heavy. The toasted coconut on top really makes this rich and creamy dessert all the better!
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Recipe: Skoleboller or Norwegian Cardamom and Custard Buns

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As many readers of my blog know, I lived in Norway for a time. I don’t read many blogs where Norwegian culinary achievements are discussed, but I think that is kind of sad, because Norwegian food is very good, and quite varied. There is of course a lot of seafood and a meal wouldn’t be a meal without potatoes. But there are also a lot of lovely fresh tasting meals, and I usually cook up something with Scandinavian flair for Midsummer.

Of course, one of the shining glories of Norwegian fare are the baked goods.

Skoleboller is one of those pastries that you can get at any bakery in Norway – even the grocery store, convenience stores, train and ferry kiosks and of course coffee shops. The name literally means “School Buns” and are a very popular snack for school children, but because of its portability you often take them cross country skiing or on hikes. Sometimes you will just enjoy them with coffee. I ate them a lot when I lived in Norway because I am a huge sucker for custard and coconut, which are the flavors that go into these buns. Oh yeah, and cardamom, which is one of my all time favorite spices – and cardamom is a favorite spice among Norwegian baked goods. Basically Skoleboller are cardamom infused sweet buns (sort of like a Danish, but not exactly) and filled with vanilla custard, topped with coconut and a confectioner’s sugar glaze.

Despite the fact that I enjoyed Skoleboller very often when I lived in Norway, 15 years later, I had almost forgotten about them, that is until I came across the blog Transplanted Baker. *note* Unfortunately, since I wrote this post, Siri’s blog was mistakenly removed from the net :-( She is currently working on a new site that will be up soon!

Now Transplanted Baker is written by Siri who is a native of Minnesota, but lives in Norway with her Norwegian husband and children who cooks up Norwegian favorites as well as developing some of her own original baked goods. This is an awesome blog and I love reading it because it makes me very nostalgic, even though she lives in a different part of Norway than I did, and here are two official forms of written Norwegian…and writes in Nynorsk on her blog, a different official written language than the one I learned when I lived there.

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So onto the Skoleboller. I decided to take a Saturday and make these buns. There are several steps, but please do not let that discourage you – they are all fairly easy to accomplish and believe me, these buns are well worth it. I made the dough for the buns first and while it was rising I made the custard.

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Here is a note on the custard. I am kind of an egg freak – I eat a lot of eggs, and because of this it is important to me that they are of good quality. This means that the hens live a life a hen should live. I am not going to get into it more than that, but the quality of these eggs are clear. I mean look at the color of the yolks here, beautiful, sunny, deep yellow – and the taste is far superior to your run of the mill (quite literally) eggs. So if you are going to make a dish where the cornerstone is eggs, you might as well use the best available to make your dish all the better tasting.

Anyway, back to Skoleboller. Siri had good advice, she said you can make 12 regular sized Skoleboller or 24 smaller, weight watchers sized buns. So I decided to make the latter. I followed her recipe exactly, except that I embellished a little.

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Instead of using a confectioner’s sugar glaze, I decided to use some of the creamed honeys that I had from Honey Ridge Farms.

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I also added some nutella (as well as the custard) to a few, and on some I placed a fresh blackberry in the center before popping them in the oven to bake. All varieties turned out really good and by making 24, I had enough to eat, freeze and give out. So I would suggest making them that way – plus less guilt! :)
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Finest Foodies Friday – May 22, 2008

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As always here is what the FFF is all about. Finest Foodies Friday! FFF is a weekly Friday post featuring favorites from The Foodie Blogroll! We do this so we can share in the rich diversity of what The Foodie Blogroll has to offer by featuring some of our favorites and yours!
What is the Foodie Blogroll? It is the first and fastest growing free membership blogroll for food bloggers and has become a wonderful community to share ideas about all things food related. With a membership of almost 4000 food blogs, I am sure you can find much inspiration and new friends! :)

The only requirement to be featured here on FFF is to be a member of The Foodie Blogroll and be displaying The Foodie Blogroll widget on your blog. If you are not yet a member, but you have a food blog and would like to join us, please click here!

If you have a favorite foodblog on The Foodie Blogroll, that you would like to be featured here on FFF, please join us over on The Leftover Queen/Foodie Blogroll Forum, and post your favorite Foodie Blogroll foodblogs here.

Sara’s Kitchen
I have been following Sara’s blog for quite a while, and it is one of those blogs that I can’t believe I haven’t featured before. Her blog is all about creating new recipes, and also trying recipes from her 60+ cookbooks. There is something yummy on this blog for everyone! Sara is also a huge Michael Chiarello fan (I am too!), and actually got to meet him! Her dishes always look so fresh and colorful and her photography is drool worthy!

Thai Cooking with Jam
Jam was born in Bangkok, Thailand and after graduating from University worked as an editor for an English Magazine in Thailand. She then moved to Austin, TX to continue her studies by getting a masters in Communication studies from the University of Texas at Austin . It was in Austin that she began cooking Thai food for people, and discovered her passion for cooking and teaching – and let me tell you, she is good! Her food all looks delicious and her photos are so warm and inviting. Jam is living the good life in Austin, and you can join her on her blog!

eCurry
This is a blog that has evolved – it started off as a way for Soma, the author to share the recipes she cooks up for her lovely family, into a family run blog, with all members actively involved! The children are involved as inspiration and food critics and even have a budding interest in photography, and her husband helps with photography and also teams up with Soma to cook meals together! It really is a beautiful blog, with lots of colorful photos and food!

The Spiced Life
This blog is written by Laura, a SAHM who has always loved to cook, but discovered a passion for baking after she became a mom! She says that nothing expresses love better than a plate of fresh baked cookies. She loves cuisines with a lot of spice, like Mexico, SE Asia and India. You can find these recipes as well as a variety of lovely baked goods on this blog!

The Food Addicts
This blog is written by Krissy & Daniel who love to cook and eat. Daniel is a professionally trained chef, and Krissy just loves to cook! They love to share their experiences with food, both written and visual and also do reviews of restaurants in the LA area where they are based.

That’s it for this week! I hope you enjoyed this week’s FFF. Remember, if you would like to see a blog featured here, who is part of the FBR please visit the forum and nominate them.
I NEED NOMINATIONS!!!!!! I know we all have our favorite blogs that we read everyday, and I would love to know about them. We have a very diverse food community, and I would love to see more of the blogs you love featured. We also have a lot of humanitarians out in the Foodie Blogosphere. If you think there is a food blogger out there that deserves a little recognition for their culinary skills, or what they are doing to help the world through the lens of food, please tell us about them!!! Please post your favorite Foodie Blogroll foodblogs here.

Also we all love to know how people came to find our blogs, so please visit all of our featured bloggers today and don’t forget to tell them that you found them via Finest Foodies Friday! They would love to have your feedback.

A Spring Dinner – Grassfed Beef Steaks with Chimmichuri, Fresh English Peas with Garlic and Pan Roasted Fingerling Potatoes.

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It is no secret that I love to eat seasonally and that I am a big fan and customer of my local farmer’s market. Recently we discovered a new vendor at the market – a dairy and grassfed beef farm. I was so excited to discover a convenient place to get locally produced raw milk, yogurt, eggs and grassfed beef. I am sure that I will post some recipes featuring these exciting ingredients, but today I am going to show you this really nice dinner that showcases the bounty of spring.

We have been trying to eat as seasonally as possible for the past year now. It is fun to see now how much we look forward to certain things during the year. For example fresh English peas in the pod. These little beauties are like the heralds of spring. Just their very color is indicative of the season – beautiful spring green.

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I am not sure if I have mentioned it on the blog before, but I know that I have chatted quite a bit about it on both Facebook and Twitter, but Roberto and I have been working out a lot lately – we do martial arts and weight lifting several times a week, among other things. With increased activity, has come an increased need for good quality protein and so we have been eating more meat than we had prior, especially on days that we are pumping lots of iron. As I have mentioned before, I try to eat solely Happy Meat and since our previous grassfed beef vendors at the farmers market has not been around for several months, we have been relying a lot on the Greenwise line of meat from our local grocery, Publix. A few weeks ago they had steaks on sale, so I got one to put in the freezer.

There were some fingerling potatoes – another spring veggie, that needed eating, and so I decided it was a good time to bring these three things together – steak, potatoes and fresh peas.

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Then I got inspiration from my fresh herbs out on the porch. I have always wanted to make a Chimmichuri sauce – its vibrant green color and fresh taste is very attractive to me on so many levels, and it just felt like it would go great with this meal.

Chimmichuri is typically made with fresh cilantro or parsley as the main herb, but I don’t have either of them growing. So I used what I do have – basil and oregano. I thew these herbs together with olive oil, citrus champagne vinegar and a few other spices to make a fabulous tangy and herbal sauce for the steak.

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I pan roasted the fingerling potatoes by throwing them in a large pan with olive oil, salt and pepper and cooking until they are browned on all sides. I then thew them in the oven at 425 F for 20 minutes, then tossed them with fresh chives. Then I thew my steak in the pan, seasoned with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. I sautéed the peas with olive oil and 3 cloves of garlic. It was a wonderful meal full of the fresh flavors of spring.

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We enjoyed it with a lovely bottle of Ravenswood Lodi. I am a big fan of Ravenswood wines and the Lodi is one of the more expensive bottles they carry. So we bought it to save for a special occasion. Nothing says special like a hard workout followed by a steak dinner!
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Finest Foodie Friday – May 15, 2009

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As always here is what the FFF is all about. Finest Foodies Friday! FFF is a weekly Friday post featuring favorites from The Foodie Blogroll! We do this so we can share in the rich diversity of what The Foodie Blogroll has to offer by featuring some of our favorites and yours!
What is the Foodie Blogroll? It is the first and fastest growing free membership blogroll for food bloggers and has become a wonderful community to share ideas about all things food related. With a membership of almost 4000 food blogs, I am sure you can find much inspiration and new friends! :)

The only requirement to be featured here on FFF is to be a member of The Foodie Blogroll and be displaying The Foodie Blogroll widget on your blog. If you are not yet a member, but you have a food blog and would like to join us, please click here!

If you have a favorite foodblog on The Foodie Blogroll, that you would like to be featured here on FFF, please join us over on The Leftover Queen/Foodie Blogroll Forum, and post your favorite Foodie Blogroll foodblogs here.

Cherrapeño
Cherrapeño is a cross between a jalapeño and a cherry pepper. This UK blogger loves to cook with both chilies and chocolate. Everyone who reads my blog knows I am a big fan of ice cream, and lots of people ask me about making ice cream without a machine. Well, you can find a great recipe on this blog –
Chocolate, Banana and Baileys Ice Cream. Not only is the ice cream recipe there, but you can also learn how to make beautiful chocolate cups to serve it in! I am also really wanting to try her awesome Kulfi (Indian ice cream) recipe. Perfect for summer!

Eat and Dust
Speaking of Indian treats, here is one of the neatest blogs I have come across in a while. Pamela is a Scottish woman who moved to India with her husband and children 4 years ago. She says she always spent her life cooking, eating and thinking about food, but realized that in India she is kind of a lightweight. She says that India “is a country that  loves, cherishes and honours its food with a passion that is humbling.” In her quest to learn more about the food culture of India, she has also become a recipe hunter looking for “ recipes the Brits left behind and which have been lovingly preserved, tweaked and enthusiastically eaten by generations of Indians.  Among others I’ve found porridge in Darjeeling,  jam-making in Kashmir, smoked fish in the Himalayas and pasties in Bangalore.  I’m constantly on the lookout for British food trails – any suggestions will be eagerly explored.” Incidentally it is on this blog I first learned about Kulfi!

Angel in the Kitchen
I really like this blog because it is really down to earth, despite the title! Although she does have a disclaimer about the whole “angel” bit anyway! Like a lot of us, she started her blog as a way to give herself a sense of purpose in the kitchen, and also give her an excuse to talk about food all the time! I can totally relate! Need a great baked beans recipe for summer picnics and BBQs? Well check out her yummy looking recipe for baked beans that even people who don’t like baked beans will like. I am already a huge fan of these humble beans myself, and I am certainly going to try her recipe!

Laura’s Best Recipes
Laura grew up in the wine country of California, meaning she basically grew up around good and healthy food. She and her family now call the mountains of Colorado their home, and since they live tucked away, she always goes all out to prepare a meal for friends and family, making their drive well worth it. I love these Vietnamese Spring Rolls or how about this savory Mango Soup. Both look like great summer recipes and well worth the drive to Laura’s place! Luckily we are only a click away!

Yumeezy
Here is another great blog full of wonderful sweet treats. Rania, the author of the blog says: “ I am not a pro just an enthusiastic amateur who’s not too shabby at creating yumeezy eats.”
I love the looks of her Lemon Bar Cupcakes and you can check out a great reviews of some of the products that Foodbuzz has been giving out to Featured Publishers for sampling. I can’t wait to get a chance to try some products too one day!

That’s it for this week! I hope you enjoyed this week’s FFF. Remember, if you would like to see a blog featured here, who is part of the FBR please visit the forum and nominate them.
I NEED NOMINATIONS!!!!!! I know we all have our favorite blogs that we read everyday, and I would love to know about them. We have a very diverse food community, and I would love to see more of the blogs you love featured. We also have a lot of humanitarians out in the Foodie Blogosphere. If you think there is a food blogger out there that deserves a little recognition for their culinary skills, or what they are doing to help the world through the lens of food, please tell us about them!!! Please post your favorite Foodie Blogroll foodblogs here.

Also we all love to know how people came to find our blogs, so please visit all of our featured bloggers today and don’t forget to tell them that you found them via Finest Foodies Friday! They would love to have your feedback.

Cooking with Family and Friends

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I really love playing in the kitchen and sometimes, I like to play in the kitchen with others. The kitchen in our condo is kind of small and lacking counter space, but I have still found it possible to squeeze people in the kitchen with me, so we can have a good time cooking up something fun! Everyone I know, knows about my love of cooking and I like to have the opportunity to share this passion of mine with them. Cooking together is a whole different experience from cooking FOR someone, although that is great too! I think the key to cooking together with people in small kitchens is to use as few bowls and pans as possible, and to keep it simple so people can enjoy themselves no matter what their level of cooking is.

A few weekends ago we had both my mom and my cousin Michelle visiting. They both came up on a Friday, and since Fridays are always “Movie Night” in this household, I wanted to pick something that would be quick and easy, but also fun and delicious that we could eat while watching movies. Also since Michelle is the only other person besides Roberto that I know who could literally eat pizza every day I decided to do a “make your own pizza” night!

Before anyone arrived I made sure to make a batch of the Olive Oil Dough from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day (seriously, if you don’t already have this book, stop reading this post and get it!). I also checked to make sure we had my secret pizza sauce ingredient – tomato paste. We use it straight from the can as pizza sauce – it is nice and thick, so no soggy crust!

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Everyone had a great time rolling out their individual pizzas. I wish we had been better about taking photos of actual people, but we were too busy having fun! We had a variety of toppings to choose from, which are things I just had in the fridge: fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, olives, Applegate Farms pepperoni (no nitrates, antibiotics, etc), peperoncini and fresh heirloom tomato slices, and of course extra virgin olive oil to drizzle on top. We had a great time making pizzas and a week later I was still finding flour in random places :)

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Then last week, our friends Chris and Erin from The Olive Notes came over for a pasta party. When they lived in Italy they always had several jars of Barilla’s Pesto Genovese in their Italian pantry, however were sad to discover that they could not find it back in the states. So when we were in Italy in March ( and I promise there are more travel posts to come) we brought them back a few bottles. To thank us, they suggested we have a pasta making party. Since Roberto and I are moving at the end of the month, we decided to have them over so that we could have one last get together at the condo.

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We decided to make a filled pasta, and went with ravioli. We used this recipe for the dough from Recipe Zaar and decided to fill our fresh pasta with a mixture of wild mushrooms that Erin got at the Farmers Market, goat cheese and fresh chives from my garden. We also seasoned it with Sicilian Sea Salt with Blood Orange Zest that we got from D’Italia .

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First we made the filling in the food processor – basically threw everything in there and let her rip. Then we cleaned it out and made the dough in the processor at well. Then Erin and I got to rolling out the dough, while the boys made various bruschetta.

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Once the dough was rolled it had to sit for 15 minutes and then we filled and cut out the ravioli.

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At this point we had another hour to wait until we could cook it, so we ate our bruschetta, sipped some wine and made a delicious salad made from wild arugula and heirloom tomatoes topped with a homemade balsamic-mustard-honey dressing Erin made – it was delicious.

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We cooked up the ravioli and then enjoyed an evening reminiscing about our respective Italian travels.

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We had such a good time cooking with people in our home that I plan to make this a regular thing, especially now that we are going to have a much bigger kitchen in the new place! So look forward to more of these posts in the future! :)

The Ginger People: Ginger Snaps and a Contest

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Well, The Ginger People have managed to do it again…come up with another fantastic tasting ginger product. I have been the lucky recipient of various samples of their products, and they have done several giveaways and contests with us on The Foodie Blogroll.

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This time we tasted classic Ginger Snaps. I am a huge fan of ginger, and I especially love ginger cookies, and ginger snaps are my favorite. So I was excited to try their version. What I did not expect was to become so addicted to these lovely bite sized cookies! These Ginger Snaps are perfectly crunchy, with a wonderful buttery and spicy flavor that really packs a ginger wallop at the end. If you love ginger snaps that are full of crunch and flavor, you have really got to try these cookies! I promise you will not be disappointed! I ate about half of the bag, and am saving the rest to come up with a dessert recipe. I think that these cookies will make a great crust for a pie, or maybe even a cheesecake. We are going to have lots of people staying with us this summer, and so I am going to wait until we have more people around to enjoy this dessert. But keep your eyes out for a dessert recipe based on these amazing cookies.

PRODUCT INFORMATION:

Product Description:

Introduced to Sweden by 13th Century German monks, Ginger Snaps come from the Swedish word pepparkakor, which literally translates as pepper cakes. Baked to a perfect crisp, these wonderful mini cookies are bursting with flavor. Fresh from the oven, we give them a sprinkle of sugar.

Ingredients:

Unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin, mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid) cane sugar, cutter (cream), ground ginger, candied ginger (ginger, sugar), molasses, eggs, ginger juice, spices, baking soda, salt.

Currently the Ginger People have a contest going on, that many of you might be interested in entering!

America’s #1 selling ginger brand, The
Ginger People, announces its sponsorship of the 2009 Mambolicious recipe
contest. The Ginger People are calling on all cooks from culinary
professionals to at-home chefs to glaze, bake, broil and sauté their way to
becoming a 2009 Mambolicious contest winner. Winners in the different
categories will receive prizes from a year’s worth of The Ginger People
products or other goods from organic and natural food manufacturers.

As food costs continue to rise and consumers are focused on health and
sustainability, The Ginger People are offering their ginger products as key
ingredients to be used in the competition capturing the essence of healthful
living with great taste. Over the past 4 years, this contest has increased
in size with over 5,000 recipe submissions and over 20,000 votes for recipe
winners.

Consumers may enter in more than one category; however, each entry must
feature a different recipe and must be original. Specific contest rules with
category and eligible products are available at www.mambosprouts.com
.

Mambo Sprouts is the industry’s first and only quarterly direct mail coupon
and offer program created in response to a lack of educational materials and
discounts available to health and natural products consumers.

The Ginger People is the leading brand of ginger products in North America.
It is owned by Royal Pacific Foods of Marina, California. Royal Pacific
Foods was established in 1984. For more product information and
availability, please contact The Ginger People at 800-551-5284, ext. 225 or
email at info@gingerpeople.com.

On a personal note, I may be a little MIA on your blogs over the next few weeks. We are in the process of moving into a new place by June 1. We are just moving across the bridge to the island, and so it isn’t a far move, just time consuming with packing boxes. So I doubt I will be doing a lot of fabulously creative cooking for the next few weeks, but I will be around. :)