Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cowboy Cookies, A Crowd Pleaser!

Cowboy Cookies
1/2 cup of butter, one cube, melted
1/2 cup of light brown sugar
1/4 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons of cocoa, unsweetened
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of uncooked quick or old-fashioned oats
1 cup of chocolate chips, milk or semisweet
1/2 cup of raisins (optional)
1/2 cup of chopped nuts (optional)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets with cooking spray, a little bit of olive oil on a paper towel and/or butter. In a large electric mixer, add the butter, sugars add the egg and the vanilla extract; beat until fluffy. Next, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and mix, stir in melted butter, oats, chocolate chips and optional raisins and nuts. Roll into a ball and then slightly flatten, drop the Tablespoon sized balls on the cooking sheet, or roll and shape in your hand, then make sure they are about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saki's Healthy Gazpacho Soup

On a recent trip to The Vue Restaurant, Lunch at The Vue Golf Course Restaurant I ordered Gazpacho. My friend Saki said she often makes a healthy version of Gazpacho Soup.

1) Place cucumber, bell peppers (any color), radishes, spring onions (and garlic optional) in a blender and whiz until smooth, next add coconut cream (Sugar-Free), Mr. & Mrs. T's Bold and Spicy Bloody Mary mix in a blender with ice and once again whiz until smooth, add avocado slices and cooked shrimp to your gazpacho. Taste again and add any additional seasoning. Garnish with Cilantro.

California Dreaming Breakfast Parfait In a Jar Recipe & short story, by, Gina Meyers

If necessity is the mother of invention, then that's exactly what happened yesterday while in Palm Springs, California. Let me tell you a little bit more about what happened. Me and my friend Saki took a road trip together for the first time. I drove us down to Palm Springs, California and we had plenty of time to talk as the trip down to the desert takes about six hours from Fresno where we both live. (Side note, she's a graphic designer and a photographer, and I'm a publisher and a cookbook author, and we are both very entrepreneurial, so the ideas were flying). I told her about a restaurant that me and my daughter Lauren dined at in Reykjavik, Iceland last summer where our entire meal was served to us in separate jars, including the appetizer and dessert. So the idea was percolating from the beginning of the trip but didn't officially get put into practice until yesterday morning.

Ok, maybe a lot of people are doing this, but up until Iceland I never really thought about it much, putting foods in a jar. Sure, baby food comes in a jar, jam, and so do my favorite Cara Mia Artichokes. But that was the extent to it.

So this morning, I decided to get creative in the kitchen and to whip up... wait for it, California Dreaming Breakfast Parfait In a Jar, a healthy breakfast composed of fresh spinach, sliced tomatoes, hard boiled egg, bacon all layered with Parmesan, Romano and cheddar cheese.

And remember, forget lunch being in the bag, you've got breakfast, lunch, and even dinner in the jar!

California Dreaming Breakfast Parfait In a Jar
Fresh spinach
1 hard boiled egg
2-3 strips of lean bacon (or turkey bacon)
1/2 of a small roma tomato
1 cheddar cheese stick (cut into bite sized pieces)
Romano, and Parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)

Directions:  in a small saute pan, add about 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and two large handfuls of spinach. With a wooden spoon,  slightly saute the spinach until it wilts. Keep an eye on the spinach, it cooks quickly.  On medium heat, once the spinach is cooked, set aside. In a small to medium sized pot, place water, 3/4ths of the way full and place an egg or two in the cold water. Heat the water on medium-high heat and cook the eggs for 8-10 minutes. The water will be boiling, if needed you may place a lid on the pot. Next, on a microwave safe plate, place two to three strips of bacon and cover with a paper towel. Microwave for two minutes and check, sopping up any excess bacon grease with the paper towel. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes as needed for taste preference and crispiness. Once your egg has cooled, crack and discard the shell. If in a hurry, place your hot hard boiled egg in an ice bath of ice and cold water, this will make it cool down quicker.
On a cutting board, with a knife, cut bacon into bite sized pieces, dice up the hard-boiled egg, and dice the tomato into bite sized pieces. Layer the spinach, bacon, tomato, cheese and hard boiled egg in the jar. Can make the night before, just add the tomato in the morning. Can take your California Dreaming Breakfast Parfait in the car, on the go!

For a super quick breakfast, try The California Dreaming Breakfast Parfait In a Jar Express. Simply place two eggs in the Mason Jar and mix with a fork, add a little shredded cheddar cheese and spinach and place lid and shake. If needed, add a little milk a Tablespoon. Remove lid and place in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or until eggs are fully cooked and fluffy.

Introducing The Breakfast Parfait In a Jar
On the go, no time to have a real meal. Take it with you. Health is important, don't jeopardize your health by not eating right. For these and other meal ideas, check out Gina's cookbooks, http://www.ginameyers.com

If you are ever in Iceland, check out Icelandic Tapas at: SmakkBarinn Food In a Jar Restaurant

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bewitching Beginning, short story about my first "magazine signing" at Barnes & Noble, by, Gina Meyers

“Write what you know”. That was what her writing instructor at the Community Adult Class said back in 1994 in an old musty smelling classroom at Clovis High School in Clovis, California. She had already been writing what she knew and what she knew a lot about was the television show Bewitched. How was that going to make her known? Or rather how was that going to make her money? Skinny, perky Gina, an entrepreneur at heart felt out of place in the writing class. She felt the intellectuals glaring at her cause she was young, well, 23, and they were concerned about grammatical errors and when to use a hyperbole in a sentence and all she cared about was the fact that her marketing and entrepreneurial zeal actually was resonating with others, fans, and moguls in the television industry.


Me at my first "magazine signing" at Barnes & Noble in Fresno, California with fans of The Bewitched TV Show. Note: I am holding a pen, it looks like a cigarette. Another note: All ages attended the signing. In the background, the Community Relations Manager.

By this time, Gina had already convinced Barnes & Noble to host a Bewitched Trivia night, now mind you Gina didn’t even have a book to sell, just a tiny scrawny cookbook that was printed off at Kinkos the night before per her cousin Paulette Grilli’s suggestion. And her mother too, she was there to help. She did have a magazine article, a Darrin Trivia Guide of sorts, the exact title was "Social Darrinism", a.k.a. Mangled Monikers and she served as a consultant for all things Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie in the Collectible Nick at Nite Magazine, with a young John Travolta (From his Welcome Back Kotter Days) emblazoned on the cover. Further convincing was in order. Gina worked for a subsidiary of Xerox and worked at California Business Furnishings off of Brawley and Shaw in Northwest Fresno. The techy guys liked Gina and worked along side her cubicle upstairs in the more narrow than anything upstairs kind of long room. Her idea, put Elizabeth Montgomery’s face, aka Samantha Stephens from Bewitched on $100,000 fake colored bills. The graphic designers loved the idea and ran with it and Gina had plenty of Bewitched Bucks to hand out for the correct trivia answers during the evening festivities. She religiously met with the Barnes and Noble CRM (Community Relations Manager) and they cooked up a Halloween Costume Contest too, plus upstairs at the large and spacious Barnes & Noble there was a cafe of which it had been decided, Bewitched Blackberry Italian Sodas and a Tabitha Banana Latte would be on the Bewitching menu.


Further adding to the fun, The Fresno Bee decided to publicize the event in the Life Section and have Gina on the front cover. That involved runs downtown to The Fresno Bee for a photo shoot, and a couple of meetups with reporter Rob Vaneski. Answering Rob’s questions were interesting, her first taste of the news media had started to percolate and Gina kind of knew that publicity would be one of the most important features of sharing her love of the television show Bewitched.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Coffee and Conversations with Cookbook Author Gina Meyers

Personal Motto: Treat people the way I want to be treated.

Hobbies: Baking, cooking, journaling, knitting, walking, traveling, spending time with my kids. I also like roller skating and making homemade handcrafted soap.

Favorite Appetizer: My mom's artichoke cheese squares. Recipe found in my How To Cook Like a Hot Italian Mama. Purchase Today!

What I had for dinner last night: Flank Salmon with mushrooms sauteed in a little extra virgin olive oil.

Family Traditions? Too many to even list. Every New Years, we make Dream/Vision Boards. In the month of October, we visit a pumpkin patch and go on a steam train. Every November, we make a Thank-Full/Gratitude Journal.

To find out about how you can order Gina's books, please go to: Barnes & Noble Booksellers Online or in the store.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Broccoli Rabe, make it like a Native Italian

As a cookbook author, I am fortunate to travel and to meet wonderful people from all around the globe. Back in July of 2017, I was invited to the Jersey Shore, Ocean City to be exact. We had a traditional Italian Sunday Dinner of Pasta and Meatballs at Cynthia's Place. I'm not giving the dinner justice, we had perfect Italian wine, wonderful bread, yummy salad, fresh fruit, some of my Anise Gluten-Free Biscottis, and even Lemoncello Almonds (I didn't even know those existed!).

Even though I am a Native Californian, and Broccoli Rabe grows here, I never learned to cook it properly. Finding it is difficult at best, but that's for another blog post. UNTIL Now.

Broccoli Rabe

Directions: Fill a 3rd of a pot with water, not half, a 3rd, add brocolli Rabe and cook till tender with a fork to check. Once cooled, cut and toss out any of the thicker parts of the brocolli stem/stalk. Next, in a sauce pan, saute in extra virgin olive oil the brocolli rabe, add pinenuts and garlic. (in a separate pan, saute the pinenuts with nothing, just sort of roast them paying attention not to burn). Add more as a final step to the dish.

For these and other Italian Inspired dishes, Gina Ferrari Recipes. Check out How To Cook Like A Hot Italian Mama, by, Gina Ferrari Buy Today!

Coconut Rice With Mango Dessert, Spring Rolls, & Asian Sauce, excerpts from The Multicultural Kids Cookbook, by, Gina Meyers

Stock photo of Coconut Rice With Mango

Coconut Rice With Mango  Dessert
Jasmine rice
1 can of coconut milk
1 ripe mango
1-2 teaspoons of sugar
2 dashes of salt

Directions: Cook rice in a rice maker. Omit water and instead add coconut milk, follow the directions on the back of the rice box for how much water to rice ratio. Once rice is cooked, use a ice cream scooper to place on a plate. Add coconut flakes, coconut or vanilla ice cream to the side. Thinly slice the ripe mango and top it on top of the rice or flair it out on the dish to give it a "tropical" presentation.

stock photos shared by K.P. Phagnasay

Spring or Summer Rolls
(Spring or Summer, anytime Rolls)

Rice Wrappers
Vermicelli rice noodles
Shrimp (already cooked and cleaned)
Mint sprigs
Shredded carrots
Chopped cucumber
Romaine Lettuce

Directions: Follow the package directions for how to expand the rice wrappers, usually with water and a paper towel. Once your rice wrapper is malleable, first add washed and dried lettuce leaf. Continue to add ingredients, your mint springs, shredded carrots, chopped cucumber, cooked shrimp, rice noodles. Follow directions to roll your Spring or Summer Roll.
Spicy Sauce

 Spicy Asian Sauce
In a small bowl, add a diced Asian chili, garlic, fish sauce, a little sugar, hot water, add peanuts (check for allergies) (crush them in the coffee grinder). Mix and squeeze a whole lime to top off the mixture.

*Whenever working in the kitchen with knives or spice foods such as peppers, always ask a parents permission.

Laos is a tropical region where many fresh fruits such as mangos and bananas grow.

Kop Chai (cop jai) means Thank-you (request from the heart)

To purchase The Multicultural Kids Cookbook, Order Today!
These recipes are Laotian, South Asian Inspired recipes shared by K.P. Phagnasay of KP Studios.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Creme De Menthe Brownies

Creme De Menthe Brownies

1 1/4 cups of sugar
1 stick melted unsalted butter
3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
dash of salt
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of creme de menthe chips

Directions: In a mixer, blend sugar, melted butter, eggs, unsweetened cocoa powder together. Next add dash of salt and vanilla extract. Finally add flour and creme de menthe chips. Scrape sides of mixing bowl, if needed. Pour into a rectangular shaped pan and spray with cooking spray. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, check with a toothpick to see if cooked.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Capo's Italian Speakeasy Restaurant, Knock Three Times and they just might let you in

Capo's Italian Speakeasy Restaurant, Knock Three Times and they just might let you in
By, Gina Meyers

Deep in the heart of Texas, I mean off of Sahara in Las Vegas, there is a joint so nostalgic you just cannot believe it. Knock three times and maybe they'll let you in. If you know the right people of course. I'm talking about a very unique dining experience, Capo's (translated, Mob Boss) Speakeasy. On our recent family vacation, I'm a cookbook author with discriminating tastes, afterall, I used all my resources to their full disposal and purchased a Travelzoo restaurant voucher. An amazing value for the price. I paid $19.00 for $30.00 worth of food, plus tip (tip should be off of the full value of the meal).

Dark, mysterious, with Frank Sinatra playing in the background, we were shown our table, a plush red booth with black and white photos of Mob bosses and chandeliers. The staff wears 1930's beatnik clothing from the era and they speak in a sort of Godfather English/Italian tome. Being of Italian decent, I didn't find it demeaning in the least, it was fun and the food was fabulous.

The staff were incredibly nice. We ordered the Capo's salad, a Meatball Sandwich, and a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich. The travelzoo special also came with drinks of which we ordered ice tea. The staff was so friendly, they kept filling up our ice tea and even sent us on our way to Hoover Dam with more iced tea to go.

A fun experience and overall pleasant dining and eating experience. Don't forget to tell them Gina sent you! Cookbook Author Gina Meyers

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Off to College... tips to make it a smooth transition.

So you are headed off to college. Congratulations on your achievement. There are so many things to think about and so many new exciting experiences you will enjoy. College is happening, here's a handy list of items to help you with the transition. 
College Checklist

Pillow cases
Comforter (check what size you need, dorm room beds are twin)
Sheet set
Body pillow and cover (optional)

If you are living in the dorm, chances are that the furniture will already be provided. They usually provide a bunk bed as well as a closet and a desk with chair. If you chose to live in an apartment, you may find this list helpful.
Futon cover
Lounge chair

Shower caddy
Flip-flops (for the shower)
Hair wrap, body wrap (optional)
Body wash
Skin care
Bath accessories
Personal care items
Shower puff
Contact lenses/solution
Shower curtain/shower liner (optional)
Shower spray (such as shower to shower, or Lysol) (optional)
Hairstyling products

Bottle opener
Water bottle/plastic pitcher
Cleaning supplies
Paper towels
Disinfecting wipes
Broom and dust pan
Trash can
Laundry detergent
Dryer sheets
Laundry basket/bag
Drying rack (only if you live in an apartment and your dishwasher doesn’t have a dry cycle option)
Lint brush
Mini ironing board
Toilet bowl cleaner
Toilet brush
Garbage bags (plastic, paper)
Toaster/toaster oven
Mini fridge (ice trays)
Coffeemaker/espresso maker
Electric tea pot
Can opener
Pizza cutter
Pot holder
Food storage bags
Cooking utensils
Utensil tray
Kitchen gadgets
Mixing bowls
Shelf liners (optional)
Dish soap
Dish-cleaning wand
Dish towels
Paper towels

Bus Pass

DVD Blu-Ray player
Gaming system games
Laptop case
Laptop desk
Cords/cables/power strip
USB drive
Storage bins
Storage carts
Closet organizers
Bed risers
Under-bed storage
Desktop organizer
3M command hooks

Mini Barbecue
Stadium seat
Address book

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Banana Spinach Smoothies, by, Gina Meyers

Usually, the combination of bananas and spinach isn't the first thing that pops into one's head when preparing a smoothie. For me, it was out of necessity, that's what I had in the fridge so I went for it. Upon researching (yes, cookbook authors have a tendency to do this), I discovered that I was packing my smoothie with a punch. This is what I added, a handful of spinach, ice, almond, coconut milk, a little orange juice, a banana. Place in the blender for about thirty seconds on pulse and walla. You will be receiving vitamin k, vitamin c, and potassium with this easy to make smoothie. Vitamin K plays an essential role in early wound healing.

For other smoothie recipes check out: Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook, by, Gina Meyers

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sketches from creating The Magic of Bewitched Trivia & More book cover, by, Gina Meyers



Perhaps, one of the most interesting things about being a writer, is getting the opportunity to work with other talented people. Artist Erik Davison is one such person. I've saved these rough sketches that he so brilliantly drew to show the progression and the vision that I had for my Magic of Bewitched Trivia and More book cover. Initially, I dreamed that my book cover would resemble the opening credits from Bewitched with cartoon Samantha riding on a broom with the Manhattan skyscrapers in the background and the sky blue. "Weell", as Samantha Stephens used to say, those dreams came to a crashing halt one day when I was perusing the Barnes & Noble Popular Culture section at the bookstore and I came across Herbie J. Pilato's Bewitched Book. From that point, 1994, to 2004, when The Magic of Bewitched Trivia & More was published, I guess you could say, my inspiration was brewing. You can view Erik Davison's artwork at: http://my.fresnoarts.net/profile/ErikDavison. You can purchase Herbie's Bewitched Book: Herbie's Books. You can purchase Gina's book at: Magic of Bewitched at Amazon

Monday, June 26, 2017

Easy Guacamole Recipe, excerpt from Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook

Easy Guacamole Recipe
Level of Expertise
Bachelor’s Degree
2 Ripe Avocados, mashed
1 Small Onion, diced (purple, white, or yellow onion)
1 ripe tomato, chopped (Campari, Roma, or garden variety tomatoes)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 lime, squeezed and juiced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. Stir in diced onion, minced garlic, chopped tomato, lime juice, and salt and pepper. Season with remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Chill for half an hour in the refrigerator to blend flavors.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summertime Eats To Beat The Heat, Tomato Caprese Salad with Italian Basil

Summertime Eats To Beat The Heat

Tomato Caprese Salad

Me and my daughter Lauren went to our local Farmer's Market and picked out wonderful tomatoes, as well as basil. This is an easy, healthy and flavorful dish that is perfect for those warm summer days. The balsamic vinegar gives it some acidity while you bite into the juicy tomatoes.

1/2 pound of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 large vine-ripened tomatoes (heirloom and beefsteak, found at Farmer's Market(s)
1 cup of fresh Italian Basil leaves (found at Farmer's Market(s)
Drizzle avocado oil
Drizzle balsamic oil

Directions: In a circular design around the side of a serving plate, alternate fresh mozzarella, slices on a large platter or on an individual plate if you are doing individual portions with sliced tomatoes, overlapping for effect. Wash and tear fresh basil leaves and place liberally over the slices. Drizzle avocado oil as well as balsamic vinegar to taste.

For these and Uni(versity) Tips check out: Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook, by, Gina Meyers

Photo courtesy of KP Phagnasay

Photo courtesy of KP Phagnasay

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bat Chips by, Gina Meyers

Bat Chips
6 large flour tortillas
Olive Oil Cooking Spray
Sea salt or salt

Directions: Preheat your broiler. On a cutting board, arrange flour tortillas, use a bat shaped cookie cutter and cut as many bats as possibly can fit per tortilla, about six bats per tortilla. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with olive oil cooking spray and arrange bats. Spray bat tortillas with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Broil and cook until they are brown on one side, then with a spatula, flip over and begin browning the second side. Cool and add additional salt if desired. Makes approximately 36 bat chips.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Corn Confetti Salad, excerpt from Dorm Room Essentials Cookbook, by, Gina Meyers


 4 ears of cooked corn
1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup of avocado oil
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup of white or red onion, chopped finely
2 stalks of celery
1/4 cup of red or green pepper

Slice the corn off the cob, getting as much of each kernel as you can. If corn isn't in season, you may use canned corn. Wash all produce, except the onion. Thinly slice the celery, finely chop the onion. Put all ingredients in a bowl and toss to ensure it is evenly dressed. Place in the fridge for one hour to chill and serve as a refreshing summertime side dish.

Alternate Recipe:
4 ears of cooked corn
1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup of avocado oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 small jalapeno pepper, diced
2 cups of cherry tomatoes
2 stalks of celery
1/4 cup of white or red onion, finely chopeed
3 ounces of shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Summertime is the perfect time to find creative and refreshing ways to use the extra corn on the cob that is so plentiful this time of year.  Ask a Fresno native and they will tell you the Fresno State store has the best corn on the cob around!

Dorm Room Delicacy

Level of expertise
Bachelors Degree

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

High Blood Pressure, The Silent Killer, by, Gina Meyers

Did you know that one in three women’s deaths each year is due to heart disease and stroke? According to the American Heart Association, these numbers don’t lie. This is why they call high blood pressure the “silent killer”. You can have no symptoms and suddenly get a stroke or a heart attack. Imagine my utter shock when about three months ago, I went to get my yearly physical and it was discovered I had hypertension. How could this happen to me I thought instantly. Sure, my mom and grandma both have high blood pressure, but it would skip a generation, right? Wrong! After researching, I learned that one of the risk factors of high blood pressure is a family history. Knowing the risk factors of high blood pressure are essential to your survival. Here’s what I learned. If you’ve been minding your own business, meaning not drinking excessively, exercising regularly, eating nutritiously, zeroing in on your stressors, not smoking, then you are on your way to getting back to being healthy. Know your numbers. 120/80 is considered a normal blood pressure reading. Check your body mass index number, which is your weight by your height and see if you fall into the obese category. Know your total cholesterol, the good and the bad and your blood pressure. Also, have your blood sugars checked yearly. Move: Walking at least 15 minutes per day. Exercise is good for your heart and good for your bones. It also is an excellent stress reducer. If you can do 30 minutes of aerobic activity five days a week, such as biking, walking, or swimming that can reduce your risk of high blood pressure. Always ask your doctor before changing your exercise routine. Consider changes in your diet. See a nutritionist, research a more heart healthy diet full of leafy green vegetables and hearty legumes. Cut down on red meat and full-fat dairy. Strive for a heart-healthy diet of chicken, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. Watch your carbohydrates if you want to lose weight and keep blood sugar in check. Avoid salt if you have hypertension. Here’s a very short list. Some heart healthy foods Apples, bananas, oranges, broccoli, carrots Legumes Fish rich in Omega 3, fatty oils First thing, drink water. Cottage cheese Peanut butter Chocolate, at least 70% cocoa Raspberries Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Seeds Warm milk and honey Blueberries Almonds Kale chips Turkey bacon Big NO No’s Coconut Oil, salt, caffeine, red meat, food and drinks high in sugar. Be a stress zapper: We can’t get rid of stress in our lives, however, we can find ways to balance our lives. Exercise is an excellent stress reducer, as is journaling. When you are stressed, try to avoid eating unhealthy, this will only compound the problem. Don’t take for granted your health. Even if you feel great, take a moment out of your busy schedule and do a blood pressure reading. They are free at most CVS and Walmart stores. At select Walgreens, you can ask the pharmacist if they do free blood pressure readings. If you do have high blood pressure, remember there’s no stigma in taking blood pressure medicine and your loved one’s would rather have you around than potentially gone.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bella's Delightful Portabella Vegetable Melody

Bella's Delightful Portabella Vegetable Melody
2 large Portabella mushrooms, gills and stems discarded
Mushroom Seasoning:
1/8 teaspoon of ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon of black pepper, freshly ground
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Directions: Wash and clean two portabella mushrooms. Discard stems and gills. On a cookie sheet, drizzle avocado oil and lay out the two mushrooms, belly up and sprinkle with ground coriander, ground cumin, and black pepper.  Bake in the oven for twenty-five to thirty minutes.
While mushrooms are baking, prepare the vegetable filling.
Vegetable Filling:
1 leek stalk, sliced and diced
1/8 of a cup of red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced (about 1 medium sized pepper)
1 cup yellow bell pepper, diced (about 1 medium sized pepper)
4-5 celery stalks, roughly diced
1 cup fresh basil, pull loose leaves off of basil plant
2 slices of lemon wedges (squeeze juice of the lemon)
2-3 cups of Rainbow kale
1 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil
Directions: Heat vegetable melody in a medium sized skillet on medium- high heat. Combine onion, bell peppers, celery, kale and all of the ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon.  Turn heat down to low and cover until vegetables are sweating. Uncover, and turn up the heat again to high, and sauté. Continue to do this for 5-8 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Turn off stove and remove skillet from heat. Stir in red chili pepper flakes, capers and parsley. Allow to come to room temperature.
When about ready to serve, place mushrooms on an oven safe dish, and generously portion out heaps of vegetable melody mixture into each mushroom. Can microwave the mixture on a microwave safe plate or may reheat in the oven for 8-10 minutes in a 200 degree oven.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

These Shoes Are Made For Walking, My Number 1 Tip for Traveling Abroad

These Shoes Are Made For Walking, My Number 1 Tip for Traveling Abroad
By, Gina Meyers

I love traveling abroad, but I don't like looking like a tourist. My simple, yet Number 1 travel tip for traveling abroad is to purchase second hand stylish shoes.

While in Dublin recently, I discovered the city has a plethora of wonderful second hand shops. I visited quite a few and found the perfect easily worn in my size boots. Because the shoes had been broken in, I didn't need to worry about blisters or anything uncomfortable happening to my feet. What resulted was a pleasant trip where I dressed and felt like a native. Not wanting to add anything besides my souvenirs to my suitcase, I simply disposed of the shoes prior to my departure. And for four euros, the equivalent of $5.00 I saved my feet from pain, I looked stylish and I saved a lot of money. If you do purchase shoes before traveling, I would recommend breaking them in for at least two weeks prior to your trip abroad.

Happy traveling!