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Month: August, 2014

Recipe Girl: Pearl Harbor Cocktails

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Pearl Harbor Cocktails Aug 30th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
I have a delicious, tropical-type cocktail recipe for you: Pearl Harbor Cocktails

Pearl Harbor #recipe
Here’s the thing >> I’m not at all ready to let go of summer. So I’m going to continue feeding you some summery recipes until the Big Chill (otherwise known as “fall”) arrives. It’s still quite warm around my part of the country, and I’m hoping it stays that way for a few more weeks, at least!

Pearl Harbor Cocktail #recipe

These summery cocktails will keep you in the mood for summer. They’re so simple to assemble with just 3 ingredients. I served them at a summer party and they were a big hit. In fact, I ended up running out of supplies because they were being guzzled down like crazy. There is something about pineapple juice in a drink that makes you want to drink one after the other (the sweetness of it, I guess?) But be careful… these have vodka in them too!

Pearl Harbor Cocktail #recipe - RecipeGirl.com

Melon liqueur (Midori) is what makes these green. Side note: Waaaaayyyy back in college, I ate at a lot of Mexican food restaurants in San Diego. My friends would always try to get me to drink margaritas, and I totally did not like them. HOWEVER, some old boyfriend or something ordered me a Midori margarita one day, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Midori is the only flavor of margarita that I enjoy. Imagine that? Anyway, so I’ll be making lots of Midori margaritas with my leftover Midori from making these delicious cocktails!

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Recipe Girl: Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See Aug 25th 2014, 03:20, by Lori Lange
Here’s another one of my posts >> Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See!

Greek Baked Ziti

On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared this fabulous recipe > > GREEK BAKED ZITI. The recipe comes from David Joachim’s book, Cooking Light Global Kitchen- The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy. There are SO many recipes that I want to make from this book. I have a several pages bookmarked. My family enjoyed this recipe, and they’re going to be in for a treat when I make them some really different international dishes!

14 Best Green Smoothie Recipes

Here’s another fun post I shared on Parade‘s blog: 14 BEST GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPES. I might have mentioned before that I’m totally into drinking green smoothies for breakfast these days. Now I can drink a different kind of green smoothie every single day for two weeks! Seriously, these are the best recipes I’ve found- try them!

Fishing for Copper River Salmon

I’ve told you enough about our trip to Alaska this summer, but sometimes it’s fun to see it through a kid’s eyes too. My son (RecipeBoy) wrote about the trip here > COPPER RIVER SALMON- CORDOVA, ALASKA. He loves visitors to his blog, and he especially loves to receive comments on his posts, if you should be so kind! 🙂

Coffee Sugar Cookies

Hey, Coffee Lovers! I know that’s most of you out there. I’m actually NOT a coffee lover myself (can’t handle the caffeine), but I found a cookie that looks amazing for coffee people >> COFFEE SUGAR COOKIES from the i am Baker blog. Aren’t they such a great idea??

Polka Dot Cake

This super cutie cake caught my eye last week: POLKA DOT CAKE. I am tooooottttaalllly going to try it sometime this fall. This tutorial shows you step-by-step how to make it, and it doesn’t look that hard at all.

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Recipe Girl: Cordova, Alaska – Copper River Salmon Fishing

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Cordova, Alaska – Copper River Salmon Fishing Aug 22nd 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
I had the opportunity to travel to Cordova, Alaska back in July. The folks at CopperRiverSalmon.org invited me and my 13-year old son Brooks to come to Cordova to learn all about Copper River Salmon. It was simply not a trip that we could pass up. Alaska?? Yes! We were definitely excited to visit and learn. Today, I’m sharing about that trip.

Sockeye Salmon

Have you been lucky enough to try Copper River Salmon? It’s the most delicious type of salmon I’ve ever had. Why is this salmon so special? Copper River Salmon thrive in their natural wild environment, traveling up to 300 miles from open ocean to spawn in the Copper River. That long journey requires an abundance of energy storage in the form of fat- this is the fat that creates the unique flavor and texture of the Copper River Salmon and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that make it so healthy to eat. Every aspect of the salmon fisheries is strictly regulated, monitored and enforced. Everything is carefully managed for long-term sustainability.

Cordova Airport
We flew in to Cordova’s totally charming little airport. This is Heidi Larsen from FoodieCrush.com. You can see how excited we were to have arrived in Alaska!

Orca Adventure Lodge 1

Orca Adventure Lodge was our home for a few days. It’s pretty rustic lodging about 2 miles outside of town. There is no TV, internet is sketchy, and there is nothing fancy about the rooms… but you have views on the property such as this one…

Orca Adventure Lodge 2

… and this one. It was very peaceful. It was forced relaxation.

Orca Adventure Lodge 3

I often poured myself a glass of wine and walked out to the water’s edge to look for sea otters (which are totally abundant in the Prince William Sound). It’s a beautiful spot.

Copper River Salmon with Salmon Berries

The lodge had a restaurant on site. We had dinner there a couple of nights, and took advantage of the (delicious) breakfast there each morning. This was dinner on the night we arrived- a tender piece of Copper River Salmon topped with salmon berries. It was the first I’d heard of this type of berry. They’re a wild berry found growing pretty much everywhere in Alaska. Something to note: there is no alcohol on the premises at the lodge, but you can buy some in town and bring it to dinner with you.

Airboat Ride to Child's Glacier

Our first day out, we drove out to see Child’s Glacier. A section of the road that leads to the glacier was washed away a couple years back, so we had to board an airboat to get us to the other side. Here’s Heidi with Brian Samuels (athoughtforfood.net). The airboat is LOUD (which is why you see their ears protected).

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Recipe Girl: Fresh Peach Cake

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Fresh Peach Cake Aug 20th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
This recipe I’m sharing here today takes advantage of those fabulous, sweet fresh peaches you’re seeing in the store: Fresh Peach Cake

Fresh Peach Cake

This turns out to be a tender, cinnamony cake topped with fresh peach wedges and drizzled with a simple cream cheese glaze. It’s the perfect dessert recipe for the end of summer!

Peaches

Washington State Stone Fruit

I’ve been up to my eyeballs in peaches lately. Washington State Fruit Commission sent me a case of peaches to play with. A case!! We ate loads of them, made some peach jam, left a few in the refrigerator and made this peach cake. I’ve never really noted where the peaches I’ve bought at the store have originated from, but now I pay attention. Washington Stone Fruit (peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums and prunes) are sold all over the USA while the season lasts- through about mid-September. Washington orchards are prized for producing stone fruits with unbelievable sweetness and flavor due to the regions unique microclimates and ancient volcanic soils that make for ideal growing conditions. The early summer weather in Washington has meant that there is a slightly larger crop with some of the sweetest, juiciest fruits yet! It’s true… the peaches that they sent me are very sweet and juicy!

Nutritional Facts of Peaches

Turns out… peaches pack a nutritional punch!

Fresh Peach Cake Assembly

Look for these gorgeous peaches from Washington State in your market, and make this cake! It’ such an easy recipe >> The batter is spread into the bottom of your pan, peach wedges are arranged on top, then it’s baked. A cream cheesy glaze is drizzled on top. That’s it!

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Recipe Girl: Blendtec Blender Giveaway

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Blendtec Blender Giveaway Aug 18th 2014, 12:00, by Lori Lange
**Fun giveaway on RecipeGirl today! >> A Blendtec Blender + Twister Jar!**

I have had one of these blenders for quite some time now. I’ve made things like homemade peanut butter, homemeade nutella, milkshakes, salad dressings, and my daily AM green smoothies. It’s super powerful and easy to clean. I love it more than any other blender I’ve owned.

Blendtec Giveaway

A bunch of other bloggers and RecipeGirl have teamed up with Blendtec to bring you an awesome giveaway to start your week off right! One lucky person will win the almighty powerful and amazing Blendtec Blender and Twister Jar (retail value $629). This is truly an advanced blender. Here are just a few of the amazing features that sets this blender apart from others:

  • Plunger free and easy clean jar: Patented jar design flows ingredients towards the blade eliminating the need for tamper.
  • Uniquely Blunt Safety Blade: Completely safe to use and clean, plus 80% thicker and 10 times stronger than the competitor.
  • Smart Touchscreen Interface: Enables walk away blending and doesn’t harbor mold and bacteria like old fashioned knobs and dial blenders.
  • Hardened Metal Drive Sockets: Never needs to be replaced, unlike other blenders that with plastic drive sockets that break under pressure.
  • Quiet Ultra High Speed Motor: The industries highest motors blend even the toughest ingredients, like ice and frozen fruits, silky smooth.

And now, you have the chance to win of these for your own kitchen! All you need to do is enter through Rafflecopter that will appear below (give it a few seconds to load!), and follow some awesome new blogs while you are at it! This giveaway is open to those with USA mailing address only. GOOD LUCK!

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Recipe Girl: Fluffy Peanut Butter Pancakes

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Fluffy Peanut Butter Pancakes Aug 14th 2014, 13:33, by Lori Lange
Oh gosh, I’m so happy to be sharing a new favorite pancake recipe with you! > FLUFFY PEANUT BUTTER PANCAKES

Fluffy Peanut Butter Pancakes

This is one of those, “Hey Mom, it’s Sunday AM and it would be really, really nice of you to make us pancakes for breakfast!” kind of recipes. The best thing about pancakes is that they’re pretty versatile. I mess around with my best base recipes all the time to create new twists. This one is for peanut butter lovers. If you’re into the whole peanut butter + chocolate thing (like my boys), then you can certainly sprinkle in some chocolate chips too. These were last Sunday’s pancake breakfast treat!

Fluffy Peanut Butter Pancakes Recipe

See that major fluffy factor? These guys seriously puff up and remain puffy even after cooling a bit. That makes them quite filling. You don’t need a stack this big, for sure!

Fluffy Peanut Butter Pancakes #Recipe

Extra chocolate chips anyone? Always a good thing. Unless you don’t like chocolate, of course. Then it’s not such a good thing.

Fluffy Peanut Butter Pancakes #recipe with Chocolate Chips - RecipeGirl.com

Drizzles of warm maple syrup work perfectly with peanut butter pancakes. My boys were very appreciative of this new pancake creation. Their review: “We loved these fluffy pancakes with a hint of peanut butter flavor. They were a nice variation of the regular old plain pancake. When will you be making them again?”

I’d say they were a hit! Will you be trying them this Sunday for your family?

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Recipe Girl: Tropical Green Smoothie

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Tropical Green Smoothie Aug 8th 2014, 10:00, by Lori Lange
What’s the best way to wake up in the morning? Drink a green smoothie! Here’s one for you > TROPICAL GREEN SMOOTHIE

Tropical Green Smoothie #recipe

It’s confession time here. Up until about 12 weeks ago, I usually started my day with sugar cereal- Lucky Charms and Captain Crunch being my guilty pleasures. It seems so easy to just buy the stuff, pour it into a bowl with some milk and be done with breakfast. I have to admit, I had always enjoyed that sort of breakfast- even though I fully realized that it wasn’t good for me. So occasionally, I’d grab a Greek yogurt with almonds and berries. But most days I woefully admit to eating that not-so-great-for-you cereal. I came across a website called, Simple Green Smoothies. The website challenges you to drink one green smoothie per day for 30 days. I did just that. I began drinking some sort of green smoothie every single morning to replace the sugary cereal I was eating. This version I’m sharing today is one of my favorites: Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie #recipe - RecipeGirl.com
Why on earth would you want to eat a green smoothie every day? Because you’re able to pack a good punch of nutrients into one breakfast drink, that’s why! My body is happy to be eating things like spinach, kale, cucumber, avocado, mint, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and plenty of fruit for breakfast by drinking a drink that is totally delicious and filling! Yes, it’s filling. I usually drink my smoothie early in the morning, then do my workout, then eat a Greek yogurt with almonds later in the morning. It has become a habit now. It’s something that works for me, and I love it. And guess what??? I don’t miss eating cereal for breakfast, and I feel so much better throughout the rest of the day!

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Recipe Girl: Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See Aug 6th 2014, 20:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s another one of those posts >> STUFF I’VE GOTTA SHARE and YOU’VE GOTTA SEE! >>

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Here’s the latest from my posts on Parade Magazine‘s blog > 10 RECIPES USING FRESH SUMMER TOMATOES. Are tomatoes bursting off your vines yet this summer? I’ve collected 10 delicious recipes for you to try… using your fresh summer tomatoes – salad, soup, tart, pasta, sauces, and even JAM! Check ‘em all out and try what interests you most.

Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another recipe I shared on Parade recently was this one > BIG CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. It’s my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Brooks Salmon

My RecipeBoy son Brooks is sharing a really awesome salmon recipe on his blog this week > How to Make Sockeye Salmon in a Cast Iron Skillet. The great thing about this recipe is that we got it from one of our guides when we were visiting Alaska- and she is the wife of a salmon fisherman! We asked her what her absolute favorite way to prepare salmon was– and this was it! And now we’re sharing it with you :)

Edible Reno Tahoe Cooks 2014

There’s a little article featuring (RecipeGirl) in the current issue of Edible Reno-Tahoe Magazine. I had so much fun doing this interview with them, and the photographer was awesome too. If you’d like to take a peek at the interview online, you can do so here > RecipeGirl to the Rescue.

Italian Food Forever

Here’s a food blog you should be following if you love Italian food!!! > ITALIAN FOOD FOREVER – written by Deborah (who spends 6 months of the year in Umbria). Deborah married into an Italian family 40 years ago and has been learning from her family members and visiting Italy on a regular basis ever since. Anything recipe you’re looking for that is truly Italian food can be found on her site. Her latest post: Spinach and Goat Cheese Lasagna! Deborah is wonderfully talented, so check out this blog!

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Recipe Girl: Raspberry- Lemonade Bundt Cake

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Raspberry- Lemonade Bundt Cake Aug 4th 2014, 21:59, by Lori Lange
Here’s a delicious, summery cake for you > Raspberry- Lemonade Bundt Cake

Raspberry- Lemonade Bundt Cake

I’ve always been a fan of the bundt cake… something about its perfect round shape with a drizzle of frosting down the sides just makes it seem so simplistic and approachable. It’s a great cake concept in general- all of the batter is poured into a well-greased, rounded pan, then baked, popped out of the pan, and that’s about it. The shape and imprint of the bundt pan provides decoration all on its own. Bundts are the bomb. Or… as my 13 year old often says: thebombDOTcom.

Make it With a Cake Mix

This recipe comes from Your Cup of Cake blogger Lizzy Early’s new book > Make It With a Cake Mix. This is a cookbook that is devoted to taking a boxed cake mix to the next level… and combining it with a bunch of other ingredients to make a dessert that is much better than the plain boxed mix. I’ll give you an idea of what you might find in this book >>

  • Cupcakes (S’Mores Cupcakes, Strawberry- Red Velvet Cupcakes, Double Chocolate- Peanut Butter Cupcakes)
  • Bundt Cakes (Chocolate- Zucchini Bundt Cake, Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake, Orange- Cranberry Bundt Cake)
  • Layered Cakes (Cookie Dough Cake, Chocolate Malt Cake, Andes Mint Cake)
  • Cookies (Cookies and Cream Cookies, Chocolate Crinkles Cookies, Banana Split Cookies)
  • Whoopie Pies (Brownie Cream Whoopie Pies, Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies, Pumpkin- Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies)
  • More (Cake Batter Brownies, Chocolate Waffles, Devil’s Food Rice Krispie Treats)

It’s a good one to have on your cookbook shelf if you enjoy baking… and especially if you enjoy short-cuts :)

Raspberry- Lemonade Bundt Cake #recipe

This cake turns out tender and delicious- so summery with the “lemonade” theme and a touch of raspberry. No one in my family thought it tasted anything like a boxed cake mix, yet the mix was an easy base for the rest of the recipe. I think the addition of pudding mix helped make this cake extra soft and melt-in-your-mouth yummy.

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