The 3rd Annual Tasting Brooklyn

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Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a great foodie event, Tasting Brooklyn. This year, the 3rd Annual Tasting Brooklyn will take place on April 16th from 6:30-9pm at The Green Building. Tickets just went on sale February 19th, so if you want to partake in this delicious and filling event, purchase yours quickly – it has sold out in advance both previous years, and it is worth it!

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Picture courtesy of Donny Tsang from Tasting Brooklyn 2011

What can you expect at Tasting Brooklyn? Food, food, and more food! Brooklyn’s best restaurants will feature tasty dishes for guests to try, including hot spots like Allswell, Dassara, Fort Reno, The Saint Austere, and many more. Need something to wash it all down with? No problem! Drinks will be provided by brands like Brooklyn Gin, Sixpoint Beer, Cacao Prieto, Clover Club and more.

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Picture courtesy of Donny Tsang from Tasting Brooklyn 2011

Tickets can be purchased here for $50 ($75 for VIP; includes exclusive preview from 5:30-6:30pm and gift bag of locally made Brooklyn treats). Proceeds from the event will benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, which supports local nonprofit organizations working with communities and individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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Crocking Away…Tasty Turkey Chili

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Hello all! I am Katrina, and have been writing since I was 17, and have been interested in food since I was 15, and got my first “real” job, working in a bakery down the block from my high school. I however, like to cook and eat healthy 24/7. Yes, I will grab a slice of pizza every now and then, but why bother, when I can make my own on whole wheat dough, with low-fat cheese, low-sodium sauce, and turkey pepperoni? You catch my drift…I love food, and love to cook and bake…healthy…at home.

I am in love. With my crock pot. Not what you thought I was going to say, right? Well it’s true. I discovered this hidden gem in my kitchen cabinet not too long ago, and have been whipping up tasty turkey chili for my whole family ever since.

The machine literally is fool-proof. You prepare a meal in the morning, toss it in the slow cooker (crock pot, as I grew up calling it), and let it simmer all day until you get home from work. Because let’s be honest: who wants to cook chili after working an 8 hour day?

And that is just what I did today. I had to be at work at 9:30 so I got up a little after 7:30AM and sauteed my turkey chop meat in 2 TBS of olive oil on the stove. I broke it up with a fork, and then poured in a little bit of cumin and S+P to my liking. When that was almost all cooked, I transferred it over to the slow cooker, which I had plugged in and set to “Low for 8 Hours.”

I went back to my stove and poured another TBS of olive oil, and chopped up two small cloves of garlic, one small onion, and one green pepper and tossed those into the pan on the stove. Then I added in a can of cannelloni beans, a can of low-sodium diced tomatoes, and one can of low-sodium chicken broth. I let these ingredients simmer in the pan for about 5 minutes, before transferring it over to the crock pot.

Once I poured in the remaining ingredients, I mixed them together with the turkey chop meat. Then….that’s it! I put the lid on, and left for work, and left my trusted Hamilton Beach crock pot do the rest of the work. Now some people, (like my cousin) are convinced leaving a crock pot on all day while you go to work, is a sure way to start a fire. And yes, I was worried about this too at first. But then you realize, it will be fine. It is meant to be fine. And just for safe measure, I always clear the space around it, so it is the only appliance plugged into the wall at that particular unit, and I make sure no other appliance is rubbing up against it…give the crock some space 😉

And viola! You come home to a nice meal, that only took you 25 minutes of your morning to prepare. So dust off your cookbook, and invest in a crock pot. I guarantee soups and chili will never taste the same!

#SCBD February Fun Foodie Favorites

February is well underway and I’m here to report some of my favorite foodie products.

1. Go Organic NYC

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Go Organic NYC, a food delivery service bringing boxes of fresh, organic produce to homes and offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, is now expanding to northern New Jersey. Consumers in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties can sign up to customize their own boxes of produce, or choose to receive a preset selection of fruits, vegetables and seasonal produce, delivered straight to their doorstep. There are no commitments, upfront fees or contracts, just boxes of fresh, organic, high quality produce delivered to consumers at intervals of their choosing. I received a box from Go Organic NYC a few months back and loved it! It was great having the best quality of produce delivered to your door! Go Organic NYC is offering all new customers a 20% off discount when they place their first order, here. To claim the coupon, enter GOORGANICPROMO upon checkout.

2. Eight O’ Clock K-Cups

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I love good coffee and was thoroughly impressed with the Eight O’ Clock K-Cups. I feel that most k-cups aren’t as strong as regular coffee but these are definitely an exception. I even came up with my own Cafe Mocha recipe that works great with them.

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a large mug, make Eight O’ Clock K-Cup in Keurig machine.
  2. Add hot cocoa mix of choice– add milk or sugar if needed.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Enjoy!

3. Wawa Single Serve Cups

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I grew up in Central Jersey kind of near the shore and Wawa is a staple down there. So when I was home for the holidays I had to pick up the Wawa Single Serve Cups. I love the Wawa brand and there is nothing like their coffee. Since there are no Wawa’s near me up in Bergen County these definitely conquer my craving and they are so cheap– only $10! If you don’t live near a Wawa you can also buy them online, here.

4. Love With Food Box

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I came across Love With Food when I was looking at a HARO email a few months ago so I had to check out for myself. I got the holiday box sent to me in the mail awhile ago and it is perfect. It was filled with fun holiday snacks, some flyers and a note from Love With Food. Love With Food is the easiest way to discover what’s tasty, delivered to your door! Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty bites which varies based on seasonal themes. Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and HELLO to a monthly tasty surprise! Join Us on this tasty journey.

At Love With Food, they are passionate about helping the more than 16 million children in America who are at risk of hunger. For every box sold, they donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. Join Us to help end childhood hunger one meal at a time!

5. Santa Teresa Rum

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During the storm this weekend I was able to open up my bottle of Santa Teresa Rum— the Santa Teresa Rum 1796 bottle. This is a great artisanal rum, best served on the rocks. It’s an aged, dark, delicious rum. Cheers!

6. Crave Jams

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Sisters & best friends, born and raised in the birthplace of the grass roots, Artisan Foodie movement, Brooklyn, NY. They currently live and work in the heart of the Garden State and are riding the crest of the current Food Entrepreneur/Small Business wave!
They specialize in creative twists and takes on traditional favorites! Each batch is lovingly prepared, using the freshest seasonal produce and finest quality ingredients & flavorings available. All Crave products are handmade, in small batches, from market fresh ingredients and canned with care.We source locally whenever possible and are very passionate about the quality of what you crave. All of their jars & labels are all made of recycled materials and we compost! Crave jarred products have a shelf life of 12 months unopened; please refrigerate and consume within 3 months of opening.

Here’s a peak into the Crave varietal menu (7oz jars – $10.95):

  • Balsamic Fig
  • Blueberry Mojito
  • Blackberry Bliss
  • Caramel Apple
  • Chunky Vanilla Pear
  • Cran-Marnier (Best Seller – Limited edition thru New Years)
  • Morning Glory Marmalade (Best Seller)
  • Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed (Best Seller)
  • Texas BBQ Sauce
To place an order or for more information:

Those are just a few of my foodie favorites for this month!

Stay tuned for more of my favorites next month!

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#SCBD Quick & Easy Breakfast Burrito Recipe!

Ever since 2013 began my latest breakfast obsession has been breakfast burritos. They are great to eat for breakfast or brunch and can make a breakfast lover out of anyone. Breakfast has always been a meal I eat daily because I know I work better with a little or in this case a lot in my stomach. Also, if you are on the run this a great portable breakfast that will make your stomach and taste buds a bit happier. There are a few different techniques to making them, in fact the first time I made them was with my boyfriend and our friend’s New Year’s Day but here is my most effective recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-4 large eggs (depends on how many you plan on serving)
  • Salsa of choice
  • A pack of flour tortillas
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper, for taste
  • Bag of shredded cheese (I prefer the Mexican Blend)

Instructions:

  1. If you plan on including bacon in your burrito prepare that first in a frying pan to your liking and put pieces on a plate with a paper towel so they aren’t as greasy.
  2. If you don’t plan on using bacon start by cracking eggs in a mixing bowl. Note: I use 2 eggs per burrito per person so if you are making for more than two people you may  need to use between 6-8 eggs but its up to you.
  3. Get out frying pan and spray with butter or olive oil spray, let it heat up for a minute or two.
  4. Whip eggs in mixing bowls, add salt & pepper and about a tablespoon or two of salsa.
  5. Pour egg mix into frying pan and scramble eggs to your liking.
  6. Once eggs are scrambled put them into a separate bowl.
  7. Spray pan with oil or butter spray again and heat tortillas over low heat to your liking.
  8. Put more salsa (if you want) and shredded cheese into separate bowls.
  9. Take your tortilla top with bacon, scrambled eggs, salsa and cheese to your liking.
  10. Fold into a burrito and enjoy!

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Next time you don’t know what to eat for breakfast or brunch think outside the box and try this breakfast burrito recipe, it’s delicious!

Happy Eating! 😀

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#SCBD Black Bean & Cheese Quesadillas Recipe

I find the best recipes ones that use a few, simple ingredients. Growing up I was always a fan of quesadillas and still am to this day. This past week, I realized I had a lot of black beans in my pantry so I figured I should put them to good use.

Here’s my quick & easy recipe for black bean and cheese quesadillas…

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Ingredients:

  • A bag of flour tortillas
  • A can of black beans
  • Bag of shredded cheese of choice preferably Mexican Mix
  • Salsa of choice
  • Oil or butter spray
  • Adobo Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper, as needed

Instructions:

  1. In a separate small pot prepare beans over heat for about 20 minutes. Feel free to put in Adobo seasoning and salt & pepper for more flavor. 
  2. Once beans are done cooking let simmer on low heat.
  3. Take out a frying pan that can fit your flour tortilla on it, spray with oil or butter spray of choice and let it warm up.
  4. Put tortilla on it and let it warm up to your liking for about a minute.
  5. Add beans, salsa, and cheese on to tortilla and let sit for another two minutes.
  6. Once the cheese has melted enough take one side of the tortilla over the other and flip so both sides are heated evenly. If you’d prefer to use two tortillas instead of one put another tortilla over the mix & then flip it.
  7. Keep over heat for another minute or two.
  8. Put it on your plate & enjoy!

This recipe is really easy and if you are not a fan of beans you can always substitute it with your meat of choice. Feel free to top it off with your favorite sour cream and guac if you’d like.

Happy Eating! 😀

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#SCBD ‘Spiked’ Adult Chocolate Milk Recipe

Ever have one of those days when you need a nightcap? Bailey’s Irish Cream has to be one of my favorite liquors, it’s flavorful, creamy and can be used in many cocktails & desserts. It can also be used in cocktails like spiked chocolate milk.

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Here’s my recipe for simple yet delicious ‘spiked’ adult chocolate milk…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Milk of choice (you may need more or less depending on your glass size)
  • 1 shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Instructions:

  1. In a glass of your choice pour milk, shot of Bailey’s, & chocolate syrup.
  2. If you have a stirrer, stir to your liking if not use a spoon and mix it together so it looks like chocolate milk. Feel free to use or more less chocolate syrup and Bailey’s depending on how strong & chocolate tasting you like it.
  3. Once it’s the way you like it– sip & enjoy!

This recipe is so simple and delicious, perfect for dessert or a nightcap. Next time you think of buying a bottle of Adult Chocolate Milk, think again, the recipe is simple and only requires three ingredients!

Cheers!

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The Ideal Frozen Meal by Contessa World Cuisine & Coupon Giveaway!

I don’t know about you but my ideal frozen meal doesn’t necessarily require a microwave. I think anyone like me who likes to cook, takes a little pride in seeing the ingredients come together to make a great dish. Well, you can do just that with Contessa World Cuisine’s Frozen Meals!

When I made Contessa World Cuisine’s  Orange Chicken:

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Here are some quick facts about these awesome meals:

  • 18 unique, world cuisine-inspired flavors including two brand new varieties
  • Simple to prepare in ten minutes at home
  • No msg
  • No trans-fat
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • No preservatives
  • Minimally processed
  • Multiple gluten-free options
  • Individually packaged sauce packets to allow for freshness, recipe variation and special dietary needs

I love the fact that they focus on fresh ingredients and let me tell you– they are delicious! My personal favorite is the Orange Chicken– it’s delicious, convenient, and fun to make. Check out the other flavors they offer, here.

Contessa will be giving away some free and $2 off coupons to the first fifteen readers to comment on this post with why you should try a Contessa Frozen Meal! The contest will end this Tuesday at 8:00 AM EST so make sure you enter today!

Note: This contest has ended.

Happy Eating! 😀

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*Disclaimer: The PR team sent me this product. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*