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  1. Friday, October 17

    Don’t Forget! ProFlowers Giveaway!

    Don’t forget to enter the ProFlowers giveaway by Midnight PT tonight! Please click here and add a comment on the giveaway post to get yourself in the running for one of two $100 ProFlowers gift cards! Good luck!


  2. Thursday, October 16

    Happy Eats Club!

    Remember my experiment? And remember how I said I was going to eat healthier going forward? Today I’m going to tell you exactly how I’m doing that!

    A group of friends and I have formed a Happy Eats Club. It’s AWESOME. And here’s how it works:
    – Each member (there are 5 of us) makes one goal and then sets up a list of healthy eating rules that support their goal.
    – Each week we check in with each other. If you cheated on your rules, you owe $5 to the pot. (Everyone gets to cheat on Halloween and Thanksgiving, by the way 🙂 )
    – On December 20, we will have a final check-in. Whoever cheated least gets the money pot. Whoever cheated most has to do something embarrassing that the group determines. Scary. If, by some miracle, none of us cheat…then we’re going to do something fun to celebrate!

    My goal is simple: Eat healthier. I’m not trying to lose weight, I just want to eat better.

    Here are my rules:
    – 2+ servings of fruit each day
    – 3+ servings of vegetables each day
    – 6+ glasses of water each day
    – 1 or less servings of white flour per day
    – 1 or less dessert/treat per day
    – As many whole grains as possible

    Other members of the group have different goals and rules. Some want to lose weight. Some just want to eat healthier. Examples of rules: no sugar, no white flour, no fried foods, fruit juice must be fresh, etc.

    We are 1 week into the Club and so far so good! I am eating WAY less sugar, WAY more veggies, drinking WAY more water. It’s fantastic. I’m already feeling better.

    As the Happy Eats Club continues on this venture, we will share experiences, recipes, etc.  If you do something similar, let us know about it!

    And, yes, I’ll fess up to ALL of you if I cheat!


  3. Wednesday, October 15

    Featured Recipe: Whole Wheat Pancakes

    I’m trying to cut white flour as much as possible (more on that tomorrow!). Normally when I make wheat pancakes, I do half white flour, half wheat flour. This time I took the dive and went ALL wheat flour. I looked through my recipes, found one I thought might work…and it worked GREAT!

    I thought using all whole wheat flour would make the pancakes heavy, but with this recipe they were fluffy…and delicious! Without further ado, the recipe!

    Featured Recipe: Whole Wheat Pancakes
     
    Adapted from “The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook” (a MUST-HAVE for your kitchen library, by the way!)
    Author:
    Recipe type: Breakfast
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 2 tablespoons sugar (I think honey would be a great alternative…I’m going to try that next time)
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 large egg
    • 3 tablespoons butter melted
    • 2 cups buttermilk (or 2 C regular milk with 1 T lemon juice added, let sit for a few minutes)
    Instructions
    1. Whisk together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and butter, then buttermilk. Make a well in dry ingredients, add wet into well, whisk very gently until incorporated (a few lumps should remain). Don’t overmix.
    2. Cook pancakes over medium heat. Flip when bubbles start to appear. My batter was VERY thick, so I had to sort of “spread” the pancake a bit when I put the batter in the pan…and the little bubbles never popped by the time it was time to flip the pancakes, but I could see them forming when it was time to flip. (I wouldn’t thin out the batter with milk because I don’t think they’ll come out as fluffy.)


  4. Monday, October 13

    ProFlowers Giveaway! Two $100 Gift Cards!

    BOO!!!

    Did my Scary Berries frighten you?  Or just make your mouth water?

    Now’s your chance to get some of your very own mouth-watering, delicious, hand-dipped Scary Berries from ProFlowersProFlowers is doing another fabulous giveaway here on TWFD.  TWO super lucky readers will each receive a $100 gift card to ProFlowers!!!

    To enter the free, random giveaway, please add a comment to this post before Midnight PT, Friday, October 17.  Any comment will do!  Only one entry per person, please, but feel free to pass this on to your loved ones…after all, if they win, you can “ask” them to send you something lovely or tasty! 😉  The winners will be announced Saturday, October 18.

    If you can’t wait to win the $100 gift card and must start shopping now, click on ‘ProFlowers’ anywhere in this post or the logo below to get a 15% discount!

    Good luck with the giveaway, and big thanks to ProFlowers!!

    THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU!


  5. Guest spot on Cafe Johnsonia

    It’s a busy blog day for me! If you are interested, I did a little guest spot over on Cafe Johnsonia. Thanks, Lindsey, for the opportunity!  Cafe Johnsonia is a great food blog if you haven’t been, so hop to it!


  6. Sunday, October 12

    Week 90 Menu

    If you’ve lived in New England, you know most of the eggs up there are brown.  Everywhere else I’ve lived they are generally white, but after living in Boston for four years, I really came to appreciate brown eggs.

    Are they better, you may be wondering?  An egg’s an egg, right?  WRONG.  The brown shells seem stronger to me, so they make for a cleaner CRACK!  Plus, they’re beautiful, and I like it when my food is beautiful. The other day I picked up a dozen brown eggs and (this will sound cheesy!) I really enjoyed having them this week!

    MONDAY:
    Chicken parmesan (recipe feature to come!)
    – Whole wheat penne
    – Spinach salad with pears

    TUESDAY:
    – Some kind of meat on the grill (probably pork chops)
    – Broccoli
    – Wild rice

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Leftovers

    THURSDAY:
    Spinach & Prosciutto Lasagna
    – Salad & whole wheat french bread

    FRIDAY:
    – Thai Chicken Pizza (recipe feature to come!)

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out

    SUNDAY:
    Green Noodles
    – Whole wheat french bread
    – Salad

    Okay, I’ve fessed up…now it’s your turn!  What’s on your menu this week?


  7. Friday, October 10

    Simple Side Dishes: Spinach Salad a la Lindsay

    I’ve decided to start a new category here at This Week for Dinner – Simple Side Dishes. I don’t always put much thought into side dishes, and I would guess that I’m not alone.  Sometimes all it takes is for someone to remind me of a side or point out an easy way to prepare a vegetable and I’m good to go.  So, whenever I discover or re-discover a simple (e.g. fast, minimal ingredients, easy prep) side, I’ll be sure to share it with you!

    How about a nice salad today?


    Simple Side Dishes: Spinach Salad a la Lindsay
     
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • Spinach
    • Candied pecans (yes, candy-ing them is pretty easy, but to keep it really simple, jut buy them!)
    • Feta cheese
    • Strawberries, sliced
    • Poppyseed Dressing (or Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette)
    Instructions
    1. Mix together!

    Poppyseed Dressing
     
    From Lindsay Rutman Feel free to just buy poppyseed dressing (Brianna’s is AWESOME, by the way)…but if you WANT to make your own, this is some dang good dressing
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • ¾ tablespoon poppy seeds
    • ⅓ cup vinegar
    • ⅓ cup sugar
    • ¾ cup vegetable oil
    • ¾ tablespoon grated red onion
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • ⅓ teaspoon dry mustard
    Instructions
    1. Mix all the ingredients, and preferably let it sit a few hours before serving so the flavors can combine.

     


  8. Wednesday, October 8

    Way Gourmet Kitchen Tip: Smoothing Ganache

    I’ve got a Lindsay post for you, and you know what that means – it’s gonna be Gourmet and Yummy. Today it’s a baking tip.

    Ever wonder how to get your ganache all smooth and shiny-like?  It’s simple.  Get out your blow dryer!  Turn the heat up, bump the speed down and blow dry your cake, while simultaneously smoothing it out with that there cake spreader tool.

    I tried to get a good action shot of Lindsay blow drying the cake, but I they didn’t come out the way I wanted.  Hopefully you can get a good idea of how to smooth out your ganache from the pictures!

    Thanks, Lindsay!  The ganache cakes of the world just got prettier, thanks to you!

    And for those of you would like to make the amazingly delectable Chocolate Ganache Cake with Raspberry Coulis that was featured in this post, click ‘more’ for the recipe (and more pics)!

    (>> Find out more…)


  9. Tuesday, October 7

    Ah, the Carrot Stick

    How could I forget? Why do I always fall into the same old pattern? Sure, those baby carrots are convenient. No peeling, no washing, no cutting. But don’t get sucked in, Jane! They don’t taste good!

    These freshly cut carrot sticks were so delicious today. I think I need to make a vow to never buy baby carrots again.


  10. Modern Economy Online Sample Sale!

    Remember that way cool sample sale I went to in San Francisco last spring? Remember how, if you didn’t live in the Bay Area, you were totally jealous you couldn’t go? It’s time to set your envy aside because I have great news! The Modern Economy Home & Lifestyle Sample Sale is going online! While I’ll miss wandering through aisles of beautiful things, I AM excited I get to shop from home.  And I’m even more excited you all get to shop with me!

    Doors open TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 8 at 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT. The sale will last for 48 hours, so log-on early to nab your goodies!  Visit the Modern Economy site for more information, including a list of participating designers (which is fabulous, by the way) and a link to the sale.

    You will find wonderful things for even more wonderful prices.  You don’t want to miss it!  Happy Shopping!