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  1. Friday, November 13

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #6: Irvin Lin

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #6: Food Blogger Irvin Lin Shares Favorite Recipes and Kitchen Tips!

    Well, it’s the last day of Podcast Blitz Week! And, I am having so much fun sharing episodes with you, I think I’m going to keep sharing more than one per week. I may be too ambitious, but we’ll give it a try! So, from now on, look for new episodes on Mondays and Thursdays!

    For today we have food blogger Irvin Lin from Eat the Love on the show. I think Irvin can be safely labeled a “foodie.” Data point #1: He lives in San Francisco. Data Point #2: When he sees weird produce at the store he buys it and then actually cooks with it. Data Point #3: He took a laminated dough classes. I rest my case! Irvin is a great guy and I had a blast chatting with him for the podcast. He shares TONS of food with us in this episode. He simply could not choose one favorite recipe or tip, so you are getting a feast of goodness from Irvin today!

    Shownotes:

    It’s easy to listen to the show!

    • Via the web: Just click play below!
    • Via an app: For iPhone and iPad, subscribe to the This Week for Dinner Podcast on iTunes and listen to it through the purple Podcasts app. For Android devices, use the Stitcher, Podcast Addict or Pocket Casts apps. In all cases, launch the app, then search for This Week for Dinner Podcast. The benefit of using an app: once downloaded, you can listen to the show without an Internet connection.

     Other Stuff!


  2. Thursday, November 12

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #5: Gaby Dalkin

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #5: Gaby Dalkin, private-chef-turned-food-blogger shares her favorite recipe and kitchen tips

    Today’s podcast guest is darling and fun and I know you’re going to love her! Meet Gaby Dalkin, private-chef-turned-food-blogger who writes at the blog What’s Gaby Cooking. Gaby embraces the Southern California Girl lifestyle wholeheartedly, from the food she cooks and eats to her obsession with avocados to her love of yoga pants. And since her favorite book AND movie are both Harry Potter, well, she can do no wrong in my book. In my conversation with Gaby I get her to dish on the best celebrity to cook for, her current favorite recipe and a few of her top kitchen tips. Enjoy!

    Shownotes:

    It’s easy to listen to the show!

    • Via the web: Just click play below!
    • Via an app: For iPhone and iPad, subscribe to the This Week for Dinner Podcast on iTunes and listen to it through the purple Podcasts app. For Android devices, use the Stitcher, Podcast Addict or Pocket Casts apps. In all cases, launch the app, then search for This Week for Dinner Podcast. The benefit of using an app: once downloaded, you can listen to the show without an Internet connection.

     Other Stuff!


  3. Wednesday, November 11

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #4: Tracy Benjamin

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #4: Tracy Benjamin, food blogger and photographer

    Time for episode 4 of the This Week for Dinner Podcast! (I’m actually kind of loving releasing these every day…it’s going to be sad when it goes to weekly!) Today’s guest is just plain fun. And we could have talked for hours. (We actually probably did…there was a lot of talking before and after the recorder was on.)

    Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean is today’s guest! Tracy has been blogging forever, she’s an amazing photographer, and she is a podcasting veteran, having done the Homefries podcast with Joy the Baker for years. And Tracy is awesome because she simply couldn’t limit herself to just one favorite recipe or kitchen tip…she shares all kinds of wonderfulness in today’s show.

    Shownotes: Tracy talks about three recipes and why she loves them in today’s show, in addition to some really great kitchen tips. Here are the links for the recipes:

    It’s easy to listen to the show!

    • Via the web: Just click play below!
    • Via an app: For iPhone and iPad, subscribe to the This Week for Dinner Podcast on iTunes and listen to it through the purple Podcasts app. For Android devices, use the Stitcher, Podcast Addict or Pocket Casts apps. In all cases, launch the app, then search for This Week for Dinner Podcast. The benefit of using an app: once downloaded, you can listen to the show without an Internet connection.

    Other Stuff!


  4. Tuesday, November 10

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #3: Mia Alexander-House

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #3: Mia Alexander-House of Mia's Eatery in New Orleans, LA

    You guys. Today’s episode. It makes my heart happy.

    When I was in New Orleans last month, we went to a small blues fest in a tiny town in the Mississippi River Delta. Mia’s Eatery was one of the food vendors at the festival and Mia herself was serving up her wonderful creole food. I immediately fell in love with both Mia and her daughter Maigan and, lucky for me, Mia agreed to do an interview for the podcast.

    Mia's Eatery | Red Beans and Rice | What to Eat in New Orleans by @janemaynard

    Mia's Eatery | Red Beans and Rice | What to Eat in New Orleans by @janemaynard

    Mia’s Eatery is just half a mile from the New Orleans airport, so if you are ever in New Orleans, be sure to swing by on your way in or out of town to meet Mia and enjoy her food. Mia serves up authentic Creole cooking. When I was digging around the web for a website to link to, I found a review online that pretty much sums up what Mia is all about: “I had not reveled in such authentic Creole flavors since I was a boy. At first bite, I was suddenly transported back to the 1959 world of a 6 year old boy growing up in Algiers Point. (Across dah rivah from Dah Kwatuh ovah dair in Dah Pernt.) Talk about a best kept secret! And the service makes you feel like you’re at Grandma’s house…”

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #3: Mia Alexander-House of Mia's Eatery in New Orleans, LA

    And with that, I think it’s time you stop reading my words and listen to Mia’s voice.

    It’s easy to listen to the show!

    • Via the web: Just click play below!
    • Via an app: For iPhone and iPad, subscribe to the This Week for Dinner Podcast on iTunes and listen to it through the purple Podcasts app. For Android devices, use the Stitcher, Podcast Addict or Pocket Casts apps. In all cases, launch the app, then search for This Week for Dinner Podcast. The benefit of using an app: once downloaded, you can listen to the show without an Internet connection.

    Other Stuff!


  5. Monday, November 9

    This Week for Dinner Podcast #2: Kristen Doyle

    This Week for Dinner Podcast Episode 002: Kristen Doyle shares a family recipe and a great kitchen tip!

    Welcome to Podcast Blitz Week! Last week the first episode of the This Week for Dinner Podcast launched, so to celebrate we’re going to release a new episode every day this week! Once the Podcast Blitz is over, new episodes will be published on a weekly basis every Monday. Each episode features an interview with someone awesome sharing their most favorite recipes and kitchen tips. I am beyond excited to start sharing the interviews with you!

    Today’s guest is Kristen Doyle. Kristen is the creator of the award-winning website Dine & Dish, which she started in 2006 as a way to share her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories. Kristen also works with many major brands, provides editorial content and direction for nationwide print and online publications, and works as a freelance writer and photographer. Kristen is a wife and the mother to 4 children, loves reading and running, and is the queen of focusing on how to be happy. I am lucky to call Kristen a friend and am so happy to share her with you in today’s episode!

    Episode #2 Shownotes:

    • In Episode #2, Kristen discusses her most beloved recipe, one that dates back generations in her family. Click here to get the recipe! (Be sure to listen to the episode to learn what the recipe is and why she loves it so much!)

    It’s easy to listen to the show!

    • Via the web: Just click play below!
    • Via an app: For iPhone and iPad, subscribe to the This Week for Dinner Podcast on iTunes and listen to it through the purple Podcasts app. For Android devices, use the Stitcher, Podcast Addict or Pocket Casts apps. In all cases, launch the app, then search for This Week for Dinner Podcast. The benefit of using an app: once downloaded, you can listen to the show without an Internet connection.

    Other Stuff!


  6. Sunday, November 8

    Week 459 Menu and WE SAW THE MISSILE!

    I just walked in the door from a weekend camping with my girls at Joshua Tree National Park. My friends Tracey Clark and Catherine Connors hosted a Girls Adventure Weekend. There were 6 moms total with 7 daughters between the ages of 8 and 12. It was a magical weekend.

    In addition to all the awesome girl power magic, we saw the trident missile that the Navy tested last night over the ocean off the coast of San Diego. There is no cell coverage in Joshua Tree, so after we saw the strange light in the sky we decided that aliens had finally come to Earth. We learned the next morning, however, from neighboring campers with a radio that the light had been a classified Navy missile test, but that’s all we knew. When I got home Nate said that Twitter pretty much exploded last night when it happened. All the videos and photos that are online don’t even come close to how amazing and strange and beautiful it was. We suddenly saw a large, very bright, defined white light with a tail traveling horizontally across the sky, which lasted maybe a minute or two. The light left an effervescent blue-green trail behind it, and surrounding the entire area was a huge white circle, with a defined edge and yet completely foggy looking in an otherwise very clear sky. The white circle faded after about 10 minutes and the fuzzy bluish streak glowed for about 20 minutes. It was CRAZY. We feel lucky to have had such an amazing view, in the desert with its dark and massive sky.

    Week 459 Weekly Menu with FREE Printable Meal Plan and Shopping List from @janemaynard

    Okay, back to Earth. Menu time!

    MONDAY:
    – Loaded Nachos

    TUESDAY:
    Naan Pizzas (margherita)

    WEDNESDAY:
    Pancakes (Nate’s gonna be home late that night…he hates pancakes for dinner, but the kids love it!)
    – Bacon and fruit

    THURSDAY:
    BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
    Coleslaw

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Leftovers or take out night (if not enough leftovers!)

    SUNDAY:
    – Breakfast burritos (didn’t do these last week!)

    Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

    You know the drill…please share your menus!


  7. Friday, November 6

    Raising a Rock-Star Reader + Friday Show and Tell

    Happy Friday, everyone! Before we get to the usual Show and Tell portion of our program, I have to tell you about my friend’s new book!

    Raising a Rock-Star Reader review and giveaway!

    Amy Mascott (my friend!) and Allison McDonald are just published their new book Raising a Rock-Star Reader and it’s wonderful! I received an advanced copy and it is filled with all kinds of wonderful tips, recommendations and resources for getting your children to be great readers. Years I ago I had the chance to hear a lecture from a UC Berkeley professor who specialized in early education. She talked at length about why it is so beneficial to read to children from a very early age – the very act of hearing varied language and many words helps children’s brains develop in tremendous ways. It was fascinating and something I’ve thought about a lot as we’ve raised our children.

    Anna and Cate are both rock-star readers (I am grateful every day for this) and will probably be as excited to read Amy and Allison’s book as I am. Owen is still a wee thing and the tips in this book are fabulous. I can’t wait to start implementing the ideas with all three of our kids!

    Of course you know I love giveaways! So, let’s give away a copy of Amy and Allison’s book! To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment telling us your most favorite children’s book. That’s it! Comments must be posted by Midnight PT 11/13/15 and prize must be shipped within the U.S.

    Congratulations to Amy and Allison for a job very well done on their wonderful book! Here’s to happy readers!

    And, since it’s Friday, a few links to share!

    One last thing! Nate and I discovered Les Revenants (The Returned) on Netflix and it’s AWESOME. I’m always looking out for your TV watching. It’s because I care.

    Okay, so, be sure to leave a comment to enter the giveaway above! And, as always, feel free to share whatever you want for Show and Tell!

    I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, which means they send me cool stuff from time to time. For the record, I would be addicted to Netflix in spite of said cool stuff.


  8. Thursday, November 5

    Pumpkin Pancakes That are Easy and Delicious! (Using Bisquick)

    Back in the day I wanted to make pumpkin pancakes. I tried several homemade recipes and a few pumpkin pancake mixes. The results were never good. Either the pancakes came out slimy and gooey, or they were super flat. Then my daughter’s preschool made pumpkin pancakes that were fantastic. Good flavor and texture plus the recipe was EASY.

    Easy, Fluffy, Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes from @janemaynard (secret ingredient: Bisquick!)

    So, I posted the recipe. It was ages ago, and I’ve since decided that I need to do an update on that recipe. You see, the original version I posted uses Krusteaz buttermilk pancake mix. And while Bisquick mix worked pretty well for that recipe, those two pancakes mixes are actually pretty different, so it wasn’t ideal for Bisquick. I recently came up with a modified version using Bisquick and that is what I am sharing today!

    Easy, Fluffy, Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes from @janemaynard (secret ingredient: Bisquick!)

    Yep, both pumpkin pancake recipes use pancake mix. I am a “from scratch” pancake maker, but when it comes to pumpkin pancakes, pancake mix is where it’s at. The results are just so much better than every other way I’ve tried.

    Easy, Fluffy, Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes from @janemaynard (secret ingredient: Bisquick!)

    Now Bisquick lovers everywhere can make the famed preschool pumpkin pancakes, too. Equal opportunity pumpkin pancakes FTW!

    Easy, Fluffy, Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes from @janemaynard (secret ingredient: Bisquick!)Click here to get the recipe for the Pumpkin Maple Syrup pictured above.

    Pumpkin Pancakes
     
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    These pumpkin pancakes are fluffy, delicious and easy to throw together! Be sure to use Bisquick pancake mix. Click here for the Krusteaz version.
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups Bisquick pancake mix
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup pumpkin puree
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
    Instructions
    1. In a medium/large bowl, whisk all the ingredients until just blended (batter should have lumps).
    2. Spray heavy griddle or skillet with nonstick spray and heat griddle over medium heat. Spoon 2 tablespoon (I did ¼ cup) batter unto griddle to form each pancake. Cook until edges are drying and bubbles start to pop, turn and cook a few minutes longer.
    3. Serve with lots of butter and maple syrup!
    Notes
    This recipe makes enough for about 4 people.

     


  9. Pumpkin Maple Syrup. You’re Welcome.

    When I posted a recipe for pumpkin pancakes many years ago, one of my lovely readers Brittany commented and shared a recipe for pumpkin maple syrup. Several other people mentioned in the comments that they made the syrup and loved it. That syrup has been on my mind ever since and I finally gave it a try last week!

    Pumpkin Maple Syrup Recipe from @janemaynardPumpkin Maple Syrup Recipe from @janemaynard

    Brittany’s version (click here and check out comment #3) is more pumpkiny and a little thicker, mine is more mapley and a little thinner (although still thicker than straight-up maple syrup). I served pumpkin maple syrup atop pumpkin pancakes, which was delicious! But I think this syrup would be equally as good (if not better!) served with regular pancakes. It is SCRUMPTIOUS STUFF, this syrup. Mmmmmmmm…

    Pumpkin Maple Syrup Recipe from @janemaynardPumpkin Maple Syrup Recipe from @janemaynard

    Pumpkin Maple Syrup
     
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    Ingredients
    • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
    • ½ cup pumpkin puree
    • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
    Instructions
    1. Simply whisk all the ingredients together!
    2. Serve with pancakes, waffles or whatever your pumpkin-loving heart wants!

    This is what your plate will look like when you get pumpkin maple syrup involved…empty!

    Pumpkin Maple Syrup Recipe from @janemaynard


  10. Wednesday, November 4

    Introducing the This Week for Dinner Podcast!

    I have been furiously working on my new podcast, so much so that I’ve started using the word podcast when trying to say other words, like toothbrush, for example. It kind of feels like Finals Week in college. And, I’m happy to report…finals are OVER! The podcast is here!

    Welcome to the This Week for Dinner Podcast from @janemaynard

    Today I have the introductory welcome episode for you! Be sure to take a listen with the media player below! In today’s episode I simply introduce the podcast and let you know what it’s all about. Starting with Episode 2, I will be interviewing amazing people of all kinds, from writers to celebs to chefs and more, asking them to share their favorite recipe and kitchen tip. I’ve done quite a few interviews at this point and, I’ve gotta tell you, they are fantastic. Every time I get off a call with a guest, I feel excited and happy and pumped about this whole podcast craziness all over again. I cannot even tell you how much I am loving this new adventure and I’m so happy I can finally share the journey with you!

    Next week will be the This Week for Dinner Podcast Blitz! During blitz week I will publish a new episode each day. After the blitz is over, the podcast will then be published weekly on Mondays. You’ll be able to subscribe on iTunes and Google Play and all of that. I will also publish a post right here on the blog for each episode. You’ll be able to stream the episodes in the blog post (see below!) as well as access the show notes for that episode.

    Without further ado, Episode 1 of the This Week for Dinner Podcast!

    It’s easy to listen to the show!

    • Via the web: Just click play below!
    • Via an app: For iPhone and iPad, subscribe to the This Week for Dinner Podcast on iTunes and listen to it through the purple Podcasts app. For Android devices, use the Stitcher, Podcast Addict or Pocket Casts apps. In all cases, launch the app, then search for This Week for Dinner Podcast. The benefit of using an app: once downloaded, you can listen to the show without an Internet connection.

    Other Stuff!