Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with IMUSA and Goya (Giveaway ends 10/22/16)



Did you know that October is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Personally, I am not of Hispanic decent, nor is my husband, however we have several Hispanic relatives and many friends of Hispanic decent.

We enjoy Hispanic cooking, especially things like Chimichurri, Fajitas, Gazpacho, Tamales and Empanadas. In fact, our daughter learned to make Empanadas while in middle school and still makes them from time to time.

Admittedly I don’t normally cook Hispanic foods except fajitas, tacos, and occasionally I help my daughter make the empanadas.

Goya and IMUSA were kind enough to send me some wonderful products to help me try out a new recipe (or two) in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. I have several IMUSA products which I love and use often. I also use products made by Goya, so I am very familiar with the brand.

My kids LOVE Chickpeas. They have been snacking on them since they were in elementary school. The brand of Chickpeas I buy for my kids has always been Goya.

I have written about IMUSA products in the past. In case you are unfamiliar with the brand, IMUSA is a leading ethnic housewares brand with deep roots in Latin America and the United States, offering hundreds of affordable housewares products including gadgets, cookware, appliances, cleaning, food storage, espresso, and ethnic specialty items. If you do a search on my site for IMUSA you can see the posts I have written about their products.

IMUSA was kind enough to send me the following products to assist me in trying out some new recipes with a Hispanic flair.


The IMUSA Ceramic Caldero brings an eco-friendly and colorful twist on this staple cookware piece made for cooking a wide variety of dishes including rice and beans, braised meats, stews and soups. Coated with a nonstick ceramic glaze, the IMUSA Ceramic Caldero provides a non-toxic cooking experience free of chemicals, including PFOA, PTFE and cadmium. It is available in two sizes (24 cm and 30cm) and with two different types of lids (glass or silicone rimmed).

I love this “pot/pan” (for lack of a better description). I have used it many times since I’ve received it. It’s great for cooking a variety of meals. It’s a beautiful piece of cookware. I love the red and white coloring. It’s not often you find non-stick cookware with a clean, white surface.

The only thing I am not fond of is that there is nothing coating the handles. If you use this pan you’ll need to wear oven mitts if you need to pick it up.


The IMUSA Bamboo Spider Skimmer is perfect to use when frying due to the stay-cool bamboo handle. This tool is perfect for lifting dumplings, wontons, and tempura from your wok! The unique design drains liquid quickly from your food after frying for better cooking results.

This is a very unique piece of kitchen equipment. I like that is resembles a spider web (it’s very fitting for Halloween). I have used this a few times to remove things from liquid, such as chicken, noodles and vegetables from homemade chicken noodle soup.


The IMUSA Bamboo Mortar & Pestle is perfect for crushing fresh herbs and spices. Cooking with fresh herbs provides a much richer flavor when compared to dried herbs.

I haven’t really used this as of yet, but my husband did use it to crush up our cat’s pills. LOL! I guess it can be used for that reason too, but the REAL way to use this is with herbs. I was going to try and use this to mash up garlic to make a garlic paste.


The IMUSA Tostonera is made from bamboo, ideal for making perfectly pressed tostones (or ‘patacones’) with just the right thickness and shape.  The tostonera is an essential tool in the Latin kitchen.  Tostones are crispy fried plantains, very popular in Hispanic cuisine as side dishes and appetizers.  The IMUSA tostonera easily flattens sliced plantains and prepares them to be fried.

I haven’t tried this as of yet. It’s not a piece of equipment that I would normally have a need for in my kitchen. I’m sure I can find some purpose for it.


The IMUSA Lemon & Lime Squeezer is a handy tool that makes extracting citrus juice a breeze.  Simply press down to squeeze and extract juice while pulps and seeds are being separated. The stylish hand-held press has an ergonomic design for comfort, and the yellow or green exterior finishes add just the right amount of color to the bar or kitchen.  The squeezer juices lemon or limes quickly, with no mess.

I have one of these and they work GREAT! It makes getting the juice out of lemons and limes so much easier (and less messy) than trying to squeeze the juice out by hand. I use this to put juice on seafood and fish as well as with recipes that require fresh lemon juice.


The IMUSA bean and potato masher with wood handle is a great addition to your kitchen tool set. Whether you like ‘whipped’ or ‘mashed’ potato you can create just the perfect texture with this tool. The small holes allows you to quickly mash without leaving any lumps. Simply put some elbow grease and mash away!

I love this! I love to make homemade mashed potatoes, but I never picked up a masher. This is my first potato masher. I’ve only used it once so far but I know I’ll be making A LOT of mashed potatoes for the upcoming holidays. This is really easy to use and it reminds me of one my mom used to have.


Easily tear into tins with this can opener by IMUSA. With ergonomic nylon handles and a stainless steel blade, this durable can opener is made to last.

Every home MUST have a non-electric can opener. This is great to have in case of emergencies and/or power outages. It’s easy to use.

In addition to the great IMUSA products, I also received some Goya products to try out and/or use in whatever recipe/recipes I wanted to create for Hispanic Heritage Month.


Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages and distributes over 2,200 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table.

I haven’t really cooked Quinoa yet, but I hear it’s very good for you.

The can of Chickpeas is the very same one I purchase for my kids often.

I want to try the Coconut Milk. I didn’t come up with a recipe I wanted to try with it (yet) but I am looking forward to it.

Other products I received from Goya include Olive Oil, Tomato Sauce, Black Beans and Olives.

I did a search to find a recipe I knew my family would enjoy to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The recipe I created actually came from the Goya website. Chick Pea and Chorizo Soup with White Rice, however I “tweaked” the recipe a bit taking my family’s preferences in mind.

Here is the recipe from the Goya website.


Chick Pea and Chorizo Soup with White Rice


2 tbsp. GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 package (7 oz.) or 4 GOYA® Chorizos, cut into ¼-inch slices

1 can (8 oz.) GOYA® Low Sodium Tomato Sauce

1 small Onion minced

1 packet GOYA® Sazon without Annatto

2 cans (15.5 oz. each) GOYA® Low Sodium Chick Peas, drained and rinsed

2 ½ cups water

1 packet GOYA® Powdered Chicken Bouillon

1 tsp. GOYA® Adobo Light with Pepper or to taste

2 cups of Canilla Rice Extra Long Grain


I used the IMUSA Bamboo Spider Skimmer to stir the soup and take out “samples” to see how it was cooking.


1. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, Chorizo, Tomato Sauce and Sazón and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
2. Add Chick Peas, water and Bouillon and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until it reaches desired consistency. Season with Adobo.
3. To cook the Rice, follow the direction on bag.

Instead of Chorizos I used roasted chicken. I couldn’t find Choirzos in the store, and I know how much my family loves chicken, so I swapped out the Chorizos for a cup of shredded roasted chicken.

I used freeze dried garlic instead of fresh garlic (only because I forgot to pick garlic up when I went food shopping) and I used long grain wild rice.

The recipe didn’t recommend what to do with the rice, so I just put the rice into the soup. In hinesight that wasn’t a good idea. I should have spooned in the rice when serving it to my family. Putting the rice in with the soup made the left over soup dry because the rice absorbed all the water. To remedy that I just added a little water to the soup when I was reheating it.

The recipe turned out GREAT! Even my husband, who is a picky eater and not a fan of chickpeas, enjoyed it. My faily loved it so much that they want me to make it again.


This photo is a little "foggy" from the steam coming from the soup.

This photo is a little “foggy” from the steam coming from the soup.

This is a great soup to make for a chilly winter night. It’s also very filling. Pair this with a side salad and you have a great family meal.

It was also quick and easy to make. I had it on the table in about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Since I have a lot of the ingredients stocked in my pantry (rice, chickpeas, bouillon, garlic…), I could whip this up any day of the week.

For more recipes like this visit the Goya website, Goya.com. There you can find a great variety of recipes as well as product information and money saving offers. Links to the brand’s social media sites can also be found on the website (look at the top right corner).

For information about IMUSA please visit IMUSAUSA.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are also found on their website.



IMUSA and GOYA would like to give a lucky reader an IMUSA Cloth Tortilla Warmer (serve up warm bread, pita, naan, arepas, and more in these warmers) and a copy of Goya’s Cookbook, which features 30 healthy MyPlate Latin recipes for every celebration (you can also download a free .pdf copy of the book here).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 22, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received free products to review, as well as for my recipe creation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest (giveaway ends 7/26/16)



Do you consider yourself a sandwich person? Do you crave a good old PJ&J? Does the idea of a grilled cheese sandwich make your mouth water? Or are you a fan of the classic BLT?

Personally I love the classic ham and Swiss on rye, with lettuce, onions, mayo and just a little bit of mustard. Mmm… yummy!

I’m also a big fan of scrambled egg sandwiches (scrambled eggs sandwiched in between two pieces of toast).

Our favorite sandwiches are made out of ingredients that we love, but let’s face it, the key to any great sandwich is the bread. You need the perfect bread to build your favorite sandwich.

Are you familiar with Arnold® Breads? The brand also goes by the names Brownberry and Oroweat in different parts of the country. Where I live (New York) we know it as Arnold® Bread. For the sake of this post I will refer to the brand as that, but please note the different brand names.


Arnold® Bread makes a line of premium bread products that include such varieties as 17 Grains & Seeds, Flax & Sesame Seeds, Nuts & Seeds, Oatnut, Double Fiber and Sourdough, to name a few (not all varieties are carried in all stores).

Here is some additional information about Arnold® Bread products.

All of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls contain/are:

  • 2 to 5 grams of fiber per slice or thin
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • A cholesterol free food

The Arnold® bread varieties contain/are:

  • Made with 100% whole grains
  • Good source of fiber
  • 80 calories per serving
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Heart healthy*
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat

Health authorities recommend munching on 25-38 grams of fiber[1] and 48 grams of whole grains per day[2], much of which may come from whole grain products like Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads or Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties.

If you’re not sure of how  many grams of whole grains you are getting, look for the Whole Grain Stamp found on all of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold®  Sandwich Thins® Rolls.

* Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and as low as possible in trans fat, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.


[2] http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grain-stamp 

Arnold® Bread is hosting a contest that readers might be interested in. They want to hear about what healthful ingredients their fans use to make the perfect sandwich with their delicious, made with whole grain bread, so Arnold® Bread is hosting the“2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest.


To enter, fans can submit their sandwich recipes to AmericasBetterSandwich.com for a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000!!! Talk about a lot of “dough,” LOL!

Winners in each of the five categories with the highest overall scores will receive $5,000 – so you have more than one chance to win. The five categories are:

“Open-Faced Artistry” (sandwiches are works of art for the world to see, and these snacks and meals should announce their nutritious ingredients—like bright beets or tasty tuna— sans second slice);

“Breakfast in Bread” (these sandwiches, featuring nutrient rich breakfast favorites like eggs and yogurt, invoke images of cozy mornings in bed or boisterous brunches with friends);

“Creative Classics” (nutritious spins on sandwich creations that have stood the test of time, such as grandma’s club sandwich, BLT or other old-time favorites);

“Fueling Good” (these sandwiches should incorporate ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron)

“State Favorites” (whether it’s a well-known sandwich in the state you reside, or a must-have local dish that can transition into a sandwich, celebrate your state pride by re-creating these state favorites with better-for-you ingredients)

In addition, Arnold® Bread  will donate one (1) loaf of bread to Feeding America for each entry and or vote submitted, with a minimum of 75,000 and up to 100,000 loaves donated. That is AWESOME!!! I am thrilled to hear that the brand is giving back to the community as part of this fun contest.

Entries will be accepted up until August 21, 2016. Online consumer voting will take place from September 26, – October 23, 2016. The winners will be announced on National Sandwich Day (November 3, 2016).

I used some Arnold® Bread recently to make an amazing sandwich. My original intent was to use Arnold® Bread sandwich thins, but they ended up being too small for what I wanted to do. I had to swap out the Arnold® Bread Sandwich Thins for Arnold® Bread Country White Bread (it was the only other bread we had on hand – any Arnold® Bread would work with this recipe).

This is NOT my recipe. I have seen something similar to it on the Internet (I honestly don’t know where I saw it). This is my version of the sandwich (the recipe I saw used different cheese, fresh bacon and used the bacon grease to brown the bread in).

I don’t have a name for this recipe, but here are the ingredients and how I put it together.

Sandwich Ingredients


  • Arnold® Bread of your choice (one that has normal sized slices is best)
  • A few slices of Cheddar Cheese, Munster Cheese OR your favorite cheeses
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Pickles (long sliced ones work best)
  • Mayonnaise


  1. Spread the mayonnaise on one side of a slice of bread and lay it in a frying pan.
  2. Add a slice or two of one type of cheese on top of the bread.
  3. Add a slice or two of pickle on top of the cheese.
  4. Next, add another slice or two of a different cheese (if you prefer). Top that with a slice or two of bacon.
  5. Finish it off with another slice or two of cheese (if you want).
  6. Finally, top the sandwich with another slice of bread that has mayonnaise spread on the outside of the slice.
  7. Cook a few minutes on medium heat the flip over for another few minutes. It will be done when the bread is crispy and golden brown and the cheeses have melted.









I know this is not the healthiest sandwich, but it was something I was wanting to try for a long time now. It turned out amazing too!

You could substitute things like turkey bacon (or no bacon), low fat cheeses, low fat mayonnaise, butter instead of mayo, less cheese and so forth. You could also use turkey slices instead of bacon. If you think about it there are a lot of ways you can make this sandwich a bit better for you.

I do eat healthy sandwiches – this was just something I really wanted to try.

A great healthy option is Arnold® Bread (such as whole wheat) with a little peanut butter and slices of Granny Smith apples. Mmm! You should try it. It’s really good!

Overall I am glad that I finally made this sandwich. I plan on making it again but I’ll mix up the ingredients a bit (I’d omit the bacon and maybe use a slice of ham).

This sandwich was so yummy!




What do you think about this sandwich? Is it something you would like to try? What Arnold® Bread would you use to make it with? How would you make it differently?

For more information about Arnold® Bread, visit ArnoldBread.com. There you can learn about all of their products, check out some delicious recipes, nutrition tips, promotions and more. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom right of their home page.

Don’t forget! Enter the AmericasBetterSandwich.com recipe contest for your chance of winning the grand prize of $25,000 or one of the category prizes of $5,000. Remember, entering and voting will also result in donations to Feeding America.


To help you to create your perfect sandwich, Arnold® Bread would like to give a lucky reader the following prize package; 

  • Six coupons, each valid for $5.00 off the purchase of any Arnold®  Whole Grain Sliced Bread of choice
  • Six coupons, each valid for $4.00 off the purchase of any Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls of choice
  • $25 Visa gift card to use towards ingredients for their favorite sandwiches

Thank you Arnold® Bread!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 26, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about YOUR perfect sandwich. What kind of bread would you use? What would be the fillings in your sandwich? What condiments would you use?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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*A gift card, coupons and information were provided by Arnold® Bread. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Make delicious coffee (hot/cold) and recipes with Bizzy Coffee



Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE coffee. I wouldn’t say I’m addicted to it (I can go days without it if need be), but I do enjoy a fresh cup of coffee.

The caffeine in coffee doesn’t bother me. I can have coffee right before bedtime and fall asleep with no problem.

I find coffee very relaxing and comforting – the same way some people feel about a cup of tea.

I wouldn’t consider myself a “coffee snob.” I am open to all different types of coffee. I’m just not a big fan of flavored coffee. If I want blueberries I rather have the real thing and not drink blueberries mixed in my coffee. Blah!

I while ago I was asked to review Bizzy Coffee. Bizzy Coffee is unlike any coffee I have ever tried before.

Bizzy Coffee is a coffee concentrate. It contains no sugar, no calories and it’s 100% organic. It comes in bottles containing six servings (1/3 of a cup each). Of course, you can use as much or as little as you want to suit your preferences.

Bizzy Coffee is made from cold brewed coffee which results in a richer flavor and 3x’s more caffeine than traditional coffee. That’s great for people who need a cup of coffee in the morning just to function. LOL!

Coffee mug

Cold brewing also makes the coffee less acidic, which is something I appreciate. Sometimes coffee leaves a burning sensation in my stomach and I have to eat something to make it go away.

Using Bizzy Coffee is super easy. Simply add one part Bizzy Coffee (1/3rd of a cup) to two parts water. That’s it! That is all you have to do. You can have a fresh, hot, delicious cup of coffee in a matter of minutes. There is no need to wait for your brewer to warm up and your coffee to brew.

You can also make ice coffee just as easy (1 part Bizzy Coffee, 2 parts cold water – add ice).

I’ve tried Bizzy Coffee both ways. As a die-hard coffee fan I can tell you that I am very impressed. Bizzy Coffee is very flavorful and tastes freshly brewed. It reminds me of coffee shop coffee and not the bland stuff that I make at home.

Bizzy Coffee Bottle

For years I’ve tried to make ice coffee at home using coffee I made in my brewer. It simply does not taste anything near as good as the ice coffee I get from my favorite coffee shop. With Bizzy Coffee I was able to create a delicious cup of ice coffee. Now I can save myself time and money because I can make a tasty cup of ice coffee at home and not have to go out to the coffee shop.

Bizzy Coffee can be used in your favorite recipes too – from smoothies to brownies, and more! There is even a recipe section on the Bizzy Coffee website. You can check out the recipes here.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy Bizzy Coffee is to make coffee flavored ice cream.

I “could” make ice cream from scratch, but who has time for that? Instead, this is how I make it (and it’s OH SO GOOD!).

Bizzy Coffee Recipe


  • 2-3 heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream (or our favorite ice cream)
  • 1/3 a cup of Bizzy Coffee
  • Toppings – optional


  1. Put a metal bowl in the freezer for at least an hour to make it really cold.
  2. Remove the bowl from the freezer and put 2-3 heaping scoop of ice cream into it.
  3. Pour in the Bizzy Coffee (you can use more or less depending on your preference)
  4. Mix everything together quickly. Once well mixed pop the bowl back into the freezer for an hour.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

You can try this with chocolate ice cream, butter pecan or just about any flavor that you would like to add a coffee flavor to.

Consider toppings like chocolate espresso beans or chocolate chips.

Mixed with ice cream Bizzy Coffee tastes AMAZING! I’m thinking of how I can make a shake out of this as well. That would be totally delicious!

You should really check out the recipe section on the Bizzy Coffee website. There you’ll find recipes for Mocha Morning Muffins, Mocha Mint Bizzy Martini, Hot Coffee Chocolate, Cofffee Overnight Oats and Irish Coffee to name a few.

Bizzy Coffee is sold only on the Bizzy Coffee website. You can purchase a sample, 4-pack, 12-pack or even a gift pack for a coffee loving friend.

For more information visit BizzyCoffee.com. Be sure to check them out on social media too. All of the links are found on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about Bizzy Coffee? Does it sound like something you would enjoy?

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*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Happy National Egg Day!



Did you know that today, June 3, 2016, is National Egg Day?

Are you a fan of eggs? If so, what is your favorite way to enjoy them?

My family uses a lot of eggs during the week, for meals as well as in recipes.

One of my family’s favorite dinners is pepper and eggs on a hard  roll. I simply cut up some green peppers, sautee them in a pan until they are just about to get soft, then mix in some eggs (pre-mixed with a little milk or water). I move the egg and pepper mixture around until its fully cooked (scrambled eggs). We spoon some of the mixture on hard rolls (or hamburger rolls) and enjoy.

Mmm… I’m craving that right now!

In honor of National Egg Day I made one of my all time favorite egg dishes. My mom used to make it for me when I was younger. She referred to it as an “egg in a basket.” I’m sure it goes by other names too.


Here is my recipe.


  • Egg
  • Slice of bread
  • Butter


  1. Butter both sides of the bread.
  2. Using a small glass (like a juice glass) make a hole in the center of the bread and remove the piece you cut out.
  3. Place the bread in a non-stick pan like the 10″ Calphalon Classic Nonstick Fry Pan that I used.
  4. Crack ope the egg and carefully pour it into the hole in the middle of the bread.
  5. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat until you see the egg white start to turn white.
  6. Using a spatula carefully flip the bread/egg over and then cook it for a minute or two longer (you want the inside to still be liquid).
  7. Remove from the pan and place on a plate and enjoy! If done correctly the inside of the egg will still be liquid (like a soft boiled egg). You can use the bread to soak up the liquid as you eat it.
  8. As a bonus you can also cook the circle you cut out from the bread for an added treat.

Buttered Bread




Egg 1

Egg 2

Egg 3

Egg in a basket

This is SO GOOD! I make this often for me and my family. It’s so easy to make too.

Another great egg dish is a breakfast sandwich. You just need a small pan (Calphalon’s 8″ Nonstick Fry Pan is a great choice), an egg, cheese and a toasted English Muffin. Simply fry an egg (crack it open in the pan, cook a few minutes until the egg whites turn white, flip it for another minute or two – you want the middle to be liquid). Put it on a toasted English Muffin, top it with cheese and enjoy. Of course you can add other toppings too (bacon, ham, mushrooms…).

Fried Egg


Egg Sandwich


Calphalon was kind enough to send me new fry pans to whip up my egg recipes with. I received a 10″ and 8″ pan. The smaller pan is ideal for making a single fried egg. It’s the perfect size for it. It’s also ideal for an individual omelet or scrambled eggs for one.

The 10″ pan is a bit more generous in size. You could easily fit a few fried egg in it, or two “Eggs in a Basket.” You could also use it to make an omelet or scrambled eggs for two people. It can also be used for another breakfast favorite of ours – pancakes!

I love the way these pans look. They have really nice handles. I also appreciate the tall sides.

The best part is that these pans are non-stick. For me, having non-stick pans are a must. I don’t want to have to add butter or oil to my recipes just to make them not stick to the pan. I’m also not a fan of non-stick sprays (I try to limit the amount of spray products in my home due to our asthmatic cat and because it’s harmful to the environment).

I have other non-stick pans which are not 100% non-stick. So far I have not had an issue with the Calphalon pans and sticking. So far they are the best non-stick pans I own.


Clean up is a breeze.

I also appreciate that these pans are lightweight. I suffer from Carpal Tunnel and sometimes my right wrist hurts (I’m right handed). These pans are light enough that I shouldn’t have a problem using them when my Carpal kicks in.

If you are interested in learning more about these specific pans visit Calphalon Classic 2-piece fry pan set on the Calphalon website. You can also go to Calphalon.com to learn about other products they offer.

The pans retail for $39.99.

You can also find the Calphalon brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What is YOUR favorite egg recipe? Did you have a egg today in honor of National Egg Day?

Are you familiar with Calphalon products? If so, what is your overall opinion about them? I always love to hear from readers.



*I received a free pan set to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.


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5 Ways to Get Fancy with Avocados at Your Next Dinner Party



Are you a fan of avocados? Up until recently I really didn’t care much for them. After making homemade guacamole I have been learning to like the unusual green fruit (it really is a fruit, not a vegetable).

You can find the super easy to make guacamole recipe that I made for Cinco de Mayo here – Spice Up Cinco de Mayo with freshly made guacamole.

My kids like avocados. They like to smear mashed avocado on their toast or crackers.

Avocados are great year round, but the prime Peruvian Avocado season is June through September (Avocados from Peru are often considered the world’s standard), which is the time of year that people often host backyard barbecude and dinner parties for family and friends.

Did you know you can “dress up” an avocado to make them look really fancy?

Avocados from Peru are a great way to add flavor and flair without adding cost or hours of prep. So no need to break into the chardonnay just yet, because here are a few tips on how to add a dash of fancy to your next dinner party without breaking the bank:


Marbling Madness: When an avocado is mashed into a slab and frozen, it adds a whole new level of classiness to any dish. The bright yellows and greens of an avocado look brilliant as a backdrop to tasty grilled fish, plus your creativity will shine through by cutting the marbled block into geometric shapes! Careful, though–Avocados have high fat content, so they won’t stay frozen for long.

Avocado Ribbons: Anybody can cut an avocado into slices, but have you ever tried shaving an avocado? All you need is a y-shaped peeler and a steady hand to create beautiful ribbons and curls of avocado—perfect for adorning salads, pasta, and pizzas. You could even make a deconstructed guacamole if you want to go the modernist route. http://bit.ly/1X5yAH2

Grilled Deliciousness:Who doesn’t love seared grill marks on their meals? Scoop out the avocado flesh and throw it on the grill for a few minutes. This unique take on barbeque will spice up the average burger plus give the avocado an extra boost of flavor.


Living Centerpiece:Using a special avocado sprouter (yay Pinterest!), take advantage of every aspect of the avocado by submerging the pit in water. In just a few short weeks, you’ll have a beautiful blossoming centerpiece that will last until it outgrows your table and be the center of attention! http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/08/14/simple-home-horticulture/.

Avocado Daiquiri: You can drink your avocados too! Try this recipe for avocado daiquiris–it’s quick, easy, and the addition of chilled creamy avocado will make a great impression. If that doesn’t work, you can always break out the Pisco!

What is YOUR favorite way to enjoy an avocado?



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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Summer time cocktails



Memorial Weekend is THIS coming weekend. What are your holiday plans?

My birthday is this weekend, as is my daughter’s. We’ll be heading upstate to my father’s house to have a combined birthday party (pizza! cake!). Aside from that, we have nothing else planned.

Memorial Weekend is party time for many people across the country. It’s a great time to celebrate the unofficial start of the summer season with backyard barbecues, bonfires on the beach or sitting around a campfire.

If you are looking for some cocktails to try out this weekend, here are a few you might enjoy.

Freshly French HR

Freshley French

1 ½ oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance cognac
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
lemon slice for garnish

Add a lemon slices into a chilled glass and set aside.  Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into garnished glass and serve.

Summer breeze

Summer Breeze

1 ½ oz. DANZKA Cranraz Vodka
1 ½ oz. pineapple juice
3 oz. cranberry juice
pineapple slice for garnish

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into a highball glass and garnish with pineapple slice and serve. 

Barefoot in the Garden HR

Barefoot in the Garden

1 ½ oz. SIA Scotch Whisky
1 ½ oz. elderflower liquer
¾ oz. lemon juice
splash of club soda
Mint sprig for garnish

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add in Sia Scotch Whisky, elderflower liquer and lemon juice.  Shake and strain into a tin.  Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

Botanicals on the beach

Botanicals on the Beach

1 ½ oz. UNGAVA Gin
2 oz. coconut water
½ oz. soda
½ oz. simple syrup

In a shaker with ice add in all liquid ingredients except soda.  Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with soda.

Mint Mahem HR

Mint Mayhem

1 oz. LUCID Absinthe
1 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. lemon-lime soda
4-6 mint leaves
3 lime wheels

In a glass, muddle mint leaves and a lemon wheel.  Add ice, Lucid Absinthe, pineapple juice and top with lemon-lime soda.  Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

What is your favorite cocktail?

What are YOUR plans for the Memorial Day Weekend?



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