Marshmallow Rice Krispies Fruity Treats

During the Spring it’s fun to spice up recipes by making them colorful.  One of my favorite treats is a spinoff of the original marshmallow treats.  The bright colors make them so bright and edible.   The recipe is very easy to make and takes about five minutes to prepare.  It is a great way to quickly make a treat for the special occasion or for the special last minute celebration.  Whip them up and viola! you have an instant party.   Just make sure you have another person in the room to ensure you don’t eat them all by yourself.   They really are that good.

 

Marshmallow Fruity Rice Krispies

 

Ingredients

3 teaspoons of butter

1 package (10 oz) of marshmallows

3 cups rice krispies

3 cups fruity pebbles

 

Preparation

1. Add butter to saucepan and melt over low heat.  Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

2. Add rice krispies and stir.  Add fruity pebbles and stir until well coated.   My recipe uses 2 cups of fruity pebbles and 4 cups of rice krispies.  However, you can modify the recipe to suit your needs and tastebuds.

3.  Using a buttered spatula, spread mix over a 13x9x2 pan or waxed paper and spread evenly.

4. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour or until cool.  Cut into 1 1/2 squares. Best if served same day.  Prepares 20 squares.

 

Buen Provecho!

Eva-TFL

 

World Health Day 2015 | From Farm To Table, Keep Food Safe

The World Health Organization observed World Health Day to educate people globally about the importance of Food Safety with their, “From Farm To Table, Keep Food Safe” slogan.

What do the words, “From Farm To Table” mean to you? In my local neighborhood it means I can buy locally grown fresh organic produce free from microbes, viruses and chemicals while supporting economic growth of my community. It means I can be worry free about the way the food is handled, cleaned and stored.

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However, with globalization it also means that not all the food we purchase and eat is locally grown. It also means that if food handlers in developed and developing countries don’t take precautions with food safety we may come into contact with unsafe food. Everyone deserves safe food that is free of viruses and microbes.

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5 Things To Know About Food Safety

  1. More than 200 diseases are spread through food. Millions of people fall ill annually as a result of eating unsafe food. Diarrhoeal diseases alone kills an estimated 1.5 million children annually, and most of these illnesses are attributed to contaminated food or drinking water. Proper food preparation can prevent most foodborne diseases.
  2. Contaminated food can cause long term health problems, including cancer and neurological disorders.
  3. Foodborne disease affects the most vulnerable people, specifically the poor, children, pregnant women and the sick. Foodborne disease may be fatal.
  4. Food contamination affects society as a whole.
  5. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility. Women groups, educators, public health officials, government officials and everyone in between is responsible for ensuring our food is safe.

World Health 2015 Resources

Visit World Health Day 2015 through out the year to obtain a preliminary report on global food safety across the entire food chain supply, learn more about the challenges of unsafe food and opportunities to do our part to ensure we have safe food globally. Also review the documents Protecting Yourself from Food Poisoning and Foodborne Outbreak Tracking And Reporting for additional details on keeping food safe. You can also follow #WorldHealth2015 hashtag online to follow the conversation via social media.

Let’s do our part to support global food safety and our children’s future by educating ourselves and spreading these resources.

Eva-TFL

 

 

 

Things To Do On Valentines Day Weekend

Are you getting ready to plan your Valentines Day?  One of the things we love about Southern California is the restaurants.  We couldn’t suggest a better location for your special day with your loved one.   Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year which gives you several options from planning a romantic evening to a weekend getaway!

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Here are our picks for the Best Valentines Day Restaurants in Southern California

Top Picks

Sea Legs Wine Bar is the hippest place in OC.  Great ambiance and menu.  Try the Valentine’s dinner for two or visit for a couple’s brunch on Saturday or Sunday.  We absolutely love this place!

Ponte Winery is accepting walk-ins from 11am-8pm. Come early. There will be a wait.

Valle d Brume is a small, family owned French dining spot and bakery.  They have a couple of openings for dinner tonight.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House has a steak dinner for $48.95

PF Changs has a Hot & Spicy three-couse dinner for two for $45

Tresinos –  Truly the best Italian Dining experience in Inland Empire.  The restaurant is family owned.  The food is fresh and all ingredients are homemade.  The owners also make their own pasta. ($5-$20)

E.A.T Marketplace – An organically inspired menu will be prepared between 6-10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Budget Friendly Suggestions

California Pizza Kitchen has a Buy a Dinner for 2 for $32

Coco’s restaurant has a Steak and Lobster for $15.99

Crepes de Paris – Nestled within the Victoria Gardens Mall is  a quaint and esquisite restaurant.  Crepes de Paris serves delicious french crepes.   They also have sandwiches and salads for a perfect dinner, lunch or dinner on Valentine’s Day.  We adore the French music they play and the decor.  It’s so romantic! (Cost $8 – $15)

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Red Chile Chicken Pozole Recipe | Pozole De Pollo Con Chile Rojo

Pozole is a traditional Mexican dish made with hominy, meat, chile sauce and garnish.  The soup has a historical background as well.  During the Aztec periods, maize was very sacred and only eaten as part of a community ritual.  The dish was also mentioned in historical Spaniards books.  The recipe has changes significantly, especially the meat used, but hominy remains the main ingredient of the dish.  

Today pozole is served in all restaurants in Mexico with pork as the staple meat.  In the US the soup is only served during the Christmas, New Years, Three Kings Day and weekends.   It is a time consuming recipe, but certainly worth the time.  Most traditional recipes make the recipe with pork or beef.  However, I prefer to make my recipe with chicken as a healthier alternative.  The soup is also served with cabbage, red radishes, oregano, onions and lime.

We recently celebrated several milestones in our family: An engagement, Three Masters completions, Attendance to a UC, Attendance to USC, Attendance to Graduate school and most of all the blessing of being surrounded by family to celebrate it all.   It was a great and memorable celebration to look back at the previous year and look forward to the opportunities the new year has to offer.

The next time you want to celebrate a major milestone in your life consider making Red Chicken Pozole.

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Red Chicken Pozole Recipe

Ingredients

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Pozole Ingredients
12 pieces of chicken legs & thighs
1/2 onion
3 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons salt
105 oz can of Hominy

Garnish Ingredients
6 limes
2 bunches of cilantro
3 bunches of red radishes
1 chopped red onion
1/4 thinly sliced cabbage
2 tsp oregano

 

Chicken_Pozole

 

Preparation

1. Place Chicken in large pot. Add garlic cloves, onion, salt and 18 cups of water.
2. Bring water to a boil for about 30 minutes or until chicken is tender.  Keep chicken fat in the pot to add flavor.
3. Add red chile sauce to pot and bring to a boil.
4. Add hominy and bring to a boil.
5. Serve pozole in a bowl with tortillas and your preferred garnish.  Serve with love.

 

Buen Provecho!

Eva-TFL

 

 

 

 

Authentic Mexican Red Chile Sauce Recipe

Red Chile sauce is a time consuming recipe, but once you master the recipe you can use it  just about anything you want to add red chile sauce to. I use red chile sauce to make enchiladas, chile con carne, tamales, Pozole, menudo and chilaquiles.  After you learn to make an Authentic Mexican Red Chile Sauce you will never buy the red sauce in the can again. The best part about this recipe is the freshness, savory flavor and homemade touch.

Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 bag dried ancho chiles (10-12 chile pods)
1/2 bag guajillo chiles (10-12 chile pods
1 garlic clove
1 cup water

Preparation:

1. Rinse and remove seed & veins from chiles. Keep seeds & veins for extra spicy salsa.

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2. Add chiles to hot water

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3. Bring to boil for 20min until they change color. Let cool slightly.

4. Purée chiles in blender with water.

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5. Use colander to separate pulp from the skin. Depending on size of colander you may need to do this a couple times.

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Buen Provecho!

Eva-TFL

Sweet Pineapple Tamales | Tamales De Dulce

We look forward to cooking tamales every year in our home. It’s a family tradition to gather around the table with all the prepared ingredients and assemble tamales.  Everyone in our family participates in the tamale assembly, also known as a Tamalada.   Whether you are relative or neighbor just stopping by, you become a part of our family when we make tamales in our home.  It’s a way for us to check in with each other, talk about family memories during the year, act silly and make new memories. Our most popular family tamales are the Mexican Chicken-Pasilla Tamales, but our favorite dessert tamales are the sweet tamales made with crushed pineapples and sugar.  The sweet pineapple tamales also known as “Tamales de dulce” are also my husband’s favorite! You have to get your tamales as soon as they are done when we cook them.  Otherwise, they will be all gone. Sweet Pineapple Tamales | Tamales De Dulce   Sweet Pineapple Tamales Recipe  Ingredients:

  • 2 package corn husks
  • 5 lbs of prepared masa
  • 3 cans of crushed pineapples with pineapple juice
  • 2 cup of raisins
  • 2 cups white sugar

Method: Sweet Pineapple Tamales | Tamales De Dulce

  1. Remove debris from corn husks and soak in hot water for 1 hour.
  2. Mix 2 cans crushed pineapples, 1 1/2 can pineapple juice, 1 cup sugar, prepared masa by hand.  Make sure to taste the dough periodically as you mix the dough by hand.  You may need to add additional sugar to taste, as the sugar will lose some of the sweetness during steaming.
  3. To assemble tamales: Drain cornhusks, remove any red corn silk, and stack. Lay 1 cornhusk flat, smooth side up. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of masa mixture on the bottom half of the cornhusk and smooth with the back of a large soup spoon. Add 3-5 raisins in the middle.
  4. Locate the long side with a 2 inch space with no masa. Fold that over, slightly overlapping the other side so the edges of the dough meet. Wrap the extra husk around the back. Then fold the broad end over the top and then the longer narrow end over the broad end.
  5. Create strips of husk by cutting or tearing 1/4 inch lengths off of some of the smaller or unusable husks. Use these to tie across the middle of the tamales to hold the flaps down.
  6. Set tamales upright in a steamer. You can buy large steamers made just for this purpose. You may have something else you can use to create the same effect. The key is to have a small amount of boiling water on the bottom of the pot and a colander or mesh of some sort to keep the tamales away from the water.
  7. Let Simmer for about 60-90 minutes.
Serve warm & with love.
Buen Provecho!
Eva-TFL

Nescafé With Coffee-mate 2-in-1 Together Is Better #NescaféCoffeemate #Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Nescafe. However, all opinions are my own.

As a busy mom, wife and working professional, the Fall is one of my busiest time of year.  I’ve been looking for different ways to enjoy my morning coffee with a busy schedule and was recently introduced to the new 2-in-1 Nescafe with Coffee-mate.    The coffees are very creamy and full of flavor and can be made in less than 5 minutes. To make a delicious hot cup of French Vanilla latte, you simply add 2 tablespoons of Nescafe Coffee-mate 2-in-1 into a coffee mug with hot water and viola, instantly create a delicious homemade hot coffee.  It’s also very tasty over ice as an afternoon refreshment or in the evening with dessert.

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I’ve been enjoying my daily hot coffee in the morning for about 2 weeks as I get ready in the morning while listening to music, on my way to work and in between meetings.  I absolutely love that it is so easy to make and comes in so many great flavors. Nescafe currently comes in original coffee flavor, hazelnut and my favorite, french vanilla.

I finally decided to make my husband and daughter a cup this week and they also love it.  I feel like a Barista in my own home.  Nescafe with Cofee-mate is better together!

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate the new 2-in-1 Nescafe with Coffee-mate will be giving away a two week supply to one of my lucky readers. Follow the giveaway to win:

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Dulce de Leche Cream Custard Recipe

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Coffee-mate.  However, all opinions are my own.

One of my favorite recipes to make during the Fall  is Dulce de Leche Cream Custard.  I serve it as a light dessert  after a meal, as an afternoon with tea or as a delicacy with warm milk in the evening.     It brings welcoming  aromas of a bakery into our home and reminds me of  my mothers baking.  It is also the perfect multi-purpose recipe that can be used to make pastries.   It’s one of my go to recipes because the possibilities with Dulce de Leche Cream Custard are endless.

Coffee-mate recently introduced new flavors that capture the natural flavors of Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Abuelita and are a wonderful way to make traditional recipes with ease.   In addition to using it to add delicious flavors to my coffee, I also use it to make my favorite Holiday recipes.

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I used Coffee-mate’s Dulce de Leche creamer to make Cream Custard and it is amazing!   I have developed several recipes, but this by far is one of my favorites.   It’s is my favorite ingredient for mult-purpose recipes. To make sure I have enough for the entire family I made 3 batches of Dulce de Leche Cream Custard and stored a batch in a container for future use during the week.

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Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup Nestle La Lechera Dulce de Leche Coffee-mate
1 cup milk
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/4 cup cornstarch (maizena)
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions *

1. In saucepan stir in Coffee-mate La Lechera Dulce de Leche Creamer, milk and egg whites. Bring to boil over medium heat.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites and egg. Stir remaining sugar and cornstarch; then stir the mix into egg until smooth. When milk comes to boil, pour it into bowl while mixing. Return mixture to the saucepan and slowly boil, stir constantly to prevent so curdle or scorch on the bottom.

3. Remove from heat and pour into container(s). Refrigerate until chilled before using.

*To make the perfect custard you need to stir continuously.

Giveaway

To celebrate the special occassion, Cofee-mate has offerred to give one of my readers 2 coffee-mate full value vouchers, $25 VISA, Coffee-mate Coasters, Coffee sleeve and a beautiful custom-made mug from Crafty Chica!

The Giveaway prize is valued at $60.  You have the opportunity to win by participating in the giveaway below:

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Cooking With Chef Alejandra Schrader’s Seasoning Blends and Curried Cauliflower Recipe

I recently attended Chef Alejandra Schraders’s Seasoning Blends launch.  It was a gathering of fellow chefs and friends who support and enjoy Alejandra’s healthy cooking.  We tastes several meats, vegetables and small plates made with love and her delicious seasoning blends.  I really enjoyed the savory flavors of the Curried potatos, Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken and curried Cauliflower Alejandra made with her natural seasoning blends.  The Seasoning Blends contain non GMO organic spices and are made with high quality ingredients  in Los Angeles, California.  Alejandra was inspired to create the spices by her love of global cuisine, bold flavors and healthy cooking.

If you are looking for a healthy nonGMO alternative to generic spices you purchase in the stores consider buying Chef Alejandra’s Seasonings and enjoy the natural flavors of global cuisine with every dish.

To celebrate the special occasion, Chef Alejandra also shared her secret Curried Cauliflower recipe with me to share with my readers. Make sure to visit the store and Cook Global Eat At Home for more delicious recipes, including the Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken.  I’m looking forward to making healthy cuisine with Alejandra’s Seasoning Blends!

 

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Un abrazo with Chef Alejandra!

 

Chef Alejandra making Nothing but Love Tostadas!

 

 

We loved Chef Alejandra's Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken

 

Chef Alejandra's Signature Sachon Roasted Beef Sandwiches made with Love!

 

Thank you Chef Alejandra for a Superb meal!

 

Chef Alejandra’s Curried Cauliflower Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ½ medium brown onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp Alejandra’s Gingerlove Curry
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Black pepper

 

Preparation

 

Preheat oven at 425° F

Cut cauliflowers into florets. On a large, rimmed baking sheet plate cauliflower, onions, raisins, Gingerlove Curry, coconut oil. Toss to coat evenly; season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

 

Roast, tossing occasionally, for about 30 minutes until cauliflower is tender but still firm and edges are a bit crispy (you may leave for additional time to achieve desired level of doneness.)

 

Chef Alejandra’s Healthy Tip:

  • Get your cauliflower ON! This hearty vegetable is delicious and I’ve also learned that it provides a great deal of nutrition–from omega-3s and vitamin B to antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese. Oh, and It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and for helping with heart disease and cancer.
  • Spicy does not mean hot. Spices will help enhance the flavor of your food and will also provide plenty of good stuff like disease-fighting antioxidants. Spices can make cauliflower a rock star, infusing this mild dish with flavors that you will love!

 

 

¡Buen Provecho!

Celebrating 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event

Did you know that  nearly 90 percent of U.S.-grown fresh strawberries come from California, with more than 1.7 BILLION pounds being harvested annually – basically, if California were a country, it would be the world’s largest producer of strawberries!

I recently attended the 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event and learned about the process of growing, cooking and  celebrating life with strawberries.    We enjoyed over 30 different appetizers and entrees made with fresh California Strawberries and toured a California Strawberries farm.  All our strawberry inspired recipes can be easily made at home.

California Strawberries Beach Side

We started off the festivities with a beachside gathering with strawberry appetizers and main dishes.  We had grilled salmon with fresh strawberry mango salsa , strawberry salad with berry dressing, chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry shortcake.  Two of my favorites dishes were the strawberry gazpacho and strawberry mango salsa.  The gazpacho was light and delightfully sweet.  I also couldn’t resist getting second and third servings of the Mango Salsa with tortilla chips.

 

 

California Strawberries Farm Tour

The following day we headed out to a California Strawberries Farm for a hands on tour of a family owned and operated Strawberry Farm.   We walked through the strawberry fields, learned how to properly pick strawberries, touched and smelled the soil with our bare hands and ate fresh strawberries. We also learned about the hard work, discipline and dedication involved in farming Strawberries.

There are more than 400 strawberry farmers in California, many from multi-generational farming families who grow both conventional and organic strawberries. California grows more organic strawberries than any other place in the world.

Terry & Will Terry (L-R) - Father & Son - Terry Berries Strawberry Farmers

Our favorite multi-generational strawberry farm is Terry Berries Farm, the farm we toured.   Edgar Terry an Oxnard native and farmer was raised by a family that has farmed in Ventura, California since 1890. A fourth generation Californian, Edgar wanted to be a farmer since he was a child.   Edgar runs his family owned business, Terry Farms, Inc., alongside his wife of 29 years, Martha, who handles HR for the company. His son, William, handles the day-to-day farming activities, while his daughter manages employee compliance, hiring and food safety. Edgar’s brother runs the machine shop.  In addition to growing strawberries on 200 acres since 2002, Edgar grows a variety of crops, including celery, peppers, cilantro and spinach on about 2,000 acres of land.

 

California Strawberries Culinary Event

After our California Strawberries Farm tour we celebrated with more Strawberry inspired recipes.  Our specially prepared menu highlights the nutritional benefits and creatively prepared recipe ideas for  cooking with strawberries:

We enjoyed fresh herbs in farms cheese with stuffed strawberries rolled in pecan bacon.  Yes! Bacon.  These yummy appetizers were very savory.  The lacinto kale salad with strawberries, red grapes, spicy candied pecan & blue cheese was my favorite entree.

After enjoying the mountain views  for a couple minutes we enjoyed our next course, grilled chicken tacos with savory strawberry serrano, fire roasted corn, red onions, avocado salsa with ancho cheese.   We also savored a peanut butter, strawberry jam and bacon Kobe slider with waffle fries and strawberry ketchup.  The strawberry ketchup was delicious!

We ended our culinary experience with a strawberry shortcake popsicle and strawberries and ice cream.   It was truly one of the most amazing culinary experiences I have ever attended.  My palette is still dancing!

California Strawberries Nutritional FUN facts

  • Superfruit: 8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange. Low in sugar, with only about 50 calories, strawberries are a great source of fiber, folate and potassium.
  • Stay smart with strawberries: According to a recent study, eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years!
  • Good for your heart: Potassium found in strawberries can help control blood pressure and fight strokes. Plus, antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals in strawberries have been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels.

 

The next time you buy and eat strawberries, I hope you remember my California Strawberries tour and consider creating nutritional strawberry inspired recipes to celebrate life. Make sure to visit California Strawberries for strawberry recipe ideas & additional tips.

I’m very thankful to California Strawberries for the opportunity to tour a California Strawberries farm and the Terry Family for sharing their love and passion for farming strawberries.

 

 

Disclosure:  I was invited by California Strawberries to tour a California Strawberries Farm.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

Question:  What is your favorite strawberry inspired recipe?

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