Cookerati – Food News June 18, 2013

June 19, 2013 | by Diana

Here are a few cool food news items for this week.  Some are repeats from my facebook page.  We’ve had a very busy week with a very ill dog this week, so I hope to have a little more time to find more new items for next week.

Enjoy!

Use the code FOOLPROOF when submitting recipes for this cookbook. We’ll keep an eye out for them!

 

 

Deb’s Tortellini Salad

June 18, 2013 | by Deb Ng

Everyone has a few tried and true favorite BBQ dishes they cook up for a party or bring to share. My tortellini salad is one of my Barbecue staples.

Before I share the recipe, I want to discuss pasta salad fails. These are, in my opinion, common pasta salad mistakes:

So, keeping this in mind, let’s move along to the recipe. Note that I don’t have amounts listed – that’s because it’s a matter of preference. Some folks like more veg and less tortellini and some want subtlety. In any event, it’s in the eye of the beholder.

Enjoy!

Deb’s Tortellini Salad
 
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A great change up on the pasta salad.
Author:
Recipe type: Pasta Salad
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • Tortellini – For this one I used a mushroom tortellini which added a whole other level of yumminess.
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado – Cubed
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Black Olives
  • Chopped garlic
  • Mozzarella – If you didn’t splurge for the premium mozzarella, then you may as well just use Velveeta. Fresh, homemade is the best.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta and toss with EVOO so it doesn’t stick together. Add the rest of the good stuff and salt and pepper to taste. Chill, baby, chill.
Notes
The pasta may absorb the oil before serving time, so you may want to add a bit more and give it a toss just before serving.

Will you be trying this recipe? Tell us what you think – especially let us know what kind of modifications you made.

 

Boozy Iced Teas

June 15, 2013 | by Diana

Ice tea is great for hanging out in summertime on the deck noshing on good food with friends and family.  If you add a little bit of booze to the iced tea, just a smidge it makes it the perfect gathering.

Here are some Iced Tea ideas from 3 Olives Vodka:

 

 

LA iced tea

LA Iced Tea

 

Tuaca tea

 

 

Tuaca Iced Tea

 

 

Tokyo Tea

 

Tokyo Iced Tea

 

 

*Photos and Cocktail Recipes provided by 3 Olives Vodka.

Cookerati Food News – June 11, 2013

June 12, 2013 | by Diana

FOOD & WINE® selected Wholesome Wave as its 2013 Grow for Good beneficiary and will direct campaign efforts towards its mission of empowering historically excluded urban and rural communities to make better food choices by increasing access to and affordability of fresh, locally grown food. Please help raise funds and awareness for the Wholesome Wave Foundation at the FOOD & WINE® online charity auction live from May 30-June 27 in conjunction with the
2013 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.gypsynester.com/elevated.htm

 

Small Bites: Garlic Scapes

June 5, 2013 | by Diana

Garlic scapes are in season.  What is a garlic scape- you ask?  Why it’s the shoot that the garlic plant sends up that will turn into flowers and then a seed pod with bulbettes.

Garlic Scapes - Bud End - Cookerati

 

 

Cutting the garlic scape off is supposed to help the garlic bulb to become larger because it’s not putting the energy into small bulbs.  It has a milder garlic flavor but can be used in place of garlic.  Some garlic scapes circle around while others just grow straight up.  The garlic scape should be cut off early while it is still soft because the stem becomes more fibrous and tougher as it gets older.

Garlic Scapes - Cookerati

Garlic scapes are great in any recipe that uses garlic, or green garlic.  It can be used in pesto – or just tossed with pasta.  Scapes can be used in dips, hummus, or aiolis, in soups or stews, and salads.

 

Try this recipe: Orzo, Asparagus and Garlic Scapes in a Garlic Scape Pesto

Food News – June 3rd, 2013

June 4, 2013 | by Diana

This week’s food news contains – some snack news, links to lists, SEO tips for Food Bloggers and a free grilling cookbook in time for Father’s Day.

Roast Chicken

May 29, 2013 | by Diana

Here’s a simple and easy Roast Chicken that’s practically fail-safe.  This is a reprint of one of my favorite recipes to prepare

This is a good comfort meal when you need to sit down for a family meal that anyone can prepare.  I do mean anyone.  I have a clay baker that I bake my chicken in, but you can use a roasting pan if you like.  I added some ginger and lemongrass to give it a zingy springy flavor along with garlic, cause I love garlic. I usually bake the chicken and about half way through throw the potatoes and spinach into the pan – use whatever fresh vegetables you like best.

Roast Chicken  -Cookerati    Ingredients:

Directions:

Lightly spread Olive Oil over the chicken.  Place garlic under the skin – all over.  Grate ginger and lemon grass and sprinkle that under the skin of the chicken, plus throw a little in the cavity along with some of the garlic.  Sprinkle the other herbs and spices along with salt and pepper on top.  Place the chicken into the roasting pan, or clay baker, slice an onion and place around the chicken.  Cover with foil and bake at 325.

In a bowl, places chopped up veggies and sliced potatoes, sprinkle with some herbs, salt and pepper and toss.  Twenty minutes before the chicken is done – add the potatoes and veggies to the baker and recover.  You can uncover about ten minutes before the end if you want a crispy skin, but we don’t eat the skin, so we don’t do that part. The chicken needs to be 165 deg F, but I’ll take it up to 155, and then let it sit for about ten minutes.  It will rest and go up to about 165.  A meat thermometer is one of my best friends.  I don’t cut apart the chicken to test like my mom used to, just poke it with the meat thermometer.

 

This chicken is delicious, easy and oh so good.  My husband sits and picks the bones clean, there’s never enough left for another meal.

 

Roast Chicken
 
An easy but delicious roast chicken dinner.
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 whole Chicken
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 onion
  • ginger
  • lemon grass
  • thyme
  • sage
  • pepper
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Lightly spread Olive Oil over the chicken.
  2. Place garlic under the skin – all over.
  3. Grate ginger and lemon grass and sprinkle that under the skin of the chicken,
  4. plus throw a little in the cavity along with some of the garlic.
  5. Sprinkle the other herbs and spices along with salt and pepper on top.
  6. Place the chicken into the roasting pan, or clay baker, slice an onion and place around the chicken.
  7. Cover with foil and bake at 325.
  8. In a bowl, places chopped up veggies and sliced potatoes, sprinkle with some herbs, salt and pepper and toss.
  9. Twenty minutes before the chicken is done – add the potatoes and veggies to the baker and recover.
  10. You can uncover about ten minutes before the end if you want a crispy skin, but we don’t eat the skin, so we don’t do that part.
  11. The chicken needs to be 165 deg F, but I’ll take it up to 155, and then let it sit for about ten minutes.
  12. It will rest and go up to about 165.
Notes
A meat thermometer is one of my best friends. I don’t cut apart the chicken to test like my mom used to, just poke it with the meat thermometer.

Food News – May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013 | by Diana

Just a few links today – a free book, a cause to join, some fun informational reads and of course -  more week for Cookerati’s Giveaway.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Food News – May 20, 2013

May 22, 2013 | by Diana

A few neat contests to try out this week.  Cookerati is hosting an Activia Greek Yogurt Giveaway, be sure and enter.

Dannon Activia Greek Yogurt Review and Giveaway.

May 21, 2013 | by Diana

Dannon Activia Yogurt now comes in Greek and I had a chance to try it out.  Stay tuned to the whole post because at the bottom is a chance for someone to win a gift bag of Activia Greek Yogurt.  (This contest is closed.)

Activia is the yogurt known for it’s probiotic Bifidus Regularis – which is used by many to help regulate their digestive system.  A few years back my sister mentioned how she had (regular) Activia every day to keep her regular.  I preferred Greek Yogurt though, it keeps you feeling full longer – maybe because of the higher protein level. they say 2 times higher than regular yogurt, but when comparing Activia to Activia Greek, it’s about 3 times higher.

I definitely prefer the Greek Activia  over regular Activia. It was a creamy thick yogurt with fruit on the bottom, which of course you have to mix together.  I’m  used to mixing plain yogurt with fruit so I’m not a fan of too sweet syrup with fruit on the bottom.  This was good, not too sweet at all.  My only complaint, if it’s a real complaint is that the website photo shows yogurt to the tip top of the container and it was a little low and not filled to the top.  Drat!  I would have liked that quarter inch more yogurt.  Here’s a coupon for 1.00 off Greek Activia.

I tried Garden Blueberry, Strawberry Patch and Orchard Peach.  My favorite was Garden Blueberry, my daughter liked the Orchard Peach.  I could use more fruit chunks, but I do add my own to bump it up a little.  These containers are a serving and are very portable. My husband and I took ours to work everyday and my daughter ate hers at home.

If you would like a chance to try Dannon Activia Greek Yogurt -

The Prize:

Activia Gift Bag

 

 

 

 

 

Activia Greek Yogurt, An Activia Greek Cooler (bag), and a Brand New Spoon, so you can dive right in!

 

How to Enter:

This contest will run through Midnight, EST June 1, 2013.  US residents only.

Take a look at the Dannon Activia Greek Yogurt and in the comments tell us which two flavors you like best.  (One Entry only)

Extra Entries:

1. Like the Cookerati Facebook Page - leave your facebook name in the comments and let us know.

2.  Join our mailing list by submitting the form below and leave another comment below to tell us that you joined. (You will recieve the weekly RSS Feed Email, plus any special emails).

Maximum of three entries total. (One of each type.)

 

Disclosure:  I was given an Activia Gift Pack to review.  The opinions are my own, I received no compensation for this review.

 

UPDATE:  This contest is closed and Lisa Gardner has been chosen by Random Number Generator as our Giveaway winner.  Thank you to all who participated!