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Father's Day Food & Drink

Dads Want Steak So Let’s Leave It At That

If Men Loving Meat Is The Question

This amazing gift from Omaha Steaks is pretty much the best possible way I could celebrate Father’s Day and to kick off grilling season. We have had the pleasure to enjoying the fantastic goodness of Omaha Steaks for years. It’s super high quality at a great value. The steaks are fantastic, of course, but so are the sides, desserts, and just about everything else. Seriously.

Omaha Steaks Is The Answer

If you have never tried Omaha Steaks, check out our Omaha Steaks review. You can see everything that comes inside the #DadsWantSteak box.

Great Food and Value

If you were to buy everything I show you in this video individually, it would cost you almost $200. But if you buy it together, it’s just $49.97. It’s a TON of food…and one thing is better than the other. Trust me, you need to get in on this action and be the hero for the father in your life. If your man is into good food as much as I am, then this is really just about as good as it gets.

Find out more at www.omahasteaks.com/Dad-Wants-Steak.

Guy and the Blog was provided product for this review.

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Give Mom Some Relaxing Me Time This Mother’s Day

This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Bays® English Muffins to review this product.

Breakfast in Bed

Days need to start off well, don’t they? If you have a terrible morning with a horrible breakfast, the rest of the day is just kind of…spoiled. While this is true for everyone everyday, perhaps getting off to a great start on Mother’s Day is more important than all the rest. Moms need a break. Maybe some “me time” for themselves. Some peace and quiet even. Isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about? Showing mom that we lover her and appreciate all that she does day in and day out for our families. That’s more important than any flowers or chocolates could be. Showing our mothers all the feels on this special day is essential. 

Start things off right and treat the Moms in your life to Breakfast in Bed on Mother’s Day. Start cookin’ something new and tasty…Bays® English Muffins delicious Mother’s Day recipes!!! What could be better than breakfast in bed? Correct…nothing.

Bays English Muffins

Bays English Muffins are really tasty and have a great texture. Bonus one, they are split and open easily with no mes or fuss. Bonus 2, they are the perfect vehicle for sandwiches and snacks of any kind. Really anything could work. Be creative! Sweet, savory, pizza, dessert. Who knows? Let your creativity run free. Bays English Muffins are also the perfect size! This Mother’s Day, I’m going for a simple egg sandwich that’s super fresh, very bright, nicely creamy, and packed with protein. It’s my Egg and Avocado sandwich with some super sweet grapes.

Egg and Avocado Breakfast Wake-Up

Ingredients

  • 1 Bays English Muffin
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Lettuce of your choice
  • Drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Oregano to taste
  • Red Pepper and/or Hot Sauce to taste

Directions

  1. Toast the Bays English Muffins to your liking
  2. Prepare the eggs to your liking. I prefer fried eggs well done to egg sandwiches.
  3. Wash and remove 2-3 leaves of lettuce. I used iceberg in this, but I generally like all kinds including romaine and arugula.
  4. Scoop out the avocado and place it on the muffin. You can mash it like a butter or simply place it on the muffin.
  5. Drizzle olive oil onto the other side of the muffin
  6. Add salt, black pepper, red pepper (or hot sauce), and oregano to taste

The creaminess of the egg and avocado really pair well with the brightness of the lettuce, spices, and oil. It’s a great pairing and has a different taste than the typical egg sandwich with egg and meat. Don’t get me wrong, I love my bacon, egg, and cheese sammies! But this is light and fresh and maybe a tad better for you. It’s great way to start that day. And the Bays English Muffin really pairs well with it all.

French Toast Recipe Video

If you’re not feeling the egg and veggie sandwich above, there are so many amazing breakfast/brunch and lunch/dinner recipes on the Bays site! Check out this amazing Bays English Muffins French Toast Recipe for one!

A Mother’s Day Sweepstakes

To make Mother’s Day a little brighter, you can enter for a chance to win a $200 Spa gift card every day during the What Moms Want Bays English Muffin event. That will certainly make all the moms in your life happy!  No purchase necessary.

Enter the sweepstakes from April 24 to May 13, 2018 on Bays® Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2GsKdVg.

Official rules are at bays.com.  And, don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ Bays’ Facebook page, to share your Bays® English Muffins creations and pick up some new ideas.

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Find Out More

There are four different varieties of Bays® English Muffins to use in your recipes or with your favorite spreads: Original, Sourdough, Multi-Grain and Honey Wheat. Find them in your grocer’s refrigerated case next to the eggs – not in the bread aisle. Stock up on them to make your Mother’s Day special with some awesome new recipes!

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Bays English Muffins strawberry recipe

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Tools for the Grillmaster – Playing with Fire in Stores April 3rd

Clarkson Potter sent me a copy of Playing With FireAND is providing a prize pack for one of my lucky readers!

The Book

Co-host of The Chew and celebrated Iron Chef and restaurateur Michael Symon returns to a favorite subject, meat, with his first cookbook focused on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with over 70 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland. In preparing to open his barbecue restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, Michael Symon enthusiastically sampled smoked meat from across America. Playing with Fire is all about BBQ and more from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace!!!

I mean, I could go on and on, but if he can do this to corn on the cob, imagine what he can do with Pork Chops, Rib Eye, and Chicken! My mouth is watering just thinking about all of this awesome. While I do BBQ in the winter, now that spring is close…it’s game time for this book baby!!! I can’t wait. I’m going to be hitting these recipes hard this year. My wife Vera is pleased.

Reprinted from Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire. Copyright © 2018 by Michael Symon. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Ed Anderson. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

The 72 finger-licking, lip-smacking recipes here draw inspiration from his favorites, including dry ribs from Memphis, wet ribs from Nashville, brisket from Texas, pork steak from St. Louis, and burnt ends from Kansas City–to name just a few–as well as the unique and now signature Cleveland-style barbecue he developed to showcase the flavors of his hometown. Michael offers expert guidance on working with different styles of grills and smokers, choosing aromatic woods for smoking, cooking various cuts of meat, and successfully pairing proteins with rubs, sauces, and sides.

If you are looking for a new guide to classic American barbecue with the volume turned to high, look no further.

The Author

Michael Symon cooks with soul, having grown up in a Greek and Sicilian family. The Cleveland native shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on Food Network and as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew. Michael is the chef and owner of more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in downtown Cleveland, locals of B-Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, and Angeline at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. He is also the author of five cookbooks, including Playing With Fire (Clarkson Potter, 2018). When he’s not working, Michael loves cooking at home, playing golf, gardening in the backyard and spending time with his wife Liz and their bulldog Ozzy.

With Playing With Fire, Michael Symon brings you his first cookbook focused on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with over 70 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland.

The Giveaway

Be prepared to play with fire! One (1) winner receives*:

  • Copy of Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire;
  • A Cuisinart Deluxe 20-piece grill set,
  • And a barbecue pit mitt glove!

Playing with Fire by Michael Symon Grillmaster Giveaway – Guy and the Blog

Praise

“Chefs have an emotional fascination with fire, something primal and intuitive. This is not chichi food. Michael’s cooking comes from the heart, soul, and gut. Simple, straightforward, and convivial, it is the food of a true pitmaster.”
—Jacques Pépin 

“Here’s why I’m lucky . . . Michael Symon is my best friend and I’ve eaten most of the dishes in this book. I can smell the smoke and taste the fire of these recipes just by paging through the spectacular photos. The Fireplace Chicken has become legend in our friendship, and now it can all be yours.”
—Bobby Flay

Reprinted from Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire. Copyright © 2018 by Michael Symon. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Ed Anderson. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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*ARV $110. Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Clarkson Potter.

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New Year, New You the Flay Way (plus FitBit and book giveaway)

New Year New You

It’s 2018 and it’s time to get in shape! 2017 was a great year for me and my health as I lost a bunch of weight and got into a regular exercise routine. I look better, feel better, and know I’m doing the right thing. Now the trick is to keep it going. One of the most difficult parts if putting good food into my body that tastes good, too. I want to eat healthy, but I also want to eat well. What’s life without good food and drink, right? It’s one of the main pleasures we have!! Bobby Flay’s new cook book, Bobby Flay Fit is PERFECT for me…and I think you will love it, too. Who doesn’t love 200 recipes that taste amazing!!! Plus, I love Bobby Flay. He has a great personality, he’s amazing on TV, his restaurants truly are a pleasure plus he’s from Queens (like me)…so what’s not to love?

Eat Fit

With a profession that has him constantly developing and tasting new recipes, chef Bobby Flay does not eschew any foods: bread, bacon, and butter are still all on the table. His secret to staying healthy is to have on hand an arsenal of low-calorie flavor bombs—like rubs, relishes, and marinades—to transform lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh produce into craveworthy meals at home. That’s why I’m so psyched that Crown Publishing is partnering with me for this review and a giveaway!

In Bobby Flay Fit, Bobby shares smoothies and juices, breakfast bowls, snacks to fuel workouts, hearty salads, nourishing soups, satisfying dinners, and lightened-up desserts. With fitness tips and a look into the chef’s daily healthy routines, this cookbook is for those who want to eat right without overhauling their pantries or sacrificing taste.

Check out the Video

Want to hear from the author? Here’s a great video from Bobby Flay:

Some Recipes

Just take a look at some of what’s in this amazing cookbook! The Greek Fish Tacos and the Pomegranate and Chile Glazed Pork Carnitas are my favorite so far!

  • Greek Fish Tacos
  • Olive Oil Brownies
  • Mustard Marinated Kale Salad
  • Pomegranate and Chile Glazed Pork Carnitas
  • Sea Bass with Green Gazpacho
  • Chicken Adobe
  • Toasted Muesli
  • Spelt Waffles
  • Persian Baked Omelet

Amazing, right? Bobby is know for his spicy dishes, and this book does not disappoint!

Enter To Win

Are you ready to start this new year with a new food and health regimen? It’s a new year, new you!!! To help you get started, one (1) lucky winner* that enters below will receive:

  • copy of Bobby Flay Fit
  • plus a FitBit Charge to help keep you on track with your new healthy lifestyle!

Bobby Flay Fit Cookbook and FitBit – Guy and the Blog

Cook, eat, and be fit with 200 recipes from Bobby Flay, whose approach to healthy eating is all about flavor—not eliminating anything from your diet.

Find Out More


About Bobby Flay

BOBBY FLAY, New York Times bestselling author and lifelong runner, is the chef-owner of the fine-dining restaurants Gato, Bar Americain, Mesa Grill, andBobby Flay Steak and numerous Bobby’s Burger Palaces. He is the host of many popular cooking shows on Food Network—from the Emmy-winning BobbyFlay’s Barbecue Addiction to Iron Chef America, Beat Bobby Flay, and Food Network Star—as well as Brunch @ Bobby’s on Cooking Channel and the online series Bobby Flay Fit.

*Open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Crown Publishing.

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Food & Drink Tech & Appliances

Finally Drink Wine When and How You Want To

If you are a wine drinker, it’s safe to say that it is one of life’s great pleasures. The taste, the feel, the experience is really satisfying. One of the few drawbacks, however, comes when you only want to have a single glass yet have to open an entire bottle. Or maybe you love white wine and your company loves red. Then you have to open up two bottles! There are very few single glass options if you are not out at a restaurant or bar. It’s really a conundrum since you want to enjoy but you hate to open that bottle up to the elements. Once that cork is popped, the wine immediately begins to lose something. It’s an unfortunate challenge. After all these years, though, the cavalry has finally arrived!! The cavalry is called Coravin.

Coravin is the first and only system in the world that gives wine lovers the freedom to pour any wine, in any amount, without removing the cork. Whether you want a sip, a glass, or more, your last glass will taste just as amazing as your very first. Red, white, rosé or maybe a little of each? Whatever you’re craving, you can enjoy all your favorite wines on your terms.

Coravin is easier to use than a corkscrew – simply insert the Coravin needle through the cork, tip the bottle and press the trigger to pressurize with argon, an inert gas used by wine makers. It couldn’t be easier. When you remove the needle, the cork will reseal to preserve the wine remaining in the bottle for weeks, months, or even years.

This is complete genius. This is a real life saver for anyone that drinks wine, be you an daily drinker or someone that just drinks on occasion. This really is a game changer. The freedom to drink what you want, when you want to since the quantity no longer matters is really fantastic. Until you try it, you just won’t know how convenient an innovation this really is. It’s also really a great way to waste less while saving a ton of money.

More Info

I love this product. It’s such an awesome innovation for wine lovers and entertainers alike!! Give it a try and find out more – please check out:

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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How To Eat Healthier This Winter

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Winter isn’t always the kindest to your health, and anyone who’s experienced the Christmas bloat can agree that the overindulgence at this time of year can leave you feeling sluggish, heavy and generally unhealthy. It’s good to treat yourself once in a while, but it’s also important to look after your health during the winter months to ward off pesky colds and flu. You are what you eat, right? Since 2017 was all about me getting healthier and more fit by changing the way I eat and live, I wanted to share some tips on eating healthier this winter.

Get your vitamin boost with a morning smoothie

Vitamin C is essential for boosting your immune system, especially during the winter months. Dosing up on vitamin C can help protect you from colds and other viruses, while also giving you some much-needed energy. While oranges may be the first fruit that spring to mind, there are plenty of other fruit high in vitamin C such as kiwi fruit, strawberries, mango, and pineapple – which all make excellent smoothie ingredients. Pre-prepare some smoothie packs which you can freeze and use in the morning to give you an essential vitamin dose. You can do so much with smoothies, they are amazing. Think outside of the box, and don’t be afraid to add greens and other veggies in there, too. They taste great and can really offer you a balanced, super healthy drink/meal. Bonus: the milk will also offer you valuable vitamin D, which is in short supply during the winter (the best source is generally all that good sunlight).

Make soups with super ingredients

You can’t beat a batch of homemade soup as a tasty winter warmer, and most soup recipes are easy to whip up. The warmth is so comforting, plus it tastes fantastic, right? Imagine sitting next to a roaring fire, enjoying some gorgeous soup, dipping some delicious fresh bread, listening to some music. What, I ask, is better than that on a cold winter night?? The best thing about soup is that you can add some extra ingredients like calcium or protein to give them that something extra. Try an AlgaeCal recipe for a delicious broccoli and spinach soup which contains some extra calcium to help increase bone strength. Soups are an ideal way to use up leftover vegetables to help you limit your food waste. You can even stock up for future meals to make life easier on you by making extra and freezing the remainder to get you through the winter months.

Thicken up dishes with beans, pulses, and extra vegetables

Instead of filling your plate with carbs this winter, get your nutrition hit from adding extra vegetables, beans, and pulses to your dishes. Meals like curries, stews and pasta dishes can all be made more filling by adding some thickeners of the food variety. Beans and pulses give you that extra dose of protein while adding some spinach leaves can help you boost your iron levels. There are great winter vegetable recipes for you to try that are perfect for warming you up on a cold winter’s evening. Plus, they are really tasty.

Don’t overdo your portions

When you’re seeking warming comfort food in winter, there’s always the temptation to pile your plate high. Fight the temptation, people. Be strong. While it might make you feel good for a short while, the bloating and sluggishness will soon take hold. Eat a regular portion, enjoy it, then give yourself enough time to realize that warm deliciousness in your belly really did fill you up. Foods that are rich in protein will make you feel fuller and give your body more of what it needs, while you can always add some extra vegetables to your plate to fill you up. Take your time and enjoy.

By maintaining a good diet during the winter months, the whole family will feel happier and healthier. Try these simple tips to make weeknight meals fast and healthy and get cooking in the kitchen to enjoy healthier eating this winter.

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Four Great Ways To Quench Your Kids’ Thirst

Thank you CAPRI SUN for sponsoring this post. You can find CAPRI SUN’s four new All Natural Ingredient and No Sugar Added products at most grocery retailers nationwide, including local grocery stores, mass merchandisers and club stores.

Ahhh, a cold, refreshing drink. It’s just such a great pleasure, isn’t it? On a super hot day or after a tough workout, is there anything better? Probably not. As much as I love a great beverage, my kids love a good drink even more. They love to drink, they want to drink all day long. Seriously, it’s all the time. When you’re dealing in volumes like this, my wife and I always want to make sure they are drinking something that’s good for them. We are looking for a good tasting drink that’s easy for them to use with good ingredients inside. For example, All Natural Ingredients and No Added Sugar is a must. These are top priorities, no doubt about it, and there are even more. It’s for these reasons that we are always stocked with the awesomely good CAPRI SUN.

CAPRI SUN drinks are perfect for my kids, either at home or on the go. Those pouches are a hit, man, and are the way they really prefer to have a drink. They also taste great, coming in so many awesome flavors and varieties. They never tire of the options!!

For me, I’m all about the goodness that’s inside the pouch. CAPRI SUN Organic, CAPRI SUN 100% Juice, CAPRI SUN Fruit & Veggie Blends, and NEW CAPRI SUN Fruit Refreshers are made with All Natural ingredients, no added sugar* and no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This is so important, it just can’t be overstated. CAPRI SUN is a brand that continues to innovate and listen to consumers, and knows that parents want to feel good about what they give their kids to eat and drink. That’s the main reason CAPRI SUN created four products with All Natural Ingredients and No Added Sugar*, and why their products have never contained artificial preservatives, colors or flavors – to give parents options with ingredients that fit their preferences. We stock up on all four varieties! We like them all, each for different reasons.

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*Not a low-calorie beverage

Take CAPRI SUN Organic. These drinks use a Certified USDA Organic fruit drink blend aimed at helping parents strike the right balance between what their kids want to drink and what parents feel good about serving. Also, CAPRI SUN 100% Juice, served in the classic CAPRI SUN pouch, is a refreshing juice offering ¾ cup of fruit juice per pouch. If your kids are like mine, they simply do not love eating their vegetables. In this case, CAPRI SUN Fruit & Veggie Blends might be your ticket. Previously known as Super V, CAPRI SUN Fruit & Veggie Blends is packed with yummy fruit and veggie juices, giving kids the delicious fruit juice they love with the added benefits from vegetable juices with ½ cup of fruit and veggie juice per pouch. Finally, the new kid on the block and maybe our new favorite! NEW CAPRI SUN Fruit Refreshers is made with a blend of fruit juice and filtered water. It’s packed with flavor and has 50% less sugar than the average leading fruit juices.**

These four new products from CAPRI SUN have the taste kids love, without the ingredients that we, as parents, don’t want in their drinks. It’s a win-win all around.

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5 Tips to Make Weeknight Meals Fast and Healthy

Meal planning for the busy family is no easy feat! There are the sporting events, the musical events, the school events and so much more. With the return of back to school, the season has been in full swing for quite a few weeks now, many parents are wondering how in the world they can make weeknight meals fast but still maintain proper healthy options. Today I am sharing 5 tips to make weeknight meals fast and healthy so that you can rest easy knowing your kids are fed, happy and healthy while you stress less.

Rock Your Slow Cooker

You seriously must own a slow cooker when you have kids. There’s no denying the ease of use and thousands of healthy meal options that you come when you own this kitchen gadget. There are many brands, makes and sizes of the slow cooker too, select one that suits your family size and needs.

Have a Leftover Night

I’m big on leftovers. Why waste food and why spend extra money when you don’t have to?? When you use a slow cooker or similar device, you will often find there are leftovers. Be sure to wrap up the leftover food from the larger healthy meal nights so that you can have a weeknight grab what you want evening. This is where the family can reheat any leftover in the fridge quickly and enjoy.

Prep in Morning

This is a big timesaver every time and it’s not that huge a deal. If you aren’t on board to have the slow cooker in your house, fine. You can easily prep other weeknight meal options in the morning. This allows your dinner to be ready in the fridge to pull out, pop in the oven and be ready when dinner time rolls around.

Start Collecting Recipes

It’s out there. No really, it’s all over the interwebs. There are tons of recipes that you can start collecting. Rather than using up your printer ink by printing out every single recipe you find, try to create a Pinterest board reserved solely for quick and healthy dinner night ideas. Save it to your computer and just pull it up each night. Be creative.

Be Clever

You know what your family enjoys eating the most, so work your clever mind to build upon those likes. With all of the kitchen gadgets available on the shelves today, you can easily find a gadget that will help curb the time involved in meal planning for your family during busy weeknights.

This will take some practice to work your old habits into new ones, but no worries, you’re a parent – this is easy!

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