Archive for December, 2012

Fun Fact Friday

December 21, 2012 By: Serena Category: FunFactFriday

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A different season’s red and green!

Happy Friday, Noshers!  For those of you who celebrate Christmas, it is the last weekend before the holiday.  Are you ready? I really don’t know if I am at all!  I will be taking a little hiatus for the holidays since I’m guessing you will be too busy noshing with family and friends to check out this lil’ ole’ blog ;)  But I couldn’t kick off the weekend without a little fun fact:

Fun Fact: I appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you for noshing along with me, leaving comments and generally brightening my day! :)

Happy holidays!

Head’s-Up: Cabot Cheese Dinner Giveaway

December 20, 2012 By: Serena Category: Cheese, Holidays

Image via Cabot Cheese

So, every so often I come across a food or dining-related giveaway and after submitting my own entry think, “I bet my fellow Noshers would totally love this prize!”  For some reason, that hasn’t translated into blog posts – but there’s always a first for everything, right?  I just entered a giveaway that Cabot Cheese is hosting with a grand prize (3 of them, actually!) of a dinner party for 10 friends at your home, fully catered and staffed.  Cabot Creamery’s Chef, Jimmy Kennedy, will create a menu inspired by one of three menu themes – BBQ, Comfort Food or Foodie Fare (I think I’d choose Foodie Fare – you?).  Never mind the teeny tiny fact that my teeny tiny NYC apartment can hardly fit 5 people, let alone 10 – if I win I’m sure a friend would volunteer their place in exchange for a catered dinner party, right? :)  The contest is open to those living in the NYC area – soooo *I’m* thinking if you’re not local, you should totally ask a NYC area friend to enter and then invite yourself to that dinner party. Right? Right??

You can enter the giveaway via Cabot Cheese’s Facebook page, where there are a ton of recipes featuring Cabot Cheese (Bacon Jalapeno Mac ‘n Cheese, anyone?), until New Year’s Eve.

On a related note, did you know that Cabot Creamery is a dairy cooperative made up of 1,200 farm families?  I had no idea, and I think that’s pretty cool.

If you win the Cabot Cheese catered dinner party for 10, will one seat be available for, say…a NoshGirl? (I kid, I kid) ;)

Recipe: Fleur de Sel Toffee

December 19, 2012 By: Serena Category: Dessert, Recipes

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Happy holidays, Noshers!  We’re finally in the homestretch!  Things have been quite crazy at work (it’s quite past midnight as I write this and schedule it for Wednesday morning!), but nothing a little fleur de sel toffee can’t fix, right?  For this holiday season, I thought it would be fun to make some sweet treats to send to friends, and of course per usual my preferences tend towards the salty and sweet combination.  I was debating between homemade marshmallows and this toffee, and the toffee won out – but hey, there’s always next year, right?  This was the first time I used a candy thermometer, and I loved it!  And with only 5 ingredients, this recipe is super simple.

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Recipe: East Meets East Spicy Edamame

December 18, 2012 By: Serena Category: Recipes, Vegetarian

Is it really only one week until Christmas?? I don’t know about you, but I feel like I still have so many things to get done before then and the minutes are tick-tocking away rapidly!  How does the holiday creep up on me so stealthily?

Today I’m sharing a super simple but oh-so-delicious recipe (if you can even call it that!) – my favorite way to eat edamame! Like my “Be Still My Heart” chocolate-pb-bacon-banana-sea salt popsicles, this edamame recipe is featured on the featured on Cardstore.com’s Hipster Christmas blog today.  So go check it out there and here! :)

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DailyBuzz Food Outreach: Panera Bread Soups

December 17, 2012 By: Serena Category: American, Soup

There are no words that can make sense of or explain the terrible tragedy that took place in Connecticut last Friday, December 14th. My thoughts are with the families, friends and loved ones of the victims of that horrific, horrific event.

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I was first introduced to Panera Bread years ago.  My mom,  who was actually the one who turned me on to it, used to work near the local Panera and it was a favorite lunch option for her and her coworkers.  If there’s anyone who has an eye for good food at a good value it’s a group of working moms, so I knew I had to try it out.   I was impressed by their hot and cold sandwiches, breakfast items and baked goods – oh, the baked goods!  So I was  excited when the first Panera Breads started opening up around NYC.  And, I was super excited when DailyBuzz Food gave me the opportunity to sample Panera’s new soups!

Armed with a ravenous appetite, I checked out the soup options at Panera with two eating buddies.

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