Archive for January, 2013

Recipe: Broccoli Raab with Sausage and Grapes

January 31, 2013 By: Serena Category: Recipes

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If you’ve been following along on the BAN blog for a while now, you’ll know that I’ve come a long way as far as veggies are concerned.  No longer apprehensive of the leafy greens (and with ready access to a lovely farmer’s market), I will willingly try a multitude of veggie dishes.  So when I saw this recipe for broccoli raab with sausage and grapes in one of my cookbooks, I knew I had to give it a try.  Sausage? Yes. Grapes? Yes.  Greens?….ok, fine. You can come to the party too.

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Fun Fact Friday

January 25, 2013 By: Serena Category: FunFactFriday

Hello, chilly Noshers!  Well, I assume you’re chilly because there’s a deep freeze going on right now! This week has just been layers and layers and bundling up for me, brrrrr!  Are you in a warmer weather area or similarly freezing? Please share in the comments!

Today’s Fun Fact is meat-tastic:

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My amazingly luxurious bacon lunch at Fatty ‘Cue.

January is National Meat Month.

Alright, no excuses – eat up!

What’s your favorite meat dish or product? I can’t name just one!

Happy weekend!

Recipe: Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts with Honey and Sriracha

January 23, 2013 By: Serena Category: Recipes, Sides, Vegetarian

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I prepare Brussels sprouts on a fairly regular basis.  I can’t believe that just a mere 2 years ago I was supremely skeptical of these mini cabbage-like veggies, but now they are one of my faves!  They are a fall/winter staple at my local farmer’s market, and I always enjoy digging through the crates to find the most pristine ones.

I usually roast them in the oven with some olive oil, salt and pepper.  Sometimes I add a honey and soy sauce glaze.  But recently, I found this recipe from Food52 for fried sprouts with honey and sriracha – yum!  The sweetness of the honey and the spicy kick of the sriracha is simply amazing.  I modify the recipe a bit – for example, I don’t deep fry the sprouts so as to make this dish a little healthier.  And let’s face it, deep frying is messy.  The recipe calls for a pound of sprouts, and I really have no idea how many I use.  I don’t exactly measure out the honey and sriracha.  I also leave out the lime juice because I didn’t have any. Oops. ANYHOO, these were deeeelicious!  Try them for yourself and let me know what you think!

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Fun Fact Friday

January 18, 2013 By: Serena Category: FunFactFriday

Happy FRIDAY, Noshers!  It’s almost weekend time!  Any fun plans? If the weather agrees, I’ll be going for a run in my brand new, neon yellow running shoes.  The excitement is real, people!  By the way, today is the last day to enter my giveaway of a year’s supply of Scope Dual-Blast Mouthwash – if you’re the winner, you can eat savory, pungent foods with abandon! Mmmmm…

Today’s Fun Fact is delicious, as usual:

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Some scrumptiously AMAZING Peking Duck I had while in Beijing!

Today is National Peking Duck Day.

I must admit, after having Peking duck in Beijing (3 times in 3 days!), I’m a bit spoiled.  I don’t think US Peking duck will be the same!

Have you had Peking duck before?

GIVEAWAY: Year’s Supply of Scope Dual-Blast Mouthwash!

January 17, 2013 By: Serena Category: giveaways

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Image courtesy of Scope

TGI(almost)F, Noshers!  I’m excited to brighten up your Thursday was a fun giveaway!  Today I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I LOVE hosting giveaways on the BAN blog! Ok, I guess that’s not a huge secret, but you maynwonder how I decide which products to feature in my giveaways.  Sometimes I approach companies that produce products or food that I love to see if they’d be interested in partnering.  Other times, companies approach me.  Whichever the case, when I consider a product for a giveaway on the blog, I ask two questions:

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