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Grill to Perfection
To facilitate this review, I received a preview copy of the Grill to Perfection book. The views expressed here are entirely my own. As the polar vortex slowly lifts here in Boston, summer days beckon and along with them the excitement of firing up the back deck barbeque. At our home, we try to grill dinner whenever we can and are constantly experimenting with both new recipes, twists on classics, and new techniques. It’s a delight to discover new family favorites  on which the whole family gets to vote on a 5 star system, with 5 being company-worthy, 4 being beloved by all for family dinners, and any recipes scoring lower getting discarded.
Stop & Shop
Mom Central attended an event hosted by Stop & Shop and received two Stop & Shop gift cards at the event. Where are your decisions to eat healthy on a daily basis made? Believe it or not the decision is made at your point of purchase in the grocery store. You may think about eating healthier while at the gym, at work or dining out, but when it comes to the daily foods you prepare, the decision to eat healthy is made while shopping. In honor of Stop & Shop’s 100th anniversary the grocery retailer hosted an event to showcase preparing delicious healthy meals with help from Boston’s own renowned chef, Jeremy Sewall, of Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34. One of the dishes Chef Sewall taught attendees how to prepare at the event was Whole Wheat Carrot Pancakes with honey and almonds that were absolutely delicious and so easy to make. To prepare these healthy pancakes that can be consumed for any meal – the directions are easy and its something the whole family will enjoy. Whole Wheat Carrot Pancakes
Finsh Power & Free
Disclosure: I am part of the Finish Power & Free Alliance of Moms and received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review, as well as compensation. The opinions expressed here are my own. For any passionate home cook, no better feeling exists than finding a new recipe – whether from a magazine, a new cookbook, or an online site – and having everyone at the table declare it’s a “keeper.” You start thinking about the next time you can make it, whether or not it would work for company, and, the most fun of all, who you can share it with. But as satisfying as the recipe hunt can be, an equally great feeling surrounds classic family recipes – those tried-and-true favorites that work in a pinch, continue to wow company, and appeal to everyone’s palate. In my food-oriented family, we have an endless supply of cookbooks and so many favorite recipes that my husband created an online database in Dropbox to house them all. But even with a repertoire of that size, if we think about it, we have a handful of long-term, go-to recipes that always delight and never disappoint. Here are two favorites:
Wilton Ametale Fish Grilling Pan
Mom Central received a Wilton Armetale Fish Grilling Pan during a recent visit to the 2014 International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago. All opinions are our own. With temperatures rising and the sun staying out longer, it’s a great time of year to entertain guests. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ or a family dinner party, I always strive to have all the bases covered when it comes to cooking supplies. I recently discovered the Wilton Armetale Fish Grilling Pan from JCPenney that I cannot wait to use. It’s perfect for both casual and upscale entertaining.
Bialetti bakeware
Mom Central received Bialetti bakeware and cookware to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. When you marry into an Italian family, one thing is clear – good food is of the utmost importance. Meals are taken very seriously, and it’s as much about the tools used to create the dishes as it is the end result. I was first exposed to Bialetti as it is the de-facto brand of espresso maker in my mother-in-law’s house. She owns about eight of them in every size imaginable, and I of course have one in my own home. Traveling around Italy this summer, I noticed the Bialetti Moka Express coffee makers were in all the shops, and in a wide selection of color choices, too. So, I was so excited to learn that now these fun colors are available in the States, and I’m planning to add a purple one to my collection very soon!
Chateau Mont-Redon Cotes du Rhone
Mom Central received two bottles of wine to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. When winter temperatures remain frigid, nothing feels better than comforting meals that remind you of warmer times, and pairing that with a great wine makes it even better! This summer I spent some time traveling around the Rhone Valley in France. After too many days bundled up in my heavy winter coat looking at snow, I longed for the memories of being in a sundress, overlooking a vineyard and sipping on an amazing red wine. I knew I needed to take action immediately, and as tempting as buying a plane ticket was, I settled for recreating the experience at home. I love Cotes du Rhone, and I was very excited to make the Chateau Mont-Redon Cotes du Rhone the star of my virtual trip back to France.
Simply Gluten-Free Magazine
Mom Central received a subscription to Simply Gluten Free Magazine to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. As someone who lives with celiac disease* I sometimes find attending meals at a friend or family members home to be a tricky situation. Though a dish may be made with “gluten free” ingredients, a casual dunk of bread into a dip at the table or the mixing of utensils while cooking in the kitchen can cause cross-contamination and an onslaught of symptoms. So instead, I often choose to cook gluten-free recipes at home and bring dishes to a family meal. I have been receiving Simply Gluten Free Magazine for the past few months and the Holiday Issue arrived just in time and chock full of delicious side dish recipes to accompany my brother-in-law’s famed fried turkey for our family Thanksgiving Dinner.
Viatek Life Juicer
Mom Central received a Viatek’s Life Juicer to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. With fresh New Year’s resolutions still on our minds, many of us continue to commit ourselves to eating right and focusing on our bodies as the year goes on. For some, that pact comes in the form of a strict diet. For others, it’s a daily exercise regimen. Whether your health plan involves partaking in an intense juice cleanse or simply increasing daily fruits and vegetables, Viatek’s Life Juicer will come in handy in achieving your healthy eating goals. While juicing proves a great way to bulk up daily fruit and veggie intake, many often criticize the process for leeching the nutrients out of foods. The Life Juicer, however, has adopted a new method of juicing that releases 60% more vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and enzymes than standard juicers. Rather than squeezing the contents and leaving the “good stuff” behind, the Life Juicer maintains the health benefits of the foods in their natural states.
Applegate Naturals Pork Pepperoni
Mom Central received complimentary Applegate samples to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are our own. Family pizza night has always been sought out after by not only the kids, but for us adults as well! For any time of the year, pizza provides the delicious meal option that the entire family always enjoys. As Moms, however, we strive to create meals for our families with healthy ingredients that we trust. Luckily, Applegate Organic & Natural Meats allows us to make our family’s pizza night nutritious with their tasty, better for you, pepperonis. Applegate’s Natural Uncured Mini Pepperoni lets us to indulge in pizza without the guilt! These pepperonis are gluten free, sugar free, casein free and low fat, without losing the spicy and meaty flavor. Applegate delivers the real food and ingredients we love, yet again, with this delicious line of fresh products. Not only does this pepperoni taste great on pizza, but it also would go perfect in salads, sandwiches and even by itself!
HoneyBaked Ham Company
Disclosure: The HoneyBaked Ham Company is a client of Mom Central Consulting. A generation ago, family dinner was a way of life. When dusk arrived, families gathered around the dinner table for the evening meal before kids headed upstairs to finish homework or adults retired to the living room for a few hours of TV time. Today, families find weeknights to be a non-stop whirlwind – complete with competing sports practices, after-school activities, and work commitments that stretch well into the evening. But while we Moms hear over and over about the importance of family dinner and the profoundly positive effect it has on kids and families, we still struggle with the logistics. In the midst of our hectic lives, how do we make family dinner happen without causing even more stress? I’ve included some of my favorite tips here: · Start Small: Rather than thinking about adjusting the entire family activity calendar so that everyone gathers together each night, focus first on one night a week where sitting down to family dinner proves doable.
Charm City Cakes
Mom Central met with the team at Charm City Cakes. All opinions are our own. If you have ever watched the show “Ace of Cakes,” which appeared on the Food Network, you may recall the elaborate cakes, and the friendly, fun-loving staff. After a trip to the original Baltimore, Maryland location of Charm City Cakes, we can attest that everything you saw on TV is true – and the cakes are delicious too! We were encouraged to visit the bakery after hearing about the new classes they are offering. Each class is themed, and teaches techniques like airbrushing, applying fondant, and more. The cakes that are made in class all look fantastic, so we assumed it must be incredibly difficult. But the team assured us that detailed instruction and a priority placed on fun over perfection, all contribute to the cakes coming out beautifully.
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