June 23, 2016

Sauce Goddess Review


It's grilling season and I've found the perfect rub to spice up your summer BBQ! Sauce Goddess has a variety of spice rubs, sauces and condiments to add a little more tastiness to your meals.

I Was sent their BBQ Sweet Heat Spice Rub for review and let me tell you, it makes some mean beef ribs. The rub is a mixture of allspice, black pepper, brown sugar, cayenne, cloves, coriander, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, kosher salt, paprika, red pepper flakes and I think their might be a little magic dust thrown in there.


I lined a cookie sheet with foil and a little olive oil and rubbed this stuff onto a rack of beef ribs. Put them in the oven ( unfortunately our grill is out of commission at the moment) at 350 degrees for 30 minutes flipping them once. I then covered loosely with aluminum foil and turned down the heat to 275 and let cook for another 2 hours. The result was delicious fall off the bone  ribs.


At first I was concerned the heat was going to be a little too much after seeing all the red pepper flakes in the seasoning but the sweetness of the brown sugar balanced it out perfectly. Chris thought Sauce Goddess seasoning was so good he used it on his steak the next morning. Even Penelope enjoyed her ribs!

Sauce Goddess contains:
  • No artificial flavoring in our sauces.
  • No added anti-caking agents in our spices.
  • No silicon dioxide (which is sand and who wants to eat that) used for anti-caking.
  • No MSG or GMO ingredients.
  • No artificial smoke as found in many popular BBQ sauces.
I was checking out their products online and they have this 4 Tin Gift Pack currently on sale so you can try each of their spice rubs. Including their BBQ Sweet Heat, Latin Heat, Moroccan Twist and Original Super Chunk. They also have a Saucy 6 Pack if you would like to try their Grillin' ~ Dippin' sauces.

Sauce Goddess is currently running a Show Off Your Meat Video Contest where you can win some awesome prizes. All you gotta' do to enter is capture an idea of what showing off your meat means to you in a short video (no longer than 2 minutes) and submit it. The top 10 videos will be determined by the number of votes cast on the Sauce Goddess site before the contest ends on September 2, 2016. Find out more here. Also be sure to like them on Facebook.

Sauce Goddess is available in some retailers, check out their store locator to see if there is one near you.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge from Moms Meet. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone


June 22, 2016

FishFlix Review


It seems like it is getting  harder and harder to find good wholesome entertainment these days. FishFlix is an online DVD store where you can find 1000s of Christian and family friendly movies categorized by genre. You can find everything from classics like Little House on the Prairie episodes, which happens to be one of my favorites, to popular movies like God's Not Dead and shows like what I am currently watching, When Calls the Heart. If you are a fan of Little House or Anne of Green Gables then you will love this show.  Recently we were sent a children's movie for review, VeggieTales League of Incredible Vegetables.


 My family are fans of VeggieTales, especially Silly Songs with Larry. This is an older VeggieTales movie but one we had not seen and Penelope was especially excited because this particular DVD included a puzzle with it!

On a bright and sunny day in Bumblyburg... Dr. Flurry came to town. This villian who is always chillin' wants to freeze the entire city... with fear! This job is too big for LarryBoy to handle alone, so he turns to "The League of Incredible Vegetables" for help! Thingamabob (Bob the Tomato), S-Cape (Mr. Lunt), Vogue (Petunia Rhubarb), and Ricochet (Junior Asparagus) are up for the task, but find that their own fears could land them in Dr. Flurry's deep freeze! Will they remember to turn to the One who is bigger than all their fears before the whole town ends up on ice? Find out in this heroic new VeggieTales episode with a lesson in handling fear!

This is 45 minutes of the usual VeggeTales silliness with a great message for kids of course, always trust in God when you are afraid. The catchy theme song for the movie is performed by popular Christian artists, The Newsboys and the silly song Supper Hero, while not one of our favorites was still pretty amusing. My favorite silly song is "The Hairbrush Song" FYI. Penelope really enjoyed watching this movie and commented that it was short after it was all over. Like I said it has a run time of 45 minutes so I think she was just disappointed that it was over so quick.

Go check out FishFlix and their huge selection of DVDs for the entire family. You can even get a $5 coupon if you join their mailing list.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge from Moms Meet. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone

Crispy Chicken Spring Rolls

A few weeks ago I purchased spring roll wrappers to make fresh shrimp spring rolls.


I had so many wrappers left over and I was over my desire for fresh spring rolls so I thought maybe I could fry these instead. Not sure if it was possible I did some research online and sure enough, yes, these can also be rehydrated and fried. Nice! So here are some Crispy Chicken Spring Rolls I made.


While not very pretty, they were pretty tasty so here's my recipe.

Crispy Chicken Spring Rolls

I had a little less then a pound of ground chicken.
1/4 cup of chopped green onion
2 Cloves of garlic minced
1 Carrot shredded
1 tbs. Hoisin sauce
Powdered ginger
Five spice powder, a mixture of five spices used in Asian cooking. You can buy a five spice powder that contains all five spices already or if you are feeling daring you can make your own using star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds.
Salt & Pepper

In a pan cook the ground chicken along with the onion, garlic and carrots. Season with the remaining ingredients to taste. Cook until the chicken is completely done. Fill a large enough bowl for the wrappers to fit into it with water and a teeny amount of sugar. Take a wrapper and dip it into the water rehydrating it for about 15 seconds until it becomes pliable again. Place on wax paper. Fill the center of each wrapper with the chicken filling and then start by folding over the top side of the wrapper then folding in both left and right sides and then rolling it up into a little burrito. Does that make sense? I didn't think so... here I found this online. Once you roll up all your spring rolls, by the way I was able to make about 10 of these guys but I stuffed them pretty good, cover them with a paper towel and press down a little to soak up some of the moisture. You want to make these ahead of time so they dry out a bit before you fry them. Once they are ready to fry up heat some oil in a pan until hot and then drop your spring rolls in making sure that you only fry a few at a time. Don't let them touch as they will start to stick together if they do. Remove once these are brown and crisp and place on a paper towel to soak up some of the cooking oil. I served these with a dipping sauce.

Soy Sauce
Rice wine vinegar
Chili garlic sauce
Honey

I just combined a little of these ingredients in a bowl until it tasted good.


This is the chili garlic sauce I used.

June 09, 2016

Summer Fun: Cooking with Penelope

Here is the kick off for a new summer segment starring Penelope, Cooking with Penelope! Because you gotta keep the kids busy so you don't drive each other crazy.

Hi! My name is Penelope I am eight years old. I am going to share how to make one of my favorite foods. I eat it every time I go to a salad bar with my parents.
 
 
Penelope's Cucumber Bites
 
 

This is what you'll need:
 
 
1 cucumber
Some shredded cheddar cheese
Black olives
Cooked cold bacon
Hard-boiled egg
Ham
Ranch dressing
 
1. Slice cucumber into round circles.
 
2. Slice olives into circles.
 
3. Slice ham into small squares.
 
4. Use egg slicer to cut egg into strips.
 
5. Crumble up bacon into tiny pieces.
 
6. Now it is time to assemble the bites. Start off by spreading Ranch on the cucumber, then top with some cheese, then put pieces of bacon, then the ham, next you put the egg and last of all 2 olive eyes.
 
 
Now enjoy my delicious cucumber bites, they are so so gooood!





Pizzadilla!


Here is an easy meal to fix your pizza cravings, Pizzadilla!

Pizzadilla

Large flour tortillas
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Pizza toppings, I used sliced bell pepper, sliced black olives and pepperoni.
Butter
Marinara sauce

Take two tortillas and warm them so they become soft. I use my handy comal to warm tortillas. Spread one side of one tortilla with butter and place on prep board buttered side up. Take the other tortilla and spread one side with butter and then place on top of the other buttered tortilla so that both buttered sides are touching. On the top tortilla with the un-buttered side showing, top with the cheese and any other pizza toppings you like. Penelope mentioned that mushrooms and sausage would also taste great. Pick up the tortilla that contains the toppings and place on a heated pan or griddle to cook. Cover with the other tortilla with the buttered side up making a tortilla sandwich. Cook one side until brown and crisp then flip over and cook the other side. Use your pizza cutter to cut into pizzadilla slices. Serve with warm marinara sauce!

June 02, 2016

Yummy in my Tummy- Jaleo By Jose Andres


Last month I went on a girls trip to Las Vegas. What do you do when you are in Vegas? Eat amazing food of course! That's exactly what we did when we visited Jaleo by chef extraordinaire Jose Andres.


This swanky Las Vegas restaurant is located in The Cosmopolitan hotel. I love the dim lighting and red décor.


The menu consists of authentic Spanish tapas and Paellas and they also have a pretty nice wine and cocktail menu. Our waiter was very helpful and explained the concept of Spanish tapas suggesting we order at least 2 per person to share amongst each other. I absolutely love this type of dining since I enjoy sharing and trying a variety of small plates.


We started off ordering the Jamon Iberico Fermin and the San Simón con garapiñado de frutos secos. The Jamon Iberico is dry-cured ham from the infamous black footed Iberico pigs of spain. They are infamous because they are freakin' delicious!


Check out this eye candy and the charcutier slicing it up, salty, cured, yumminess, get in my belly! The San Simon is a smoked cow's milk cheese paired with a homemade nut brittle. The brittle paired deliciously with this smoky, semi-firm cheese.


Next we ordered the Pan de cristal con tomate per our waiters suggestion. I know what you are thinking, sliced bread spread with crushed tomato, meh. Umm, wrong, this stuff is ah-mazing! It's crunchy toasted bread brushed with fresh tomato and sea salt. This was like no other bread I have had. Seriously.


Next out came our Cono's, we tried one of each. Cono de La Serena y límon, Cono de escalivada y anchoa, Cono salmón crudo con huevas de salmon. These were each 2 bite sizes of heaven. La Serena cheese, lemon pith purée, almond dust cone, cone of fire-roasted eggplant, peppers and onions with anchovy butter, salmon tartare and salmon roe cone. I had a small nibble of the Serena cheese and fire-roasted eggplant cones but my favorite was the salmon tartare, the saltiness of the salmon roe made the tartare even better, it was just what I needed.


Bring on the fried food! Buñuelos de bacalao and Chistorra envuelta en patata frita. Salt codfish deep-fried with honey alioli and slightly spicy chorizo wrapped in crispy potato. Yes please!


Gambas al ajillo or shrimp sautéed with garlic and other good stuff. The crunchy bread roll was the perfect accompaniment to soak up all the wonderful garlic-y sauce.


Finally we come to the end, which is unfortunate because I would have loved to try one of Jaleo's desserts. Mini pepito de ibérico, these are sliders made with that infamous black footed pig again and Iberico bacon. The picture says it all...

The next time you find yourself in Las Vegas make sure you don't leave without eating at Jaleo, your tummy will thank you. Don't be a fool like me and skip the dessert, remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. How unfortunate...

Jaleo By Jose Andres
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV

May 29, 2016

Yummy in my Tummy- Lucille's Smokehouse Barbecue


Lucille's Smokehouse Barbecue is a chain that has locations in California, Nevada and Arizona. I have driven past the Temecula location a number of times since it is located in the Promenade Mall parking lot. Every time I smell the smoky barbecue filling the air I tell myself "I gotta try that place", Chris and I finally stopped in for lunch. We got there at opening so you can see the place was pretty empty. It has a large interior with lots of seating and a full bar. which we had to take advantage of.


I ordered their Cucumber Watermelon Martini while Chris ordered a Gentlemen's Old Fashion, they also bring you iced cold water in large mason jars. I have something against drinking from a mason jar, I just don't like it.

After perusing the really large menu we decided to order a half order of their Lucille's Appetizer Platter because it has a little bit of everything to try.


Sweet potato fries, fried green tomatoes, fried okra, riblets, chicken strips, hotlinks, fried pickles and Dixie eggrolls. This half order was huge! I can't even imagine what a full order looks like. This was my first time trying fried green tomatoes, I wasn't really a fan of them. Everything else was pretty tasty. We were stuffed after eating everything but I had already ordered a Cajun Shrimp and Avocado Salad.


I had a few bites and then packed it up to take it home for dinner.


Chris ordered the Southern Fried Chicken, a boneless chicken breast breaded and deep fried, served with pan gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and veggies. The chicken was crispy and the gravy had good flavor. The vegetables were cooked really well and were yummy.

This is one of those places you gotta be hungry to go to, their portions are large. I over heard the people behind us asking their waitress the difference between lunch portion and dinner portion sizes. The waitresses response was "the lunch portion is like a large hill, the dinner portions is the size of a volcano". I would like to go back and try some of their barbecue and they have some sandwiches that sounded pretty good as well. They also have a large variety of southern sides to choose from, you can even choose watermelon slices! Oh yeah they also have complimentary biscuits and apple butter, thank goodness we passed on these, maybe next time.

Lucille's Smokehouse Barbecue
40748 Winchester Rd.
Temecula, CA 92591

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