Published on Sunday, July 3, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
I have always been somewhat of a "frou frou" coffee drinker, particularly during the summer months when the weather is warm. I could probably drink an ice blended mocha (or vanilla) every day if I didn't have just a tiny bit of discipline. Many establishments are offering nonfat varieties of these drinks, however, I still imagine they pack on much in the way of su... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
You've probably heard my wife talk about her love for the kitchen (ahem!). Since I do most of the cooking, I thought I'd share a recipe I tried over the weekend at Smart & Final.
Last week, Cattleman's Finest kicked off their Grill Up Your Summer recipe contest with live, in-store demos, tastings, and giveaways at Smart & Final. Cattleman's Finest is th... Read More »
Published on Saturday, June 18, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
As a family, we enjoy spending time outdoors and we're fortunate to live in a city with temperate weather. Since June is Great Outdoors Month, I've been trying to share simple tips and ideas for getting families to spend time together outdoors.
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Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
Some of my favorite foods are packed with essential nutrients like calcium, posphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, and niacin. Because I really enjoy eating cheese, yogurt, ice cream, sour cream, and more I have to ensure I'm choosing Organic, low-fat varieties and balancing those foods with my diet.
As I mentioned last week, this month is Nationa... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
As a woman, it's important that I do what I can to ensure I'm getting enough calcium and Vitamin D. My mother has a history of early menopause and there was concern about some early bone loss so she was placed on medication. While I'm still years away from menopause, I strive to ensure I'm engaging in weight bearing exercise and consuming sufficient amounts of dairy... Read More »
Published on Monday, May 30, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
We finally warmed up here in Southern California and it was the perfect weekend for grilling. With temperatures in the 80's, nobody felt like heating up the kitchen with our oven. I've met more than a few people who completely avoid using their ovens once the warm summer weather begins. Grilling is an easy alternative for serving up a quick, healthful meal.
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Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
Over the last month, I've been sharing some of the amazing sandwich recipes Bobby Flay has created specifically for Hellmann's. 2011 is all about the perfect sandwich and I thought it was time to tap into my own creativity to come up with what I think is the perfect sandwich.
In my opinion, the choice of bread can make or break a sandwich, so it's rare for me to ch... Read More »
Published on Monday, May 16, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
When the weather warms up, I find myself looking for simple meal ideas that don't involve a lot of time in a hot kitchen. Grilled sandwiches offer the warmth of a hot meal without the time and hassle of using the oven. This particular Reuben sandwich, with inspiration from The Big Apple, includes Bobby Flay's Thousand Island Coleslaw and can be prepped and c... Read More »
Published on Saturday, May 14, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
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This week, we make our annual trip out to the Southeast to visit my husband's family! This week also happens to be BlogHer Food, which I will be attending for the very first time. Our visits typically include a trip to the local grocery store to stock up on essentials.
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Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
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Bobby Flay has the amazing capability of taking the common and everyday and transforming it into something amazing! I came back from New York with recipes and tips that will inspire my future sandwich creations. Take Bobby Flay's Chicken Muffuletta, inspired by New Orleans. This... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
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A sandwich, when properly made, is a healthy, flavorful dish that can be served in your backyard with some friends or at a more formal English tea. Last week, I spent 2 days in one of my favorite cities gleaning inspiration from someone who... Read More »
Published on Sunday, April 24, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
Since this year is about discovering my inner foodie, the hubby has been helping me recreate, experiment, and give my own twist on healthy, gourmet recipes. This Easter, we're planning on spending some time with local friends and we've been asked to bring a side dish. So I gleaned some inspiration from Smart & Final, the SoCal-based non-membership warehouse ... Read More »
Published on Saturday, April 23, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
There are only certain times of the year that I actually want to eat ham (probably because Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are when attention is driven to prepping pork). While I'm not a huge consumer of pork throughout the year, when I do sit down to eat a ham, it has to be moist, flavorful, and not overwhelmingly salty. And because I naturally gravitate toward... Read More »
Published on Friday, April 22, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
We have a busy weekend ahead filled with brunches, birthday parties, and a host of Easter celebrations. Since food is such an integral part of Easter traditions and celebrations, I thought I'd share some of my favorite chocolate-themed recipes from the company that knows a thing or two about chocolate.
Each season, the Hershey Company offers new products and a ho... Read More »
Published on Monday, April 11, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
It's almost intuitive...whole wheat ciabatta sliced, the bottom half layered with a pesto aioli, 2 slices of turkey breast, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, shredded carrots, olive oil, and red wine vinaigrette. The sandwich must be cold and sliced in two but not on the diagonal. Have you ever thought about the perfect sandwich?
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Published on Friday, April 8, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
I have taught and modeled healthy eating habits for my children since they were born. Fruits and vegetables were my children's first foods, and while they definitely don't eat every piece of produce I place on their plate, they manage to consume a colorful variety of foods.
Juice is one of those foods (err...drinks) that I go back and forth with. I enjoy dr... Read More »
Published on Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Clarissa, the winner!
One of the unexpected good things that have resulted from my son's food allergy diagnosis is our virtual elimination of packaged foods. You'd be amazed at how many cookies, crackers, breads, and the like contain dairy, eggs, and/or soy. Since my son wouldn't be a preschooler if he didn't enjoy snackin... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
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I'm always a bit baffled when parents asks me how I successfully manage to get my children to eat seafood. I'm not talking about fish sticks...my children eat salmon, halibut, and a variety of other types of seafood. Seafood offers numerous health b... Read More »
Published on Monday, March 28, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
Our diet, overall, is really quite simple. On any given day, we as a family consume chicken breast, fish, whole grains, fruit, and veggies. While it sounds simple and perhaps boring, we prepare these foods in a variety of ways so that our children are exposed to diverse, ethnic cuisines. We avoid trans fats, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and ingredien... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
It's almost March and our resolve to cook *most* of our meals (as opposed to going out) has been mostly successful. However, I am personally beginning to lose motivation, since I'm rotating through the same meals each week. My husband has always been the more creative cook, conjuring up everything from Thai Chicken and Rice to a three course French Fondue meal.
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