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Smuckers Pairings Part Two!

29 Sep

Good Morning lovelies! I just wanted to pop in again and give you some more fantastic ways to use Smucker’s jams and Jellies in your kitchen! I really have been getting into creating new recipes with ingredients that I am not used to. It’s amazing how creative you can get when you have to make a recipe with 5 ingredients or less that can be made in 15 minutes or less! However, it works out perfectly for you guys because it results in super quick and easy recipes. I even had almost all the ingredients for these recipes, in my fridge and cupboard!

This time, I wanted to try make a yummy mock-tail using some grape jelly. This drink turned out super delicious and I think both kids and adults alike, would enjoy sipping on a glass of this. Although, the adults may want to add a splash of their favorite spirit, to make it a grown up beverage.

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Concord Grape & Lime Spritzer:

Serves 1

  • 1 tbsp Smucker’s Concord Grape Jelly
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ cup sparkling water
  • Slice of lime for serving

In a small bowl, mix together the grape jelly and about a tablespoon of the sparkling water, stir this around until the jelly is dissolved and smooth, with no lumps. Now combine the jelly mixture, the rest of the sparking water and the lime juice, in a glass. Stir to combine and then top with a slice of lime for garnish.

Next up, we have a tasty and simple salad that can be made in, seriously, like 3 minutes. It is the perfect salad to go along with your favorite entrees, because you can spend the time making the main dish and then whip up this salad to serve with it, in no time.

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Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette:

Serves 4

  • 1 bag cleaned and washed baby spinach
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • 1 tbsp Smucker’s Raspberry Jam
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

 

Pour your spinach into a salad bowl and add in the raspberries. Set aside while you make the dressing.

In a mason jar with a lid, add the jam, vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and secure the lid, and then shake, shake, shake, until it is all combined. Pour the dressing onto the salad, and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Then, I thought it would be really fun to make a main dish. Last time (linked) I made some delicious chicken breasts that tasted like Turkey Dinner!  So this time, I wanted to try to make one of my favorites, schnitzel.

Schnitzel is great because it cooks up so quickly due to the fact that the pork is pounded out very thinly. I made a delicious sauce/glaze out of Smucker’s Wildberry Jam, and poured that over top. I served mine with pasta and some of the salad above! But you could have whatever you like with it.

Make sure you get the “quick fry” boneless pork chops at your store or local butcher!

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Schnitzel with Wildberry Glaze:

Serves 2

  • 2 quick-fry boneless pork chops
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Smucker’s Wildberry Jam

 

Add the flour, beaten egg and panko each to their own separate bowls. Grab the pork chops and put them between two sheets of wax paper, using a mallet, rolling pin or even the bottom of a heavy pan, pound the pork chops out until they are about ¼ inch thick all the way through. Season them generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge each chop in the flour, then egg, then panko. Use your hands to press the panko into the pork.

In a large frying pan, heat enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, over medium high heat. When hot add the chops and fry about 3 minutes on the first side, or until it is nice and golden and crisp. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. While the pork is cooking, add the jam to a small microwavable bowl, add about a tablespoon of warm water and then heat for about 45 seconds in the microwave. This will make the jam nice and warm as well as slightly more sauce like.

Serve the schnitzels with a drizzle of the Wildberry glaze.

Now what is left? We have a drink, a salad, our main course…we’re missing dessert of course!

I wanted to make something light and fresh, so I went with Raspberry filled crepes! Crepes are a great dessert or even breakfast, when you are short on time, because they cook up so quickly. You can fill them with whatever you like, but jam is a delicious and easy option!

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Raspberry Filled Crepes:

Serves 2

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Smucker’s Raspberry Jam

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, milk, egg and honey and whisk into a smooth batter.

Heat a crepe pan or small non-stick frying pan, over medium heat. Add a small ladle of batter, and swirl the pan around to make the batter spread out slightly. Cook for 1-2 minutes on the first side, then carefully flip and cook for another minute on the other side. Transfer to a plate and repeat until you are out of batter.

When you are all done cooking the crepes, it is time to fill them. Grab your first crepe, and then add about 1 tbsp of jam to one half of the crepe, spreading it out with a spoon. Then fold the crepe in half, and again so it is in a quarter. Repeat with the remaining crepes. Add 3 or 4 crepes to a plate and dust on some powdered sugar. Serve warm or room temperature!

 

I hope you all enjoyed this second installment of pairing ideas using Smucker’s Jams and Jellies, and maybe it inspired you to get creative and challenge yourself in the kitchen!

Have a wonderful day folks!

 

Smucker’s Pairings are a simple, easy way to create delicious food combinations with jam and other ingredients, designed help you discover how flavours mingle together for mouth watering results. Each pairing has 5 ingredients or less, and is ready in less than 15 minutes. Because with a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good. For specific information on our jam flavours and varieties, please visit

www.smuckers.ca

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**This post was brought to you by Smucker’s Foods of Canada via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Smucker’s Foods of Canada.**

 

 

Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema

30 Apr

hi hi hi!

It’s me, I’m back with more food to fill your bellies.

First, though, I think we should have a bit of a chit chat. We haven’t really talked about life recently, have we? I’m going to list 5 things that I have been doing lately and you guys should do the same in the comments below!

1. We’re pretty much all moved in and organized in our new place, I am going to do a whole post about some fun things I’ve been doing to decorate and organize. So definitely watch out for that next week-ish. But for now, let me just say I am dead tired. Cleaning, packing and organizing every night after a full day of work, gets mighty exhausting around the 12th straight day. Luckily for me, I am pretty much done now and I am happy with how things look at this point. We still want to buy a new sectional for the living room. Any ideas?

2. Along those same lines, I just ordered a custom dining table from this awesome local company called Rainfall Designs

I met with Desiree who makes up half of the Rainfall Designs team, and we were so impressed with their tables that we had to order one on the spot. They are all custom made and so you can choose the size, color and finish of your table. It takes them about 5-6 weeks to make your beautiful table. They also make benches, side tables, coffee tables, desks ect. Ours is going to be similar to this one.

Now I just have to find chairs. Again, any suggestions?

3. We have been really into binge watching series on Netflix. We just finished Orange is the New Black which I am SO excited to come back in June. We also got thoroughly obsessed with Suits. Which reminds me that Gabriel Macht needs to be mine, now. As well as Luther which is an awesome show! I was not really expecting to like it but its so dark and creepy, love it. We are looking forward to watching True Detective which everyone has been freaking out over. In case you were wondering, yes our whole lives do revolve around television.

4. I bought a Pilates reformer to use at home and I’m loving it. For anyone who has done Pilates at a studio, you know how expensive that can get. I was really sad when I had to stop going, but I knew it had to be done. I browsed online for reformers and they were still pretty expensive, between $700-$1000 or more. Lucky for me, someone had one for sale locally on Craigslist and I nabbed it for just under $200. It has the jump board and everything! Wee. I didn’t get to use it much since I got it right after we moved in, but I did a little training session for the last couple nights and I am really loving it.

5. I have been cooking A LOT. I am really focusing on making the most of the ingredients I already have, rather than buying new stuff all the time. It is forcing allowing me to get really creative with recipes which has actually been really fun and challenging. Tonight I am going to possibly make some muffins for the week and then scrounge up something for dinner.

Now tell me what you guys have been up to! I wanna know.

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Okay, onto the good stuff. I made these tacos one of the first nights after we moved and I did so for two reasons:

1. I had a hankering for tacos

2. We had no protein in the house other than shrimp

After we did our big first grocery shop, we came home with an elevator load of stuff and once we finished putting it away, Mr. Delish proclaimed that we had nothing to eat.

Ya.

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It was all the basics but nothing to really make any complete meals.

Luckily I did buy a gigantor bag of prawns from Costco so I decided to batter some of those babies up and shove ‘em in a taco and then shove those in my face.

Mmm.

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These are super easy guys, they come together in about 20 minutes and you will love the flavors!

Miss Delish asks:

What have you been up to lately?

Do you ever try to challenge yourself to make a meal with only what you already have in the house? Do you have any tips for me?

 

Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema:

 Serves 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Total time where you’re actually doing things: 20 minutes

What you need:

  •  1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 jalapeno, minced finely
  • 2 tbsps minced cilantro
  • the juice of one lime
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, plus 3 tbsps
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can of your favorite beer, I used Alexander Keith’s IPA because it’s not really an IPA and I have a thing for it.
  • 1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • Small flour tortillas, warmed
  • Avocado, cilantro and lime wedges for serving
  • Oil for frying

In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice, cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.

In a large bowl, add 1 cup of the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt and cayenne pepper and use a whisk to mix until totally combined. Now slowly sip pour in the beer, whisking as you go, until you get a smooth batter.

Now set a large heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat and add about 2 inches of oil into the pot. Heat until a drop of the batter bubbles up and fries without falling to the bottom. While it is heating, toss the shrimp in the remaining flour and then drop them into the batter.

Once the oil is ready, add the battered prawns, one by one, making sure to let the excess batter drip off before adding to the oil. Fry in batches, until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the extra oil. Grab a flour tortilla, add 3 or four prawns, some avocado, cilantro and then drizzle with the Jalapeno Lime Crema you made earlier. Serve with lime wedges for spritzing.

Enjoy!

Take Out Fake Out: Homemade Naan Bread

5 Dec

Hey ladies and gents,

Just a quick post to let ya’ll know that my weekly Hello Giggles column has been posted!

YUMMY yummy homemade naan bread to go with your butter chicken.

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This is definitely a must try recipe. It’s freaking easy but will impress the crap out of anyone you serve it to. You will NEVER go back to store-bought naan bread again.

Once you have them made you can totally add some oil and garlic to the outside for garlic naan, you could use them for a pita sandwich type deal, or you could even top them with your favorite pizza toppings and bake to make a super easy and fast homemade pizza.

The possibilities are endless.

Anyways, promise to try these out, k? Check the full recipe out here.

I have a new Christmas recipe for you tomorrow! I hope you’re all excited.

Peace!

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

26 Sep

So, I made these little cuties.

They’re just so….*ahhhh* angels singing.

And to boot they’re freakin’ easy and quick to make.

All you need is a spice cake mix, can of pumpkin puree, oil, eggs, cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk. OH and sprinkles, can’t forget the sprinkles.

Mind are just terrible looking, compared to the beauties on this pinterest pic.

I just chalk it up to the fact that none of my pinterest endeavors will ever look like the picture. Much less disappointing that way.

Check out the recipe here!

Talk to ya’ll later.

Garlicky Green Beans

13 Jun

Hey boo’s!

I hope you are all having an awesome Thursday so far! This week is just flying by for me.

I haven’t posted in 13 days! Woops.

I was irritated busy with filming, editing and posting that YouTube Video.

My, oh my. Videos are A LOT more work than I thought they were. I also had a few technical difficulties as well as  just general inept-ness when it comes to editing videos. My biggest problem was MUSIC. You obviously can’t just go and post someones song in your video without permission, the copyright laws will get all up in your business and shut you down. So in an attempt to avoid that I was looking at some royalty free music that I could use without getting punished to the full extent of the law. Unfortunately, most of the music that I could find sounded somewhat like those little pre-recorded tracks that came loaded on the keyboard I had when I was ten.

Mamba anyone?

I would have been better off with the dog barking or maybe some helicopter sounds, cause that stuff was just plain CHEESY.

Anyways, my frustration with the music thing ended with me posting the video with no background music. Which was lame, BUT I have a solution to my problem (well one of my many problems) and I will share that with you once I get it finished.

So that is my long winded excuse explanation for why that darn video took so long for me to finish. I promise next time I will do better. Also I will not post when I am filming, rendering, uploading ect. THEN that way you guys will have no idea how long I’m taking.

Muahahaha, my master plan is coming together nicely!

I think I MAY have had a little too much coffee this morning.

Since I am starting to ramble, I think it is time to get into this SUPER easy non-recipe.

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