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Dine In: Crawfish Cornbread


Crawfish CornbreadSome Friday nights are just made for comfort food.

Last night was one of them.

One of my best friends has had a run of bad luck recently. He doesn’t love his new job. He and his girlfriend broke up. And, he was in a car accident yesterday. (He wasn’t hurt, thank goodness). So it’s not a stretch to say that he hasn’t been in the best of moods lately.

The car accident was the straw that broke the camel’s proverbial back. This called for comfort food, and I was happy to oblige because I think cooking is my love language. He loves anything Cajun and he really loves crawfish, but I wasn’t dumping pounds of mudbugs all over my kitchen table in the middle of a booming thunderstorm and tornado watch, so crawfish cornbread it was! It meets all my requirements for comfort food: warm, cheesy and casserole-like. He loved it, especially with the brownies I made for dessert.

I found frozen crawfish tails in the freezer section of Brookshire’s. Saved me a ton of work!

Crawfish Cornbread

Ingredients:
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (4 oz) jar diced pimentos, drained
1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 (15 oz) can cream-style corn
1/3 cup chopped jalapeño peppers
1 lb peeled crawfish tails
1 pinch seasoned salt, or to taste
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° F, and grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Stir together cornmeal, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat together the eggs, onion, green pepper, pimentos, vegetable oil, cheddar cheese, cream-style corn, jalapeño peppers, crawfish tails, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper and garlic powder until the mixture is well combined. Pour the crawfish mixture into the cornmeal mixture, and stir together. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Bake in the preheated oven until the cornbread is lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 209, Fat: 10.8 g, Cholesterol: 86 mg, Sodium: 534 mg, Carbohydrates: 18.6 g, Fiber: 1.5 g, Protein: 10.4 g.

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Family Matters: Pets


Washing the DogMy friend lives in a beautiful home in the country where her four big Labrador retrievers have plenty of space to run and roam.

They take full advantage of it, coming home sweaty and more than a little stinky most times. But there’s nothing worse than when they encounter a certain black and white adversary on their adventures.

This happened not too long ago, and all four dogs came home “skunked,” that is, sprayed by their furry foe as it tried to protect itself.

Luckily, she knew exactly what to do.

She kept the dogs outside while she prepped the anti-skunk wash.

Then she mixed together:

  • 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp liquid dishwashing soap

Of course, she had to make four times this much.

Wearing rubber gloves, she washed the dogs with this solution, being careful not to get it into the dogs’ eyes. She rubbed it in, but don’t let it sit too long as it can bleach their coat. Then she rinsed each dog with the garden hose (luckily it was warm outside).

After that, she shampooed the dogs with regular shampoo and left them outside in the sun to dry completely. By that night, they were ready to come back into the house, stench-free.



Shop the Sale: Bell Peppers


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My mom used to grow the most magnificent garden.

I say this in past tense, but she really she still grows a garden, I just don’t live close enough to benefit from it.

I remember summers spent going out to her garden to harvest fresh green beans, cucumbers, corn and bell peppers for dinner. I don’t think I can choose a favorite, but her stuffed bell peppers made from fresh produce straight out of our back yard was pretty delicious.

I have loved bell peppers ever since. I love the earthy flavor of the green ones and the sweet flavor of red, yellow and orange varieties. I make stuffed peppers frequently, but I also found this slaw recipe last summer. I’m not a huge coleslaw fan, but this side dish is positively delicious! Bell peppers are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so try this today.

Bell Pepper Slaw

Ingredients:
1 (10 oz) bag angel-hair slaw mix
1 large red bell pepper, julienned
1 large green bell pepper, julienned
1 large yellow bell pepper, julienned
1 large red bell pepper, julienned
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano

Directions:
Place slaw mix, peppers and tomatoes in a large glass jar with lid. Shake to combine; set aside.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, basil and oregano, whisking well. Pour mixture over peppers. Close lid and shake well to coat.

Serve slaw from jar, if desired. Store covered in the refrigerator. Slaw is best when made a day before serving.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 242, Calories from Fat: 157, Fat: 17 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 490 mg, Potassium: 595 mg, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 14 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Healthy Living: Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal


OatmealI’ve been eating a lot of eggs for breakfast recently.

Recently, as in, oh, the past year or so. I love eggs. They’re good for you, but variety is the spice of life and the key to good health.

So, I searched for other recipes that are easy, healthy and delicious.

This recipe for oatmeal is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. It doesn’t take too much time, and it will fill your belly all morning long. The whole grains and the fruits are delicious together. 

Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal

Ingredients:
2 cups purified water
2 cups rice milk
1 cup steel-cut oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup pecans
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp raisins
2 Tbsp cacao nibs
1 Tbsp flax seeds, ground
Pinch of sea salt

Directions:
In a medium pot on the stovetop, bring water and rice milk to a boil. Add oats; cook over medium heat until oats are tender, approximately 20 minutes. Add in remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low. Cook for another 2 minutes.
Remove from heat; transfer to four bowls. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 205, Fat: 10.4 g, Sodium: 103 mg, Carbohydrates: 25.8 g, Fiber: 6.7 g, Sugar: 8.8 g, Protein: 9.6 g.

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Product Talk: Food Club 3 Cheese Texas Toast


Food Club Texas ToastWhen I was little, my family lived in Louisiana for about four years. I remember my friend, Kitzie, eating “Texas Toast” for dinner and asking my mom about it.

“You have to live in Texas to eat that,” she said.

We then moved back to Virginia and Texas Toast was all but forgotten, until I moved back to Texas.

Now “Texas Toast” is pretty much a staple of our diet.

Thick bread, slathered with butter and garlic…oh yeah, you know it.

I can’t think of a dinner my boys haven’t deemed “Texas Toast” worthy. I usually buy it as a side to a pasta dinner, but they’ve asked for it as a side to pizza or salmon.

Food Club offers a frozen Texas Toast that is easy to portion out and quick to cook. We love the “Three Cheese” variety, which is loaded with butter, garlic and different cheeses. It cooks up quickly in the oven or toaster oven, and it is easy to count out one piece per person, with no waste. Best of all, it’s tender and buttery in the middle, and it’s crispy and buttery on the crust.

Win/win.

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Dine In: Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta


PastaWhen we had our children 17 months apart, we didn’t go out much. Go figure.

Every Friday night, the boys’ dad would bring home take-out. I’d get a break from cooking, and he’d get a break from helping me clean up. That was pretty much heaven to the parents of two babies, both of whom had jobs other than the sweet children.

When the kids got a bit older, we’d venture out every now and then, every once in a GREAT while, mind you. Taking two kids under three years old out to dinner isn’t always fun. Plus, they often can’t eat what’s on the menu, so you either have to pack them food or find something to order they’ll like.

One Friday night, we were at a fairly well-known national restaurant, and we ordered spinach and artichoke dip for an appetizer. Our older son, not known for his proclivity for green veggies, kept reaching for it. We finally gave him a taste and he ended up eating most of the rest of it, with a spoon.

I found this recipe for a pasta that mimicked the dish he loved that night, and it’s been a family favorite ever since. 

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta

Ingredients:
8 oz penne pasta
2 Tbsp butter
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups milk
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano (parmesan), grated
1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
8 oz spinach, coarsely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Start cooking pasta as directed on the package. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for a few minutes while stirring. Add the milk and cook while stirring until it thickens up, about 1-2 minutes. Add the cheese and cook while stirring until they melt, about 1-2 minutes.  Add the artichokes and spinach, and cook while stirring until the spinach wilts, about 1-2 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste; remove from heat.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 497, Fat: 20 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (11 g Saturated Fat, Cholesterol: 97 mg, Sodium: 488 mg, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Fiber: 7.4 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 24 g.

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Family Matters: Finger Painting


Finger PaintingThis age is a great time to get crafty with your little one! Try this homemade finger paint recipe. It’s non-toxic, so don’t be overly concerned if baby wants to taste!

Ingredients:
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup cold water
4 1/2 cups boiling water
liquid food coloring

Directions:
Mix the cornstarch with the cold water and stir together. Pour in the boiling water and stir between each cup. Keep stirring until it reaches a pudding-like consistency. Separate it into individual jars or bowls, and add the color. Paint away!



Family Matters: Teething Biscuits


Baby BiscuitsBaby should start getting teeth, so make sure they have something to gnaw on to soothe their gums. You can make your own teething biscuits, just remember to never leave baby unsupervised with anything that goes in their mouth!

Teething biscuits

Ingredients:
1 cup infant rice cereal
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 mashed banana
2 tsp cinnamon
4 to 8 Tbsp water

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425° F. Mix everything together in a medium sized bowl, starting with 4 tablespoons of water and adding more if necessary. Mix well until a dough forms. Roll out on a floured surface until about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. Cut out shapes using cookie cutter or cut into squares. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake for 15 minutes.

Let cool completely. Store in air-tight container. These can also be stored in the freezer. 

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Family Matters: Making Baby Wipes


Baby WipesMaking your own baby wipes at home is easy at 1, 2, 3. The basic recipe is simple and effective, and it can not only save you money but also give you assurance you know exactly what’s touching baby’s delicate skin. Once you master the basic recipe, you can add a few drops of essential oils if your baby’s skin can tolerate them.

Original Recipe for Wipes
1/8 to 1/4 cup baby shampoo
1/8 to 1/4 cup baby oil/olive oil
2 cups lukewarm water

Mix liquid ingredients gently. Place the wipes in the container, then add the solution and invert a few times to make sure the wipes all get sufficiently moistened. Use just enough solution to moisten. Extra solution can generally be kept refrigerated.

For the wipes, cut a roll of premium paper towels in half across the middle. Thread one end of the wipes through the cardboard roll and they’ll dispense easily.



Mi Blog Hispano: Beneficios del Sueno


Mi Blog HispanoHace unos días estaba leyendo un artículo que hablaba sobre el exceso de sueño que me llamo mucho la atención, y hoy quiero compartirlo con ustedes porque mucha de la gente con la que tengo contacto a menudo, continuamente me comenta o que duerme mucho o por el contrario que tienen problemas para dormir.

Esta revista, comentaba acerca de un estudio reciente realizado por el Centro de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades en este país, que dice que es tan malo dormir en exceso como no dormir lo suficiente. ¿Por qué? Porque puede producir enfermedades crónicas. Es decir que dormir menos de seis horas o más de 10 horas puede comprometer la salud y calidad de vida a mediano y a corto plazo.

Las alteraciones del ritmo del sueño diario conducen a problemas como la ansiedad, sedentarismo y sobrepeso, los cuales pueden terminar con el tiempo en  enfermedades como la depresión y hasta alteraciones neurológicas y variantes en el metabolismo.

El articulo habla de una publicación de la Universidad de Harvard, que exalta el poder reparador que tiene el dormir, y dice que, dormir provee una oportunidad para que el cuerpo se recupere y se rejuvenezca, ya que, durante el sueño ocurre el crecimiento muscular, la reparación de los tejidos, síntesis proteica y el crecimiento hormonal.

Dormir el tiempo adecuado, no sólo previene y controla problemas de salud sino que también, dormir bien contribuye a mejorar las funciones orgánicas y mentales, ayudando a la memoria, la concentración, la creatividad y además rejuvenece, disminuye el stress y también ayuda a controlar la presión arterial y a reducir el colesterol.

Así que, la moraleja de compartir con ustedes este mensaje el día de hoy es que debemos dormir lo suficiente, ni más ni menos. También debemos tomar en cuenta para dormir mejor que tenemos que tratar de hacer una rutina y procurar ir a la cama a la misma hora todos los días, ponernos ropa cómoda y tener una temperatura en el cuarto adecuada. Ubicar los aparatos electrónicos si es posible fuera de la habitación para evitar interrupciones del sueño por mensajes de texto o emails.

Al dormir procura relajarte y tener pensamientos positivos. Meditar y orar ayudan también a conciliar un sueño tranquilo, reparador y en paz. 



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