Showing posts with label Product Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Product Review. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tastee Apple Giveaway

Tastee Apple Giveaway My Recipe Journey
YAY....I'm so happy to announce another Giveaway sponsored by my favorite caramel covered apple company, Tastee apples!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Moroccan Chicken Stew

I've been wanting to try a Moroccan recipe since I first received a bottle of 'McCormick Moroccan Seasoning' from the McCormick Company. Well, I finally found this recipe...Moroccan Chicken on After reading some of the comments on that recipe I decided that I would add fresh garlic and a veggie. But then during the cooking process I realized I needed to tweak the technique also.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast PizzaWe love to have breakfast for dinner once a week, so this recipe came in very handy! This pizza is filled with so many fresh and flavorful ingredients like smoked chicken chipotle sausage, roma tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, eggs and green onions! All baked on top of homemade bread! But you can use store bought bread. This is easy and very filling! The recipe is from the Johnsonville sausage company. It's called Morning Terrace Pizza and you can find it on
 This is a very versatile recipe that can be made to suit your own tastes. You can use any flavor sausage and your favorite cheeses! That's what I did and it worked perfectly.
I used fresh roma tomatoes and green onions and mozzarella along with spicy and smoky chicken chipotle sausage. I used ciabatta bread for a nice crisp crunch! The eggs and cheese gave it creaminess and held it all together!
This was another one of my delicious brand ambassador assignments for I'm really enjoying all the Johnsonville recipes. I was only asked to make 2 sausage recipes but these sausages are so good that I wanted to make more! I have one more recipe I want to make...I'll be doing that next week. It will be my own creation! I can't wait to try it!
Take a look at the large selection of recipes on the Johnsonville Pinterest Boards! They have them all nice and neatly put into different categories like 'breakfast', 'lunch', 'dinner', 'appetizers' and soooo much more! When you click on any of the recipes from their Pinterest boards it will bring you to the Johnsonville recipe page. There you can rate and review the recipes you've made, for other cooks to see!  I love that feature on their recipe site!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Quick and Easy Arroz Con Pollo

Quick and Easy Arroz Con Pollo

I love Arroz Con Pollo! I have made it many times and have ordered this in restaurants! The recipe I usually use (see here) has many more ingredients and is a little more difficult to make, but is very delicious with deep rich flavors! So when I found this new easier recipe I was very eager to give it a try!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Relished Recipe Kits at 50% Discount = Less than $5 Per Serving!

Look closely at these 3 yummy meals below! I am so excited to show my readers these recipe kits from Relished (now know as Home Chef). These three meals were all included in one shipment that was sent right to my door in a cooler box. As you can see in my photos below, the kits included EVERY SINGLE ingredient needed to make each meal! You DO NOT need to shop for anything. You don't even need to measure any of the ingredients! They are all in pre-measured packages! All you need is salt, pepper and sometimes a few teaspoons of cooking oil, to create these fabulously delicious gourmet dishes. The taste is  truly '5 Star' restaurant quality because they supply fresh, top notch ingredients. And each recipe is created by Relished's own professionally trained restaurant Chef! They also send  glossy, easy to follow, full size, recipe cards with each meal kit.
Turkey Burger with Homemade Pickled Onions and Sweet Potato Fries
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Wedge Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Homemade Gorgonzola Dressing
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Sambal Glazed Salmon with Roasted Baby Bok Choy and Wasabi Whipped Potatoes
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You can tweak the recipes to suit your tastes. For instance, in the Salmon kit pictured above, I omitted the wasabi from my mashed potatoes but included it for my hubby! He raved about them! He actually raved about all 3 meals! And for the turkey burgers I decided to butter and toast the pretzel buns! Yes, PRETZEL BUNS!!! I love pretzel buns! My kids (20 & 23 years old) wanted a taste of the turkey burgers...they loved it also. And it was their first time eating turkey burgers. My kids are usually VERY picky eaters but they really wanted to taste everything! I think the gorgeous presentation piqued their interest. I can't even take credit for that because the recipe cards tell you how each dish should be assembled. I was able to easily prepare these 3 scrumptious meals without much thought. What I love about these kits besides the taste is not having to shop for each ingredient and not having to measure each ingredient! It's like have a sous chef with me in my kitchen. I just wish a clean-up person would have been included in these kits! Oh well, a girl can dream, can't she? You really feel like a highly skilled Chef while preparing these meals!

 50% discount to my readers until the end of March.
Use coupon code 'LillianCooks' at checkout. 
Price per serving is less than $5 with this discount!
The people at Relished (Home Chef) really thought of everything! I just placed an order for the first week of March...I'm hooked already! And they are offering my readers a 50% discount on your first order placed from now until the end of March 2014. Just use coupon code 'LillianCooks' at checkout. That means you get 3 complete meal kits for less than $5 per serving. That's less than the price of a fast food take-out meal! Take a look at my order for the first week of  March **here**. And it only cost me $29.85. I don't understand how they can offer such a low price! Shhhh...don't tell them I said that! They sell out quick so order fast! I can't wait to get my next shipment! They will set up delivery on a day that is convenient for you! But you don't need to be home for delivery because the items stay cold for hours in the cooler box. Just place the items in the fridge when you get home.
I highly recommend that you take advantage of this discount and give Relished Foods (Home Chef) a try! Then come back here and thank me later! **smiles**
Chat with the friendly people of Relished Foods(Home Chef) and see what other menus they offer! Click on the sites below to find them on...

Disclosure: I was not paid to promote Relished Foods(Home Chef). I was given their product for review purposes only. I received no other compensation. The above food photos and opinions are my own. I will always only write about products that I truly love and want to share with my readers.

Monday, January 13, 2014

New York City Style Game Day Food!

Photo taken from the top of the Empire State Building
Okay, let me start by saying I'm not a sports fan at all...gasp! But I do love going to those game day parties to munch on great finger foods! My hubby is a huge sports fan and he told me that this year the football game is all about New York! YAY...I'm a New Yorker, so now I have two things in common with 'The Big Day'...great food and my state! I currently live in the suburbs of NY, but it's only a one hour drive to the city. We go there often and love all the fun things to do in NYC. But the best part for me is the amazing food! One of my favorite New York City foods is a push-cart hot dog with onions from the hot dog vendors on the streets of Manhattan. You can find them on just about every corner! I decided to re-create those hot dog onions in my own kitchen! I tried many different ingredients until I was able to get the exact taste of the NYC hot dog onions that I crave and love!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pumpkin vs. Apple

This time of year I see TONS of recipes using apples and pumpkins! I love both, so it's a pleasure to see! I'm always amazed that so many cooks can come up with so many creative ways to use these items in recipes! Every year a new apple or pumpkin recipe emerges that I've never seen before and sweeps across the Internet becoming very popular, very quickly! But I'm old fashioned sometimes and I gravitate towards the basics when it comes to apples and pumpkins! I'll take a simple apple or pumpkin pie any day!

These next 2 recipes were just what I wanted...simple and basic but so very delicious! Both recipes are sweetened with SPLENDA® helping to keep them lower in calories.

Mini Apple Muffins
Mini Apple Muffins
Click **Here** for recipe
These are very tasty little muffins! I simplified the direction and also made some adjustments. I added a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of ground cloves. I used SPLENDA® brown sugar blend instead of the plain granulated sweetener. And to make the directions easier I just mixed all the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Then in a separate bowl I mixed together all the wet ingredients. Then I added the wet to the dry and mixed until well combined. I used mini cupcake liners and scooped the batter to the top of each with a melon baller. Then baked as stated. These had a nice fresh apple taste but I would decrease the amount of lemon zest next time to half. And eat these after they've cooled completely so that all the flavors have a chance to meld together.

These mini muffins were perfect paired with a nice cup of this Gingerbread Coffee sweetened with SPLENDA®!

Gingerbread Coffee
Gingerbread Coffee
Click **Here** for Recipe

Harvest Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Harvest Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Click **Here** for Recipe
 I love that these cookies are so light and soft. And I love the bright pumpkin color and flavor! I made them as written except I didn't use the walnuts or raisins because I wanted the pumpkin to shine through and it did! I also decreased the sugar slightly by only using 1/4 cup of the SPLENDA® white sugar blend. But I used the full amount of the SPLENDA® brown sugar blend. I added 1/2 tsp. allspice and I'm glad I did because it was perfect in this! A very good cookie that tastes great warm or cold.

I enjoyed these cookies with a cup of Whisky Tea sweetened with SPLENDA®

 Share the love of all things sweet with SPLENDA® and check out their website for more recipes using SPLENDA®
Also visit SPLENDA® on Facebook to share you're love with them!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

New Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

New Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

That's right! There's a new recipe in town, so say good-bye to that tired old recipe! Was that statement too cheesy? Well, so is this hash brown casserole.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

G.H. Cretors Popped Corn

The first commercial popcorn machine invented by Cretors in 1885
Photo from G.H. Cretors website

The interesting fact about this popcorn is not only that it's all natural and completely free of GMO's, artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives, but also that it's made by the ancestor of the inventor of the first commercial popcorn machine! Great Grandpa Cretors of Chicago invented the popcorn machine in 1885 and now his great granddaughter Claire is starting her own legacy by making high quality popping corn.

I've eaten lots of average popcorn in my time. You know the kind that is small and dense and not fully popped, with lots of hard kernels and no real corn flavor. That's why I really appreciate this popcorn from G.H. Cretors! I love great popcorn and that's exactly what this is! The cheese popcorn is not too salty, like most cheese popcorn, because it's made with real cheddar cheese melted onto popped corn! It's not a powdered imitation cheese mixture! And you won't find any unpopped kernels! G.H. Cretors popcorn is so addictively delicious because their popcorn tastes like is was popped just before you opened the bag!

My favorite G.H. Cretors variety is the 'Chicago Mix' because it's a blend of their caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag! It is pure sweet & savory perfection in every handful! Check out their website for more interesting facts and find where G.H. Cretors popped corn is sold near you, by using their store locator. You can also order their popcorn online.

 In This Photo  Chicago Mix
And take a look at their Facebook page...they have a fun photo contest going on! Join and you could win some G.H. Cretors popcorn for yourself! G.H. Cretors can also be found on Twitter and Pinterest They even have an Instagram page with lots of photos from other happy customers just like me!

I'm thinking about making Popcorn Cookies using their caramel popcorn! I think that would be a very cool cookie! Or maybe I can create a savory/sweet cookie using their cheese popcorn...yum! Stay tuned for those results!

So next time you're in the grocery store look for G.H. Cretors Popped Corn. Or maybe order some for yourself online! You won't be disappointed!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this blog post about G.H. Cretors  popped corn. I was given samples of their product and after tasting their product I wanted to share those results with my readers.

Monday, September 16, 2013

BBQ Bison Phyllo Bites

BBQ Bison Phyllo Bites
Did you know that you can purchase bison in so many different forms such as hot dogs, bacon, pepperoni, short ribs and ground meat, along with the other usual cuts such as steaks and roasts? And did you know that bison has half the calories of beef? Bison is also lower in fat and cholesterol than beef! Bison also beats chicken in those areas! I didn't know all of that until this month when and their brand ambassadors teamed up with The Bison Council to bring awareness of the benefits of eating bison.  Go to their website and read all about bison. And while you're there check out all the delicious recipes for bison such as, bison goulash, bison meatballs, bison ribs, bison Asian noodle bowl and so much more! You can also find where to purchase bison, near you, by entering your zip code on their website.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Homemade Tamales!

I have always wanted to make my own tamales at home, but I didn't know where to begin! There are certain ingredients that are not easy to find in my area such as
assorted dried chili peppers and dried corn husks! Then one day I got a message saying I had a new follower on Twitter called Global Grub. As soon as I saw what that page was about I was intrigued! They make cooking kits for some really cool recipes like Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice and Beans, Tangine with Couscous, Sushi Rolls and Red Chili Tamales.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Simple and Crisp Trail Mix

Simple and Crisp Trail Mix

I love snacking on food that not only tastes good but is good for me too! It makes me feel good about what I'm eating while it cures my need to munch! Sometimes my snack ends up being a quick meal when I'm in a for breakfast!

Having an easy homemade trail mix is so much better than store bought because it's made with only the things I want! Some store bought trial mixes contain items that don't appeal to me and that aren't really healthy like pretzels, or salty peanuts! And for some reason store bought trial mixes usually have stale, hard, raisins in them...not appealing at all!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Antipasto Fritters!

Antipasto Fritters
Recipe **here**
This is a recipe I created for an assignment I had this month through the ** Allstar Program**  I was asked to create a recipe using Sargento Shredded Cheese. I mentioned this assignment in this recent blog post here. This was a VERY easy assignment because I'm Italian...and what red blooded Italian doesn't like Sargento cheese!

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Tequila Squeeze!

I've been having so much fun trying new drink recipes using Sauza Tequila. They are one of the sponsors this month in the Allstar Brand Ambassador Program. Forgive me for not having the proper shaped stemware for these drinks! I used martini glasses, wine glasses and a water goblet! Oh well, it still tastes the same no matter what kind of glass is used!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Easy Creamy Parmesan Basil Sauce

Easy Creamy Parmesan Basil Sauce

This recipe saved the day for me because my 19 year old daughter and her boyfriend needed something to eat for lunch! I was all out of leftovers and all the cold cuts were gone! Food shopping is on Friday, so the cupboards were getting bare!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One Pan Mexican Potato Casserole

One Pan Mexican Potato Casserole
I'm so thrilled at how delicious this potato side dish turned out! Besides the huge flavors...this was so easy and quick to make! I'm loving 'One Pot Wonders' these days because it's been a busy month so far...not much time for fancy cooking or difficult recipes! Everything is mixed together in one casserole dish, then you just pop it in the oven! Stir one time during baking...add the sauce and cheese...stir and continue baking until cheese melts! Done baking in 35 minutes!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

This is a recipe I created for my assignment with the Allrecipes Allstar Program. This month one of our sponsors is Herdez. This sponsor generously sent all the Allstars this delicious package of their cooking sauces! Also included in the box was a microwave tortilla warmer! I can't wait to use that convenient kitchen gadget!

For this assignment we were asked to create a recipe using Herdez's new cooking sauces. I love Mexican food so this was such an easy task for me! I knew I wanted to make a hearty, stick to your ribs kind of meal! I think I achieved that in this 'one pot' recipe! My family loved my creation and I loved how easy it was to make! The chicken and rice cook together is the same pot! No need to pre-cook the rice! Less pots and pans to wash always makes me happy! I love to cook but I hate to do dishes! I'll be making a few more recipes using Herdez cooking sauces! The flavors are so fresh and bold, but not overly spicy!
One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

        3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced into bite sized pieces
                   1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
                   2 large cloves garlic, minced
                   1 medium sized onion, chopped
                   2 Tbls. olive oil
                   1 Tbls. butter
                   1 tsp. kosher salt
                   1/4 tsp. black pepper
                   2 tsp. chili powder
                   2 tsp. ground cumin
                   12 oz. jar Herdez® Tomatillo Verde Cooking Sauce
                   14.5 oz. can low sodium chicken broth
                   2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
                   1/2 cup sour cream
                   1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley or cilantro
In a small bowl mix together salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin. Sprinkle this mixture over the sliced chicken breasts and toss to coat.
In a very large skillet, melt butter with olive oil over medium heat. Add seasoned chicken pieces along with minced garlic and chopped onion. Saute while stirring until chicken is fairly browned and onions are tender, about 5-10 minutes. Then reduce heat to medium/low.
Add the uncooked rice to the chicken mixture and stir well. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. Then add the Herdez cooking sauce and the chicken broth. Stir well again and bring to a simmer. Then reduce heat to low, cover skillet and let simmer for 20 minutes.
                   Then uncover and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. Top with sour cream and parsley or cilantro before serving.
Serve warm.   Serves 4             



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sausage Chips

Sausage Chips
If your looking for a new, unique snack or appetizer, try these sausage chips! They were so easy and just like potato chips, you
can't eat just one!
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