Salmon and Snow Pea Brown Rice Bowls

Brown rice can take a while to cook but it makes for a great base for a yummy meal. If you don’t want to wait for traditional brown rice to cook, you can always use the microwave pouches to get this dinner ready in no time. This recipe is from Cooking Light. Ingredients: 6 oz salmon fillet, skinless 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup snow peas 1 ½ cups cooked brown rice 1 tablespoon crème fraiche 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill ½ cup chopped orange sections 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

Beer-Steamed Clams and Mussels

It is fitting that I am able to host this giveaway so close to my blog anniversary! One of my biggest inspirations for learning how to cook and starting a blog to document it was Cooking Light Magazine. My mom on a whim picked up a copy of the magazine while at the supermarket. As I paged through, I was surprised with how simple the recipes seemed to be and how absolutely delicious they all sounded. After cooking a couple of the recipes, I was hooked. Three years later, Cooking Light remains a huge inspiration as I continue to learn how to cook. One of the best parts of learning to cook is being able to experience different cultures in your very own kitchen. America alone has a ton of different cooking styles with different areas and cities having signature dishes. Allison Fishman Task, a contributing editor of Cooking Light, traveled across America to discover native dishes across the nation. The lightened up versions can be found in Lighten Up. America! Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free. The cookbook tackles everything from fried green tomatoes to Philly cheesesteaks.   You can win a copy of this cookbook for your very own! Details … Continue reading

Chicken with Honey Sofie Beer Sauce

A few weeks back I was invited to go to a super cool event hosted by Goose Island Beer. The last week in September was Goose Island Migration Week in Philadelphia and one of the events was a Painting and Tasting at New Deck Tavern. While sipping on Goose Island’s delicious beer, a painting instructor guided us through painting a Goose Island themed painting! Creativity is not my strong suit. I can’t sing, dance, act, play an instrument… you get the idea. So I was excited and somewhat intimated by this whole process. But it was awesome. And here’s the end result! Please ignore that my oranges look like peaches. And that my goose on the glass looks more like Nessie. I’m still pretty jazzed with how it turned out! Ericka’s turned out great! I tried to switch it with mine before she signed it, but alas. The feature of our painting was a glass of Goose Island Sofie in its signature glass. Sofie is a Belgian Style farmhouse ale (Saison) that is aged in wine barrels with orange peel. This beer is SO good. I first heard of it through my sister who just loves Sofie, but this was … Continue reading

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