2011 Wrap-Up

As the 2011 slowly draws to a close, we can look back and think… hey, what happened this past year? For those of you who forgot there were a TON of “epic” events & some that didn’t even include any bacon at all!

Happy 2012

2011's out and 2012 in

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Pasta Salad with Green Onion Dressing

     ‘Tis the season for another work potluck. I’m not sure why my company doesn’t have a larger Holiday Party, but as a coworker pointed out to me today. Something is better than nothing! So very very true….
     For this potluck I was told to not make anything sweet (they had bought a cake) so instead I decided to make a pasta salad with green onion dressing. It looked a little something like this…

I based this recipe off of one I found HERE (the Food Network website). However I did change it up a bit. Not because it looked bad, I just didn’t want to go out and buy ingredients. Continue on to learn how to create this wonderful recipe yourself!

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What I ate for dinner…

My sister said people would be interested in this, I truly hope she’s right.

I have a secret… sometimes, I cook. I know, I claim to only know how to bake, but then I make things that look (and taste) pretty decent. So, today ladies and gentlemen, (assuming men read this blog), I present to you “What I ate for dinner”:

My DinnerGrilled Chicken with Quinoa Stir Fry

Continue reading for a recipe & a quick lesson on how to defrost chicken…

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Salted Caramel Pistachio & Pepita Brittle

It’s been a while since I’ve actually baked something for this blog… I guess that’s what happens when you bake at work all the time! Honestly, I’d say the worst part of working in product development is that everything I do make is confidential (such a bummer, I know).  With the holidays coming up, in my house we’ve been preparing goody bags to give to friends, family & most importantly coworkers. That brings me to today’s food science recipe, which comes to us from the Sobey’s Holiday 2011 Inspire magazine (although we switched out the  macadamia nuts for more green… pepitas!).  The science part comes into play when you start to think about all of the different things you can make with just sugar & water! From rock candy, to taffy, to fudge and syrups. The difference between them is the sugar concentration, cooking temperature and how much it has been stirred (plus a couple other key variables). If you have ever made fudge before (which I have not) you probably know how HARD it is! or fudgey? I mean, it sounds hard… apparently there is a lot of stirring. But don’t worry! There’s a lot less stirring going on in this recipe, so click continue reading and try it out!

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Food News – Shoplifting

Very similar to a dunce capThe holiday season is upon us. You know how I can tell? It’s a Monday and the mall is packed full of people. Buying your loved ones gifts is both generous and kind, but what about those who aren’t spending any money for their presents? According to AdWeek,  some retailers gear up to do about 20-40% of their annual sales during this time of the year, but are likely to lose $119 billion to shoplifters. With the economy still in the dumps, locally & globally, it’s understandable that compared to 2010, shoplifting is up 6%. However, people aren’t stealing things they need, the most popular items are based on temptation. About one in 11 people will shoplift, and 75% of shoplifters are adults… with jobs.

So what are people most likely to get their hands on this year? The top 10 items people are stealing are the following:

  • 10. Nikes
  • 9. Chanel No. 5
  • 8. Let’s Rock Elmo
  • 7. Polo Ralph Lauren
  • 6. Axe
  • 5. Gillette Mach
  • 4. iPhone 4
  • 3. Electric tools

But the top 2 are especially interesting…

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The Salad Dressing Dilemma

When you make salad dressing at home, what do you put in it? Olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, maybe a little salt and pepper? If you’re creative maybe even some honey mustard, or jam (just maybe not together). But we don’t always have time to make our own dressing. That’s why sometimes, it’s just easier to buy it. So you pop over to the grocery store and after perusing the shelves decide on this product…

Kraft’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette. But did you read the ingredient label? Probably not, but luckily for you! I did…

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