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Monday, July 21, 2014

Succulent BBQ Sauce Recipe for Ribs

Barbecue spareribs are something that my family enjoys and enjoys them often! They are on the menu about twice a month here and we love to try out all kinds of different barbecue sauce recipes when we make them. After all, we would get bored if we used the same sauce over and over again. Right? right!

The great folks over at Sparkling ICE sent over this delicious looking recipe that you can use when you make ribs! While it does require numerous ingredients, it is very easy to prepare.

Succulent BBQ Sauce Recipe

1 bottle Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE
1 white onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 fresh jalapeños, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup ketchup
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
One 6 oz. can of tomato paste
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke
3 tablespoons scotch, whiskey, or bourbon (optional)


Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Lightly sauté on a low flame for 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, ketchup, and mustard to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously. Pour 1 bottle Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE to the saucepan and stir until all ingredients are combined. Add balsamic vinegar and liquid smoke. Simmer for 25 minutes. Before you strain the sauce, mix in 3 tablespoons of your favorite scotch, whiskey, or bourbon (optional). Push sauce through a fine mesh strainer.

Disclosure: The recipe and photo is courtesy of Sparkling ICE. Please see their web site for additional product information and recipes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods - Family Dinner Night

For the past few years we have been buy the all natural frozen meals from Michael Angelo's. We love their authentic taste, all natural ingredients, made in small batches from scratch and their affordable price.

Recently Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods – makers of authentic and all-natural Italian prepared and frozen meals – announced the launch of five new large sizes of 100 percent natural meals at Walmart. With new sizes of brand favorites including Meat Lasagna available in 46 ounces and 80 ounces, Baked Ziti with Meatballs in 44 ounces and Eggplant Parmesan in 44 and 80 ounces, customers can let Michael Angelo’s take care of the cooking for a party of any size.

Just like every Michael Angelo’s meal, each of the new all-natural sizes are comprised of 100 percent natural ingredients, without any additives or fillers. Michael Angelo’s authentic, homemade tastes comes naturally with vine-ripened tomatoes, imported Italian cheeses, and fresh vegetables and herbs sourced from some of the best farms in the world. Unlike many other brands in the freezer aisle, every Michael Angelo’s ingredient is selected with care by Michael and his mom, Sara, ensuring authentic taste from the seed in the ground to the meal in your freezer. Where other frozen meal makers may skimp on imported ingredients and cut corners on sourcing to save on production costs, Michael Angelo’s gourmet, homemade style makes every bite a wholesome and nutritious experience.

We were given vouchers for Walmart so that we could pick up some of these new larger Micheal Angelo's meals and were pretty excited about it. We were having some family members over for dinner to work out the final arrangements for my daughter's upcoming wedding. These meals were just perfect to serve as our main course and I didn't have to spend hours in the kitchen!

We picked up two of the Michael Angelo's Eggplant Parmesan and two of the Micheal Angelo's Meat Lasagna to make & serve to the family. I also prepared a fresh garden salad, toasted garlic bread and an apple pie for dessert.

One of the things I like about Michael Angelo's frozen foods is that I can make these dinners in my oven or if I am pressed for time or it is blazing hot in the summer, I can make them in my microwave oven. Either way, they come out piping hot & just perfect.

Regarding taste? No other frozen meals even come close to comparing! Yes, we have tried other brands in the past but didn't care for them. Micheal Angelo's is indeed our preferred brand! Each of the dinners taste authentic because they are! You can tell that they are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. There is plenty of tomato sauce, spices and cheese. They never skimp on their ingredients at all. Nope, Never!

Within 30 minutes I had dinner on the table and all 8 of my guests were enjoying their meals. I didn't have to slave away for 3 hours preparing a dish of lasagna and a dish of eggplant parmesan. Furthermore, I made one in the oven and one in my microwave and my dinner guests couldn't tell which one was prepared by which method. That speaks to quality for sure!

The Meat Lasagna, now available in 46 or 80 ounces, is a Michael Angelo’s best-seller made with Pecorino Romano cheese, imported from Italy. Fresh beef, vine-ripened tomatoes and a secret blend of herbs are sautéed in imported olive oil and layered with al dente, 100 percent semolina lasagna noodles and premium cheeses to make the best pre-made lasagna dish available. The family-treasured Eggplant Parmesan, in 44 or 80 ounces, is made simply with fresh, lightly-breaded eggplant and just the right amount of tomato sauce, topped with Mozzarella and sprinkled with a blend of imported Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano cheeses. Michael Angelo’s Baked Ziti with Meatballs is made carefully with 100 percent semolina ziti pasta and Sara’s beef meatballs, made with only ingredients found in any every day kitchen. Combined with vine-ripened tomato sauce, Mozzarella cheese and sprinkled with Romano cheese, this Italian classic is a crowd-pleasing combination.

You can find Micheal Angelo's Gourmet Foods in various retailers across the nation. If you are looking for the new larger sizes, you can find them at your neighborhood Walmart superstore.

Disclaimer: Shelly Hill has personally reviewed the product listed above. Shelly has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Shelly did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. The Shakin N Bakin Blog is not responsible for delivery/shipping of giveaway items won from this blog nor are we responsible for mis-use or injury caused by items won from this Blog. Content on this blog is copyrighted, all rights reserved. We reserve the right to legally pursue anyone who violates our rights and/or steals our copyrighted material.

Friday, July 18, 2014

American Tartz Pineapple Cocktail Recipe

Every year when Summer rolls around we like to entertain a lot of friends and family members here at our home. Several times a month you can find us out in the backyard hosting a barbecue cookout or pool party. Along with all of that entertaining comes along some great tasting cocktails to serve to our guests.

The great folks over at Three Olives sent over this cocktail recipe that utilizes pineapple juice. I love pineapples so this cocktail recipe is right up my alley. Besides that, it is tropical and just perfect for the summertime season. Don't ya think? I think so! I have to make it this weekend, it looks totally delicious and cooling for the hot summertime!

American Tartz Pineapple Cocktail Recipe

2 parts Three Olives Tartz ™ Vodka
1 part pineapple juice
1 part club soda

Mix first two ingredients in a shaker filled with ice & shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass, top with club soda and garnish with a pineapple slice.

Disclosure: The photo and recipe is courtesy of Three Olives. You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.