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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Review: Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Cocktails

Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Cocktails serves up a delicious collection of drinks for Skinnygirls and everyone else.

I’m not a fan of The Real Housewives of New York, but I know most of their names. I know that the seventh season is around the corner and that the Skinnygirl herself, Bethenny Frankel will make an appearance. My experience with Frankel comes from watching her now-canceled talk show, celebrity gossip, and the occasional recipe popping up on my Facebook feed. I’ve seen Skinnygirl wines and vodkas on the shelf, but haven’t strayed from my favorites yet. This may change thanks to Frankel’s new book, Skinnygirl Cocktails. This paperback collection of guilt-free recipes will hit the shelves on October 28, just in time for the holiday season.

Fans of Frankel’s Skinnygirl spirits, Naturally Thin, Skinnydipping, and The Skinnygirl Dish all know to expect big flavor with little calories from her recipes. Her focus on enjoying yourself without packing on the calories is one I can get into. I love that enjoyment is equally important to calorie counting. And especially like that her recipes and philosophy focuses on flavor.

Skinnygirl Cocktails starts with a short lesson on making any cocktail the Skinnygirl way, stocking a bar, and a recipe for simple sugar syrup. This chapter alone is valuable info for anyone planning a holiday party. Feel like a margarita? Frankel shares the recipe she made on an episode of Real Housewives of New York along with delicious sweet, sour, and spicy takes on the classic recipe. The martini chapter includes delicious renditions of the classic including my favorite, the neat and clean Old Hollywood (page 23). Her sparkling recipes are perfect for toasting the New Year or any other celebration and her chapter on sangria and spritzers gives me ideas for next spring or summer. The Inspired Infusions (page 69) are more suggestions than recipes and inspired me to make pineapple jalapeno vodka that I cannot wait to try.

If you like sweet, spicy, frozen, infused, or decadent cocktails, Frankel delivers. She even included a few snack recipes and additional tips for entertaining the Skinnygirl way. Pick up a copy of Skinnygirl Cocktails for yourself or as a gift. Now that the weather has cooled, the Kiss Me, I’m Irish (page 124) is on the menu for tonight. It’ll be the perfect after dinner, snuggle on the couch drink. Cheers!

Disclaimer: Sherrie Thompson has personally reviewed the product listed above. Sherrie has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Sherrie 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. 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, October 24, 2014

Sweet Potato Custard Pie Recipe

With cooler nights upon us, Fall is definitely here with many more months to come. As farmer's markets and grocery stores stock up with seasonal produce, comfort foods tend to be on the mind. Allen Dikker, the owner and creator of the all-potato concept restaurant, Potatopia, is well versed in comfort foods, and has created a delicious Sweet Potato Custard Pie recipe for all of us to enjoy! Perfect for all of our family holiday meals.

This recipe will make approximately 8 servings. Cook time: 1 hour.


Allen Dikker of Potatopia's Sweet Potato Custard Pie

1 cup mashed, cooked sweet potato
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-2/3 cups milk
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon grated fresh orange rind
1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix sugar, milk, eggs, salt, ginger, and orange rind into cooked sweet potato. Turn into unbaked pastry shell and bake for 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. (If desired, serve warm with 1 cup of heavy cream whipped with 1/4 cup brandy.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

barkTHINS Snacking Chocolates - Just Perfect!

How many of you have heard of barkTHINS snacking chocolates and have tried them? I am ashamed to say, I had never heard of them until this review and wow...I was really missing out on a wonderful chocolate sensation!

Since making their debut at last year's Summer Fancy Food Show, barkTHINS snacking chocolate by the ripple brand collective has been a big hit! They are a revolutionary new twist on bark chocolate that is totally taking the industry by storm.

barkTHINS are non-GMO project verified, fair trade ingredient certified and contain no artificial colors or flavors. They are packaged in 4.7 oz. re-sealable gusseted bags and are available in several delicious flavors, including limited-edition seasonal flavors too! They are seriously good!

Flavors:

* Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond
* Dark Chocolate Almond
* Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt
* Dark Chocolate Blueberry Quinoa
* Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed
* Dark Chocolate Mint

For my review, I received 3 complimentary bags of barkTHINS snacking chocolates to try out for all of you. I got a bag of: Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt.

I really had a hard time deciding on which flavor to try first but finally decided on the Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt. Oh my gosh...just one bite and I was totally hooked on them! Usually I am a milk chocolate girl but found them to be divine! They are the perfect combination of dark chocolate, crunchy pretzels and sea salt. I think the sea salt cuts down the bitterness that you usually find with dark chocolates.

The following day we had a few friends over for a little get-together and I placed each of the other two flavors (Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed and the Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt) in little glass crystal serving bowls so that my guests could snack on them after our dinner. None of my guests had ever heard of them before this and were pleasantly surprised at how great they tasted. Within 2 hours, my dinner guests had both of the bowls devoured!

Out of those two flavors, I only had the chance to try out the Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed which I really loved! With that said, out of the 2 flavors I tried, I would have to pick the Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt as being my absolute favorite but hubby has a different opinion and really loved the Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt as his ultimate favorite.

Head on over to barkTHINS to learn more about the company and their products. You can also follow the company on Facebook and on Twitter.

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.