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Welcome to my blog! I love to cook and bake for my family. I hope you enjoy the recipes, foodie reviews, foodie giveaways and cooking tips posted on my blog.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Peach Nectar Ginger Beer Recipe

Peach Nectar Ginger Beer Recipe
When it comes to fruity flavored cocktail drinks, peach flavor is one of my favorites, especially during this time of the year when peaches are in-season around here. Today's guest post recipe is courtesy of the great folks over at Brooklyn Crafted. I think it's a drink that both men and women would enjoy.

Peach Nectar Ginger Beer Recipe

1.5 oz. Handcrafted Peach Vodka
3.5 oz. Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Mango
Peach Slices and Mint for garnish

Mix peach vodka and Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Mango. Garnish with sliced peaches and mint over ice.

Disclaimer: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How to Get Started with a New Food Blog

How to Get Started with a New Food Blog
Starting a food blog is a lot of fun. However, it is a lot of work. Many people see the final product of a neatly curated blog and don't think about the process behind it all. If you'd like to start a blog, understand that you'll need to be dedicated and passionate about your subject. If you're willing to stick with the process for a long time, consider these tips to get started.

1. Create a content calendar.
Sit down and think about all of the delicious recipes you'd like to create. Keep in mind that you should put your own spin on the recipe. Don't solely rely on pulling recipes from the internet to create content. If you see a lemon ricotta pancake recipe you'd like to try, switch it up with an original mango fruit compote. Many food bloggers have probably made lemon ricotta pancakes, but you're choosing to stand out by adding a completely different topping. As you create the content calendar, think about elements such as seasonal produce and commonly searched foods on Google.

2. Schedule posts early.
Never wait until the day before to create a post. If anything, it might cause a sense of anxiety and stress. It's always better to stay ahead of schedule. You can't anticipate some of the things that can go wrong. If your recipe flops or you have an emergency situation with a family member, you'll end up getting behind schedule. As a blogger, it's always best to be consistent and timely so that you can continue to build momentum.

3. Look for ways to improve.
Head over to cookbooks, food blogs and food apps to see how food gets styled. Food styling is such an important element because people eat with their eyes first. If photography isn't your strength, consider using the services of an amazing food photographer nyc to transform your look. It'll make a major difference.

4. Share content on a few platforms.
If you're working by yourself, consider focusing on one or two platforms to make a big difference in the amount of followers and fans you gain. If you try to focus on too many platforms, you'll spread yourself way too thin. Besides, you won't be as effective. Consider using Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest are excellent platforms to consider as they thrive off of visual blog content.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Veggies Recipe

I love pasta and vegetables, especially when they're combined together. This guest-post recipe is courtesy of Pasta Fits. I think it would be perfect for lunch or dinner and looks really easy to prepare. I will have to head on over to our local farmer's market next weekend and pick up some romaine hearts, asparagus and fresh lemons. Now that the summer heat is kicking into high gear, it's the perfect recipe for you to make using your bbq grill.

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Grilled Veggies Recipe
Grilled Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Veggies Recipe

4 oz. ziti
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil for brushing
1 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breast
8 oz. romaine hearts, halved lengthwise
8 oz. ½ bunch asparagus, trimmed of tough stems
½ tsp. lemon zest
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. grated garlic

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the ziti according to package directions. Drain and reserve.

Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan over high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and a little of the oil. Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 3 – 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Reserve. Brush the romaine and the asparagus with the remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the romaine and asparagus on the grill. The romaine will start to char on the outside, turn to allow all sides to get a little char, about 3 minutes total. Remove from the grill and reserve. The asparagus will turn bright green and have grill marks when it’s ready, also about 3 minutes. Remove from grill and reserve. When the chicken, romaine and asparagus are cool enough to handle, chop the chicken into bite-sized chunks, roughly chop the romaine, and slice the asparagus into 2” pieces. Reserve.

In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Place the chicken, romaine, asparagus and ziti in a bowl and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.