Did you know that 46 million people in the United States deal with hunger issues? 12 million of them are children and 7 million are seniors. September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. A group of 30 passionate food bloggers recently put together an exciting cookbook, Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours, complete with fabulous recipes, slow cooking tips, tips for cooking affordably and price-per-serving on each recipe.
As I was strolling through Costco a few weeks ago, I ended up in the beer section. Somehow this seems to occur every time I make a Costco run. Guilty pleasure I guess. My eyes are trained to look for new and interesting beers that I’ve never had before, and this time was no exception. They immediately latched onto a green-labeled bottle, bearing the title “Cascaderade.”
“Is it like a hoppy Gatorade?” my brain churned. “Or maybe a play-on-words between Cascade hops and lemonade?” At any rate, the 22-ounce bottle made its way to the checkout line. Cool label, local beer (Sudwerk Brewing, Davis), and it’s an India Pale LAGER?! Ok, you’ve won me over.
The theme of the 2014 SacFoodies Potluck (our 7th annual!) was “Small Bites” and I was inspired to return to my 2011 potluck roots and decided to select a recipe from PotatoGoodness.com (one of our clients is the US Potato Board). The Mashed Potato Puffs recipe had been calling my name ever since I first saw it on the popular food website The Kitchn.
Now, I must admit, I did cheat a little bit and I did not make my own mashed potatoes when I prepared this recipe for the potluck (sorry fellow SacFoodies). Yes, I cheated and went with the pre-made store-bought mashed. However, I didn’t hear any complaints from the crowd at the potluck as we all enjoyed chowing down on the various Small Bites-themed dishes. I’m including the full recipe below, but now you know my little time-saving trick. Enjoy!
Before last weekend, I’d never written a Yelp review. Despite having been to countless wonderful restaurants and devouring several fantastic meals, writing a Yelp review was never the post-meal priority. But last Saturday, everything changed. I had the best meal of my life and for the first time, writing a Yelp review became the post-meal priority.
Yes, you read that right. Let me explain.
It was a great day for the SacFoodies when we were contacted by the folks at Sailor Jerry inviting us to try their spiced rum. Lucky for us, the samples came along with a delicious Bloody Jerry recipe that we used to help kick off our weekend.
When it comes to a Bloody Mary, most would think of the common concoction which uses vodka and is often customized by a variety of different additions. However, rum is usually not considered a go-to liquor for creating this classic brunch cocktail. You may, however, want to rethink that theory and give this Bloody Jerry a whirl. We were pleased that the spiced rum complimented the tomato flavors well and it most certainly went down smooth.
1 1/2 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
2 dashes hot sauce
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 heavy-handed dash of steak seasoning spices
1 teaspoon of wet minced garlic
1 teaspoon of spicy bean or pickle juice
Fill with plain tomato juice
Pour it all in a pint glass, squeeze in some lemon and lime wedges, toss ‘em in. Add ice. Shake and add any garnish you desire.
Who doesn’t love a new cookbook? Around here, as you might imagine, they can be pretty popular. Recently, I ordered one that I’ve been waiting for: Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen: Timeless Favorites Transformed.
There are just a few tickets still available for the Coffee Crawl Sacramento this Saturday, September 6. Crawlers will start at Insight Coffee Roasters for event bags full of swag and kick off presentations before heading out by car or bike to experience the magic at other participating shops, including Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, Fluid Espresso Bar, Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, Son of a Bean Coffee House, and Temple Coffee Roasters. The Crawl After Party, hosted by Roaster Sponsor Temple Coffee, will conclude a great day for Sacramento coffee lovers.
Tickets are $32 and available here (note: only tickets for routes 5 and 6 are still available).
Not too long ago, I returned from my honeymoon in Ireland. My wife and I toured castles, kissed the Blarney Stone, walked through St. Patrick’s Cathedral, drank a freshly brewed Guinness from the Dublin brewery and basically had an amazing two weeks on a bus tour of the entire island.