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Friday, April 16, 2021

Tomato Tortilla Soup

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It's soup weather. It's not soup weather. No wait, it's soup weather again. Mother Nature needs to calm down and stick with one season. I eat soup year round, but more so when there's a nip in the air.  After a few glorious weeks of heat, we're back to sweater weather and that means that I'm pulling out my soup pot more often these days. I had some avocados that were getting a little too ripe earlier this week and knew that I needed to find a recipe to use them in pronto. My search led me to this Tomato Tortilla Soup recipe from Golden Blossom Honey.

 
Is it too early to be thinking about Cinco de Mayo? Not in the Mahoney household since Mexican food is life for our family. If you're like us, you'll already be planning or pinning to your fiesta board in preparation for the upcoming holiday, and this recipe needs to be right up there with the rest of them. I'll admit, I wasn't quite sold on this recipe at first since I've always been more of a taco soup kind of girl, but once you add in the toppings, I think I just might like this recipe more. If you want to keep the soup meat-free, black beans are an excellent substitution for the chicken. The only change I would make to this recipe is by adding in more than just 3 of the fried tortilla strips at the end. It gives it an extra boost of texture, plus, who doesn't love fried tortilla strips hot out of the pan!?

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped
1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes, drained
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
4 (6 inch) corn tortillas, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
8 cups chicken stock
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 Tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 bay leaves
salt to taste
Toppings:
3 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into strips, sauteed in oil and drained
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
2 avocados, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
sour cream

 
 
 
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Do you eat soup year round?
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Green Beans with Roasted Onions

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Green Bean Casserole, what do we think of it? For me, it's a no. I know it's a staple at many holiday meals, but to me it just looks like a pile of mush. We decided to push our Easter dinner until this weekend with the kids since nobody was going to be able to make it home for actual Easter. I sent the kids a dinner request text and got a request back from Mariah's boyfriend for.... green bean casserole. Ky, it's not happening. Sorry. BUT, something like Fresh Green Beans with Onions is totally doable! 
 
 
This recipe from Golden Blossom Honey is great for any holiday meal or for the upcoming summer months where *hopefully* we will all be able to resume backyard BBQ's with our loved ones. It has minimal ingredients, but is super flavorful. And it's so much healthier than a dish smothered in creamed soup! The recipe says the onions can be roasted a day ahead of time, but if you're like me, you're going to want to top your green beans with the onions piping hot right out of the oven. Also, if you're like me, you're going to want to make a double batch because it's going to be hard to want to share this delightful dish!

Ingredients

2 medium-large yellow onions, peeled and cut vertically into 8 wedges
2 tablespoons butter, melted
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed



 

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Green Bean Casserole, yay or nay?
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

JoJo's Shake Bar Brings Me To The Yard

We'll be heading to Chicago on Friday, and when it's for a scheduled doctor visit, Jason treats me to some of my favorite Windy City cuisines afterwards. However, I still haven't decided where we'll dine this week yet. I mean, I usually  never say no to Giordano's deep dish pizza, but I also have a soft spot for JoJo's Shake Bar. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see that their freakshakes are my jam! 

If you live in the Chicagoland or surrounding areas, you'll see a lot of advertising for JoJo's on your social media. Pictures of their milkshakes are drool-worthy (and enough to send one into a diabetic coma, I'm sure), but are they worth the social media hype? If you ask me, I'll tell you I'll make the 2 hour drive from my house just for a milkshake. If you ask Jason, he'll tell you he has no desire to ever step foot in there again.  So, I suppose it depends on how much you love milkshakes and sugar?
Let me start my review by saying that I had someone on Instagram send me a message after I posted my freakshake pic and tell me that I need to eat better. Not that I have to explain my eating habits to anyone, but JoJo's should be treated as a special treat, not for every day food, which is what I do. I've been 3 times in 2 years, so mind your own business and move along if milkshakes and candy aren't your thing. For those of you who are interested, continue on :)

Before the pandemic, we got to dine indoors. Y'all remember those days? JoJo's Milk Bar is an Instagram worthy little eatery with a full menu consisting of grub like sandwiches, tacos, lasagna, biggie shakes and hot cocoa, and my personal favorite, cheese fries. Vegetarian or Vegan? Not an issue! They can accommodate your dietary needs. 


And, where else are you going to get to dine with Biggie and The Queen, who both have milk mustaches!? 

The first shake I ever ordered was The Gold Digger. 


This milkshake is made with vanilla ice cream infused with caramel. It's topped with gold toned candies and cookies. But, as much as I loved the milkshake, I'll will agree with Jason and say that you're paying for the novelty of these shakes and they really aren't worth the $14 asking price. We split this one and I honestly didn't feel like the actual milkshake was enough to satisfy two people. We had the waitstaff box up the candy and cookie toppings so we could give them to the girls when we got home. By the next afternoon, the toppings were getting pretty stale and hard, so we ended up throwing them out since nobody wanted to eat them at that point.

While I was in Chicago in early December, Jason thought he'd treat me and my bestie to dinner at JoJo's. By treat, I mean drop us off at their outdoor dining winter wonderland and go find himself food elsewhere LOL. I had seen their special peppermint winter shake on their Facebook page and really didn't want to miss out on getting my hands on it before the season was over. Dining indoors was not (and to my knowledge, still not) happening, but they did set up a huge heated outdoor tent decorated in winter/Christmas theme for diners. Now, the setup was all kinds of adorable, but my excitement for my birthday meal went south rather quickly when the hostess told me there was a $20 SIT DOWN FEE. Like, what in the actual fuck is a sit down fee? She didn't tell me of any fee when we put our names on the waiting list and Jason had already drove off, so I paid the $20 just for the privilege of dining at JoJo's, which soured the birthday meal a bit for me. But, it was my bestie's first time here and I did love the decor, so I let it go. We both ordered the Winter Peppermint Shakes and cheese fries. Absolutely delish! 

But again, as much as I love the shakes and fries, our total with the sit down fees and tip came to $85. For 2 shakes and 2 baskets of fries. I didn't even pay that much for food in New York! 

I was going to wait until they took down their Christmas tent dining area to post my review since I didn't want to encourage anyone to show up and get blindsided with a sit down fee, but it appears that they have converted the area to a Candyland theme until the end of April, so I'm sure a sit down fee still applies if you plan to tent dine. For me, on top of the high food prices, tips and sit down fees, JoJo's is not worth the hype. But, the food is really good, so I personally won't stop patronizing them when we're in Chicago, but will place a curbside to-go pickup order for my future visits. 


If you like massive milkshakes/freakshakes, and if you're ever in the South Bend/Mishawaka Indiana area, I insist that you stop at Caracas Bistro. Their milkshakes are about twice the size of JoJo's and only cost $9. And are worth every calorie, imo. 




What's your favorite milkshake flavor?






Friday, April 2, 2021

Lemon Cream Pie

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

 

I saw a meme recently that said Adulthood Is Saying "Things will calm down after this week" over and over again. That's been me a lot this past year, but more so this past week. I did a huge craft fair last weekend, we've busted our butts trying to fix up the house before the appraisers came out for an inspection, and we finally got appointments for our first round of the Covid vaccine. I am beat! Allison though, in the midst of the chaos of it all, thought it would be a spectacular time to want to bake something. Normally I'd encourage her kitchen adventures, but my kitchen was torn apart since I was trying to get the cabinets and walls painted in a hurry. Teens, I swear! Once the kitchen was done and put back together, we did end up celebrating by making this Lemon Cream Pie, a Golden Blossom Honey recipe, for all of our hard work. 
 

I figured this is a really lovely springtime recipe to keep on hand for when the temperatures start to warm up a little. We had a few warm days here already, but I woke up to snow yesterday which almost caused me to have a meltdown lol. However, my mint is popping up in my garden already, as you can see in my pics, so that gives me hope that warmth and sunshine are on the way to stay very soon. This is one of the easiest pies I've made to date, so I'll be making another for our Easter dinner as well as keeping it on hand for any other events we have coming up this season. 
 

Ingredients

1 (9-inch) piecrust, unbaked
Fillling:
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/3 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup heavy cream
Garnish:
fresh blueberries or raspberries
whipped cream
 

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Are the temperatures warming up in your area yet?
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Glazed Carrots for Easter Dinner

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As the theme to Friends goes, it hasn't been my day, my week, my month, or even my year. I feel like I've been running in circles for ages now and not a thing is getting done around here, so I thought that I would keep this week's Golden Blossom Honey share short, simple and sweet. I've barely thought about what we'll be serving for Easter this year, but thankfully we aren't gathering until the weekend after since Mariah can't make it home until then. Since it's just going to be the immediate family for dinner, I won't be making too much, but I did think about putting these Glazed Carrots on the menu because what's Easter if you don't have carrots on the table?
 
 
The description on Golden Blossom Honey says that this recipe appeals to adults and children alike. I'd like to point out that my dogs have never liked carrots. They chew them up and spit them out on the ground leaving a huge mess. However, my boxer, Rocky, who knows better than to steal food, gobbled up half of this bowl when I turned my back for a few minutes. I was lucky to snap these pictures before he dug in! So, not only does this recipe appeal to adults and children, apparently it's irresistable to dogs as well. I did manage to eat a few carrots of my own before plating them up and before the carrot thief stuffed his fat nose in them, so I can attest that they are quite tasty and should definitely been on your holiday table this year. 
 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
1 (16-ounce) package baby carrots
1/2 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
 

 
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What are some of your favorite side dishes for holiday meals?
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Orange Walnut Coffee Cake

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I just looked at the calendar and realized that Easter is is right around the corner. Is it me or does it seem to get here earlier each year? This will be the second year that we won't be celebrating with family and that makes me really sad because I feel like the longer this virus continues, these family traditions are going to go by the wayside. I sure hope I'm wrong though. All I know is I am so ready for life to return to how it was before. Even though I won't have to prepare a big family meal, I can't let the holiday slide without a little something special on the table this year. We're having false spring right now and that has me in the mood for citrus flavored treats. So, I thought not only would this Orange Walnut Coffee Cake from Golden Blossom Honey help usher in real spring soon (at least I hope it's soon!), but would also make a lovely addition to any Easter breakfast, lunch or dinner spreads, too. 
 
 
I usually make my coffee cakes with a cinnamon crumb topping, but thought the walnut topping was an amazing change of pace for me. It added a fantastic amount of texture to the cake that usually isn't there. This is a very simple coffee cake to toss together, but will be a show stopper on the holiday table. While the recipe didn't call for it, you can dress up the top of each cake square with dried orange slices, berries, or sprigs of mint, but it's not necessary unless it's something that you want to do. Pair it with your favorite milk, tea or coffee and it will be a recipe you return to again and again all spring and summer long.

Ingredients

Cake:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon orange zest
Topping:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 cup SILVER BLOSSOM HONEY
 

 

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How will you celebrate Easter this year?