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Follow Friday : Southern Pink Lemonade

23 Nov

Happy Friday! How was your Thanksgiving? I started off my day with a 4 mile run, cooked in the afternoon and watched a lot of football. It was the perfect day!

I’m happy you’ve come by to see who is my featured #FollowFriday Blogger. This week, we have Heather from Southern Pink Lemonade. I’ve always said, I’m easily distracted by yummy looking food photos. Southern Pink Lemonade caught my eye right away. Heather takes awesome pictures! Drool-worthy is an under statement.

Heather lives in the Midwest, but she’s a southern girl at heart. She’s a big Alabama Football Fan, which also caught my attention. There has been a lot of chatter about the BCS National Championship game — could we have a Notre Dame vs.  Alabama match up?? If this happens, I think there may need to be some kind of sweet exchange between me & Heather….just throwing out some ideas 🙂

Here are 5 of my favorite recipe posts from Southern Pink Lemonade!

1. Baked Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze


I’m such a sucker for homemade donuts. Aren’t these so adorable??!!

2. Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip

I’ve never had a dip like this before! It would be the perfect snack to eat while watching football this weekend!

3. Cranberry Lemon Squares

With Christmas right around the corner, cranberries are going to be all the rage. I love Heather combined cranberries and lemon. What a great treat!

4. Apple Cinnamon Granola

Home made granola is soooo much better than the store-bought stuff. I’d love to eat this granola with some yogurt every morning!

5. The Perfect Traditional Chili

Every cook needs the perfect chili recipe. I can’t wait to try this one! I love that it simmers for 3 hours. I can only imagine how great this chili would smell in our house!

I hope you take some time and check more recipes at Southern Pink Lemonade. I had a hard time just picking 5! Here are 3 ways you can stay up to date with Heather’s latest posts.

I hope you liked my #FollowFriday Blogger Feature! How can you be my Featured #FollowFriday Blogger next week? It’s easy! All I have to know is know about you! Make comments on my blog, get active in Link Parties or take drool worthy pictures. (I’m easily distracted by yummy looking food!) If you are featured, all I ask is for you to tell you fans & followers you were featured on The Tasty Fork.

Have a great weekend! See you on Monday!


Thanksgiving Tip – Compound Butter Recipes

21 Nov

I have a last-minute tip for all of you getting ready for Thanksgiving. Will you be having some kind of bread served with dinner? Make a compound butter. Compound meaning add some ingredients to a stick of butter. It’s really easy and delicious!

Here are the steps.

  1. Mix a soften stick of butter with your favorite ingredients. (This can be done with a spatula or with a hand mixer.)
  2. Spoon butter mixture onto parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  3. Roll into a tight log. Tie the excess plastic wrap at the ends of the cylinder into a knot, or just use little pieces of string to tie off the ends.Chill for 2 hours before serving.

Making compound butter is something you can do before Thanksgiving day. Leftovers can be stored in the freezer and used at a later date. I LOVE flavored butter. It’s something that adds an extra touch and a little elegance. (and with little effort!) Below are some of my favorite flavor combinations.

  • Honey Butter – 1 stick of butter, 1/4 cup honey
  • MaĂ®tre d’HĂ´tel Butter (recipe used at steak house restaurants) – 1 stick of butter, 2 tbsp chopped parsley, 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Breakfast Butter – 1 stick of butter, 1 tsp brown sugar, splash of vanilla extract, chopped toasted pecans
  • Fresh Herb Butter – 1 stick of butter, 2 tbsp chopped chives, 1 tbsp chopped thyme

Taste butter and add a little salt & pepper if needed.

I won’t be posting on Thursday but be sure to come by on Friday to check out my #FollowFriday Blogger Feature.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Crock Pot Meal: Sesame Chicken & Mushroom Cilantro Rice

1 Aug

I started thinking about dinner by 8am on Tuesday. Don’t judge me. I was up at 4am to get to a client by 5am. (I know, it’s early but its the life in produce.) I’m usually thinking about dinner a couple of hours after being awake, so I guess my early morning thoughts weren’t that strange after all.

I stumbled across a new blog today. I saw a posting on Facebook about a new avocado slicer. Being intrigued by any kind of kitchen gadget, I found myself on Very Culinary. After making a mental note of  “I NEED that avocado slicer,” I surfed through some of Amy’s recipes. She had so many delicious looking posts. I probably drooled a couple of times.

There was a post on Very Culinary I kept coming back to… Crock Pot Sesame Chicken.  I’m always looking to use my crock pot, it does the work for me. I had almost all of the ingredients on hand and by adding vegetables, I could stretch out this meal for a few days.

Another reason why I loved this recipe – I was done with dinner and clean up by 6:30. That NEVER happens! I love making a great a meal, but nothing is a bigger drag than having to clean up. This recipe will not turn your kitchen into a disaster zone. All I used was my crock pot, a pot to cook the rice and a cutting board. Between the time I saved my using my crock pot and 5 minute clean up, I felt like I had my whole evening ahead me. It’s a good feeling.

Ok, so if you have left overs of this meal, I think it would make an excellent wrap! There are a lot of places in Chicago which specialize in Asian Style Chicken and making wraps. You can do this, too. All you need is a large tortilla wrap, cabbage and your sesame chicken & rice left overs. It’s like a whole new meal and requires no effort. Love that!

Crock Pot Sesame Chicken & Mushroom Cilantro Rice, serves 4

(inspired by Very Culinary)

  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I used low sodium)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
  • 2 carrots, sliced in rounds
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon (or more) sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • Mushroom & Cilantro Rice (recipe follows)


  1. Lightly season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, put into crock pot.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic, pepper flakes, Sriracha (if using) and lime juice. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Add veggies. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
  4. Shred chicken into bite size pieces. Then in individual bowls, place chicken pieces over cooked rice and spoon some sauce on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, chopped scallions and cilantro.

Mushroom & Cilantro Rice

  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. Bring stock to a boil. Add rice, mushrooms and cilantro. When the rice mixture starts to boil again, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10 minutes or until all of the liquid has disappeared. Fluff with fork before serving.

I won something!!

6 Feb

As much as I wish I won some money at the Super Bowl party yesterday, I think being acknowledged by my blogging peers is pretty great. Becca from Amuse Your Bouche awarded me the Liebster Award. I had never even heard of the award, but after reading the history of it, am honored to have received it! It’s always nice to hear positive feedback on my recipes and know that people are using them.

A Liebster Award can be given to any blog that has less than 200 readers. (I just made the cut. I’m at 198 followers!)  Liebster is a German word meaning “Dearest” thus the award means “Dearest Blog.” It’s a great way to link up with other blossoming blogs and give credit where credit is due.

To accept the award you have to thank the person who nominated you on your blog then :

  • Link back to the person who awarded you
  • Nominate 5 other blogs for the award
  • Inform the 5 other bloggers by leaving them a comment on their blog
  • Post the award on your blog.

Big Thanks to Becca for nominating me! Amuse your Bouche has some great vegetarian recipes, so be sure to check her out.

Here are my favorite blogs and I’m happy to give them the Liebster Award!

Be sure to venture over to their blogs!