Air Fried French Fries and an Air Fryer Review and Giveaway

Air Fryer Review: Air Fried French Fries

Air Fryer Review - can fat free french fries taste as good as the real kind? ***Before we start – have you signed up for my email newsletters? You’ll get new recipes, cooking tips, menu suggestions, kitchen deals  – and more! Click here to signup.*** Scroll to the end of the post for a giveaway! I first heard about the concept of an air fryer a couple of months ago, and was kinda intrigued. But as Hanukkah approached, and frying is weighing (hehe, excuse the pun) on people's minds, loads and loads of my more health conscious readers have been asking what I thought of air fryers. Do they work? Is air-fried food as good as fat-fried food? Well I couldn't answer these questions … [Read more...]

Mongolian Beef + Secret Restaurant Recipes Review and Giveaway!

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 Mongolian Beef is an easy and delicious restaurant style dish that you can make at home thanks to a great new cookbook, Secret Restaurant Recipes. I'm so excited to bring you an in-depth review of this amazing new book: Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek - and I'm giving one lucky reader a chance to win their own copy! Scroll down past the review and recipe for the giveaway.  Years ago, when Leah Schapira and I were just getting to know each other, one of our first conversations ever was about getting restaurant recipes. I told her that a local pizza shop makes a great techinah sauce - and she told me to beg for the recipe. And ever since then, I knew she has … [Read more...]

Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies

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A classic cereal treat gets a favorite flavor makeover in these Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies! Muddy buddies will always remind me of my dorm. It sometimes feels like a previous life, but this classic cereal treat brings me back to those days. Teenagers in some little apartment, constantly noshing on junk food. With basically no kitchen equipment except for a microwave and toaster oven, we got all creative. Firstly, the school would pay for our breakfast, so we ordered lots of Chex every week. They probably thought we were big cereal eaters....I guess we were, but not in the way they intended! Next, we learned quickly all of the creative ways we could use the microwave and toaster ovens … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Fried Rice

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Quick and Easy Fried Rice is a yummy side dish that takes just minutes to make!   Excuse me for a minute while I go all nostalgic on you here, but I grew up with this dish, so it's really exciting to share Daddy's Quick and Easy Fried Rice and Eggs with you all. My father made it all the time when I was growing up - and it's no wonder! If you have leftover rice (or you can make extra rice when making some for a different dish) you can transform it into a yummy side dish.  My father used to do it as a real spur-of-the-moment thing. "Oh look - leftover rice from supper? Let's make lunch for tomorrow!" With just a few minutes of prep and simple ingredients, this is bound to become your … [Read more...]

Skinny Iced Vanilla Latte

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Indulge yourself without too many calories or spending too much money with this Skinny Iced Vanilla Latte! Why, you might be wondering, am I posting a summery-looking, iced drink - NOW - just as the heaters are coming on, the sweatshirts are coming out of the closet, and the days are getting shorter and colder. Well, let me assure you, I have a very good reason. Well, maybe it's not very good, but I do have a reason. I love cold drinks. Summer, spring, winter, fall. It doesn't matter what the temperature is, I love my iced tea, my ice cold soda, and even my coffee is better over ice. Besides, I know that after a ton of holidays and way too much fattening food, many of you are probably … [Read more...]

Roasted Sesame Broccoli

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Roasted Sesame Broccoli is a quick, easy, and tasty side dish! The way I've always cooked for holidays like Sukkot is to prepare all of the freezer-friendly dishes well in advance, then last minute, I prepare some veggie sides, which don't freeze well. If you're looking for quick and easy veggie sides to add to your Sukkos menus, I've got just the thing for you: Roasted Sesame Broccoli. When I originally made this dish, I set out to make my Honey Glazed Garlic and Ginger Sugar Snaps. I know, it's quite a stretch to get from there to Roasted Sesame Broccoli, but let me tell you how that happened. My sister asked me to make a vegetable side dish for Rosh Hashanah (I was her guest). I … [Read more...]

Homemade Mango Lemonade

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Homemade Mango Lemonade is simple to make and is bursting with seasonal flavors.  I'm sorry folks, but I'm just not ready to accept that summer is nearing an end. It's hard to ignore the signs, but I'm trying my best. Pinterest is no longer filled with juicy berries and heirloom tomatoes. Family barbecues are getting less frequent, and the weather is getting cooler. But it's still august, and I'll post a summer recipe if I want to. The pumpkins can wait. So can the apples, the fall spices, the warm fall flavors. Today we can have a tall glass of homemade lemonade, served over ice. Hold on to summer, it's fleeting, but it's still here. This Homemade Mango Lemonade couldn't be simpler. … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Squares

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Strawberry Rhubarb Squares are a delicious and easy dessert recipe that's perfect for summer! Sometimes recipes don't turn out the way I want. And often, that's a bad thing. Or even a terrible thing (usually depends on how expensive the wasted ingredients are). But sometimes a recipe doesn't turn out as expected, and it's a fabulous discovery. Take potato chips for example. You know the story, don't you? Seems that some aggravated chef dumped some potato scraps in hot oil and when they came out, they were, well, awesome. Chocolate chip cookies were a mistake too. Legend has it that Ruth Wakefield was going for marble cookies. She assumed the chunks would melt and marbleize in her … [Read more...]

Candy Studded Chocolate Cookie Bars

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Candy Studded Chocolate Cookie Bars are an easy, delicious and fun treat that will bring out the kid in all of us! Y'know how they say that "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional"? Well I'm a firm believer in that saying. Kids are awesome. Adults? We want a new car and a 20% raise and we still won't be as happy as a child with a colorful lollypop the size of their face. And a kid can occupy themselves with a cardboard box longer than we can keep busy with an iPad. Well good news folks. You can feel like a kid again if you make these Candy Studded Chocolate Cookie Bars. They're simply adorable, and oh-so-fun. But here's the thing. They taste great. Like, great enough for … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken in Mustard Sauce

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The best supper is the one you can make in minutes! Quick and easy grilled chicken in mustard sauce will become your new family favorite! People often ask me how I became a cook, baker, and most importantly, a recipe developer. Every time, without hesitation, I answer that it boils down to my mother and her creativity in the kitchen. I’m sure that if I had grown up in a house where my mother followed recipes without experimenting at all, that I wouldn’t have ever attempted to experiment, and eventually start creating my own recipes. It’s funny though, that while I completely credit my mother’s creativity for my own kitchen accomplishments, I’ve developed a completely different style in … [Read more...]