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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ms. Annie May's 5-cup Salad




Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
Copyright 2014, Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014, Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

 When I was a kid, I loved Ms. Annie May's 5-cup salad. She always made it around the holidays. Though I never watched her whip it up, I shut my eyes and imagined the taste to come up with this recipe. It may remind some people of ambrosia, but I think it's better. It has a great balance of fruit and cream, no coconut, grapes, or nuts. I think using fruit cocktail would ruin it. This fruit salad came out pretty close to the original, Ms. Annie May would have been proud - may she rest in heaven. I hope you enjoy the 5-cup salad as much as I did.

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?


Ms. Annie May's 5-cup Salad

Ingredients
1 (8 oz.) cream cream (softened, room temperature)
1 c. cottage cheese (small curds) 
1 c. pineapple chunks (drained)
1 c. mandarin oranges (drained)
1 c. maraschino cherries (drained)
1 (8 oz.) whipped topping

Instructions
1. In a medium bowl, add cream cheese.
2. Mix cream cheese with hand mixer until fluffy.
3. Fold in cottage cheese.
4. Add pineapple, oranges, and cherries.
5. Mix well.
6. Fold in whipped topping.
7. Chill for 15-20 minutes. (If you can't wait, serve it up with a smile!)



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Slow-cooked Kale & Pork Soup




Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit


Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit


I think one of the best parts about the fall season is making and eating homemade soup. I made kale and pork soup in the slow cooker and ate it with Nabisco Triscuit Brown Rice and Wheat Sweet Potato and Sea Salt crackers. The ground pork provided the right amount of salt to give it a nice flavor. The pepper gave it a kick and the mozzarella added a creamy texture. Overall, this soup tasted great. I highly recommend it as a meal. 

What do you like about fall?

Slow-cooked Kale & Pork Soup


Ingredients
4 lb. free range chicken broth (low sodium)
1 lb. ground pork
1/2 medium yellow onion (chopped)
8 garlic cloves (minced)
1/2 tsp. white pepper
5 oz. baby kale
Fresh mozzarella (cherry size)
Crushed red pepper

Instructions
1. In a large slow-cooker, add chicken broth.
2. Turn temperature to low.
3. Crumble pork by hand and add to the slow-cooker.
4. Add onions, garlic, and white pepper.
5. Cook for three hours.
6. Add kale to the slow-cooker.
7. Cook for one hour.
8. Pour soup into a bowl.
9. Add 3 mozzarella balls.
10. Sprinkle with red pepper.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Salmon Salad Mini Shells




Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit


Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

I found Robert Rothschild Farm Mini Fillo Shells on the discount shelf at Kroger. I stuffed them with a quick and easy salmon salad that foodies can also find in my cookbook, Cooking on a Dollar Store Budget. The salmon salad mini shells make a great appetizer. I ate them for lunch with avocado slices. Enjoy!

What would you stuff in the Mini Fillo Shells?


Adapted from Salmon Salad | Cooking on a Dollar Store Budget by Rekaya Gibson

Salmon Salad Mini Shells

Ingredients
1 (5 oz.) can or pouch of salmon
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
¼ c. red onions (chopped)
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2-1 tsp. cayenne pepper
15 Mini Fillo Shells
8 cherry tomatoes, garnish

Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients into a medium bowl, except for the fillo shells and tomatoes. 
2. Stuff about a teaspoonful of salmon into the fillo shells. 
3. Cut tomatoes in half.
4. Add a tomato half on top of each filled shell.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”






Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Apple Waffler



Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

I love The Apple Waffler. It's so quick and easy even a caveman can make it. You can find the recipe in my latest cookbook, Cooking on a Dollar Store Budget. Enjoy!

What's your favorite waffle topping?

Recipe adapted from "The Waffler" | Cooking on a Dollar Store Budget by Rekaya Gibson

The Apple Waffler

Ingredients
4 waffles (frozen)
1 can (21 oz.) apple pie filling
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 tbsp. whipped cream
Fresh mint leaves (garnish)

Instructions
1. Cook waffles in the toaster or oven. 
2. Place on a plate. 
3. Top with fruit and sprinkle with cinnamon.
4. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top. 
5. Garnish with a fresh mint.


Variation: Use 12 fresh strawberries (sliced) instead of apple pie filling, and omit the cinnamon.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, October 27, 2014

Product Review - Arctic Chill's Ice Ball Maker




Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit 

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit 

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit 


Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
Arctic Chill's Ice Ball Maker

I was asked to do a review by Rizzi at Arctic Chill. I agreed and she sent me a box of its Ice Ball Maker in exchange for an honest review. Arctic Chill’s Ice Ball Maker is a circular mold that is made from BPA free silicone. The ice ball maker came in a 4-pack. Each ball consists of two half-sphere molds, a top and bottom. I secured them together and filled each one with purified drinking water through a hole on top. The tip on the box recommends distilled or filtered water for a clear ball. I put them in the freezer for a few hours. When it was time to use the balls, I was concerned that they would be difficult to remove. I pulled on the top sphere and it came off easily. Then, I turned the other half of the mold upside down, pressed on the bottom, and the ice fell into the glass. I had created three 2.5" ice spheres out of four, not bad. I did not put enough water in one of them. I was being cautious about leaving enough room for the water to expand as it freezes. I used the ice balls during a house party on Saturday. I poured nonalcoholic beverages over them. It added a fun dimension to the cocktails and it kept them cold for about three hours. My guests thought they were cool as well, no pun intended. 

I recommend Arctic Chill's Ice Ball Maker for entertaining. Enjoy!  ~ The Food Temptress

What's your favorite drink served over ice?


Additional Information 
Product Name: Ice Ball Maker
Brand: Arctic Chill
RRP: $19.95
Material: Silicone
Lifetime Guarantee



Disclosure of Material Connection: I  received a product sample from Arctic Chill; however, I was not paid for my opinion. All my opinions are mine and mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”