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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sparkling Mango Smoothie




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

I like things that sparkle including my drinks. I made this delicious Sparkling Mango Smoothie to drink after my workout today. The sparkling water gave it a refreshing taste and the mango provided the smoothness. The honey gave it a little sweetness. I used flax seed for fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. I highly recommend this recipe. Enjoy!

What's your favorite fruit smoothie flavor? Leave your comment below. Thank you.

Sparkling Mango Smoothie


Ingredients
1 c. Nestle Pure Life Exotics Sparkling Water, Tangerine Flavor
1 c. mango chunks (frozen)
1 tsp. pure honey
1 tbsp. whole ground flax seed meal

Instructions
1. Pour water into blender.
2. Add mango chunks and pure honey.
3. Add flax seed meal.
4. Use the chop, puree, and smoothie feature until blended to desired consistency.





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.”

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Garlicky Pepperoni Pizza




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
All items shown are from the Dollar Tree. Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

I love pizza! Below is my latest creation: Garlicky Pepperoni Pizza. I found most of the ingredients at the Dollar Tree since I was already in the store. I normally make a personal pan pizza, but I used the ultra thin crust this time. It's one of my favorites. It comes apart easily, so handle with care. That's why I had to place foil underneath before baking. The crust didn't turn out as crispy as I liked, but it still tasted great. I could have used more garlic though. I highly recommend this recipe for any night of the week. The family will enjoy it.

What's your favorite pizza topping? Leave your answer in the comment section below. Thank you.


Garlicky Pepperoni Pizza
Dollar Tree Cost: approx. $6 (excludes oil and cheese)

Ingredients
1 - ultra thin pizza crust (10")
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c. pizza sauce
Italian seasoning
1 c. mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. minced garlic
7 large pepperoni slices
Crush red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. 
2. Brush crust with olive oil.
3. Add sauce. Use back of spoon to smooth over crust.
4. Sprinkle with seasoning.
5. Add cheese by hand.
6. Add garlic.
7. Top with pepperoni slices.
8. Place pizza in the oven on the bottom rack. Bake for about 8-10 minutes.





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, May 11, 2015

500th Blog Post #TheFoodTemptress



The Food Temptress published its 500th blog post on May 9, 2015, with an Easy Strawberry Pie. We're going to celebrate until the fat lady gets full. Won't you join us? Share this blog on Twitter, like us on Facebook, Pin a recipe on Pinterest, or leave a comment. Thank you! 

P.S. Don't forget to dance!!!!!



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Easy Strawberry Pie




2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

I learned how to make this strawberry pie when I worked for Azar's Big Boy Restaurant in the 80s. It's quick, easy, and delicious. I also consider it a sexy looking dessert. Wouldn't you agree? Don't fret over cutting a perfect piece of pie; the berries will fall into the right place: your mouth. The glaze smooths out the strawberry's texture and adds a sweetness. The crust provides a little bit of crunch which excites the palate. I highly recommend making this recipe when strawberries are in season. Enjoy!

What's your favorite pie? Leave your comment below. 

Easy Strawberry Pie

Ingredients
1 - frozen deep dish pie crust 
1 1/2 - 2 lb. strawberry glaze
2 lb. fresh strawberries (cleaned and hull removed)

Instructions
1. Pre-heat oven 400 degrees.
2. Using a fork, poke six holes in the bottom of the pie crust.
3. Place crust in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
4. Remove pie crust from oven and cool completely.
5. Spread about 1/3 cup of glaze on the bottom of the crust. 
6. Place strawberries on top of glaze - hull side down - until fill the bottom.
7. Add glaze over strawberries.
8. Add another layer of strawberries and then top with glaze.
9. Chill in the refrigerator for about one hour or serve immediately.



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.”










Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rosemary-Cranberry Spread with Pine Nuts










When I searched websites with the name Ambrosia, the food blog Life's Ambrosia came up. If you recall, Ambrosia is the main character in my fiction novel, The Food Temptress, which was the reason why I created this blog - to stay engaged with my readers. Life's Ambrosia inspires me for many reasons. Her Rosemary and Cranberry Spread tops the chart. I added my own twist to this recipe, but I didn't deviate far. I used 1/2 teaspoon more of garlic which made it garlicky. I didn't mind since I'm a fan. I added pine nuts for crunch and I omitted the pepper and salt. I used whipped cream cheese because I have a fascination with anything with the word "whip." Rosemary-Cranberry Spread with Pine Nuts tasted heavenly. The creamy garlic excited my palate. The cranberries offered the right amount of sweetness and the nuts gave it sustenance. I ate the spread with bagel chips which made life good. I cannot wait to share this creation with my mate. I highly recommend the recipe as a quick snack or a potluck dish. Enjoy!


Tell me your favorite dip in the comments below. Thank you!


Rosemary-Cranberry Spread with Pine Nuts

Ingredients
8 oz. whipped cream cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
4 tbsp. dried sweetened cranberries
2 tsp. fresh rosemary (chopped)
1 tbsp. pine nuts

Instructions
1. In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients.
2. Stir until combined.



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.”