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Monday, December 5, 2016

Oatmeal Banana Smoothie #MeatlessMonday



Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

I'm having a meatless morning; I made an Oatmeal Banana Smoothie. This non-diary smoothie packs protein with a hint of sweetness. It's easy to make and tastes great. Enjoy anytime of the day as a meal replacement or a snack. Happy Meatless Monday!

Oatmeal Banana Smoothie

Ingredients
1/2 c. almond milk (unsweetened)
2 tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1 medium banana (sliced)

Instructions
1. Pour ingredients in a blender. 
2. Blend until smooth. 
3. Pour into chilled glass and enjoy.


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Arftul Basil Cocktail




Photo Credit: Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami 

Art Basel in Miami Beach, which features modern and contemporary art from across the globe, is going on December 1 - 4. While the paintings, sculptures, installations and photographs will be on display, Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami is mixing up the art scene with its Arftul Basil Cocktail, see photo and recipe below. If you happen to stop by Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, be sure to ask the front desk staff about the walking art tour throughout the hotel. Sonesta Coconut Grove will also be holding its monthly FAM night from 6-10 p.m. in the lobby that features and displays the work of an artist. Light refreshments and champagne will be served. Enjoy!

Artful Basil Cocktail

Ingredients
4 strawberries
5 basil leaves
5 oz. Grenadine or sparkling wine
Strawberries & basil, garnish

Instructions
1. Mix all ingredients in blender.
2. Pour into favorite glass and drink. 
Enjoy!





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Thursday, December 1, 2016

What's in Season: December




Happy December! I hope you're getting ready for cooler temperatures and warmer foods. The image below shows "What's in Season for December?"  Plan your menu accordingly to experience fresh ingredients that the entire family will enjoy.

Photo credit: Produce for Kids


What are some of your favorites from the list? Leave comment below. 



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Friday, November 25, 2016

Puppy Chow Snack



Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2016 Rekaya Gibson

I made a quick snack for the holidays: Puppy Chow Snack. Believe or not, I never consumed puppy chow until I went to college. I'm almost certain that I haven't had any since then, until now. This powdery treat is like eating a crunchy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. The cereal provides the texture and the chocolate its sweetness. Puppy Chow Snack brought back memories and a happy palate. It will for you too. Enjoy!

What's your favorite holiday snack? Leave comment below.


Puppy Chow Snack

Ingredients
9 c. Chex cereal (any kind)
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Instructions
1. Pour cereal in large bowl and set aside.
2. Add chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for about 45 seconds or longer. 
3. Stir well until smooth. 
4. Add vanilla and stir. 
5. Pour mixture over cereal. Stir until evenly coated. 
6. Pour into a gallon resealable plastic bag.
7. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag and shake until well coated. 
8. Spread on waxed paper to cool. 
9. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.




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Monday, November 21, 2016

Hampton Roads Grilled Cheese Festival Recap & Video




The Best Grilled Cheese in Hampton Roads
Mascarpone Moguls (Culinary Institute of Virginia)
Photo Credit: Rekaya Gibson

Hi Foodies!

I attended the First Annual Hampton Roads Grilled Cheese Festival on November 6, 2016, at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Hometowne Events sponsored the event to benefit Autism Society of Tidewater, Virginia. This sold out event featured a grilled cheese and tomato soup competition. The Mascarpone Moguls from the Culinary Institute of Virginia won the Best Grilled Cheese in Hampton Roads, see image above. It was one of my favorites too. The most memorable sandwich was the Chesapeake Monster Grilled Cheese by the Chesapeake Conference Center. It included sharp yellow and white cheddar cheeses, shredded milk cheddar cheese, Boursin cheese, crab meat, and a mozzarella cheese stick - delicious. Matter of fact, all the sandwiches tasted great. Here is the Facebook live footage that shows - I believe - all the competitors. For a complete list of 2016 Cook Off Winners, go to the Hampton Roads Grilled Cheese Festival website here.

When I wasn't sampling the goods, I visited vendor tables such as Regular Chef Jams, The Bacon JamsChef Joseph's Original Chicago Style Kick Sauce, and Wildtree, as seen in video below. Overall, I loved the Hampton Roads Grilled Cheese Festival. I captured some tasty images that I share in a video below. The event raised over $1,000 for a good cause and everyone seemed to have a great time. I look forward to attending next year. Enjoy the video!




What did you think of the video? Leave comments below.




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