Monthly Archives: September 2014

GIVEAWAY–Red Gold tomato kit (winner announced)

Hello my lovelies! Happy Monday morning. I just hopped on the Random Number Generator. There are 25 distinct comments (not counting my replies, or duplicate commenters) and . . . Random number generator The winner is lucky #13, Phyllis Slavens! (my “kindred spirit in the squiggly line, heh heh). Congratulations Phyllis, and I’ll shoot you an email in a few to connect you to the Red Gold people sending your kit.

Thanks to everyone for commenting and participating! You guys are the bomb-diggity. You all got tomato kits in my heart. =)


Hey guys! Red Gold sent me a lovely little kit with various flavors of diced and crushed tomatoes, a bright red apron and a wooden spoon (a nice wooden spoon too–thick and smooth and ready to stir some large pot of stew or something). They’re doing some promotions like crockpot giveaways (for 3 weeks starting Sept 17th) that sound pretty cool. So when they kindly offered to send the same kit to one of my readers, I was like, why not? Especially since they’re Indiana-based, and grow their tomatoes in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Go Midwest, go! (yes, we love the Midwest) Plus, everyone can use a can of diced tomatoes. If you need ideas, let me suggest this Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup, which I’m slated to make later on today (and I’m using one of my free cans of tomatoes from Red Gold). DSC_0097 Or this amazing, flavorful Pollo Alla Cacciatora. Mmmmm. It’s a great meal for freezing the leftovers, fyi. DSC_0074 Or one of my all-time favorite recipes, this Indian-style Chicen Curry. DSC_0181 This recipe will use up those crushed tomatoes for a good cause: your palate. Now I’m hungry. Anyway, if you’d like to receive the free Red Gold kit (and are located in the U.S.), just leave a comment below! You can say anything–like your favorite thing to make with tomatoes if you’d like to be theme-appropriate. Or a superhero sound like KAPOW. Or you can be a rebel and leave a single character, like + or =. Or, my favorite, the squiggly line: ~ (and does anyone know what that squiggly line is, and what function it serves?) I’ll draw a random number on Monday September 22nd and let you know who the lucky guy or gal is. I’ll contact the winner by email and Red Gold will send your treat in the mail. Good luck! 

Nectarine-tinis with Mint


Post and recipe by Erica, my mahvellous sister. She’s a culinary goddess, so enjoy!


This simple little drink is surprisingly delicious. I threw it together one night when I had a hankering for a frozen-type drink with the ingredients that we had on hand, and we have made it several times since.

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It’s my husband’s new favorite (and he really likes a strong, dark beer, so that’s saying something!).

I bet it would be really good made with strawberries too, since mint and strawberries are one of my favorite flavor combos. I’ll have to pick some up and try it out next time we go to the Commissary.

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This would be a delicious virgin drink too. Just substitute the vodka for sprite or ginger ale and the triple sec for orange juice.

It’s important to get the ice really finely blended for a silky-smooth texture. I use this handy little blender my mother in law gave us to make baby food, and it works be-yewtifully. I think it’s actually a slushy-specific blender…. But a normal blender works too–all the same, just different sizes.

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Nectarine-tinis with Mint

Makes 2 servings

1 ripe nectarine, quartered (skin on)
½- 1 TBSP sugar
2 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec
2-3 leaves mint
2 c ice cubes

Pop your nectarine slices in the blender along with the booze . . .

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. . . sugar . . .

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. . . and mint.

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No need to skin the nectarine- the skin ends up adding lovely color and you can’t even tell it’s in there texture-wise.

Give ‘er a whirl.

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Once it’s mostly pureed, add the ice cubes. Blend till smooth.

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Feel free to add more ice cubes in order to get that nice thick, silky texture. Taste-test and add more sugar or mint as needed.

Pour into chilled martini or wine glasses, garnish with a sprig of mint . . .

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. . . kick back, and enjoy!

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