Archives for November 22, 2017

Make Thanksgiving more Flavorful with Pereg Natural Foods

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This Thanksgiving, Pereg Natural Foods wants to help you “wow” your guests with some mouthwatering recipes served with delicious flare.

Try using any one of their many quinoa varieties – tri-color, white, and red, among others – in this harvest vegetable and quinoa recipe served in a whole pumpkin, for a starring role in your Thanksgiving meal.

All Pereg Quinoa is pre-washed, all natural and contains no MSG or preservatives. They are OU and CRC Kosher approved, as well as Gluten-Free and Non-GMO verified.

For your Gluten-free guests, try baking with any one of Pereg’ six varieties of Gluten-free flours to help you whip up breads, muffins, desserts and pie crusts.

Season your turkey and vegetables with Pereg’s vast array of exotic, fresh and all-natural spices, sourced from around the world. They offer more than 60 spices and spice blends, known to be the true secret among chefs for bringing out the full flavor in cooking. Try Pereg’s brand new Pumpkin Pie spice blend, great in sweet and savory dishes alike.

Are you ready to cook all-natural, delicious and “clean” this Thanksgiving…? Pereg wishes you and yours a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving, surrounded by friends, family and good food! Hearty Appetite!

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RECIPE: HARVEST VEGETABLES with QUINOA Served in a WHOLE PUMPKIN

INGREDIENTS:

1 Whole Sugar Pumpkin

4 whole carrots, peeled and quartered (large pieces halved)

1 1/2 cups (~115 g) quartered baby yellow potatoes

2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup, divided

2 Tbsp (30 ml) olive oil, divided

Healthy pinch each sea salt + black pepper

1 Tbsp (3 g) chopped fresh rosemary (or dried)

2 cups (176 g) halved Brussels sprouts

Pereg Natural Foods Pre-Rinsed QUINOA – 1 cup (184 g) white quinoa

1 3/4 cups (420 ml) water

Pinch sea salt

OPTIONAL SAUCE:

1/2 cup (120 g) tahini

1 lemon, juiced (~3 Tbsp or 45 ml)

2-3 Tbsp (30-45 ml) maple syrup

Garnish: Fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, etc.); Pomegranate arils

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the carrots and potatoes to the sheet and drizzle with 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Toss to combine. Then bake for 12 minutes.

In the meantime, heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add Pereg quinoa to lightly sautée before adding water to evaporate leftover moisture and bring out a nutty flavor.

Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 18-22 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. Then open lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Tilt the lid, remove from the heat, and set aside.

When the veggies are at the 12-minute mark, remove pan from the oven and add the Brussels sprouts. Top with remaining 1 Tbsp oil, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, and another pinch each salt and pepper. Loosely toss to combine.

Return pan to oven and roast for 10-12 minutes more or until Brussels sprouts are golden brown and the carrots and potatoes are fork tender. (This ensures that the potatoes and carrots are cooked through and the Brussels don’t get too soft.)

Lastly, prepare dressing by adding tahini, lemon juice, and maple syrup to a small mixing bowl and whisking to combine. Add 2 Tbsp (30 ml) warm water at a time and whisk until thick but pourable. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness or lemon juice for acidity.

COOK THE WHOLE PUMPKIN

Place the pumpkin in a glass baking dish, and transfer to the oven to roast for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of your pumpkin. The pumpkin is ready when the flesh is darker, and the skin can be easily pierced with a fork. Cut the pumpkin top off, and allow to cool for 20-30 minutes, until cool enough to handle.

To serve, mix the quinoa and vegetables into the whole pumpkin. Top with garnish of choice, such as pomegranate arils or fresh herbs. Place Pumpkin top back on the pumpkin and serve with sauce on the side.

RECIPE – PEREG NATURAL FOODS GLUTEN-FREE BUTTERNUT SQUASH PIE

INGREDIENTS:

2 – 20 oz. boxes of frozen squash

1 stick melted butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

4 beaten eggs

1/2 cup non-dairy creamer such as Coffee Rich

½ cup Pereg Gluten Free Almond Flour & ½ cup Pereg Gluten Free Coconut Flour

2 unbaked 9″ pie shells –

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all the ingredients together using an electric mixer. Pour into pie shells (there will be enough to fill two pie shells); Sprinkle with Pereg Natural Foods cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

Recipe: http://fountainavenuekitchen.com/almond-flour-pie-crust-gluten-free/

PEREG NATURAL FOODS – FALL SPICES

Allspice – Allspice is earthy and aromatic. Use it on vegetables including cabbage and turnips, beef and lamb, and in soups, breads and desserts.

Cinnamon – This sweet spice is delicious when cooking chicken and lamb, vegetables and fruits including squash, sweet potatoes, apples and pears, and in some bread recipes.

Cloves- Cloves are rich and earthy making them a great complement to lamb. They also taste great on apples, beets, squash and sweet potatoes, as well as in curries, soups and breads.

Nutmeg – This sweet spice pairs perfectly with lamb, and taste great on broccoli, cabbage, carrots and cauliflower, as well as rice, stuffing and sauces.

Mexican Crushed Chili – Spicy and smoky, this spice goes well on beans, chicken, beef and fish, as well as corn, tomato, cauliflower, green beans and squash. It also adds unique flavor to dry rubs, marinades and salad dressings.

Za’atar – Tangy and warm in flavor, this Middle Eastern spice enhances most meats including chicken, beef, lamb and fish, and enhances the flavor of eggplant, onions and carrots as well as dry rubs, soups and salads.

New! Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend – A delicious blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cloves, this aromatic blend can be used in desserts and savory dishes alike to enhance them with lots of flavor. No additives, preservatives or MSG.

For a complete list of Pereg spices go to www.pereg-gourmet.com

I actually received a sample and love the Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend! Planning to use it this Thanksgiving holiday!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Recipes and images were also provided. 

Credit: PEREG NATURAL FOODS.

Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. They first became known for their vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world.

Today Pereg produces an array of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and much more. Pereg Natural Foods products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on their website, www.pereg-gourmet.com.

Pereg manufactures all its products from start to finish, controlling the quality from the sourcing until the product is packed and ready for the consumer. All Pereg products are kosher certified by both the Orthodox Union (OU) and CRC, are dairy and lactose-free as well as all natural, with no additives or preservatives. Many products are also certified gluten-free and non-GMO. Follow Pereg Natural Foods on Facebook.com/peregnatural, Twitter @pereggourmet and Instagram @peregnatural.

Refresh your Fall Routine with Mario Dedivanovic & Colgate Optic White!

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To help you with your beauty routine this Fall, Colgate is excited to share a few exclusive glam tips from their makeup guru, Mario Dedivanovic, below.

One of his go to products is the latest addition to the portfolio – Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate Optic White – which helps whiten your teeth inside and out to reveal your most radiant white smile. It also includes a Pro-Oxide Complex, which contains hydrogen peroxide, the professionally recommended whitening ingredient to both whiten below the tooth surface and remove surface stains.

 I also had the opportunity to try this and I love how well it works! It keeps my teeth looking whiter and my smile brighter! 

Beauty Tips from Celebrity Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanovic

  1. A lot of my clients usually brush their teeth before I apply their lips. I make sure to pack my Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate Optic White in my kit just in case someone needs it. There’s no better confidence booster than a radiant white smile!
  2. For the ultimate radiant natural looking glow from within, dab a bit of petroleum jelly onto the cheekbones and blend with fingers or a damp beauty blender. Use translucent powder only on the T-Zone area.
  3. Use cream shadows on eyelids instead of powders to create a velvet-like texture for smoky eyes that lasts all night.

Credit: Tips and images were provided to facilitate this post. Thanks to Colgate and Mario Dedivanovic! Free samples were also provided.

Brentwood Home celebrates the holidays with 15% off sitewide through November 29 Shop gifts for new parents, homeowners, fitness lovers, pets and more with code CUDDLEUP

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Brentwood Home, California-based designer of healthy, luxurious, affordable home essentials is offering 15 percent off its entire site November 21-29 using code CUDDLEUP.

Give the gift of better zzz’s with Brentwood Home’s top picks this holiday season, including:

Better for your baby mattresses, starting at $349  

Perfect for new or expecting parents, the Wildfern and Poppy 2-Stag Crib Mattresses are handcrafted with only the best materials, offer the right amount of support for infants and toddlers. Best of all, Brentwood Home crib mattresses are free of any chemical fire retardants, are PVC, lead and phthalate free. Learn more here and  here.

For furry friends – a new pet bed, $125-$185   

The Runyon Pet Bed is designed for orthopedic support, easy maintenance, and classic style; it checks all of the boxes for the perfect pet bed. Details here.

For the yogi – Crystal Cove Yoga Collection, $169   

The Crystal Cove Bundle that comes with Brentwood Home’s top-selling yoga bolster, meditation cushion and Pranayama pillow. Made with a beautiful combination of natural and non-toxic materials like buckwheat and GOTS certified organic cotton, each item includes box-stitched carry handles for easy transport from home to class, an adjustable fill for unique needs, plus a removable and washable outer cover. The Crystal Cove Collection is a must have to wind down after a long day or for a restorative pre-bedtime practice. For more info, click here.

The gift of a better night’s sleep, mattresses, from $795

Make your loved one’s dreams come true, literally, with the gift of a new mattress shipped directly to their door. The eco-friendly Cedar,  top-selling Oceano and premium but affordable Ojai are the highest quality mattresses available for purchase online.  All handcrafted in Los Angeles and come a zero-risk guarantee. Shop here.

For the in-laws, grandparents or new homeowners – Pillows, Quilts, and Sheets, from $79

Did you know pillows should be replaced as often as every six months? Brentwood Home’s Helena Latex pillow is filled with 100 percent latex ribbons and organic cotton fibers plus an organic cotton cover for sweet, eco-friendly dreams. Pair with Brentwood Home sheets or quilt for a luxuriously thoughtful gift.

Credit: Brentwood Home.

Stay tuned! I will be featuring Brentwood Home this holiday season! 

U.S. Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program Provides Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark.

Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

  • Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  • Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
  • Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
  • Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  • Affix a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a new Christmas Carols Forever stamp to the envelope.
  • Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

“Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.

Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.

Tips

  • To save paper, write Santa’s response on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.
  • When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year, for example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
  • This is a great activity to do at Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Credit: USPS.

Frost, Thanksgiving Day Pet of the Year!

Frost, Thanksgiving Day Pet of the Week

“When the Frost Is on the Punkin,” a poem by James Whitcomb Riley, evokes warm, cozy, quiet feelings even in our hot California weather. It makes you think of a sleepy morning, a cup of tea or coffee, a silent room and a cat purring on your lap. Frost would be perfect to complete this picture! He’s the color of frost but warm as toast. He was found as a stray and has warmed up to the staff and volunteers, as he will to you. He’s only 3 years old and has lots of Thanksgivings ahead of him! Meet Frost at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A598051.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.