How to make a Flavor Bomb-15343

How to make a Flavor Bomb

I have a dilemma which I am pretty sure is a plague upon your own household… wasted food. I cannot tell you how much food I throw away each week. From leftovers to an unopened bag of rotten spinach, it is something that weighs heavily on my conscience. Not only am I letting perfectly good food go to waste, I am also throwing away perfectly good money. And I have heard from many of my readers that this is not a novel issue. So, what can we do about it? Well, I’m going to start posting easy ‘dump’ recipes up …

Goodbye, Sugar!-15242

Goodbye, Sugar!

I like a good challenge. I am the person that will eat the bowl of jalapeños in under a minute just because you said I couldn’t do it. Does that make me stupid? Maybe. But am I fun at a party? Heck, yeah! So naturally, you can imagine my immediate response when I was approached to participate in the SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener’s #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge. They didn’t even need to tell me what it is about. I’ll do it. The reality set in when I heard all the details. No sugar for 30 days. Come on, Sam! It is called the …

Pomegranate Chipotle Salsa-13748

Pomegranate Chipotle Salsa

If you follow the blog’s social media feed, then you know that I have been fortunate enough to live in two of America’s greatest cities… Los Angeles and New York City.  Growing up in relaxed Los Angeles was juxtoposed by a fast-paced Manhattan lifestyle in my 20s. Well, now in my early 30s, I decided to split the difference and move to Texas. And before I even started unpacking my bags, I started hitting the Texas foodie scene… hard. What can I say? I’ve got my priorities straight. In the short time (i.e. less than a month) that I’ve lived in the Lone …

Foodie Gifts with a Conscience-14894

Foodie Gifts with a Conscience

You know that exhilarating moment right before your open a gift? Oh, the promise! Oh, the anticipation! Oh, the excitement! That is until you actually open the gift and it is a green tie-died scarf your friend clearly picked out of the clearance rack. You smile half-heartedly in the best attempt at enthusiasm you can muster, and quickly shuffle the gifted monstrosity to the side. Well my friends, I am on a quest to rid the world of horrifying gifts and I will do this by revealing to you my most coveted secret gifting weapon… UncommonGoods. Oh yes. If you …

Curtis Stone & the Ocean Spray Bog-11672

Curtis Stone & the Ocean Spray Bog

The bucket list… most people’s list include things like skydiving and swimming with sharks.  Mine?  Well, mine has more food-centric goals like diving into a tub of jello and eating a full size chocolate sculpture of Marie Antoinette.  So you can imagine my squeals when I received an invite to eat lunch with Curtis Stone in a cranberry bog created by Ocean Spray in Rockafeller Center.  Not only did I get to eat a Thanksgiving themed lunch with Curtis Stone, I got to do it while wading knee deep in a cranberry bog.  This is stuff that foodie dreams are …