Tracy’s Gourmet Salad Dressing and Marinade Review

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As a member of Women of Culinary, I had the opportunity to review Tracy’s Gourmet Dressings and Marinades free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the products. #ad

tracy's-marinade-reviewFor the past 6 years of so, I have been changing up my eating every January and with it includes more salads, but the dressings. They have so much in them that I am better off just doing oil and vinegar and adding my own seasoning, but I get bored with it.

With the need for clean salad dressings that have ingredients that you can read, pronounce and actually understand, there are not many in that category that I have found. There are even fewer that have a woman as the owner, creator, crafter and master blender, so it is a pleasure for me to be able to introduce to some of you and refresh the memories of others of Tracy’s Gourmet.

After reading some of Tracy’s story, I can honestly relate (heart disease in my family) and I am glad that she did journey down this road which helped improved her health as well as the health of others. You see, Tracy found herself weighing 257 pounds and having a history of heart disease she saw the need to change and it would have to start with her. Her change included eating more salads only to find the dressing had harmful and unfamiliar ingredients in them that did not help the situation at all, but she changed that by creating her own.

Tracy’s Gourmet Salad Dressing and Marinade Review

I was privileged to try three of the salad dressings/marinades and they are:

Aloha Kick Salad Dressing and Marinade

Great to use as a marinade on meats and then grill. If you are expecting this dressing to be very sweet, it is not. Do not worry about it. It has the perfect amount of pineapple juice and marmalade. Yum.

Photo Credit: Tracy’s Gourmet

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Luscious Lavendar Salad Dressing and Marinade

Used on my simple salad (avocado, tomatoes, onions and romaine lettuce). Shake well and then use as you like. This was one of my salads that do when I have the bare minimum for a salad but you can taste the lavender. It is light, but you can tell by the smell and the floral taste. Lavendar-Tracy's Gourmet

 

Dillightful Salad Dressing and Marinade

Used to make a pasta salad that only require a few ingredients: onions, broccoli, tomatoes and Explore Cuisine Organic Red Lentil Penne Pasta. Coat the ingredients with this dressing to your liking and put it in the refrigerator to cool. Add some sea salt to your liking and serve. My first time making pasta salad, but it will not be my last. This dressing is perfect and not overpowering. Usually dill is not my favorite, but it is a keeper and next marinating some chicken.

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The flavor of the dressings are 5 out of 5. Packaging is 5 out of 5, no broken bottles or leaking dressings. Price is $5.99 each which is reasonable for a clean and organic dressing.  I cannot wait to see what else Tracy has in her arsenal:)

 

Have you tried Tracy’s Gourmet Dressings and Marinades? What flavor(s) are you interested in trying? 


National Gluten Free Day – Explore Cuisine

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Edamame, Black Bean, Chickpea, Red Lentil. I have had each of these in their “natural” form, but I have got to tell you if you like anyone of
these and you are gluten free then you would enjoy what I am about to share with you. I came across an awesome brand that I have not
known about until recently and I have covered a good couple of Gluten Free Expos in Atlanta. I have received some spaghetti in each of the
forms of protein mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Currently, I am eating differently and starting to more cognizant of what I stuff my face with, so these spaghettis are right on time. They are
vegan and full of protein.  Explore Cuisine helps take the guilt out of your favorite pasta meals. All Explore Cuisine products are vegan,
gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrientsthe perfect alternative to other glutinous pastas.
I could not leave without sharing an awesome looking dishes that you will be able to try yourself.  All of the spaghetti are delicious and you
will not be disappointed at all. The cool colors keep me wanting to come back in addition to the taste. I mean really who can resist green,
black or red pasta especially when there are no harmful ingredients to make it the colors they are.
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Simple Vegan Chickpea Spaghetti
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Cook the spaghetti until soft according to the packet directions.
2. Drain the water from the pasta, and stir in the pasta sauce. Add more if you like more sauce.
3. Serve in bowls and then sprinkle the nutritional yeast on each one. Season with salt and extra nutritional yeast if desired.
Roasted Vegetables with Pasta
Recipe by Cindy Gordon of Vegetarian Mama
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 c of yellow squash, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 c of zucchini squash, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 c of red onion, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 c of red bell pepper, deseeded, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 c of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 t garlic salt OR salt and pepper as needed
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 c of fresh parsley
  • lemon
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss your veggies (excluding parsley) with olive oil and your choice of either garlic salt or salt/pepper.
  3. Put your veggies into an oven safe roasting pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  4. While your veggies are cooking, prepare your pasta per the directions on the box.
  5. When pasta is cooked, drain and set aside.
  6. When veggies are cooked, toss with pasta. Top mixture with the juice from one lemon half.
  7. Top with parsley and serve!

Are you gluten free? If so have you tried the Explore Cuisine brand? 

 


Where to Watch the Playoff Games in Atlanta

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Excerpt from Press Release #carenwestpr

In honor of the first round of NFL playoffs on Saturday, January 6th and the SEC National Championship on Monday, January 8th, it’s time to throw on your jersey and hustle to Dantanna’s to cheer on your favorite teams. Known for combining culinary excellence with the entertainment value of sports, Dantanna’s exudes the sophistication of a five-star restaurant and the entertainment of having a private box at your favorite game. With flat screen TVs throughout the restaurant and bar, no matter which team you’re cheering for, sports fans can take advantage of $15 Buckets of Miller Lite every Saturday and Monday; and $3 Jager Shots – Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Additionally, in celebration of the National Championship game, Dantanna’s has made Mondays even better with Martini Mondays, featuring $3 Three Olives vodka martinis.

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Dantanna’s has three convenient Atlanta locations, that will be open beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday January 6, and on Monday, January 8, 2018. Dantanna’s Buckhead is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326. Dantanna’s Downtown is located at 1 CNN Center #269, Atlanta, GA 30303, and Dantanna’s Sandy Springs is located at Abernathy Square, 6649 Roswell Road Unit 30, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. For more information visit www.dantannas.com or call 404.705.8873. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @dantannas.

Come taste and see and take part in all of the excitement #Buckhead has to offer.


Top 5 Restaurants in Atlanta 2017

December 31, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu / 19 Comments
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Dining-out-passbook-atl-top-restaurantThis post may contain affiliate links.

2017 is almost officially over, but before it leaves I had to take the time to do a mini flashback of some of the restaurants in Atlanta that I thought were some great places for all those that live and/or visit Atlanta have to visit. Being a foodie, I have found that there are plenty of places to eat that range from casual to fine dining and everything in between.

Atlanta is certainly the place to be for food, fashion and fun and trust you will not be disappointed. I was able to eat at the restaurants I am about to mention at a discount. What discount you say? Well, I used my handy dandy Dining Out Atlanta Passbook and in this book you will find bogo deals left and right. Once having a taste of using this book,  I do not travel Atlanta without it and without further ado here is:

Top 5 Restaurants in Atlanta 2017

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Two Urban Licks

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Richards’ Southern Fried

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McCray’s Tavern

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The Dining Out Atlanta Passbook, is only $39 dollars and it is a steal when you think about all of the bogo deals you find in the book for great restaurants in the Metro Atlanta Area. The book retails for $99, but with my code, G4BM18, the price is reduced to only $39 and within the book there are over 70 Atlanta Area restaurants. Sounds like there is a new restaurant that you can try each week if you want to and in 2018 I will be visiting more restaurants and hey, I might see you at one.

What restaurant in Metro Atlanta would you like to visit? 


4 Fun Sparkling NYE Cocktails

December 29, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu / 18 Comments
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New Year’s Eve is the time to say goodbye to a year passing and welcoming new adventures in the new year to come. And many of us manage to look for something, whether it is a new outfit, a new resolution, a drinks/cocktails. Yes, there are many that fall into all of the categories and some that I did not mention, but one in particular is found all over the place. Drinks and Cocktails. Google it and you will find many out there.

I too have looked and did actually have a favorite from one of the ones I am going to mention to you. I kind of tried it early. It was one of the refreshing drinks we had for Christmas. There are 4 Fun Sparkling NYE Cocktails that I want to introduce to you and they are:

Prosecco Punch

Recipe Credit: Sparkling Ice
INGREDIENTS
1 Part Prosecco
DIRECTIONS
Mix together and garnish with small lavender sprig
Recipe Credit: Sparkling Ice
INGREDIENTS
1oz Vodka
½ oz lime juice
Sprinkle Rim, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
In an ice filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into a shot glass with a sprinkle rim and serve.
Prosecco Superiore Cranberry Skewer  
Recipe Credit: Santa Margherita
Servings: 2
INGREDIENTS
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
8-10 frozen cranberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
DIRECTIONS
Put cranberries on a skewer and rinse under cold water. Dip skewered cranberries in water, then roll in granulated sugar. Place skewers on wax paper and place in freezer for 5 minutes. Fill glass ¾ with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Place skewers on top of glass and serve.
ALTERNATE OPTION
For a slightly sweeter garnish, soak fresh or frozen berries in maple syrup overnight, then skewer and roll in sugar.
Ginger Raspberry Sparkler
Recipe Credit: Brooklyn Crafted
INGREDIENTS
1/3 oz Raspberry Puree
1.5 oz Brooklyn Crafted

Splash of Limoncello

4 oz Champagne
Squeeze of Lime Juice Fresh
Raspberries
DIRECTIONS
Stir raspberry puree, Brooklyn Crafted Mini Lemon/Lime and Limoncello in a champagne flute. Top with champagne and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with raspberries and enjoy!
Which one of these would you like to try? Remember, please drink responsibly.

Healthy Snack: Nut Butter Apple Sprinkle

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Received a couple of sample jars in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Post may contain affiliate links. #ad

I am a major snacker and found that I had better learn how to snack smartly. Yes there is a such thing and I was about to try it out. I figured that I would need a go to recipe. Something that I can always make and make quickly if I need and/or want to snack. Perfect for adults as well as kids.

I decided to take a few things that I enjoy eating separately, apples, nut butter, chocolate and coconut and put them together. I know it sounds horrible, but it really isn’t see below:

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I did not measure anything just winged it:

Healthy Snack: Nut Butter Apple Sprinkle

Betsy’s Butter Almond Butter  as much as you would like to use

Red delicious apple sliced approximately 8 to 10 pieces

About a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips (melted in microwave)

About ¼ a cup of sliced coconut unsweetened

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Betsy’s Butters are gluten free, non-gmo and all natural. You cannot go wrong. It is a great substitute for “regular” butters because of the added chia seeds that are found in her products which adds more protein, see benefits of chia seeds here: More About Chia Seeds.

About Betsy

As a registered dietitian and the 2015 Florida Young Mother of the Year, she hated it when she saw chemicals and artificial ingredients junking up healthy and delicious foods like peanut butter (there’s nothing gourmet about partially hydrogenated soybean oil.)

Betsy only uses wholesome, natural ingredients in her Seed Butter, Almond, Cashew and Peanut Butters and it is mixed with delish extras like cinnamon and chia seeds, to create products that are totally nutritious, delicious and different.

Perfect gift for the health nut you know. Get it health nut😊 You can get some here: Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, and Peanut Butter.

Have you tried Betsy’s Nut or Seed Butters? Which flavor do you like the most? 

 

 


Lovely New 2017 Fall Menu at Twelve Eighty

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Thank you Woodruff Arts Center for sponsored me and a guest as a member of Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Blogger Society in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Outside-of-Twelve-EightyDowntown Atlanta has many many gems and Twelve Eighty is one of them. I have been to the High Museum which is part of the campus, but did not realize or had heard of Twelve Eighty prior to this event. Hubby and I were waiting for our work day to end so that we can get to the restaurant. You see, we used this as a date night, but on someone else’s dime. Best kind if you ask me:)

Arriving about an hour early, we had a chance to scope out where all of the media/bloggers were going to be and I knew based upon the décor in the room and with everyone being greeted by key players at Twelve Eighty and not to mention the champagne, Yes, champagne,  that we were in for a treat.

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Chef-De-Cuisine-Andreas-Georgakopoulos-Twelve-EightyChef Andreas greeted us and prior to each new dish coming out, took the time to explain what it was and what inspired him to create the dish. Everyone received a sample and it was 4 courses all served with a cocktail and last but not least dessert, created by Pastry Chef, Derrell (see picture below).

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1st course: Pimento Deviled Eggs, Shrimp & Andouille Skillet with Skinny Ginger Margarita

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Pimento-Deviled-Eggs-Twelve-Eighty2nd course: Roasted Beet & Burrata, Crusted Ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad with Blackberry Mojito

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Beet-Burrata-Ahi-Tuna-Twelve-Eighty3rd course: High Museum Pastrami, Roasted Turkey & Pepperjack with Twelve Eighty Cocktail

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Roasted-Turkey-Pepperjack-Twelve-Eighty4th course: Scallion Crusted Atlantic Salmon, Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Pom Collins

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Dessert: Almond Cake Soaked in Dolce De Leche Cream, Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee and Chocolate Baked Custard w/espresso cookie

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About:

Twelve Eighty – Inspired Dining boasts a menu featuring local, farm-to-fork offerings for everyone to enjoy. The global cuisine with a southern twist offers a wide array of choices which includes fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, full entrees and several gourmet side choices. Wine, beer and hand-crafted cocktails are also available to be a part of your dining experience.

For more information and to see how you can try these delicious Fall Menu items, visit: Twelve Eighty and make your reservations now.

If you have been to Twelve Eighty before what is one of your favorite menu items?


Buttermilk Sky Pies Remind Me of Grandma

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(As a Dining Out Atlanta Passbook Ambassador, I received free samples in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the product. #ad #affiliate)

Buttermilk-sky-piesThis is the season to eat more food including more delicious pies. All kinds of pies, sweet potato (no comment:)), dutch apple, buttermilk, pecan, coconut, etc. There are many great things that I have inherited from my mom, her looks (what can I say:)), her cooking abilities, with the exception of baking, I do not know what happened there, but she got it honestly from her mama. It must have skipped me because baking pies or even other sweets it is just not for me. I can cook all day and I have my specialties, but sweets nope. Not one of them.

Being so far away from my mommy, I do not get to have the tasty sweets that she makes around this time of the year and I miss that. A couple of weeks back, I was part of the fun with some other foodies, to take part in an Ambassador Mixer, at Buttermilk Sky and I was very surprised. I had not heard of it prior to that day and they laid it out for us. Beautiful décor and scrumptious pies, so much so that I said, Buttermilk Sky Pies Remind Me of Grandma and that is saying a whole lot. I mentioned earlier in the post, coconut pies, earlier this week mommy and I were talking about how Grandma used to make them and she passed the recipe to my mommy and when I tasted the Buttermilk Pie, it reminded me of her. Many great memories were had at her house, eating joking and laughing.

With every bite you taste the time and most of all love that is put into each pie. All very different but all very good and everyone is bound to find their favorite. In the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook, currently there is a deal for a buy 1 get 1 free mini pie, which is a great way to sample their pies. The passbook is only $39 dollars and it is a steal when you think about all of the bogo deals you find in the book for great restaurants in the Metro Atlanta Area. The book retails for $99, but with my code, G4BM18, the price is reduced to only $39. They are perfect if you are looking for a gift idea that pays for itself over and over again.

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Have you tried Buttermilk Sky Pies? Let me know your experience. You will not be disappointed. Don’t forget about getting the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook and use code, G4BM18 to get your hand on so many bogo free deals including brunch.


3 Delicious Ways To Enjoy Tetley Super Herbal Tea Immunity

October 9, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu, Product Reviews
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                                                                    3 Delicious Ways To Enjoy Tetley Super Herbal Tea Immunity                                                                           (Received a sample box in exchanged for my honest and unbiased review)

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Good morning loves. This is the time of year where there is a lot of rain and much cooler temperatures, which sometimes brings colds and flu and for me more drinking tea in any kind of form whether that is cold sweet tea, warm tea or in a cocktail. I am coming today quickly to remind and introduce to some 3 delicious ways to enjoy Tetley Super Herbal Tea Immunity.

Tetley-Tea-Orange-VitaminCSome facts about this tea since it is blended with orange and peach it has vitamin C, which helps with the normal function of the immune system, has antioxidants and fiber.

  1. I enjoyed the first time my tea as regular iced tea and I threw some peaches in it, however, Tetley has provided a great Sparkling Peach Tea recipe that is great anytime of the year.

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Sparking-Peach-Tea2. Hot tea for those times you want to curl up in a corner with a book and drink some hot tea. It may as well be tea that adds to your immune system instead of tea that does not add anything to your body. Favorite cup, one peach and orange tea bag, steeped for 5 minutes and enjoy.

Tetley-Super-Herbal-Tea3. The last is one of my favorite ways to escape after a long day of work. To help ease some of the stress, I make a cocktail (peach bourbon tea), prepare as you would prepare 1 cup of iced tea, add 2 parts of bourbon and add more sugar to taste.

Tetley Super Teas Voted #1 Beverage Product of the Year and I can see why after trying a member of the Immunity Tea family.

What is your favorite way to enjoy tea?


Tiff’s Treats: Warm Cookies Delivered To Your Door

October 7, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu, Product Reviews
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Tiff’s Treats: Warm Cookies Delivered To Your Door

(Thanks to Tiff’s Treats and Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Bloggers Society for this opportunity. I have received these tasty cookies, gift card for additional cookies, and more for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion).

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I am not sure about you, but there have been several times in my life where I have had things delivered to loved ones and friends, but never has it been cookies at least not until recently. Tiff’s Treats is a brand that you can have delivered warm cookies delivered to your door and not just yours, but to your loved ones. Be on the lookout for one of these cars and if it is not coming to your house, I hope you know the neighbors who are about to get this delivery.

Sweets are one of my comfort foods. Some people want mac n cheese, fried chicken, chicken noodle soup, etc, but I want some yummy ooey gooey cookies and please please let it be chocolate chip. Those are my favorite unless you make it a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie then I would move that chocolate chip cookie out of the way:)

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I almost could not wait long enough to take pictures before I almost used my teeth to get into that ribbon and start munching. I was able to slow myself down and take my time to take the pictures, but believe you me I did not want to do so.

On this day, hubby was about to leave me for one of his many trips that month and I just wanted to sulk and have a pitty party, so what did I do? I had a warm cookie party. As soon as I took the pictures, I let him taste one before he left and I ate like four in a row and I was so grateful that it was an assorted bunch, so I had like one of each and then would sulk some and then repeat:).

Tiff's-Treats-Warm-Cookies-DeliveredA special surprise that was in the package was the tiffblitz which was vanilla ice cream blended with chunks of chocolate chip cookies and brownie bites. Topped with crumbled sugar cookies. So tasty.

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Do you have a special someone that could use some tasty goodness to their door? Check out their delivery areas.