So, yay! It’s Portland Dining Month in June! What’s that you ask? Well…”Beginning June 1, Portland Dining Month returns to the Rose City for the fourth year, with restaurants offering three-course dinner menus – including an appetizer, entrée and dessert – for just $29.”
To celebrate, Portland’s Downtown Marketing Initiative has given me a gift certificate for a meal for two at Oven and Shaker, for the special dining month menu to giveaway! So exciting!
Here’s Oven and Shaker’s Dining Month awesome-sounding menu:
First Course: Focaccia panzanella – roasted summer vegetables, olives, red onion, champagne vinaigrette and Grana Padano.
Second Course: Squash pizza – ricotta salata, wild oregano, chili oil and cilantro.
Dessert: Fruit pie gelato – buttermilk, honey and pie crust pieces.
Want to win this meal for two? Just leave a comment on my blog by noon (Pacific time) on June 4th and I’ll randomly pick a winner, contact you, you’ll send me your address, and DMI will send you the gift certificate for Oven & Shaker to use during the month of June!
So, note: this really only works if you live in Portland, OR/will be visiting pdx in June 2013. WINNER HAS . . . → Read More: Portland Dining Month Gift Certificate Giveaway!
I really enjoy finding a new ingredient that I’ve never cooked with before and discovering something fun to do with it. That’s exactly what happened with me and oat groats. To be honest, when I first got the bag I wasn’t even sure what an oat groat was — oat kernel with its hull removed. But one thing I’ve learned about oat groats? They can be delicious!
I came across a recipe for savory oat groats and used that as a starting place and ended up with a creamy, kale-filled, risotto-like dish topped with herbed, garlicky shrimp. Oat groats can also of course be cooked for breakfast as a more traditional porridge. But, as I tend to do, I opted for the savory, cheesy option and now, oat grouts have turned into one of my favorite grains.
Win a Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway $50 Gift Card: Would you like to find your own new favorite grain? Bob’s Red Mill is a great place to discover new whole grains and they’ve given me a gift card to give away on my blog! Leave . . . → Read More: Savory Oat Groats with Kale, Feta and Shrimp, plus a Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway!
Simple Truth Organic and Natural Food
Way back in December, I was invited to an event at the Hawthorne Fred Meyer, for a launch of their new product line — Simple Truth.
Simple Truth aims to “provide a simple, uncomplicated and trustworthy solution to the challenge of simply better living. All Simple Truth items are Free From 101 artificial ingredients and preservatives.” These products are available in Oregon at Fred Meyer and nationally at Kroger grocery stores.
Nutritionist Carolyn Brown answering questions about eating healthier and a plateful of delicious event snacks — a quinoa salad and cashew curry chicken salad. Disclaimer: photos from my phone.
It was a fun event which included food demos with Leigh Ann Hieronymus and nutrition information with Carolyn Brown, MS, RD. There was also organic wine and beer and a huge swag bag at the end of the evening for everyone to lug home. But even better, attendees were given the opportunity to do a future blog giveaway. Hooray!
Seeing that it’s the beginning of a brand new year and a great time for eating healthier and wiser, wouldn’t . . . → Read More: Simple Truth Giveaway + Chicken Curry Cashew Salad
If there’s one thing I really enjoy about fall & winter it’s…well, it’s sweaters, actually. But, besides the sweaters, it’s pears. I like them even more than apples. Because of this, I substitute pears for apples in a lot of recipes — pear pies, pear sauce, pear wedges with brie, pears with caramel dipping sauce. In fact, I just made some Parsnip & Pear Pancakes that were completely delicious.
Recently, USA Pears offered to send me a whole box of pears to create a recipe for National Pear Month in December. I was so excited I actually came up with two recipes and this one is my favorite: Caramelized Fennel with Pear, Almonds and Parmesan. The fruit really brings out the sweetness of the mellow, caramelized fennel and the almonds and Parmesan cheese just make it more awesome. It’s great as a side dish with chicken or turkey or even just on its own.
Adding to the excitement, I am also giving away a box of pears from USA Pears! Hooray! All you need to do to enter is . . . → Read More: December is Pear Month: Caramelized Fennel with Pear, Almonds and Parmesan plus a Giveaway!
Recently, I was offered a free jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ to try and also a jar to giveaway on my blog, which is really great but honestly, I already knew about the awesomeness of wheat germ. I’ve been a fan for awhile and use it all the time for coating chicken, adding to granola and cereals and even baking. Did you know that you could do all of that with wheat germ? Well, you can.
And also, wheat germ is a super food. It’s an excellent source of nutrients including vitamin E, the B vitamins, and folic acid. Wheat germ can easily be a substitute for breadcrumbs for coatings and toppings and, like I’ve done in this recipe, it can be used to replace some of the flour in a recipe for an extra nutritional boost! And speaking of these biscuits, they turned out really well — flaky and herb-y, they’d be a great addition to a Thanksgiving meal. And if you need more inspiration, there’s a lot of recipe’s right here.
All of this…can be yours (well, just the coupon).
So, want to try some Kretschmer . . . → Read More: Wheat Germ & Herb Biscuits and a Super Food Giveaway!