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Sunday Dinner: Recipe or No Recipe?

How often do you use a recipe when you cook? Me, not that often; if I’m baking then all the time. But, yesterday after cooking Sunday dinner with my mother, taking a picture and posting it, I realized we didn’t use a recipe.

20130114-094803.jpgSunday Dinner: BBQ Pig Feet, Baked Beans and Potato Salad

People ask me all the time about recipes for the items that I cook throughout the week. Most of the time my response is “I don’t have one.” Usually, I don’t. I just cook sometimes I experiment with spices and other times I know what the ingredients are, I just don’t know the measurements.

Growing up in the kitchen with my family, I watched my mother, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents just add stuff to the pot. As I got older I started to ask about the measurements and how much is too much to put in certain dishes. The unanimous response for family ” I don’t know, I just pour and stop when it looks like it’s enough.” That right there is trial and error. I’ve learned a lot from the people in my family and have chosen to educate those that come after me. My challenge is to take one recipe at a time and write down the measurements so my younger relatives and children (when they come) can have them.

So often we learn things just by doing them. When it comes to show others we have to figure out a way to do because there are no accurate directions. No recipe? No problem. But what do you do when a family member or friend wants a recipe of a dish that you make? I have had to make the dish again, recording the measurements just so I can give it to them or I end up making the dish then telling them to come pick it up. But due to my schedule lately, I don’t always have that option.

Here’s to me recording all of my recipes that don’t have measurements to them!


Coming Soon: Kitchen Bookshelf

Periodically I go through and survey my readers.  One of the items that has come up is cookbooks. As much as we here at Southern Roots Kitchen love to cook, we also love to read and explore cookbooks. We are going to kick off our ‘Kitchen Bookshelf’ segment in a few weeks. This will segment will feature cookbooks from authors you may know and some you may not.

We will review each cookbook, select recipes from book and try them ourselves. We will then post the recipes and the cookbook information on our blog so you can check out what we did. There will also be a link to the site where the cookbook can be purchased, so you can get your own copy.

If you or someone you know is working on a cookbook, or has a cookbook and would like it featured on ‘Kitchen Bookshelf’ please have them contact Kimberlee at southernrootskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com as soon as possible so we can get them on the calendar. We are accepting pdf verisons of review copies as well.

Southern Roots Kitchen looks forward to featuring cookbooks on ‘Kitchen Bookshelf’ stay tuned!!

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5 Reasons I love being a Tastefully Simple Consultant

Hello, everyone, today’s post is a little different, yes it deals with my love of food but it also describes my love for Tastefully Simple. I was recently asked why I chose to sell Tastefully Simple. First I must give you some background information about how I found out about this company.

A former coworker of mine (Hey Kacey!) was having a Tastefully Simple party and she invited me to come. She told me it was a food tasting party, I immediately said count me in. My mom and I went to the party, it was really fun and interactive. While the consultant was answering questions about her Tastefully Simple business, my mom leans over to me and says ‘You can do this.’ My response is “What, host a party?” She’s like ‘No, become a consultant. You like to talk, meet new people and you love food. I say you should do it and I’ll host a party.” So I said, “Okay, I ‘ll do it.” Once I got to the checkout part of the party I signed on as a consultant.

I love what I do and Tastefully Simple provides me with a lot of flexibility. I still work full-time, I can still travel and my business can go with me wherever I go. Here are 5 reasons why I love Tastefully Simple.

  1. Food: Tastefully Simple has a large variety of products including sauces, marinades, bread, desserts, drinks and even gifts. Each of these products is easy to use. Some of them are open and pour items while others you may only have to add one or two items to the mix. It helps make any mealtime fun and easy.
  2. Discount: As a consultant, you are offered a discount when purchasing products for Tastefully Simple. I use my discount to go grocery shopping and buy gifts for family and friends. This is such a great aspect provided by the company. Even if you decide not to build a team you still can keep your discount and shop.
  3. Flexibility: You don’t have to have a set schedule for when you want to sell your products. There’s no required number of parties that you have to hold. People can order at any time and not just at a party. Being a Tastefully Simple consultant allows you to have work-life balance.
  4. People: This is an opportunity for you to spend time with friends while sharing great food items and recipes. It also gives you the chance to meet new people and network. Some of my Tastefully Simple clients have become really great friends.
  5. Opportunities: Make money, that’s right you can make a living by being a Tastefully Simple consultant. Use the money to pay off bills or save for a vacation. You can build a team to increase your income and help other people become consultants. Tastefully Simple offers various opportunities to attend events and leadership trips to different states and resorts. You can work your way to a vacation provided by the company. It’s a networking opportunity. I have been able to meet other consultants from different direct sales companies and have collaborated with them on projects and vendor events.

I really do love being a consultant. It’s fun and flexible. The food is simply delicious. Check out my site and ask any questions you may have.


Welcome Gourmet Gifter! 

Good day everyone, we have some new products from our friends at Gourmet Gifter that we will begin to share with you over the next few months. Each month we will feature some of the great products that they have provided. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small portion of the proceeds.

 

This box I received contained the following products:

Chili Cheese Puffs

Salty Sweet Addiction Kettle Corn

Pineapple Meal Replacement Bar

Peanut Brittle

So stay tuned for some great reviews.

 


Huffington Post: Bagels and Cream Cheese Article

12 Bagel And Cream Cheese Flavors That Shouldn’t Exist – http://huff.to/1fMxlmw

Above you will find the article from the Huffington Post about bagels and cream cheese. After reading this article and laughing about it, I realized that I have eaten almost all of these item, yeah I know kind of crazy. I can totally relate to the authors voice in regards to the items listed because I didn’t know some of them even existed.

Protein Cream Cheese. Where was I when this was announced? I can’t seem to figure this one out, but I’m sure that the amount of carbohydrates in the bagel have canceled out the protein in the cream cheese.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese. Niece know in the fall I am one of those who will be at my favorite coffee shop buying my pumpkin latte. I’ll eat eat pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice butter and sometimes pumpkin pie. But, I think I will pass on the cream cheese, just not sure the flavor can be captured correctly.

Blueberry Bagel and Chocolate Chip Bagel.  Guilt, guilty, guilty. I have ordered both of these from the bakery more than a few times. I enjoy both of them. There is nothing healthy about eating chocolate for breakfast but I do it with no shame. That blueberry bagel toasted with some butter is heavenly for me.

Honey Walnut Cream Cheese and Strawberry Cream Cheese. Again: Guilty, guilty, guilty. These two are staples in my refrigerator (don’t judge me lol) But I love them. Both of these tastes great on that chocolate chip bagel.

After reading this are my foodie points going down the drain due to my crazy guilty pleasures? Be sure to let me know what you think.