OK let's get real. This may be the land of the free and the home of the brave but nothing comes free. Occasionally someone decides to go on a rant about the Allstars program calling us names and complaining about a barrage of blogs about a single product
or an onslaught of pictures of the same recipe but without advertisers, this site wouldn't exist.
One of the current featured sponsors is Reynold's Wrap (R). As an Allstar I was grateful when I received samples from Reynold's Wrap including their Non-Stick foil. I hadn't tried this product before but I knew the perfect application to try it out. My
kids and I like a dish I make fairly frequently cubing boneless chicken breast and potatoes, tossing them with olive oil and dried spices (sometimes Italian seasoning, sometimes Greek, sometimes just garlic powder and a sprinkling of lemon juice and zest)
I always add grated Parmesan and bake it, stirring a few times to let it form a nice crispy crust. The kids love it, it's already bite-sized and the starch and protein cook in just one pan. To make my life even easier, I line the pan with foil for easy clean
The only problem? For some reason I have a bad habit of forgetting to spray the foil before baking and all that delicious crispiness ends up stuck to the foil rather than coating the food! So when I got the sample of the Non-Stick Reynold's Wrap, shazam!
I knew this was the perfect test of the product.
I am so happy I did! I'll never use anything else. No extra spray, no chance or forgetting and perfect results.
But this weekend has turned out to be all about Allrecipes. It was Children's Sunday at the church we joined recently. They asked us to bring cookies and of course I wanted to establish myself as a baker at the new church so I turned to one of my old favorites:
Ricotta Cookies III http://allrecipes.com/recipe/ricotta-cookies-iii/. They never fail to make a good impression.
Unfortunately I have a summer cold and feel pretty awful. I would have been happy with a pbj or bowl of cereal for dinner but, alas, I have little ones relying on me to feed them. I had picked up a beautiful big bunch of fresh basil at our produce stand
so dinner tonight was Lemon Basil Grilled Chicken, http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lemon-Basil-Grilled-Chicken/?prop31=2 , a recipe from another sponsor, Mazola.
This was simple and delicious. Toss a few ingredients into a food processor and your marinade is made. I scraped it into a gallon resealable bag with my chicken breasts, tossed to coat and dragged myself ....oh, I mean took my girls off to a village-wide
event. When we got home I was really glad that the chicken was ready to go. At dinner-time, on the grill they went and within minutes we had moist delicious chicken that got unanimous thumbs up.
Do I love Allrecipes? You bet. Proud to be an Allstar? No doubt about it. Grateful for the advertisers that allow it to be viable? Absolutely.