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Grandma who was never a mother

This Whole Sponsorship Thing 
Jun. 15, 2014 3:31 pm 
Updated: Jun. 17, 2014 10:47 am
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 up.

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 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, , 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. 
Jun. 15, 2014 7:08 pm
Terrific blog, Janet! Summer colds are the worst, feel better soon.
Jun. 15, 2014 7:32 pm
Excellent post! And feel better soon!
Jun. 15, 2014 10:17 pm
Great blog! I have yet to be 'assigned' Reynolds but tried the non stick foil a couple of months ago. Where has this been all my life? Why did I wait? Woot! Great stuff. No more sticky chicken, sticking to the the pan instead of the chicken. Great stuff.
Jun. 16, 2014 4:40 am
Very well said Janet. Now I need to get some of that non-stick reynolds wrap too.
Jun. 16, 2014 4:48 am
Very nice Janet, feel better soon!
Jun. 16, 2014 11:19 am
I just burned some seafood I picked up!$$$$$ On my list! Thanks
Jun. 16, 2014 11:22 am
The non-stick foil is wonderful for brownies and bar cookies. You can lift the entire dish out of the pan...Really helpful for shortbread type crusts.
Jun. 17, 2014 3:33 am
First of all: Nice blog! So true - without the sponsors this site would not be here for all to enjoy! :) I've never even heard of non-stick foil but you can bet I'll be picking up a roll before we head off for our 10-day camping trip; it'll be perfect for those foil-wrapped dinners in the campfire!
Jun. 17, 2014 8:21 am
Well done Janet! Can't say I have ever used non-stick foil. I think I'll give it a whirl.
Jun. 17, 2014 10:47 am
Good point, well-made! Needed to be expressed. Thanks.
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About Me
A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to culinary school and loved every minute of it. So after nearly 20 years working as a paralegal, I took the plunge and changed careers. I was the baker at a "corporate dining" facility feeding the construction workers who are building a microchip manufacturing plant. I earned much less but I loved every minute of it - even though those minutes started at 5 AM! Now I am back to work as a paralegal albeit only part-time but I have also taken custody of two little angels who were in a violent and abusive home. I also volunteer by cooking at a small local hospice. I wish I could foster a new career for myself and others as a "Food Therapist". My efforts will not cure these people but I have found that I can provide enjoyment and the boost that a meal can bring. At the same time, the enjoyment I get is at least equal to their enjoyment of my efforts.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything but baking is my passion.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday meals with ALL the extras. Too much food for anyone to eat everything. I can't wait to pass the holiday traditions on to my granddaughters who are already Grandma's best helpers!
My cooking triumphs
I love the fact that even though our mother was a good cook and my five sisters are all good cooks, everytime I bring somethng new to family get-togethers, I am always asked to bring it again!
My cooking tragedies
My mother did a lot of cooking without recipes so I thought that's just what you did. One time when I was about 12, I was home alone and decided to make a pie. The crust was really not edible. Decades later, I still remember that pie!
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