Monday, September 29, 2014

S'more Snacks Recipe
My son's snack mix was such a hit in our house my 10 yr old daughter decided to get in on the act too. Her's is more of a treat than a healthy snack but the cereal is low in sugar, fat and salt so that makes me feel a little better about it!
She chose a classic s'more mix - chocolate, mini marshmallows and Shreddie(tm) cereal. She threw in some sweetened dried cranberries too.


6 cups cereal - we used Shreddies
2 cups (1 bag) mini Hershey Kisses
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries


Mix everything in a large bowl.
Divide into snack bags - 1/2 c of mix in each bag.
Servings: about 12.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

IFBC 2014 - Seattle

International Food Blogger Conference 2014 Seattle

I'm heading to my first food blogging conference - IFBC 2014. Since it's in Seattle, the conference is just a hop, skip and jump away from Vancouver. I excited about it for many reasons:
  • the authors of The Flavor Bible are giving the keynote address - the most used reference book in my kitchen!
  • a chance to meet other bloggers - there will be over 400 bloggers in attendance!
  • meet a great list of sponsors including:

  • to learn more about:

      • food photography, 
      • writing, 
      • recipe development, 
      • technology,
      • wine!

  • shop
  • eat

  • The conference itself is priced right at $95 (not including hotel) - to receive the $95 deal, participants must write three posts about the conference (this is #1)!

    The conference is organized by and Sephyr Adventures and was the 1st-ever conference for food bloggers! I'm not sure what to expect but I can be hard to please - I'll be sure to let you know how it went and the things I learn!

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Roasted Tomato and Jalapeno Salsa
    So far we have collected about 15 lbs of tomatoes from our little garden. I've made tomato sauce and kept some of the cherry tomatoes for snacks and salads. I would normally make pico de gallo too but this year I roasted a couple of pounds of tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic and onions to create this roasted salsa. I also roasted a nectarine I had on hand for some extra sweetness.

    We ate this salsa with homemade baked tortillas. You can use this recipe to make your own...just leave off the cinnamon sugar and sprinkle with salt and pepper before putting them in the oven.
    Almost ready - the jalapeno will blacken too.


    2-3 lbs tomatoes, halved
    3 jalapenos, stem removed
    1 red onion, cut into 1/2 inch rings
    1 nectarine, pit removed and halved
    1 head garlic
    1/4 c olive oil
    1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
    salt and pepper to taste


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Space everything over a couple of baking sheets - leave room - you want to roast the ingredients not steam them.
    2. Sprinkle with olive oil and a bit of salt.
    3. Roast for about 45 minutes, until jalapenos are blackened, garlic is soft and tomatoes are dark.
    4. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
    5. Place everything in a food processor (including juices on pan). Process until desired consistency is reached. I like it a bit chunky but process longer if you prefer it smoother.
    Other salsa recipes to try: