Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Canadian Raw Organic Honey Giveaway

I love honey! I think most people do, but the thing I don't like is the sticky, drippy mess. Did you ever hear of a honey that doesn't drip AND is full of flavor? Add to that a honey that is USDA Certified Organic.  I didn't know there was such a thing.  How do you control bee activity?

First of all, organic honey is only found a few places in the world now because bees will travel up to 4 miles from their hives, and if fertilized plants are nearby, they will find the flowers, going about their pollinating business.  In the wild frontiers of Canada, away from any farms that use fertilizer, Tropical Traditions harvests their exclusive brand called Honey Traditions. It is truly a raw honey, and is only harvested for a six-week period in summer after the bees have pollinated the wild vegetation that surrounds the area.

Be prepared for a new taste sensation because this honey is unprocessed, and wild. The only heat that comes near it is equal to the temperatures inside the hive. Because of that, there are pollens and fine crystals present, and the texture is similar to a soft margarine; therefore no drips!

I like to use it on  warm English muffins in the morning.  I also add some to my tea; it's so comforting on a cold winter day.   This weekend I made a celery seed salad dressing with honey (I'll post that recipe soon.)  So use it as you normally would, but be ready for a burst of flavor, while you have the well-being of knowing that you are doing something good for your family and yourself.

Tropical Traditions is offering you a chance to try this fantastic organic Canadian  Raw Honey.  Here's how you can win a 17.6 oz jar:

 1. Leave a comment after visiting the Tropical Traditions web site, about what your favorite product would be, or how you would use this honey.

2. For a second chance to win, sign up as an e-mail subscriber with Feedburner, Feed Blitz, or become a Google Follower (see sidebar.) Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.

3. For a third chance to win, blog or Tweet about this contest with a link here, then come back and leave another comment telling me about it.

4. For a fourth chance to win, subscribe to the Tropical Traditions email sales newsletter, then come back and tell me that you have done that.

If you subscribe in more than one way, leave a separate comment for each.

5. If you're not a blogger, be sure to leave your contact e-mail address like this to avoid spammers: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. If I don't have a way to reach you or you don't respond in three days, your name will be disqualified, and I will choose again, picking my favorite answer.
Good Luck!!

Open to US and Canadian residents only, 18+.

Winners will be chosen by random.org.

Email addresses will not be shared with any third parties.

This Giveaway ends on .........Monday, February 1, 2010 at midnight EST.

Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mini Quiches

Quiche is just a fancy French name for baked scrambled eggs, as far as I'm concerned. Most quiches have crusts; without a crust it's considered a frittata (Italian).
This particular recipe is made with spinach and sweet potatoes. You can go all vegetarian or add turkey bacon on top. If cholesterol is not a concern, or you wish to splurge, go all the way with real bacon. Either way, you'll find this a fun and easy way to serve breakfast or brunch to guests. It also works great for your own on-the-go breakfast. Make it in advance, put it in the fridge, then a quick reheat in the microwave in the morning, and you're out the door. Better yet, take it to work for a healthy lunch!

3/4 c. lightly packed shredded sweet potato
1 c. lightly packed chopped fresh spinach
6-8 strips of turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/3 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1/4 c. diced sweet onion
2 T. cornmeal
2 T. flour
1 t. dried basil
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
5 eggs
1 c. soymilk (I use 1/2% or 2% milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, toss together sweet potatoes, spinach, turkey bacon, cheese, onion, cornmeal, flour, basil, salt, and pepper.

Spoon mixture evenly into cups of well-greased/nonstick muffin pans. (I do both.)

In a bowl, (you may use the same one for ease in clean up) whisk together eggs,and milk until smooth.
Pour mixture evenly over sweet potato-spinach filling in cups.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center is set.

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

Turn quiches out onto rack and turn upright until ready to serve.

Great right from the oven!

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Mama Mia, Here's a Crockpot Italian dinner version of Chicken Cacciatore!

1 pkg. (1 lb 4 oz) bone-in skinless chicken thighs
1 jar ( 4.5 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
1 can (6 oz.) Italian-style tomato paste
1 can ( 14 oz.) chicken broth
1/2 c. white wine, if desired
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 t. dried sage leaves
12 oz. uncooked spaghetti
1/4 t.dried thyme leaves
1 T. cornstarch
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired

1. Place chicken in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients except spaghetti, thyme, cornstarch, and cheese.

2. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 hours.

3.About 15 minutes before serving, cook and drain spaghetti as directed on the package; keep warm.

4. Remove chicken from the cooker; keep warm. Stir thyme into sauce in cooker. Increase heat setting to high. Mix 1/4 cup sauce from cooker and the cornstarch in a small bowl; stir into remaining sauce in cooker. Cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove bay leaf.

5. Serve chicken and sauce over spaghetti. Sprinkle with cheese.

Serves 6.

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