Wednesday, April 8, 2015

thank you!!

Birthday month was fun! It was so great to be able to hold some giveaways for all of you. Thank you to everyone who stopped in and entered and for your ongoing support. All winners have been notified. A huge THANK YOU to the amazing sponsors who donated some awesome prizes. Thanks for helping me celebrate!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

an evening with lynn crawford and catelli ancient grains pasta - giveaway

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend an evening with some fellow bloggers learning about Catelli's Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains Pasta from none other than Chef Lynn Crawford!

Catelli's new pasta is made with five ancient grains - quinoa, amaranth, teff, sorghum and millet. Currently available in Western Canada, the pasta is available in three cuts –  Spaghetti, Spaghettini and Rotini.

We were so lucky to have Chef Lynn make us a couple of tasty treats. The first was Rotini in a Marinara sauce topped with cheese and fresh mozzarella. The second was the Spaghettini, tossed with pesto and cheese. So delicious!

She shared some great tips with us - use the stems of cilantro, think salty sea when salting the pasta water, never rinse the pasta after cooking for sauces to better adhere to the pasta.

Chef Lynn then proceeded to show us how to make her Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing. We then headed to the kitchen to make it for ourselves.

It was such a fun and memorable evening! Want a chance to win a one year supply of Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains pasta? Enter below!

Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Servings: 4


1 pkg (340 g)              Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains Spaghettini
2 cups (500 ml)           snow peas, thinly sliced diagonally
1 cup (250 ml)            shelled edamame
1                                  small English cucumber
2 cups (500 ml)           napa cabbage, finely shredded
1 cup (250 ml)             red pepper, cut into matchsticks
3                                  green onions, thinly sliced
1                                  ripe avocado, sliced
1/4 cup (60 ml)           cilantro leaves
2 tbsp (30 ml)             black sesame seeds

Ginger-Wasabi Dressing:

1/4 cup (60 ml)         seasoned rice vinegar
3 tbsp (45 ml)           canola oil
2 tbsp (30 ml)           soy sauce
2 tbsp (30 ml)           lemon juice
1 tsp (5 ml)               lemon zest
2 tsp (10 ml)             brown sugar
2 tsp (10 ml)             sesame oil
1 tsp (5 ml)               grated fresh ginger
                                  wasabi to taste


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Rinse under cold water until well chilled; transfer to large bowl and set aside.

In a pot of boiling water, cook snow peas and edamame until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse under cold water until well chilled; set aside.

Meanwhile, halve the cucumber lengthwise and use the end of a spoon to scoop and discard seeds; cut cucumber into julienne strips.

Ginger-Wasabi Dressing: Whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and zest, brown sugar, sesame oil and ginger. Season with wasabi to taste.

Add cucumber, snow peas, edamame, napa cabbage, red pepper, green onions and avocado to noodles; toss with enough dressing to coat.

Garnish with cilantro leaves and black sesame seeds.

Tip: If you have time, you can chill the noodle dish by refrigerating for 1 to 4 hours.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

win with earls!

One of our favourite places to eat is Earls Kitchen + Bar. I've been going to Earls for years - the service is great and the food is always good!

Hubby sticks to his usual Cajun Chicken with a side of Fettucine. I change it up every time but always make room for the fries with a side of their delicious parm dip.

Want to win one of three $25 gift card from Earls? Enter below. Good luck!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

win with cococo chocolatiers!

There's no better way to celebrate than with chocolate! Milk, dark, white - it doesn't matter which kind, they all make me happy. Our friends over at Cococo Chocolatiers, owners of Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut want to make you happy!

In honour of Food Mamma's birthday, they have an Easter gift basket filled with amazing handcrafted seasonal favourites for the young and the young at heart. Winning is easy! Just enter below.

owners of Chocolaterie Bernard Callebautow
owners of Chocolaterie Bernard Callebau

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

win with smashburger!

One of our favourite burger places in Calgary is Smashburger. I was introduced to the US chain when it opened in Calgary three years ago.  We love their burgers and their sides, especially their sweet potato fries and fried pickles!

Smashburger has opened it's third Calgary location in McKenzie Towne Center. They have generously given us vouchers for free kids meals so you can check out the new place for yourself! There are lots of vouchers to be won, just be sure to enter!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

win with president's choice!

It's always fun to play in the kitchen. Finding great quality products to use while you're playing is important, especially when you're cooking with and for your little ones. That's why President's Choice products are always a welcome addition in our household.

Escape the winter blahs through travel in taste with new and innovative Must Try President's Choice products, available at Real Canadian Superstore locations. While you're there, don't forget to support the Loblaw Spring Food Drive by purchasing or bringing non-perishable food items and dropping them into the donation bins in-store or by making a cash donation at the check-out. The food drive is taking place from March 20 to April 9 will raise food and funds in the fight against hunger.

Enter now to win a $100 President's Choice gift card!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

win with edo japan!

One of Q's favourite places to eat is Edo Japan. He loves the Sukiyaki Beef (extra sauce if he's sharing with mamma!), a side of sushi if he's extra hungry and of course, it has to be topped off with a cinnamon apple spring roll.

Edo Japan is feel good food. It's healthy, satisfying and so delicious that Q even finishes off the veggies.

Want to win a gift card for Edo Japan? Leave a comment stating your favourite meal to eat there. Increase your chances of winning by sharing on social media. Good luck!

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