Korean BBQ Short Ribs #CampbellSauces

Korean BBQ Short Ribs

Braised short ribs is one of my all time favorite restaurant meals.  If it’s on the menu chances are I’m going to order it.  The meat is fork tender and the favors are rich and intense.  This dish is easy to recreate at home with a little help from Campbell’s Sweet Korean BBQ Slow Cooker Sauce.  The roasted ginger and sesame adds a layer of flavor to this savory and slightly sweet sauce.

It’s fall season which makes it the perfect time to use the slow cooker.    It’s such a time saver to be able to prep dinner the night before and stick it in the fridge over night.  The next morning I plug it in and let dinner cook while I’m at work.  It definitely takes the stress out of weeknight cooking.

If you look in my pantry I current have a few of the Campbell’s Skillet Sauces and Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces handy for those nights that I need a little help to get a homemade meal on the table.  I can’t wait to try Scampi and Thai Green Curry Skillet Sauces.  I also have the Tavern Style Pot Roast and Hawaiian Luau Slow Cooker Sauces stocked in my pantry for another day.  I tried the Campbell’s Chicken Marsala Skillet Sauce recently and it was a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table in 15 minutes.  Gotta love that!

Campbell's Sweet Korean BBQ Slow Cooker Sauce

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Winder Farms Review and Giveaway

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Derrick and I were ecstatic when Winder Farms reached out to us to try their home delivery service.   Winder Farms is a  “farmer’s market on wheels” and offers hundreds of natural, local and organic produce and products to Orange County residents.  Online ordering makes it easy and deliveries are waiting on your doorstep by 8:00am.  We were excited to try the Winder Farms Applewood Smoked Bacon.  The slices were thick and it was great in an egg and bacon breakfast sandwich served with breakfast potatoes.


Winder Farm Applewood Bacon

Bacon makes everything better!


produce collage

Red potatoes, fresh eggs and gorgeous Fuji apples. All from Winder Farms.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

chocolate chip banana bread

This no oil or butter banana bread recipe has been a favorite with both my coworkers and neighbors.  All natural apple sauce is used to create this very easy, chocolatey, moist banana bread.  I created this recipe while on maternity leave and now it’s my go to recipe.  The brown sugar and cinnamon really adds depth to the bread.  Derrick thinks that I purposely let bananas get super ripe just to make banana bread.   There may some truth to that… :)

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Pear and Vanilla Bean Jam

Pear & Vanilla Bean Jam

The best part of summer is the bounty of delicious, sweet and juicy fruits!  I love the berries, grapes, pears, watermelon and peaches during this time of year.  The price of fruit is pretty inexpensive when they’re in season, for example, I bought 6 pounds of Bartlett pears for $4.99.  I was able to make over 60 oz of jam with that and will be able to savor the flavors of summer later this year.  Not to mention, jars of jam make great gifts! Pear and vanilla go so well together creating a jam that is fragrant and sweet. The little specks of vanilla is gorgeously dispersed throughout the jam which packs a lot of flavor.

This pear and vanilla bean jam is great on toast, mixed into Greek yogurt and even warmed up and drizzled over vanilla ice cream.  I’ve also have enjoyed it straight out of the jar with a spoon.  It’s pretty darn good!

pear & vanilla bean jam

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Can It Forward Day 2013 & Giveaway

2013 Can it Forward DAy

August 17th is National Can-It-Forward Day!  This year’s event will be broadcasting from Union Square Greenmarket in New York City from 10:00am to 2:00pm EST.  Food Network’s Ted Allen will be sharing his expertise at the event.  Can-It-Forward Day is really an opportunity to learn how to preserve fresh foods and share canning knowledge with each other.  To participate you can either watch online, host a canning party, or join the event in person.  Additional giveaways from Ball brand will be offered on August 17th to those to tune in.  You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #canitforward.  All recipes that are demonstrated will also be available on Fresh Preserving.

To celebrate National Can-It-Forward Day we’re giving away  The Ball Canning Discovery Kit, The Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving and a case of Ball brand canning jars.  These are the perfect items to get you started with canning.  I have to admit, the whole thought of canning seemed overwhelming to me.  I’m very happy to say that I tried it for the first time last weekend and it was a lot easier than I had thought it would be.  I made pear & vanilla bean jam and it was so simple and fast, especially using the Ball FreshTech Automatic Jam and Jelly maker.  It took all the guess work out of making jam.  I’m excited to share that recipe with you later this week!  In the meantime, good luck with the giveway!  I can’t wait for you to try making your own jams and jellies!  I think they make such wonderful gifts and a great way to preserve a little bit of summer.

discovery kit

ball blue book canning jarsThank you everyone for participating!  The winner is:  Elizabeth Be!


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