Swedish Meatballs

Ever since I could remember, anytime I went out to a restaurant, if Swedish meatballs were on the menu, guaranteed that would be the entree I would order. It became such a regular dish to have at some of my favorite restaurants, that I began to take notes on what ingredients and techniques were used to create the dish. Very soon after, I sought to recreate my favorite dinner dish at home. Traditionally served with mashed potatoes and a thinner, darker gravy, I much preferred a thicker, richer sauce with fresh herbs and a plentiful amount of sliced mushrooms.

At home, we have Swedish meatballs at least twice a month. We always make enough to have for lunch the next day as well. When it comes to these delectable homemade meatballs, a pairing with Lingonberry jam is a must. You can also use red currant jam. And the sauce – so smooth and creamy with an essence of fresh rosemary, you will surely want to add a couple more tablespoons over your bed of egg noodles for an extra boost of tasty fun. Let’s get that plate dancing, shall we?

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Pindar Vineyards

This past Saturday, March 11, I ventured over to the North Fork with my husband to attend a wine and chocolate pairing at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic. The wine pairing was in partnership with North Fork Chocolate Company located in Aquebogue, one of my favorite spots to stop at while I am in the area for great gifts from talented local businesses. Their chocolates are also out of this world! Pindar Vineyards and North Fork Chocolate Company are open year round.

Pindar Vineyards was quite busy that Saturday. We saw a few bridal parties celebrating, some birthday bashes, family and friend gatherings, and more. We were delighted to listen to live music and enjoy a cheese plate (sold in their refrigerator) during our tasting. Pindar is always a lively spot and the staff is consistently accommodating. If you happen to purchase a cheese plate or a selection of cheeses, complimentary crackers are provided at the wine bars. We also could not get enough of their Irish Soda Bread, seriously one of the best soda breads I have tried: so moist and fresh!

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Betsy's Best

I am hosting a giveaway with Betsy’s Best. One winner in the U.S. will have the opportunity to win a four pack of her delicious nut butter, including 1 jar of Gourmet Seed Butter, Cashew Butter, Almond Butter and Peanut Butter. All of her products are feature unique ingredients like chia seeds, cinnamon and pink Himalayan salt making for an unbeatable tasting experience.

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Mother Nurture Truffles and Enhanced Waters

My first pregnancy was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, but for all the right reasons. My husband and I are blessed with a beautiful little girl who was born on her due date in early 2014. I experienced extreme morning sickness for the first five months of pregnancy, became severely dehydrated in the last month that required a visit to the hospital and two liters of intravenous fluid, a month of bedrest, and periods of exhaustion. As a fitness trainer, it is sometimes shameful to admit that I hardly exercised in the first six months, and after regaining some strength, I practiced gentle yoga and Pilates.

Staying hydrated and eating healthy is the most important thing you can do for you and your growing fetus. Did you know that according to several medical journals, women who are pregnant should drink eight cups or between 80-100 fluid ounces a day? I had such a difficult time drinking that much water a day that I had to keep track via a homemade chart on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I would not refer to it for several days at a time. I vowed that I would never do that again. Therefore, I am so pleased to introduce Mother Nurture, to my readers.

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With the December holiday season in full swing, it is so critical that adults (and children) cooking and prepping meals be aware of how to minimize the risk of food borne illnesses. The Food Safety Book: What You Don’t Know Could Kill You is so full of information and easy to read, it might as well be named “The Kitchen Bible.” This handy book will help you stay safe in the kitchen, and guide you to make smart choices when bagging your groceries and selecting the best fruits and vegetables in the grocery store or at the markets.

The Food Safety Book covers three themes: food safety, food quality, and food longevity. There are dozens upon dozens of times that I have opened my refrigerator and could not be certain how long specific vegetables can remain in the fridge, the last day leftover food should be consumed, proper thawing time, and the ideal storage location for food items. To assist in ensuring that you stay healthy and safe during these joyous occasions, I am giving away one hardcopy of The Food Safety Book to my readers!

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