January 14, 2009

Thai Coconut Curry Broth from College Inn: A review

We've been making a lot of soup lately and though I will use fresh chicken in, say, chicken soup, I always add a store-bought stock or broth to enhance the flavor. In fact, when I took a knife skills class at Chicago's Chopping Block last year, the chef/teacher recommended store-bought stock for the convenience.

I was excited to try the College Inn Thai Coconut Curry Broth because it sounded a little different. And it was.

Rather than the hot, spicy curry DH was hoping for, this "culinary broth" was fragrant and flavorful. The delicate blend of coconut, curry, garlic and coriander flavors suited me just fine.

I also like that the broth does not have MSG, but I don't like that each cup has 42% of a day's serving of sodium. As with so many processed convenience products, I'd like to see that number drop.

Check out the Singapore Lettuce Wraps we made using the broth and find other unique recipes as well.

January 11, 2009

The Whole Story: Whole Foods podcast on supplements, a sponsored post

Here's the deal: my unemployed but fabulous tech writer/project manager husband is on his third month on unemployment. How does one shop at Whole Paycheck without a paycheck? It's a challenge.

Seriously though, he loves Whole Foods and we both love that they source local products. In fact, one of their reps was at the Family Farmed Media Meet-Up and I could tell from the discussion that she took her job as a local sourcer quite seriously.

So anyway, when I saw an email from WH offering me a $15 gift card for posting the link to their monthly podcast, Whole Story, I figured I'd give it a listen and post if I learned something.

I did. So here's the link to the podcast, the ABC's of Supplements.

DH has been going on and on about the benefits of fish oil and suggesting we give it to our boys, well, at least one of them. The boy in question isn't great at swallowing, so we chose the capsules, which the podcast confirmed is an expensive option, because they'd go down easily.

Oh, and we bought them at Whole Foods because we're using a brand our friend recommended.

Turns out this boy refuses to swallow and instead in putting the capsules in his mouth and popping them open with his teeth. These are fish oil capsules, people. Can you imagine how disgusting this is? But he likes it.

We figured we'd go with a liquid next time, but after listening to the podcast, I think we need to get our boy to swallow good old tablets.

January 03, 2009

Crockpotting

I'm doing it. I was just Twittering with BlondeMomBlog about using our crockpots this week.

I don't know if it's just me or the lame recipes I've chosen, but it seems like everything I cook in the crockpot has the same taste and texture- that of food that's simmered for hours.

I finally clicked over to A Year of Crockpotting and picked the first recipe I saw- Black Eyed Pea Crockpot Soup. good luck for the new year, right? And healthy, too!

I'll be back with details!

If you have a favorite crockpot recipe or cookbook, let me know!

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