Monthly Archives: January 2011

meet a blogger monday – bradley from cleveland food and brews

Today we meet Bradley from Cleveland Food and Brews. If it’s not too obvious from his blog title, Bradley loves food and craft beers and developed a pretty great blog of Cleveland area restaurant reviews and tales of the great beers. If my count is correct, since starting his blog in September, Bradley has reviewed over 80 brews. That shows some real dedication to his blog. You can check out a very detailed ranking of those beers here.  Now to the interview:

Name: Bradley Gillette

Where are you: Good old Cleveland Ohio

Blog: I write 2!  One is all about local Restaurant Reviews at Cleveland Food and Brews and the other is all about Craftbeer Reviews.

How long have you been blogging: A little over 4 months

Why do you blog: I love food and craft beer and I want to share this passion with everyone!

What’s been you favorite post: My post at Washington Place Bistro and Inn because I got engaged that morning and that was our celebration dinner!

Could you share a few of your favorite blogs that you read: Poise in Parma and The Chubby Cook are two of my favorites, but there are many others are on my blogroll!

What’s “the one” big project/recipe/restaurant/beer that you are most looking forward to: I cannot wait to go to Fire Food and Drink for my Fiancee’s birthday in Mid-January!  We have heard such great things and I know she is dying to try it out.

When you’re not blogging, what are you doing: Making the world a better place by Teaching Children!

Guiltiest pleasure: I don’t know…. I love Chips and French Onion Dip!

You’ll never eat a recipe with this ingredient in it: RICE!  I know it is crazy but I don’t like it at all.

Favorite Drink: Give me an IPA or DIPA any day!  Fat Head’s Head Hunter to be more specific.

Advice to the novice beer drinker: Know what you like, drink what you like, but don’t be totally close minded to trying new things.  Give a beer a chance to grow on you before you pass judgment on it!

mini mocha cheesecakes – everyday food challenge

Welcome to “Have a Sweet Thursday”. Today we feature a not-so-bad-for-your-waistline Mini Mocha Cheesecake from the current edition of Everyday Food Magazine. Just 174 calories and 2 grams of fat per mini cheesecake. How great is that? What’s their secret to a slimmed down cheesecake? Two things, a smaller portion, of course. And the cream cheese has been substituted with nonfat cottage cheese. Now I can hear some of you shrieking in horror. Relax, you don’t even really know that it’s there once you blitz all the ingredients in the food processor until they’re smooth as chocolate milk. A simple crust of a chocolate wafer cookie makes this recipe even easier.

Once you take them out of their cupcake wrapper and invert them on a plate, they’re not the most beautiful of desserts. I decided to top mine with a little store-bought sugar-free caramel sauce and just a sprinkling of sea salt.

If you’re looking for a little sweetness with a hint of mocha, I think you’ll really enjoy these. So go out and get your issue of Everyday Food magazine. The current issue features lots more light recipes just in time for all of those new year’s resolutions.

favorite photos of 2010

And now for the annual presentation of my favorite photos from the past year.  Click here to view the slideshow of all 56 photos. Also be sure to check out my favorites from year’s past.  You can find them by clicking here.

Oh, and how about a give-away? Leave a comment on this blog post and be entered in a random drawing to win a set of note cards featuring my photography. Pictured below is the “food” set. There’s also a “flower”, “leaf” and “tree” set to choose from. Contest ends on Sunday, January 9 at 5 pm eastern time. Good luck!

chicken, edamame and noodle stir-fry : everyday food challenge

After a holiday season of eating lots of sweets, it was more than time to turn towards a healthier and more savory dinner option. This Chicken, Edamame and Noodle Stir-Fry from the September 2007 issue of Everyday Food magazine hit the spot. Not being a huge onion fan, I left the red onion out. I took a short cut and substituted already shredded cabbage/cole slaw mix for the napa cabbage. That gave me a little extra crunch with the shredded carrot. The edamame added a nice filling ingredient to dish.

All in all, it was a great bowl of noodles to ring in the new year. You’ll want to give this recipe a try. Do you have a favorite stir-fry recipe? Share yours in the comment section below.


Meet a Blogger Monday – Michelle from One Ordinary Day

Meet a Blogger Monday returns today with Michelle from One Ordinary Day.  I’ve been following Michelle’s cooking adventures for some time. You may remember that I made her chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies a few weeks back. I’ve also made her white chicken chili which was simply amazing. I hope you’ll take a little time today to get to know a little bit more about Michelle and her wonderful blog. Trust me, you’ll get instantly hooked into its stream of great recipes, tips and beautiful photography. Who wouldn’t want to dive into that pitcher of mint and lime iced green tea up there?

Name: Michelle

Where are you: PA

Blog: One Ordinary Day

How long have you been blogging: I will have been blogging for two years in January.  The time has gone by so quickly!

Why do you blog: I started blogging with my sister, so we could share some of the things we’re passionate about.  However, she turned out to not be much of a blogger, so One Ordinary Day has become a place for me to share what I love.  It’s a sprinkling of recipes, going green tips, good books, and a bit about me and my family ~ the things that are a part of “one ordinary day.”

What’s been you favorite post: I’m not sure which post is my favorite, but one of my most memorable was definitely my post about the raspberry buttermilk cake I made for my mother-in-law’s birthday.  My pup ended up taste-testing it before I got the chance to serve it, and it was too funny not to share.
Could you share a few of your favorite blogs that you read: I love reading other blogs and seeing what’s happening in other people’s kitchens.  A few of my favorites are Savory Sweet LifeBack to the Cutting Board; Crepes of Wrath; 3 B’s – Baking, Baseball, & and Books; and Lick the Bowl Good.

What’s “the one” big project/recipe that you are most looking forward to: I really want to get myself a good Dutch oven and start baking bread in it.

When you’re not blogging, what are you doing: I spend most of my time at my kiddos’ school as a volunteer – working in the school library, helping out in classrooms, or participating in PTO projects.   I also love to read, so you can always find a book or two in the works on my beside table.

Guiltiest pleasure: Oh, boy, that’s a hard one.  I’d have to say it’s a toss-up between Starbucks and a website called Cool Math Games.  I love playing Gem Swap II when no one’s looking!

You’ll never cook with this ingredient: I am not a seafood eater, so I’d never even think about cooking it, much to my husband’s disappointment.  You can bet that when we get the chance to eat out, he typically orders seafood, because he knows he’ll never get it at home.

Favorite Drink: I’d love to say that my favorite drink is something exotic, but the truth is that I love an ice cold Pepsi better than anything else.

Advice to the home cook: Be brave, try anything, and be comfortable substituting ingredients.  Just because a recipe calls for thyme and you don’t have any, doesn’t mean you can’t go for it anyway.  One of my favorite webpages is the Joy of Baking’s Ingredient Substitution list.  It’s indispensable, and I’ve turned to it more times than I can count.


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