Five Questions for Your Friday

Today is Friday (as if I needed to point that out?) I don’t know about you, but my brain is ready to be done for a few days so I’m going to try to make this easy.  I’ve done Friday Fives before but now I think I’ll specifically feature food related and cooking questions. If you have questions you might like to add to the list, please email them to me!

Oh it’s been a bit, but I’m bringing this back. I’m always excited to get to know my readers a little better. 🙂

  1. What food are you looking forward to the most this weekend?
  2. What is your favorite food to bring to parties or events?
  3. What new food have you tried lately that you loved?
  4. What new food have you tried lately that you didn’t love? Or hated?
  5. What kind of “Fast Food” always gets you?

I can’t wait to see your answers! First set of answers will get mine answered in the comments below.

#fivequestionsforfriday

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Sharing is Caring – Cinnamon Raisin Braided Twists

Welcome to Sharing is Caring Thursday where I will share a post from someone else’s blog, site or news with you and give some of my thoughts on it too. You might recall that I cook and feed people as a way to show my love for them so I’m looking at this as a way to continue showing my love for others.

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Previously, I’ve been a huge fan of the Rold Gold Honey Wheat braided pretzel sticks for a crunchy little snack during the day. They’re tasty and not too bad on the numbers with a slightly sweet, slightly salty bit of goodness. I was out of them the other day and looking for them in the store when I found these instead.

rold-gold-cinnamon-raisinCinnamon Raisin Braided Twists. Yep. I was a little skeptical, but I figured, why not? If they sucked, I could take them to work and share. Someone at work always eats whatever we bring in.

Here’s the thing. They didn’t suck. In fact, in my taste buds estimation, they were DELICIOUS!. You do taste the cinnamon first off and while it’s not subtle, it’s not overpowering. You’re aware of the light salt on the pretzel and the crunch but, then you taste the sweetness of the raisin, just a little. What I did not expect was the buttery flavor that finishes off the pretzel!

It really adds a little something extra.

For my morning nosh, I paired dipped them in my Vanilla Greek Yogurt and it was such a wonderful little way to get me through until lunch time.

If you’re looking for a little nosh do try them, but be warned, you’ll want to eat a good portion of the bag!

Please note that Fritos Lay did not sponsor this post in any way shape or form. I paid for the pretzels out of my own pocket. If they’d like to send me new products (or even current favorites) to try and maybe review, I’d likely be happy to do so and give my honest opinion.

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If you have a post to share, please feel free to send it on over for me to share with others! It should be cooking or food related and lets aim for positivity!

#SharingisCaring

Please Vote for Your Favorite Title

As you know, I’m bringing some more features to this little corner of the internet and I was hoping you’d help me out with something.

I want to start a Crock Pot Cooking series and I don’t feel that “Crock Pot Cooking” is a good title. It just doesn’t feel right!

With BatGirl’s assistance, I’ve come up with the following and would appreciate your input.

(click through if you don’t see the poll below)

Leave me a comment that you voted and I’ll pick one at random (via slip of paper with your name in the hat method) to get a dozen chocolate chip peanut cookies.

If someone else leaves me a comment that you sent them (and they voted), you get another slip of paper with your name on it in the hat.

Easy Peasy? I thought so, too.

(Closes at midnight on Sunday)

Ready, set, GO!

New Ideas are Cooking

Pardon the pun, I get such a kick out of them, but I’ll try not to use them.

Now that we’re getting settled into the new place and it’s starting to cool off a bit, not only am I cooking again, but Frank is starting too! I have so much to share and ideas I want to get into that I can’t wait to start.

In the coming weeks (as it gets cooler again and I cook and bake more) I hope to get back on a track that includes the following:

  • Cooking with Kids – Just like it says, I’ll be cooking or baking with some of the munchkins in my life. (I started this already when my much younger cousins came to visit and we made Smores Brownies. (Ignore the foil in the photo. It was an idea that didn’t work. Much tweaking to come.)
  • Helpful Hints – I’ve been doing them here and there, but have a lot more to share. Previously shared Helpful Hints are here.
  • Yummy & Quick – Some nights, you just want to have something to eat that feels like more than a sandwich or a bowl of cereal. Previously shared Yummy & Quick posts are here
  • Sharing is Caring – One of the reasons I blog is because I LOVE so share and get feedback on what I’m doing. This is where I’ll share someone else’s work, product, or idea for the day. Previous Sharing is Caring posts can be found here.

I have a few other ideas up my sleeve that I have to get an OK on or work out further before I let you in on them (one of them being Cooking with Frank and another being experimental food stuff).

Here’s where you come in. What would you like to see? What would you like me to make?

Sharing is Caring – Luna Bars

Welcome to Sharing is Caring Thursday where I will share a post from someone else’s blog, site or news with you and give some of my thoughts on it too. You might recall that I cook and feed people as a way to show my love for them so I’m looking at this as a way to continue showing my love for others.

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A bit ago I was looking for a way to boost my protein intake that was easy to carry and I discovered Luna Bars. Not only are they a great after workout snack, but they help get me through the afternoon stretch between lunch and the end of the day (or breakfast and lunch for that matter!)

Added bonus, they fit my “rule” that the food that I eat has to have nutritional value or be ridiculously delicious. Luna Bars have calcium, Folic acid and various vitamins. They are specifically geared towards women. (Although my boyfriend has eaten them before in a pinch. He liked them and they didn’t make his boobs grow so he’s happy.)

First, I tried the Peanut Butter one because I love almost all things Peanut Butter. Then I tried the Lemon Zest one because I do adore Lemon Zest as well. Slowly I moved my way through the different flavors.

The Smores bars are delicious, the White Chocolate Macadamia Nuts taste like a candy bar and the Chocolate Mint were a welcome taste for the holiday season. That said, I do believe that the Blueberry Bliss that I discovered the other day are in the running for my new favorite. blueberry

They seriously taste like a Blueberry Poptart, but better.

I’m always a little skeptical of  different fruit flavors, and by skeptical I shy away from most of them, but I was really very and pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness of this bar.

Do yourself a favor if you need a protein boost or are looking for a mid afternoon snack, pick up some of these! They also come in mini sizes for that little nosh between meals.

Please note that Luna Bars did not sponsor this post in any way shape or form. I paid for the bars out of my own pocket. If they’d like to send me new products (or even current favorites) to try and maybe review, I’d be happy to do so.

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If you have a post to share, please feel free to send it on over for me to share with others! It should be cooking or food related and lets aim for positivity!

#SharingisCaring

Have we become this lazy?

smores grahmI suppose the answer is yes, since this made it past product design and testing…

I was in the store the other day to pick up a few things and saw these. Honey Maid Squares.

Yep. Half a graham cracker marketed specifically for S’mores.

Really? Seriously When did we get too lazy to break the graham cracker in half so we could put the chocolate and melted marshmallow on it?

I didn’t see a price, but I’d put a whole dollar on the fact that they likely cost more than he regular box.

I for one will keep breaking my regular graham crackers in half. Thankyouverymuch.

So what’s the most lazy food item you’ve seen lately? (Easy Mac and other on the go meals non-withstanding, they make sense sometimes.)

No one paid for me to do this post and I think they’d probably be upset if they read it. Too bad, so sad.

Yummy & Quick! Broccoli with Cheese

Tuesdays will be deemed Yummy & Quick day here at Cute~Ella Cooks. I’ll share something that I find Yummy to eat and Quick to make with you guys. If you have something Yummy & Quick that you make and would  like to share, please do!

I’m sorry that I don’t have photos for you today. I left my camera in the car that day. Can you picture broccoli florets and melted cheese on them?  You can? That’s fantastic.

So cheese and broccoli. It’s so tasty. I like to make mine with Cheddar mostly but sometimes a little Swiss is good too. Whatever your heart and tummy desire is just fine for this. I have some Gouda at home that would be delightful I think.

Anyway. Here’s how I make it.

You need:

  • a good sized microwave safe dish
  • a bag of frozen broccoli and a serving or two per person you need to feed depending on how much they want
  • shredded cheese (about 1/3 cup per 2 servings of broccoli, but you can make this more or less to what you want)
  • spices to your liking if you want (I like either Garlic Pepper or Rosemary Ginger)

Basically, you put your frozen broccoli in a microwave dish. Cook according to the directions on the bag or get one of those microwave right in the bag and cook it right in the bag. Drain it when it’s done cooking. You don’t want soggy cheese.

That’s just gross.

Put shredded cheese of your choice  and a shake or two of your preferred spice on top of cooked and drained broccoli. Mix around with a fork or big spoon. Microwave again for 30-90 seconds depending on how much is there. You want the cheese to be melty but not bubbly.

Note that microwave powers vary so you’ll want to be careful that your cheese doesn’t get too crispy. If you have a super high powered one like we have at work it’ll be a much shorter time than in my dinky microwave at home.

Let cool a bit, pair with a protein (hard boiled eggs or precooked chicken are my go to on busy nights) and enjoy!

(Nutritional info will vary based on your type of cheese and how much  you use.)

What’s your favorite Yummy & Quick to make?

Please note that I did not receive any compensation for using any particular products. I’m just sharing what I like.

#yummyandquick