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Celebrating, Football, and Eating!

Turkey Cheese Ball, Tastefully SimpleMust give thanks my friend and Tastefully Simple co-worker Karen Showalter-Goodwin, for bringing this cute and delish Turkey Cheese Ball to our special event a couple of weeks ago.  Our Special Event included a special visit from our Founder and CEO, Jill Blashack Strahan and Karen’s Turkey Cheese Ball sure did catch the attention of Jill!  She loved it so much that it was shared on Jill’s facebook page and featured in Tastefully Simple’s Blog.  You may read all about it below!

For my family, each Thanksgiving day becomes a day full of three things.

  1. 1. (The most important) Celebrating the abundance of things we have to be thankful for. Last year, like many years, we went around the table sharing what we were thankful for … all hearts melted when my young cousin boldly stated, “This day, and, all of you.”
  1. 2. Football. Sometimes interrupted by a tryptophan-induced nap, but nonetheless, a whole lot of watching and throwing around the pigskin.
  1. 3. Eating. Eating a lot. A lot of turkey, in particular. The day starts with eating hors d’oeuvres while perusing shopping ads, followed by a festive feast with a flavorful turkey. The evening concludes with an only-mayo-and-leftover-turkey-on-the-bun sandwich over a “friendly” card game of gin rummy.

Tastefully Simple’s Founder and CEO, Jill Blashack Strahan, recently shared an adorable turkey cheese ball on her Facebook page and I was inspired to make a Tastefully Simple version. So, this year, I think I’ll add one more turkey to my family’s day of thanks.

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Classy Chocolate Birthday Cake

Help celebrate Tastefully Simple’s 15th birthday, June 2010!

Ingredients:

  • Classy Chocolate Pound Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter
  • 1 cup water 1 can white cream cheese frosting
  • Colored sprinkles or edible confetti

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350. Combine ingredients; stir to blend. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch round cake pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost between layers and top of cake with canned white cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle cake with cool colored sprinkles or edible confetti.

EnJOY and Happy Birthday!

Submitted by Rosemary (MN) HQ Resident Chef

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Quinoa with Kalamata Olives

Quinoa Pronounced “KEEN-wah” has a light fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked.

Actually a seed, quinoa is rich in amino acids (protein).  Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, quinoa may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup Quinoa (uncooked)

1/4 Cup Tastefully Simple Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix

1/4 Cup Pitted and Chopped Kalamata Olives

Fresh Herbs for Garnish (Basil, chives, parsley or oregano)

Cook 1 Cup of quinoa according to the package. Once most of the water has been absorbed, add the Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix and kalamarta olives.  Cover and let stand 3 – 5 minutes.  Garnish with fresh Serve as a main course or side dish.  EnJOY!

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Recreate Tastefully Simple’s “Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup Mix” into a delicious Seafood Chowder!

1 Tastefully Simple Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup Mix
1 tsp. Seasoned Salt
1 tsp. Garlic Garlic
6 cups water
6.5 oz. can minced clams, drained
10 oz frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup dry sherry
36 fresh shrimp, deveined and cut in half

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan.  Simmer 20-30 minutes. Add shrimp during the last 10 minutes, simmer until shrimp are heated through and pink.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Tastefully Simple Products Used:

Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup Mix Item # 168106

Seasoned Salt Item # 165107

Garlic Garlic Item # 163108

Pair your Simple Seafood Chowder with Wheat Beer Bread Item # 390108

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Spruce up your Holiday ham with a drizzle of any of these wonderful sauces by Tastefully Simple!

  • Bayou Bourbon Glaze ~ Bold but not bossy, savory brown sugar bourbon sauce has a hint of onions, garlic and molasses.
  • Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce ~ Lush flavors of pomegranate and mango, sweet and smoky.
  • Smoky Bacon Grill Sauce ~ Thick and mellow, flavored with bacon, tomatoes, molasses and brown sugar.

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Spring is here, pick yourself a bouquet of fresh Asparagus.

A few of my favorite ideas for spring meals are to drizzle Tastefully Simple Asian Honey Mustard Dressing over fresh steamed asparagus al dente .  Another great dressing to use is our Vidalia Onion Dressing.  Both dressings are great over asparagus that has been either steamed, grilled or roasted in the over!

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My customers love the Absolutely Almond Pound Cake by Tastefully Simple.

Feeling guilty beacause of all the butter?

Try replacing the butter with 3/4 cup of your favorite flavored yogurt! Blueberry, vanilla,  lemon or even chocolate yogurt!  Get creative and choose your favorite yogurt flavor! Add the water as directed on the box.

Bon Appetit!

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