Sunday, July 31, 2011

Spicy Roasted Chick Peas

I recently saw a recipe on Yummy Chunklet a another great food blog for roasted chick peas and loved it in fact its quite popular in the food blogging world at present. Since I have been not cooking a lot of Indian food lately. I figured this would be an easy way to make a spicy snack for hubby. I roasted 1/2 spicy and 1/2 with just sea salt and cumin. This is a great recipe the only tricky part is taking the skins of the chick peas.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Craft: Frogs in a Pond

Here's another quick craft post :-), hope your all having a wonderful afternoon I took our little one to a local group started to give kids insight into different cultures.  Today was Africa, with some African story telling and dance and we all joined in. The drummer was impressed that I danced even being so pregnant.
Hope you find something like this where you live as its so important for kids and adults alike in my humble opinion

Much love

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Vegetables in a Bacon and Cheddar sauce over Penne

I adore pasta dishes and this one is one of my favorites, pretty easy to make and packed with flavor of course it has bacon in it :-) It also makes great leftovers for taking to work or the next day having a night off cooking, we all need that once in a while :-)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Brief Introduction to QR Codes

Here's a brief introduction to QR (Quick response) codes and my take on them, with some examples of how folks are using them :-)

I plan to add QR codes for my social media tip vlog posts to my 101 tips on social media ebook to make it more interactive and fun :-), so folks can click to clips in book or print it and scan with a smart phone!

Here is the lovely Nelly's (her nickname) of Cooks with Books business cards with a QR code, she said - @ Marnely Rodriguez 


Heres a QR code for my website:-)

I used this site to make the code -
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Key Lime Cupcakes

There's a restaurant here in town 4th Street filling station with an awesome key lime cake. Love the fresh  summery flavor key limes add. So I made these cupcakes, easy to make and so happy to report a baking success no green color from food dyes for me though.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Craft: Sunflower Paper Plate

Thought I would amuse you all with a craft post, you can see how assertive Jasmine is these days he he, its been so hot here, doing more crafts indoors again, let me know if you have anymore ideas for me!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Panko, Basil and Asiago Crusted Pork

Heres another simple dish from Rebecca's kitchen, you know me well enough to know thats what I am all about :-) especially lately.

I have been hooked using panko after making the Asian Inspired Crab cakes so wanted to try coating something else. I coated pork with panko, fresh basil and Asiago cheese very tasty and ate it with ratatouille and  Greek roasted potatoes 

Idea: RD Twitter Support

Just had an idea while on twitter, many studies show that folks trying to lose weight are more successful when keeping a food diary, and being mindful of what they eat and the physical activity they do, how about tweeting to me @chowandchatter to give support and encouragement. Especially when your having a bad day and feeling low for some moral support. Just an idea I will charge a small fee for this as could get super busy and often paying makes you take it more seriously.

Focus will be folks generally healthy not needing special diets for medical conditions simple healthy living tips, as couldn't give medical nutrition therapy this way only in person in the state of NC where I am licensed.

What do you think good, bad idea? anyone interested?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Roasted Sweet Pepper and Mint over Penne

I made this simple roasted pepper pasta recently, its so simple to prepare and has a delightful sweet and smoky taste. I roasted a small yellow, orange and red pepper full of antioxidants and very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Caramel Shortbread

We got some werthers original a tasty German Caramel recently and I had the idea it would be tasty added to shortbread :-) This was another fun time in the kitchen with Jasmine and I couldn't resist sharing the picture above with her foot in it. I am not the best at taking perfect pictures, its hard with a toddler as she moves the plate, closes shutters when I am trying to get light, starts eating it in seconds or I remember a smoothie she kicked over. Please forgive me for my pictures, but I try he he he 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Interview with Emily from Zweber Farms

So the other evening I tweeted about drinking milk as my bedtime drink and @zweberfarms replied MILK :-), I couldn't resist asking him if I could interview them on dairy farming for chow and chatter. His lovely wife    kindly answered my questions, by all accounts they seem like an amazing farming family, and I am thankful for farmers like this who work so hard so we can enjoy milk and meat raised in a natural and humane way.

How long have you been dairy farming?

 Our farm has been in the Zweber family since 1906. My husband’s great-grandfather bought the land and homestead. The Zwebers are German immigrants and had settled in the area around the 1850’s. Tim and I joined the farm full time after Tim graduated from college in 2006. We farm along with Tim’s parents, Jon and Lisa Zweber.

 Tell us about the way you farm and why being organic is so important, can the cows graze freely I heard that a lot of dairy cows are kept indoors 

During the pasture growing months our cows and youngstock (calves and heifers) are out on pasture. They are moved every twelve hours to ensure that they have plenty of nutritious grasses and hay to eat. Our grazing method is called rotational grazing. Each day we make decisions on where our cows will graze based on pasture quality and feed value. Our method is known as intensive, which means we give them just the amount of feed they will need in 12 hours. This is important because it forces the cows to eat all the grasses, instead of picking and choosing only their favorites. This gives the cows a well balanced diet and allows their manure to effectively fertilize each area they graze. As organic farmers it is important to think of cow nutrition from the soil up. We need healthy soils to make healthy grasses. Healthy grasses are fed to make healthy cows who produce healthy milk. Waste from healthy cows then is applied back to the land to replenish the soil nutrients. Each segment in the cycle is important. In the winter months our cows have free access to both a sand bedded building and pasture area. Winter feed consists of the organic hay, forages and grains we harvest on our farm and neighboring areas. We milk about 120 cows and have about 150 youngstock on our farm.

Being organic is important to us because doing what is best for our land, animals and family is important. Our land is healthy, our animals are healthy and our farm provides nutritious milk to our family and hundreds of families around our region. We can be proud of our product.

Do you as a family love milk?

 Of course we are huge milk drinkers and lovers of all dairy products. Thank goodness we have a nearly endless supply of milk on the farm. We drink through several gallons each week. Milk and homemade cookies is a favorite snack of our children (and Tim and I).

  Is there anything that you find will surprise folks about dairy farming?

 I think people would be surprised to learn that there are lots of opportunities for rewarding careers in the dairy industry. Whether you like working with animals, have an interest in developing new dairy products or find excitement in global marketing, the dairy industry is just not for farmers any more. Dairy farming no longer looks like an old farmer in bib overalls on a rusty tractor. It is a complex industry. We are always looking for good help on our farm too. Often people associate dairy farming with manual labor. While there is plenty of that, it takes a special caring person to be able to work with animals each day. Our longest part time employee had no farming background when she starting working on a dairy farm. Her easy manner and love for animals makes her a valuable asset to our farm.

Heres a lovely clip of the family about their farm :-)

for more information here's their website -

Have a great start to the week folks :-)

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Walking in Old Salem

Take a stroll with me in the wonderful Old Salem :-)

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Classic Lasagna

Ok so I guess I have been having cravings :-), for Italian dishes and pasta. I have made lasagna twice in the last couple of weeks, its great you make a big dish and enjoy the leftovers with a good salad. Here is a recipe for a classic lasagna and its so good ;-) 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My New Website/Landing Page

Big news I have a new website its my name, I was tweeting with Caroline of Chocolate and Carrots  and I was admiring her site, she told me her hubby designed it so I got in touch with him. Logan is a super sweet guy an Engineer who has a passion for web design as a hobby. I know so many bloggers feel wordpress is the way to go, but I am happy here on blogger and am lazy to move and don't want to pay loads of money for the move and redesign. Since the blog has the url I decided to use my name as a landing page so in a few seconds folks would know all about me :-). Since I already have all the links for the blog, app, ebook and so on this was an awesome way to do a website at a very reasonable price, how clever am I he he.

Here's a little about Logan -

Bio: I'm a reliability engineer with interest in web design. My first work began with dressing up my wife's food blog,, with a new landing page and heavily modifying the default twenty-ten theme. It's a hobby that I enjoy spending time in and learning more about. Utilizing the latest and greatest in web markup (HTML5 and CSS3) is how I base my designs.
for a quote -  loganwedwards (at)

So what do you think?

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fresh Lemonade with Mint

I think since I started blogging and more and more each day I have a desire to want to learn how to make things from scratch. Each and every day your blogs inspire me to get back to the basics of food. 
So I made my first lemonade from scratch, easy, refreshing and will do again for sure. I did find it needed a lot of sugar though so I asked folks on facebook for tips see below you guys are wonderful love learning from you all.  It makes a great treat on a summer day and is a great source of vitamin C.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rebecca's Chicken Salad

Here's a fun salad I came up with recently, its a combination of cuisines, grilled chicken, seasonal salad and Greek style roast potatoes.


  • about 10 small potatoes diced 
  • olive oil
  • one tablespoon of Greek or Italian herbs, also fresh oregano if handy
  • 4 cloves of garlic chopped 
  • a sprinkle of sea salt
  • 2 thinly sliced chicken breasts - marinated in pizza seasoning - a herb blend of onion, bell pepper, fennel, garlic, basil, chili pepper, parsley, marjoram and celery 
  • chopped tomatoes
  • a small handful of blueberries
  • mixed greens
  • chopped cucumber

  1. marinate the chicken breast in olive oil to coat it and the pizza seasoning for 1- 2 hours
  2. meanwhile add the chopped potatoes to a good oven dish coat with olive oil, pepper and sea salt the Greek herbs and oregano and bake at 400 degrees for 45- minutes to 60 minutes until soft in middle and crispy on outside 
  3. after the chicken is marinated grill for about 5 minutes on each side until cooked
  4. make a seasonal salad of choice, add some potatoes to it, you will find it will have enough oil with the herbs infused that a dressing is not needed
  5. slice the chicken and top the salad with it
  6. if desired add any desired cheese to the top and enjoy ;-)

What is your favorite salad creation recently?

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Zucchini Biscotti

I ended up making this zucchini biscotti recently after my zucchini bread was looking more like a cookie, I tweeted and added to facebook and someone suggested biscotti.  Genius idea so I sliced it up and popped it back into the oven and voila biscotti was born. I will provide recipe below but can't guarantee my fluke will work again :-)

My New e book - 101 Tips for Traveling with Kids #travel

So I had another brain wave the other day, I know scary I wanted to do a little e book with helpful tips for traveling with kids, often folks get scared of traveling with small kids and I really wanted to share tips from our travels. So far we have been to Europe three times, Australia and New Zealand, the US and India with our daughter so have learnt a lot and she is not yet three!, lets see how we can do it with two!
I tweeted and asked on facebook and to my delight got tips from a professional nanny, former flight attendant, fellow parents, bloggers, an MD and registered dietitians. 

Here's the link, let me know what you think, again only 2.99 really want to keep cost down and will have sales from time to time, giving free copies to folks who gave tips, so if you are one drop me a line. 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bison Sausages with Vegetables and Pasta

This is a deliciously simple and tasty pasta dish. I got some bison sausages from whole foods, love bison its leaner than beef and sweet in taste. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Jam filled Swiss Roll

I made my first swiss roll recently and what fun I had doing it, I grew up eating them as a kid in the UK, you can get them Jam filled or chocolate and vanilla so good. One of my weaknesses when I go home is cadburys mini rolls :-) I enjoyed the discussion on the facebook wall as some folks from the US said this was a popular dessert in the 1960's and then died out, here's the discussion -

Funny: Peek a Boo Cat in Suitcase

Just for laughs this cat cracked me up :-)

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Piedmont Triad Farmers Market

Hubby was of work today so we headed to Greensboro NC to The Natural Science museum, it was a tad hot but a good day was had by all, seeing dinosaurs, real tigers, maned wolves and more. The human body with a focus on health was great my hubby the doctor was even impressed I think hospitals and doctors offices need more hands on learning tools for patients, there are a few pictures on the chow and chatter facebook page if your interested :-)

On the way home we stopped at the farmers market I want to take a tasty salad to a 4th of July party, it was hot but I was super excited to see fresh tomatoes, amazing berries and more. Here's a little tour below :-)


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