Life’s Good in the Kitchen #LGKitchen

Life’s good in the kitchen when you’re a food blogger! My entire life revolves around the time spent there, it’s the heart of my home, not only where I cook, work and eat but socialize too. It’s our family’s gathering spot.

If you’ve watched The Kitchen on Food Network starring co-host Katie Lee then you’ve seen the beautiful kitchen set she gets to work on, fully equipped with LG Home Appliances. They’re part of the team, supplying everything from cooktops to ovens, refrigerators and microwaves.

LG is giving you the chance to win the LG Door-in-Door™ Refrigerator you see in their commercials (starring Katie Lee) in their “Caption This” contest! Katie Lee is also part of the judging panel.

Features of the Door-in-Door Refrigerator with Custom Chill Drawer:

● provides multiple organization and storage compartments making it easier than ever to store and find the things your family needs.

● features LG’s innovative “door-within-a-door” refrigerator feature that allows quick, easy access to “go to” snacks and beverages in the interior compartment without requiring users to open the entire refrigerator door, and offering families convenient access to their favorite foods. Simply push a button on the door handle to release the magnetic seal to access this compartment. This feature also reduces cold air loss, which helps keep food fresher longer.

● integrates the versatile CustomChill™ Drawer, which gives you additional refrigerator or soft freezer space just when you need it. Featuring four different temperature settings, the drawer adapts to users’ needs by giving them the flexibility to store a range of foods, from meats to fresh produce, as well as cooking ingredients and cold drinks.

To enter, write a witty caption to a scene from LG’s brand new home appliance commercials on LG’s Facebook page.

Katie Lee and the LG judging panel will select 5 winning entries per photo for consumer voting. The finalist’s entries will be posted on LG Facebook page for a Public Voting Period and a winning entry will be selected for each photo.

The contest started on 06/20/14 and ends 07/31/14. Public Voting for best captions start 08/20/14 and ends 09/03/14.

Good Luck!

LG Home Appliances are your partner in creating memorable cooking experiences and “Life’s Good” moments in the kitchen.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LG. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Three Ingredient Churro Caramel Ice Cream (No Churn)

If I told you it was possible to make ice cream with only three ingredients and without an ice cream maker would you be my best friend forever? I hope so.

All you need is International Delights Cold Stone Creamery Churro Caramel Coffee Creamer, sweetened condensed milk and heavy whipping cream. After a little whisking, a little beating and some time in the freezer you will have some of the best ice cream you ever tasted.

This is the kind of ice cream I make on my vacations at the beach house, fast and easy, because I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but do want something homemade and indulgent. Something cold and refreshing after a hot day at the beach.

Rich, creamy and silky, every bite tastes of sweet caramel-dipped churros. I like to make little sundae’s with them by adding even more caramel, a sprinkle of chopped walnuts and cherries.

Vacations were made for ice cream sundaes when calories don’t count making it perfectly acceptable to eat dessert every night and go back for seconds.

For those times when you’re not on vacation, International Delight has a new line of sugar free and fat free creamers. You can always use one of those instead!

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P.S. These are a little melted. After two tries I gave up on having them not melt. Thank-you humid 88-degree weather.

Churro Caramel Ice Cream

1 cup International Delights Churro Caramel Coffee Creamer
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups very cold heavy whipping cream
For serving:
caramel desert sauce
chopped walnuts
maraschino cherries

In a large bowl whisk the creamer and condensed milk together.

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the whipping cream to stiff peaks on medium speed. When you lift the batter the cream should stick to it.

Add the whipped cream to the condensed milk mixture and gently fold in with a rubber spatula until well combined.

Pour into a loaf pan, cover with aluminum foil and freeze 6 – 8 hours or overnight.

Serve with caramel sauce, walnuts and cherries.

Makes about 1 quart.
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Beer Battered Fried Pickles with Pickle Dipping Sauce #FarmtoJar

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Beer Battered Fried Pickles

Dill pickles are dipped in a light beer batter and fried until golden and crispy. There’s even more pickles in the dipping sauce filling every bite with salty, briny pickle flavor.

If you never had a fried pickle before then these might sound weird to you like they did to me but weird is totally delicious here! I solemnly pinky swear.

Once you have them you won’t soon forget them.

I made these with Farmer’s Garden® Kosher dill spears by Vlasic®. Farmer’s Garden pickles are made with the finest, specially selected ingredients – deliciously ripe cucumbers, whole garlic cloves, slices of red bell pepper, rounds of carrots and fresh herbs and spices all harvested at the peak of freshness…. 

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Three Ingredient Frozen Almond Joy Floats

Frozen Almond Joy Float

You only need three ingredients plus ice to make these delicious and refreshing frozen almond joy floats!

Once you see how fast and easy they are to make you’ll be whipping them up all summer long.

To make them, whiz up International Delight Almond Joy Coffee Creamer with coconut water and ice in your blender until the ice is all chopped up and fully combined.

Divide among two glasses and add a big scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream to each and you’re good to go. Don’t forget the straws.

International Delight makes it so easy to recreate the coconut, chocolate and almond flavors found in almond joy candy bars with just one ingredient! So convenient, there’s no fussing around.

International Delight is getting a new look! Look for their new packaging in your market and make these floats soon!

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Italian Tuna Melt {Mezzetta® Make That Sandwich™ Recipe Contest}

I made this Italian tuna melt in the hopes of inspiring you to enter the Mezzetta® Make That Sandwich™ Recipe Contest with an original creation of your own for a chance at the grand prize of 25,000 dollars. Two runners-up will receive 1,000 dollars each.

You must use two Mezzetta products in your sandwich, a requirement that isn’t hard at all being they have lots of tasty products to chose from. Not only do they jazz up your sandwiches but they’re great in pasta salads, leafy salads, for appetizers and for snacking on straight out of the jar.

Italian Tuna Melt

I used the savory garlic everything spread on my bread to make it taste like I had used garlic bread and the roasted red pepper strips and caramelized onions to flavor up the tuna salad.

I also added baby spinach, pine nuts for crunch and mozzarella cheese for the “melt” part of the equation. I toasted it up in salty, Parmesan butter until the bread was golden, hot and crispy and the cheese melted and stringy. … 

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Ragú Tra-Dish Pizza Night

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For as long as I can remember Saturday night is homemade pizza night in our house. A tradition that started all the way back in my elementary school days and still stands to this day.

It is always a family affair where everyone pitches in to help. Everyone has a job from shredding the cheese to stretching out the dough to retrieving the Ragú sauce from the pantry.

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Mom’s Ranch Potato Salad

Mom's Ranch Potato Salad

My Mom’s old-fashioned potato salad gets a new twist by simply adding ranch salad dressing into the mix. The potatoes are the stars alongside hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar, dill weed, green olives, red onions and my Mom’s secret ingredient: Worcestershire sauce.

This disappears faster than you can imagine at picnics and potlucks and has people asking for the recipe. … 

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Root Beer Float Cake #FlavorStory

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Root Beer Float Cake

A quick and easy single layer cake that tastes like a root beer float! As long as you serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream otherwise it’s just root beer soda. It’s also good with a lightly sweetened whipped cream frosting.

Root beer floats to me mean summer nights when it’s too hot to do anything but sit around with a cold drink by your side. Root beer floats are extra special because I don’t drink soda on a regular basis. It’s a big treat for me to pour root beer over a double scoop of vanilla ice cream and watch it fizz up all over the place. A dessert and drink in one. A cool, sweet and creamy thirst quencher.

Root Beer Cake

This cake tastes and smells exactly like root beer thanks to McCormick’s root beer concentrate. Root beer extract was one of McCormick’s first products in the late 1800′s!

In 1889, Willoughby M. McCormick went door to door selling one of McCormick & Company’s first products, Root Beer Extract. The product quickly rose in popularity and led to a trending sensation of root beer floats and root beer home brewing in the early 1900s.

This year McCormick is celebrating their 125th anniversary with a program called the Flavor of Together. McCormick’s Flavor of Together program is a yearlong initiative to share 1.25 million stories about how flavor both unites and defines people across the globe.

The Flavor of Together is about people sharing their stories on a global scale through memories, recipes or family traditions. For each story shared McCormick is going to donate $1 (up to 1.25 million) to the United Way to help feed those in need. You’re invited to share your story on the Flavor of Together site or right here in the comment section of my blog!

Share your own unique flavor story by commenting on this post using the hashtag #flavorstory and be entered for a chance to win a McCormick Anniversary Pack. The pack includes exclusive McCormick Anniversary Edition product (both black pepper and vanilla extract – not available in stores!), a McCormick recipe book, and a branded canvas tote – all valued at $50.

RootBeer Cake

Root Beer Float Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake

Root Beer Float Cake

A quick and easy single layer cake that tastes like a root beer float! As long as you serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream otherwise it's just root beer soda. It's also good with a lightly sweetened whipped cream frosting.

Ingredients:

1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 + 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
For serving:
Vanilla Ice cream or
Whipped Cream Frosting:
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Butter the sides of a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl once or twice. Beat in vanilla extract and root beer concentrate.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add flour mixture in 4 additions, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and bake 32 - 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes then remove the ring and cool completely.
  6. Slice into wedges and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream frosting.
  7. To make the frosting add the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until thick and billowy.
  8. Frost like a regular cake or scoop it up with an ice cream scoop and dollop it all over the cake. If using whipped cream refrigerate the cake.

Notes:

Adapted from my Yellow Cupcakes

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