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The Original SNAP’N STRAIN by Kitchen Gizmo, No-hands No-Fuss Clip-On Strainer. Fits all Pot Sizes.


With its innovative, universal design, the Snap’n Strain will take the strain out of straining. This top quality, heat-resistant, silicone strainer is the newest, most practical way to get your food strained thoroughly, while avoiding transferring the food out of the pot.

The Snap’n Strain is flexible enough to fit onto nearly all pots, pans and bowls. It snaps on neatly with two clips. The clips’ strong grip will keep it safely attached while in use and can be left attached to the pot while cooking.

Once snapped, the pot can be tilted over a sink or bowl and the Snap’n Strain will do its magic. The liquids will be poured out while the food remains in the pot even with heavier foods like potatoes.

The Snap’n Strain is super compact for storing.
Dishwasher safe.
Recommended Used Include: Vegetables, Potatoes, Eggs, Pasta

Product Features

  • PRACTICAL. Small, Compact Strainer That is Easy to Use and Store in a quarter the size of the traditional Strainer. Great when Working with Limited Counter Space.
  • INNOVATIVE. Snaps onto Nearly All Size Pots, Pans and Bowls, Big and Small. Attaches Easily with Two Clips.
  • SMART. Eliminates the Transferring Process. Tilt to Strain While the Food Stays in the Pot.
  • DURABLE. Made with Top Quality FDA Approved, Heat- Resistant Silicone. Dishwasher Safe
  • STYLE. Contemporary, Sleek, Patented Design

Grape Olive Pig book review

Author Matt Goulding is in love with Spain, and it shows. It’s where he has a home with his Spanish wife and where he has the perfect “insider/outsider” status to dig deep. A James Beard award winning food and travel writer, it’s easy to get seduced by his prose, as he covers a mix of food, people and places. He’s genuinely enthusiastic which almost always makes for a good subject and a great book. 
In Grape Olive Pig, Goulding takes readers all over Spain. But it’s anything but a typical trip. In addition to stories, he uses graphics and lists to take his experience and turn it into tips for the would be traveler. In each location he tells the stories of the locals—from chefs to shepherds and a few family members too. In Salamanca it’s about processing pigs, in Valencia it’s the story of rice, in Cadiz it’s about tuna. Each story is personal, told with history and details that pull you in. It’s a new kind of travel guide packed with both plenty of practical information and yet, a focus on the people and places in a way that is so much more than a simple itinerary. In a way, I’m glad that most of the places he writes about are ones I haven’t yet to experience. He provides the perfect introduction. 

If you want to drink like a local, and eat like a local, this is your book. It covers traditional artisanal foods like conservas, and the most modern traditions like drinking the Spanish “gin tonic.” You may not be friends with Jose Andres, but Goulding is. Not surprisingly this is part of the Anthony Bourdain curated imprint at Harper Collins. The book has the same gutsiness that Bourdain is known for, but it’s a much deeper experience than you find in a television travel show. And still the result is the same, you will want to go to Spain and experience it in all its glory. On the flip side, Goulding is such a good writer, the book is transporting, so that even though you may not have a trip to Spain planned, you can feel as if you are there. 

Disclaimer: I received an uncorrected proof of this book for review purposes. I was not compensated monetarily for this or any other post. This post does include an affiliate link.

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Pizza Pot Pie


A couple of weeks ago, I saw a video from The Best Thing I Ever Ate that was making the rounds on Facebook where Marc Murphy talked about an unusual pizza pot pie he had. The pot pie included all the usual pizza toppings, but was assembled upside down in a bowl, with the dough laid on top of the dish before baking. After a few minutes in the pizza oven to crisp up the dough, the pot pie was flipped out onto a serving plate. It sounded delicious and looked like a lot of fun to make, so I picked up some pizza dough and started to experiment. As it turns out, this is a very easy style of pizza to make and yields a dish that is a lot like a deep dish pizza, but with a crisper crust. You can find my recipe for Pizza Pot Pie over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!!) right now so that you can give it a try yourself.

Chicken and Dressing Sheet Pan Supper by Ree


Links to Reads, October 2016


Good  bye, October and hello, November!  October Links to Reads are here! Top 10. Enjoy! Don’t forget to click on “Read More” at the end for more cool links.

*  The once eternal life of plastic seems to be coming to an end in France – the country has just banned plastic forks.

* Food critics versus Yelp reviewers – whose opinion on foods in restaurants matters these days?

* What fossil teeth reveal about ancestral human diets.

* Fine arts and farming? Apparently, the two can go hand in hand, as seen in the case with one family-run plot in Massachusetts.

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Cocoa Energy Bites Recipe & Giveaway


So I was going to review the dark chocolate coconut GFB Gluten Free Bites I received in the Must Have Box I was sent by Popsugar but I’m sharing a recipe I created of my own version instead. I’ve noticed a lot of healthy products and raw foods use dates as a sweetener. Because I have a food sensitivity to dates and can’t eat them, I sometimes adapt recipes and use prunes in place of dates. 

Even if you have no issues with dates, there’s good reason to choose prunes instead. While prunes and dates are about the same in terms of iron, fiber and protein, when it comes to sugar, carbohydrates and calories, prunes are lower. Prunes are also significantly higher in antioxidants including vitamin K and vitamin A. number of studies show consumption of prunes not only helps prevent osteoporosis but actually reverses bone loss thanks to a combination of bone building calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and copper. 

I’ve always loved dried fruit, it’s high in calories so I use it as only as a treat or in recipes. To make my version I closely adapted the Date Coconut Energy Balls recipe from Ellie Krueger published in the Washington Post, substituting the dates with prunes. I also used lemon instead of orange and since the Gluten Free Bites had cocoa, I added some of that as well. 

Cocoa Energy Bites
Makes 12


8 ounces pitted prunes
1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest or orange zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
Water, as needed


Combine the dates, sunflower seeds, 2 tablespoons of the coconut, cocoa powder cinnamon, orange zest and salt in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped and mixture forms a ball. You may need to add a little bit of water to get the mixture to come together, just a teaspoon or two. Place the remaining coconut in a bowl.

Roll the  mixture into 12 slightly rounded balls. One by one, place the balls in the bowl with the coconut and jiggle the bowl to coat them. Repeat until all the balls are done.



Since I’m not eating the Gluten Free Bites, I’m giving them away along with a non-edible surprise item from the Must Have box. In the comments tell me your favorite healthy and gluten-free snack and I’ll pick a winner at random on October 6, 2016. You must have a US mailing address to win and include your email in the requested field so I can contact you. 

If you’re interested in purchasing a Must Have Box use code SHOP5 to save $5.

Disclaimer: My thanks to Popsugar for sending me the Must Have box. I was not compensated monetarily for this or any other post. 

Tropical Hawaiian Palm Tree and Flower Pattern Kitchen Stand Mixer Front & Back Decal Set – Hot-Pink


Tropical Hawaiian Palm Tree and Flower Pattern Kitchen Stand Mixer Front & Back Decal Set Available in Different Colors!

Product Features

  • All decals are made with high quality vinyl.
  • Decals are self-adhesive and easy to apply and remove without leaving residue behind.

BuW 3in1 Multi-function Avocado Slicer Peeler Cutter&Core Remover Hot Selling Kitchen Tool Random Cloor


Type Fruit & Vegetable Cutters Material Material ABS Power Powered By Manual Dimensions Product Dimensions 20*6*2cm(7.8*2.3*0.78inch) Weight Net Weight (kg) 0.088(kg) Shipping Weight (kg) 0.1(kg)

Product Features

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  • You can e-mail us the color you want or we will send it randomly

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Equipment & Gear: Thermoworks Smoke

Recently, I received a wireless thermometer from Thermoworks to try out. Their newest product is called Smoke and is specifically designed to help people barbecue and smoke food at home. Smoke has two parts – a base unit (which takes two of Thermoworks standardized Pro-Series probes) and a wireless receiver unit – which lets the user track the air temperature and the food temperature without going outside to the smoker.

Thermoworks is selling the Smoke at $99 and this would definitely welcome tool for anyone who likes to slow cook food outside.