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Chocolate Lasagna!

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Remember the review I did a few months ago for Fante’s Great Aunt Gina’s Pasta Machine?  Ever since our first try with fettuccine, I’ve been wanting to try lasagna noodles, but not just any noodles.  CHOCOLATE noodles!  Turns out you make it just like regular pasta, but with cocoa in the mix.  Add some sinfully rich layers in-between, and you’ve got one fabulous dessert!

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Yet another reason to get yourself a pasta maker 🙂

And I tried a variation of this recipe.

Harold Import Company Brining Bags {GIVEAWAY}–CLOSED

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When you hear the phrase, “Bar-B-Que” what comes to mind? If it’s hot dogs and burgers, chances are you grew up on the West Coast. If it’s ribs, brisket and maybe a smoked turkey, chances are you’re from the South. I’m a California girl myself, but we lived in Georgia for two years and I was so confused the first time we showed up at a church “Bar-B-Que” and there were no hot dogs! Even after our stint in the South, I still equate “BBQ” with burgers and dogs, but after tasting some of the delicacies the South has to offer in the way of BBQ, I have definitely broadened my horizons. Today’s giveaway from Harold Import Company will surely do that for you, too.

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I was sent an Elizabeth Karmel’s Grill Friends Brining Bag made by HIC, Harold Import Co. What’s a Brining Bag, you ask? Don’t worry, I had to ask, too. Well, a Brining Bag is basically a giant, heavy-duty zippered bag that allows you to brine a chicken or turkey before grilling or roasting. What’s a brine? Glad you asked. A brine is simply boiled water, salt and some type of sweetener (brown sugar, maple syrup, etc.) that helps flavor your meat and helps it to retain moisture so it’s nice and juicy when it’s done.

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 The bag  was thick and sturdy and I never once worried that it would leak–even when I filled it with two gallons of brine and an eight pound chicken! The plastic Sealing Zipper helped ensure the bag was completely secure and made it easy to close.  There are recipes and detailed instructions included with the bag so doing the brining (which was foreign to me) was a cinch! Here’s me with my chicken in the brine, ready to sit in the fridge for 18 hours.

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I put our chicken in the fridge at 10 pm Friday night and got it out to grill at 4 pm on Saturday.  Here it is, ready to be grilled.

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The grilling time for the chicken was the same as cooking it in an oven; about 11-13 minutes per pound. The instructions said to grill it in a disposable pan for the first 30 minutes and then transfer it to the grill. Ours got a little Cajun style on the wings and the bottom because apparently our grill has some powerful flames, but overall the cooking was easy and flawless.

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Look at that beautiful bird! Thanks to our Grill Thermometer, we knew right when the chicken had reached its proper internal temperature and was ready to be served. If you have questions about grilling and grilling methods, check out Elizabeth Karmel’s blog, GirlsAtTheGrill.com.

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Ta-Da! See the juices coming out of the bird, even after being in a BBQ for an hour and a half? That’s all thanks to the Brining process. The result was a deliciously moist and flavorful chicken that my family ate right up! Is your mouth watering just looking at that picture? Then you should enter to win a brining bag for yourself! Think of what your hubby would say if you grilled him a tender, juicy turkey for Father’s Day!

 

THREE lucky winners will get a Brining Bag so you, too, can grill a delicious Turkey or Chicken and impress your friends and family!

 

**Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 27th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Harold Import Company, but all opinions are strictly my own.

HIC Brands that Cook {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Every time we have company over from out of town, which ends up being much more often than I imagined, I make our guests a Boston Cream Pie.  Its so nice having a go-to dessert, and I’ve been intent on making it better every time.  Ladies and gentlemen, after two and a half years of Boston Cream Pies, this was my best one yet!  I had family in town to run the Boston Marathon (and yes, they were all ok, just having crossed the finish line four minutes before the explosions), and I was more than happy to make their visit complete with one of my pies.
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I owe all of my success to my new baking supplies from HIC Brands That Cook.  I was sent a Mrs. Anderson’s Cake Cutter, a Mrs. Anderson’s 8″ Springform Pan, and The World’s Greatest Stretch n’ Twist Silicone Bag Ties!
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These tools make cake making a breeze, and whole lot more fun.  Just call me silicone’s greatest fan, again, because these silicone bag ties are great.  Now I don’t have to save all the twisties from empty bread bags since these are reusable.  They are sure strong, and the friendly face on the end makes my ingredient bags happy :)  These would also be great to use on cords or bundles of odds and ends.  The seal is rather tight, but easy to undo.
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First I got to work on the yellow.  Baking in a springform pan is great–you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to dump out your hard work in a single piece with out sticking.  After the cake bakes, just unlatch the spring on the side, and the cake stays put on the center round while you lift off the sides.  As far as springform pans go, this one is top-notch.  The parts glide together and apart, it has a tight seal, and it is smooth and durable.
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After the cake cooled and I let it sit in the freezer for a while to stiffen up, I pulled out this cake cutter.  I worked for a summer as a cake decorator, and to make filled cakes, we had to first saw them in half, and mine never turned out quite even, as in the filling would end up higher on one side of the cake and lower on the other.  I still can’t slice a cake down the middle, even after that whole summer of practicing.  This cake cutter is heaven sent.  The wires are intensely strong, and adjustable so that you can move where you’d like your filling, and with two wires, you could make two slices and have a 5 layer cake.  Its a piece of cake, haha.
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After I spread the filling, I put the springform rim back on and set the whole ensemble in the freezer.  Having the sides back on was so helpful so that the filling wouldn’t smoosh out while it settled.  Once the cake was slightly frozen and I didn’t worry about it falling anymore, off came the springform rim, and I served the cake directly on the base.  This set-up was great!  For every future Boston Cream Pie, I will do exactly this!
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You too can make a cake to impress!  I am always pleased with HIC’s products, and I’m sure you will be too!

One lucky winner will receive these same baking supplies!  One cake cutter, a springform pan, and a package of twisty ties!

Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

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*The winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  *This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries.  *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *This posting and giveaway were sponsored by HIC, but all opinions are strictly my own

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Pie Crust Cutters by HIC Brands that Cook® {Review}

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I spent most of Thanksgiving morning working on a 14-layer jello and a couple pies, only to get some flu bug just as we were sitting down to eat.  I had a few bites, then spent the rest of the meal on the basement couch.  Super lame.

Especially because I spent FOREVER cutting out individual leaves for a pie crust border.  It turned out fabulous, but it took me the majority of the morning, and then I didn’t even get to eat it.  Good thing HIC asked me to review some adorable decorative pie crust cutters, so I had the opportunity to bake up another pie!  And this one took me MINUTES instead of hours.

 These cute little Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Pie Crust Cutters are perfect on pie crusts and cooler than basic cookie cutters because they have a spring action embossing part that creates details on the dough.   They were so easy to use!  Just press down on the large shape like you would a cookie cutter, then stamp it with the spring handle top.

“Rocket” got a kick out of these and spent all morning helping me!  He was happy as a bear stamping away on the scraps.  Methinks I’ll pull them out again soon to use on play-dough or cookie dough.  Clearly, these cutters are child-proof, durable, and sturdy enough to withstand “Rocket’s” vigorous pounding all morning.

Here’s a look you could try: pressing the cutouts all around the edge to create a border before you cook it.  I bet it would be lovely, especially if you covered the delicate edges with tin foil so they wouldn’t burn while the filling cooked.

To add a little color to our cut-outs, I mixed a drop of food coloring with an egg yolk and painted them up green.  I cooked them in the oven with the pie for maybe 20 minutes on 350°.  We’ll see if I can disguise leaves for holly 🙂

You can buy your own set of pie crust cutters on Amazon HERE for $8.00!

 Thank you HIC for these lovely pie crust cutters!  They will be a family favorite on many many pies to come!

*This posting was sponsored by HIC Brands that Cook, but all opinions are strictly my own

Glove By HIC Brands That Cook® {Review}

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I was recently asked for ideas of what I’d like for Christmas, and silicone bakeware was practically the only thing I could think of!  I love everything about silicone kitchenware lately!  I love that it is lightweight, flexible, doesn’t rust, doesn’t morph, doesn’t stain, etc. etc. etc.

Imagine my delight when HIC Brands That Cook® asked if I would review a Fits Like A Glove Silicone Glove.  Perfect timing for all the holiday baking going on right now!

This Glove is obviously made of silicone so its completely flexible.  It is hygienic, durable, and heat resistant.  I can see myself using this same glove in twenty years.

My favorite features:

  • It can handle anything up to 500 degrees.  I sat here holding this pizza pan for more than a minute trying to get the settings right on my camera, and my hand felt as warm as it would being held out above a toaster.   In a regular mitt, I would surely have felt a burn by that point.
  • I love that if I thumb the casserole, I can run the glove under the sink and have it clean and dry instantly.  I could even throw it in the dishwasher if I wanted.  I don’t have to worry about scraping food off and waiting for wash day to get it back.
  • I love that it takes up practically zero space.  I have a drawer full of crusty oven mitts.  So full its hard to shut all the way.  I don’t at all like collecting oven mitts, I think I’ve just looking for the right one, and until now have been afraid to throw them out.

Welcome to my kitchen, Glove.  See ya later drawer of crusty quilted fabric mitts.  You are so last year.

You can buy yourself one on Amazon HERE for $12.99!

*This post was sponsored by HIC Brands That Cook®, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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