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Love With Food Gift Subscription

Are you looking for another last minute Christmas gift for the food lover in your life? Give the gift of a Love With Food subscription. Love With Food 3 Love With Food helps you discover new Organic and All-Natural Snacks you will love. Each month, Love With Food members receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find, snacks delivered to their doors. Subscription memberships start as low as $10/month, and make a great gift too.

 Love With Food Gift Subscription

And not only are you giving to someone you love you are also giving to someone in need. You see, for every Love With Food box you get, you are also donating a meal to food banks such as the Feeding America Network or Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. To date, Love With Food has donated more than 150,000 meals nationwide. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time by giving the gift of subscription! And once your loved one receives their box they can review the snacks they try each month and earn points. They can then use the points to buy more of what they love from the Love With Food shop or redeem them with the points they’ve accumulated.

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When you receive your subcription you receive a list of all the products you received and they even list out their twitter handles if they have them! I think that’s pretty cool!Love With Food Gift Subscription

A few of the products I’ve had before and already love and other’s I can’t wait to try. Like that flat little marshmallow made perfect for placing on top of a cup of cocoa! Since we are traveling this week I’ll be packing a few of these Healthy Snacks to try on our plane ride up to NYC!

Love With Food is giving you a special gift this holiday season. Get a $15 gift to either or Little Black Bag with any orders purchased. Promo ends 1/1/14. At check out make sure you use this code ‘HOLIDAY2013’ to get $5 off any snack subscription.

One lucky winner will have the chance to win a  3-month subscription with Love With Food. The giveaway ends on 12/31/2013 at 11:59pm EST. Age 18+. United States residents only. Winner will be chosen by random. Please wait for the rafflecopter widget to load.

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Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando

Last spring, I was contacted by my friend Ricky Ly of to contribute a recipe to his new book the Food Lovers’ Guide to Orlando. I was so excited and knew that the very first recipe I wanted to have published in print was my Grandmother’s Potato Salad. Although my grandma did not live in Florida she sure did know how to make a potato salad that wasn’t full of mayonaise and wouldn’t spoil at parties! Perfect recipe to contribute to a Florida centered book!

Grandma's Potato Salad in Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando

I know my Grandma is looking down on me–so incredibly proud. Proud to know that one of her recipes was the first recipe I ever got published in print.

So without further ado. I would like to share with you an interview I conducted with Ricky about his brand new book: Food Lovers’ Guide to Orlando. Whether you live in Central Florida or are just visiting this book is a wonderful resource to have on hand.

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I received one book to review and keep in compensation for providing a recipe for the book. As always all opinions are my own.

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 Enter to Win: Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System #giveaway @KatiesCucina

 On Monday, I shared with you my Mango & Mint Infused Tea. I used the Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System.

This pitcher is perfect for brewing and infusing hot or cold beverages like tea! My husband is a big tea drinker and being that we live in the South tea is kind of a staple. But don’t worry–if you aren’t into drinking tea… you can infuse fresh fruit flavors into water, infuse mint or lavender into lemonade, or chilling mojitos for entertaining. I can’t wait to make a batch of my Peach Mojitos during the hot summer months and use the Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System! I also see quite a few other mojitos in my future… and sangria. Well, you can tell. The sky is the limit!

Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System

Look how slim this pitcher is… it fits into my refrigerator door freeing up precious refrigerator space!

A few features and benefits about the lovely Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System:

  • BPA-free Tritan material
  • 2.9 quart pitcher
  • dishwasher safe
  • scratch resistant
  • shatter proof
  • stain resistant
  • fits into a standard refrigerator door
  • no-spill locking lid

The beverage system includes:

  • Flavor Infuser - can be filled with fresh fruit, herbs, or spices to lend intriguing flavor notes to water, tea, punch, and more. Creating a multitude of beverage options from cucumber lime drinks to blueberry iced tea, to sangria and more.
  • Stainless Steel Tea Infuser – designed to brew loose tea or ground coffee, either hot or cold. The infuser’s filter sits low in the pitcher, accommodating small quantities as well as a full pitcher.
  • Chill Core – filled with non-toxic gel, it is better than ice because it keeps the beverage cool without diluting the flavor.

On to the giveaway! One lucky reader will receive a  Primula® Flavor It™ Beverage System. Giveaway closes on 2/2/2013. Open to US Residents, 18 years of age or older. Please wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load. If it does not load, please click on the “a Rafflecopter giveaway” link below.

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Disclaimer: I received a pitcher to review and keep and one to giveaway to a lucky reader! As always, all opinions are my own. 

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Mango & Mint Infused Tea

Living in the South, tea is a staple. Well, sweet tea that is. Being that I’ve lived in the South for almost half my life I consider myself a southerner. However, I’m totally ok with drinking unsweetened tea (gasp! I know). My husband on the other hand doens’t discriminate. He loves the sweet tea, and he loves flavored teas. So when Primula reached out to me and asked if I would do a product review and giveaway for the Flavor It Pitcher 3-in-1 Beverage System, because I knew that this was something my husband would love. And he might actually make a few brews of his own.

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{Product Review & Giveaway} Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment

On Monday, I showed you how easy it is to make a simple Strawberry, Apple, Banana Smoothie. Today, I’m here to show you why it’s so simple to make. I recently had the opportunity to review the Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment. If you remember, back in November, I gave away a Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor. Now, I am here to giveaway this awesome attachment for this amazing piece of  machinery!

The Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment is ideal for making fresh juices for recipes that call for them like sorbets. This attachment allows you to extract juices from fruits and vegetables without having to peel or de-seed fruits and vegetables.

Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment

A few specs:

  • Ideal for making creamy all-natural smoothies and juices.
  • Efficiently processes juice for jams, jellies, sorbets and soups.
  • Works with standard fruits like citrus, and includes a funnel for soft fruits such as strawberries and bananas.
  • Includes a heavy-duty juice extractor basket and a unique paddle.
  • For use with Magimix food processors.
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe.
  • Made in France.

Here is what I thought about my new attachment.

Pros: Easy to use and very versatile! The Cons: Although dishwasher safe the extractor is still hard to clean. Even though it’s hard to clean I have used this attachment at least every other day since receiving it over a month ago!

So let’s talk about the giveaway. One lucky reader will receive a Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment. Please wait for the rafflecopter to load, enter at least the minimum entry for a chance to win. This giveaway is open to United States residents ages 18 and up. Giveaway will close at 12:01 am on 1/20/2013. Estimated retail value $80.

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Disclaimer: I received one Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment

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SILPAT & Roul' Pat #Giveaway Ends 12/31/2012 |

I’m so excited to share this awesome giveaway with everyone today! SILPAT® contacted me last month to do a product review and giveaway. I was so excited to finally get to see what all the fuss is about. I’ve read about SILPAT® on various blogs, but never tried it out. WOAH! Let me tell you what I’ve been missing in my life… a SILPAT®! Seriously, guys. If you don’t own one… run (don’t walk) to your nearest store and buy one or two or maybe even three! Or you can always enter to win a SILPAT® & Roul’Pat® here.

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Today, I’m excited to share with you a giveaway that is perfect for entertaining during the holidays! When contacted me and asked me to do a product review and giveaway I couldn’t resist. Then I spent about 5 million hours (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating) on their website browsing through the endless amounts of cooking gadgets, tools, appliances, etc… After spending a good portion of my morning deciding what I wanted to review (and most importantly) giveaway to one lucky reader I realized that I didn’t have a roasting pan and the holidays were quickly approaching! Since I’m now the one hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas each year for my family I kind of felt that it was time to get a roasting pan! Since I’m in love with all things KitchenAid I figured the KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel 16 inch Roaster with Rack was perfect!

KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack

Product Features
  • KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack
  • Durable stainless steel for long-lasting beauty and luster
  • Included v-rack allows you to conveniently lift out of the pan with ease
  • Elegant design can use from the oven to your table
  • Oven safe up to 500 degrees F
  • Use for Induction, Gas, Solid Plate, Radiant Ring, Ceramic, Halogen
  • Manufacturer provide lifetime limited warranty
  • Dishwasher safe

Can I just tell you how beautiful this roaster looked in my oven! It’s large enough to hold two 5-6 pound turkey breast, but not too large to take up my entire oven space! Let’s face it. That is important to consider when you are hosting and cooking multiple dishes in the oven. Oh, and it is super easy to clean. I’ve only hand-washed my roaster only because I would like to fit all the dishes in my dishwasher!

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Now on to the fun part… one lucky winner will receive this very same KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack thanks to the wonderful people over at Please wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load. Fill out the mandatory entry to be eligible to win. If you don’t see your comment appear right away please don’t panic. I need to approve all comments and that could take up to 24-hours. Giveaway ends 12/15/2012 so make sure you enter before the giveaway is closed!

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Disclaimer: I received a KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster with Rack to review and keep as well as giveaway one to a lucky reader! I was not compensated to review this product. As always all opinions are my own.

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Creamy Arroz con pollo

Every now and then I’m looking for a quick dinner to make. One that is semi-homemade and comes with a little added help in the kitchen. Before I left for Europe I was contacted by Progresso to try the new Progresso™ Recipe Starters™. I love Progresso™ soups so I had a feeling I would like this new product. The box arrived while I was on vacation which was perfect timing because I knew once I was home I was going to have a lot of busy days ahead of me and I would need quick meals to make.

Creamy Arroz con Pollo

 The past week has been beyond hectic for me so I had planned to give the Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy roasted garlic with chicken stock sauce a try. What I love about these sauces is that a typical serving size for one 18 ounce can is 4-8 servings! That means you can really stretch the dollar a long way. They have 5 new sauces; Creamy Parmesan Basil, Creamy Portabella MushroomFire Roasted TomatoCreamy Roasted GarlicCreamy Three Cheese. I’m not gonna lie. I expected to see goopy sludge like sauce come out of the can, but too my surprise it was “soup” like… a nice consistency and not difficult to remove from the can. Then again, this is Progresso™ who made this new and exciting product! So the next time you are stuck in a dinner time rut, head over to the new Progresso™ Recipe Starters™  page and browse through the 80+ recipes they have on hand!

Creamy Arroz con Pollo

Adapted from: Progresso™

Creamy Arroz con Pollo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 5


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken strips
  • 1 cup converted or regular long-grain white rice
  • 2 tbsp Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
  • 1 can (18 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy roasted garlic with chicken stock cooking sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (15 oz) Progresso® black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Cilantro, Green Onions, sliced olives and Cheese for topping


  1. Using a 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the chicken in oil for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned, turning once. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm.
  2. Add rice and taco seasoning mix to skillet and stir to mix well. Stir in cooking sauce and 1 cup water. Heat to boiling; cook 5 minutes (stirring frequently). Stir in beans and frozen corn; heat to boiling.
  3. Return the chicken to skillet. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, rice is tender and juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). During the last 5 minutes of cooking add the diced tomato into the skillet. Mix well.
  4. Serve each person 1-2 chicken strips with a hearty helping of rice and beans. Sprinkle cilantro, green onion, and shredded cheddar cheese over the plate, and top with a few slicked black olives. Enjoy!
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Disclaimer: I was provided Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ to sample. I was not compensated to blog about the product. All opinions are always my own.

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Giveaway: EdgeWare Graters & Better Zester (ends 9/21/2012)

I’m so excited to share this giveaway with my readers today. Some people may be like… huh? It’s just a zester and graters. No, no, no–these just aren’t any zester and graters. These are KitchenIQ™ Graters & the Better Zester and they are all handheld. I don’t know about you, but I use to hate grating and zesting just about everything. Not only was the traditional grater daunting and let’s face it scary, but it takes up tons of room. When I mention scary I mean the fact that the blades are just out in the open. I love that KitchenIQ™ provides plastic shields for storage. So if your reaching in a cabinet or drawer you aren’t going to cut yourself (as long as you have the shield on).

edgeware zester and graters

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with zesting for years. I hated zesting anything because the contents of my lemon, lime, nutmeg, etc would get everywhere. No matter how hard I tried to contain it in just one area.

edgeware better zester

Meet the V-etched Better Zester! This is a new zester that KitchenIQ™ debuted earlier this year. This zester is made up of over 300 tiny “V-shaped” teeth.

Edgeware Better Zester

In my opinion, what makes this zester so darn amazing… it has what KitchenIQ™ calls the “fresh zest” storage container with squeegee. So as you are zesting you don’t need to worry about gathering the fresh zest because it is all being captures in the storage container! Genius!!! The built in squeegee helps remove the moist zest from the back of the blade as you slowly remove the storage container.

edgeware grater

Before I received the graters from KitchenIQ™, I had to resort to a big box grater that was always a pain in the you-know-what to use. Since I cook with quite a bit of Parmesan and Pecorino Romano cheese I’m constantly having to grate it. I love using the hand-held V-etched Fine Grater. It is perfect for grating hard cheeses!

Giveaway: EdgeWare Graters & Better Zester (ends 9/21/2012)

Please fill out the rafflecopter widget below for multiple chances to win a set of 4 KitchenIQ™ Graters and Zesters. If you do not see your coment appear right away it is because it needs to be approved. Please try not to leave duplicate comments. This giveaway is open to United States residents only. Giveaway will close 9/21/2012 at 12:01 AM. One winner will be chosen at random using and notified via email. If the email is not returned within 3 days another winner will be chosen.

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I am a marketing profesional by day and one thing I know how to do is market a brand. Katie’s Cucina is my own personal brand and when I went to Food Blog Forum in March I created a shirt to wear for the conference to essentially market my brand. However, I wasn’t happy with the design I chose. I simply used my logo in my header of my blog. It was small and a tad bit off centered and let’s face it no one could read my shirt. After Food Blog Forum the lovely people at reached out to me and asked me if I would like to review their product. Since I was yurning to create a more catchy design I agreed to the task. I got with my friend Sarah, who designed my new logo, and with a little brainstorming we came up with the large spoon concept! I wanted to make sure that everyone could read Katie’s Cucina!

The longest part of the process was on my end–getting the actual design of the shirt created. Using is super simple they have a wide variety of already designed t-shirts created. If I wasn’t creating my own shirt I would total rock this Bacon is Meat Candy shirt! also has the option to customize your own shirt (as you have seen in the above pictures). That’s the option I went with. You simply chose the style shirt, the color and size and upload your logo! Simple as that! If you don’t have a logo to upload don’t fret. They have templates you can chose from, images, fonts, and effects you can chose to place over your images and text!

I went with a traditional women’s T-shirt in light blue. If you follow me on Facebook you might remember me asking earlier in the month what color shirt I should pick. The options were all over the place, and ultimately I went with the light blue. I seriously love ALL the colors! And I love the fit–its a traditional T-shirt that isn’t paper thin and see through!

I’m excited to give one lucky winner a $30 credit to where you can get a Katie’s Cucina shirt if you chose, or a predesigned shirt or best of all–design your own shirt. Please fill out rafflecopter below for multiple chances to win!

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