My 15 Favorites of 2015

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Happy New Year!  It’s been a fun year with over 130 new posts on Something to Share with You, the chance to “explore” 23 different cities and too many amazing meals to count.  Here are my 15 favorites from 2015.

Kid Friendly:

  • Surprise Mommy-Daughter Dates
    My favorite post of the entire year since I get to plan a surprise date with my daughter every month!  I hope you read this post and plan some fun dates with your kids!!

Beauty and Fashion:

Technology:

  • The Starbucks app
    Easiest way to pay for bottled water, snacks and oh yeah, coffee at the airport!

Just Because:

  • A Treat for the Feet:  Snoozies Slippers
    These are on my feet from the minute I get home till I get in bed!
  • Have time to read?  Liane Moriarty
    Download some books and find some time to read! Great for shorter flights!

Foodies: Recipes & Stuff:

On the Road Eats:

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  • Favorite Lunch- Peska in Houston
    $25 for an appetizer, soup or salad and an entrée.  Try the mexican shrimp cocktail and the Fideo Seco(mexican pasta in a light sauce with calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels).

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Hope you enjoyed this short trip back through 2015!  Looking forward to great new favorites this year!

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My Favorite Things: Kent Rathbun Steak & Chop Garlic Salt

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Do I love cooking?  YES.  Am I the best cook?  NO.  Do I try really hard?  YES.  Does my husband always tell me I underseason EVERYTHING?  Sadly, YES.

Kent-Rathbun-Elements-garlic-salt-500x500My best secret….Kent Rathbun Steak & Chop Garlic Salt.  I frequent Central Market here in Dallas and last year they did a steak tasting using Kent Rathbun Elements products. The steak was awesome…and now it is my go-to seasoning!  I always use this on steak but I now use this on fish.  Bake or grill a piece of salmon with the salt and add dill, ground mustard and cajun seasoning – DELISH!  Looking for something to make you look like a great chef……try the salt!!!

 

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Rainbow Dinner – Challenge #4

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The fourth week of Rainbow Dinner and one of the most successful.

The challenge?  Cook a meal with three colors of the rainbow that my five-year old daughter chooses. She gets one food choice that I cannot cook with.
The Goal?  Get her to try new foods regardless of the outcome.  This week the colors are pink, red and white

Week One was pink, purple and blue.  
Week Two was red, yellow and orange.
Week Three was green, black and white.

This week I wanted to make something that my husband and I would enjoy and make sure that I re-introduced a food back into our dining experience.  A pink food.  SHRIMP.  I love shrimp.  My husband loves shrimp.  My daughter tried it once, hated it and never tried it again.  This week she said I could not cook with red peppers (a red food) so I figured shrimp was fair game.  

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I started out with an old favorite of mine for red – tomatoes roasted in the oven with garlic, basil, oregano and olive oil.  20 minutes- DONE.  And you can smash the tomatoes to use as a light sauce.  

Next, I needed white.  Cauliflower.  She loved the purple cauliflower so let’s use the same vegetable and change the texture.  Steam the cauliflower, mash it up, add some cream, butter, garlic and salt and pepper, grab the immersion blender and a delicious Cauliflower Puree is ready to go. 

And then my favorite, Shrimp.   Light sprinkle of my new favorite spice mix- Kent Rathbun Steak and Chop Salt and then saute.   

imageFor my husband and I, the plate looked a bit fancier as I took advantage of the wonderful flavors from the tomatoes to use as a light sauce.  As for my daughter, I tried to keep the foods as separated as possible.  I even made a butterfly out of the cauliflower. But, once she saw the shrimp, she immediately said “I’m not eating that“.  Sound familiar??  But, quick thinking led me to the ketchup bottle(sadly excluding the horseradish) and amazingly enough, she asked for seconds.  What, she wanted more shrimp?  Five whole shrimp (completely covered in ketchup) eaten by my five year old … Mission Accomplished!!!