Food & Wine

  • Tips On Living The Chic Life From Molly Sims New Book ‘Everyday Chic’

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    Molly Sims is back with a brand new book, ‘Everyday Chic‘ and in it she shares her secrets and tips that will help all of us live the chic life.

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    I love a good lifestyle book. Especially one that’s gonna help me in more than one that’s practical and easy for me to use myself. A couple examples of this are one thing in/one thing out for organizing closets and desk drawers. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for a place to neatly store something when in fact I should be looking to store it in the garbage or in the donation bin. There’s also ways to step your house party game up from themes to decor and food.

    And that’s not all, Everyday Chic is also gonna to teach you:

    • Family-friendly meal hacks and time-saving techniques.
    • Party planning like a professional, so you can party like there’s no tomorrow.
    • Strategies for creating a zen-like space and kicking clutter to the curb.
    • The accessory rule for your house—always remove one piece from any room you’re decorating.
    • Prioritizing the positive without getting hung up on the perfect. Perfection is a unicorn!
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    This is the perfect gift between girlfriends. And I’d also recommend Molly’s first book The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple.
    Organization is like weight loss. Go lean.” – Molly Sims (click to tweet)

    *This event was hosted by The Moms Network and they were kind enough to gift me with a copy of Molly’s book. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Home Cooking With Valerie…No Not Me, I Mean Valerie Bertinelli

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    I know you guys didn’t think you were about to get cooking tips from me. No friend. I’m talking about another Valerie. Legendary actress, Valerie Bertinelli. She has a brand new cookbook out with more than 100 recipes that are sure to be a hit with family and friends.

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    With the holiday’s quickly approaching this 265 page book of deliciousness couldn’t have come at a better time. Especially for my family as we don’t cook traditional holiday meals. We don’t have turkey and gravy. We lean more towards chicken (leg or breast), fish and pasta dishes. Which is why I love this book because the recipes are so varied and put awesome spins on family favorites.

    After flipping through there are a few recipes that I can’t wait to try like:

    valerie bertinelliBLT Pasta (page 171)
    valerie bertinelliKey Lime Martini (page 92)

    The Moms hosted an lunch event with Valerie in NYC to celebrate the launch of her book and when I arrived the food was already gone. GONE! This truly speaks to how great the recipes are. It pretty much let’s me, and you know if you’re cooking Thanksgiving (or for anytime of the year) from this book the table will end up like this.

    Now that your palate is ready do it and yourself a favor and get a copy of Valerie’s Home Cooking today.

    *This event was hosted by The Moms Network and they were so kind to gift me with a copy of Valerie’s cookbook. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Bottoms Up! Tenia Grant Ballard Stirs Up Yummy Low-Cal Cocktails For New E-Book ‘Drink Sexy’

    It’s National Vodka Day and what better way to celebrate than to discuss cocktail recipes. Tenia Grant Ballard from DomesticDEEVAH has a new chic cocktail e-book out called, Drink Sexy Low-Cal Cocktails For The Curve Conscious Woman.

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    I’ve been following Tenia on Instagram for god knows how long, so when I saw she had a new cocktail e-book I knew I had to get a copy. Y’all know how I love to drink. But the problem with cocktails are the calories. ? Hey listen, I can only pretend for so long that I’m not drinking three times my weight in cocktail calories.

    Which makes ‘Drink Sexy’ such a fortune find. These fun and super easy to make recipes are not only perfect for any and every occasion, but will allow you to indulge without worrying if you’re blowing your diet with high calorie cocktails. I needed too catch up with Tenia to find out how this e-book came to be and if we could expect more from her in the future.

    What inspired you to write Drink Sexy?

    Many of our followers and friends would ask us for low calorie drink ideas. They loved cocktails but hated how many calories many of them were. A standard restaurant margarita is about 800 calories, and seriously who’s drinking just one?

    Is Drink Sexy only for health conscious drinkers or is it for anyone?

    Drink Sexy is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re counting calories or just looking for a new recipe to try. It’s also not just for women…guys can definitely benefit from our book too.

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    Tenia Grant Ballard

    What is your favorite recipe from the book?

    The Deevah Mary. We love a good bloody Mary, so we created our own with a twist on it. Pickle Juice is our secret ingredient.

    Do you have any plans to write future books for curve conscious women?

    Hmmm…we’re not sure. We do however plan on releasing several more books ranging from how to throw a cocktail party to proper wine etiquette. But you never know, if there’s a demand for something, we just may release something else for the curve conscious woman.

    Thanks Tenia for taking the time to chat. I am so excited for your new e-book. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes and I look forward to seeing what else you have in store for Cocktails and Drapes.

    Get your copy of Drink Sexy today for download for only $10 and by using promo code: MOMMY at checkout you’ll receive 20% off. Make sure to visit Tenia at and follow her across social media:  Instagram, on Facebook and Twitter.


  • 6 Alaskan Wild Halibut & Sablefish Harvest Recipes

    The Alaska halibut and sablefish (black cod) harvest seasons kick off March 11, increasing access to some of the best freshly-caught and frozen wild seafood in the world. The cold, pristine waters of Alaska support a robust and natural supply of halibut and sablefish stocks that are wild, sustainable and responsibly managed, like all Alaska seafood species.

    Nearly 60 percent of all the wild seafood harvested in the U.S. comes from Alaska, where we are dedicated to providing the world with sustainable, responsibly managed seafood that will be enjoyed for years to come,” said Jeremy Woodrow, communications director, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). “The start of halibut and sablefish season is a sign of spring in coastal Alaska, and a perfect reminder to ‘Ask for Alaska’ at grocery stores and restaurants. Specifying ‘Alaska’ when making seafood choices ensures you are supporting a wild and sustainable fishery.”

    Why Alaska Matters

    Alaska is committed to preserving and protecting its superior seafood and is the only state with sustainability written into its constitution. To ensure there will always be more to catch, Alaska fishermen limit their harvest to the statewide total allowable catch set by international, federal and state fisheries managers in order to sustain each fishery. In 2017, fisheries managers have set harvest levels at over 40 million pounds combined for Alaska halibut and sablefish.

    Make it a wild seafood elebration with these six wild halibut and sablefish harvest recipes

    Alaska’s array of delicious, wild whitefish varieties have a variety of nutritional benefits and culinary profiles. Each species is harvested seasonally and is also available frozen year-round. With Alaska halibut and sablefish seasons coinciding with National Frozen Food Month (March) and Lent, try one of these easy recipes featuring frozen Alaska whitefish varieties:

    Wild Halibut Sablefish Harvest Recipes

    Halibut: Sweet, with delicate flavor and a firm and flaky texture, halibut maintains its shape and is suitable for all types of cooking methods. Recipe suggestion: Pan-Seared Alaska Halibut with Red Curry and Basmati Rice

    Wild Halibut Sablefish Harvest Recipes

    Sablefish (black cod): Succulent, rich in flavor and luxurious, sablefish is perfect for grilling, poaching, smoking or roasting and delicious prepared with a miso glaze. Recipe suggestion: Olive Oil-Poached Alaska Sablefish with Herb Broth

    Wild Halibut Sablefish Harvest Recipes

    Alaska cod (Pacific cod): Moist and firm with a distinctive large flake and slightly sweet flavor, cod adapts well to most cooking methods. Recipe suggestion: Oven Roasted Alaska Cod Gremolata

    Wild Halibut Sablefish Harvest Recipes

    Alaska pollock: With its mild flavor, Alaska pollock is an excellent choice for fish tacos, fish sticks and fish burgers. It is also the key ingredient in the world’s finest surimi products, which offer a high-quality, convenient and ready-to-use alternative to traditional shellfish. Recipe suggestion: Alaska Pollock Gratin

    Wild Halibut Sablefish Harvest RecipesSole (flounder): Lean, tender and with a mild taste, sole requires minimal handling to preserve moisture and is best when poached, sautéed or steamed.  Recipe suggestion: Alaska Sole Baja Tacos

    Wild Halibut Sablefish Harvest Recipes

    Rockfish: Lean with a tender, yet meaty, texture, rockfish is great with a wide range of rubs, marinades and sauces. Recipe suggestion: Asian-Inspired Roasted Alaska Rockfish

    Watch this quick tutorial on how to filet like a pro!

    Photo Credit: Wild Alaska Seafood