Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WGN Midday News

Tomorrow February 24th, during the 12 noon lunch hour, I will be featured on the WGN midday news. I will be doing another cooking segment and talking about the book. Tomorrow, I will be making an overnight omelet and a berry crisp. They are both delicious and great to serve at brunch! Please tune in! See you all tomorrow.... or actually you'll see me :)

Overnight Omelet
8 slices white bread without crusts
1 lb. grated cheddar cheese
8 eggs
1 tsp. salt
3 c. milk
¾ tsp. dry mustard
Dash cayenne pepper
Fresh sliced mushrooms, peppers, and green onions
OR you can use anything you want such as ham, bacon, sausage, or any vegetable

Butter each slice of bread and then cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Sprinkle cheese over bread. Top with layer of vegetables. Beat eggs, mil and spices together and then pour over pan. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours. Bake, covered, at 350˚ for 1 hour. Uncover and bake until top is brown, about 5 minutes. Serves 8.

Triple Berry Crisp
2 baskets blueberries
2 baskets raspberries
2 baskets blackberries
½ C. sugar
2 T. tapioca, granulated

2 sticks cold unsalted butter
½ C. light brown sugar
1 C. old-fashioned oatmeal
1 C. sugar
1 C. plus 2 T. flour
1 T. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350˚. Use a 9 x 13-inch pan. Mix berries, sugar and tapioca together and put into pan. Blend topping until it forms a crumble mixture. Spread over top. Bake 40 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

ABC 7 Morning News 2/21/10 with Stacey Baca

Today was so much fun! I was featured on ABC 7 Chicago doing a cooking segment and promoting the book. I made turkey stuffed peppers. Here is the recipe and clip:

Stuffed Peppers
6 peppers, colors of your choice
1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
1 zucchini
8 oz. of mushrooms
½ yellow onion
1 clove of garlic
3 slices of potato bread
olive oil
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper

1. Cut tops off of peppers and set tops aside. Clean out seeds from inside of the peppers.
2. Chop in food processor: zucchini, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and potato bread.
3. Mix above mixture with ground turkey. Add salt and pepper.
4. Scoop complete mixture into peppers and drizzle olive oil on top of each pepper. Place tops back on the peppers.
5. Add ½ cup of water to bottom of baking dish.
6. Bake in oven at 350˚ for 1 hour.

Serve with rice and side salad.
Serves 6.


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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Set Your TiVo's

Set Your TiVo's! I am going to be on TV promoting A Blending of Bittersweet Memories. I am so excited. This is my first time being interviewed live! I hope that the segments will help to bring in many more recipe and story submissions. In order to go to publishing, we need to have at least 200 more recipes, so get writing! Please forward the website link to all of your family and friends.
TV Schedule:
Sunday, February 21st, at 8 am on ABC 7 Chicago - Interview and Cooking Segment
Wednesday, February 24th, at 12 noon on WGN 9 - Interview and Cooking Segment
Sunday, March 7th, at 8:50 am on NBC Milwaukee - Interview

Tune in and see what I am going to make!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Testing Your Recipes and Announcements

I am having so much fun testing all of your recipes! I knew that when I started this project that I would have to make every recipe and make sure that they were edible and that the measurements were correct. I was so excited about the idea of getting to cook for my career. I have always loved cooking but it was always for pleasure, now I get to cook for "work" and pleasure. I absolutely LOVE my job!!
Last week, I made sugar cookies, banana bread, magic cookie bars, banana cream pie, stuffed peppers, plum chicken, and a kugel. Everything has been delicious and the recipe's are easy to understand and to follow. So far, my favorite things to make were the sugar cookies. I rarely ever pull out my rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to make the perfect cookie. I usually just make the "drop" cookies. This was a real treat and definitely worth it! They were pieces of heaven!

I have 2 announcements. First, I have switched PR companies and am now currently working with Zapwater Communications. They are wonderful and I think this will be a very exciting relationship! Second, Bittersweet Memories was featured in Chicago's Skyline. Please check it out, it's a lovely article. http://www.skylinenewspaper.com/News/In-The-Paper/02-10-2010/River_Norther_combines_memories_and_food

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Submission Ideas and My First Video!

Many people have told me that they would like some direction in what kind of memories to submit. We have decided to break the chapters down into positive things that happen when one is grieving. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross has created the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. They are stages that we all go through but they are so heavy. I have learned that while grieving is an intense subject, I feel that it can also have a positive effect on our lives. Send in your favorite bittersweet memories regarding family traditions and rituals, nurturing and comforting oneself along with others. If you have any questions or need help writing, please email me at emily@bittersweet-memories.com.

ALSO, my first video promoting the book is finally up for everyone to view!!! Please go to www.glossedandfound.com, click Chicago, then click on the video. Graham Kostic did a fantastic job of editing the video and getting the point across that we need submissions. So, get writing people!! :)