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Mmmmm.... Bacon!

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/26/2011 - 01:42 pm
Category: Food

by Nikki Greco
8/26/11
I have to admit that I was more excited than normal about my Fresh Fork food when I found out that a pound of bacon was included.  I knew that bacon from Fresh Fork was going to be better and fresher than the bacon I typically get from the grocery store and I wanted to make something special with it. 
When I picked up my bag I was already running through all of my favorite recipes using bacon and none of them seemed good enough.  Bacon is a great flavor enhancer, but not often the star of many entrees.  I was still deep in thought as I put all of my food away in the refrigerator.  In went the bacon, the lettuce went in the crisper, the tomat ...

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Minkin's Music: Where Rainbows Never Die

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/26/2011 - 01:29 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

by JayMinkin8/19/11If you take some tight new-style bluegrass music and mix it with a heavy dose of Lynyrd Skynyrd vocal accompaniment, you kind of end up with the sound of The SteelDrivers, who will be performing at The Beachland Ballroom on Saturday, August 20. The band is touring behind their 2010 Grammy nominated album “Reckless,” which was honored for Best Bluegrass Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for the song Where Rainbows Never Die.The SteelDrivers are a highly regarded group of distinguished songsmiths and session-playing veterans that came together after playing in the studio or on tour with an eclectic group of headlining artists. Le ...

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Veggies Galore!

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/19/2011 - 02:17 pm
Category: Food

by Nikki Greco
8/19/11
When I picked up my Fresh Fork Bag last week I told Trevor (owner and founder of Fresh Fork Market) how excited I was about the giant eggplant that was in my bag.  I explained that I love eggplant, but my husband doesn’t, so my challenge was going to be to find a recipe that he actually liked.  Trevor recommended ratatouille and who am I to argue with the expert?
I found most of the ingredients I needed to make ratatouille in my bag.  Zucchini, summer squash, onion, tomatoes, peppers, and basil.  I turned to my always trusty copy of Joy Of Cooking for a classic recipe and what felt like hours of endless peeling, chopping, browning, and simm ...

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In the rhythm

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/18/2011 - 01:35 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Donna Feorene
8/18/11
Whoo-hoo! A couple of great things happened this week, all related to my workouts. First, I was able to carry a VERY heavy fountain from the far reaches of my basement to the first floor of the house. Two months ago, I couldn’t move it 12 inches!! Then, I saw my Mom for the first time in about 6 weeks and she commented not only that I looked thinner but that I looked much more FIT.
I am now two months in with Overload. I have to say I am really looking forward to workout days now. It has become part of my routine.  While the workouts are difficult (really difficult) the time is short, usually only 20 minutes or less, and the results are truly amazing. T ...

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Every Vacation Has to End

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/12/2011 - 01:23 pm
Category: Food

by Nikki Greco
8/12/11
Last weekend I went on vacation with a friend and left my husband or son at home.  It was wonderful!  I relaxed, shopped, stayed up late, slept in, and then shopped more.  Oh, and besides breakfast I didn’t cook anything.  When I returned I was happy to see my family again, but the week has been slightly chaotic as we all played catch-up with our routines. 
When I got home late on Monday I didn’t feel like cooking, so we ordered some pizza.  Tuesday I just couldn’t admit my vacation was over and step into the kitchen, so my husband brought home take-out.  Wednesday, I finally tired of eating out and grabbed an arm ...

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So Sweet

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/05/2011 - 04:55 pm
Category: Food

By: Nikki Greco
This week fruit ruled the menus in my house.  The first thing I made with my Fresh Fork food was an Upside-Down Peach Cake.  You may be able to tell by the name, but this recipe is similar to Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, only better because I like peaches better than pineapple. 
 
This cake is meant to be served warm, so after it came out of the oven I rushed it to my cousins housewarming party where I could share this delicious dessert before I ate it all myself.  The peaches were so good and the cake tasted like summer.
 
The other yummy fruit dish I made this week was apricot preserves.  I was so excited to get fresh apricots in my ba ...

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Resale shops; a mom's best friend!

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/02/2011 - 06:14 pm
Category: Community

By Cyndi Kellem
8/2/11
I have always gotten a little thrill when I went shopping and found a great deal. Since having twins and becoming a stay at home mom, the deals I used to find have now become a necessity. Especially with as fast as 2 little girls grow!
At first it was a quick sanity escape when my husband came home from work to drive over to Children's Orchard, a children's resale shop in Brunswick Town Center. Everyone there was always so nice, asking for updates on my 2 little preemies and to see the latest pictures.  Of course I, a proud sleep-deprived mom, always had some on hand.
I wandered around, always finding a new treasure or two to take home, amazed at the great dis ...

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