Betty Crocker has just partnered with Hershey Company to launch a sweet for every style. The fans for the two will now be able to experience the very new line of cupcake mixes, cookie mixes as well as frostings that have all been made with the iconic flavors that include Hershey’s, Reese’s and Almond Joy.
All together they launched a dozen new baking products that your family can enjoy. The new mixes and frostings have a retail price of $2.59 to $2.79 and come in sizes 15.4 oz (cupcake mixes), 12.5 oz (cookie mixes) and 16 oz (frostings).
Jared Pippin, associate marketing manager of Betty Crocker, said that “We are very excited about our continued partnership and the launch of all these new flavors. Our consumers love the new combinations and that we have created a sweet to match the style, including favorites such as s’mores, Cookies ‘n’ Crème, and Reese’s.”
The new line includes six premium frostings, three cookie mixes and three cupcake mixes. Ideas and tips on how you can use them for the best and sweetest result possible, you are invited to check out Betty Crocker's website at www.bettycrocker.com. But you are also encouraged to use your own imagination and come up with your own creations.
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I've been a fan of banana bread for years. I usually use a recipe from the Mrs. Field's Cookie Cookbook. I didn't have enough bananas to make a full recipe so I played around with it a bit and added less bananas than I usually do and cooked it in cake pans instead of the regular loaf pans I normally use.
This is a less sweet, less dense, cake-like version of banana bread. I like to toast leftovers in the toaster oven then spread with a bit of cream cheese. Yummy! If you want a fancy, two-tiered banana cake whip up a batch of cream cheese frosting and have fun decorating.
I use a potato masher to mash my ripe bananas before adding them to the cake batter. To make the Mrs. Fields Cookie banana bread recipe double the amount of bananas, add the batter to 2 loaf pans and cook for 60 to 70 minutes. This makes a very dense, very sweet, very sticky banana bread.
I've had my copy of the Mrs. Fields Cookie Cookbook forever. I don't think it's on print anymore. I did a search on Amazon and saw it listed by a few vendors so you might still be able to find a copy. The cookbook is filled with TONS of dessert recipes, not just cookies. It's one of my all time favorite dessert recipe books!
Above: Marinelli's True Italian Pasta Sauce
Cuisine Diva Tries a New Tomato Sauce
I recently had a chance to test out Marinelli's Classic Marinara pasta sauce. The tomato sauce is certified gluten-free, kosher, non GMO project verified, vegan and free from cholesterol and artificial flavors and colors. The all-natural line of pasta sauce's are made in small batches of only 950 jars at a time.
The pasta sauce comes packaged in a 24 ounce glass jar inside a box. Marinelli's pasta sauce is manufactured by DeBest Gourmet Food Products, Ltd. They explain the reasoning behind the outer box as follows: "Why the outer box? Simply to keep our sauce at its very best without the need for additives. We know from research that continuing exposure to light will debase the flavor considerably."
Ingredients in Marinelli's Classic Marinara
Cuisine Diva Opinion of Marinelli's Classic Marinara Pasta Sauce
I think this is a delicious tomato sauce. I normally feel the need to doctor up most jar sauces, but this tomato sauce tasted great straight out of the jar. I didn't need to add salt to flavor it up, or add sugar to cut the acidity, like I do with most sauces.
I live in SE Florida and am able to garden year round. I always have a terrific selection of fresh herbs to cook with, so I went to the backyard garden and harvested a bit of society garlic and oregano to add to the pasta sauce, but it really didn't need any additions. I served the Marinelli's sauce over Ronzoni's tricolor rotini pasta garnished with a bit of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It was really, REALLY good!
Above: enjoy a delicious plate of pasta served with Marinelli's tomato sauce
Marinelli's True Pasta Sauce Flavors
Marinelli's tomato sauce is available at Whole Foods and retails for $9.99 per jar.
Lynn Smythe, AKA the Cuisine Diva
Today's sponsored post is from one of my favorite places - Dunkin' Donuts! I could totally eat like a half dozen of their donuts right now, to go along with a giant cup of their coffee. :)
The holidays are closing in fast and if your Christmas shopping isn't done yet, it's the last moment to start thinking about it, if you want to shop almost as a normal person, without the last-minute shopping craze.
Finding the right gifts for the right people, packaging it all, coming up with perfect solutions for each and every gift, it can be rather annoying task for many of us. To make holiday gift giving just a bit easier for you, Dunkin' Donuts packaged coffee has partnered with a popular crafting blogger Cindy Hopper (founder of SkipToMyLou.org) to help you with creative gift wrapping ideas.
"I love wrapping holiday gifts from little treasures, such as Dunkiní Donuts seasonal packaged coffee, to bigger presents like kids' toys and electronics in unexpected and creative ways," said Cindy. "You simply need some motivation and imagination, to create packaging that will delight any gift recipient!"
Just in time for holiday celebrations, Dunkin' Donuts has also come out with three new, seasonally inspired varieties - Pumpkin Spice, Mocha Mint and Gingerbread Cookie coffee. Select bags of the new seasonal coffees also include a paper gift tag, turning it into a perfect stocking stuffer. Dunkin' Donuts new seasonal coffee varieties are available where you buy your groceries.
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Last year I wrote an article; Healthier Eating with Weekly Food Preparation, that featured a fennel and kumquat salad. On a recent trip to Lowe's, right before my 49th birthday, I found and purchased a variegated kumquat tree. My boyfriend had just bought me a variegated pink lemon tree, as one of my birthday presents, so I thought the addition of the kumquat tree to his yard would be pretty nifty.
We also have a mango tree, Florida white peach tree, honeybell orange tree and a grapevine planted on his 1.25 acre property and are always looking for additional fruit trees to plant. The lemon and kumquat trees will go nicely with our collection, and I also have 3 avacados I started from seed that will get planted outside once they get a bit bigger.
I was at the grocery store a couple of days ago and saw kumquats displayed next to the lemons and limes, so I picked up a package to bring home with me. To make the salad, I rinsed off the kumquats, cut off the ends, quartered them and removed any seeds before adding them to a mixing bowl. I added 1 fennel bulb, chopped up, then tossed it all with a bit of Wish Bone Superfruit Berry vinaigrette dressing.
Above: any vinaigrette type of dressing can be used with the fennel and kumquat salad.
Above: the finished kumquat and fennel salad.
Let me know if you decide to make the kumquat and fennel salad. Do use kumquats or fennel? Share your recipe ideas with the Cuisine Diva and I just might feature your culinary creations in a future article.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Cuisine Diva
Lynn Smythe AKA the Cuisine Diva
Christmas is just around the corner. Are you looking for a great gift idea the entire family can enjoy? Consider putting together a gift basket filled with gourmet delights. Today's article is a sponsored post brought to you by Clearwater Hampers, located in Great Britain. They can put together a gift basket for any occasion and ship it to almost any place in the world.
It’s (Almost!) Beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
The holidays are fast approaching. The last few leaves are falling from the trees and the crisp winter air has certainly made its presence felt over the last couple of weeks. One of the best parts of late autumn is the almost tangible build up to the holiday season. Working out who’s going to host Christmas dinner and what presents to buy your loved ones are both part and parcel of the excitement and preparation. Arguably the best part of the Christmas holidays is having the opportunity to spend time together as a family and see the people you don’t get the opportunity to see as often as you’d like.
Here’s a great gift idea for those special people in your life who may be a bit tricky to buy for. These hampers for Christmas from Clearwater make fantastic options for a range of people as they are so versatile and offer a little something for everyone. Another great thing is that they contain a variety of little luxuries and are ideal for sharing. There’s a great choice available too. Here are a few highlights.
The Australian themed baskets come complete with a lovely bottle of wine and various tempting snacks popular with the Aussies! These little beauties certainly lead the mind to ponder what a Christmas down under in the height of summer would be like. Slathering on the sun cream and lighting up the barbeque for Christmas dinner seems like a slightly bizarre concept!
On a cooler note, the Tinsel Time hamper contains a lovely selection of winter warmers like mulled spice tea bags and iced Christmas cake along with plenty more to make perfect additions to cosy evenings in front of the fire.
There’s even a hamper for the ultimate chocolate lover. Who could resist this mouth-watering selection of Belgian chocolates and truffles? The only potential problem with these is that they may be too tasty to share!
Hopefully that’s given some food for thought and provided an array of inspiration for treating your nearest and dearest this Christmas. Happy holidays!