Coconut Pudding

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I love a good pudding.  It’s like the perfect ending to a delicious dinner.  I have made so many varieties of pudding (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon and passion fruit), but this coconut one has now become a favorite on the list.  This is a must try recipe.  You will not be disappointed, and even the kids will want seconds.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 3/4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 (13.5-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
Raspberries, garish optional

Preparation:

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan; whisk in milk and next 2 ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Place in little ramekins and in the refrigerator for 90 min or overnight. Top with raspberries and chocolate.

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2016 Mazda CX 5

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The Mazda CX 5 is a perfect little crossover, offering a great drive and comfort.  Mazda CX 5 receives several improvements intended to refine its appearance, enhance its functionality, update its technology, and polish its driving dynamics.

 
After a week of running around to taking my kids to school and to after school activities I can see why Mazda is popular with families.  It’s convenient interior space, and comfortable seating alone makes it worth while, but the overall package is amazing as well. 
 
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The interior of the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is designed for both functionality and modern style. Front seats are roomy enough to make any driving position easy to settle into with plenty of support. The backseat is spacious for passengers. On models equipped with a folding seatback, the mechanism lowers the seat bottom before the seat itself folds to provide a floor that is as near to flat as possible for your cargo needs.
Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, navigation, a power moonroof, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and low-speed automatic braking with forward collision warning.
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Gas mileage manages 24 mpg city, 30 highway with all-wheel drive.
All in all this is a great crossover.  I give it a 7.5 out of 10.
Visit Mazda for more information https://www.mazdausa.com/

A Piece of History

Happy Presidents Day!! Figured I would share this with you guys again.

Homemade Delish

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As a chef, home cook and foodie,  I am honored that I had the opportunity to research Martha Washington, Hannah Penn and Ellen Emlen (19th century housewife) Cookbooks and notes.  Being at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania I felt like I could have stayed for hours researching all these treasures.  The staff there was super helpful, which made my visit a pleasure.  Okay let’s get to the fun part. 

imagesCAV9H008IMG_20130117_173613Hannah Penn: Second wife of William Penn, she was 24 and he a 52-year-old man.  They had 8 children together.  When searching for Hannah Penn’s cookbook I came across recipe pages instead and all these were with William Penn’s notes and paperwork.  I couldn’t hold back and looked through some of his notes to paperwork from 1605 highlights of Act of Taxes year, and so much more.  I then reached Hannah Penn’s recipe pages.  It was interesting to see how many Homemade Medicines she had in those pages from how to clear…

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Rachael Ray Appearance Game Day ideas

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When I started this blog almost 6 years ago my dream was to meet Rachael Ray. I met Rachael when I was on the Dr.Oz show. I admire how hard of a worker she is. When I got this opportunity to be on her show I was beyond thrilled. In this clip I give you some fun game day ideas for this weekend. Enjoy!

Checkout the clip http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipes/24430_super_bowl_snacks_easy_football_shaped/

 

Avocado dressing

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I guess I’m on a green kick, but this dressing is so delicious and full of flavor. I love homemade dressings because you control the amount of ingredients. Eating healthy during the week is key in my diet but it doesn’t mean that my weekends are on that plan too. I try to keep everything in moderation and portion control. I don’t like to deprive myself from not enjoying a piece of cake or that bowl of pasta.

Salads don’t have to be boring. Get creative by adding different veggies and making homemade dressings. Your body will thank you in the end.

Salad ingredients:

2 cups kale
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup julienne carrots
2 cups red cabbage
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Dressing Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
1 large garlic clove
1/2 cup cilantro
1 tablespoon evoo
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup scallions

Preparation:

Place all of the Ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until well incorporated. Pour over salad, toss and serve.

Green overnight oats

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You’re probably thinking this is another overnight oats recipe, but don’t judge too soon. It’s so nutritious that your body will thank you. I know having greens in the morning may make some of you turn green, but after you try this I promise you that you will want more greens for breakfast. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup spinach or kale
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

Preparation:
Blend milk, chia, banana, spinach and berries for 1 minute. Add oats into a mason jar or bowl with lid, then pour blended mixture on top of oats. Refrigerate overnight.

2017 Mazda 6

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Here’s another great car addition to my review list. When you have to be on the road for either work or pleasure, I think the 2017 Mazda 6 can provide that. Comfortable seating and roomie interior is key to an enjoyable drive. As a family of 4 we really enjoyed this sedan.
Mazda now offers SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, to help achieve a smoother, less fatiguing drive. When cornering, on initial turn-in and throughout, the system works seamlessly by adjusting power delivery and shifting vehicle weight.

Its style gives it a sleek appearance and the strong engine gives a sporty feel. The 2017 Mazda 6 is a midsize sedan with seating for five.
Standard features for the Sport trim include: 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats with lumbar support for the driver, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a rearview camera, the Mazda Connect infotainment system with voice control, text messaging capabilities, a 7-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker CD player with auxiliary/USB input, HD radio and internet streaming radio.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 28 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway) for models with the manual transmission. The Mazda 6 has strong safety ratings in all forms. Making it a safe ride for the family.

All in all I give this an 8 out of 10. Visit https://www.mazdausa.com for more details.

2017 Lexus RX 350

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Lexus has been on my list of different car brands to try.  I have always been in love with the style of the car. They have sleek looks on all their models. When I got this opportunity to be able to try the Lexus RX I was excited. This car is just beautiful, providing you with so much.

RX 350 is a pleasant place to spend a long road trip. It has comfy seats with available intelligent heating and cooling.  The cabin is quiet and relaxing, and the ride smooth.
The rear seats have plenty of room for passengers and they recline, which my kids were super excited about.
The 2017 Lexus RX 350 comes with a generous list of standard features, including automatic dual-zone climate control, satellite radio with real-time traffic information, a nine-speaker sound system, a liftgate, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. The 2017 RX has the standard Lexus Safety System, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, and lane keep assist.
Available features include rear cross traffic braking, a panoramic moonroof, blind spot monitoring, a multi-angle camera, smartphone integration, navigation, park assist, a hands-free power liftgate, a dual-screen DVD entertainment system, a 12- or 15-speaker audio system, and sport-tuned suspension.

2017 Lexus RX 350 Safety Features

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • 4-Wheel Drum Brakes
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Auto-On Headlights
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Night Vision
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Rollover Protection System
  • Front Tow Hooks
  • Rear Tow Hooks
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning
It gets above-average fuel economy for its class. 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive. Fuel economy drops just a bit to 19/26 mpg city/highway with all-wheel-drive models.
All in all I give this car a 9 out of 10. I’m just in love with what Lexus has to offer and I can’t wait to tryout other models and maybe even do a video for you.
Visit http://www.lexus.com/models/RX for more information.

DIY slime

I did a segment today on Fox29 here in Philadelphia about DIY slime. The slime didn’t want to cooperate with me.  When I got home I did this video so you guys can see how easy it comes together.

checkout the link below.