Did You Miss Me?

I missed YOU!!!

I was Modern Mrs. Cleaver for years….many of you called me MMC and brought me smiles every day. I miss THAT!

Things changed for me this year and I stopped blogging here at Modern Mrs. Cleaver. It was a difficult closure for me and I always wondered if that day would come, where I could return to sharing my recipes, my photos, my humor…MYSELF

Honestly, I didn’t think it would shake me quite as it did. I’ve found myself thinking back on the times I would receive private messages, asking for my secret cake recipe that one of you wanted to make an elderly family member. I’ve smiled as I reflected on the photos that were shared of children making my tin can cakes. Ahhh memories…..

I’ve found myself wanting to return to that place…The place that allowed me to put a little slice of me on a plate and serve it up with a dollop of witticism and sass!

I mentioned before that I was hired by a few of my favorite culinary brands: Paderno World-Cuisine, Rosenthal, and Sambonet. It’s been a thrill to embark on this new professional journey of mine and I’m greatly enjoying the ride.

Where am I going with all this??

Well….a little while ago, Paderno World-Cuisine decided they wanted to explore the idea of having a food blog. It seemed a natural fit for them, as they are a leading manufacturer of quality kitchen tools/gadgets/cookware. They wanted to bring their products to life through recipe creation and conversation.

Ummmm can you see me waving my arms wildly in the air?  ~ picture the gorilla from Jungle Book ~ I was bursting at the seams!

Recipe creation…conversation…photos… I CAN DOOOOOO THAT!

In a master yoda type way, Paderno World-Cuisine decided that “The Force is Strong in This One” and have entrusted me with their new blog. EEEEEK

Plain and simple ~ I get to be me! I’ll be sharing a wide variety of recipes, showing you how I use many of my favorite products, and just plain having a blast! I’m diving into the world of video, so coming soon you’ll be seeing moi in short little video cooking demoes.

If you’ve enjoyed what I offered here on Modern Mrs. Cleaver, I sincerely hope you join me at  my new home “Let’s Get Cooking with Paderno USA”.

I’d like to think of your visit as a housewarming gift :)

As a way of saying thanks…Paderno USA is allowing me to run a $50.00 gift card giveaway for the first two weeks! If you subscribe to follow my new blog within those two weeks, you’ll be entered in the giveaway. If you WIN…well you can use that gift card on the Paderno USA website to order something special just in time for the holidays!

PadernoGiftCardThank you ALL for being such a wonderful online group of friends, for sharing your time with me, and for all you did to make me feel at home. As I close the door one MMC one final time, it’s with the greatest joy that I invite you to walk through the next open door with me. Please drop me a line over at my abode…I’d be thrilled to hear from you!

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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Farewell But NOT Goodbye…

I wanted to take a moment to post one final message here….As I thought I could do it yesterday and didn’t have the heart to make it through all that I wanted to say!

I have been watching as so many of you have jumped over and liked the new pages I am managing…I’ve received the emails saying that you have subscribed to the new blog I am running…and I’ve been humbled by your support and kind words!

Let me take you on a quick journey as I bring a close to this chapter: I started this page shortly after my husband and I decided that staying at home with the children would greatly benefit our family. I left the corporate world and filled my days with teaching our children, housework, and any other typical mom/wife duty you can think of.

I quickly found that I needed an outlet! (understatement of the year). After some soul searching and prayers, I decided to embark on the world of food blogging. I had a nice camera, I had been cooking for years and years and loved inventing recipes, and I LOVE TO TALK!!! This was gonna be EASY!

As with all things worth having in life…SOOOOO NOT EASY!!! I started a facebook page and began talking…and talking…and talking. For months, nobody talked backed. Back in those days, I thought my photos were pretty rad ~ They were so not rad! Food should never look that color in a photo :)

I went to work refining my skills and just kept on talking. I vowed to stay ME through this whole endeavor, and I’m proud to say I did just that! What you have seen over the past few years is ME!

I’m passionate about food, I love my family, and I have a ridiculous sense of humor.

What I never expected was the result….I never expected my meals to end up on other people’s holiday tables. I never imagined that I would receive emails asking for help in creating a cake for someone’s most favorite grandpas 70th birthday. I never dreamed that my work would flow into the houses of children who got to create my tin can swirl cakes and that I would receive photos of those precious babes with their creations.

(dang tears again)

The water was cold that first year, however over time, you ALL helped to create the warm and inviting place that became MMC. The nickname so many of you used and that I will never forget.

I want each of you to know the impact that you’ve had on my life…the inspiration you have given me through the tough times. This is why it humbles me and brings me to tears when I see your faces on my new path! I never envisioned this would turn into employment for me and the water is once again cold.

With my head held high, with tremendous amounts of love and respect…I post this farewell to MMC and welcome in new beginnings.

You can find me on facebook here Paderno USA and here Cucina & Tavola. I will be representing 3 brands in the culinary world (Rosenthal, Paderno, and Sambonet) and their retail store Cucina and Tavola.

I will be blogging and doing recipe creation on their blog and HOPE you will subscribe to follow all my newest recipes http://www.cucinatavola.com/magazine/

Love MMC

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MMC News!!!

Ok MMC fans, I have some news for you! I haven’t said much lately because it wasn’t really “official”.

Anyways, due to some life changes, I’ve decided it was time to go back to work. Then a GREAT thing happened…one of the companies that I’ve worked with for a couple of years decided to put me to work doing what I love to do: Recipe creation, photography, and blogging!

Pretty much a dream come true!! I get to stay at home with my kiddos and keep on cooking and blabbing :)

Things have changed a little though, as I will now be representing their brands and can’t be in two places at once. So no more MMC posts….BUT but but but….I HOPE you will all come visit me at my new blog where I will be cooking up more of the recipes that you have seen on MMC!

I have greatly valued every one of your smiling faces over the past couple of years and hope you will stick by my side through these changes.

If you’d like to continue following me…I now manage TWO facebook pages 1.) Paderno USA and 2.) Cucina & Tavola
I have worked with Paderno for years and Cucina & Tavola is their retail store with their partners Rosenthal and Sambonet. I’m super excited about the work and thankful they trust in my recipe creation.

My blogging and recipes will now be found at http://www.cucinatavola.com/magazine/ 

You can subscribe via email, just like on MMC, so that all my new recipes come to your inbox.

I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship, inspiration, and humor over the past few years, and hope to see you on my new path …

Signing Off One Last Time With Much Love and Appreciation,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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Marinade Express Winner….

I love today….I get to announce the winner of the Marinade Express! I believe I’ll be just as excited as the person who wins it because I’m anxious to hear how much they love it :)

This machine has quickly become my favorite kitchen appliance and I truly hope the winner finds as much joy from this machine as I have.

Let’s take one last look at this marinading, vacuuming, tumbling piece of wonderment….

Marinade Ex smNow please remember, if you aren’t drawn as the winner you can STILL use the coupon code for $50.00 off the price of a Marinade Express machine. Combine that with their FREE shipping and you have quite the bargain. Father’s Day Gift??? To use the coupon code, visit the link below and enter MRSCLEAVER during checkout!

Marinade Express Website

If you don’t fall deeply, madly in love with this machine….well….I’ll sell my shoe collection :)

Ok, now for the winner…..The name randomly drawn (by random.org) was

L   A   N   C   E        J   O   N   E   S

Congratulations Lance!!! Please submit your mailing address to modernmrscleaver@yahoo.com to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and a BIG thanks to Marinade Express for hosting the giveaway!

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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The Marinade Express & Giveaway!!

Let me share with you how this whole post came about….

I’m a food geek {not news right}

As such, I constantly search for products that pique my interest and THOROUGHLY put them to the test! Some pass…some fail….Some EXCEED expectation.

As I was perusing products one day, I happened upon this Marinade Express and it caught my eye. It LOOKED nice and the brief info on Amazon was enough to make me look into this product further. What I read on the Marinade Express Website had me VERY curious. If this little beauty could do everything it claimed….I was bound to be in love!

I’ve always been a “marinader” (that’s a word right?) and have always made my own mixes at home instead of purchasing them from the store. However, the Marinade Express PROCESS was new to me. This machine doesn’t just marinade it vacuum tumbles your food!

What this means is that the marinade is pushed into the very core of the meat/vegetable….infusing the product with flavor and moisture! Alright SOLD….I needed to test this thing :)

I contacted one of the company owners, Dan Neumann, and asked if he would have an interest in a product review. After a nice visit (I might be a talker), we decided on a review/giveaway arrangement and my machine quickly came in the mail.

Typically I’m leery of larger counter top appliances, as my counter tops are prime real estate! Not to give away my feelings, but the Marinade Express is firmly ensconced in my kitchen and has a force field built around it so nobody can pilfer my machine. Some close friends have hinted at it “oops disappearing”.

So let’s take a closer look at this….Here’s a photo I took shortly after it arrivedMarinade Ex smNow you’ll notice on the front it says GROVAC….This  is a reverse osmosis infusion and filtering process for food. This powerful process uses alternating water and vacuum environments to quickly infuse natural flavor, antioxidants and moisture deep into protein tissues. Sounds high-tech, but what does that all mean for ME?

The filtering process removes many impurities. This uncovers a fresher, cleaner taste in the food. The filtering process slows the formation of free radicals which are known to be a cause of cancer. It reduces up to 30 % of fat from fatty cuts of meat. Many unwanted chemical preservatives, additives, and other contaminants are removed. The process kills up to 99.5 % of bacteria, both the types that cause spoilage as well as those that cause food-borne illness. It is a safe way to clean fruits and vegetables to avoid peeling them and retain nutrients. The result is healthier foods bursting with pure flavor!

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Breakfast Enchiladas

Sometimes life gets busy…like fo’ real busy!

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are ridiculous actually

The cosmos shift…planets align…chaos ensues

Those are the days where my oldest goes to work early, 12-year-old has competitive swim training, husband has late days, and homeschool science labs all happen in one gigantic cluster-wind of craziness.

I could go on….but it’s Tuesday and…AGGGGGG TUESDAY!!! {deep breaths}

Let me just get right down to it: We’re hopping from the minute our feet hit the ground, until we sit down for dinner. These “special” days require a belly filling breakfast because lunch is on the fly and we’re movin’!

These breakfast enchiladas happen a lot! This recipe makes a HUGE amount of food….Enough for 2-3 breakfasts for the four of us. Continue reading

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Chicken Pot Pie w/ Parmesan Herb Pastry Crust

{there’s bacon…..just so ya know}

This meal is one of my all-time favorites to make! It’s about the process….enjoying the steps….slowly layering flavors.

I make this when I want that dish that screams old-fashioned goodness. You can taste the time put into it and you allow your eyes to close when you take a bite. It’s THAT!

So here’s the deal: My chicken pot pie contains a couple of my favorite techniques, homemade pastry and from scratch cream sauce. If you’re new to these things….DON’T be intimidated. I’m going to walk you through it and there are pictures to help you as you go. I promise it’s not difficult and oh so very worth it!

The great thing about this dish is that it’s rustic. Rustic allows for imperfection and can almost be lackadaisical in style.

{my laundry room is rustic}

For this recipe, I’m showing my pot pie in the form of individual ramekins.

1.) They’re insanely cute

2.) Quantity control (or eat 2)

3.) I am obsessed with ramekins and scoop up any I can find.

If you don’t have ramekins…the filling and pastry are enough to fill and cover a 2-quart casserole dish.

The filling will allow for 6-8 ramekins depending on size and you will need to make TWO BATCHES of the pastry in order to avoid re-rolling scraps. I don’t like to re-roll this pastry as it affects the texture of the final product.

You’ll notice in the following pictures that I took a few extra steps to glam these guys up….I used a fluted rotary cutter to cut the circles for a fun decorative edge, and I also stamped some flower and leaf cutouts in the center of each circle. If you don’t have these gadgets….it’s totally cool! Just cut the circles with a knife and add a few slits to center of the circles.

OK….let’s walk through this, starting with the pastry! Continue reading

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Winners of the Fischer & Wieser Gift Pack Giveaway!

Thanks again to the folks at Fischer & Wieser  who have generously allowed me to give away TWO of their Flagship Gift Sets!

Each set includes:

The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce®
Mango Ginger Habanero Sauce
Charred Pineapple Bourbon Sauce

These sauces are FULL of flavor and can enhance any number of dishes!

The winners are……

D   A   N   I   E   L   L  E        W   I   L   L   I   A   M   S

and

G   I   G   I         C   U   C   C   A   R   O

Please submit your mailing addresses to modernmrscleaver@yahoo.com to claim your prize!

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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Caprese Zoodle Salad

Are you new to the whole zoodle, voodle, coodle thing?

What I’m talking about are noodles that can be made from many of your favorite fruits/vegetables. I have a GIANT crush on them!

Look at these little veggie noodles…..

Caprese ZoodleThere are many products on the market that will “spiralize” these faux noodles, however I use the Paderno Spiral Slicer and couldn’t be happier with it. It quickly spiralizes zucchini, carrots, cucumber, apples, and potatoes with ease.

This is a photo of my spiral slicer showing some of the different thicknesses you can achieve with this slicer.

Slicer SmallI will be showcasing numerous recipes this year utilizing this slicer.  If you’re interested in getting one of these Paderno Spiral Slicers, I’ve included a link on the photo above to the product on Amazon.

This Caprese Zoodle Salad is a lightning quick meal for those of you, like me, that adore caprese and all things packed with fresh produce flavor!

The recipe, if you want to call it that, is as simple as tossing the zoodles with your favorite pesto, adding some cherry tomatoes and bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) and sprinkling with fresh basil and parmesan cheese!

Enjoy

Caprese Zoodle Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 salads

A fresh from the garden zucchini noodle salad that's ready in an instant.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 large zucchini, ends trimmed off
  • small jar of pesto
  • cherry tomatoes
  • fresh basil
  • bocconcini (small mozzarella balls)
  • fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • Optional: pine nuts and balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Press the zucchini onto the blade of the spiral slicer and move the pusher up to meet the other end of the zucchini. Rotate the arm to begin making "noodles". Stop every few turns to remove the noodles so you don't end up with one gigantic strand of noodles. Repeat until all of your zucchini have been spiral sliced.
  2. Place the zucchini noodles in a large bowl and add 5-6 spoons of your pesto. Toss gently until combined.
  3. Sprinkle on grated parmesan toss again.
  4. Use tongs to portion the noodles onto dishes for serving, giving them a twirl as you set them on the plate.
  5. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, bocconcini, and additional grated parmesan. Sprinkle with pine nuts and balsamic if desired.
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Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

Have your cups AND eat them too!!

That’s right….we’re making edible cups. Because we CAN and because I promised my son he could paint with chocolate. What’s a mother to do?

In an effort to keep this as simple as possible for my 12-year-old, I opted to paint with chocolate and vanilla candy coating (or bark) that comes in the handy melting trays. It allows him to heat and reheat the chocolate as needed, and allows me to keep a wee bit more control of the mess.

Once you start melting chocolate, you might find that LOTS of things get dunked, dipped, and decorated. We grabbed spoons and made chocolate stir spoons for cocoa. I also piped some hearts to decorate the tops of my cheesecake cups. Let your imagination run wild!

Start by melting your candy coating/bark…white or chocolate or BOTH!

Grab some foil cupcake liners and spoon some of the melted chocolate into the bottom of the cup

Spooning ChocolateYou’ll want enough in the bottom to paint up the sides….but you can add more if needed.

Use a clean paintbrush to paint the chocolate up the sides of the cup to the top, making sure to coat the entire surface. The chocolate will be semi-thin at this point and you might see through some areas. That’s OK!

Painting{There might have been a few reminders NOT to lick the paintbrush}

Paint about 12 regular size cups or 6 jumbo cups with a first layer of chocolate and set aside. (we did half white and half brown)

DryingWhile the first layer sets up….feel free to decorate spoons, pipe hearts to garnish or whatever you desire to coat with chocolate.

{fingers seem to be cool with the kids}

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