Sunday, July 10, 2016

This chili steak and rice wrap is a meal in the palm of your hand.

#ad Riceland chili steak and rice wrap (c)nwafoodie

Raise your hand if you are spending hours in a hot kitchen these days either cooking or baking.

You’re not either?

I so get you.

Let’s face it. These summer days are long and we want to be a starring role outside, not slaving away in the kitchen. We are eating on the go or kicking back. There isn’t much in between, right?

Enter stage left.
This chili steak and rice wrap.

It’s a meal that fits in the palm of your hand and gives you permission to get messy with your food. My Arkansas friends at Riceland Foods has tons of delicious rice-based recipes on their website and years of cookbook traditions. They sponsored a nwafoodie post to recreate one of their recipes: Riceland's Chili Steak and Rice Wrap.

And yes... it does tastes as good as it looks!

Wrap on.

Eat well, my friend. Eat well.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebrate my country tis of thee with a red, white, and blue cocktail.

Mountain Valley Spring red white blue cocktail #AD main (c)nwafoodie

When I was in sixth grade, a traveling opera company came to the Brookfield Middle School in Cary, North Carolina to perform for the student body. Several weeks before their arrival, an open casting was scheduled for students to audition for a part in the production. By all means, it wasn’t a large role, more of a background chorus... yet little ol’ me just focused on the fact that there was a chance to perform on stage and I was enthralled. The song we had to perform was ‘My Country Tis of Thee’ and the notes were just too high to reach so I scrapped the whole idea. This was before the days where we knew we could just “make it our own” and play around with the pitch to match our tone. Then again, the audition was for an opera so alto-voice-Lyndi most likely would have never made it. To this day, I love that song and will butcher the high notes like a pro! Singing is an attitude, right? When you sing a patriotic song you just HAVE to sing it with gusto!

As you are singing along today with friends, neighbors, loved ones, or your faithful old hound dog, remember to keep things happy and hopeful. We live in a beautiful land where there still are the freedoms that our founding fathers declared for us. What a blessing to live in the U.S.A.!

Mountain Valley Spring red white blue cocktail #AD kayaks (c)nwafoodie

Mountain Valley Spring red white blue cocktail #AD flags (c)nwafoodie

Of course, I cannot just chat with you and not recommend a food or drink. It just wouldn’t be right.  It only seems appropriate and extremely patriotic to introduce you to a recent cocktail I created for The Mountain Valley Water company based out of Hot Springs and the gorgeous Ouachita Mountains of Southern Arkansas. While they do compensate me for these creations, anytime they reach out to me and ask for a recipe using their spring or sparkling waters, I jump at the chance! What’s not to love about crisp pure American spring water?

Mountain Valley Spring red white blue cocktail #AD product shot over water (c)nwafoodie

Here is recipe for the MVS red, white, and blue cocktail that is vodka based with patriotic-colored ice cubes. Today is day to have some fun with your drinks!

Mountain Valley Spring red white blue cocktail #AD overhead (c)nwafoodie

Happy birthday, America!

Eat well, my friend. Eat well.


Mountain Valley Spring red white blue cocktail #AD product shot (c)nwafoodie

Friday, June 10, 2016

Five Foodie Finds for Friday :: Euna Maes.

You guys!

Today’s foodie finds are more than just five adorable and wish-list products, they are tied to a lovely story about a granddaughter and her beloved grandmother, Euna Mae.  

Local NWA gal, Amy Nelson Hannon, opened an heirloom kitchen and home goods store in Springdale about two years ago. She named it after her grandma to preserve the memories, traditions, and creations she inspired. You see it in her online shop, in her cute little storefront, and all over her social media accounts. These five finds are what I would buy right now at ShopEunaMaes, today (if I could!).

Five foodie finds for Friday Euna Maes (c)nwafoodie

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

7 tips on hosting a multi-family taco night.

7 tips for hosting a multi-family taco night Arkansas Women Bloggers (c)nwafoodie

Well hi there. 

Enjoying the beautiful weather today? I told you that it was going to get sunnier.

On days like these it is only natural that you’ll want to pick up the phone, facebook message, or text a loved one and make plans to meet up.  You can either head out to one of the newest hopping joints around town, get all complicated-like with a full-blown dining experience, or keep it simple. You know which one I will pick, don’t you? Keeping it simple should be the name of this blog! Although, I believe that the more we experiment and try new things, those things that used to seem complicated end up becoming… well, simple.

So you decided to have friends, neighbors, or family over tonight. Great! The first question you will inevitably be asked is, “what can I bring?”

If you are like me, I often stumble on my answer. When it is last minute I don’t want to have them running around town to come up with a side dish, nor do I want them to spend a lot of money. After all, I invited them. They shouldn’t have to feel like they invited me. Right?

One meal theme that lends well to a multitude of guests pitching in without breaking the bank or killing too much time is a multi-family taco night. I was browsing the Arkansas Women Bloggers website this morning and came across I guest post I wrote back in February that I failed to share with you. I shared seve tips on how to host a multi-family taco night.

To whet your appetite (ha!), here are the seven tips.

1. Identify your foodies.
2. Moms.
3. Veggie prep.
4. Beef.
5. Margaritas.
6. Chips and dips.
7. The tortilla station.

Curious to know what those seven tips actually mean? Margaritas, chips and dip and pretty easy to figure out. But “identify your foodies” and “moms” – curious to know how they play a part in this dinner party?

I would tell you, however that would deny you the pleasure of jumping over to the Arkansas Women Bloggers website to read the rest of the story… and spending a few minutes browsing the website. I am proud to be a part of a blogging community that is passionate, active, and encouraging all at the same time. They are my friends and I am thrilled to introduce you to them.

Happy hosting.

Eat well, my friends. Eat well.

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