Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools' Day Burger and Fries

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Happy April Fools' Day!  Today is a day for playing the fool and tricking people with some harmless practical jokes. I love to play food practical jokes and I've been excited to do this one for a while.  Last year I took meatloaf and mashed potatoes and made a cupcake out of it.  This year I decided to take a cupcake and make a burger and fries.

I have seen "cupcake burgers" all over the internet, but this is my spin on them.  I decided to use fruit as some of my burger toppings instead of using all icing like most of the recipes I have seen.  My kids ate their burgers and loved every bite.   My son, who dislikes real tomatoes, joked that these were the best "tomatoes" he has ever eaten.  Ha! ha!

What is a burger without french fries?  I had to come up with a fun idea to replace your traditional fries and apples did the trick. My kids really loved them and I may have to make my apple "fries" more often for them so they can take it in their lunchboxes to school. I think the kids at the lunch table will get a real kick out of them. 

So, did I fool you with my burgers and fries?  Well, I hope I did, even for a quick second.

I hope your day is full of fun surprises, jokes and big laughs!

 

To Make the Burger
Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix prepared per package instructions
kiwi slices (tip buy a ripe, but firm kiwi)
strawberries sliced
sesame seeds as needed

Chocolate Glaze:
12oz bag of chocolate chips
3/4 cup half and half milk
2 Tbs butter

Special equipment:  cupcake pan or whoopie pie pan, double boiler (or glass heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water)

Directions:
Prepare cake batter per package instructions.  Place batter in cupcake pan or whoopie pie pan. Bake as needed.


For cupcakes, cut tops off and sprinkle some with sesame seeds to be the top "bun" of the burger.    If you use a whoopie pie pan, sprinkle the "top buns" with sesame seeds and use them as they are without trimming them. 




To make chocolate glaze, first heat up milk (half and half) and butter in a double boiler.  When the milk is hot add the chocolate chips and stir well until smooth.


 
 
Dip the "burger" into
 chocolate glaze using two forks and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Allow chocolate coating to set in the fridge.

 

Slice strawberries and kiwi to act as lettuce and tomato of burger.  You can also add mango for mustard or cheese.  Tip: use round strawberries for better "tomato" slices.   Assemble burger by placing a bottom "bun", kiwi layer, "burger", strawberry layer and then sesame seed top "bun".  Skewer if desired.



To Make the Fries
Ingredients:
2 large apples cored and peeled
4 cups water and 2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder 

"Ketchup"
3Tbs Raspberry or Strawberry jam
1 tsp strawberry syrup (the kind you make strawberry milk with)
 

Special equipment:  crinkle cutter, peeler with corer

 Directions:
Core apple and peel.  Then use crinkle cutter to cut french fry size strips.
Place cut "fries" into salt water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Dry on a paper towel for a minute and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Take paper towel and make sure cinnamon in only lightly coated by wiping off access.


 



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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rachael Ray Nutrish: Zero Grain Cat Food #NutrishZeroGrain

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Feeding my family good quality food is very important to me.  I always have my fridge and fruit bowl stocked with fruits and vegetables so my kids and my husband can eat sensibly.   I also feel my fur-kids, my dog and cat, deserve to eat quality food as well. So, this is not my typical recipe post, but it's a post about feeding a beloved member of my family... my sweet cat named Sienna. 

I first became aware of Rachael Ray Nutrish pet food a few months after we adopted our dog over three years ago.  He was still a puppy then and really disliked the food that the adoption group was feeding him.  I wanted to do the best for him so I went to a holistic upscale dog store and bought a brand of dog food that they highly recommended.  He did not go near the stuff as we tried to integrate the new dog food with his old dog food.  I was so disappointed, now I had two bags of dog food that he was not willing to eat. 

One day while grocery shopping for my family, I decided to walk down the pet food aisle. That was the first I time I saw Rachael Ray Nutrish on the shelves.  I remember watching Rachael Ray on her talk show and she mentions how her cooking for her dog, Isaboo, inspired Nutrish.  

I bought a bag and was thrilled when I brought it home and Scout, our dog, started smelling the bag and wagging his tail.  That was definitely a good sign.  I happily integrated him from his old dog food to 100% Rachael Ray Nutrish in a week and have not looked back in the last three years. 




I was very excited when I heard Rachael Ray mention last year that she was starting a line of cat food because we could finally get our cat eating Nutrish too. 

Our cat's name is Sienna. She is a Maine Coon cat that I adopted 12 years ago at the age of 6 months from a cat rescue group.  She ended up at the rescue group because her breeder dumped her there for some reason.  I look at that sweet face and think how could anyone think she was not perfect. 


 A few weeks ago, I was sent a bag of Rachael Ray Nutrish: Zero Grain Cat Food to try.  We could not even get it out of the box before Sienna was sniffing the bag to see what smelled so good.




   
Here are some facts about why I love Zero Grain Whitefish cat food:

    • Real whitefish is the #1 ingredient: “Cats love Nutrish Zero Grain Whitefish & Potato Recipe. It is made with real white fish — a tasty and highly digestible protein that helps to maintain strong muscles and helps minimize litter box odors.”
    • Zero grains, glutens or fillers
    • Zero meat or poultry by-product meal

    • Zero artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
    • First zero grain dry cat formula from Rachael Ray Nutrish

If you are interested in reading more about Zero Grain Whitefish check out this link: http://clvr.li/ZGWhitefish



I also feel good supporting Rachael Ray's pet food line because Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, created to help shelter pets. As of today, over $9 million has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need.  Now I know feeding my own pets by buying the Nutrish products also helps a lot of other animals in need.
    Longing to eat her Nutrish

    Changing your pet's food is not hard, but it does need to be thought out.  You don't want to just throw out the old brand of cat food and serve up a big helping of new cat food. 

    I followed the recommendations on the Nutrish website (http://clvr.li/rachaelraynutrish) to slowly mix Nutrish Zero Grain with my cat's old food over a 10 day period to integrate her over to eating Nutrish 100%. 
     
    **I made the chart above to show how I did it.   Sienna simply loved the Zero Grain Whitefish cat food.  It was so funny because I saw her picking out the Nutrish kibble first as she ate both cat foods.  I think she was ecstatic when we were fully integrated into 100% Nutrish cat food and she no longer had to eat the old cat food.  

    Sienna maybe an older cat, but she is not beyond change and she loved making the change over to Nutrish.  By day 10 she was standing by the bowl when I scooped out her new favorite cat food.  


    Enjoying her Nutrish: Zero Grain Cat Food

    Smacking her lips after enjoying a bowl of Nutrish

    Another reason I love Nutrish is because it's the only premium brand pet food that available in your local grocery store, as well as mass retailers like Target, Walmart and Amazon.  I don't need to make a special trip to a pet store just to buy my fur-kids food anymore.  Now when I go to the grocery store, I can buy our entire family's groceries at one place. That is so convenient and time saving. 

    I am so happy that I got to try Rachael Ray's new cat food.  Now our entire family eats something that comes from Rachael Ray.  My family loves Rachael's stock in a box and EVOO.  My dog, Scout, loves his Nutrish Chicken and Veggie Dog Food and now Sienna has joined us by loving her Nutrish Zero Grain Cat Food.

    Remember you can follow Rachael Ray Nutrish at:

    Disclosure:  I was given a bag of Rachael Ray Nutrish: Zero Grain Cat Food to try and compensated to write this post.  I personally love Rachael Ray's Nutrish pet food and all opinions are my own.

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