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January 30, 2013

Aqua what? Aquaponics.

“You want to build what? An Aquaponics system? Sure. Go ahead. What is an aquaponics system?” You see that’s what I love about Jaden. She is a totally supportive, massive action type of girl. Me on the other hand, I am more of the planning and research type. I will research, double check, learn as […]

January 25, 2013

Giveaway: Microcomputer Controlled / Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker

About Panasonic

For more than 50 years, Panasonic has delighted American consumers with innovations for the home and business. Panasonic’s consumer electronics and technology products range from award-winning VIERA High Definition Plasma and LCD TVs and LUMIX Digital Cameras to ruggedized Toughbook® laptop computers, communications solutions, networkable office solutions, security systems, home appliances, personal care products, . . .

January 25, 2013

Giveaway: EZ Bean Cooker

I totally love this EZ Bean Cooker! We’ve used it several times now. The best part is no soaking required of the beans (I never remember to soak them the night before anyways). This is a standard pressure cooker with special pre-programmed buttons for different types of beans. You can use this cooker to cook . . .

January 25, 2013

Pressure Cooker White Bean Chili Frito Pie

Prior to 6 months ago, my motto for beans was, “love to eat ‘em, hate to cook ‘em!” Cooking beans the regular old way requires forethought the night before to soak the beans. But the problem with that is that usually, the night before, I’m too full from dinner to even think about what I’d […]

January 18, 2013

Giveaway: Ravi Instant Wine Refresher and Wine Iceberg

 ravi has many innovative products and is constantly developing new products to perfect the tasting experience and please real wine lovers.
About the Ravi Instant Wine Refresher
Perfect for Valentine’s Day, the ravi Instant Wine Refresher is the fastest wine chiller on the market today. Rather than cooling the entire bottle, the detachable valve chills the wine as it . . .

January 18, 2013

Chocolate Cake S’mores Cookies

In our backyard, we have a fire pit, which really is just a hole in the ground with some arranged bricks around the perimeter to serve as a pretty border (so that you can call it a “fire pit” and not just a “hole in the ground”) and tell the kids where the DO NOT […]

January 14, 2013

Giveaway: Double-Burner Grill/Griddle Combo from Swiss Diamond

About Swiss Diamond
Swiss Diamond’s patented coating utilizes the physical properties of diamonds and custom nonstick components to provide a lifetime of cooking excellence.

In 2010, after four years of research and development in Switzerland, our engineers developed a formula to improve our legendary diamond-reinforced coating by more than 80%. The new Swiss Diamond HDcoating – currently used on all . . .

January 14, 2013

Cod in Garlic-Ginger Broth

I first met Melissa d’Arabian in Iowa during the winter. Why would a flip-flop wearing Florida gal travel to Iowa in January? It was a meeting to discuss bacon. I never miss meetings about bacon. Even in Iowa during winter! On the way home, Melissa and I sat across from each other on the plane. We […]

January 12, 2013

Giveaway: 3 Glass Water Bottles from Faucet Face

About Faucet Face
Did you know plastic water bottles have been shown to leach chemicals into the water? Each time you drink from them there’s a good chance you’re ingesting things like estrogenic compounds.

Have you ever noticed how everything tastes better in glass? That’s because glass won’t taint liquids like plastic or metal can. You already . . .

January 11, 2013

Presenting…..the TRAILER!

When did cookbooks start involving video trailers like movies?! Isn’t that just nuts? Well, now I have my very own trailer, courtesy of our extended “family” – Todd and Diane of White On Rice Couple. They spent a couple of days with us, filmed us cooking, eating, playing and talking about the book, Steamy Kitchen […]

January 11, 2013

Giveaway: Wisconsin Cheese Entertaining Gift Basket

about Wisconsin Cheese
Home to more than 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese, it’s no surprise Wisconsin wins more awards for its cheesemaking excellence than any other state or country in the world. This Wisconsin Cheese Entertaining Gift Basket includes an assortment of six flavorful Wisconsin Cheeses. These cheeses pair nicely with a host of . . .

January 7, 2013

Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans

This past month, I’ve been to no fewer than 6 different bookstores – which is actually a difficult feat considering I live in a small town and all the local bookstores have closed (sob) actually, 4 of the bookstores were large airport bookstores (another sob – I don’t care much for traveling during the holiday […]

January 7, 2013

Kikkoman Sweepstakes: Win $1,000 Towards Cooking Classes!

  Since starting Steamy Kitchen, I’ve been making it a point to learn about the people behind the products that I feed my family. Not only is the quality of the product important, but the integrity and goodness of the team is, too. Kikkoman asked me to watch this documentary called Make Haste Slowly: The […]

January 4, 2013

For the New Year: Make a Memory Jar

This idea was so popular last year that I’m reposting it again! Happy New Year everyone! ~Jaden I always say that time goes by too fast. Every. single. year. Other than this blog, I don’t keep a family journal (lazy at writing with a pen and too shy to spill all our personal family stuff […]