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Monday, April 6, 2015

5 Amazing Vegetarian Substitutes For Bacon

As a vegetarian of many years, I am always discovering new alternatives to some of the greatest carnivore classics. Whether it be chicken or fish or beef, etc. And in this case, bacon. So, is it possible to enjoy bacon while not eating it? Absolutely. In fact, continue reading as I share with you 5 amazing vegetarian substitutes for bacon.

5. Lightlife Smoky Tempeh Strips. The reality is that not all amazing things are actually the real thing and this fantastic Lightlife addition is proof. Not only are the Smoky Tempeh Strips delicious, they are GMO free too.

4. May Wah Healthy Vegetarian Bacon. May Wah offers quite a few delicious vegetarian alternatives, however; when it comes to creating faux bacon they know exactly what they are doing. This bacon alternative is also non GMO.

3. Yves Meatless Canadian Bacon. Out of the many vegetarian substitutes for bacon I have tried, I definitely think that this one is a winner. This is "Facon" at it's finest. This amazing Yves addition is free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

2. Lightlife Smart Bacon. You just can't get any better than this wonderful Lightlife addition. Not only is Smart Bacon the perfect alternative to real bacon, it's better tasting too. This healthy yet delectable bacon substitute is also GMO-free.

1. Turtle Island Foods Smoky Maple Bacon Tempeh. Brought to you by the creators of Tofurky, this vegetarian substitute for bacon is the best alternative around. This incredible Turtle Island Foods additon is not only delicious, it's also free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Vegetarian Recipes: Facon

Bacon is popular pork speciality around the world. As a vegetarian, I find myself discovering new ways to recreate this carnivore classic. And in my quest, I found various ways to make facon involving some of my favorite herbs and vegetables.

As a foodie, I am always in the kitchen. Whether it is trying a new recipe that I found on Yahoo! Shine or simply creating my own. In this case, I decided to create and try a new facon recipe.

For this facon recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

1 Cup of Dried Adzuki Beans (You can also use soy beans and/or mung beans)

1 Cup of Raw Buckwheat Groats

3 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

3 Tablespoons of Grade B Maple Syrup

2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce

2 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Powder

2 Tablespoons of Onion Powder

2 Tablespoons of Paprika

2 Tablespoons of Black Pepper

2 Tablespoons of Kosher Salt

2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon of Tomato Paste

1 Tablespoon of Dry Mustard

1 Tablespoon of Molasses

1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider

First and foremost, it is key to soak the Adzuki beans with the Buckwheat groats in the same bowl. You don't need to season water, as fresh water works perfectly. The key is soaking them until they become relatively soft, but not mushy. Soak for 3-4 hours.

Once the beans and the groats have soaked, you want to drain them. It is key to make sure they are fully drained because the water will create a lot of mush (which is what you want to avoid).

As you continue, you want to add and combine all of your ingredients that are remaining into the same bowl with the Adzuki beans and Buckwheat groats. Blend until it forms a paste-like consistency. The texture should not be slimy nor should it be mushy.

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.

In order to create amazing Facon, it is key to use a flat pan. If you don't have one, use a baking sheet or a pan that has somewhat of a flatter service. You will also need baking paper and before you apply your mixture, you are going to want to add a little more oil. For this particular recipe, I love using coconut oil.

Now you are going to want to start spreading the entire mixture out onto the flat pan. You want to spread it out thin. After you are done spreading this all out, you want to bake for 15 minutes. It is important to check sporadically. You want the top to be dry and/or brown, but not burnt.

Are you having fun yet? Once 15 minutes have lapsed, you want to cool for about 15-20 minutes. As you continue, it is important to remove the pan from the baking paper and lay on a flat surface. When I created my facon, I chopped it into 20 pieces, however; some people like to cut more and sometimes even less.

Congratulations! Your facon is done. And although it is done, it will still be a little soft. This is normal. You will want to take your pieces and put them in an airtight container and put them in the fridge or freezer. I like to take half of the facon and store it in the freezer, with the other half remaining in the fridge.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Candy Buffet Store, Light Blue Rock Candy


The Rock Candy Crystals are outstanding and the perfect addition to any party or event. They are not only sweet, but possess the right amount of flavor, giving you a plethora of great flavor.
 
These Candy Buffet Store additions give you the right amount of texture, taste, and presentation. The Cotton Candy is outstanding. As novel as they appear, I love to eat them alone, especially if I am in the mood for something sweet or enjoy them right from the freezer. They are also excellent dipped in teas too.
 
I'm contemplating and debating whether or not I want to make Breaking Bad cupcakes with them. They are fun.
 
I am obsessed and I think you will be too. If you haven't tried these, you are truly missing out. For more information about the Candy Buffet Store's Light Blue Rock Candy, simply click here right now.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Splendid Chef Garlic Press


When Tomoson offered the opportunity to try a garlic press, I have to admit that I was really interested simply because I have been searching for a good one for the longest time. And recently, it was great to have the chance to try Splendid Chef's Garlic Press. So, what did I think?

PROS
What I found so amazing about this garlic press is the fact that it is not only easy to use, but it makes everything a lot more efficient and as a result, it is as effective if you do it the traditional way. You don't have to chop anything, peel anything, and worry about cleaning up really anything unless you want to clean up the garlic press after use.
This garlic press is made with the highest quality of stainless steel, which is quite impressive. Especially if you are looking for a product that will never fall apart and last a long time. There is nothing better than a strong and durable product that really works. It is also quite easy to wash and even works in the dishwasher.

CONS
If you are suffer from an allergy to stainless steel, you are obviously not going to be interested in this garlic press.
This is amazing for garlic, but if you try to press other herbs and vegetables such as Ginger and Turmeric root, you may have a tough time doing so.
Splendid Chef's Garlic Press is available at Amazon for $12.99. With a 68% off savings from the original price of $39.99, this is an incredible deal. Would I use this garlic press again? Yes. Would I recommend this garlic press to a friend? Absolutely. For more information about this garlic press, simply click here right now.

Supernova 300 LED Camping and Emergency Lantern



When browsing Amazon, I discovered the 300 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Camping and Emergency Lantern. It is a hand-held, LED device powered D batteries. I am a woman who loves adventure, as I am always hiking and camping. So, I decided to purchase it. What did I think?
 
PROS
 
When I first received this product, I really enjoyed the size of it. Although it isn't extremely small nor portable, it is compact and very easy to work with.
Using 300 lumens of brightness, this light is fantastic for hiking, camping, and even an emergency. The slow-pulse indicator really helps tremendously, especially in emergencies. I live in Bozeman, MT so of course, I found myself really appreciating this when the power went out. It is phenomenal for emergency type situations.
The LED lights generate heat, which can last up until a week. This lantern is guaranteed up to 100,000 hours of use. That is 6 million minutes.
This lantern is made with sturdy materials , such as plastic molding and rubber. It is quite durable and because of this, it is also water resistant too.
When it comes to safety and security, this device is a safer than candles are. It also lasts much longer.
 
CONS

 
Although I am fan of the blinking emergency LED, I can see how it can annoy someone. There is no way to disable this feature. It was designed to make sure you can find the actual switch itself, so there is no way of disabling this.
The color is a forest green shade. Although it is decent, I think it would be better if Supernova offered other colors such as pink, gold, silver, etc. If you are looking for another color, you may not find this one appealing.
Like many products, this one uses foreign manufacturing. If you are not a fan of products made in China, you may not find this LED lantern appealing.
You can purchase Supernova's 300 LED Lumens Ultra Bright LED Camping and Emergency Lantern at Amazon for $35. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. For more information about this product, simply click here.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

KeepCool Wine Chiller Stick



I have a confession to make, recently I have been obsessed with wine. I wouldn't say that I am a connoisseur, but I am definitely savvy in a sense where I am getting there. When browsing Tomoson, I discovered a really great opportunity to try a wine chilling product. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Amor-Vinum's KeepCool Wine Chiller Stick. So, what did I think?

PROS
The simplicity of this item is fantastic, as it is extremely versatile. All you have to do is freeze the chiller for about a half an hour. As you are doing this, uncork your favorite wine (and don't forget to remove the foil crown, before doing that). Then, place the rod into the wine. As you continue, just screw the pourer attachment to the rod, and pour your drink into a wine glass.
Not only does this product work to chill your wine, it keeps your wine quite fresh. I put this to the test after opening a bottle of my favorite Moscato. I noticed that the bottle without this particular feature went very flat at a rapid rate.
This is very easy to clean, as well as, store.
What I found great about this wine chiller stick is also that it comes with a complimentary foil cutter, informative instructions, and a great eBook full of amazing facts about wine, etc.

CONS
The cooling rod itself is stainless steel. If you do not prefer to use any type of product with this particular metal compound, you may not find this wine chilling product appealing.
If you are not one who wants to place something in a freezer for 30 minutes or you are looking for something a little less cumbersome, you may not be interested in this Amor-Vinum essential.
The KeepCool Wine Chiller Stick is available at Amazon for $19.97. Would I use this product again? Yes. In fact, I just did. Would I recommend it to a friend? Absolutely. For more information about this product, click here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Orblue Pastry Blender


Some people refer to them as dough blenders, as others referred to them pastry cutters. I like to call them pastry blenders. If you haven't had the opportunity to try a hand held pastry blender, then you really need to. Recently, I had the chance to try Orblue's Pastry Blender. So, what did I think?

PROS
First and foremost, I am so impressed with the quality of this product. It is a stainless steel. What I loved most about this dough or pastry blender is the fact that it does not break, it does not bend, and it does not rust.
The blades on this pastry blender are outstanding. When combining ingredients, the mixing is virtually effortless. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from a hand held device like this one.
Speaking of hand held, the grip is another thing that I love about this pastry blender. The handle is a soft-grip handle that is rather tight and won't move around. I have used pastry blenders or cutters in the past that spin around and even some that were loose and would actually slide off. This one doesn't do that, like at all.
Not only is this product effective, it's efficient and easy, as well. Not only does it save so much time, but it's so easy to use and easy to clean too. It's also dishwasher safe too.

CONS
Although the blades are relatively thick for a pastry blender/cutter, it is a great product. I guess my only con would be that the product itself is quite lightweight, but nothing to complain about.
The Orblue Pastry Blender is available at Amazon for $10.87. With a 54% savings off the list price of $23.81, that is an amazing deal. Would I use this product again? Would I recommend this product to a friend? For more information about this amazing Orblue addition, simply click here right now.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BakeItFun Silicone Baking Mat

I have worked with an array of silicone baking mats, but to be honest, this is the first one that I have worked with in my home. Needless to say, it has been an experience getting to try BakeItFun's Silicone Baking Mat. So, what did I think?

PROS
The half sheet baking mat measures 16.7"x11". This perfect to not only roll out dough, but for making cookies, crackers, and more. You can use this product not only in the oven, but the dishwasher, freezer, and even microwave. It is also modestly easy to store and wash, as well.
When it comes to quality, the silicone in this product is premium food grade. The strong fibreglass mesh covers the silicone, so your baking experience is always good because the heat production is effective.
What I found ultimately amazing about this fun baking mat was the fact it was so incredibly durable. The quality is really good for the value. Plus, you can use it many times. Anything reusable is always a good thing.
The ruler is a special bonus to this baking mat. It makes baking so incredibly easy, that it becomes so much fun. I think when BakeItFun created this product, they had a vision in mind. They wanted baking to be fun. This is a great product to use with the kids.
This sheet is free of BPA (or Bisphenol A). As you may or may not be aware, BPA is used often to coat the inside of metal products. Although it is not said to be deadly or even unsafe, there have been studies conducted that prove it is a concern later on in life. Kind of like GMOs.
Not only is it German food grade safe, it is FDA safe, as well.
The eBook that comes with this product is fantastic and gives you a lot of great ideas.

CONS
Evidently if you are allergic to silicone or suffer a reaction from silicone, you are not going to find this product appealing at all.
Although this product is reusable, after you use this product 2,000 times, it is pretty much done. This is definitely a con for most silicone baking mats.
When it comes to temperature, you can only use this in temperatures that are 450 F degrees or lower, with -40 F degrees being the lowest. If you are thinking of using the broiler with this sheet, think again. Why? Because it will melt.
You can find BakeItFun's Silicone Baking Mat at Amazon for $11.99. Originally $47.99, one can not only love, but appreciate the 75% off savings. Would I recommend this baking mat to a friend? Yes. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it 10 minutes ago. For more information about BakeitFun's Silicone Baking Mat, simply click here right now.

System Sharpener Knife Sharpener


I think it's safe to say that if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you are definitely going to need a good sharpening system. One that is not only effective, but efficient too. Something safe that brings dead knives back to life. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Knife Sharpener from System Sharpener. So, what did I think?

PROS


The ceramic bond wheel is definitely an amazing feature. It allows you to control how you want to sharpen the blades. Not only did this feature make this System Sharpener addition effective, but efficient too.

What I found appealing about this knife sharpening system is the two stages. The average knife takes about 3-5 pulls, which is modestly decent in comparison to most that take much longer. This makes the entire sharpener easy to use and a lot of fun to work with.

The suction pad is very sturdy and stays in place. It grips and locks immediately after placed on the counter. A good quality to find in a knife sharpening system.

For under $15, this is a very affordable knife sharpening system that works great for virtually every budget. You don't have to break the bank investing in something that is more of a need than a want, especially if you spend time in the kitchen or you collect knives.

CONS


This doesn't work on every knife. I tried a ceramic knife and this sharpening system simply did not work.

The Knife Sharpener System from System Sharpener is available at Amazon for $14.75. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes. For more information about this knife sharpener, simply click here right now.


Are you interested in winning one? Now is your chance. Why? Because I am giving away a System Sharpener Knife Sharpener to one lucky reader of this blog. Stay tuned as I update you on chances to win.

Orblue Bag Heat Sealer


One common kitchen essential that I have never owned, but have always wanted to is a bag sealer. I know it may sound crazy, but I see them often and as much as I contemplated and debated whether or not purchase one, it wasn't until recently, I was offered the opportunity to try Orblue's Bag Heat Sealer. So, what did I think?

PROS
I am very impressed with the airtight seal of this product. The vacuum effect is amazing. To be honest, I wasn't expecting such an airtight seal. Not only did this prevent my food from becoming stale and tasting bland, but it locked in the freshness and flavor, as well. Something to not only appreciate, but love.
What I found amazing about this sealer was the magnetic bottom feature. This allows you to attach this product to the refrigerator or any kind of metal surface, so it is accessible to you.
Not only is this sealer amazing for food, it is great for packing cosmetics for traveling too.
And speaking of traveling, this fantastic Orblue addition is so compact and portable, it is great for traveling.

CONS
Doesn't really seal thin bags well. The seal is created best with medium to thick bags.
Although I am content with the orange and white color, I would really like to see this product offered other colors.
The Orblue Bag Heat Sealer is available at Amazon for $14.87. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. For more information about this Orblue addition, simply click here right now.