Olive Appetizers and a Giveaway!

Disclaimer: In exchange for writing three posts about the 2016 International Food Bloggers Conference, I was given a reduced rate to attend. I was not compensated in any other way, and all the opinions expressed are my own. This is the second of the three posts.

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Our family loves olives…I mean we really love them!  Growing up, my grandparents always had them on hand.  They would buy multiple cans of them for family dinners where at least 20 of us would gather around the table – and there would be nary an olive left at the end of the meal. My dad would – jokingly – adopt a look of shock and horror if he saw anyone reaching for the last olive in the dish. (Actually, he still does that!) Other than seeing them sliced on pizza, though, we pretty much ate them straight out of the can – so I was really excited when Lindsay Olives celebrated their 100th birthday with olive appetizers at the International Food Bloggers Conference.

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Autumn Chicken Salad

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Hello, September, when the seasons transition from summer to fall, apples and brilliantly colored autumn produce appear at the farmers markets, and we begin to feel a welcome crispness in the morning air. Though the days remain warm I crave the flavors of the coming season. My Autumn Chicken Salad recipe for this month’s issue of Direct Magazine is a “fallified” version of the perennial potluck favorite Chinese Chicken Salad.  It incorporates crisp apples, sweet-tart cranberries and toasted pepitas into the vegetables, and honey, ginger and sweet-hot mustard in the vinaigrette, for a refreshing and delicious autumn makeover.

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Simple Tomato Harvest Sauce

Disclaimer: Melissa’s Produce generously supplied the book and produce for the recipe in this post (thank you!).  I was not compensated in any other way, and all the opinions expressed are my own.

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We’ve all heard the saying “It’s the little things”… meaning that little things can make big impacts in so many aspects of our lives.  That includes cooking, and I was reminded of this in a most tasteful fahion when I attended a Melissa’s Produce media lunch celebrating The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini. From preparing artichokes to cooking up  a Simple Tomato Harvest Sauce, this book is a wonderful tutorial and resource for any foodie’s cookbook collection…I’m referring to it almost every day!

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Sacramento Foodie Adventure

Disclaimer: In exchange for writing three posts about the 2016 International Food Bloggers Conference, I was given a reduced rate to attend. I was not compensated in any other way, and all the opinions expressed are my own. This is the first of the three posts.

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The salad at Saturday night’s Farm to Fork Dinner was as beautiful as it was delicious!

Food blogger conferences are always such a great experience, and always a foodie adventure. Discussions about writing, technology and the myriad aspects of food, connecting with fantastic brands and learning about their products, and most of all, meeting other bloggers to exchange ideas and experiences, make every one of these opportunities so worthwhile. I return home bursting with energy and ideas.

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Harvest Hatch Chile Relleno Bake

Disclaimer: Melissa’s Produce generously supplied much of the produce and the Hatch Chile Powder for this recipe.  I was not compensated in any other way and all the opinions expressed are my own.

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So many Hatch Chiles, so many great recipes…good thing they freeze well!  Here’s a new recipe for an extra-flavorful Chile Relleno bake using roasted Hatch Chiles, sauteed apples and bacon.  Topped with Roasted Hatch Chile and Tomatillo Salsa from Melissa’s Produce Hatch Chile Cookbook, (that recipe is also below), it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and it’s so easy to make!

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