Friday, December 19, 2014

Food + Technology: Testing the Motorola DROID TURBO for Verizon Wireless

I've partnered with Verizon Wireless of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region to see how certain devices that operate on Verizon's 4G LTE network stand up to the technological needs of a food blogger.

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Motorola DROID TURBO

Earlier this year, I announced the partnership I had established with Verizon Wireless of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region for which I'd test devices that operate on their 4G LTE network, known as the "fastest and most reliable in the U.S.", to determine how the right device could improve my blogging endeavors.

In today's blog post, I'm going to share my thoughts about the Motorola DROID TURBO, as well as some of the photos I took with the device. Keep reading to see what I had to say about it!

Monday, December 15, 2014

How To: Make Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Growing up, it wasn't a holiday party until my mother put out a platter of chilled shrimp with a bowl of spicy cocktail sauce. This holiday season, skip the bottled sauce and make your own at home with this simple recipe!

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Homemade Cocktail Sauce

While I wouldn't necessarily say that my parents loved throwing parties when I was growing up, I secretly think my mother loved entertaining. Not because she enjoyed making all of the preparations, but because she enjoyed having the opportunity to bring together the people she cared about the most in one place.

Looking back on the holiday parties put on by my parents, I'm thoroughly amused by the fact that my clearest memories related to those parties all have to do with food. She was, by no means, a gourmand, but my mother had her stand-by favorites and loved to serve punch (made with fruit juice, ginger ale, and large scoops of rainbow sherbet), stuffed mushrooms (made with Cheez-Whiz and pastrami), and crocks of hot crab dip as well as large platters of chilled shrimp with the traditional accompaniment of cocktail sauce from a bottle.

I can understand why my mother used bottled cocktail sauce. It was easy and didn't require effort beyond opening the bottle and pouring the sauce into a pretty bowl. But after seeing a recipe for cocktail sauce in the February 2014 issue of Food & Wine, I realized that making it from scratch was just as easy (assemble ingredients and stir to combine) and allowed me to control the spiciness.

Ready to be convinced? Then keep reading!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ultimate Chocolate and Peppermint Brownies {and a Hershey's Giveaway}

What is it about the holiday season that makes me crave the combination of chocolate and peppermint? Thank goodness these super rich brownies have both!

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Ultimate Chocolate and Peppermint Brownies

Am I the only one out there who starts craving the combination of chocolate and peppermint at this time of year? I don't know what it is about those two flavors together that just screams the holidays, but I can't get enough of it.

(Maybe it just feels that way now that I'm pregnant. When the cravings are there, they are Real.)

Over the weekend, I teased you all on Instagram and Facebook with a picture of the little baking project I was working on. Of course, I did everything within my power to make sure the brownie recipe featured a whole lot of chocolate with a tasteful sprinkling of peppermint.

In a word? Heavenly.

Chocolate-lovers will be fighting with each other to get the last brownie in the pan. With cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate chips and a rich homemade chocolate buttercream frosting, I promise these brownies will be the holiday treat your friends and family members will be raving about. I should know -- I brought this batch to a holiday party and received compliment after compliment  about them.

Keep reading to get the recipe and to enter to win my latest giveaway sponsored by the generous folks at Hershey's!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Some Pregnancy Thoughts and a 23 Week Bumpdate

I'm opening up about some of the thoughts I've had thus far during my pregnancy and sharing a baby bump update!

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Via Instagram

I've been going back and forth inside my head regarding my decision to share some of the thoughts I've had during my pregnancy thus far. As a first-time mommy-to-be, I'm certainly not an expert on the subject of "what to expect when you're expecting", but I can't help but wonder whether there are other women out there experiencing similar symptoms or having similar thoughts. If so, then I hope this post puts them at ease or, at least, convinces them that they're not the only one.

Taste As You Go has been, primarily, a food blog. A while back, I mentioned that I would gradually broadening the scope of the blog to include more lifestyle-related posts, including posts about family. I'll never fully stray away from writing about food -- I love it too much! -- and I hope you all decide to join me as I start this next phase in my life.

Of course, I will completely understand if some of you choose to skip over the posts that aren't related to food. Keep reading if you're ready to get inside my pregnant head.