Animal Crackers in my Soup

I just wanted to share this fond childhood memory of watching Shirley Temple sing

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Go to Pogo for Food Games


Pogo is a great place for free online games.  Sometimes we all need to take a break from the hustle and bustle and have a little fun!  There are even games for foodies!  When you go the website you will see a menu. Click on “Games” then use the search box on the right side of the page to  type in “Diner” or “Restaurant” and you will soon be taken to a list of games with food in them.

Here are a few games I found. All of these games are free to try.

Bilbo’s Four Corners Of The World -Run restaurants and win the heart of your true love!

Diner Dash:® Hometown Hero™ -Help Flo restore shabby hometown restaurants to their former glory!

Ski Resort Mogul – Save your aunt’s struggling ski resort by building hotels, shops, and restaurants!

Kitchen Brigade – Open and manage 7 new restaurants to win a reality TV competition!

Youda Sushi Chef -Sushi, Sashimi, Sake – build a restaurant empire and become the sushi master!

Youda Marina – Create and operate your own tropical marina with restaurants, resorts, and exotic excursions!

Burger Bustle – Build a booming restaurant chain strategically selling burgers, ice cream, and more!

Diner Dash – Help Flo the former stock broker grow her fledgling diner to a five star restaurant.

Diner Dash Seasonal Snack Pack – Enjoy the first five episodes plus five new restaurants.

Take some time to do something for the holidays that is fun and free!



10 Great Foodie Movies

During the holidays, we usually have time off to watch movies we missed or watch movies we just love to see over and over again. Columbia House is offering 3 DVDs for $1 each with membership, plus shipping and processing.

Here are 10 great movies about food that we foodies might like:

  1. Julie and Julie (2009) [Columbia]
  2. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
  3. Ratatouille (2007), …
  4. Moonstruck (1987) [MGM]
  5. Chungking Express (1994), …)
  6. Good Eats (1999), …)
  7. Like Water for Chocolate (1992) [Miramax]
  8. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) [Paramount]
  9. Soul Food (1997) [Twentieth-Century Fox]
  10. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) [Universal]
  11. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) [Samuel Goldwyn]

Find more movies for Foodies!


Enjoy the Family Meal Together Again

The holidays are a great opportunity for the family to eat together, but don’t it be the last  time. Make a commitment to eating together as many times as possible.

Watch this video and remember. (Click on the banner above).

And those who never had the family meals sitting around the table together, consider creating a new tradition in your family and experience the benefits and joys.


It’s Time to Chill Out with a Smoothie

Here’s a nice recipe for a Smoothie that anybody would love to chill out with.  

Let the kids help, it might make it taste better to them!

Peach Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 1 banana, broken into chunks
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups ice


  1. In a blender, combine strawberries, banana and peaches.
  2. Blend until fruit is pureed.
  3. Blend in the water.
  4. Add ice and blend to desired consistency.
  5. Pour into glasses and serve.

Done in 15 minutes or less! Cheers!

Makes 4 tasty servings!

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Kids Won’t Eat Their Fruits And Veggies? Try Homemade Smoothies

Homemade smoothies are becoming more and more popular among moms who would like

their kids to snack on more fruits. It’s really a great way to get our daily recommended allowance of 5 servings of fruit a day. And with kids, it’s a fun way to teach them about various fruits and get them involved in the kitchen.

One of the nicest things about smoothies is that you use the entire fruit. Unlike fruit juices where you only benefit from the juice, with smoothies, you make use of the pulp as well.

The pulp is a good source  of fiber.

The pulp is a good source of fiber, which is responsible for the feeling of fullness you get when you drink a glass of smoothie. It also helps our body digest food and eliminate waste much more efficiently.

You can create homemade smoothies using a variety of healthy ingredients. Diary products like milk and yogurt are wonderful for creating creamy smoothies. Be sure to use low-fat milk or soy milk if you are concerned about the fat content of regular milk. For the lactose intolerant or vegans Almond milk or just water makes a great smoothie too. Instead of sugar, you can use natural sweeteners like honey, stevia or agave which is healthier.

Using fruits in our smoothies is something we’re all familiar with. But did you know that you can also use vegetables when creating smoothies? That’s right – combining fruits and vegetables, when done right, can help you get your kids the vitamins and minerals they need from the leafy greens they always leave behind. You can use leafy greens like cabbages, orange vegetables like carrots, stalks of vegetables like celery and asparagus, and even flowerets like broccoli and cauliflower.

I have had smoothies with coconut butter, cashew butter or almond butter and even avocado.  These ingredients give the smoothie creamier and makes you feel full longer.

There’s a lot of different ways you can serve your homemade smoothies. The best way to make a smoothie is for it to be healthy, depending on how you choose your ingredients. If you are tired of your usual smoothie recipes, then check out “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously”.

This collection of over 180 refreshing smoothie recipes will keep you hooked on this healthy habit. It contains fruit smoothie recipes, diet smoothie recipes, breakfast recipes and more. The recipes make use of ingredients that are commonly available, and the directions are so easy to follow. Best of all, the recipes are kitchen-tested, so you’re sure that each recipe will turn out to be sensationally delightful. Be sure to read more about it here:   Sensational Smoothies


Business Cards Make Great Holiday Gifts!

This Post is Off-Topic but it is worth it!

Vista Print offers 250 FREE business cards.

If you have someone on your list who

is starting a business or if you know someone who could use some business cards, you can give to them.

Order now to get the cards before Christmas or have the order sent to them!


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Healthy Chef Lilia’s recipe of the month

Recently I discovered a meatless, soyless, gluten-free product called, “Quorn”.  I have tasted this and it is wonderful.  Quorn is tender and well textured.  I found Quorn by doing some research on google com meatless, soyless meat substitute.  I am grateful to have found Quorn. Here is a recipe I want to share with you.

This satisfying medley of Quorn Grounds, colorful veggies & quinoa makes a delicious addition to any holiday gathering.

Healthy Chef Lilia’s cost-cutting tip: Make your own roasted peppers!  To roast peppers, simply char them on all sides over an open flame of a BBQ grill or gas stove.  Use a pair of kitchen tongs to safely keep turning the peppers to insure they get well “blackened” all over, then immediately place then into a paper bag.  Close top bag tightly and let stand until the peppers come to room temperature.  Remove peppers from bag and peel off the charred skin.  What you will be left with is a deliciously smoky tasting roasted pepper.  Simply remove the seeds and enjoy!  If you don’t have a BBQ or gas stove, please peppers on a cookie sheet & place on oven rack positioned close to the broiler element in your oven.  Broil on HIGH, while turning, to insure even charring.  Continue as above. 1 large pepper yields about 1 cup roasted pepper.


Prep time- about 25 minutes
Makes 4-6 servings
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. vegetable broth (divided)

1/2 cup quinoa, thoroughly rinsed with cold water; well drained

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. chopped scallions

2 cups Quorn Grounds

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

3/4 cup frozen, chopped broccoli, thawed

2/3 cup canned artichoke hearts, well drained, chopped (about 1/2 of a 14 oz. can)

1/2 cup shelled edamame

1/2 cup jarred, roasted red pepper, drained, diced*

salt & pepper to taste

1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired

1) Combine 1 cup of the vegetable broth and quinoa in a 1-1.2 qt. saucepot.  Bring to a boil over High heat.  Reduce heat, cover & simmer 12-15 minutes or until all of teh liquid has been absorbed.
2) Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet over Medium-High heat.  Add scallions, Grounds, soy sauce & remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable broth.  Cook, while stirring, 3-4 minutes or until Grounds are heated through and liquid has evaporated.

3) Stir in broccoli, artichokes, edamame & red pepper.  Continue to cook & stir 3-4 more minutes or until heated through; stir in hot, cooked quinoa.  Season with salt and pepper.

4) Just before serving, sprinkle with walnuts.  Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

* This recipe is a great way to use leftover brown rice, bulgur or other cooked grain.  Simply substitute 2 cups cooked grain(s) for the quinoa & 1 cup of vegetable broth.  Using leftover, pre-cooked grains also shortens the prep time of this recipe!