Cook Like A Dad http://www.cooklikeadad.com Recipes & Resources for Dads - Video Cooking Tutorials- Dad Food Blogger Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:17:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Weeknight Grilled Shrimp Scampi http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2015/09/21/weeknight-grilled-shrimp-scampi/ Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:03:52 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1349 Weeknight dinner…..those two words bring fear and stress into the minds of dads as they’re juggling the end of the work day, picking up kids, possibly getting to and from sports practice and then having to provide a tasty yet healthy dinner for the family.  The following recipe is a slam dunk regarding convenience, taste and is also great for the whole family. It sure beats boxed mac and cheese and also freezer burned chicken nuggets! Try the following tonight – […]

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Weeknight dinner…..those two words bring fear and stress into the minds of dads as they’re juggling the end of the work day, picking up kids, possibly getting to and from sports practice and then having to provide a tasty yet healthy dinner for the family. 

The following recipe is a slam dunk regarding convenience, taste and is also great for the whole family. It sure beats boxed mac and cheese and also freezer burned chicken nuggets! Try the following tonight – your kids and your taste buds will thank you!

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Prep Time: 30 min. / Cook Time: 8 min.

Ingredients (for 6 Servings):

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 3 TBSP Chopped Parsley
  • 1 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • Ground Pepper to Taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Medium Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined
  • 1 lb. Thick Spaghetti

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Directions:

  1. In a large, non-reactive bowl, stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, and black pepper. Season with crushed red pepper, if desired. Add shrimp, and toss to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill for high heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard any remaining marinade.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque
  4. Add grilled shrimp to a bed of cooked thick spaghetti

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Tangy Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2015/09/08/tangy-honey-mustard-grilled-chicken/ Tue, 08 Sep 2015 19:35:01 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1337 Dinner time in my house is a time to get the family together and talk about our day, what’s going on in our lives, or just plain kid silliness (which happens more time than not). Juggling all the demands of the day between work and family, it’s nice to have convenient, tasty and easy to make weeknight recipes for the family….especially when it involves hovering over a BBQ grill.  This tangy honey mustard grilled chicken recipe offers a fantastic main […]

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Dinner time in my house is a time to get the family together and talk about our day, what’s going on in our lives, or just plain kid silliness (which happens more time than not). Juggling all the demands of the day between work and family, it’s nice to have convenient, tasty and easy to make weeknight recipes for the family….especially when it involves hovering over a BBQ grill. 

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This tangy honey mustard grilled chicken recipe offers a fantastic main course that also has a secret ingredient (well not to secret as I’m about to tell you)…it’s steak sauce. What’s steak sauce doing in a chicken dish you ask? Just try and see….you’ll get even the pickiest eaters coming back for more! Learn how to make this quick and easy dish from Dad Cooking Blogger, CookLikeADad. 

Prep Time: 35 Minutes / Cook Time: 20 Minutes / 4 Servings

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Ingredients: 

  • 1/3rd Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4th Cup Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Mayo
  • 1 Tsp. Steak Sauce
  • 4 Skinless / Boneless Chicken Breast Halves

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Directions: 

  1. Preheat the grill for medium heat.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix the mustard, honey, mayonnaise, and steak sauce. Set aside a small amount of the honey mustard sauce for basting, and dip the chicken into the remaining sauce to coat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken over indirect heat for 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until juices run clear. Baste occasionally with the reserved sauce during the last 10 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning!

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End of Summer BBQ Burger http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2015/09/06/end-of-summer-bbq-burger/ Sun, 06 Sep 2015 19:00:12 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1327 As kids go back to school and summer starts to come to an end, there are still some meals we as dads just aren’t willing to give up quite yet. Not until it starts snowing (and even then I’m sure some of you are out with your jacket standing over a hot charcoal grill!). Feast your eyes on the End of Summer BBQ Burger, surely to make a hit with your kids or family at a September BBQ.  This burger […]

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As kids go back to school and summer starts to come to an end, there are still some meals we as dads just aren’t willing to give up quite yet. Not until it starts snowing (and even then I’m sure some of you are out with your jacket standing over a hot charcoal grill!). Feast your eyes on the End of Summer BBQ Burger, surely to make a hit with your kids or family at a September BBQ. 

This burger looks like one you’ve had before, but there are some secret ingredients packed in such as bacon drippings and red pepper flakes that makes this one killer burger any time of the year!  Learn how to make this awesome burger from Dad Cooking Blogger, CookLikeADad. 

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Prep Time: 15 min. / Cook Time: 30 min.

 

Ingredients (for 2 Burgers):

 

  • 6 Slices of Bacon
  • 1 Tbsp. Bacon Drippings
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Dry Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 2 Slices Colby Jack Cheese
  • 4 Thin Tomato Slices
  • 4 Slices Avocado
  • 2 Hamburger Buns

 

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Directions:

 

  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning until evenly browned but not totally crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Retain 1 tablespoon bacon drippings.
  2. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and retained bacon drippings in a bowl until thoroughly combined; divide meat mixture into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a large patty, making them as thin as possible. Sprinkle shredded Colby-Jack cheese onto 2 of the patties, leaving an edge about 3/4 inch wide uncovered. Place second patty onto the cheese and press the edges of the patties together to create 2 cheese-stuffed burgers. Place stuffed patties into freezer to chill slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  4. Spray the grill grate with cooking spray and place burgers onto grill; turn heat to low, place lid over grill, and cook until outsides of burgers are lightly charred and cheese has melted, about 10 minutes per side. Maintain grill temperature at about 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Use a spray bottle of water to control flames; flames should just lightly contact the bottoms of the burgers to create a slight char. After the first flip, place 3 partially-cooked bacon slices onto each burger.
  5. About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place a Colby-Jack cheese slice onto each burger; top with tomato and avocado slices and transfer burgers to plate to rest for 1 or 2 minutes. Serve burgers on hamburger buns.

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Watch your kids eyes widen as you serve them this killer burger with all the fixin’s. Nothing seems to bring family together like BBQ and the all-American tradition of hamburgers. Serve with oven-baked French fries or potato salad. Enjoy those final warm nights eating outside with your kids! Winter’s coming!

 

***Credit: www.allrecipes.com

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HERSHEY’S Chocolate Almond Macaroon Bar Recipe http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2015/02/19/hersheys-chocolate-almond-macaroon-bar-recipe/ Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:35:16 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1311 Anytime is a good time to fire up your oven and get together with your kids to make a tasty dessert from scratch. We recently made these dessert bars using HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds bars combined with a few other rich and chocolaty secret weapons from Hershey that brings this dessert together nicely. Cooking and baking with your kids brings you closer to them and is often a special time they will remember growing up. The results aren’t half […]

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Anytime is a good time to fire up your oven and get together with your kids to make a tasty dessert from scratch. We recently made these dessert bars using HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds bars combined with a few other rich and chocolaty secret weapons from Hershey that brings this dessert together nicely. Cooking and baking with your kids brings you closer to them and is often a special time they will remember growing up. The results aren’t half bad too! Check out another CookLikeADad dessert recipe that your kids will rave about.

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The Story Behind the Recipe

Recently, as a Dad Cooking Blogger, I had the privilege to visit the sweetest place on earth – Hershey, Pennsylvania, home of The Hershey Company headquarters and product development. Part of the trip was to learn more about the process of making Hershey products as well as to learn more about the company’s recent initiatives to be a more transparent company. They have begun to share stories about their ingredients such as the almonds included in their products, HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds bars, HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolates with Almonds and even my favorite, ALMOND JOY candy bars. I was destined to come back to California and find a way to make a chocolaty dessert using HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds bars!

You can learn more about Hershey’s Story of Almonds by clicking here

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3-3/4 cups MOUNDS Coconut Flakes
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds bars
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup HERSHEY’S Premiere White Chips

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Making the Dessert Bars

1.) Start by heating your oven to 350 Degrees F* and have your child grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. They will like the messy process!

2.) Then combined crumbs, melted butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl, and firmly press the mixture on the bottom of the greased pan.

3.) Stir together the condensed milk and MOUNDS Coconut Flakes together and carefully drop mixture by spoonfuls over the crust, spreading evenly.

4.) Bake 20-25 minutes until the coconut edges just begin to brown. Then cool.

5.) Place the HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds bars and whipping cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at medium (50%) heat for 1 minute. Stir and continue on medium heat for 15-second increments as needed, stirring each time until the bars are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Cool until slightly thick and spread over cooled bars.

6.) Sprinkle top with HERSHEY’S Premiere White Chips. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Cut into bars and refrigerate leftovers (there usually are none at my house).

          Yields: About 24 Bars

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 Fun Cooking with the Kids

Have the kids complete as many steps as possible to keep them involved and earn their keep! You’ll have a fantastic time, and the result? A chocolaty sweet dessert your kids will love!

 

*Editor’s Note: RJ Jaramillo and CookLikeADad are a paid Brand ambassador for The Hershey Company. All thoughts, recipe, and opinions are my own and they are the same I would share with family, friends and followers.

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Joe’s Mad Meatloaf http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2015/02/03/joes-mad-meatloaf/ Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:31:34 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1295 This Meatloaf Rocks!   As you may know, Monday is meatloaf night in my family for quite some time now, and after tasting many different flavor combinations of different recipes, I’m happy to share a real winner here that you and your kids will love with this Cook Like a Dad recipe. Shopping List: Feeds a Family of 4 1/2 lb. Ground Sirloin 1/2 lb. Ground Turkey 1/2 lb. Chorizo 1 Cup Thyme 1 Cup Tarragon 1/2 Cup Rosemary 1/2 […]

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This Meatloaf Rocks!

 

As you may know, Monday is meatloaf night in my family for quite some time now, and after tasting many different flavor combinations of different recipes, I’m happy to share a real winner here that you and your kids will love with this Cook Like a Dad recipe.

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Shopping List: Feeds a Family of 4

1/2 lb. Ground Sirloin

1/2 lb. Ground Turkey

1/2 lb. Chorizo

1 Cup Thyme

1 Cup Tarragon

1/2 Cup Rosemary

1/2 Cup Black Pepper

1/2 Cup Himalayan Salt

1/2 Cup Italian Herbs

2 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs

3 Eggs

Sauce Ingredients:

2 Cups Organic Tomato Sauce

1 Cup Tomato Paste1/2 Cup Sundried Tomatoes

1/2 Cup Virgin Olive Oil

2 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Cup Worchester

2 Tbsp Honey 

4 Strips Maple Bacon

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Meatloaf Marriage

Going to take all three kinds of meats and marry them together with the three eggs that are whisked together. As you’re mixing the meat together, you pour in the bread crumbs a little at a time. After you mix in your Bread Crumbs, you bring in all of the chopped up herbs/ spices.

Take a Pyrex “bread loaf” pan/dish, and fill it with the apple-cider vinegar/Worcester/table spoons of honey, and start laying in the beef, till it conforms to the dish. Take your bacon, (making sure it conforms to the dish as well) and lay it on the top of your formed meatloaf. Put finished meatloaf with bacon layered on top, and place in a preheated oven: 385*, for 30-minutes.

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The Sauce is the Boss

Take all of the cans of sauce, and bring them together in a bowl. Blend the sun-dried tomatoes and Olive Oil together, and then add to the sauce. When Meatloaf has been in the oven for the allowed time, take out of the oven, and spread the sauce over the meatloaf, but first taking the bacon off of the meatloaf. Once sauce has been properly spread, then put back in the oven, and let bake for another 20-minutes. Take out of the oven, and let sit for 10-minutes out of the oven. Turn over, and let meatloaf slide out.

Note: sauce has to be very “cakey”, to know that it’s done. And there is your meatloaf.

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The BEST BBQ Sauce Recipe http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2015/01/27/best-bbq-sauce-recipe/ Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:52:15 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1286 You don’t have to wait until summer to make the best Baby Back ribs, in fact; let me share with you the BEST BBQ Sauce to complement your ribs and you make this recipe in your oven or on your BBQ year around. Another CookLikeADad cooking tip. The BEST BBQ Sauce Recipe With most of the East Coast and even California being hit with record lows this winter, I wanted to encourage the summer warmth with my rib recipe this […]

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You don’t have to wait until summer to make the best Baby Back ribs, in fact; let me share with you the BEST BBQ Sauce to complement your ribs and you make this recipe in your oven or on your BBQ year around. Another CookLikeADad cooking tip.

The BEST BBQ Sauce Recipe

With most of the East Coast and even California being hit with record lows this winter, I wanted to encourage the summer warmth with my rib recipe this month. That’s right, baby back ribs can be made in the oven or the BBQ and still bring back that summer feel. The secret comes from the sauce.

For years I have been keeping my BBQ sauce recipe a secret, but for the first time I am going to make it public to share with my followers. Take a look below and get your shopping list together and make some great BBQ Ribs with a special sauce that will leave your family and friends wanting to know the secret to the taste…

Feeds a Family of 4-5

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Ingredients

1-Package (3.5 pounds) of Baby Back Ribs, rinsed and wiped down of excess moisture

Olive oil and a paper napkin

1- Cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce

2-Tablespoons of Dark Brown Sugar

2-Tablespoons of HERSHEY’S Cocoa

Equipment options: Large Roasting Pan, Aluminum Foil, Mixing bowl, Oven or BBQ

 

The story behind the sauce…

So the whole reason behind this recipe post is the fact that I have been keeping my “secret ingredient” in my BBQ sauce away from friends and family for years. Every time I have them over, they have spent hours shouting out different ingredients that they think makes my ribs taste so different than anything else they have ever tried. From “Soy Sauce” to “Molasses”… my answer still remains “Nope, not even close”… Until now.

Today, I want to reveal my “secret ingredient” and show you how to follow these easy cooking steps and recipe and use a timeless ingredient that can make the difference in your BBQ sauce for your baby back ribs.

Cooking Steps: Prepping the Ribs

It doesn’t matter if you are using an oven or a BBQ, the key is to have a low level, constant temperature at 275 Degrees F*. Go ahead and get that heat started. The next step is to make sure your ribs are rinsed of their packaging juice and you have dried them down to damp. Take a paper napkin and pour some olive oil onto the napkin and wipe all sides of your baby backs.

Next Step: The 5-Hour Slow Burn

At this point, you need to pack your ribs in either your BBQ or an oven. Either way, make sure you wrap your ribs in aluminum foil and place them in a roasting pan and allow them to bake or BBQ for at least 5 hours at 275 Degrees F* Both cooking methods work, however, since it is the middle of winter, the roasting pan in an oven will work best due to limited resources and weather permitting. (My pictures show the BBQ because I live in sunny San Diego!) Set your timer for 4-hours, I will explain later.

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Next Step: How to Prepare the BEST BBQ Sauce

In the photo above, you can see the common ingredients next to my “secret ingredient” in my sauce mixture. What amazes me so many times, is how often people are unable to detect the use of Cocoa. This subtle but important ingredient is what makes the difference in enhancing the rest of the flavors in my sauce. In a separate small bowl take 1-Cup of your favorite BBQ sauce and add, 2 –tablespoons of Dark Brown Sugar and 2-tablespoons of HERSHEY’S Cocoa. Take a large spoon and mix all ingredients well to form a smooth base. Just a couple tablespoons of HERSHEY’S Cocoa makes a difference in the overall flavor of the sauce. This is what I call, the goodness of HERSHEY’S Cocoa.

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HERSHEY’S Goodness

This past summer I had the privilege as a Dad Cooking Blogger to visit Hershey Pennsylvania, home of The Hershey Company headquarters and product development. Part of my trip was to learn about the process of making many Hershey products as well as learning about the company’s campaign on Shared Goodness. This vision is to help the consumer know about the many steps in the product development that Hershey has invested time and resources in making sure that their products are making a positive impact to the food industry. Whether it’s sustainable agriculture in the farms that they receive their milk from Pennsylvania, or collaboration with the almond farmers in California; Hershey wants the consumer to know that they are aware of the “footprint” they leave in every step of the process.

For more information on the Hershey Shared Goodness program, click here.

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Next Cooking Step: The Last Hour

As I had you set your timer for 4 –hours, when the timer goes off, you will take the packaged ribs and unwrap the foil and cover the ribs with the BBQ sauce you have prepared. Cover the ribs with sauce, all sides and place back in the pan and in the oven or BBQ for the last hour. When you reach the 5th hour, remove the ribs from the oven or BBQ and serve.

 

Editors Note: RJ Jaramillo and CookLikeADad are a paid Brand ambassador for The Hershey Company. All thoughts, recipe, and opinions are my own and they are the same I would share with family, friends and followers.

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Quick and Simple Pasta Sauce Recipe http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2014/12/25/quick-simple-pasta-sauce-recipe/ Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:36:32 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1280 Quick and Simple Pasta Sauce Recipe Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this recipe because it is packed with flavor that your whole family will love. This will become your every day, quick and simple pasta sauce. Learn how to make a quick and simple pasta sauce from Dad Cooking Blogger, CookLikeADad. Sauce made simple… Pasta is a weekly staple in my house and over the years I have refined my red sauce to deliver maximum flavor with minimal […]

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Quick and Simple Pasta Sauce Recipe

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this recipe because it is packed with flavor that your whole family will love. This will become your every day, quick and simple pasta sauce. Learn how to make a quick and simple pasta sauce from Dad Cooking Blogger, CookLikeADad.

Sauce made simple…

Pasta is a weekly staple in my house and over the years I have refined my red sauce to deliver maximum flavor with minimal effort. The key to making my simple red sauce is having fresh ingredients. I like to use the combinations of the following:

1- Cup of Fresh Basil and Italian Parsley, chopped

1-Tablespoon dried Oregano leaves

3-4 Garlic cloves, chopped

(1) Orange, squeezed with pulp into the bowl

1- Can of Tomato Sauce

1-Can of Stewed Tomatoes

1- Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Equipment: Large mixing bowl and spoon

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Cooking Steps: Get Chopped

Chop fresh basil and Italian Parsley together on a cutting board with a sharp knife. Don’t worry about making precise cuts on these herbs. Place herbs in a large mixing bowl. Drop your can of Tomato Sauce and open the can of stewed tomatoes and pour the can into the bowl while making a “hand crush” of the tomatoes. That’s right, take the pieces of stewed tomatoes and crush them with your hands. This method of crushing the tomato releases more flavor into your sauce. Add the table spoon of dried Oregano, Olive Oil and stir slowly. Now add the fresh chopped Garlic.

Place this wonderful concoction into a stew pot on med-low heat. Allow the sauce to “bubble” not boil and stir frequently. The secret ingredient to this sauce is the use of citrus. I like the mild, sweet taste of using an orange, but I have also used lemon and lime for a nice tart flavor as well, (Any of these options work). In this recipe, take your Orange and cut into half and squeeze the entire orange into the sauce. Don’t worry about getting the pulp in the sauce, it will dissolve and add more flavor.

At this point, it’s now time to prepare your favorite pasta. Start by using a salted pot of water that has been brought to a boil. In this recipe, I used Fettuccine pasta and kept the pasta stirred well while cooking in the pot of water. Serve pasta warm and take a generous portion of sauce and you are about to enjoy my simple sauce.

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My Wine Pairing: JLohr Wines

As a longtime fan of having wine with my pasta, JLohr wines have been sitting on my family dinner table for the past 10 years. If you ever make your way up the California coast, there is a little community in the central California region called, Paso Robles. This sleepy little surf town produces some of the best wines in the world and that is where you can find JLohr vineyards. If you can’t make the trip, you can always find their wines at your local grocery store or wherever you shop for wine. For my red sauce pasta dishes, I like the smooth taste of the JLohr, Cabernet Sauvignon. This cab is packed with flavor and year after year produces a smooth finish. Give it a try.

Editors Note: This was not a paid review of JLohr wines. The thoughts, opinions stated in this review are my own and would be the same I would give to my friends, family and even enemies. CookLikeADad and it’s employees did not receive any compensation for this review.

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Dad Cooking Blogger Review: Mixim Greek Yogurt http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2014/12/25/dad-cooking-blogger-review-mixim-greek-yogurt/ Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:19:31 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1275 CookLikeADad reviews one of the newest product ideas on serving Greek yogurt. Mixim Yogurt offers a three-compartment package that is packed with flavor options and only 160 calories. Read more.

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Dad Cooking Blogger Review: Mixim Greek Yogurt

CookLikeADad reviews one of the newest product ideas on serving Greek yogurt. Mixim Yogurt offers a three-compartment package that is packed with flavor options and only 160 calories. Read more.

 

Product Review: Mixim Yogurt

As the demand for Greek yogurt continues to grow in the U.S., CookLikeADad reviews one of the oldest European yogurt maker entering the U.S. market with a new twist on flavor. Mixim is one of the first, three compartment yogurt product packed with flavor options and only 160 calories per serving. As a Dad Cooking Blogger, I was offered some samples to take to work and review with my friends.

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The Packaging: 3 Compartments

The Mixim packaging has a distinct “heart shaped” container. The largest portion is the thick creamy plain Greek yogurt, while the other two contain fruit and a topping. In the sample that I tried, I had Cherries and dark chocolate shavings. Wow, it was a great surprise in both flavor and calories. It was hard to believe that my yogurt and flavor combination was only 160 calories. What a great snack to fit in between my busy day to help me keep away from junk food snacking. The girls in my office were equally impressed and tried the Strawberry Granola combination and the Mango/Pineapple with Coconut/Almonds with the same positive reviews about the packaging, flavor and calorie count.

Kids Test

As a father of 15-year old and 12 year old daughters, you better believe it is not easy to please both daughters at the same time when it comes to snacks. Thanks to the wide variety of Mixim flavor varieties, I was able to keep my daughters happy. My oldest daughter tried the brand new Maple Syrup with Waffle pieces, as my younger daughter wanted the new variety pack, (because why just choose one flavor dad?).

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Mixim Yogurt can be found in the dairy section at your grocery store with the rest of the yogurt brands. You can also get more information regarding their latest flavors, nutritional information and links to both their Facebook and Twitter pages below:

Mixim Website

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The Story behind Mixim: Ehrmann

Don’t be confused by the name, the makers of Mixim Yogurt is Ehrmann which has a long history in the dairy business. Ehrmann has created yogurt enjoyed by consumers around the world for nearly 100 years. It may be a new name to consumers in the US, but they are not new to the yogurt business. Among the leading dairies in Europe, the Ehrmann family learned the craft of yogurt-making in Oberschönegg in Bavaria, Germany in 1929. From their roots as a local dairy producer in Germany, Ehrmann expanded throughout Europe, as well as into many international markets. Today, consumers can enjoy Ehrmann yogurt products in 40 different countries. Ehrmann owns and operates production facilities in Germany, Russia and now in the US with their newest facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. You can find Mixim yogurt.

In summary,

In summary, my family and co-workers enjoyed Mixim yogurt for the taste, variety of flavors and the nutrition. Great for adults looking for a healthy mid-day snack or for kids who love the options of mixing the three varieties of flavors together.

 

Editors Note: This was not a paid review. The thoughts, opinions stated in this review are my own and would be the same I would give to my friends, family and even enemies. CookLikeADad and it’s employees did not receive any compensation for this review.

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HERSHEY’S Fudge Cake Recipe http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2014/12/14/hersheys-fudge-cake-recipe/ Sun, 14 Dec 2014 03:53:53 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1264 This month, Dad Cooking Blogger, CookLikeADad discovers the timelessness of HERSHEY’S Chocolate products and process. Learn and watch my HERSHEY’S Fudge Cake recipe and see for yourself that making this cake is as easy as…pie? Quick and simple Fudge Cake recipe.

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HERSHEY’S Fudge Cake Recipe

This month, Dad Cooking Blogger, CookLikeADad discovers the timelessness of HERSHEY’S Chocolate products and process. Learn and watch my HERSHEY’S Fudge Cake recipe and see for yourself that making this cake is as easy as…pie?

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The story behind this recipe…

This past summer I had a birthday party up at the beautiful resort town of Mammoth Lakes, California. This destination is known more for their famous ski resort, but I like it for the long summer days sitting out on one of the many lakes, trout fishing with my family.

As my parents, cousins, and in-laws were driving into town on the first day of our 3-day event in Mammoth; my stepdaughter went with my wife to the local thrift shop looking for treasure. During their hunting, the ladies discovered an old HERSHEY’S “breakfast” COCOA tin. Knowing that I am a paid, food ambassador with HERSHEY’S, they decided to buy it and ask me to make the Fudge Cake recipe that is printed on the back of the tin as my birthday cake. This was a great opportunity for me to do a little research on the container. I discovered that the tin was dated back to the late 1970’s and I was even more excited to make the cake to prove the timelessness of Hershey’s products and processes. #SharedGoodness.

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And the journey began from the back of an old Hershey cocoa tin.

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Ingredients / Shopping List

2 ¼ Cups of All Purpose Flour (Sifted)

1- Teaspoon Baking Soda

1- Teaspoon Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Salt

½ – Cup Shortening

1 ½ Cup of Granulated Sugar

1 – Teaspoon Vanilla

2 – Eggs

1- Cup Buttermilk

1/3 – Cup Hot Water

½ -Cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa

Equipment: Pre-heat oven to 350 * F, (2) Cake Pans, 1- Large Mixing Bowl, 1- Small mixing bowl, Large Spoon

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Cooking Steps: Sift

Sift your 2 ¼ Cups of flour, measure and place in large mixing bowl and then add salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Sift again to add “lightness” to your mixture. Next step is adding the shortening into your bowl. This is a process because the shortening likes to stick to everything so take your time and make sure you allow enough (½ Cup) to enter your mixture. I say that because there will be a portion lost in the transfer, (fingers, measuring cup, etc.). Mix well. While mixing in the shortening into the flour base, add the sugar ( 1 ½ Cups) into the rest of the mixture SLOWLY. The Sugar needs to be mixed well into the rest of the ingredients. Now ADD the teaspoon of Vanilla.

Take a separate small bowl and mix / scramble your (2) Eggs well into the bowl before placing into the larger bowl. Add eggs into the larger bowl of shortening –flour mixture as you also alternately ADD the Buttermilk into the same bowl mixture, (yes, they all come together). This is now called your cake batter.

Next Step: HERSHEY’S Cocoa

Take a small bowl and heat 1/3 Cup water in a microwave for about 1- minute, ( Hot but not boiling). Take your ½ Cup of Hershey’s Cocoa and mix into the bowl of hat water. This should create a dark paste of cocoa. Now combine your paste of cocoa with your large bowl of cake batter. Mix with a large spoon and make sure the cocoa is distributed throughout the batter. The mixture will now have a consistent color of dark brown chocolate.

Final Step: Baking Time

Grease two large cake pans with butter (bottom and sides) and pour batter 2/3 of the way of the pan, because this cake will RISE! Bake for 30- 35 Minutes and allow for the fudge cake to cool at least 30- minutes to cool before frosting. For frosting, I used and recommend the Betty Crocker, HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate frosting.

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In summary,

I was impressed by the flavor and texture of the fudge cake. The recipe was simple to follow and the results proved to me that HERSHEY’S recipes and products are timeless. To learn more about their #SharedGoodness program, click here to discover more about HERSHEY products.

Enjoy!

 

 

Editors Note: Dad Cooking Blogger, RJ Jaramillo is a paid food ambassador for HERSHEY’S. This recipe was a sponsored post and the thoughts, opinions were all my own and would be shared the same way with family and friends.

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Product Review: Garlic Press and Peeler Set http://www.cooklikeadad.com/2014/08/28/product-review-garlic-press-peeler-set/ Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:28:25 +0000 http://www.cooklikeadad.com/?p=1253 Dads shop differently than Moms for kitchen gadgets and products. Garlic is a common ingredient in my cooking and that’s why CookLikeADad reviews Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set. Read more.

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Product Review: Garlic Press and Peeler Set

Dads shop differently than Moms when it comes to certain kitchen gadgets and products. Garlic is a common ingredient in my cooking and that’s why CookLikeADad reviews Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set. Read more.

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Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler

My kids love the variety of Italian dishes that I make for them. One of the most important ingredients in this style of cooking is garlic. Now there are a variety of ways to prepare garlic; you can buy it already prepared, minced and chopped. However, there is nothing better than taking a fresh clove of garlic and preparing it on your own.

The peeler is simple to use and as long as you have the time, this kitchen gadget is a must have in your kitchen. For more information on where to buy the Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler, see the Amazon links below:

Amazon Product Link          Amazon Product Review

 

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How to use The Peeler:

Make sure the peeler is dry before use.  If it is wet inside it won’t work as well as the clove will slide around inside. Pop one, unpeeled garlic clove into the peeler. Roll it back and forth on a flat surface a few times. You should hear a bit of a crackling noise as the skin becomes separated from the garlic.

Tip the peeled clove out, then flick the peeler to knock out any loose skin from inside the tube before putting in the next clove Repeat these steps until you have enough peeled garlic.

Optimal Peeling Tip:

There is a knack to getting the best results.  If you don’t push down hard enough while you are rolling the peeler you will find that the skin doesn’t all come off, but if you press down too hard you will squash the clove, causing garlic juice to come out.  This will prevent to peeler from working as well since the juice will make the clove slide around inside when you roll. I recommend that you start with gentle pressure and see if you get clean separation of skin from the garlic.  If so, great – you have already got the hang of it!  If not, keep trying with a little more pressure until you do.  After a few cloves you should be a certified garlic-peeling veteran !

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How to use the Garlic Press

To mince garlic simply place one or two peeled or unpeeled cloves in the chamber, bring the handles together and squeeze. Ensure that face of the press is pointing directly down before you press, unless you want to spray garlic mince across your kitchen!

Once you have pressed the garlic, use a knife to slice it free from the front of the press. Put your finger on the lip of the chamber, to prevent it from moving upwards, then open up the handles. If you were using unpeeled cloves the peel will still be inside the chamber.  Pick it out using your knife. Repeat the above steps till you have enough garlic mince.

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