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So how long have I been at this? Five years or so? I think it's about time I ask YOU what you think! I'd be ever so grateful if you'd take a moment to let me know what you think; give me some feedback, if you would. I've designed this quick, completely confidential survey to learn your likes and dislikes about Foodie with Family. The results will be used to make improvements here on Foodie with Family! Could you? Would you? The survey will be open from July 15, 2014 to July 31, 2014. Thank you for being part of the Foodie with Family family!   … {Read on...}

Rich Mocha Pudding Cups {Simple & From Scratch}

Mocha Pudding Cups. Easy & From Scratch!

Simply stated, there is not one dessert on Earth I'd rather have on a regular basis than pudding; not even my beloved ice cream! I've loved pudding as long as I can remember, and I can't think of a variety of pudding I dislike. All the puddings are well loved in my book, but mocha pudding holds a special spot near the top. When I discovered just how easy it was to make homemade pudding (and I don't mean the stuff in the box, whether instant or cooked), it just fed my pudding fire. As long as you have milk, cornstarch, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, and coffee extract (or instant coffee granules), you are just moments away from a perfect batch of Mocha Pudding Cups. Eat them warm for a seriously sophisticated and indulgent pudding experience, or chill them for a slightly more grown-up version of chocolate pudding cups. Pudding makes me happy. Does that make me a child? I don't think so. There's something so comforting about pudding. It's silky, creamy, and a purist's dessert. It only has a handful of ingredients, so it lets each of them really shine through. Today's pudding is a prime example: Rich Mocha Pudding Cups. As the name suggests, these are the perfect marriage of chocolate and coffee. You all probably know by this point that I'm only an occasional coffee drinker. I love coffee but coffee doesn't love me. Think heart palpitations, cold sweats, racing pulse, and general malaise and you'll understand why I only give passing attention to the … {Read on...}

Toasted Marshmallow & Chocolate S’Mores Milkshake

Toasted Marshmallow and Chocolate S'mores Milkshake from

I have a love/hate thing with S'mores. I love, love, LOVE the toasted marshmallow flavour, but I hate the sticky mess s'mores create. As someone who has had long hair for much of her life, I can promise you toasted marshmallow in your hair while camping in a tent in humid summer weather is no fun. This is truth. I thought to myself, "I wish I could just DRINK these flavours..." and the proverbial lightbulb went off. Liquid s'mores, friends. That's where it's at. S'mores Milkshake with Toasted Marshmallow and Chocolate is how THIS girl does s'mores. Bring on the campfire and tent. I'm all good now. I think I'm the only kid who ever passed on s'mores because of the sticky factor. I got one smeared into my long hair one time and that stuck with me -literally at first, then figuratively- to the point where it just didn't seem pleasurable enough to offset the goo, but OH! how I loved that toasted marshmallow smell and taste. The little lingering bitterness of burnt sugar paired with the sweetness was pretty tempting. That's why the idea of drinking the works was so appealing. It was everything I loved about a s'more and nothing oogey. I use words like this because I am a grown woman. The first step in a legitimate s'mores anything is the toasted marshmallows, right? I think we can all agree it can't ACTUALLY be a s'more without the toasted marshmallows. I wasn't about to build a campfire just to toast some marshmallows, and my eldest boys (the championship fire … {Read on...}

Layered Chopped Taco Salad

Layered Chopped Taco Salad from

Taco Salad. We all know how I feel about it. In short, I love it madly. And mercy... there are so many ways to make and serve them. Really, there's only one acceptable way to eat them, and that's to INHALE them, so we save the creativity for presentation. Today's take on a taco salad makes it downright pretty -it's true- but it also makes it the fastest taco salad this side of the Pecos. There's just something so eye-catching about the multi-coloured layers and something so fun about digging down through them to find the next good bite. It's true. Taco salad hits every single happy note a food could possibly hit for me. It's not just delicious, varied in texture, fresh, and fun, though... It's also wallet-friendly, simple, versatile, and lightning fast to make. Wallet-Friendly How so? A taco salad usually uses up the odds and ends from taco night, but almost any leftover meat will do. Are you plumb out of taco meat? Use leftover browned sausage, chopped leftover chicken, pork, grilled fish, or even crumble leftover hamburgers. If the meat's a little on the dry side, it can be refreshed for the purposes of taco salad with a toss in whatever dressing you'll use for the salad; be it taco sauce, Greek yogurt, or Smoked Paprika and Chipotle Sauce. You needn't worry TOO much how that makes the meat look, because it'll be surrounded by all sorts of pretty vegetables and other goodies that will distract your eyeballs. Simplicity You chop your vegetables and layer them with … {Read on...}

Za’atar Tortilla Strips for Salads and Snacks

Baked Za'atar Tortilla Strips for Salad or Snacking

I had girlfriends coming over for lunch with kids in tow a couple of weeks ago: girlfriends with lots of kids like me. My plan was to present a GIANT plate of Party Hummus and homemade pita chips. The problem was that it was HOT and I ran out of time and WHADDYAKNOW, no one in Amish country sold pita bread. I turned to my pantry and coated some nice corn tortillas with oil and za'atar and baked them for crispy Za'atar Tortilla Strips. The result was even better than the planned for pita chips. Crispy, crunchy, and utterly dippable, these crispy Za'atar Tortilla Strips had the bonus of being gluten-free, which made it possible for ALL my guests to eat them! And -mercy!- they paired beautifully with the hummus! Dip and crunch. Dip and crunch. That's my favourite way to pass the day. Thankfully, my girlfriends love to dip and crunch, too. And thankfully, this snacky hail-Mary ended up being even better than planned for four major reasons. They just plain tasted better. One of my friend's daughters has celiac disease, and the corn tortillas were gluten-free so she could eat them! SCORE! I was able to make a MASSIVE amount of them at a very low cost. Pita bread/chips would've been far more expensive for an equivalent amount. They were so versatile. They were great for dip, but they also made perfect, ready-to-go croutons for salad. So. Is anyone asking what za'atar is? It sounds fancy-pants, to be sure, but it's such a familiar flavour profile with its blend of … {Read on...}