From Travel to Kids: What is New In My World

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So, it has been a month since I last posted on Ingredients, Inc. I apologize! Sometimes work, kids, family and life really get in the way of blogging.

For those of you who do not blog, do you have any idea how long it takes to put just one post together? You start with an idea or—in my case, a recipe—then you must test it, take photos, write, edit, and factor in many other tech requirements before a post can go live. If you’re lucky, this only takes about five hours!

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To be honest, I really needed a blogging break. I have been super busy with work and new clients (for which I’m so grateful!), and I decided to focus all of my time and energy on them. I began writing for Bravo TV, which is a really fun gig. In fact, if you want a few places to go to channel your inner chef, check out my piece on these resorts.

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There really isn’t very much new with me since I posted last. I did get away to the British Virgin Islands—Peter Island and Scrub Island—with my husband. It was absolutely relaxing, gorgeous and amazing in every way. If you ever have a chance to go to either resort, do it ASAP! See my post on what’s new at Peter Island on Spafinder by clicking this link.

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Other than that, I have posted a bit more frequently on Healthy Travel. September is National Yoga Month, so you know I had to cover that! Also be sure to check out some noteworthy hotel openings happening the remainder of the year.

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Next up on my travel agenda, it’s all about beautiful Montana scenery and two incredible food and wine events at The Resort at Paws Up. I’ll be attending Montana Master Chefs, the Oscars of the foodie world, and Upper Crust, a baking, pizza, cookie, and pie adventure—I cannot wait! From there, I am headed to Santa Barbara, which has been on my travel bucket list forever!

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An update on my kids: my oldest, Alec Lewis, is soaring by leaps and bounds in his sports writing career. He is so wise and talented, and he amazes me every day. Today I woke up to his Podcast with Paul Finebaum he recorded this morning. Tune in—it’s a great interview.

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My daughter, Leigh, is applying to colleges (she’s a senior this year). She has 15 schools on her list, and she can’t seem to narrow them down by even one. From UCLA to University of Vermont, she’s all over the United States map. My youngest son, Zachary, has been super busy with tennis. He’s played in several tournaments the past few weekends—lots of fun to watch, but I don’t need any more sun this summer! I am wishing him good luck with his school tryouts this week (fingers crossed).

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My husband, Doug, is still awesome in every way. I couldn’t be luckier to have him. He also has taken over a lot of cooking in the house, which is another reason I have not posted many new recipes. But I did create this recipe for Tomato Watermelon Salad for SC Johnson, which we all love!

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Also this Candy Bar Ice Cream which a keeper for sure! That’s enough for now. What’s new in your world?

Super Easy Healthy Granola Bars

Super Easy Healthy Granola Bars

My sister, Julie, called me this morning and raved about a granola bar recipe she tried from Giada’s cookbook, Giada’s Feel Good Food. I had all of the ingredients on hand so I tweaked the recipe slightly and made these Super Easy Healthy Granola Bars, which came out awesome! I used liquid coconut oil instead of the safflower oil, added additional oats and vanilla, used golden raisins and added a combination pecans and walnuts instead of just walnuts. These are a fabulous gluten free healthy breakfast or mid or afternoon snack recipe. Since my daughter does not get a lunch break at school, this is the ideal blend of protein, fiber, carbohydrates to help her energized though her day. These also make a great travel snack, so try them now and thank me later!

Steak Nachos for Super Bowl Sunday

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It’s only 3 weeks until the Super Bowl, and I am already getting emails, direct Facebook, Twitter, Instagram messages and texts for recipe ideas. This Steak Nacho Recipe should be on your list for sure! I made this last week for my kids and husband, and they LOVED it! It’s really easy, fun to make and so flavorful. I will be making several versions of these nachos with ribeye steaks in one, grilled chicken in another, and a third with just black beans (for my vegetarian friends). Also, if you’re looking for a great grilled steak rub, try the spices listed above because the steaks by themselves are incredibly tasty too. It’s Super Bowl Countdown month so share with me what you’re serving. Good luck to the 8 teams remaining!

From Desert to Dish in Scottsdale

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What’s on your October travel list? I am putting this on my wish list! Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is debuting the inaugural “Desert to Dish” culinary weekend, in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation taking place October 22 – 24, 2015, with proceeds benefiting the James Beard Foundation scholarship program. It’s a fabulous time of the year to be in Scottsdale.

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The “Desert to Dish” culinary weekend was designed to bring together some of the country’s most talented chefs to highlight the bounty and diversity of Arizona agriculture, and will serve as the ultimate ‘foodie’ experience, while raising both awareness and funds for the James Beard Foundation through a series of consumer-facing events. Following the success of the popular “Fish to Fork” culinary weekend at Omni Scottsdale Resort’s  sister property, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, “Desert to Dish” further enhances Omni Hotel & Resort’s commitment to creating memorable and unique culinary experiences for each guest.

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“When I first moved to Arizona I was amazed with the diversity, quality, and scope of agriculture the state has to offer,” said Paul Eckert, managing director. “The creation of ‘Desert to Dish’ helps share this message with fellow foodies around the country, while exposing culinarians from each location to the resources of Arizona.”

“Desert to Dish” festivities will offer guests a range of true farm-to-table culinary dining experiences including a tour of Arizona farms, interactive chef-led cooking classes, exclusive pairing dinners and one-of-a-kind interactive opportunities with six renowned chefs from across the country. The weekend is capped off with a live culinary competition featuring an indigenous secret ingredient, with the final vote resting in the hands of the guests.

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During the weekend Omni Scottsdale Resort’s Executive Chef Michael Cairns will welcome five regional chefs including: Executive Chef, Brandon Foster of award winning Vesta Dipping Grill in Denver, Colo; Joey Beatoof Chicago’s Community Tavern and Chicago Magazine’s pick for ‘Top 4 Chefs to Know; Dakota Weiss, former Top Chef Texas contestant, and Executive Chef of Sweetfin Poke in Santa Monica along with the soon-to-open Estrella on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip; Joe Magnanelli of San Diego’s CUCINA urbana & enoteca restaurants, awarded Gayot’s Hot 25 Restaurants in the U.S.; Eater Dallas’ Chef of the Year, Brian Luscher of award winning restaurant The Grape and Luscher’s Red Hots. Sounds amazing, right?

About Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Ranked 6th on Travel + Leisure‘s 500 “Best U.S. Hotels List” in join Arizona and one of Condé Nast Traveler‘s “Best Spas” in 2014, Omni Scottsdale Resort is an exclusive oasis inspired by the exotic locales of Morocco and Andalusia in Southern Spain. Nestled at the base of picturesque Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the resort boasts 293 spacious guest rooms, including 38 luxury suites and two presidential suites, and award-winning culinary experiences including the critically-acclaimed Prado restaurant. Omni Scottsdale Resort’s crown jewel – Joya Spa is home to Scottsdale’s only Hammam treatment spa – a rejuvenating Moroccan-inspired hot and cold bathing ritual. Located just 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), the resort’s meeting facilities include more than 100,000 square-feet of modern luxury banquet and event space, including 27,000 square-feet of indoor meeting space, along with eight outdoor gardens, courtyards, and lawns perfect for conventions, board meetings and weddings.  A member of the Omni Hotels & Resorts portfolio, Omni Scottsdale Resort is a privately owned and debt-free legacy purchase. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com/scottsdale.