Last Minute Gift Idea: Taste the Season at Flemings Steakhouse

Are you in need of a last minute Christmas gift idea? Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar‘s Winter Taste the Season is the answer. This a two-course prix fixe menu is available from  until January 31, 2014 at all Fleming’s locations. This limited time culinary experience features innovative choices inspired by the season. I went last night in Birmingham, and it was fabulous! They are also having a special 3-course New Years Eve menu. I can’t wait to see what they will feature for Valentine’s Day too. The food, atmosphere and service is by far always the best in town. If I had my NYE choice, I would be going back.

 

The culinary experience for the two course menu begins with a Forest Mushroom and Housemade Ricotta Crostini. The crostini is sliced thin. It’s not too much bread (which I liked), but the mushrooms and herbs are abundant. This is followed by a Cedar-Smoked and Charred Prime New York Strip, served with Rosemary and Garlic Cipollini Onions and a creamy horseradish sauce–pure mouthwatering! I also had a new salad on the menu: The Heirloom Tomato and Housemade Burrata with baby red and golden beets, arugula and a lemon pistachio vinaigrette.  You can also indulge in Fleming’s signature Blackberry Sage Smash Cocktail for an extra fee to accompany the experience and complete the evening with a decadent chocolate whisky tart served with cinnamon cream to end the night (LOVED!) . If you can’t make it by New Years to try this special, a Fleming’s gift card  is the perfect Christmas present.

 

Nationally acclaimed Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers the best in steakhouse dining – Prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders — with a unique wine list known as the Fleming’s 100®, which features more than 100 wines served by the glass. In addition, the Fleming’s WiNEPAD™, winner of the 2013 Hospitality Technology Breakthrough Awards, is a proprietary, custom web-based application on an iPad that helps Guests easily navigate the restaurant’s extensive wine list. Looking for a Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar near you. I promise you will be pleased!

5 Favorite Holiday Foods Gifts

I can not believe that Hannukah started last night and Christmas is around the corner. I have been getting many calls and emails for ideas for holiday food gifts, and many of you were asking for my Homemade Cracker Jacks, Granola Bars and Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate recipes. I gathered all of them here in this post for 5 of my favorite holiday food gifts. My daughter, Leigh, came up with this S’mores Kit (above). Just gather some graham crackers, marshmallows and graham crackers, and it is that easy. Stay tuned for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” this Friday, December 14th at 11:30 a.m when I’ll be Co-Hosting the show and sharing holiday food gift ideas and more.

Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate via Ingredients, Inc.

Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies via Ingredients Inc.

Homemade Cracker Jacks via Ingredients, Inc.

All Natural Granola Bars via Ingredients, Inc.

Rocky Road Fudge and Cookbook Giveaway

When I heard about Abigail Johnson Dodge’s new book “Mini Treats & Hand-Held Sweets”, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Abigail is a widely respected baker, food writer, contributing editor to Fine Cooking Magazine and more (I love her!). Her new book features 100 mouth watering desserts designed for home bakers of every level including easy to serve, last minute treats, party ideas, kids snack recipes, gluten free, non-dairy, vegan, egg-less and low-fat options. I am so excited to share her book and this awesome recipe for Rocky Road Fudge.

Abby says, “This fun little recipe is meant to inspire your whimsical, creative side. As with all of my recipes, I encourage you to add your own twists and to experiment with your own favorite flavors. The add-in possibilities for this easy-to-make fudge are practically endless, so switch in whatever you have in the pantry—even gummy worms would work! The only thing I wouldn’t take out would be the marshmallows—they’re too iconic to eliminate, but that’s just this baker’s opinion.”

For a chance to win a copy of this book leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite hand-held sweet is. Winner will be drawn on Saturday, October 13 at 8 a.m. CST.

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Weekend Inspiration: Recipes, Decor, Yoga

Happy First weekend of March everyone! I thought I would share some awesome inspirational favorites I saw this week via the web. But first, I thought I wanted to share (again) one of my favorite recipes for Breakfast Almond and Raspberry Quinoa which has been so highly requested. Look for big, big news on my site next week. Thanks for everyone’s continued support! Have a great weekend, Alison

Fabulous beyond words via Pinterest

Incredible Laundry Inspiration via Houzz

 Amazing Yoga Inspiration

Creamy Broccoli Spinach Soup via Gourmande in the Kitchen

Funfetti Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting via Bakers Royale

Chia Seed Banana-Nut Muffins

Have you heard of Chia Seeds? If you haven’t, read on. These wonderful seeds are on my list of top super foods of 2012. Chia seeds have more calcium and fiber than flaxseed, and they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. They are also said to boost energy levels. They have a nutlike flavor, and they add flavor and crunch to baked goods, oatmeal, cereal, salads and in yogurt. Try them in this recipe for Chia Banana-Nut Muffins. It’s so easy, with no mixer needed. I made these on sunday, and before I could turn around, all of them were gone. My kids went wild over these. Feel free to use mini muffin pans for variety. If you use mini pans, bake them at 350F for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Enjoy, and check out this powerful seed.

Chia picture from Pinterest

 

 

 

 

No Bake Chocolate-Peanut Flaxseed Butter Bars

No Bake recipes bar cookie recipes are some of my favorite cookie/bar types of desserts, especially this time of year when I’m so busy. I quickly mixed up these up  one afternoon, and my kids told me these were a “home run” (well that was what the boys said). My daughter loved them even though she isn’t a coconut fan. These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Bars call for ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. These make a great afternoon snack, dessert (with milk) and an easy homemade gift for Christmas or Hanukkah.

Rosemary-Chipotle Spiced Nuts

Every year, I try to come up with a new roasted, spiced nut recipe for holiday food gifts to give to friends, teachers and loved ones. Rosemary-Chipotle Spiced Nuts has to go to the top of the list as one of my favorites. They are so easy to prepare, and I love the combination of using fresh rosemary and dried chipotle seasoning to give a hint of earthiness and spiciness to the nuts. These nuts are great on their own as a snack, but also wonderful tossed in a salad or on top of roasted vegetables, sautéed spinach and even stirred in yogurt. They make a healthy, homemade food gift just in time of the holidays.

Holiday Fitness Gift Ideas for “Her”

Okay. I am a fitness fanatic. I admit it. I want everything fitness related for my holiday gifts so here is a list of some of my favorites. To start, is this great workout bag called the “Triumphant Tote” from Lululemon. Not only does it fit a 15-inch laptop, but it’s so roomy, cool-looking, has a waterproof outer layer, and an exterior pocket with removable bag for grubby gear (perfect for my cycle shoes and sweaty clothes). $118. I want this in black if anyone is listening…Here are some of my other favorites:

For the Runner: How about this Roga Short for Oiselle. It combines the flattering waist of a yoga short with the technical function of a great running short with a rear zip pocket and moisture protection. $44

For Anyone: The “Energy Bra” by Lululemon, is my newest favorite workout bra. It fits perfectly, is so comfortable and it’s great for any sport as well as hot yoga. I just splurged on this pink one!  $42

For the Runner: I just bought these running tights from Saucony, and they are comfortable, have a reflective stripe for maximum visibility (if you are running early in the morning or late in the day), have a roomy pocket and ankle zippers. $65

For a Challenge: How about a great workout DVD? If you’re looking for a great overall workout that is tough and will tone you up, try my friend, Sandra’s,  Horizontal Conditioning or Boot Camp DVD. $19.99

For Tennis: I love this new Nike Rival Tennis Skirt, part of the Sharapova holiday Dry-fit collection. The fit is awesome. $60

For Yoga: This Burn Out V-Neck from Yoga Fit is so soft and the perfect fit for yoga, running or just lounging at home. I love that their collection is made in in the USA. The yoga posture illustrations on the shirt are too cute.

Peppermint Milkshakes: Only 3 Ingredients

I first made this recipe for Peppermint Milkshakes on my blog in December of 2008 when I literally threw three ingredients together in a blender for my kids instead of taking them to get peppermint ice cream. Since then, I have been making these religiously for parties and for my 3 kids. It has been one of the most heavenly requested recipes from my children’s friends who have come to my house and tried them. Whenever I’m invited to a holiday party, I typically get asked to make these. This past sunday night, I made them for 28 people, and it was beyond an absolute hit. So many requested me to post the infamous recipe one more time so they can make them for their family Christmas events. Here it is…Enjoy!

Molten Cake in a Mug

It’s the time of year when my kids get hooked on any type of hot chocolate desserts. My 3 kids especially love “molten” and “lava” cakes. So, I thought, “Why not change a recipe around a bit to create another tasty treat for them.” Instead of using ramekins, I tried some fun stoneware mugs. These Molten Cakes in a Mug came out absolutely wonderful. They make a simple, inexpensive holiday gift. Just purchase a stoneware or ovenproof mug, and tie a recipe card with this recipe to go along with it. It may just be what my neighbors are getting :). I hope they aren’t reading this…