The Giveaway Event You’ve Been Waiting For – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

February is finally here! Wow, that came quick! And before we know it, Valentine’s day will be here too!
What are you cooking for your loved ones? We are aiming for healthy food this year. At this very moment my loving husband is making us all rotisserie chicken soup. It’s healthy and fresh! And we are all a tad under the weather, and it’s rainy out, so it’s perfection. The other bit of perfection is watching Frozen for the first time with my daughter while writing all day. What a perfect day right?!!?

Now back to the healthy Valentine’s-boy did I sidetrack or what?! Well, it’s time for another awesome giveaway. There are 14 unique prizes, so don’t miss them. Click through the arrows on the Rafflecopter image to see them all.

But we wouldn’t have the giveaway without the help of all 13 sponsors and all 22 bloggers. So THANK YOU!!!!

The Giveaway Event You've Been Waiting For - #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

#FreshTastyValentines is here. A group of 22 talented food bloggers who will be posting recipes for an entire week that, we hope, will inspire you to make some healthy Valentines treats for your loved ones. Here we are…

The Bloggers

(with links to their homepages, in alphabetical order)

From February 1st through February 8th, not only will you find nearly a hundred recipe posts, but you can enter to win our awesome giveaway, courtesy of some amazingly generous donations from sponsoring companies. See rafflecopter below.

The Sponsors

(with links to their homepages, in alphabetical order)

The Giveaway Event You've Been Waiting For - #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

The Giveaway

For FOURTEEN Different Prizes

begins February 1st and ends February 8th

If you are visiting before the rafflecopter opens, please check back!

Stay tuned for these sponsored recipes made by Famished Fish-that’s me!
Baked Eggs with Tomatoes and Pistou sponsored by Sun Basket
Homemade Mascarpone Cheese sponsored by UncommonGoods
Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill
Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball sponsored by Not Ketchup
Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Loin, Coconut Lime Rice, and Ginger Orange Salad sponsored by Gourmet Garden
Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze sponsored by Casabella and Kitchen IQ
Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad sponsored by TLish Dressings and Marinades and Mann Packing
Mulled Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone sponsored by Envy Apples and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi

Don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway with #FreshTastyValentines below!!

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Thank you to #FreshTastyValentines sponsors for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #FreshTastyValentines recipe development without additional compensation. All opinions stated are those of the bloggers. *This post contains affiliate links.


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Tea Rose Macarons for Mother’s Day

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

How do I do it? I’m asked this often. I work, I cook, I “try to” clean, I have four kids and a wonderful husband. I try. And I’m pretty sure I get my strength from the Lord. With Mother’s Day around the corner it’s time we show all of our mothers how much we appreciate how hard they try and no longer question how they do it, but know that they just do.

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I got an early Mother’s Day gift this year. UncommonGoods has given me a special treat. They have so many knick knacks and handmade goodies, specialty carved cutting boards, kitchen utensils, unique decorations and just about anything uncommon. One thing that caught my eye on their website is a macaron kit and tea stick, because my kids, for some reason or another, came across a picture of a macaron online months ago, and they have been bugging me to make them ever since.

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And who doesn’t love an afternoon tea for Mother’s Day?!

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

There really is no better place to look for a unique gift for Mother’s Day than from UncommonGoods. Founded in Brooklyn, New York over 15 years ago, UncommonGoods strives to promote earthly goods, recycled and upcycled material based products, that showcase artists’ and designers’ true unique talents. The company also supports a few Non Profit groups, including American Rainforests and Women for Women International.

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I have never tried a macaron in my life until I made these and I’m pretty sure I got close, because after I let them sit and “mature” for the recommended minimum 24 hours, these were the chewiest most decadently delightful cookies I have ever tasted in my life. But don’t let them mature past 5 days. Seriously, do you honestly think they will last that long in your house?

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

They literally melted in my mouth-one minute a crispy nutty meringue shell and the next day a soft and chewy tender cream filled cookie with a flaky outer layer. These truly are worth the time they took to make with this cool kit from UncommonGoods. What a great way to make the process easy breezy! And to help me show my kids “how I do it”. I tried to make macarons, and I succeeded!

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I found a recipe here on Martha Stewart’s site, but of course I could’ve followed the directions from the package and the macaron kit. Mind you, I did add rosewater to my macarons and tea leaves to my buttercream filling as the booklet suggested, and I baked these low and slow. I found many tips online that recommended it this way. My macarons didn’t quite get large enough “feet” but it was a bit rainy when I made these and baking doesn’t stop in my house just because the weather changes.

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ingredients:
2 egg whites
pinch cream of tartar
1/4 cup super fine sugar
4 drops rosewater or 1 vanilla bean (optional)
1 swirl pink food color gel (optional)
3/4 cup almond flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup buttercream filling
1/2 tsp crushed tea leaves (optional)
1 swirl pastel green food color gel (optional)

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Directions:
To make these macarons preheat your oven to 300°F. Separate your eggs with an egg separator and set the yolks aside for creamy custard if you’d like. Beat the egg whites in a stand mixer until foamy about two minutes.

Add a pinch of cream of tartar and continue beating the egg whites on medium high speed until soft peaks form, about four minutes. Add a quarter cup of superfine sugar (I just processed mine in the food processor).

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Beat the egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form, about another four minutes. The egg whites are done when they clump inside the beater. At this point you can add the rosewater, optional or the scrapings of a vanilla bean, and some gel food coloring of your choice.

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

While the eggs are whisking, process 3/4 cup almond flour and 1 cup powdered sugar in a food processor and pulse until blended. Sift through a wire mesh strainer if desired.

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Dump the almond flour-sugar mixture into the stiff egg whites and gently fold into the egg whites, about 25 strokes. Be careful not to over mix to a soup-like batter, or under mix leaving the batter dry.

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The batter should hold it’s shape when dropped by a spoon onto parchment paper and then spread slightly within 30 seconds. Working quickly, pipe the macaron batter onto a macaron silicone baking mat or parchment paper with 2″ circles drawn underneath. (Do this before making the batter.) Let the unbaked macarons rest for 20 to 30 minutes, until a smooth skin has formed in the top of each cookie.

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake for 18 to 25 minutes until the macarons have risen and puffed and are firm to the touch, but not browned.

While the macarons are baking, make your favorite frosting and put it in the refrigerator to chill. I used Martha’s eringue Buttercream and added crushed tea leaves and a small amount of green gel food color.

These cookies took a little bit of time and effort, as this was my first time making them-and my third batch pictured, but I will say this—I will be making these again. The only downside-they disappear way too quickly!

So please get your mom a Mother’s Day treat and appreciate the hard work she does (like making macarons for her kids when all she wants to do is put her feet up) and find something special from UncommonGoods.

Happy Mother’s Day readers! Love, Saundra

Tea Rose Macarons | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

*This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. I received free products from the sponsor in exchange for my unbiased promotion of their unique products. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, and images are my own, except product packaging.

Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers and Infused Oven Fries

Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark              

So tonight’s dinner was a hit.
 Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I’m really enjoying this #TripleSBites event. Or at least getting started. I’ve got at least 9 more recipes to show case these #sponsors goodies!
 Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
This is another one of those, “brainstorm dinner on the traffic drive home from work” dinners. It also helped that I received yet another sponsor’s ingredient today from Acala Farms, some heavenly infused Cottonseed Oil. This cottonseed oil is very versatile, with a high smoking point for fryng, baking, or even just drizzling over a salad or roasted vegetables. You can purchase it here, if you’d like.
I decided to make some juicy Blue Bacon Chicken Burgers with Infused Oven Fries. I used my olive oil mayo trick on the burgers, to give them that extra umph. And of course Voodoo Chef Red gave it the WOW. The French Fries, well the Chile Cumin Oil was perfect for those! They turned out incredibly roasted, soft inside and flavorful outside. I only added salt and pepper but the oil gave it so much more flavor that no regular oil could deliver.

Now to the recipe.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Ingredients:
19 ounce package ground turkey breast
2 Tb olive oil mayonnaise
1/2 Tb Voodoo Chef Red seasoning (or any other seasoning salt)
5 Tb Gorgonzola cheese
1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon, preferably candied bacon
4 large Kaiser rolls
Optional:
1 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
1 1/3 cups arugula
4 large russet potatoes, sweet potatoes or variety, peeled and rinsed
1 oz Acala Farms Chile Cumin Cottonseed Oil (or canola oil and desired spice)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Cut the potatoes into long half inch strips. Drizzle some oil onto the baking sheet. Spread out the potatoes and drizzle the remaining oil over them.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss lightly. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the french fries over carefully with a turner and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden all around. Sprinkle with additional salt if desired.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
For the burgers, combine the turkey breast and remaining ingredients.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Mix well. Divide the turkey mixture into four patties and grill over medium heat on a griddle sprayed with cooking spray.
Cook about 8 eight minutes on each side, until no longer pink and the juices run clear.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Toast the Kaiser rolls lightly and spread generously with additional olive oil mayonnaise.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Top with sliced avocados and arugula and a turkey breast patty. Serve with infused oven fries.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
This post was sponsored by Voodoo Chef and Acala Farms. I received one spice jar and two bottles of oil for participating in an upcoming event #TripleSBites. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

Blue Bacon Chicken Burgers and Infused Oven Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 970 calories

Fat 44 g

Carbs 96 g

Protein 48 g

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Blue Bacon Chicken Burgers and Infused Oven Fries

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 25

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Burgers

  • 19 ounce package ground turkey breast
  • 2 Tb olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Tb Voodoo Chef Red seasoning (or any other seasoning salt)
  • 5 Tb Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon, preferably candied bacon
  • 4 large Kaiser rolls
  • For the Garnish

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 1/3 cups arugula
  • For the Infused Oven Fries

  • 4 large russet potatoes, sweet potatoes or variety, peeled and rinsed
  • 1 oz Acala Farms Chile Cumin Cottonseed Oil (or canola oil and desired spice)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Cut the potatoes into long half inch strips. Drizzle some oil onto the baking sheet. Spread out the potatoes and drizzle the remaining oil over them.
  2. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss lightly. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the french fries over carefully with a turner and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden all around. Sprinkle with additional salt if desired.
  3. For the burgers, combine the turkey breast and remaining ingredients.
  4. Mix well. Divide the turkey mixture into four patties and grill over medium heat on a griddle sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Cook about 8 eight minutes on each side, until no longer pink and the juices run clear.
  6. Toast the Kaiser rolls lightly and spread generously with additional olive oil mayonnaise.
  7. Top with sliced avocados and arugula and a turkey breast patty. Serve with infused oven fries.

#TripleSBites Spicy, Saucy and Sexy #Sponsors — Thank you!!!

#TripleSBites #Sponsor Thank you | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

I’ve been playing around with some new ingredients lately for an upcoming foodie blogger event #TripleSBites. We had 11 sponsors who were kind enough to provide us products for testing tasting and sharing.
You can find a list of all of our sponsors below. Just click on their name and you’ll find a link to their own page.
I have had so much fun with this project. I feel like one of those professional chefs on those cooking shows where they have a new recipe in their head, and then at the last minute there’s an ingredient thrown at them, and they have to think of something extra special for that recipe-and the BAM!-they have this explosively creative recipe.
Thank you SPONSORS for this opportunity to share your products!
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
#Triple S bites is an event beginning on Monday, February 2 through Monday, February 9 where we will showcase 20 bloggers and all of their creative genius of spicy, saucy, and sexy bites for Valentines and beyond. Anytime you want to woo your honey, please come back and look up #TripleSBites. You know that # symbol is here just for our readers – to look up these romantic bites when in need.
So strap on your seatbelt and get ready to plow through some intense, spicy, savory, and sweet recipes from these bloggers below. Click on their name and it will go right to their page!
 
Oh and keep following this event, because we are going to offer a rafflecopter giveaway courtesy of our sponsors, that is sure to please.
But while you’re waiting I’ll be enticing you with a couple of teasers. Check them out these Korean BBQ Meatball Sandwiches, Sausage and Pepper and Stroganoff and new Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Infused Oven Fries.