Boden is wonderful UK clothing website where we buy quite a few outfits for our twin boys. They have some great clothing and recently we picked up some fantastic swim trunks for the boys since we are spending a lot of time at the University Park community pool – one of the best benefits of our new home.

Boden has a blog that talks not only about fashion and their products but anything the
“Boden Community” wants to discuss. One day my wife sent me an email she received from Boden showcasing a fabulous looking taglionlini recipe that she wanted me to make. Wish granted.

Here is the recipe: Springtime Taglionlini from Antonio Carluccio.

I made a few changes switching out the noodles with fresh linguini and swapping the hazelnuts with something I already had – pine nuts.

This is a light, easy to make recipe that goes great with some fresh bread and a small side salad.

Enjoy! Oops I meant to say, Brilliant!

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VitaMix, VitaAddicted

On July 14, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus

My wife Stephanie kept looking into buying a VitaMix blender. We owned a perfectly fine Cruisinart blender that well blended things and quite honestly we rarely used it. So why did we need some $500 blender?! Who knows but I figured as we moved into our new home that a house warming gift was in order and well it seemed like a good time to get this crazy blender thingy.

It’s been about a month since we bought the VitaMix at Costco and I have to admit – I’m addicted. Maybe it’s because I wanted to feel justified spending so much on this crazy thing. Or perhaps it just makes some great things (mainly smoothies) and is very easy to clean, making it a mostly effortless experience each time I use it.

Here are a couple quick favorite smoothie recipes. The best part no added sugars and I’ve dramatically reduced my visits and cravings for Jamba Juice. Plus I can avoid any sugars or concentrates and use organic fruit.

Blueberry, Banana, Orange Smoothie

1/2 cup blueberries
1 orange, peeled
1 banana, peeled
1 cup ice
1/4 cup water

Add ingredients in order listed start on variable setting 1 and increase immediately to 10 and then put into high speed for about 30-45 seconds.

Pineapple, Orange, Banana Smoothie

1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
1/2 cup orange juice
1 banana, peeled
1 cup ice

Add ingredients in order listed start on variable setting 1 and increase immediately to 10 and then put into high speed for about 30-45 seconds.

Here are some additional online resources covering VitaMix recipes:

Facebook Page Dedicated to VitaMix Recipes

YouTube Videos Featuring VitaMix Recipes

VitaMix’s Vita-Village Forum

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Mango Indian Chicken

On July 12, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus

I love fresh fruit and summer is a great time of year to add some fruit to your dishes. This is a rather simple chicken dish that features mangos. You could substitute peaches too, but this is a great use for mangos. Just make sure when you buy a mango from the grocery store that you find one with a little softness, similar to picking a ripe avocado.


Mango Chicken
Serves 2

2 medium mangos, peeled and pitted
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thirds
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons of butter or ghee
1 medium onions, chopped
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons lime juice

Blend the mangos in a small food processor for about 15 seconds. It should make a nice thick puree.

Heat a sauté pan on medium-high heat adding the butter. Combine the chicken with the garlic and ginger and toss together then add to the hot pan. Turn the chicken to fully cook and brown, about 7 minutes.

Add the onions to the pan and sprinkle spices in as onions cook for 3 minutes. Add the mango puree, heavy cream and lime juice and blend together with a spoon. Cook for about 5-10 minutes on medium-low heat to simmer.
Serve with rice.

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Vegetarian Tacos

On July 7, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus

It’s no secret I love tacos, but finding a great vegetarian taco is not easy. So many restaurants over use bell peppers or try to get to complicated with sauces or cheeses. Fortunately, I found a fairly basic recipe from the vegetarian cookbook Appetite for Reduction. I modified it quite a bit, but kept some of its essence too as I liked the minimalist but impact of the spices used.

On a side note, our son Oscar liked the tacos too with one change – “no hot stuff.”

Vegetarian Tacos
Serves 4

1 medium yellow squash, cut into small cubes
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 small red or yellow potatoes, cut into small cubes and cooked
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed, removing all liquid
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup of salsa verde
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

Cook the potatoes in a small pot for about 8-10 minutes until done.

Start by heating the olive oil and cooking the squash and jalapeno together for about 7 minutes on medium heat and adding some salt to taste. Add the cumin, coriander, black beans and cooked potatoes to the squash and jalapeno. Cook for 5 minutes on medium-low heat then add the salsa verde and cook for about a minute more.

Heat the tortillas. I prefer heating them on a gas stove top turning frequently to get a nice charred burn or two.



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