Monday, May 28, 2012

Something new and Ali's attitude


When home cooks want a mealtime makover, Lawry’s wants them to “Dinerise” with new products including Seasoned Salt with Mediterranean Herbs, Fire-Roasted Garlic Salt with Oregano & Basil and Fire Roasted Chile & Garlic Blend. I’m also working through new marinades including Santa Fe Chile and Mediterranean Herb and White Wine.

My daughter brought home a ton of extra white rice from a volunteer dinner she cooked and I played with these products in a manner not intended. Instead of marinating meat, I just made a vinegar and oil dressing from the Mediterranean marinade and spices. Several guests commented on this dish, so I had to “give it up” for Lawry’s. I’m all over the garlic and chili seasonings. They turn a breakfast egg into a treat.

Go Ali!

Ali Leombruni, owner of Ali's All Natural, is on a mission to get people healthy and has developed a line of barbecue sauces, etc., without a lot of the “bad stuff” in the ingredients list. I wrote about some, including Ali’s Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce. Readers know it’s rare for me to not like something, but Ali noted I wasn’t keen on the strawberry flavored sugar-free pancake syrup. She wrote me herself to “deeply apologize for the strawberry syrup as this is not an accurate representation of how the syrup should taste whatsoever. I am sure you found the strawberry to be flavorless as well as very bitter and sour.” She said it was a problem with materials, and sent me a new bottle, which is up to her standards. That’s another reason I think this Arizona company is one we will be hearing more about in the future. Thanks, Ali. Visit to learn more.


POM Wonderful 100 % Pomegranate Juice comes in little travel sizes for road trips. Makers have recipes from adult beverages to chicken dinner and I’ve got a tip of my own. A dash of this juice makes cheap boxed wine better. I’ve been having some straight up and also used as a flavoring for orange juice and sugar-free lemonade. A bottle of their antioxidant super tea, flavored with lychee, is what I grabbed to ease my allergy haze. I’m sure you’ve heard this pomegranate juice is good for you. Now, here’s an idea from the bottlers:

Frozen Pomarita

1 ounce freshly squeezed pomegranate juice* or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

1 ounce tequila

1 ounce triple sec liqueur
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

1 1/2 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water dissolved together in cold water)

Salt and lime for garnish (optional)

Shake all drink ingredients with ice to chill.

Serve this pomegranate cocktail recipe in a martini glass prepared as follows:
Mix in a bowl, one part ground cinnamon and one part granulated sugar.
Moisten the rim of a martini glass by swiping a slice of orange around the rim.
Dust glass rim with the sugared cinnamon mixture and decorate with a spiral of orange.

* This cocktail can be made with freshly squeezed juice from a POM Wonderful Pomegranate or by using POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice. To juice the pomegranate, cut it in half (as you would a grapefruit) and juice using a citrus reamer or a juicer. Pour mixture through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or sieve. One large POM Wonderful Pomegranate will produce about 1/2 cup of juice.

They made it easy for you

It sounds so exclusive the way they say it. New gluten-free Perfectly Simple Nutrition Bar by ZonePerfect Discover has a “limited number of ingredients.” Doesn’t it sound like all those preservatives that didn’t make the cut are behind velvet ropes at the club, still trying to get in? They won’t. Here’s the A List of who did: Peanut Crunch, Cranberry Almond and Toasted Coconut. I inside the club, having a party with all these delicious bars.

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