Wednesday, September 28, 2016

National Coffee Day with Dunkin Donuts (+ Light & Fluffy Pumpkin Dip)

This post is sponsored by Dunkin Donuts but all opinions are my own.

Thursday is National Coffee Day and we always know how to celebrate that great day - with Dunkin Donuts! It's also their 66th Anniversary so they're offering 66 cent medium hot coffees all day tomorrow!

But I decided to do more than just drink the coffee - I'm gonna cook a little with it.


I was inspired by this recipe video on Facebook for Pumpkin Munchkin Waffle Chips with a cookie dough dip.

I decided to make mine a little easier - of course!

This one is super simple with just four ingredients and it's so good! Mascarpone cheese (find at grocery store - kind of the texture of cream cheese), Cool Whip, Pure Pumpkin and mini chocolate chips. That's it!

 Throw the mascarpone, whipped topping and pumpkin in a bowl and grab the hand mixer - one minute and you're done!

Then stir in your mini chocolate chips and that's it!

This is a great quick dessert - especially when everybody is pumpkin crazy! You could eat it on it's own like a pudding or use it as a sweet dip for graham crackers, cookies or DONUTS!



That's right - I'm going to use them on donuts on Local 12 this morning with my friends - Bob, Sheila and John!

I hope you enjoy them too!

Pumpkin Dip

1/2 container mascarpone cheese
1/2 container Cool Whip
1/2 small can pure pumpkin
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Beat the cheese, whipped topping and pumpkin together with a hand mixer for a minute. Fold in mini chips. Refrigerate and serve with donuts!

(You can also throw in a little Pumpkin Macchiato coffee for a little extra pumpkiny coffee flavor!)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mean Green Super Strength Takes on the Garage!

This post is sponsored by Mean Green Cleaner and Degreaser. All opinions are my own.

I've been trying a variety of Mean Green Cleaners around my home in the past few months. 
I love this chart - once I saw that - I knew that I was done buying all these other cleaners. If this works better - then I'm in. The main thing I use it for is in the kitchen instead of 409. 

But Mean Green challenged me to try their Super Strength in my garage - so I opened the garage door to see what dirt and grime I could clean up. I didn't have to look too far. 


First challenge: my husband got bumped by someone on the interstate and they took off. Gee thanks. He's been meaning to clean it and just hasn't gotten around to it so off I went! This was only with paper towels and Mean Green Super Strength. I would say I worked on it for about 15 minutes with repeated sprays. And while it didn't come off 100% - I'm pretty confident that if I'd kept going - it would have. And hey - hubby was thrilled with this improvement - especially since he didn't have to do it!

Then I decided to take on the wheels of my car. My husband is super anal about his wheels - me - not so much. i could care less. But I was willing to give it a try. As you can see - this worked GREAT on my tires! And this was easy too - no hard scrubbing - just spray and wipe. I did leave for maybe 5-10 seconds before wiping away - and it took a few times for this shiny - but it was less than five minutes for sure. I think I could have even used a hose and had good results as well.

So let's go in for the close-up on this one. Sparkly - right!!! 

All in all - I was very happy with the results - my wheels look great! Mean Green got off muck, dirt and brake dust EASILY! 


Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall on the Farm at Blooms & Berries!






I really love fall and it's here! Getting a pumpkin - wearing a sweatshirt - dragging my husband on a hayrack ride - and of course FOOTBALL! These are all things I look forward to! 

If you're looking for an awesome, family-friendly Fall experience? Be sure to check out Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries. This 61-acre family farm is located in my backyard of Loveland, Ohio, offers a day's worth of Fall favorites for the whole family. Start by taking a 30-minute hayride through the "I Spy" woods and out to the pumpkin patch. Then, explore the play area's "sand" box filled with corn, the tractor-tire mountain and the giant 20-foot slide. If you're up for a challenge, see if you can solve The Pollination Complication game in the 7-acre corn maze. There's also a kid's corn maze that's perfect for the little ones. Speaking of the kids, they will love the cow train ride, and they will get a chance to meet a bunch of farm animal friends - goats, miniature donkeys, cows, lambs, ducks, chickens, turkeys and bunnies. The piles of pumpkins and stunning mums in a festive setting make Fall on the Farm fun for any age. Don't forget to pick up a delicious caramel apple and fresh pressed cider. Come build a fun adventure you won't forget! Dates for Fall on the Farm are September 24th through October 31. Check out www.fallonthefarm.com for more info.

Insider tip: This event is open seven days a week, but if you're on a budget, you should visit early in the season or on a weekday to save money and skip the crowds.

Another way to save: My readers get $2 OFF any Regular Priced Admission!
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I was provided discounts for Blooms & Berries in exchange for this post - all opinions are my own. 


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kroger's #TasteofItaly Recipe: Sausage Spiedini Skewers

Kroger has their Taste of Italy event going on for another week so there's still time for you to take advantage of the great products and great deals! 

They have some great Free with Purchase deals going on right now - one I grabbed was buying their Italian Sausage and getting pasta free! This isn't the pasta they specified but because they were out of that one - the store was super friendly and willing to sub in another of their specials.

A photo posted by Heather Johnson (@foodhussy) on
The folks at Kroger also sent their team to Italy to choose the products and bring authentic Italy to the streets of Cincinnati. One of the products they chose was the Tiramisu! It even came with a spoon! It actually tasted pretty good - not as good as fresh - but it was fine. I had to try it for $2!

But back to my dinner - I took the "buy this - get that"to the kitchen and made Sausage Spiedini Skewers from the #tasteofitaly website and went to town!


SAUSAGE SPIEDINI SKEWERS


          1 lb. Kroger Sweet Italian Sausage Links, cut into 4” pieces
    • bell peppers, cut into chunks
    • 1 large onion, cut into chunks
    • 3 Tbsp. Italian extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
    • 2 cups HemisFares™ Tomato and Basil Sauce, warmed
    • Wooden skewers
    • Instructions:
    • Thread meat, peppers and onions onto wooden skewers.
    • Brush with olive oil.
    • Using grill or grill pan, cook skewers for about 7 minutes per side.
    • Once sausage is cooked through, remove from heat (ensure internal temperature reaches 165° F).
    • Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley and warmed tomato basil sauce.
Thanks to Kroger for inviting us to try all their authentic Taste of Italy items! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review + Giveaway: Seasons 52 Brunch

A few weeks ago I was invited to enjoy brunch at Seasons 52 on the house (+ give some to you!) - so I thought if I'm going to indulge - I should probably work out first - right?
 So I did the Cheetah Run at the Cincinnati Zoo that morning! My friend Dawn and I had a great time and I really enjoyed the course. You start out in the zoo, then go "around the block" outside the zoo and finish back inside. It was an enjoyable course and...

You get free admittance to the zoo for the day! It was brutally hot so after a little recovery time and some blue ice cream - we took a quick spin of the zoo. I got to see my favorite friends the polar bears just as they were coming out for the morning!

By then - we were starving - so off to Seasons 52 we went! Seasons is located across from Rookwood Plaza and is next to Capital Grille.

Seasons 52 specializes in fresh seasonal menus that are healthy as well. The calories are always listed with each item and you can definitely find some great options. The brunch menu is pretty-droolworthy.

They started us out with an amuse bouche with a raspberry stuffed with goat cheese and pine nuts in a balsamic reduction. You put the words goat cheese and balsamic reduction together - and I'll eat whatever you put in front of me! It was a delightful little bite!

Neither Dawn or I are much for drinking but we decided to try their Prosecco Bellinis ($10.50). They come in white peach (170 cal) or raspberry (180 cal). The raspberry one was rather difficult to drink because of all the fruit pieces in it but it was tasty - Dawn liked her white peach as well.

Then - the eating began. Oh my - they brought us EVERYTHING on their brunch menu. Holy.

First up - the Vegetable Frittata ($13 - 380 cal). It's eggs, aged cheddar, roasted red peppers & potatoes and mushrooms with a side of grilled asparagus and sriracha hollandaise.

This was really great and especially when you see it's only 380 calories! I tried a dab of the hollandaise but it was great without it. This dish ended up getting put on the back burner because of the other amazing items - but we both really enjoyed it. When I head back - it might be my choice just because of how low calorie it is combined with the amount of flavor it packs! Really great choice!

But here's the thing - it's hard to devour the frittata when you have Lobster Eggs Benedict staring you in the face ($22.90 - 760 cal). It's expensive but oh mama - it's worth it. Dawn and I practically stabbed each others hands getting to it first! 

Toasted brioche, mushrooms and wilted spinach - topped with poached eggs, hollandaise and crush potatoes. Oh and poached lobster. 

This was simply amazing and decadent. I could have EASILY eaten the whole thing - probably twice but I let Dawn have half. I can't say enough - I didn't even come up for air on this one - no words either - just moans along the way. 

I had Shakshuka once before at a charity event and it was my favorite dish - I was very excited to see if that would repeat itself here. 

Shakshuka is eggs baked in a sauce of sweet peppers, tomatoes, chorizo and crumbled feta ($13 - 620 cal).  The server said she wasn't a chorizo fan so she didn't care for it much but I have to disagree completely - this was really great! And I'll say - the chorizo isn't that spicy or anything. I found this dish very different from everything else and a welcome change - it was such different flavors - I loved it! 

Seasons 52 is also known for their flatbreads and they are typically delish as well. We had a Smoked Salmon Flatbread ($13 - 480 cal). It had cold-smoked Kendall Brook salmon, capers, red onion and a horseradish crema. This was good and we both had a piece or two but all in all - probably our least favorite. It's good - but I wouldn't want to have just this as my entree - I think it's a great starter for a group though.

Then we finally dug into the Brick Oven Brioche French Toast ($13 - 790 cal) - not surprisingly the highest calorie dish. The French Toast is topped with blueberry-infused maple syrup and whiskey-smoked brown sugar pecan.

This was the servers favorite and they said probably the most ordered item. Dawn loved it. I liked it - I didn't think it was as good as the lobster. It's decadent for sure but I felt a little under done and sort of one-note. It was very eggy...which is fine. It was good - I just didn't fall in love with it. You definitely wouldn't be disappointed ordering it - but I personally enjoyed the Shakshuka and the Lobster Eggs Benedict more...

They also brought us Eggs Benedict sans lobster. I totes ate the poached egg because I'm now obsessed with them. ($13 - 680 cal).

They also brought us a Shrubby Mary ($9.90 - 200 cal) which had tomato vodka, housemade tomato-celery shrub and a touch of sriracha. Neither of us actually likes Bloody Marys but we both said that - for a bloody mary - it wasn't awful. The whole carrot sticking out was a bit much - I mean - who's going to chomp down an entire raw carrot? I'd rather have a pickle!

Then it was dessert time! I love Seasons 52 desserts - they're tiny and they have so many flavors! Yum all around! We each chose a couple - I have no idea how we had room for them. These are all $3 each. 

Top: Mocha Macchiato - mocha & vanilla mousse, chocolate cake, caramel sauce (290 cal)
Right: Pumpkin Pie - pumpkin mousse, gingersnap cookie (310 cal)
Bottom: Pecan Pie - vanilla bean mousse, whipped cream, honey-glazed pecan (370 cal)
Left: Key Lime Pie - pecan crust, toasted meringue (290 cal)

They were all delicious - but as it's seasonal - if you like pumpkin or gingersnaps - get the Pumpkin Pie. I can never resist the Pecan Pie - I get it every single time - it's the PERFECT amount of Pecan Pie! 

Why Should You Go? It was a wonderful brunch - and I can comfortably say there is something for everyone! I loved brunch and can't wait to go back!

Now you get to go too! I have a $52 gift card to Seasons 52 for one of you! Enjoy! 



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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Amazing Event Next Weekend! Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic


If you love food and live anywhere near Cincinnati - this upcoming weekend is the event for you! Seriously - you need to get tickets for this - so get out your credit card and get ready. I'm about to make you drool - and buy some tickets!!!

It's the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic!!!!!

First off - there's wine and LOTS of it! The tastings are amazing - I recommend not eating for 24 hours before you go - you need every ounce of space in your system! Whites and reds a plenty! There's definitely something for everyone and I promise you'll find something new you didn't realize you liked.

There's also live music everywhere! We were walking around and it was so much fun noshing on chef's creations, trying new wines, listening to music and taking classes! This year the event has moved to Yeatman's Cove - which I'm psyched about! I love that area of town...

And then there's the food - this was pork belly from Jag's - so good - you want to just grab it out of the picture and eat it!

And some amazing chefs (Jean Robert, Jonathon Sawyer, Jose Salazar) like Jackson Rouse from the Rookwood and so many more will be there. Last year - his dish was so amazing...and was as beautiful as it was tasty!

Seriously gorgeous and delicious!

There are grand tastings, a masterclass salon, demonstration kitchens, dessert pavilions, an artisan marketplace and more. The tastings are worth the price of admission on their own - for sure! 

Tickets are still available and I can promise it is something you won't regret purchasing. It's so great to taste so many amazing dishes from chefs near and far - it gives you a great list of where to go around the city for the next year! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

IKEA's Swedish Crayfish Party is TONIGHT!

Swedish Crayfish Party
In case you're looking for dinner plans tonight - IKEA is having their annual Swedish Crayfish party. It's an all-you-can-eat crayfish buffet, featuring crayfish, cucumber salad and more!

IKEA FAMILY Member price: $14.99/person and Kids are only $2.99!

I had a lot of fun at the event last year!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tailgate Party Tonight!! Black & Red Zone on Short Vine for the Cincinnati Bearcats!

LET'S GET READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!



Short Vine is hopping and no worries for parking because they have tons of parking and are only 2 blocks from Nippert Stadium!

This party is FREE!! Plus there is plenty of cold Coors Light (the official Bearcat Beer), LaRosa's pizza and prizes! 

Photo courtesy of Naked Karate Girls
If you have a ticket to the game - come before hand and hear the Naked Karate Girls! 

If you don't - stay and watch the game with everybody at the bar!  

Party is from 4pm - 730pm - can't wait to see you there!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Food Hussy's 25 Chocolate Recipes to Die For!

International Chocolate Day is upon us (tomorrow)! What shall we do to celebrate? 


How about make every amazing chocolate recipe we can find!!!

Chocolate Almond Layer Shortcake from the Educators Spin On It

Low Carb Chocolate Strawberry Treats from My Life Cookbook

Easy Cherry Chocolate Pie Recipe from Clarks Condensed

Chocolate Chip Muffin Loaf from The Baking Fairy

Mexican Chocolate Roasted Almonds from Busy Mommy Media

Chocolate Pear Tarts from The Baking Fairy

Dark Chocolate Donuts With White Chocolate Glaze from The Baking Fairy

Lemon White Chocolate Rolls from The Baking Fairy

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread from Artful Homemaking

We're not done yet - this next one might be my favorite!

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn from The Chaos and the Clutter

Healthy Muffin Recipes: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip from Spoil My Family

Chocolate Pumpkin Roll from The Baking Fairy
 
Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Sauce That Hardens from Growing Up Gabel
 
Strawberry Rhubarb & Chocolate Chip Muffins from Fuchsia Freezer
 
Cheesecake Parfaits in a Jar from My Life Cookbook
 
Mini Mug Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting from Fuchsia Freezer
 
Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Frosting from In the Playroom
 
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Brownies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting from Growing Up Gabel
 
Crazy Easy Owl Cupcakes from Pint-sized Treasures

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Dip from Pint-sized Treasures
 
Pomegranate Chocolate Recipe for Kids from Play Tivities
 
The Most Decadent Chocolate Mudslide from The Soccer Mom Blog

Triple Chocolate Banana Nut Muffins from Pint-sized Treasures
 
Dairy-Free Butterscotch Pudding with Dark Chocolate Ganache from The Soccer Mom Blog

Caramel Chocolate Pecan Turtle Recipe from Tinkerlab

Friday, September 9, 2016

Food Hussy Tips: The Best Dutch Ovens & Accessories for Fall Cooking!

This post has affiliate links but all opinions are my own. 


With the Holidays quickly approaching - I am all about one-pot cooking and the best way to do that is with a Dutch Oven! Here are some of my favorites!

Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel Cookware, Dutch Oven, 5-quart
Edmound Dutch Oven, 5 Quart, Blue
Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Emerald Green, 6-Quart
Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Pumpkin, 6-Quart
Korkmaz Astra 10 Quart Casserole Dutch Oven Covered
Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round
Lodge Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover, 5-Quart
Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles, 5-Quart
Simply Calphalon Nonstick 7-qt. Dutch Oven & Cover
Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Oval Dutch Oven, 7-Quart, Gradated Cobalt
Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron 6.5 Qt Covered Round Dutch Oven
Utopia Kitchen Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handle and Cover Casserole Dish, 5 Quart

And if you're looking for something to do with your Dutch Oven - here are some great ideas!!!

Dutch Oven CookBooks and Accessories

101 Things to Do with a Dutch Oven
Camp Chef Dutch Oven Carry Bag
Camp Dutch Oven Tote Bag, 12-inch
Disposable Foil Dutch Oven Liner, 12 Pack 12” 6Q liners
Dutch Oven Carrier Storage Tote Bag 12 inches
Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking Cookbook
Heat Resistant Gloves – use as Pot Holders, BBQ Gloves, Oven Mitts
Modern Dutch Oven Cookbook: Fresh Ideas for Braises, Stews, Pot Roasts, and Other One-Pot Meals
One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More
Original Finish Deep Fry Basket, 10.5-inch
Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Meat Rack/Trivet, 8-inch
Pre-Seasoned Drop Biscuit Pan
The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook: A Treasury of Timeless, Delicious Recipes

And lastly if you want some great one-pot recipes - try some of mine!

30 Minute Filet Bourgignonne
Cheeseburger Macaroni Soup
No Peek Beef Tips
One Pot Cheesy Sausage & Pasta
One Pot Chili Mac


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Food Hussy Review: Bibibop Asian Grill - Clifton

One of my favorite ethnic dishes is Bi Bim Bap - and my favorite place to get it is Sunny Deli - seems odd - but it's run by a Korean family and their is LEGIT! 

So I was excited to find out that a new "Chipotle- style" Bi Bim Bop restaurant was opening in Clifton and I was invited to their soft opening! My hubby and I got to try out dinner for free at BiBiBop Asian Grill.

My friend Audrey had told me it was one of her favorite places at OSU - so there were high expectations.

 As I said - "Chipotle-style" - so you walk down the line and tell them what you want. I stuck with a fairly traditional choice selection - but here's the run down of what you can choose from:

  • Starter: Bowl - Salad - Roll
  • Starter: Purple wild rice - Fluffy white rice
  • Base: Bean Sprouts - Sauteed Potato - Black Beans
  • Protein: Chicken - Spicy Chicken - Steak - Tofu
  • Sauces: Sriracha - Yum Yum - Teriyaki - Korean Red Paste
  • Toppings: Cucumber - Daikon - Scrambled Egg - Carrot - Romaine - Corn - Cheese
  • Extras: Edamame - Kimchi - Miso Soup

I chose: bowl - purple rice - potato - chicken - yum yum - Korean red - cucumber - carrot - egg - corn

Why Should You Go? Well - it was fine - but I didn't love it. The chicken was dry and I thought some of the toppings to choose from were weird and too "fake Chipotle". Audrey still says she loves it - which prompted me to say I need to take her to Sunny Deli.

I do appreciate the free bowl from Bibibop - while I didn't love it - it was great to be able to come in and try it. The staff was friendly and it's a great space.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Food Hussy Review: Chuy's Green Chile Festival

The folks at Chuy's invited me to come try their Green Chile Festival menu (for free - woohoo) - and while it's gone for 2016 - it's something to look forward to and some of the items make their way to the regular menu because they're so popular! 

Chuy's is a Tex Mex restaurant just down the street from Kenwood Mall. They've got Fajitas, Enchiladas, Burritos, Taco and all your other Mexican favorites but with a Texas Twist!

In addition - they have a Nacho Bar that is free during their Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 4-7pm. They've got chips, cheese, salsa and more - all ready for you to nosh on while you wait.

First up we got to try the Queso Fundido ($8.29) - this is one thing I'm REALLY HOPING makes the regular menu. It's a hot skillet layered with melted jack cheese, chorizo and roasted green chiles topped with pico de gallo and cilantro. They serve this with chips and fresh tortillas (more on that in a minute).

By far this was our FAVORITE of all the Green Chile menu items - this dip rivals any skillet queso I've ever had (yes - even Bakersfield)!

They also brought out this dipping sauce - it's a creamy jalapeno ranch - you have to ask for it - so make sure you do! It's really good.

They also take a page from traditional taquerias and have someone making fresh tortillas all through dinner and it's definitely worth that extra step!

They served them with the queso fundido and they were delicious - light and flaky and just far better than regular store-bought tortillas.

The rest of the Green Chile menu was tasty as well - our other favorite was the Burrito Loco ($11.29) which is a flour tortillas stuffed with Hatch Green Chile and Poblano peppers, jack cheese and charro beans. Then it's covered in Roasted Pork (yes on the outside!), Green Chile Poblano Sauce, roasted green chiles, cojita cheese and - my favorite part - marinated red onions.

This burrito is very full of flavor - especially the charro beans - because they're not all mush like refried and they have a good bite to them. Then you top it with Roasted Pork - woohoo! Also - all the Green Chile stuff is spicy! The marinated red onions are great too - crispy and zingy!

I also liked the Spinach & Chicken Enchiladas ($10.99) with oven roasted chicken, fresh spinach and jack cheese rolled inside homemade tortillas and topped with Green Chile cream sauce. This was good - but missing a little something - not spice cuz it was plenty hot - I think it either needed more cheese or just something with a different texture - maybe mushrooms?

Lastly we tried the Green Chile Street Tacos ($10.29) which were filled with steak carnitas, cojita cheese and all the extras. These were our least favorite - in a world where street tacos are literally on every street corner - tacos have to be amazing and these aren't.

What was amazing was our server Nicole - she was fun and casual and just awesome. The most fun part was she knew who I was and was a Food Hussy fan! She didn't realize it at first - but then realized she had seen me on Local 12 with my posse!

And the other amazing thing was the Tres Leches cake - it is literally my FAVORITE dessert in the city of Cincinnati. It's moist but not soggy and creamy and light and just plain perfection.

It's so perfect - I took a picture of it twice! And be sure to follow my Instagram stories for extra nuggets from my life!

Why Should You Go? Well - next year - be sure to catch the Green Chile fest if you like it spicy and I would go anytime for that cake. And here's hoping that Queso Fundido makes the regular menu!!

Chuy's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato