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Sunday, October 8, 2017

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Hi Readers!

I have a feeling not everyone realized I moved to a new home. So I thought I'd give the link once again. You can find me over at www.slocooking.net.

Be sure to sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter. Not only will you get tips & tricks I don't normally post about, but you'll get my Printable Weekly Menu Planner for FREE! Click HERE to sign up.

I look forward to seeing you at my new site.
Happy Cooking.
Heather

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Friday, April 21, 2017

sloCooking's New Home

Dear readers;

I've been working towards a goal for a long time, but now that we've closed the catering company I'm finally ready to take that step. Please visit me at my new home!


www.slocooking.net

This site will remain active as archival reference. I'm looking forward to seeing you at my new site.

As always - happy cooking!
Heather

Thursday, April 20, 2017

QuickBites Available Now

Available for the first time, QuickBites by Heather B. Thomas.
QuickBites cookbook
Quick recipes for busy moms. Modern moms need a break. At sloCooking I write about ways to achieve balance. Balance at home in the kitchen, by providing tools for the modern mom to wing it while she cooks. I’ve found that so many modern moms like myself struggle with “do it all syndrome.” To combat this I have a full fledged passion for fast family meals. I’m looking forward to having you along on this journey.
This has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. My very first e-book is FOR SALE! I’m so excited. What started off as a small giveaway for the VIP bags at a food festival has morphed into a full fledged e-book.

I’m both proud and terrified by this fact. And to be quite frank, giddy as all get out! I’ve submitted it for sale through Apple, but for now you can purchase it through Blurb Books. It is available for Amazon Kindle Fire®, Apple iPad®, Android devices, and Mac or PC computers.

Happy cooking!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Moving to my new home!

Dear readers;

I've been working towards a goal for a long time, but now that we've closed the catering company I'm finally ready to take that step. Please visit me at my new home!

www.slocooking.net

This site will remain active as archival reference. I'm looking forward to seeing you at my new site.

As always - happy cooking!
Heather

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Segway Into Spring with Homemade Salsa


I guess it’s time to start moving into spring – happy Spring by the way! Are you as excited about this change as I am? I am over the top excited to have longer days, warmer weather and sunshine – though the last two days winter has wanted to linger a bit here in San Luis Obispo with more rain. Ooooo ahhhhh – Californian’s are obsessed with the watery stuff that falls from the sky. Probably because we’re still in a massive drought and it would take a few years of water like we’ve seen this year to replenish the ground water basins. But I digress – it’s SPRING!

So what do you do when the weather is warm and you don’t want to cook dinner? Well… if I’m left on my own without having to feed my family I just nibble all night long. Specifically, I start off with a great bowl of pico and some corn chips. My favorite brand right now are Mission tortilla chips – the round restaurant style ones. I may not have shared but I’ve been working on adjusting my eating habits after being put on a prescription medication by my endocrinologist to help lower my A1C number. Yeah – so special that one is. However as I don’t have type 2 diabetes yet so I’m really trying hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. As such I’ve been limiting my carb intake – its okay if you want to cry, I sometimes want to, but the longer I’m going in cutting back the carbs the better I’m actually feeling. Go figure. And I’ve been cutting further back on my salt intake.

So Heather how did we get on this tangent of the conversation? Tortilla chips. See? I circle back – honest. I do. The Mission brand chips actually have less sodium than other ready bagged brand that I’ve found so far. If you find yourself needing to cut back even more? Well you’ll probably have to make them yourself at home – either frying on the stove top or baking in the oven. Believe it or not, oven baked corn chips are really tasty!

HEATHER'S PICO
2 tomatoes – cored & chopped into a good size chop
½ white onion – chopped
½ bunch cilantro – rough chop
Lemon juice – to taste
Kosher salt – to taste
Garlic powder – to taste
  • Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl. Season with lemon juice, salt & garlic powder to taste.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite chips, veggies or on top of a fish taco.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy National Sloppy Joe's Day

It's Saturday - you've survived the week.  I know you're probably thinking you want to BBQ, because it's CA and that's what we do. But no - today is National Sloppy Joe's Day.  But remember - Sloppy Joes are a fast dinner. What modern mom doesn't love that idea?

And you know me, my all time favorite quick dinner are Sloppy Joes but remember when I told you that I had to make my own from scratch when I forgot to buy one to replace the last can I used? Well hop over HERE and you can read all about it.

Happy cooking!

Friday, March 17, 2017

It’s Friday, Bring Back the Cocktail Party



Do you remember me talking the other day about change? How I’m not good with change, but that I needed to embrace it in order to have a personal life & family time?

Do you remember me saying how  important it is to the hubs & I and that our decision to change careers was fairly closely related to the lack of personal life and family time we had over the last 10 ½  almost 11 years while we were running our catering company? Well it is.

Now this is important because I want you to do the same thing. No, not change careers silly – but have more family time! And how do we do that? By serving quick and easy appetizers for a family get together, COCKTAIL HOUR or just for the heck of it.

Anyone else remember cocktail parties from days long gone? My parents used to have glorious parties. Their guests would arrive dressed up, and my sister and I would sit upstairs looking through the banister at all the grownups having a grand time down below. There was always good food to eat, cocktails to drink and music playing on the stereo.

I long for times like that. When I was in my 20’s my friends & I used to throw fabulous parties too – full of music, drink & food, but somewhere along the line as we all got older the social gatherings like this stopped and I want them back. Not just for the social aspect but for the food of course.

My favorite appetizer? Bacon wrapped dates of course, because bacon…

I swear these little things are the bomb and are crazy easy to make. You can even assemble them the day before, keep them in the fridge and cook them off in the oven if you don’t want to get your stove top dirty. Just between us - I’ve been known to make these for dinner when the hubs has been working late at caterings, just for the kid & I. Plus if you have a handy fella at your house, you can throw these puppies on the BBQ while he's grilling up some tri-tip CA style.

And during vacations we try to officially plan one or two nights a week with cocktail hour, complete with grown up snacks and adult beverages – sometimes if the grownups are feeling into it, we’ll even make a special appetizer just for the kids. But no matter what you do – make sure you make more of these dates than you think you’ll want because once they’re ready, EVERYONE will want to eat these. I promise.

BACON WRAPPED DATES
24 Medjool dates, pitted
12 slices of bacon, halved crosswise
Spiced Honey for drizzling

  • Half each piece lengthwise, then cut in half, you’ll have 24 strips when you’re done
  • Wrap a strip of bacon around each date, secure with a toothpick
  • Place bacon wrapped dates in a large sauté pan, seam side down
  • Sauté, turning until the bacon is browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total
  • Drain on a paper towel
  • Drizzle with spiced honey just before serving
  • Serve hot