October 28, 2014

Brown Sugar Balsamic Thyme Bacon

Brown Sugar Balsamic Thyme Bacon, sweet bacon with a little bit of a kick to it. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen
With the move I realized I have gone through a series of "tests." Realistically I moved on short notice, so it want very well planned. It mirrors exactly what happened 7 years earlier when I went through my divorce, my ex came to me said I had 2 weeks to move out, he was divorcing me. Life really is a circle of sorts. This time I had a crooked manager illegally raise the rent, it was the last straw in Fairview Village's antics, so I made the descion I was giving a 30 day move out notice, I found my place and moved within 2 weeks of giving that notice. Scary isn't it how that circle thing happens? Similarities, yet different circumstances. Like I said it a test.

Have you ever notice people will say something like: "why does this keep happening to me?" Well, maybe the reason is your being tested to see how you handle the similarities this time. Or maybe, you know how people say, "if I can go back and do that again, I do it different." Well maybe you do get to do that, except we just do not realize it.

Hey want further proof of this circle thing? Well, As I said it was 7 years ago that my ex told me had 2 weeks to get out, that he was divorcing me. Well the only time he would go out with me and meet my friends was at my friend's annual Halloween party. That year, she had it on November 2 because it was the Saturday around Halloween first time this party was held in November. This year, I moved into a new place in 2 weeks. However guess what the Halloween party is November 1, the first time in 7 years she had to have the party in November. Hmmm, see circle!

Anyway, I went out with my friends to do our usual celebration of the monthly birthdays, we delayed it because my move for the September and August birthdays. We went to this restaurant here in Cleveland, I got this salad, which had this brown sugar thyme vinaigrette on it. Wow, it was so good. That salad was what inspired this bacon recipe. I thought, we put brown sugar on bacon, what if I made a glaze inspired by this dressing and bake onto bacon. Well, it was my first recipe in my new. much larger kitchen, which by the way, just so you know, I will be setting up to start doing recipe videos on YouTube very soon. I am just waiting on getting a new kitchen table.

1 lb bacon
1/4 brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

In a ziplock bag mix the brown sugar, vinegar, and thyme.

Add the bacon and shake to coat the bacon

On a parchment lined cookie sheet pla ce a cookie cooling rack on it, then lay the bacon on that.

Turn oven on to 400F and let cook for 25 minutes.

Take it out the oven and ENJOY!

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October 18, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting is the perfect #pumpkin recipe for the #autumn pumpkin season. A #recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
I know, silent again, well when I got back to work from vacation, well it appears something happened and, let's just say my day job as a phlebotomist became very stressful Everyone, including myself, is under a microscope right now. So due to the stress, I been really tired that I just could not concentrate on writing a post.

Actually to help deal with that stress, moving to the new apartment, has come in handy. I have been doing "projects" in the decorating of the new place. Like right now, I am re doing a mirror and a small chest of drawers to give it a beach wood/driftwood look for the bedroom. I will post my projects as I get them done, I needed that distraction as I get through the stress at the day job.

I have a whole list in my head of these projects, from making a headboard to building a bar. In the past, I would bake as a form of stress relief, particularly cakes. I loved cake decorating. If it was someones birthday I would create a cake for them as a surprise. I self taught myself, like I do with most things, cake decorating. The web is full of great tutorials on how to do this. I found some the cakes I did that I will share with you, my specialty was drawing with the butter cream:

I love to bake, I have not decorated a cake in a long time, who knows, now that I have this much larger kitchen, maybe I will get back into it. I may not be doing cake decorating, but I still love to bake. As you are very well aware of it is PUMPKIN SEASON! So yes I had to do something with pumpkin!

I know some people simply do not have enough time to make cookies completely from scratch, that a shortcut is needed. Well these pumpkin cookies is the perfect shortcut cookie, the secret it is made from spice cake mix.

1 box of spice cake mix
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 small can (15oz) pumpkin puree

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup of shortening
1 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix, egg, vegetable oil, and pumpkin puree.

Pre heat the oven to 350F. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of the pumpkin batter onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. It just till the bottoms are set and the tops are lightly browned. Let them cool on a bakers rack.

To make the frosting: Cream the sugar and shortening together.

Split the vanilla bean and crape the seeds into the shortening mixture. Add the evaporated milk and the vanilla. Mix it well.

After the cookies have cooled, spoon the frosting into a Ziplock bag or a icing bag. Snip off the corner the bag and pipe on a dollop of the frosting onto the cookies.

After the frosting is on them, then ENJOY!

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October 10, 2014

Citrus Ahi Tuna with Pineapple Kiwi Salsa

Citrus Ahi Tuna with Pineapple Kiwi Salsa, a dish that is full of flavor and is healthy as well. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
I went on a date recently. It was ok, but he brought up something I am always hearing from these guys, "Deanna, your so beautiful, if you lose weight you be a knock out." I get tired of hearing this. I eat healthy, I am on a perpetual diet, I have the hardest time losing weight. I have an hour glass figure. I wish guys would see me for me and not judge me by my weight.

As you know I moved recently, and something inside me seems to have changed with this move. I have a new view on things in life. It like I been saying on here "change is good." I am like most people when comes to losing weight, I rely on an excuse not to do it.

So, once again, I am going to try and lose weight again, So healthy eating I will once again be doing. One thing that is good, my new apartment has stairs I have to take every day, no elevator. So that will help me so much in getting in 5,000 steps each day. I have to use these steps to enter and leave my apartment but also to do my laundry, since my washer and dryer is on the lower level of my apartment.

Why do I want go at it again? Well I turned 39. This is my year to make huge changes in my life before I turn 40. This is the year of Dee. I do want lose weight, in fact I always see myself as smaller then what I really am. It usually takes someone, like a guy to say this famous line to me: " You are gorgeous, if you lose weight, you be a knock out." I should not let that get to me, but let's face it, it physical attraction that attracts a guy. We love to say it on the inside that counts, but come on, we live in a very shallow world, in order to know how someone is on the inside we go by what we see on the outside first. Though I will admit I do have a crush on a guy I met, we gone out once. He said he wants to have dinner at my new place once I am settled in. I know not to get my hopes up, Let's just say got a feeling he isn't that interested in me, and got a feeling he being nice about it, that it too is my weight. He is huge into diet and exercise, that kind of my clue there, that and took him since July to ask me out again.

Anyway, so lets get healthy again, by Christmas I want to lose 20lbs. I know I can do it. A good start is eating nice lean proteins. I love fish, especially tuna. What is nice about fish is, yes it is healthy, but you can flavor it so it doesn't get boring. That what I like about this Ahi Tuna recipe. It got a nice citrus flavor to it, then topped off with the pineapple salsa. Wow it will set your taste buds dancing. Best of all, it is a healthy recipe, but full of flavor.

2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and diced
2 kiwi fruits, peeled ad diced
1 red onion, diced
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped

2lbs Ahi Tuna Steaks

In a small sauce pan, combine the orange juice, lemon juice, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and the Worcestershire sauce together.

Bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat and then add the cornstarch to thicken it slightly. turn the heat down and let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and let it cool.

When the sauce is cool, reserve about 1/2 cup the sauce, Add the Ahi Tuna to the remaining sauce. Cover and let sit in the fridge for about 1-2 hours, or over night if you prefer. The longer the fish marinates, the stronger the flavor of the citrus it will have.

As the fish is marinating, you can prepare the salsa. Combine all the ingredients for the salsa, and let sit in the fridge till your ready to use it.

Pre heat the oven to 425, in a baking pan place a sheet of foil. Place the tuna in the center of the foil and spoon some the marinade over the tuna. Bring up the foil around the tuna to form a packet.

Bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Take the tuna out the oven and open the packet carefully, so you will not get burned. The fish will be flake very easily when it is done.

Place the Ahi Tuna steak on a plate, top it off with some the pineapple kiwi salsa, then drizzle some the reserved sauce over it, then ENJOY!

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October 8, 2014

Thank You

I am doing something special. This week I have had many milestones: 1) My birthday 2) Seduction in the Kitchen hit 6500 likes on Facebook 3) 500 Twitter followers. 4) I have a new apartment and a new energy on life.

Before I left for my hiatus for my move I left with 5600 Likes on Facebook. When I got back and posted The Crock Pot Gnocchi Chicken Soup recipe, I was overwhelmed with love from everyone. My Facebook page started blowing up with the likes and bloomed to 6500 as of today. People missed me and my posts and it I am so touched by this.

I am someone I love to help when I can. It was fellow food bloggers who help me get to this level where I go away for one month to do something personal, like moving apartments, they were the ones tweeting, pinning, and sharing some of my old recipes. So I decided I want to do something different for this post, I want to give back, so lets make a yummy, interactive post.

I am inviting food bloggers of all types to add to my "linky" party. From now till Saturday night at midnight, it will be live for bloggers to add their recipe links.  Now here is the best part for you as the readers. As you look through these recipes, you can vote on the ones you like, you can choose up to 10 per IP address. See more then 10, well you have to use your work computer to vote then. It registers per IP address for the voting. Hey if it was me I have as unlimited, but Linky sets it to 10 and per IP address. I don't have control on that.

So why would you want to vote on the food bloggers recipes? Well, the winning recipe with the most votes, the blogger will win a $20 Whole Foods Gift Certificate from me. Bloggers, why do you want to link up your recipes? Well, not only do you have a chance to win a gift certificate to Whole Foods, but also you will exposure. As a way to say thank you, every recipe will be pinned to a board on Pinterest, Linked to the Seduction in the Kitchen Facebook Wall, and Tweeted as well. Plus the Pinterest board will be sent out in The Olive and Grapevine Newsletter.

Ready to enter? Click on the An InLinkz-up to enter your recipe!

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October 6, 2014

Red Gold 2-A Day Crock Pot Giveaway

I am late on this due to my move and getting the Internet back on. It isn't easy living in a area that doesn't have a lot of choices. None the less you still have a chance to enter RedGold Tomatoes Crock pot giveaway! You can enter to win by signing up Here. You have to hurry, the giveaway ends October 8th!

I recently have a chance to work with RedGold tomatoes, Actually they sent me some tomatoes to work worth and I tried the Rustic Italian Chicken Crock pot recipe, let me tell you it is delish!!

According to the RedGold website Red Gold began as a family business in 1942. Seventy years and four generations later, we still concentrate on growing tomatoes and using them to make over a hundred different products. Day in and day out, we pursue our mission, “To produce the freshest, best-tasting tomato products in the world.”

I can tell you this, there is a definite difference n the taste with these tomatoes. In fact I am working on 2 recipes using RedGold Tomatoes, One you have seen already in my Italian Sausage and Peppers post, I made a few times and have used the RedGold in it and makes the biggest difference I think. I am also working on a chili recipe that I hope to be posting very soon and it will feature the RedGold tomatoes.

I am in love with RedGold tomatoes, and I know you will love them too once you try them. You can learn more about RedGold by checking out their website enter the giveaway to get a crock pot and stay tuned for my chili recipe with RedGold tomatoes!


All photography images and content by Deanna Samaan/Seduction in The Kitchen/Lovely Pink Diva