Monday, July 21, 2014

And the winner is...

The winner of the Red Gold Tomatoes prize pack is Wendy Klik! Thanks to all that commented and entered this giveaway! Congrats to Wendy and enjoy your new apron and tomatoes! 

Wendy- You may message me from my Facebook page and let me know your email and address and we will get your prize pack out to you shortly! Thanks!! Heather from It's Yummy to My Tummy

My prize selection committee helped me cut and assemble the entries in a box and then my beautiful assistant picked one by random to ensure fairness :) 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dulce de leche alfajores

Yummy note: I love dulce de leche or anything caramel really. It is one of those indulgences I don't enjoy very often, as my youngest is dairy-free, so I often try and live that lifestyle too when I can. Since it was Secret Recipe Club time, I figured I could pick something out that I WANTED this time around, aka something with caramel. The beauty of the recipe I made was partially diary-free so I was able to modify it for my kiddo. So back to the yummy caramel. Delicious things (cakes, cookies, ice cream, oh my!) kept screaming dulce de leche on Gloria's Canela Kitchen blog were too appetizing to pass up. Since it was just Independence Day here, I thought it was only fitting to make what Gloria noted several times on Canela Kitchen about the traditional Chilean dessert that she had posted for their Independence Day in Chile as well. This was a fun quick recipe to make some adorable cookie sandwiches. Next time, I make them, I think I need to watch out how I roll them out. Gloria notes to roll it very thin, like an 1/8 of an inch. I think mine were a bit thicker, as I only got a few of the crispier cookie-like sandwiches, as most of mine were thicker when they rose in the oven, and almost made like a shortbread cookie. I was pleasantly surprised how sweet the alfajores were without having sugar in the actual cookie dough, as the filling made up for the lack of sweetness in the cookie and balanced it out well.  

Dulce de leche alfajores

5 egg yolks
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup cornstarch or potatoes flour (chuño)
1/2 tsp of baking powder
2 tbsp of orange juice

Dulce de leche- prepared can or Gloria's homemade version (or a dairy-free coconut dulce de leche)

Shhh.. I took a shortcut and used already prepared dulce de leche. This is equally delicious if you don't have time to make your own like Gloria

Separate your eggs and reserve just the yellow yolks. In a mixing bowl, beat the yolks well. Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and orange juice. Then with your hands, work with the dough, almost kneading like, until it is smooth and more firm and no longer sticky. You might need to add in more flour if it is too sticky.  Then roll out dough very thin, as Canela’s Kitchen mentioned roll it to 1/8 of an inch thick. I think I did mine thicker as my dough puffed up a lot and I lost some of the thin crispier texture of these cookies. So make sure you do it thin to be more true to the original recipe.  Cut into circles using a floured 2 to 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter. Prink the cookies with a fork. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the cookie dough on a lightly floured or parchment covered baking sheet. Bake the alfajores for about 8 to 10 minutes, watching closing at the end, so they don't burn. Basically you want the tops of the cookies to be a light brown. Cool cookies completely and then spread the dulce de leche caramel filling between 2 cookies and sandwich together to enjoy! 

Let's get baking the alfajores. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Italian Turkey Burgers & a Giveaway!

Yummy note: This is a first for me since I've had this blog for several years now, and I was recently contacted by a nice representative from Red Gold Tomatoes and she wanted to know if I was interested in trying some of their new canned tomatoes in part of their Summer Grilling' Party II kit. Hey, why not, we love to grill at our place, and we use canned tomatoes quite frequently. I have never combined the two, so it was a new recipe that sounded perfect for us to try. Thanks to Red Gold Tomatoes they have some wonderful recipes to start off with and try. Oh, and it gets better, they said I could host a giveaway and a lucky reader will win a similar prize pack! Just leave me a comment below on how you'd like to use Red Gold Tomatoes and you'll be randomly put in a drawing to win that fun prize pack below courtesy of Red Gold Tomatoes! The giveaway ends July 20, 2014, so enter today! 

The recipe we decided to try from Red Gold Tomatoes was the Italian Turkey Burger. In the past, we typically have had some rather plain turkey burgers, nothing too fancy to write about that's for sure. But this recipe definitely changed that! This simple recipe added just the right amount of flavor to jazz up our plain turkey burger and it was not so bold that it chased the kids away! In fact, my daughter proclaimed it was her favorite burger. I think she was slightly shocked when I told her it was a turkey burger, as typically she's not a big fan of turkey burgers, she prefers her all-beef burgers normally. :) This burger had delicious flavor without having to add extra seasonings; which is so amazing considering all the flavor came from these amazing canned tomatoes. Seriously, did you know that the Red Gold company has been around the Midwest since the 1940s growing tomatoes! Pretty cool, since I'm a midwestern girl at heart as well :) The freshness of these canned tomatoes really shine through, as this Italian turkey burger had just the right amount of moisture and flavor and was not dry or bland like some previously grilled turkey burgers we've had!  

Italian Turkey Burgers 

1 pound of ground turkey 
1 egg, beaten 
1/4 cup of breadcrumbs 
1 can of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Garlic and Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste

Drain the can of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Garlic and Olive Oil well. Too much liquid ultimately will cause the burger to be mushy and fall apart. Next, mix together the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, and tomatoes in a bowl. Shape into patties and season with salt and pepper. Place turkey patties on a preheat grill and cook until the desired temperature, which is about 160 degrees for a well-done turkey burger. I think it took maybe about 10-12 minutes to reach desired temps, so turn the burger over after about 5-6 minutes of grilling to evenly grill. Place on bun and top with any additional desired toppings and enjoy!! 

Yummy note: In exchange for this post, I was given the Red Gold Tomatoes product kit in order to try, and review in my recipes.  All opinions and statements are my own and were not influenced in any way by the compensation received.   

The Giveaway! 
Comment below & win a similar kit shown below! 
You will get to enjoy all of these delicious varieties of Red Gold Tomatoes & an apron courtesy of Red Gold Tomatoes Summer Grillin' Party II ! 

Here’s how to enter-
  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you would like to try and make using a can of Red Gold Tomatoes.
  • Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 20, 2014. 
  • A winner will be chosen at random and the name will be posted to this entry on It's Yummy to My Tummy blog on Monday, July 21, 2014. 
  • Please, one comment per person.

~Disclosure: Red Gold gave me at It’s Yummy to My Tummy a party kit, that included the apron and canned tomato varieties you see pictured. They also are generously providing the giveaway prize at no cost to me. All opinions and statements expressed are my own.

Red Gold Tomatoes Summer Grillin' Party II - Official Contest: Did somebody say a party?!?  Make sure you check out Red Gold Tomatoes site, as they are hosting this Summer Grillin' Party II and they are giving away even more goodies there. Visit Red Gold's Facebook page and enter for your chance to win; each week 1,000 people will have a chance to win a Red Gold Apron like in my picture and one lucky One lucky winner will receive a large Big Green Egg® grill! (note- the official contest ends July 23, 2014)