Eggs for Everyone Contest!

Davidson's Eggs for Everyone Contest

Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs

All-natural • Farm-fresh flavor
Hormone free • Antibiotic free
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EGGS FOR EVERYONE CONTEST!

Calling all egg lovers! Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs is launching its first-ever “Eggs for Everyone” Recipe Contest in search of the best original recipes showcasing the appeal of Safest Choice™ to all consumers, including those with specific dietary preferences. Not only do Safest Choice™ eggs taste delicious, they are pasteurized in an all-natural warm water bath, eliminating the risk of Salmonella in the eggs. The red circle “P” stamped on the shell ensures that the eggs are safe for raw and/or gently cooked consumption…and everyone can enjoy them!

The second category for entry is Meatless Recipes: No meat? No problem. Send them your best, most satisfying meatless recipe. The entry period closes on March 13, 2015.

Prizes

  • Grand Prize: $1,000
  • Three Category Prizes: A culinary package worth $200 plus vouchers for a one year supply of Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs (18 vouchers)

Eggs for Everyone Contest link!

To keep up with more up to the minute food news, check out the Gonzo Gourmands Facebook Page, or my hourly updates on Twitter as @Ms_Terree (Food & mixed Social Media tweets) or @GonzoGourmands (Food only tweets)!

Food Bloggers: Don’t Buy Followers, & Here’s Why!

Twitter Followers for Sale

You’ve been blogging and tweeting about food, and you are getting frustrated because you aren’t getting very many followers. You see a Twitter account that guarantees followers for a really cheap price, and you are tempted to buy some. Don’t do it.

There are people who claim to be social media marketing professionals, yet they buy or sell Followers, RT’s (retweets) & Favorites on Twitter. Professionals don’t do that. When I see those accounts following me on Twitter, I immediately “Block” and report them to Twitter; and, I hope you are doing that too! Why? I have five reasons:

1. They are giving false impressions to the public about what social media professionals actually do, versus what can be achieved through intelligently constructed social media strategy and campaigns;
2. They prey upon business owners or professionals who are not internet savvy, and it discourages people from using any credible social media marketing in the future, when those incredible follower numbers don’t translate into actual sales;
3. Those kinds of followers are often bot (fake) accounts that will dilute your social media credibility scores;
4. You will never get any engagement from accounts like that, which is the key to building your following and brand loyalty; and,
5. The most important reason comes from Twitter** itself:
   “Twitter strictly prohibits the purchasing and selling of account interactions on our platform. When you purchase followers, retweets and favorites, you are often purchasing bot (fake) or hacked accounts. Any account caught participating in this behavior will be in violation of the Twitter Rules and may be suspended.
     A. If your account is found to have purchased followers retweets or favorites, your account may be suspended.
     B. If your account is promoting the selling of followers retweets or favorites, your account may be suspended.
     C. If your account is set up with the sole purpose of selling followers, retweets or favorites, your account may be suspended.”

I have never purchased a single follower, and I never will. I have worked a few years to get the nearly 15,000 that currently follow me on Twitter. When I get new Followers, I personally look over the profile summary and some posts in each account before following them back. And I don’t follow back every account, just the ones that appeal to me for personal reasons. I also regularly go through and stop following the accounts that have not been active for a couple months, post something I find offensive, or have turned out to be a spammy follower. (I make an exception and keep certain favorite culinary stars I love, who don’t tweet on a regular basis.)

What about those people with tens or hundreds of thousands of followers? I have news for you, unless you are a star in music, movies, television, or have a Verified* account as a subject matter expert, you really shouldn’t expect to have outrageous numbers of geniunely interested and engaged Followers. The typical non-celebrity or unrecognized subject matter expert who has those outrageous numbers of followers, most likely has a large number of fakes and low Klout or Kred scores for social media influence. If you want, you can check for yourself for free, by typing in a @TwitterName at the sites linked to words underlined in the previous sentence. These sites are not perfect, but they can give you a general measurement of a Twitter account’s social media influence. Remember that when measuring fake followers, the site at the link also counts those followers that you don’t follow back or want as followers. [Note: This is neither a paid endorsement, nor am I a paid subscriber to those sites.]

If you watched “Dancing With The Stars” and saw “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” comedian Bill Engvall voted back on week after week, you would think he had millions of followers, right? Currently, @billengvall has 130,698 Followers, and he had even less Followers when he was on Dancing With The Stars! It goes to show you how a smaller following of loyal fans is much stronger in the real world, and in socal media. In fact, I know of many Twitter accounts with much less than a thousand Followers, that have much stronger social media influence scores than many so-called influencers with over 250,000 Followers. The higher influence scores mean you are better able to not just promote a topic, event, or product, but also to motivate people to action – – which translates into sales. So get out there and do it like you would the old-fashioned way in person – –  engage people online to get quality Followers!

To see my daily social media interactions: follow me as @Ms_Terree on TwitterFacebook
For strictly food-focused social media: Gonzo Gourmands Facebook page, “The Frugal Foodie Show” for Cooking Network Club on Blog Talk Radio, or my Frugal Foodie Daily Newsletter.

*Verified account – https://support.twitter.com/articles/119135-faqs-about-verified-accounts
**Twitter Terms of Service https://support.twitter.com/groups/56-policies-violations/topics/237-guidelines/articles/20171870-fake-engagements-on-twitter

The Frugal Foodie’s #FoodieFind Feb 6, 2015: How to Save Money at Asian Markets

Lumpia

Many of us would like to cook authentic Asian dishes at home, but sometimes the ingredients are hard to find. And if you haven’t learned by now, the mainstream grocery stores are overcharging you double, sometimes triple what you would pay at the Asian markets. So on this episode, I’ll be sharing some dishes for a simple, healthy menu that is inexpensive, flavorful, and fun for your guests. And I’ll talk in depth about the ingredients: what to look for, cooking tips, brands I recommend, and where to buy them to save money!

I’ll also be sharing the Rola Family Lumpia Recipe, also known as Filipino Spring Rolls, and walking you through step-by-step so you can make them at home. Over the years people have begged me for the recipe, and I’m sharing it with you on this show. Anyone who has tasted my family’s lumpia, is never satisfied with egg rolls or spring rolls served in a restaurant ever again! And to go with it, you’ll learn the Ilocano Filipino traditional dipping sauce, plus the common mainstream restaurant-style sauce. I’ll also share other variations of egg rolls or spring rolls from Southeast Asia that you may not have tried before, and are equally simple, tasty, and addictive! Some of these options are even Gluten-Free!

There are even more brands of soy & fish sauce than there are brands of American breakfast cereals, so I’ll give you the names of brands that I recommend, and places where you can find them.

And of course what food gathering is complete without some kind of dessert? So I will be sharing my recipes for Matcha Green Tea Blondies, other Asian desserts that include Gluten-Free options that your guest will love!

Come listen on February 6, 2015, for this episode of “The Frugal Foodie Show” for the CookingNetwork.Club on BlogTalkRadio.com!

@Ms_Terree The Frugal Foodie on the LA Cookie Con & the story behind the negative tweets

LA Cookie Con 1.25.2015

“@Ms_Terree The Frugal Foodie talks about the LA Cookie Con” via Cooking Network Club on 1/30/2015 10am EST

Sunday January 25, 2015 was the Inaugural LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show in Pasadena, California. The Food Network’s famous “Sweet Genius,” Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel was the main attraction, along with chefs from Master ChefMaster Chef Junior, and Next Food Network Star. Unfortunately, some attendees started a twitter storm over hours-long lines, and not being able to get in despite having pre-paid for tickets. A run-down on how the event turned out and the REAL story behind what went wrong!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cookingnetwork/2015/01/30/msterree-aka-the-frugal-foodie-at-la-cookie-con-sweet-show

I’m doing a LIVE Blogcast this Friday, January 23rd 7am PST / 10am EST!!!

THE_Next_Food_TV_Network_Star edited (500x375)OK, I must admit I’m a little scared and a bit nervous. I’ve been dipping my toe in the pool for much of my life, and now I’m taking the plunge towards embracing my passion – – food and people. Live online this Friday, January 23rd 7am PST /10am EST, I’m going to share my own story: my experience as a kid growing up with ‪#‎wild‬ ‪#‎food‬ ‪#‎foraging‬ and eating weird food before Travel Channel & Andrew Zimmern made it acceptable, and more.

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I have met many fun, great people in the food industry. They each have a great story on how they found their passion, and I’m looking forward to sharing their stories in future podcasts! I hope you tune in and let me know what you think!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cookingnetwork/2015/01/23/msterree-aka-the-frugal-foodie

January 19 is National Popcorn Day

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Popcorn is a great filling snack with lots of fiber. Consider adding a just little bit of your fave seasoning mix: Top Ramen packet, Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, Steak & Shake Seasoning Salt, etc. with melted coconut oil on your popcorn for a unique homemade snack. Just remember to go easy on any flavorings or salt.

Originally posted on Foodimentary - National Food Holidays:

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Popcorn:

  1. Popcorn is the world’s most popular snack food.
  2. Popcorn is also the most profitable snack food, with over 1 thousand percent mark up.
  3. Evidence of popcorn from 3600 BCE was found in New Mexico and even earlier evidence dating to perhaps as early as 4700 BCE was found in Peru.
  4. Some popcorn has been found in early 1900s to be a purple color.
  5. At least six localities (all in the Midwestern United States) claim to be the “Popcorn Capital of the World”: Ridgway, Illinois; Valparaiso, Indiana; Van Buren, Indiana; Schaller, Iowa; Marion, Ohio; and North Loup, Nebraska.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1825 The first U.S. patent for food storage in cans was granted to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett of New York City, after developing the process in 1819.(it took over 30 years to invent…

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Did You Know Bone Broth Is The Latest Health Trend? Learn Why!

I’ve been enjoying beef broth made with marrow bones since I was a kid. Back then though, we didn’t have access to organic or pastured cows like we have today. I mention this because bone broth has become the latest health trend, with many purported health benefits. These benefits include: gelatin for digestive tract healing, glucosamine for your joints, collagen for youthful appearance, glycine for better sleep & memory, high mineral content for your immune system, phosphorus, magnesium, & calcium for your bones and more. In fact, bone broth is part of the Laker’s official team diet!

When I get a craving, I feel lucky that I can take advantage of having one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the country near me. There are numerous restaurants around Little Saigon (in Garden Grove, CA), each making their own carefully guarded signature version of the ubiquitous pho (spiced beef bone broth). If you want to make your own soup at home but don’t want to simmer a huge pot of beef bones, there are some things you should know about buying beef broth.

At the very least, you should look for the USDA stamp on the package to be sure it was made under Federal Regulation health safety standards that some foreign imports may not follow. Also keep in mind, that many packaged broths are high in sodium, and may contain additives. If you’re eating this for your health, you should be looking for certified organic or better yet, pastured beef. Science has shown that pastured animals (allowed to roam freely and eat a natural balanced diet instead of feedlots grain), produce healthier food products. Most of us don’t have access to beef bones from pastured cows, but here’s where buying ready-made can be even better than homemade!

I found Balanced & Bright as a source for fresh beef broth made from pastured, organic cows. I also know they’re making their broth in Carnitas Snack Shack’s kitchen, which means it’s made in a clean, very well-known quality establishment. I’m blessed to count the restaurant’s owner/chef as a friend, and I know that he would not allow this product to be sold out of his establishment if it wasn’t of top-notch quality! If you’d like a recipe for Vietnamese Pho, check out my Gonzo Gourmands Facebook page!

Balanced & Bright bone broth is available every Monday and Thursday of each week 11am-6pm at
Carnitas’ Snack Shack – Del Mar 12873 El Camino Real, Suite M4 San Diego, CA 92130

Sources:

“Broth Buyer Beware – Tips on Buying Broth” https://balancedandbright.wordpress.com/broth-buyer-beware-tips-on-buying-proper-broth/
“8 Reasons to Try Bone Broth” by Charlotte Hilton Anderson http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/cooking-ideas/8-reasons-try-bone-broth
“Butter, Bacon and Bone Broth – A Week on the Lakers Diet” by Danny Chau http://grantland.com/the-triangle/butter-bacon-and-bone-broth-a-week-on-the-lakers-diet/
“Bones, Broth, Bliss” by Julia Moskin http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/07/dining/bone-broth-evolves-from-prehistoric-food-to-paleo-drink.html?_r=2
“Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Products” by Jo Robinson http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm
“Is Broth The Next Super Food?” by Nancy Gagliardi http://www.forbes.com/sites/nancygagliardi/2015/01/12/is-broth-the-next-super-food/

Note: I have not received any product or money from anyone mentioned in this article in exchange for an endorsement or review.

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