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Sunday, June 10, 2012

#SundaySupper with LAND O LAKES® -- Buttery Garlic Knots

Simple and Fresh with LAND O LAKES® Olive Oil & Sea Salt



Simple and Fresh Summer Recipes

  • Buttery Garlic Knots
  • Compound Butter
  • Roasted Garlic

I’ve been involved with #SundaySupper for a while now and was excited to hear that the group will be creating recipes for a new product created by LAND O LAKES® – Butter Olive Oil & Sea Salt.  We were each asked what we thought would be a creative, delicious recipe to make with the new butter.  Mine is called Buttery Garlic Knots, but they aren’t like any ordinary Garlic Knots.  




They're filled with herb and roasted garlic compound butter made with this new product.  The butter comes in handy half sticks so bringing it to room temperature is a snap.  It also makes for the perfect portion for doing a sauce like a béchamel for mac and cheese.



The product is versatile,  it's not just for making sauces but also for sauteing or frying.
The butter is rich and creamy and lent a delightful texture to the garlic knots.  They were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, like a garlic knot should be.  At the end of this post there will links to the rest of the #SundaySupper recipes.  You should be able to create a complete meal from this list from appetizer, main dish and sides.   LAND O LAKES® not only gave me (and the other bloggers) a coupon for the full purchase price of the butter but also gave us a coupon for one lucky readers!  It could be you!!  Details will follow at the end of the post.

To make Buttery Garlic Knots:

1 package of premade pizza dough (or you can use your favorite pizza dough recipe)

2 half sticks of LAND O LAKES®  Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt















Assorted fresh herb to equal 2 tablespoons chopped,  I used parsley, oregano and basil
3-4 cloves roasted garlic – recipe follows


Bring the pizza dough and the butter to room temperature.   Roll the pizza dough out into a large rectangle. 




Chop the herbs finely, then add the roasted garlic and mix thoroughly.  Mix with the softened butter.  








Spread the butter/herb mixture over the rolled out pizza dough, only covering half.



<TIP>  You might not need all of the butter mixture. If the butter is spread too thick it might ooze out of the knot. If you have leftover butter it will keep in a plastic container in your fridge or use it to top grilled chicken or steak.




Fold the pizza dough over, long end to long end. 


Take a pizza cutter and cut the dough into long slices.  Cut down the center of the dough then cut each half in half until all the dough is cut into strips. 



Take each piece, stretch slightly then tie into a knot.  Fold ends under, to assure that the ends won’t get overdone.



Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.  The garlic knots can be served alone or dipped into marinara sauce.
The butter will add a creaminess to the knots while the herbs and the garlic will give just the right extra flavor. 




To make roasted garlic:
Take a head of garlic and cut it in half. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap it in foil.  Roast in 400 degree oven for 50-60 minutes.  Roasting the garlic will give it a sweet flavor and a very soft texture that will mix into the butter and herbs easily.  Don’t worry about the salt in the butter,  it will enhance the flavor of herbs and garlic.


To win a full purchase coupon for LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
just answer this question in the comment section: What is your favorite Simple and Fresh Summer recipe to make with butter?  A winner will be picked at random and announced during next week's #SundaySupper on twitter and this blog.
The contest will run one week so be sure to leave a comment!

Want to join into the #SundaySupper fun?  The fun starts at 3 pm. You can join in by using the hashtag on twitter or by using TweetChat.  Of course the best way is to visit the blogs listed below and try out the recipes.  And don't forget to enter your comment for a chance to win a full purchase coupon for LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt.






             Ravioli Florentine with Spinach and Butter Sauce by Hezzi-D’s Books &Cooks 

I want to thank Isabel of familyfoodie.com for another amazing #SundaySupper opportunity!

Disclosure: The author received a full-value coupon redeemable for LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, for recipe development and review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

About LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt: Land O’Lakes is expanding its popular line of half-stick butter with the introduction of LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt. This new product contains wholesome ingredients: sweet cream, olive oil and sea salt. LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt is an easy and convenient way to simply enhance the flavor of your favorite foods. Available in a premeasured half-stick size, this new product can be used for topping and cooking a variety of foods, combining the two ingredients consumers often combine separately when frying or sautéing foods. The delicious taste of butter and olive oil will add delicious flavor to any dish.


Land O’Lakes Twitter:  @LandOLakesKtchn
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Loaded Post- OXO 5 Pound Food Scale Review,Recipe and Giveaway!


If you haven’t heard of OXO let me introduce you to a company that makes every kitchen tool you will ever need.  They make life in the kitchen not only simple but pleasant.  Their tools run from things you would use every day like can openers and slotted spoons, to things that you’re happy you have on hand when you need them like a salad spinner or a mandolin.

Recently OXO created the Blogger Outreach Program where they would have bloggers use one of their kitchen items, review it and then have a giveaway.  I was so happy to be chosen to participate in this program since it allows me to do my very first ever giveaway!


The product I was sent was the OXO 5 pound food scale.  I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life.  A food scale makes it easier for portion control and this food scale has a lot of pluses.

1         Battery operated.  This scale runs on battery so you can put it anywhere and not have to worry about being near an outlet.  And the battery is included!!
2.       Fits in a drawer.  Even though this scale can hold up to 5 pounds of food it’s small enough that you can store it in a drawer, freeing up valuable counter space.
3.        Simple to use.  The scale doesn’t come with a bowl like some other scales which is fine, one less thing to store. But I can put any container I like on it, hit the button, wait for the countdown and that’s it. 
4.        Pull out display.  The display pulls out and away from the scale (it’s attached) so that you can read the numbers easier if there is a glare on them.  Haven’t had to use this feature but it’s nice to have.

To demonstrate how to use the scale I decided to make a recipe I think all dieters will appreciate: The Dieters Dagwood.  You remember Dagwood from the Sunday comics and the HUGE sandwiches he made.  Don’t think just because you’re on a diet you can’t have a substantial sandwich too. 

Here’s how:  
Start with 2 slices of thin bread about 45 calories each. 




Top the bread with 2 ounces each (here’s where the scale comes in) of shaved  roast beef and ham. Asking your deli person to shave the meat very thin makes it look like you’re getting a lot more meat.



 Then top that with 1 ounce (using the scale again) of your favorite cheese, low fat or not.  Now it’s time to get crazy with the toppings.



 Most of them have no calories or very few. Let’s start with thick sliced tomato, lettuce, onions, dill pickles… the list goes on and on.  



You can use mustard or a little low fat mayo (I like a little of the real stuff) maybe a squirt of lemon and salt and pepper.  It’s up to you. 





 Top it off with the second slice of bread and you’ve made (with the help of your OXO 5 pound food scale) a Dieter’s Dagwood.  Grab a bottle of your favorite low cal drink and you’re set!

If you'd like to win your very own OXO 5 pound food scale ($29.99 value) here's how:




a Rafflecopter giveaway




I want to thank OXO for graciously supplying me with a food scale to review and one for the giveaway.  The opinions in this blog post are my own.
Follow OXO on twitter: @OXO or like them on their facebook page: facebook.com/oxo for all their latest tools and gadgets.