Friday, August 29, 2014

Vietnamese Baguette

Vietnamese Baguette | by Life Tastes Good is a fabulously soft bread with a slightly crispy thin crust. It is the perfect wrap for a Banh Mi Sandwich! #Bread
This recipe for a Vietnamese Baguette is the start of my quest to recreate a delicious sandwich I experienced at the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando recently. You can read about my conference experience in this post: Food and Wine Conference #FWCon!

Back to sandwich nirvana. The sandwich is Banh Mi. If you've never had the pleasure of enjoying this magnificent sandwich, I highly recommend you find one fast and devour it and then have another, because it's that good. I may or may not have had two sandwiches in one sitting. Okay, I had two! I couldn't help myself! 

As a result of my experience with the Banh Mi, I came home determined to at least attempt to recreate this delicious wonder! There are a couple different components to this sandwich, so I'm starting with the bread. The fabulously soft bread with a slightly crispy thin crust is the perfect wrap for the Banh Mi and this recipe I found on is perfect! It's actually even better!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mango Berry Fruit Salad

Mango Berry Fruit Salad | by Life Tastes Good is a refreshing salad full of sweet fruit! #LightMeal #Summer
Mango Berry Fruit Salad is a refreshing salad full of sweet, sweet fruit! You can throw this salad together in no time, and enjoy a delicious lunch or light dinner that packs a healthy punch too! So refreshing on a hot summer day!

Cutting up the fruit was the most time consuming part of putting this salad together, and it really didn't take that long at all as it was just strawberries and the mango. You might be able to find them already cut up in the produce section. I tossed the other berries in whole, so that was easy peasy!

I love adding fresh fruit to my salads. Not only does it add all the pretty colors, but the sweetness paired with a tangy vinaigrette is a flavor combo that satisfies!

My Mango Raspberry Vinaigrette added the perfect touch! The tang of the vinaigrette balanced out the sweetness of the fruit and was quite tasty overall. I only wish I had some fresh baked bread to wipe my plate clean!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mango Raspberry Vinaigrette

Mango Raspberry Vinaigrette | by Life Tastes Good is a little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, and a whole lot tasty! #SaladDressing #FruitMango Raspberry Vinaigrette is a little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, and a whole lot tasty! The tang reminds me of a french dressing just a little bit, but the flavors of this vinaigrette pair together to create something much more flavorful than your traditional, store-bought french dressing.

A vinaigrette is made by blending oil with acid and seasonings to form a sauce. I like to make my own dressings using fresh, quality ingredients. It is easy to do and only takes a few minutes to make up a delicious topping for salads, vegetables, or even use as a marinade. I also love the fact that I can control what goes into my vinaigrette! I can name all the ingredients and leave out the funny stuff that just messes up the flavor! 

Another great thing about making your own vinaigrette is you can adjust the flavors to your liking. Taste as you go! The final product is completely up to you! Being in control is a beautiful thang!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream | No Churn #IceCreamWeek

Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream | by Life Tastes Good is a no churn ice cream you can make in about 5 minutes with just 3 ingredients! #IceCreamWeek #NoChurn
Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream is my final #IceCreamWeek recipe! I can't think of a better way to end this deliciously wonderful week! Well, unless you throw in some stretchy pants that is <wink>

I have always been a fan of a fudgy swirl ice cream. For me it is so much better than an all chocolate flavor. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against chocolate. As a matter of fact, I LOVE chocolate. It's right up there with my first and only child as one of my favorite things! I just love it even more when the chocolate is swirled in so the flavor doesn't overpower the creamy goodness of the ice cream itself. 

The combo of the rich, velvety Chocolate Ganache with sweet cream is what makes me close my eyes and say "mmmmmmmm" as I savor that first bite...right before scarfing it down faster than is socially acceptable ...ahem. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lemon Curd Ice Cream Recipe | No Churn #IceCreamWeek

Lemon Curd Ice Cream | by Life Tastes Good is a no churn ice cream you can make in about 5 minutes with just 3 ingredients! #IceCreamWeek #NoChurn
Lemon Curd Ice Cream is another no churn ice cream wonder! I whipped up a batch of this rich, tangy, sweet, creamy, lemony dessert for #IceCreamWeek, and I'm so excited to share this with you today! Did I use enough adjectives there? <grin>

Do you love lemon desserts as much as I do? I am crazy for anything lemon! I could eat my Luscious Lemon Curd all by itself with just a spoon and be perfectly content! It is lip-smacking, lemony goodness! So why not use that tangy Lemon curd recipe to flavor ice cream? I couldn't think of a good reason against doing just that! So I did it. Done and delicious!

It just so happened I had some leftover lemon curd sitting in the fridge waiting for a job, so I used it to flavor my 2nd #IceCreamWeek no churn ice cream recipe! I'm so glad I did! Lemon Curd Ice Cream is surprisingly easy to make and a perfectly refreshing way to cool off!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Recipe | No Churn #IceCreamWeek

Salted Caramel Ice Cream | by Life Tastes Good is a no churn ice cream you can make in about 5 minutes with just 3 ingredients! #IceCreamWeek #NoChurn
Salted Caramel Ice Cream is a no churn ice cream recipe anyone can make! You don't need a special appliance to make this. How great is that? I think it's pretty great, because I don't have an ice cream maker right now. I plan on getting one soon even though I need another kitchen gadget to store like I need a hole in my head! 

Soooooo for #IceCreamWeek I decided to give the no churn ice creams a try. I've heard of the no churn recipes, but I was skeptical. I didn't think the no churn would have the rich creamy goodness of a deliciously churned ice cream, but I was wrong! Shocking, I know!

The no churn ice creams I made for this big event have made me a no churn ice cream convert! It's true! I found this ice cream to be creamier and tastier than any store bought ice cream I have ever tried. 

You simply must try this for yourself!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nutty Granola Recipe #SundaySupper

Nutty Granola Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is a healthy mixture of nuts and grains that makes a hearty start to your day, but is also a tasty snack on its own! #SundaySupper #BackToSchool
My Nutty Granola Recipe is a healthy mixture of nuts and grains. This makes a hearty start to your day when served with milk or yogurt, but is also a tasty snack on its own!

You can feel good about packing this in lunch boxes for a tasty treat or having it ready for an after school snack!

This nutty granola is packed full of good-for-you-stuff and it tastes great too! I grab this for a snack and just keep snacking away! It's kind of addicting y'all! The sweet nutty goodness with the hint of maple is a satisfying flavor combo, and it's kind of chewy too so that keeps your mouth happy!

Back to School is the theme for this week's #SundaySupper event hosted by Tammi of Momma's Meals and Gwen of Simply Healthy Family. Be sure to scroll down and visit all the wonderful Back to School ideas the #SundaySupper team is sharing. Enjoy!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Announcing the Ziplist Recipe Box

Life Tastes Good is now partnering with Ziplist to make your life easier! #Ziplist #LifeTastesGoodI have exciting news to share with you today! Life Tastes Good has partnered with Ziplist to make your life easier! You're gonna love this!!<smile>

What is Ziplist you ask? That's a great question! Ziplist is a convenient tool that stores all of your favorite recipes, helps you plan your meals, AND creates shopping lists organized by aisle according to where YOU shop!! Seriously, they are doing everything but actually buying the groceries for us! Best of all it's FREE!

With Ziplist you will save time, money, and be more organized! I've prepared a tutorial that shows you how to use all the time-saving tools, so read on...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Easy Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Easy Chocolate Ganache Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is so easy it's dangerous! #ChocolateLovers #LowCarb
Chocolate Ganache sounds like a fancy recipe that would be difficult to make, but you'll be surprised at just how easy it is! It's so easy, it's dangerous!

You can whip this up in less than 5 minutes! In the microwave even! Sure, you can use the stove-top if you prefer - that's not a problem at all. It will just take an extra minute or two. No worries!

This recipe for Chocolate Ganache is so easy and versatile, I use it in many different ways! I recently had the neighbors over for a get together before all the kids head back to college, and I served this as a dip on a fruit tray for dessert. It was delicious! Especially with cherries and strawberries! I also have a new recipe coming up for ice cream week where I used this ganache recipe to make a no churn Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream that is out of this world delicious, and this is the same Chocolate Ganache recipe I use in my SNICKERS Nachos and S'mores!!