Posts Tagged ‘guest blogger’

by guest blogger Anne Colvin

Gianduja ice cream

How do you pronounce Gianduja? “John-doo-ya,” according to the Van Leeuwen ice cream website. What’s in it? Dark chocolate and hazelnut paste. Mmmm.


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by guest blogger Chase Purdy

spicy carne molida taco

Mas Tacos’ menu certainly doesn’t lack options. Chase tried the spicy carne molida taco and a glass of zanaranta (carrot + orange juice).


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by Caitlin Saniga

Eeeep! I’m so pumped to share with you guys that I’m guest blogging over at The Roanoke Times’ food blog Fridge Magnet while my co-worker Lindsey Nair is out of the office this week. Before she left, she arranged for several folks in the Roanoke community to write posts about their specialties, everything from home brewing to scrambled eggs. I’m keeping an eye on the blog, editing submissions and even planning to write a few posts myself. Today I published my first Fridge Magnet post, a recipe for a coconut-egg custard dessert called impossible pie. Go check it out!

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by guest blogger Jackie Valley

The bacon-wrapped stuffed dates are a fan favorite at Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar in Las Vegas.

Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar is a locally owned restaurant in Las Vegas that specializes in tapas and sangria.

I visited: Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar, a locally owned tapas restaurant in Las Vegas. It’s a favorite among locals seeking quality food and a fun atmosphere without the price tag of restaurants on the Strip. (And it has a killer red sangria.)

I tried: Stuffed dates (bacon-wrapped, smoked almond, red wine reduction, blue cheese)

Jackie (right) met up with Kristina, a buddy from college who was visiting Vegas, to try the stuffed dates and other tapas at Firefly. “People are always visiting Vegas, so this place is something they probably wouldn’t know about otherwise,” Jackie said.

Why it stood out: Ask any Firefly fan, and the answer is almost always the same: The stuffed dates beat out all other menu items. That says a lot considering they’re up against several dozen other cold, hot, seafood and meat tapas. Served warm, the stuffed dates are the perfect combination of sweet and chewy — a great opening tapa before the meat and seafood dishes arrive. When I recently introduced visiting friends Kristina and Jordan to the stuffed dates, Kristina’s reaction summed up the experience: “So good, so good. I’m so happy.” The second-floor, patio seats overlooking the Las Vegas valley didn’t hurt either.

It cost: $4.50

Find out more:
Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar
11261 S. Eastern Ave. Suite 200
Henderson, NV 89052
We visited the Firefly closest to where I live, but there are two other locations, including one near the Strip.

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by Holly Saniga

This easy-to-make pie crust is crispy and flaky, and the berries came from our backyard.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Crisco
  • 3 tablespoons water or Sprite


  • 1 pint fresh raspberries or blackberries (or both!)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Check out that bubbly-warm berry filling.

To prepare the pie crust, mix flour and salt together. Add Crisco until the mixture forms balls the size of peas. Combine two tablespoons of water or Sprite with the dry mix, then add the third tablespoon. Blend just until it holds together. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick and place in pie pan.

In the mean time, mix together the sugar and flour and sprinkle half the mixture in the pie crust. Place the washed and sorted raspberries on top, then sprinkle the remaining flour and sugar mixture on top of the raspberries. Pour the cream over all. Bake in the center of preheated 350-degree oven for 35-40 minutes. Let cool, then chill for a minimum of 2 hours. Best if served the same day.

Photos: Holly Saniga

Recipe: Cooks.com

*Note: Holly Saniga is a guest blogger and Caitlin’s younger sister. She likes to bake and can make a mean stir-fry sauce out of just about anything.

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