Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

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Here’s a great and different recipe that can be whipped up and served to a crowd for a family brunch or a potluck. It was a big hit at my breakfast block party:
Mexican Egg Strata:
12 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk, whole or skim (cream if you want it really rich :-))
6 corn tortillas cut into triangles
1 cup chopped sauteed peppers-I used Anaheim peppers
2 cups grated or small cubed cheese-I used pepper Jack and Muenster
1 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat eggs and milk and add salt and pepper.
In an 9″X13″ casserole dish, pour in egg mixture and stir in the peppers, corn tortillas and cheese.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until knife comes out clean in the center. Serve hot.
For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.

Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

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Who likes breakfast for dinner night? Try this easy and sophisticated dish!
Artichoke Manchego frittata:
11 eggs, beaten
1 large artichoke heart, chopped
one large tomato, chopped
1 cup chopped, cooked broccoli
one chopped medium onion
1/2 cup grated Manchego cheese or any cheese of your choice
olive oil for cooking
salt and pepper
Place rack on top rung in oven and preheat to 425 degrees
In a large oven proof skillet over low-medium flame, heat up 2 tsp olive oil or butter and saute onion until translucent, about 5-10 minutes.
Add in chopped tomato and chopped artichoke and stir.
Add a bit more oil or butter if need be.
Add in eggs and lightly stir with salt and pepper sprinkle until almost cooked but runny on top.
Then add cheese on top and place skillet in the oven for a few minutes on top rack.
Bake until set and serve hot.
For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.

Like Her, Like Me

Screen Shot 2012-05-26 at 9.14.27 PM.pngThanks to the folks at Got Milk, I’m going to be participating in a really wonderful campaign – sharing what makes me and my now teenage daughter so much alike. Today we share how we start our morning together – me with coffee, skim milk and a splenda and her with cereal and milk. I can’t believe how fast my daughter has grown and am so impressed with her every day.
Take a look at how we bond over breakfast and then let us know how you connect with your own daughter.

If you want to enter to win the chance to be featured in a Got Milk ad with your own daughter that’ll be featured in Seventeen Magazine, then now is your chance to get in on the action. Visit TheBreakfastProject.com and record a great video with your daughter. One lucky duo will get to sport a Milk Mustache that will be seen by millions! Good luck!!!
This post was sponsored by Got Milk!

Taste of Home Kicks Off Search to Find Mrs. Holiday

image002.jpegI don’t know about you, but I am completed addicted to singing shows, dance contests, modeling competitions and food challenges but with the TV season ending soon, I have to say I’m going to be suffering from some serious overnight star withdrawal. Good thing I just found out about a new competition hosted by Taste of Home that even I can enter. I mean I do make a scrumptious Thanksgiving turkey and a mean matzoh ball soup!
The craftiest, most creative and culinary-savvy woman in America will get her due when Taste of Home crowns its first-ever Mrs. Holiday as the brand’s holiday spokesperson. The entertaining brand will be going where no publishing company has gone before in this search for the best holiday cook in America— and the winner, appearing as the magazine’s spokesperson, will win $50,000.
Taste of Home’s search for Mrs. Holiday isn’t just another talent competition–it’s a new kind of pageant that showcases the women who make the holidays spectacular for all of us.
Recognizing the enormity of the holidays to peoples’ personal lives and the U.S. economy, Taste of Home has begun a nationwide search on Facebook.com/TasteofHome to identify candidates for the position of Mrs. Holiday, a spokesperson role at the company, which includes a $50,000 payment. “Mrs. Holiday will be a new type of pageant queen,” said Taste of Home editor-in-chief Catherine Cassidy. “She’s an advocate, an ambassador and an inspiration who cooks for her family to bring everyone around the table at the holidays. She’s got memorable recipes combined with a celebration attitude.”
To audition for the role of Mrs. Holiday, women age 18 or older must visit Facebook.com/TasteofHome to enter a virtual pageant. There they can submit a video entry of no more than two minutes to show/tell us how they bring the holidays to life and convince us why they should be Taste of Home’s Mrs. Holiday. They also should submit a signature holiday recipe in 200 words or less. The full entry rules and instructions are provided at Facebook.com/TasteofHome. All entries will receive a free chocolate chip cookie recipe as a thank you for auditioning.

Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

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My kids went NUTS for my friend Jill’s simple and delicious meatballs. Low fat, tasty alone or with pasta. I made them with spinach linguine and a simple red sauce. Enjoy!
Jill’s Turkey Meatballs:
1 lb dark meat turkey-ground
3/4 cup red marinara sauce
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
fresh chopped rosemary
fresh chopped parsley
olive oil for sauteeing
Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and dry ingredients in another. Combine and shape into 1 inch size balls
Sautee in olive oil
For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.

Don’t miss your chance to win up to $2500 in prizes!!!

treasure hunt.jpg Adpropo is a new social and entertainment site that allows consumers to have fun, receive value, and collaborate with brands – when and where they expect it. Adpropo asked consumers how YOU feel about ads, something that doesn’t show up very much in all the research around online ads!
Adpropo is in its beta phase, testing out some different ways to provide fun & games with brands. There are four main elements of the site:
PLAY: Live online Treasure Hunts for cash and prizes, games, contests and more.
SHARE: Idea Labs encourage consumer interaction and collaboration with brands. A Message Center allows consumers to sign up for the brands that matter to them and then receive info within a designated on-site Inbox.
WIN: Incentives include virtual points, cash prizes, gift cards, and support of great charities based on participation. As the site expands, so will the prize and support opportunities.
CHANGE: adpropo is all about changing how consumers learn about brands (to a better way for the consumer). Plus, by tying cause support to activity, adpropo would like to change the world!
How can you check it out?
Sign up for adpropo at www.adpropo.com.
Check out the list of Treasure Hunts by clicking on that tab – those are the most interactive and have the biggest prize opportunities! Sign up early for any that you can make – they all happen LIVE and online, and registration closes at Go time.
Go onto the detail page and click the red Register button (you have to be logged in to the site)
Read the information provided
Show up a couple minutes early to make sure your clock isn’t different than the site clock – and to review details and make sure you are set to go.
The next Treasure Hunt is scheduled for:
May 16th at 9 PM ET for $2,500 in giveaways (THIS Wednesday)
(Keep your Facebook page open to adpropo because some trash talk / updates might just break out during the events!)
Go to the Games section and try out the picture puzzles and trivia challenges. The Idea Lab is the place for sharing ideas and feedback – the site is brand new, so help get some conversations flowing.
Good luck and have fun!
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10 Unforgettable Moments

IMG_2639.JPGAnd in a flash, it was over. After a year of planning, stressing, kvetching and kvelling, the day my family had been looking forward to is officially behind us. My daughter’s Bat Mitzvah was truly one of the most amazing memories in my life. My friend whispered to me at our reception that this would be one of the 10 best moments ever and you know what? She was totally right. I remember lots of memories from my life so far and here’s just a few…something tells me I’m going to have a lot more than 10 moments to share.
1. 1984-1986 – High school performances with my lifelong friends who got to celebrate with me at Becca’s Bat Mitzvah as we laughed and reminisced by the chocolate fountain I never did get to try.
2. September 11, 1992 – The first moment I met my husband – I had just moved into Manhattan and I had been set up on a blind date with him. He rang the bell, I opened the door and there he was. This super cute guy who was funny, smart and was really into me. The rest as they say is history.
3. December 24, 1995 – The night we got engaged – my husband pretended to get us pulled over by a cop. He made me get out of the car, he opened the trunk and there were dozens of roses and a box with a diamond ring. If you’re wondering what happened next, I said yes and we raced to both our parents houses to share the great news.
4. August 18, 1996. Our wedding day – truly a fairytale experience. I remember the rabbi re-telling the story of how we met and saying how we were fated to be together (the yiddish saying is Ber-shert). Best reception ever at Temple Israel in Lawrence. We never did get invited to another affair there and I was totally bummed because I always wanted to taste their food.
5. Our Honeymoon in Italy – I never will forget the two weeks we shared traveling from Venice to Florence to Rome to Positano. Sure it was stressful – like the time I left my father in law’s video camera on a water taxi in Venice, or the morning I made my husband drag our suitcases through the train when they announced a track change in Italian, but overall, it was also filled with romance, laughter, great wine and some of the best dishes and desserts we had ever sampled in our lives.
6. July 1998 – Moving into our first house in New Rochelle. We thought it would be a “starter” house but instead, it has become the one place our kids will fondly remember as their childhood home.
7. April 4, 1999 – Giving birth to Rebecca Drew – it took over 36 hours but it was well worth the wait. A beautiful baby girl who continues to amaze us year after year.
8. May 13, 2002 – The birth of our beautiful son, Dylan – who arrived three weeks early while I was coordinating the finales of CSI, The Amazing Race and The King of Queens.
9. November 2010 – My husband and I celebrating our 40th birthday with close friends and family at Mickey Spillane’s in Eastchester.
10. May 12, 2012 – Rebecca’s Bat Mitzvah – she chanted like pro, amazed us all and looked so beautiful. Plus the day couldn’t have been more picture perfect – 77 degrees, sunny with an absolutely gorgeous setting at the Surf Club. I am so proud of everything our daughter has accomplished so far and can’t wait to see what life holds in store for her.
So there you have it – 10 moments I will never forget. Much more to come. Good thing I don’t get my son’s Bar Mitzvah date until next year!

Tweet Why Your Mom Deserves Verizon’s “Perfect Day” Prize

Enter your mom to win verizons perfect-day-giveaway!
Verizon Wireless wanted to do something special for moms for Mother’s Day. So instead of giving away what they thought moms want, they actually asked moms for their input. And the one thing most moms would love is a day off, with maybe a manicure and a nice dinner out.
Verizon listened and came up with a huge giveaway you can nominate your own mom for!
The Perfect Day Giveaway Sweepstakes Grand Prize Package includes: a manicure, pedicure, massage, facial, laundress, house cleaning, and dinner/restaurant voucher or gift card for $350 (approximate retail value: $1,350).
Does your mom deserve a special day of pampering? I know my mom does.
The Contest begins on May 10 at 12:00 a.m. ET and ends on May 11, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
How to Enter Verizon’s Perfect Day Sweepstake:
Follow @VerizonWireless on Twitter. Then simply tweet out a message that makes a positive statement about your mom for Mother’s Day in the following format:
My mom is the most incredible woman I aspire to be. #PerfectDay @VerizonWireless
Your entry must include both #PerfectDay and @VerizonWireless to be entered in the contest. You can enter 5 times per day during the contest (max 10 times).
The grand prize will go to the best tweet of why your Mom deserves the #perfectday. So tweet away to enter your mom for this amazing giveaway!
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Happy Mother’s Day from Role Mommy

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In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve got some links to some incredible essays about moms – and two of my personal favorites (my own mom and my grandma) are a part of this list! If you’ve written a tribute to your own mom, we want to hear it! Comment on this post with a link to your blog or share an anecdote here about the special Role Mommy in your life!
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A Tribute to My Grandma by Beth Feldman
Like Mother, Like Daughter? by Beth Feldman
Walking as Healing by Jeanne Muchnick
Remembering Mom by Dayle Herstik
My BFF by Lenore Stoller
Being a Parentless Parent by Allison Gilbert
And one more incredible anecdote from Melanie Notkin, author of Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids
“The day my nephew was born, I promised him I’d love him twice as much. My mother had died many years before he was born and I immediately felt like it wasn’t fair to him, to have one less woman in his life to love him unconditionally. I try to give him, and now his sisters, more love, more time, more inspiration… and yes maybe a few more gifts since my mother can’t be here to give it to them. She would have loved her grandchildren more than I can even imagine.
My mother had had a heart attack at age 42 (my age now). Her cardiologist brought her back to life, and in her mind, gave her more priceless time with my brother and me. So for the next decade, until she passed away, she sent a gift to her doctor’s children on their every birthday. She had never met those kids, but was so grateful for the time their father had given her and her own children to be together, that she became their Fairy GodAuntie, sprinkling a little Auntie magic on their lives. Now, with Savvy Auntie, I think how fortunate I am to have been inspired by my mother, a woman who knew that loving and celebrating children not-your-own is a gift. And every time I look into my nephew’s and nieces’ big brown eyes, I know she’s proud.” – Melanie Notkin
Add your link to your Mom tribute below or comment now! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!!!

Project You Mother’s Day Edition Has Arrived!

ProjectYou_052012_Cover.jpgIt’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super Mom. Okay, not exactly! Thanks to Katie Schlientz, Jeanne Muchnick, Danielle Feigenbaum and several incredibly gifted writers, we’re thrilled to share our latest edition of Project You Magazine.
From a celebrity interview with “Five Year Engagement” stars Emily Blunt and Allison Brie to must have gifts and book picks and graduation party ideas from the gals at PartyBluPrints, we’ve got something for everyone in this issue. Take a look…