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Our Exclusive Skype Interview with TV Host Kelsey Nixon: Tips for fun lunches and quick dinners

If we’re being honest, I dread making school lunches and dinner after a long, busy day.

Yes, that accounts for two-thirds of our daily meals for all you mathematicians out there.

kitchenconfidenceThat’s why I reached out to cooking guru and TV host, Kelsey Nixon, and she dished out some tasty tips on healthy, delicious meals. If you’re not familiar with Kelsey, this self-made Cooking Channel star of Kelsey’s Essentials is passionate about making anyone and everyone more confident in the kitchen and was written with moms in mind.

At 4:50 we talk about fun, creative and delicious lunches and, most importantly, how to get your kids excited about eating healthy. “Eat with your eyes first.”

At the 8:00 mark, we talk fast, easy dinner ideas for Mom to whip up after a long day. Kelsey’s go-to meal might surprise you!

At 10:30, Kelsey discusses the one, amazingly versatile ingredient that is sitting on your grocery store shelf that you don’t think to pick up.

Kelsey just published a delicious new cookbook Kitchen Confidence  and at the 11:10 mark, she describes the one cooking item she can’t live without.

At 12:00, Kelsey shares her one tip for moms to achieve a work-home life balance.

Be sure to check-out our video call via Skype as a part of Skype Moments!

http://youtu.be/sGq6YxaVplU

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Over these next weeks, we will be sharing a few of Kelsey’s favorite go-to recipes. Be sure to try her delicious Moroccan-Spiced Roast Chicken with Creamy Cilantro Sauce.

“The first dish my mom taught me to make was a roast chicken, and I’ve been making variations of that classic ever since. This recipe is simple enough to prepare for an everyday meal and reliable enough to be a standby for special occasions like having the in-laws over or inviting your boss to dinner. The potatoes roast along with the chicken, resulting in an automatic side dish– though Israeli couscous is a delicious accompaniment as well. This particular version of roast chicken has fantastic flavor thanks to essential pantry spices, which provide great dimension. The cool yogurt-cilantro sauce is finger-licking good. I like this flavor line-up so much that I use the same spice combination and creamy sauce with pork tenderloin that I throw on the grill– when I don’t want to heat up the kitchen.”

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Denver Deal: LobsterFest, Free Whole Foods Cooking “Guiltless Chocolate Treats” and IHOP

Despite the fact that I have always lived in land-locked Colorado I have always been a fan of great seafood. To great fanfare, Red Lobster introduced the 31st annual event – Lobsterfest. I was invited to try several new (and some returning) amazing lobster loaded dishes as part of a tasting of this year’s menu. The meal was served family-style with myself, my sister and five others who were invited to try the new stuff (one couple was invited because they dine there often; the other three ladies responded to a Yelp review). It was great because we got to try so many things! Appetizers: Sweet Chili Shrimp, Lobster-crab and seafood stuffed mushrooms and Lobster Pizza (which I believe my kids would have loved); Entrees: Dueling Lobster Tails, Lobster Lover’s Dream, Lobster in Paradise, Ultimate Surf & Turf as well as the Bar Harbor Lobster Bake. Then we finished the night off with Red Velvet Cake in a Jar, Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Cake. If anyone walked away hungry it could only be their own fault.

Whole Foods Tamarac

On Thursday, February 6th The Whole Foods at Tamarac Square will host a Cooking Class: Guiltless Chocolate Treats. The event held 6:30-7:30 p.m. is free! Battling with sugar? Come to a cooking class taught by Family Wellness Specialist, Traci Carpenter, MNT about how to satisfy the chocolate cravings without deprivation or guilt.  Learn how to create chocolate treats that are gluten free, paleo, grain free, plant strong™, and good for you! This class will feature Traci’s famous gooey brownies and sea salt chocolate truffles.  Reserve your spot at customer service.

Burger King Free Coffee

Get a free coffee at Burger King with any breakfast sandwich purchase.

 IHOP All You Can Eat Pancakes

IHOP is bringing back their All You Can Eat promotion. Through February 9 treat yourself to classic Buttermilk pancakes — as many of them as you can eat. Order them as part of a combo or just as a stack of pancakes. Either way, if you’re still hungry, they’ll bring you more!

Winter Park Lesson Deal

Even though learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is officially over (it was January) Winter Park still has a great deal!  With the purchase of at least one night of lodging, you can buy one of three adult group lesson packages (lesson; lesson and lift ticket; or lesson, lift ticket and rental) and get second one of equal or lesser value for free.  With 10 programs from which to choose, including Learn to Ski/Ride, Snowboard Cruising, Perfect Parallel Skiing, and Bumps & Steeps, Winter Park’s renowned Ski + Ride School has a lesson geared for every ability that is designed to not only improve skills, but enhance the fun of skiing and snowboarding.   Lesson packages can be used anytime throughout the season and have no blackout dates, but they must be purchased from before February 10. 

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Best Apps For Tackling the Thanksgiving Feast

If you’re anything like me, you won’t be competing on Iron Chef anytime soon. I don’t burn water, but when it comes to things like Thanksgiving I can use some extra help in the kitchen. I’ve rounded up a few very helpful apps for those of us who aren’t bionic chefs. This list covers everything from tackling the turkey to grocery list planning to counting calories between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don’t see your favorites? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

Appetites’ Easy As Pie for iPhone and iPad is a wonderful tool for folks who need some dessert inspiration and a step-by-step guide for achieving delicious pies. Appetites presents this new pie making adventure featuring Evan Kleiman. Easy as Pie shows you how-to create 20 homemade pies, doughs and toppings in over 5 hours of step-by-step video recipes.