I originally wrote this post last evening, trying to sneak it in in the few minutes before it turned to Saturday. However, my site went down right as I went to publish it. That will teach me to leave my Friday Favorites to the last minute! For the second week in a row, I am posting my Friday Favorites on a day other than Friday. Next week I will try to do better!
Before I get to my favorite blog posts of the week, though, I would like to thank Stonyfield Farm for giving me the opportunity to try their organic Oikos Greek yogurt. To start, I picked up a container of the fat free honey flavored yogurt. Before I use it in recipes, I wanted to try some on its own to get a good sense of the taste and texture of the yogurt.
This morning, I made some corn muffins… I had a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix – one of the few things that I don’t always make from scratch… Not because it’s difficult, but because I like the flavor of Jiffy corn muffin mix! I thought that the honey yogurt would be delicious with the corn muffins, so I had a muffin with some yogurt, fresh strawberries, and blueberries. It was great, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised for two reasons. First, I am not typically a huge fan of fat free dairy products. Second, I am not a big yogurt eater. The yogurt tastes quite creamy even though it is fat free. I also liked the flavor quite a bit. About halfway through eating my yogurt and muffin, I decided to drizzle it with a little bit of agave. It didn’t necessarily need it, but I had a suspicion that it would be a good combination, and it was!
So, in the next few weeks, I will be using the Stonyfield Oikos yogurt in some recipes (as well as eating some more for breakfast, because it was quite good)… I am especially excited to try using the yogurt in some of my recipes because it is very good for you – and I think it will be a great substitute for sour cream, buttermilk, and mayonnaise. Stay tuned for more healthy recipes. Thanks Stonyfield!
Now, for my favorite blog posts of the week. I don’t really have a theme this week… just blog posts that I liked (thus the name Friday Favorites)!
- I immediately starred this post in my RSS reader when I read it. This Summer Grill Menu from Iowa Girl Eats touches on many of my favorite summertime foods. I especially love grilled corn. Be sure to look at all of the great pictures in this post!
- This second post is another one that utilizes quite a few of my favorite foods. This Vegetarian Dinner from Dianasaur Dishes includes a Tomato Avocado Salad and Parmesan and Garlic Oven Potatoes. Both recipes sound quick and easy to make – manageable for any night of the week!
- My next pick is a double-post… 5 Star Foodie posted two great posts this week about her daughter’s French themed birthday brunch. All Things French – Part 1 and All Things French – Part 2 include pictures and recipes for all of the delicious dishes she prepared. I especially liked the Petit Pain Au Chocolat and the Crustless Zucchini Tart!
- This recipe for Baked Onions with a Sour Cream Herb Dip from Bread + Butter reminds me of the blooming onion appetizer that is so popular at steak house restaurants. I will definitely be giving it a try because it looks delicious… and the baked version is oh so much better for you than the deep fried restaurant version.