Friday Favorites – Episode 9

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.

6 Responses to Friday Favorites – Episode 9

  1. I really like the Oikos, too. You can’t tell that it is fat free, and it has a nice flavor. Delicious Friday faves!

  2. That looks super tasty. I see you were in a berry mood too:) Something about this time of the year just makes me crave light berry desserts. I usually eat the Chobani FF greek yogurt that that Oikos yogurt looks equally as tasty. Yummy post:)

  3. Good choices this week. Thanks for the friday fav mention. =)

    I love corn muffins. I haven’t had anything to eat yet. that has made my hunger twice as strong.

  4. Nice post & I liked your wrap on the friday faves…great pick! The picture of the corn muffins is caling my name…YUM!!