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NW Elixirs Giveaway!

NW Elixirs

Our fridge is practically overflowing with condiments that we don’t use, like fancy chutneys, jars of garlicky pickled things and mystery marinades that probably expired last year. Most of these jars are nearly full, so I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. I feel so guilty about wasting food. I guess you could say that I’m a food hoarder. It’s ridiculous, really. But if you’re like me, you have  tried-and-true faves, and you don’t need to stray. One of our new favorites is Portland-based hot sauce company NW Elixirs . Not only have these sauces earned a prominent space in the front of our fridge, but I spotlighted one of the sauces on my recent live TV segments. And because telling you these sauces are awesome doesn’t do it justice, one lucky ready will have the chance to taste these sauces for themselves. I’ve partnered with NW Elixirs to give away a gift basket for one lucky reader! 

Chef Andrew Garrett took the time to chat with me about why his sauces stand out. Here’s what he had to say – and then scroll down for giveaway!

NW Elixirs

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Teriyaki Beef Sliders with Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw {+ a GIVEAWAY}

Teriyaki Sliders with Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw

I’m a sucker for anything that uses the H-word. You know. Hawaiian. King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread company is no exception. But I’m not a fan for that reason alone. I’ve always loved sweet bread. It’s perfect for everything from french toast and PB&Js to burgers. And speaking of burgers, I made Teriyaki Beef Sliders topped with homemade Grilled Pineapple Coleslaw for some friends the other night. The consensus? Total taste sensation. I’d like to take full credit for this recipe, but I’ve gotta give credit where it’s due. And in this case, the ingredients spoke for themselves. The teriyaki-marinated beef is such a drool-worthy combination on it’s own; but it’s only enhanced when smothered in in the tropical ‘slaw.

Teriyaki Beef SlidersGrilled Pineapple Coleslaw

You may have noticed that I’ve been on a grilled pineapple kick all summer. Why, you ask? Because it’s SOOO GOOD. I’m not normally a huge coleslaw fan, but the pineapple adds a perfect tangy crunch and an unexpected smokiness to these juicy sliders. Besides the pineapple, this is far from your typical coleslaw recipe. I incorporated some unusual ingredients like greek yogurt and rice wine vinegar. And it works. Continue reading


Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup gif

It may be the last week in January, but I just learned that it’s National Soup Month. I must have known it subconsciously, because we’ve pretty much been on a soup diet for the past few weeks. From lentil to minestrone to chili, we’ve made it all. And now I’m happy to add Chicken Tortilla Soup to the list.

Pacific Natural Foods Soup Starters Tortilla Soup Base

The awesome folks at Pacific Natural Foods recently sent me some samples from their new line of soup starters. I’ve been a loyal Pacific Natural Foods user for years (we always have a box of chicken broth and tomato soup in our cupboard). But these soup starters are going to be our new kitchen staples. I’ve tried three of the starters now (Pho, Tom Yum and Tortilla). They are filled with flavor, and all you need to do is add your fillings, heat and serve.

Read my words: the perfect weeknight meal. All I did to my version was add black beans, chicken, onions and corn to the starter broth.

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Once it’s done warming, top with goodies like peppers, sour cream, avocado, cilantro and tortilla chips. Yum.

But wait, it gets better. Now YOU can try this soup starter for yourself. Three of you will win a starter kit of your own. It’s SOUPer simple to enter.

Um yes, I just went there.

Just fill out the form below, and good luck! Entries close at midnight on Friday, February 1. CONTEST OVER. CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS – JOAN, JODY and EMILY!

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Quick n’ Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 4

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1/2 onion, diced
2 diced garlic cloves
1 T olive oil
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded
1/2 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1/2 cup sour cream
1 avocado, sliced
1 bunch cilantro, washed and chopped
2-4 limes, quartered

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil over Medium heat for several minutes until the onions soften. Add chicken, beans, corn, and box of soup starter. Let mixture come to a boil, and let cook for 5 minutes. Serve into bowls. Top with peppers, sour cream, avocado, cilantro and lime. Serve with tortilla chips or corn tortillas.

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Note: Pacific Natural Foods sent me free soup samples, but I was not compensated for this post. The views are my own.


Shoyu Chicken (+ a Ninja Cooking System GIVEAWAY! [now closed])

There are sooo many delicious things to eat in Hawaii.

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken

One of my favorites is Shoyu Chicken. And today I’m excited to share my family’s recipe with you. In my opinion, it’s one of the best around.

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken in Ninja Cooking Systems

Growing up, we always made Shoyu Chicken on the stovetop. But I recently make it in my brand new Ninja Cooking System, and was so pleased with the results. 

What’s awesome about the Ninja Cooking System is that in addition to slow cooker settings, it also has stovetop settings so you can braise meat, sear onions – or in this case, boil the marinade – before doing the slow cooking. It seems so obvious, but does your slow cooker do that? I dont think so.

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken
Even Sam noticed a difference when I made this recipe in the Ninja. It was extra tender and flavorful. I served the chicken with my healthier version of Hawaiian mac salad, brown rice and spicy kimchi for a little taste of home.

So now to the good news: you can make melt-in-your-mouth Shoyu Chicken – plus a ton of other fantastic things – in a Ninja Cooking System of your own! Enter the giveaway below, just in time for the holidays.

**Ninja Cooking System Giveaway!** 

Comment below with your favorite slow cooker recipe. Your comment qualifies as an entry. Bonus entries for liking Margaritas In The Rain on Facebook and following me on Twitter (or let me know if you already have). I’ll draw a winner using random.org at 12pm ET on 11/20/12. Winner will be contacted using the email provided in the comments section. Good luck!

Note: Ninja Cooking Systems provided the Slow Cookers, but I was not compensated for this post. The views are my own. This slow cooker is really cool, you guys.

Congrats to our winner, Natalie G. of Portland!

Shoyu Chicken

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1 cup water
1 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
1 cup sugar
1 T sesame seeds
1 tsp crushed red pepper
8-10 slices of ginger, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 pounds (approx. 8 pieces) skinless chicken thighs

Cook all ingredients on High until boiling, continuing to mix until sugar disolves. Reduce to Low on Ninja Cooking System and let cook for up to 8 hours (the longer the better for flavor!). Or, if making on a stovetop, simply simmer on low for 1 hour.

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RockaBella Jewels Giveaway!

Now that the holidays are officially over, it’s time to get treated with what’s really on your wish list. Not sure what’s on yours, but I’ll share mine: pave banglesfrom RockaBella Jewels. The turquoise, coral and Colorado topaz pave bangles are drop dead gorgeous (as are all the pieces from RockaBella’s latest collection).

{14k gold filled pave bangles}

Not familiar with RockaBella? Designer and founder Kristel designs contemporary jewelry that’s handmade in the Hawaiian Islands. Everything made in Hawaii is better, and that’s just a matter of fact.

Kristel started out in apparel and soon found her real passion as a jewelry designer. It’s lucky she did for our sake, because her pieces are unique, modern, and transition perfectly from tropical beach to mainland in a snap – just like the pave bangles, which literally compliment any outfit from jeans…

{Casual weekender}  

…to a sparkly dress…

{Night out on the town}


…and every other occasion and outfit I can think of.

{Wear to work}
{Happy hour with the ladies}
{Sunny day/beach cover up}

Check out RockaBella for yourself to see what all the fuss is about. Then enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift card for your favorite RockaBella merch. Three lucky readers will be chosen to win, so don’t waste any time! To enter, check out RockaBella’s online shop and comment on the Google form below with your favorite piece. Bonus entry for commenting on Facebook, too.

Notes: I’m not paid for this post, I’m just super excited about Kristel and her jewels. Also, Pearl.Love products are excluded from the giveaway. Giveaway runs from Monday, January 30, 2012 to Monday, February 6, 2012. Three winners will be chosen randomly using random.org.

**The contest is now closed for submissions. Thanks to all who entered. Winners will be notified via e-mail.