Capture the Cup: The America’s Cup Races and Nespresso

September 5th, 2013 by katie

photo courtesy of Nespresso

The 34th America’s Cup Final race begins September 7th and I’ll be watching.  I was lucky enough to visit San Francisco recently to watch the teams race in the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals and it is truly an amazing sport.  Nespresso was named the official coffee of the America’s cup and the Nespresso Bloggers got a chance to sample some of their Race inspired recipes at the new San Francisco Nespresso Boutique.  If you’ve never heard of the America’s Cup I would encourage you to check out their YouTube channel.

photo courtesy of Nespresso

We also had the truly transformative experience of sailing an extreme 40 catamaran.  Transformative because while it first transformed me into this:

Good looking group, huh?  I then experienced a truly shocking transformation.  I actually enjoyed myself.  On a boat.  I suffer from some pretty severe motion sickness on the water yet gliding along at 22 knots under the sun was both exhilarating and strangely peaceful.

Overall we had an amazing time in the America’s Cup Park, watching the teams prepare and race.  Getting close ups of the luxury yachts from around the world made me question my career choices a bit.

How amazing would it be to just sail away in one of those??

We spent a full day on the water, watching the races and sailing but of course we made time for a quick stop at the Nespresso Boutique as well.

This beauty is the Fog, a warm concoction of honey, ginger, Nespresso and and foam.   The perfect warm-up drink after a day on the bay watching the boats maneuver the course.  Being a Nespresso blogger has given me an appreciation for so many new things in addition to the Grand Cru coffees.  We don’t always stop to consider and savor the quality of our experiences. From cruising the waves on a 40 ft catamaran to the color and aroma of that first cup in the morning every experience deserves to be captured.  What is your moment to be captured today?



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Basic Garden Pesto and Quick Pesto Chicken

May 29th, 2013 by katie

It’s summer!  Finally the season has arrived for strawberry salads and garden tomatoes, cool soups and no-cook meals, and sandwiches for dinner and peach pie and cherry pie and watermelon.  Every summer I plunge into gardening with such enthusiamsm that I typically kill off everything I have planted within a few weeks.  Apparently vegetables don’t appreciate my particular style of helicopter parenting.  Basil is especially challenging because I want to pick and prune a little here and few leaves there until the poor thing is one tall nude stem.  This summer I have practiced much restraint and so far have been rewarded with a big bushy basil plant that I have not killed yet.    

I received a new food processor for my birthday and to celebrate both my bushy basil and my new kitchen appliance (squee!) I made my first batch of pesto in many summers.  I like my pesto with walnuts (they’re cheaper than pine nuts and I can toss the extras on a salad) but feel free to use pine nuts if you are a purist.  Click here for the recipe »

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Moms Deserve the Perfect Cup: A Mother’s Day Giveaway from Nespresso! {closed}

May 7th, 2013 by katie

Congratulations Suzanne!  Please check your email for further information.  Thank you all and I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Being a Mom can be tough.  Heck, life is tough.  And then you became a Mom.  One of my favorite moments in the day is the quiet bit after everyone is off to school or tucked into bed and I get to enjoy a few minutes all to myself.  It is my chance to do something just for me-to reset and unwind.  I brew my favorite espresso, gently froth some milk and honey, and crack open my feed reader for some serious me time.  It never fails to leave me with a honey foam mustache and a “Mmmmm, that’s good” exhale.  I sit in the garden and watch this or this and suddenly I am me again.   In honor of all the Moms out there who wrangle, cajole, nag, and work wonders daily,  Nespresso would like to giveaway one U Pure Cream machine and an Aeroccino Plus milk frother to the coffee lover in your life (is it you?). Courtesy of Nespresso, I have this machine and I love it.  The engineering is intuitive and gorgeous, the coffees are velvety and rich, and I can froth milk at the touch of a button (hot or cold! How cool is that??).  You will also receive a tasting box of each of their 16 Grand Cru coffees to experiment with.  If you have a serious coffee lover in your life then this is the package for them.  I have been so  impressed by the way Nespresso cultivates each coffee experience by engaging all of the senses-including the sense of euphoria experienced when one encounters truly excellent customer service.    

The giveaway will run until 12:00pm noon CST this Mother’s Day, Sunday 5/12/13.  At that time, our friend the random number generator will choose one commentor as the winner.  And since my Mom is pretty much my only subscriber (and I bought her this exact same setup for her birthday so she’s out of the running) you have a great chance to win!  To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you plan to spend this Sunday whether it be with a Mom, as a Mom, or maybe treating yourself to your favorite “me time” activity.  You can also come back and comment again for a Tweet, Pin, or Facebook share.  Please be sure to include a working email address that you check regularly so that I can reach you for congratulations and shipping information.

We all deserve a perfect coffee moment.  My coffee experience of choice is my decaf honey latte: two Decaffeinato Intenso capsules topped with milk and honey frothed together in the Aeroccino+.  It is creamy, slightly sweet with an intense coffee and subtly cocoa flavor.  Also, the Nespresso U machine is fully automatic which means you won’t ruin your perfect moment by having to clean out a coffee pot.

This post was created in connection with my appointment as a Nespresso Club Blogger.  All opinions are my own.

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Beer Braised Bratwurst and Caramelized Sauerkraut

April 27th, 2013 by katie

If I was a smart blogger I would hold this recipe for Oktoberfest.  Or I would have gotten my act together and made it back in March around St. Patty’s day.  But since I have never been either a smart blogger or an appropriate seasonal menu eater, here you go.  Here are some amazing sweet and sour caramelized sausages for your rainy spring dinner.  You can thank me later.      Click here for the recipe »

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About chaos

cha·os -noun 1. a condition or place of great disorder or confusion. My chaotic kitchen is the result of three kids, two adults, dog, cat, and fish, a food obsession, a wine drinking hobby, and too few hours in the day. Between trying to feed a family of five healthy, happy meals, watching my weight, saving my pennies, and staying partially sane I have picked up a few tricks along the way. So here they are: the very best tips, tricks, and recipes from my chaotic kitchen-to yours!

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