Archive | May, 2012

BlogHer Food ’12- Getting Organized

BlogHer Food 2012 Conference

The 4th Annual BlogHer Food Conference is getting organized…. The Organized Cook, that is.


BlogHer Food Conference


I’m heading off to Seattle next week to join bloggers, foodies and sponsors for this sold-out powerhouse conference.  Companies like Masterbuilt, Starbucks and Shutterfly are among the many sponsors of Blogher Food’12.


Join Our Brand Ambassadors

The Organized Cook has a network of over a hundred Brand Ambassadors who are mostly real-mom brand advocates, and although not in attendance at the conference, our Brand Ambassadors are joining us virtually via real-time Twitter and Facebook interaction.  You can join in the conversation by following us at @OrganizedCook, @ToniSpilsbury, #mealplanning, #BlogHerFood or connect with me directly at



If you’re interested in joining me and our Brand Ambassadors during the conference, please contact our Brand Outreach Manager at, or visit our Media Kit.

The Organized Cook

The Organized Cook®

So what does this “organized cook” expect to gain at BlogHer Food?

In addition to connecting with fellow food enthusiasts and sponsors, the conference schedule is full of informative educational sessions covering topics like food supply, issues and trends in America, publishing and food photography.

And yes, my Canon T2i is coming along for the ride.  As with any other BlogHer conference, one can always expect a few surprises.



I’m excited to be staying at the super luxurious Fairmont Olympic Hotel and am sure to post more about that experience post-conference.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Fairmont Olympic Hotel


I’m told that Pike Place Market is just walking distance from the hotel- oh, my camera and I are sure to be busy this trip!


Pike Place market

Pike Place Market


Check out our video from my first BlogHer Conference in “The Organized Cook Makes A Move”:

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Tip of the Week- Save The Water

Cooking Tip of the Week

You know that starchy pasta cooking water that gets tossed down the drain?  It may be more valuable than you realize.

Drain Pasta

By reserving a half to a full cup of the pasta cooking water, you can toss it back into the pasta before adding sauce to keep it moist and prevent the pasta from becoming tacky.  This method also helps the pasta to toss easier and adhere to the sauce.

Simply place a small bowl or measuring cup under the strainer when draining pasta, or dip a glass measuring cup into the pan before draining pasta.

Check out this simple pasta recipe using this tip:

Spring Penne Recipe

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What’s For Dinner This Week- An Apple A Day

Family Dinner Meal Planning

School is almost out and summer is just around the corner, so we’re celebrating this week with simple family-favorite recipes in our weekly meal plan “An Apple A Day”.

So what’s on the family dinner menu this week?  If you’re a subscriber to The Organized Cook, here’s what’s you’re having:


Weekly Meal Plan

Day 1: Day 1: Crispy Honey Chicken with One-Minute Honey Dipping Sauce, Buttered Corn On Cob & Spiced Apples



meal planning

Day 2: Curried Meatballs over Steamed Rice & Goddess Apple Salad



Day 3: Spring Penne with Gourmet Italian Sausage


Day 4: Chicken with Lemon Sauce & Egg Fried Rice



Day 5: Meat Lover Calzone & Quick Antipasta Salad


Get This Weekly Meal Plan

Let The Organized Cook do the planning and organization for you this week.  Get this family dinner meal plan including menu, grocery shopping list, recipes and easy-to-follow instructions.  Purchase individually for $6.99.

Weekly Meal Plan An Apple A Day

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Subscribe To The Organized Cook

Save money by becoming a subscriber to The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System for only $12.99 per month (that’s over 50% savings from purchasing the meal plans individually).  Cancel at any time.  Subscribe now.

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On-The-Fly Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

This is the perfect recipe to make with leftover mashed potatoes.  Also, if you’re cooking ground beef for a recipe earlier in the week, brown a pound extra and store to use for this recipe so tonight’s dinner will be a snap.

On-The-Fly Shepherd's Pie

On-The-Fly Shepherd's Pie


  • ground beef- 1 lb
  • green onions- 1 bundle, diced
  • peas & diced carrots- 1 15oz. can
  • brown gravy (chicken, turkey or beef) - 1 jar
  • prepared mashed potatoes- 4 cups (perfect recipe to make with leftover mashed potatoes)
  • fresh thyme (or dried)- 1 teaspoon fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • • dried parsley- 1 teaspoon


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Brown ground beef in skillet
  3. Add green onions, peas & carrots, gravy and thyme; mix well
  4. Transfer mixture to a casserole baking dish
  5. Loosely layer mashed potatoes on top (use the back of a rubber spoon to gently smooth over the mixture)
  6. Garnish with dried parsley
  7. Bake until gravy is bubbling hot through the sides of the mashed potatoes, approximately 35 minutes


Meal Plan Simply Delicious

The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System


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