Alaskan Test Nest

March 13th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , ,
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A Test Nest in Alaska must include Salmon, while locals eat a lot of it, I don’t eat Salmon unless I’m in Alaska. From the short time I lived there however, and caught a few of these beauties myself, I experienced the taste difference between the varieties of Salmon. I knew my brother would have plenty of the best Salmon in their freezer so I was pretty excited to try this recipe.

Be My Valentine Test Nest

February 20th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , , ,
Posted in 5 Star, Holiday
Ask my mom and best friends and they’ll tell you my least favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day. Last year however, I caught a little bit of the love spirit with my two hearts and chocolate dinners. They were fun and I enjoyed thinking of creative ways to incorporate hearts. So I decided that with V-day on a Monday it would be a perfect opportunity for a fun celebration of good food, friends and love – it was a fabulous evening.

Superbowl XLV – Yeah Packers!

February 6th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , ,
Posted in Tips
The complete spread included Buffalo wings from Costco, chips and salsa, a selection of veggies to go with the cucumber dip and pesto dip, homemade herbed cheese pizza, meatballs, pecan cheese ball, rosemary bread from Amy Ruth’s, crackers, candy, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Suzi made an amazing chocolate trifle.

Vegetarian Test Nest

January 27th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , , , , ,
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I’ve had several vegetarian friends request that I do a vegetarian night. With all of the heavy foods around the holidays, and the fact that I think I ate meat everyday for 2 weeks strait, I was feeling the need to lighten it up a bit. I learned a lot about the balance of food, proteins, flavors and textures from my expert vegetarian diners, and I really enjoyed the challenge.

Celebrating 1 year with my VIP’s

January 23rd, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , ,
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I had 14 amazing testers last year that attended more than 3 dinners, plus an amazing roommate who supported my experiment by allowing me to take over the apartment, fridge and much more. To show my thanks, I wanted to throw a little VIP party for my no. 1 supporters. I love making hors d-oeuvres, but rarely have the opportunity, so I decided to make the VIP night all about little bites, socializing and games.

2010 Summary of TEST NEST Experiment

January 13th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags:
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I’ve learned so much over the course of this year and I’ve also had lots of firsts when it comes to cooking and eating as a result. Here are all of the 2010 stats.

Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner

January 13th, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , ,
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I didn’t realize until I started making dinner that almost every dish had a little bit of sugar in it, oops, I rarely cook that way. It was all very yummy though so I guess the sugar overload was worth it. All of these recipes came from a community cookbook that we put together at the center I worked at during college.

Christmas Gift Bags

January 2nd, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , ,
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This was my first time to make marmalade or a jam of any kind and also my first time to can anything. I was so nervous that the jars didn’t take and the lids wouldn’t pop, but seems as though it did. I’ve had phone calls from everyone that I gave the marmalade to that it was really yummy.

December 13 Christmas Celebration

January 2nd, 2011 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , ,
Posted in 5 Star, Holiday
The whip cream was perfectly yummy, the nutmeg really made the whip cream stand out. The gingerbread cake was also yummy with fresh grated ginger in it. This is a great dessert for the season...

Thanksgiving for 14

December 18th, 2010 by Amber HenrieTags: , , , , , ,
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I decided to stay in NYC for Thanksgiving this year and host a big TEST NEST feast – I ended up having 14 testers. I eased a little of the stress by having others make some of the side dishes and desserts. I made the Turkey (1st time all by myself) and also decided to do a stuffed pork loin...