Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thrifty Thursday! A One-Day Sale Defined by You!

Is anyone out there familiar with Extreme Couponing on TLC? I am completely enamored with the thriftiness of these folks, but I am completely incapable of duplicating their efforts in my own world. In the spirit of couponing, however, we at Scarlet Threads decided to create a deal for you!

One Thursday per month we will have a special one-day sale where the discount is entirely based on how many new facebook followers we received since the preceding Thursday. We will announce the date of the one day sale on the Thursday before to allow you the opportunity to spread the word about Scarlet Threads to all of your Facebook friends

We shall call this "Thrifty Thursday!" In order to increase the discount, use the "suggest to friends" button to introduce your social network to Scarlet Threads. At a future date, we may choose to do a Thrifty Thursday based on Twitter or Blog Followers. We are not super stealthy, so we will let you know which social media we are selecting for the one day sale, how many current followers we have, and how we will calculate the discount.

I wouldn't let you down, would I? Now that you've read about the concept, we are announcing that NEXT THURSDAY will be our first Scarlet Threads Thrifty Thursday.

Current Facebook Fan Count: 3200

For every new fan from now until I check the account on the morning of Thursday next, the one-day sale will increase by 1% (up to 50%). For example, if we receive 27 new fans the sale discount will be 27% and if we receive 52 fans the discount will be capped at 50%. See? Isn't that fun? You can command your own destiny and demand your own price.

Ready? Set. Suggest a Friend!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Novel Noms' Jambalaya

Typically with Tasty Tuesday we give you pictures of the end product; and if you are lucky you get in between shots, too! (Notice the stellar use of the semicolon.) This week, we are going to do even better than that. As you know, we have been on a quest for new and exciting recipes AND new and exciting food blogs. Today, you get both. Entrance Gretchen from Novel Noms!

Gretchen is a writer, former English teacher and self-taught cook. She fulfilled a lifelong dream by combining her two loves of books and food and created her own cooking show. She posts weekly videos where she cooks food inspired by the books she loves. Gretchen discovered Scarlet Threads through Twitter when someone mentioned our mission.

This week she shared her scrumptious Jambalaya recipe. In my former life, when I lived in the heart of Cajun country, I neglected to learn the artful culinary techniques. Never fear, Gretchen is here to show us how it is done! (<--Click here for the video!)

Gretchen's Original Recipe:

1/2 cup chopped Celery
1/2 diced large Onion
1 diced Green pepper
1 lb diced (1" pieces) chicken breast
1 lb smoked Turkey Kielbasa
1 bunch swiss chard or spinach or kale
2 tbsp garlic powder or 3-4 minced garlic cloves
2 medium chopped fresh tomatoes
1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper
4 cups water (or chicken broth)
1 can kidney beans
1 1/2 cup instant brown rice
2 cups shrimp Olive oil

  1. Add olive oil to large stockpot. Add chicken and brown, add sausage and brown.

  2. Add Celery, onion and green peppers, cook until semi-translucent.

  3. Add garlic powder, tomatoes & red pepper flakes, and black pepper and cookmixture until tomatoes are broken down.

  4. Add water & kidney beans. Bring to boil.

  5. Add swiss chard.

  6. Turn burner down to medium heat and put a lid on pot. Let cook for 30-45 minutes

  7. Add rice, mix, put lid back on until rice is fully cooked.

  8. Add shrimp. (if pre-cooked, just mix into jambalaya. If not, mix in and cook until shrimp is pink).


P.S. Follow Gretchen on Twitter or Facebook!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie

We have this wonderful new ST staff member who we have yet to introduce. And, she is quite the cook. Actually, many of our Tasty Tuesday recipes have come from her over the months. I would say years, but we have only been in existence for 1.4 years. I am quite impressed by this chicken pot pie... it might be a bit warm outside for baking in some portions of the country. But, even in Houston where it was 92 F today, it looks too amazing to pass up.

Sunday night, I made a most delicious chicken pot pie! I'd been wanting to make one for weeks, but things have been so crazy that I just hadn't. I went out to do a bit of Christmas shopping and decided that a pot pie would be an amazing dinner on a gloomy, rainy evening! I had most of the ingredients already, so just had to pick up the pie crust and some chicken broth. Pie crusts? Buy one, get one free! Awesome.

As you can see from the photos, the pie came out well and was so delicious!
Please also note my adorable Penelope Scarlet Threads apron. (Unfortunately, Penelope has been archived! But, the Mattie May is modeled after our popular Penelope and in fun summer fabrics.)

chicken pot pie, a la lexi

2-3 tbls butter
1 lb boneless chicken, cut into small pieces (I used three large breasts)
salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz veggies (I used a can of peas/carrots and a can of mixed veggies, including corn and lima beans...shhh, don't tell Steve about the lima beans!)
3-4 tbls flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup half & half
1 tsp spices (I used romemary, thyme, sage and oregano)
pastry crust, one pie crust

preheat oven to 425*

melt butter in large skillet over med-high heat. add chicken, cook/stir 3 min, until no longer pink in center. sprinkle with salt and papper. add veggies, cook 3 min

sprinkle flour evenly over chicken and veggies, stir and cook 1 min. stir in broth and half and half and spices. bring to boil over high heat, reduce to low and simmer until mixture is very thick.

transfer to pie plate and top with pie crust. cut slits to let steam out.

bake 20 min until crust is golden brown.