A Peapod grocery delivery helped Miss Lori in a time of crisis

I have known about Peapod for several years now. I even had the great fortune to tour their distribution center in 2010 because of my work as a marketainer. I was impressed not just with the efficiency of the system, but with the variety and high quality of their produce. Tony Stallone, their Vice President of Merchandising, taught me so much that day about how to care for my produce to get the most out of my grocery dollars. But as life goes, despite receiving gift cards and learning great things about the company, I didn’t use the service. I just didn’t cross that starter line and give it a try, for no other reason than I just didn’t feel like trying something new. That happens to a lot of us. To deal with the hustle and bustle of our lives we establish a routine. And even though something new looks potentially like a great addition we aren’t willing to slow down enough to take a risk on change. That is until life takes a serious left turn, throws us off course, and strands us in need. That’s exactly what happened to me this past holiday month. [Read more…]

Miss Lori is cooking with Tropicana Pure Premium OJ this holiday season

I am the self proclaimed “Reluctant Chef”. My kids tell me I am too hard on myself, that I cook good dinners every night, but I just don’t feel confident anywhere in the kitchen except the sink. But when I became a Marketainer I did so with the promise to myself to be fearless in the pursuit of information to help my community. That’s why when Tropicana asked me to write a post about what this Tropimomma is doing to prepare for feasting this holiday season, I shook off my reluctance and engaged my creative, confident side. [Read more…]

No onion tears for Miss Lori thanks to Chicago Cutlery DesignPro knives.

I learned a lesson recently that brought me to tears. Well actually it didn’t bring me to tears and that was what was so amazing. Last month I had the great fortune to attend a Chicago Cutlery event. We cooked an amazing meal. It was ridiculously delicious.  [Read more…]

Miss Lori creates Rainbow Sausage recipe at Hillshire Farm Blogher booth

When I signed on to attend Blogher conference this year I didn’t realize that I was inadvertently signing up for a cooking experience, but that’s exactly what Hillshire Farm brought to the expo floor in New York City this year. Like moths to a flame attendees were drawn to the sights, sounds and smells coming from the Hillshire Farm booth, manned by the uber talented Chef Jill and her team of cooking magicians. Chef Jill caught me ogling the screen and challenged me to create one of my own #HFRecipes right there on the spot. Sweat beading on my forehead I didn’t back down. I swallowed hard and stepped up to the plate. (The hot plate that is.) [Read more…]