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  Heinen’s Downtown

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By now you’ve probably heard that there is a new grocery store downtown? (ha ha ha) Last Sunday, through the big snowstorm we thought it would be “very urban of us” to trek down to Heinen’s and do our weekly shopping in this new downtown, city architectural gem. The new store did not disappoint.

From the gorgeous stained glass window in the main rotunda to the cozy aisles of weekly pantry needs, our trip was filled with adventure while addressing the rather monotonous, task of weekly grocery shopping.

photo 1 copyphoto 3Fellow new CLE moms, my only word of advice…when shopping with a little one in this location plan to “baby-carry,” as some of the aisles are a bit snug for our sub-urban baby joggers and the carts don’t have a place for little ones. No big deal for now, but give Baby Ninja a few more squirmy months and I can only imagine running around the rotunda with him…not in a good way.

As always, the produce was awesome. The meat and fish sparkled all fresh and pretty displayed in the new shiny cases. The little wellness area called me to buy a handful of unique granola bars. If you haven’t gone on your own grocery-store-field-trip to this new Heinen’s location, I think you should check it out soon!


  giveaway : Heinen’s Game Day recipe & gift card


Hey guys! Happy almost big game day to you. Do you have plans to invite the gang over? Binge on chicken wings, nacho’s, beer, pizza…and Bourbon Infused Pulled Pork Sandwiches?

I’ve got to say, ever since having Ninja Max the crock pot has become my friend. There is nothing better than coming home and having your home smell like home-cooking. Plus, it’s pretty easy and right now easy is good…the easier the better. So here is this amazing game day treat recipe…

Bourbon Infused Pulled Pork Sandwiches
– 3 onions
– 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
– 1 teaspoon mustard powder
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
– Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
– 1 3lb pound boneless pork shoulder (also called pork butt,) trimmed of excess fat
– 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
– 1 cup bourbon (I used Maker’s Mark)
– 1 bottle of Heinen’s Two Brothers Barbecue sauce
– A bag of prepared coleslaw, mixed with a dash of mayo
– Pickles!

Hein3Cut all of your onions into big chunks, place in the bottom of your slow cooker. Mix your brown sugar, mustard, cinnamon, cumin, salt & pepper into a rub. Rinse and trim excess fat from your pork butt, pat dry. Rub spice mixture all over the cut of meat, gently place on top of onions. Pour your vinegar and bourbon around the bottom  of the onions. Cover and let cook for 6 hours on high. After 6 hours I pulled out the pork, discarded the onions but kept a half a cup of the liquid and shredded the meat…watch out it’s hot! I placed all the shredded pork back into the slow cooker, added the half cup of liquids and the bottle of barbecue sauce and let simmer on low for another hour. Very easy and so delicious.

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Add some pulled pork to one of Heinen’s bakery slider brioche buns, top with some coleslaw and a few pickles and you have the perfect half time snack for you and your team.

photo 3To help you with your own game day recipes, I have a $50 Heinen’s gift card to giveaway to one lucky reader. To enter to win, comment here and tell me your go-to football snack recipe or tweet me “@iheartclev my game day recipe is _______#Heinens.” Winner to be announced Monday, January 19th…Good luck!

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*This post is part of Heinen’s Game Day Recipe campaign. I was given a gift card in exchange for a post about my favorite game day appetizer. As a regular Heinen’s shopper my thoughts are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting this business that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Summer Grilling + giveaway

I had a wild weekend and I can’t wait to play catch up and fill you all in on my “around-town-adventures”…but first I have a few recipes and a giveaway to share with you today!

With summertime in full swing, produce at it’s peak and your grilling skills perfected it’s time to whip up a dinner alfresco-style. Recently I had the opportunity to partner with Heinen’s  for a summer grilling celebration. Since I am still getting used to cooking with an infant in the house (aka…not really cooking much yet) I decided to make something that would be quick to assemble and grille; I hope you like my recipe finds.

photo 3Shrimp Skewers with Lemon-Honey Figs : serves 4 (from my August issue of Oprah Magazine)


  Sunday Mama Brunch

Happy Monday everybody. This past friday, I hope many of your survived the rain delay but stayed warm and dry somewhere, tucked away downtown with a cold brew and a few hot dogs until start time. GO TRIBE! The rest of the weekend was pretty good too, don’t you agree?

6(a tray of pomegranate, fresh squeezed lemons, mint and blueberries, add crushed ice and sparkling water made for a great mocktail to take the edge off!)

Yesterday I had a handful of ladies; expectant mama’s, over to our home for brunch. I wanted to gather a few other women who were going through this whole “being pregnant” experience together so we could ask questions, share stories, fears and excitement of one another as we enjoyed a fancy brunch with a sweet soon-to-be-mom flair.


(little cups of dehydrated banana’s and apples acted as an amuse bouche for the guests)

A few weeks ago Heinen’s approached me about sharing their latest campaign “Sunday Suppers” with my readers. As a local grocery destination in Northeast, Ohio, they are interested in engaging with us and discovering “Sunday Suppers” means to each of us.


(individual goat cheese and asparagus quiche tarts were both tasty and simple to make)

While growing up in a small, close knit family we used to eat a big brunch after we returned from 11am mass. We would literally get home from church, get changed out of our Sunday best and then all hit the kitchen dividing up the recipe prep tasks as we went along. We would sit in our more formal, family dining room, eat together and then linger as we picked on sweets and talked about our weeks ahead. It is a ritual that I often think about on any given Sunday.


While my sisters weren’t there to fold pretty napkins and help with the mocktail-prep, these other ladies and I laughed so hard and enjoyed each others company, I may have come up with my new version of Sunday Suppers.

5The menu consisted of individual asparagus goat cheese quiches, olive oil baked french fires, bacon on skewers, lemon ricotta pancakes with ohio maple syrup, pomegranate lemon-tinis and freeze dried kid  snacks. For dessert, I tricked the guests into thinking they were having banana baby food for dessert when really I had filled the glass jars with Mitchell’s caramel sea salt ice cream. We also drank a ton of bubbly waters and snacked on pretzels and pickles as the conversation drew to a close.

7(There may have been a hit of banana baby food left at the bottom of each jar of ice cream but we all got to sample it and now it’s not so scary)

Thank you Heinen’s for making our morning special. Thanks to the soon-to-be mom’s who took the time to gather for brunch and open up about the joys and set backs of expecting. Thanks to my little “fur baby,” pug Franklin for enjoying all the crumbs that we couldn’t bend over to pick up!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Heinen’s and their Sunday Supper campaign, and received a gift card in exchange for this post. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this sponsor that allow me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  A Sign of spring!

lilacI think I gasped out loud when I ran into Heinen’s to grab some salad greens and there they were…a  tub of individually bundled light lavender and ivory lilacs. The most exquisite smell, the most perfect sign of spring that I could even imagine. Totally brought a huge smile to my face!

At my old house I had a tiny white lilac bush in the backyard that I would wait patiently for the flowers to bloom so I could harvest them for a little vase of springtime indoors. When I was growing up in PA we had one whole side of our yard lined with the lavender florals that my mom would make us each a bouquets for our nightstands out of. This spring, amongst all of the other to-do’s, I want to plant a few of these florals along side of our new yard for future springtime memories.

While $17 might be pricey for the tiny bunch of springtime I am still wavering about why I didn’t buy them, because now that scent is the only thing I am craving. Think maybe I will swing by later this morning to see if they still have a few springtime stems left. I HEART the Rocky River Heinen’s floral department. Go visit them and get your springtime lilac fix, I promise you won’t be disappointed.