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Posts from — February 2011

veggie delight

It’s hard to think of anything more satisfying than grilled vegetables. So fresh, colorful, and packed with goodness!

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February 16, 2011   4 Comments

meatiest ribs ever!

My mother-in-law has been visiting from Illinois since Super Bowl Sunday, thankfully the weather has been absolutely gorgeous! On Saturday, Marissa and I took her out to the Queen Creek Olive Mill, and then we drove down the road a little spell to the Pork Shop, two of my favorite places in town. At the Pork Shop, I bought green chili summer sausage, thick-cut bacon, brats, and baby back ribs so meaty that they looked more like pork chops when sliced between the rib bones! Amazing is the only word to describe the pork you can find there!

I’m naming this BBQ sauce, “south of southern” because it has not only Southern Comfort but also a healthy dose of Kahlua and jalapeno for a south-of-the-border flavor too.

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February 15, 2011   No Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hope you and your sweeties have a wonderful day. My own sweetie daughter, Marissa, posted THIS on her blog, LINGER. Who Knew?!?

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February 14, 2011   1 Comment

a little more “Oscars” popcorn

Here is a second “gourmet” popcorn recipe I’m making on the Oscars edition of Valley Dish at the end of the month.

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February 13, 2011   1 Comment

popcorn and servers

This is one of the fancy-pantry popcorn recipes I plan to make on the “Oscars” edition of Valley Dish later this month. My website server will be down for a little while this weekend, It’ll be up and running again in the next day or two, so hopefully, this will tide you over.

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February 11, 2011   No Comments

easier Stroganoff

You may recall that I adore Beef Stroganoff, I’ve previously posted THE best recipe for it HERE. But browning each little cube of beef can be time-consuming and trying. I had a huge piece of tri-tip leftover and decided to try and make Stroganoff with already cooked meat. Honestly, it wasn’t as wonderful as the original recipe, but it certainly satisfied the craving, used up leftover meat, and was still darn tasty!

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February 10, 2011   3 Comments

another crêpe stack

A couple of weeks ago I posted a delicious and rather decadent recipe for a Crêpe Gâteau. That recipe came from the need to use up a big stack of crêpes leftover from making Lobster Crêpes for an appearance on Valley Dish. Well… this is the 3rd reincarnation using those same crêpes! I think it would be perfect for Valentine’s Day; it’s rich, a little bit sweet, and lovely soft pink. When I say rich, I mean really rich, so a thin wedge would be perfect as an appetizer or alongside a salad with a light vinaigrette. Just a thought…

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February 9, 2011   1 Comment


On Sunday I taught a demonstration cooking class as part of a bridal shower. It was a lovely afternoon with 21 delightful ladies and a beautiful bride-to-be. This was our main course. P.S. Thanks to my own lovely daughter, Marissa, for assisting me! xoxo

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February 8, 2011   1 Comment

a week from today…

… is Valentine’s Day!  Are you ready? Here’s a pretty, fun, and festive tart to make and present to your loved ones. It’s easy and comes together quickly, all you need to do is get yourself a heart-shaped tart pan. You’ll find them at kitchen stores such as Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, or locally at ABC Cake Decorating. Or, if you get on the stick today, you can even order it from Amazon at THIS LINK.

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February 7, 2011   5 Comments

Pack celebration cocktail!!!

My Super Bowl cocktail may not be green or gold, but it tastes like a million bucks! Just like that Vince Lombardi trophy going home to Green Bay tastes so sweet to the little city of Green Bay, Wisconsin! Congrats to the Pack!

Aperol is an orange and rhubarb flavored liqueur from Italy made by the same people as Campari. It is quite similar to Campari, except not as bitter and with about half the alcohol content. Mixed with Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine… Yum!

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February 6, 2011   No Comments