Cooking for a Crowd – The Desserts

I just finished a series of four live cooking demos for the Springs Preserve here in Vegas. I am so glad I had the opp to work with them.  The entire series was about how to make the most of being the host.  Entertaining can be a pain in the ass. If you are the…

Cocktails for a Crowd (from my live demo at Springs Preserve)

Thanks to everyone who came to the demo at the Springs Preserve on July 19th. Special thanks to Chef Beni Velazquez for sharing his fabulous Peach Sangria with us. Here are the cocktail recipes and the dessert recipes will appear soon. If you attended the demo, I want to apologize for lying to you. That…

Unexpected Side Effects and Pimento Cheese

Everything you do has consequences and sometimes side effects.  Many times those consequences and side effects are completely unexpected.  I am living that right now. When I launched the new website 1 January I THOUGHT I would be doing more work at trade shows and culinary events because, well…I am, after all, a culinary event…

Mission Accomplished…and a recipe.

It’s done!  WAHOO!  I have the kitchen of my dreams.  It’s absolutely beautiful and I am thrilled.  I have always been one of those people that wants ALL the tools on the counter within easy reach, but my new counters and backsplash are so gorgeous that I don’t want to cover them up.  Yes, I…

Hide the Anchovies

I love anchovies and I am always trying to find ways to sneak them in without John tasting them.  This one was a WINNER!  I may do a whole series of recipes for you featuring anchovies. This recipe is for a marinade for flank steak or a tri tip.  You could try it on other…

Starve a Fever, Feed a Cold? Soup recipe!

As a kid, I caught everything, chicken pox twice, but as an adult I am rarely sick.  When I do catch a cold, however, I am miserable.  I don’t want anyone around me.  Everything tastes wrong or bland because I am so congested and all I want to do is eat comfort food in the…

Pot Roast – Yes, Really

I KNOW I am going to have poultry as a feast, so I tend to crave things that WON’T be served during that meal. The cravings began yesterday starting with sushi and ending with my desire for making a pot roast. (Moment of Truth – I actually like pot roast better after it has been…

Chewing (and a recipe link)

I have a little Cannoli – she is a 6 month old Boston Terrier and she is a chewer. Anyone who has ever housebroken a puppy KNOWS that there will be chewing going on. They chew on everything. I am sure the Dog Whisperer could tell you the real reason why, but I think they…

My Own Worst Enemy – and there is a recipe

I am baking…again. At this point I am not sure why I do it. It makes me a little crazy. It all started as a small thank you for John’s co-workers and has grown from there. It takes me literally HOURS across several days to get it all accomplished. I make tons of dough and…

Comfort – and yes, there is a recipe

It was my intention to write about my weekend in SoCal, but in light of Sandy and all the people I know affected, I thought I would change tactics. All my good thoughts to those of you affected by Sandy. “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted…