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27 Mar 2014 Quick, Easy and Classy Entertaining Eats
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Because we are not all master Chef’s some of us need ideas to throw together for that quick entertaining get together with friends. Recently our friends came over, the wife being from Italy I was sure should would be hard to please… but she loved it! Give this a try the next time you entertain!

3 bottles of red and white wine… think spring picnic or summer evening types.
1 large bunch of both green and red grapes- you could even add peach or pear slices!
2-3 boxes a variety of crackers: I recommend water crackers, plain, pepper or rosemary. Wheat with flax and a fun sesame.
Dried fruits: I love to offer dates and apricots.
Lightly salted nuts: try cashews or hazel nuts
1 loaf of fresh baked bread and butter
2 kinds of salami or hard cured meats
2 types of hard cheeses: Sharp Cheddar and a Swiss or Havarti.
1 soft cheese like Brie- warmed in the oven for 15 min then topped with a drizzle of honey.

Enjoy!

27 Mar 2014 The Jean Jacket- To trend or Not to trend
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The Jean Jacket

Recently I was power shopping before a meeting at whichever store I could find in the new strip mall. Power Shopping- meaning going in and grabbing whatever items I liked, looked new and trendy, different styles, colors in about my size… without trying any of it on! I know, it’s a return nightmare waiting to happen but it really also gives me the sense of freedom from being negative about how I look in those dressing rooms where the experiences usually have a downhill effect after trying on one thing after another with only myself to critique. This is better than online shopping where you order something and have no idea if the size is even remotely close or the fabric is 100% cotton and sure to shrink to infant size after one washing. Whilst I was on this amazing power shop which consisted of 15 minutes total, I came across the jean jacket… and I mean a cropped, stonewashed real jean jacket. Now, I know it is the new trend but for some of us 30 year old’s we work to pull off trendy and cute…. without the side effect of, “I’m trying to hard look.” I slipped it on- forgoing the dressing room of course and it fit… no idea whatsoever of how I looked but fitting is half the battle. I picked up the dress that the size 0 mannequin had on display that looked so cute under that same jean jacket and gave it a go.

Well, after a few long meetings I got home and tried it all on… Feeling fabulously chic in my new jean jacket ensemble I did my feminine and, “I look oh so pretty don’t I?” strut around my house… with only having been blessed miniature He-man’s, they did not give me a first let alone second look. But, when my husband came in he certainly did a double take… but not the kind I was expecting. He inspected the outfit and said in his questioning voice..”bringing back the jean jacket, huh?” Well, either I was indeed, single handedly bring back the jean jacket(which I thought couldn’t be true…although there were many,many…maybe too many jean jackets to choose from at the store) or, he was just getting old( being her is 1 month older than I) and didn’t know what was trendy!

Either way, I’d have to say the jean jacket is a leap of faith that some trends are indeed timeless. Or, that it is good to just sometimes put yourself out there with a trend. Take a picture, and re-live the mistake or cute signs of the time… when we look back through the digital pictures. 🙂

03 Sep 2012 Chicken Taco’s with a twist

Tired of the weekly taco recipe? Want to try something new, fun and easy? We love Chipotle and decided to give the usual chicken taco a makeover!

Ingredients

1 lb Chicken Breast
1 packet of McCormick taco seasoning
Garlic salt

Cook 10 min and add seasoning.
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Cilantro & Lime Rice

3 cups of Long Grain or Jasmine rice
1/3 cup butter
1 fresh lime- juiced
1/4 cup Cilantro
1 tsp salt- add more to taste if needed
5 1/2-6 cups water

Melt butter in saucepan. Add rice and cook on med-high heat until rice is somewhat translucent 5 min. Add lime juice, water and salt. Bring to a boil and cover. Boil for 5 min. Turn to low and simmer for 15 minutes. When done add fresh cilantro and salt to taste. Tip: For less sticky rice add a few Tbp less water and more butter when cooked.
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1 can of Black Beans-Rinsed
Cheese Grated
Tortillas warmed
Sour Cream
Salsa
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Pile it up and enjoy! 🙂

07 Mar 2012 Impressive Chicken Marsala Recipe!
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Is there a big dinner coming up? Want to impress your friends and company? Then I have the perfect recipe. Now, no one said it would be easy…. but it will be worth it! This Chicken Marsala Recipe is the perfect main dish! This includes perfectly basted and grilled chicken breasts, fresh mushrooms and prosciutto accompanied by a rich Marsala sauce. I have found that garlic mashed potatoes and green beans with romano crumbs are the perfect companions to this dish. For this Chicken recipe the trick is using fresh ingredients, follow the recipe precisely and create both the grill baste and Grill seasoning! Of course you can enjoy this dish with a delish app like salami and mozzarella or tomato basil mozzarella, and a nice bottle of wine.

Prepare ahead of time:

Grill Baste:
In bowl mix: 1/2 olive oil,1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 2 Tbs lemon juice, 1Tbs Dijon Mustard, 1 1/2 Tbs Sugar and fresh Parsley.
On stove cook: 2 Tbs Butter, 1 finely chopped yellow onion, 4 minced garlic cloves- Cook until onion is translucent.
Add: 2 Tbs flour then whisk in wet ingredients from bowl. Cook until thickened. Refrigerate or leave at room temp until time to use. Brush on grill and Chicken before Grilling

Grill Seasoning:
1/4C salt, 2Tbs black pepper,1 1/2 tsp granulated garlic, 1 1/2 tsp granulated onion, 1 1/2 tsp oregano,1/4 tsp crushed red pepper. Mix. Keep is cool dry place and use on any grilled meats.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Recipe. Copyright 2008, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

25 Jan 2012 Pampered Chef Ice Cream Dipper
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Here is the Pampered Chef Little Ice Cream Dipper!  We love this Ice cream scoop!  The unique thing about it is that it has a liquid core that helps to keep the scoop warm while you are holding it.  Helping you to scoop your ice cream!  It is also a very hardy scoop that will not bend.  This scoop creates the perfect Ice cream scoops!

 


25 Jan 2012 Finding our way to the perfect homemade red pasta sauce!
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This is our journey to creating the perfect pasta sauce.  This may not seem like a big deal to many… I know, open the jar and dump it over pasta.  But, we want more!  More fresh ingrediants.  More flavor(not artificial).  Less preservatives!  More spices and heartyness.  No really… we just plain want to be able to say we can make it.  Coming up on on Vlog series Leann and I will be making 2 different versions of a homemade pasta sauce.  We will explore the different recipies and versions of pasta sauce and find the perfect version.

One way we have researched recipies is by using youtube.  There are a lot of different ideas and ways to cook pasta sauce out there and a lot of demonstrations!  Which we need!  Since neither one of us has made pasta sauce from scratch before we are both excited and reluctant.  We both love pasta and know that the homemade versions should taste better… so hopefully they do!  I saw some versions include a stop top method, and some by crockpot.  Some add seafood and others ground beef.  some people prefer cann tomatoes to fresh ones.  and some use canned spices as opposed to fresh ones!

 

Fun Fact!  Red pasta sauce in Milan, Italy is more like olive oil with minced tomato pieces in it!

 

14 Dec 2011 Pampered Chef Egg Separator
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Here is our demonstration of the Pampered Chef Egg Separator.  This is one kitchen gadget that we use and we love.  The great thing about this is that it makes seperating eggs so easy!  It is very afforadable, dishwasher safe and can be used to wisk the eggs right up.  This gadget is very useful in the kitchen.  It’s great to ensure that you dont get egg shells in your egg whites.  Egg whites alone offer a lot of protein and no fat.   Plus, when baking the perfect meringue pie alot of egg whites are required.