Top Chef Spoiler Alert

Okay.  I am now about to ruin the suspense built up about last night’s episode of Top Chef for those who have not seen it.  This is fair warning.  Do not read beyond this point if you’ve TIVO-ed the show or if you plan to watch a repeat this weekend.  Ready?

Quick Mason Jar Iced Coffee

I was so thirsty I drank 1/4 of this before taking the picture.  And, yes.  This is on my hand towel.  Even classier!

I love iced coffee.  My iced coffee proclivity is an anomaly because I’m not a daily coffee drinker.  When the mercury climbs, though, there’s something about a frothy, sweet, chocolaty , icy coffee that really rings my chimes.  I started making my own because the ones sold by most restaurants were too sweet for my tastes,…

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One thing you should never ask the Fedex guy.

Delivery for Mrs. Ed.  I'm going to need you to sign for this...

A neighbor and friend of mine- who for the purposes of this post will be called Mrs. Ed- is a horse breeder, trainer and competitive rider.  She loves horses and is incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic about what she does.   She told me the other day that her brood mare was in heat and that she had to…

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Let the good times (blog)roll!

You may have noticed a new addition to our blog and site.  We’re now sporting the “Foodie Blogroll” icon.  We’d like to thank Jenn DiPiazza a.k.a. The Leftover Queen for the invitation to join the wonderful community at the Foodie Blogroll and we look forward to a long, happy relationship with them.  Cook on!  …

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Whirley Pop Rah Rah Rah

The Whirley Pop and Goodies

The mail carrier brought us an unexpected treat today. We were the lucky recipients of a brand new Whirley Pop Gift Pack courtesy of my Aunt Molly.   We immediately tore into the box.  Thankfully, I remembered I was an adult in time to grab the instructions.  The boys and I promptly seasoned the pan according…

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So easy a four year old can make it…

Leif makes yogurt dill dip.

In my column for the Record-Eagle last week I put my recipe for yogurt dill dip.  I got some really nice feedback from a reader who had recently been diagnosed with celiac disease and had been looking for a Ranch-type dressing and dip that she could eat without adverse reactions.  The dip fit the bill! …

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I love beurre manie!

beef-stew-a-la-beurre-manie

For years, whenever I made any kind of stew or meat dish that required first braising the meat and then thickening the sauce, I used the flour and water method—mix some flour with some water, whisk or shake well to remove lumps, and slowly pour into the hot broth a few minutes before the dish…

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Take another little pizza my heart…

This is the chicken version of the bbq pizza prior to baking.  Love those baby zucchini!

I am speed typing right now.  I have to share quickly.  In my oven, nearing completion, is a pizza that makes my heart go pitter patter.   On a homemade, hand-tossed semolina crust sprayed with garlic juice is a layer of finely chopped grilled London broil and barbecue chicken tossed with homemade brown sugar hickory barbecue…

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The New Grill on the Block

lindy-manning-the-grill

I received a bright shiny new gas grill for Mother’s Day.  This is a departure from the norm because my husband and I have been charcoal purists for nearly a decade.    There was an episode of King of the Hill years ago when Hank and their new Laosian neighbor had an argument over whether…

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