Oh baby – it’s hot outside! And who wants to heat up the stove or oven when you could be playing at the beach instead? Grilling is always a good answer to the summer “what’s for dinner” question, but let’s be honest, it starts to get old after a while. Have you thought about dusting off your favorite winter kitchen accessory – the slow cooker AKA crock-pot for some summer fun? I know, the thought of beef stew or a hearty soup probably isn’t terribly appealing in July, but how about a cold Asian noodle bowl, or barbecued pulled chicken sandwiches? Now, we’re talking. Continue Reading..
Time for Restaurant Trivia. Does anyone out there remember The Magic Pan? It was an ‘80s icon chain restaurant located in pretty much every mall in America and they specialized in crepes. I honestly have no idea if they only served crepes, or if they had other things on their menu, because loved The Magic Pan for one dish, and one dish only – The Chicken Divan Crepes. I remember eating there pretty often, but I never remember eating anything but that one dish, which was always preceded by their Mandarin Orange Almond Salad. I know, my taste buds were oh so refined in the ‘80s. Continue Reading..
Well if that isn’t a mouthful! Tricky to say, but sooo good to eat.
I’ve never been a smoker – but this month’s Recipe ReDux challenged members to Start Smoking in the New Year. Say what?? What those clever healthy-eating gals really wanted us to do is create a healthy dish that’s heated up with smoke and/or spiciness. So I’ll say it again – I’ve never been a smoker. Oh, I’ve tried to experiment with those hickory or applewood chips, and those fancy mesquite wood boards. I’ve soaked them, and followed the directions exactly on more occasions than I care to count, but each time I nearly burn the house down when the wood catches on fire. And for me, it always does. Continue Reading..