• Recipes,  Smörgåsbord

    My favorite, very easy Crepe recipe!

    I love crepes!  No matter how you pronounce it;  creps or crapes.  Just as long as they taste good. Below is my favorite recipe for basic crepes.  Use these for sweet or savory fillings.  Always good for the classic Crepes Suzette, or just with some jam or jelly for a quick treat or breakfast on the go. Crepes can be made ahead and frozen.  Just cool them then stack with a piece of plastic wrap between them and wrap with aluminum foil.  They should last for about a month in the freezer.  When you are ready to use them, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. The recipe here is for 8…

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    Food Funnies! One Liners

    These crack me up.  Enjoy! A friend got some vinegar in his ear, now he suffers from pickled hearing. Do chickens think rubber humans are funny? Each day I try to enjoy something from each of the four food groups: the bonbon group, the salty-snack group, the caffeine group, and the “whatever-the-thing-in-the-tinfoil-in-the-back-of-the-fridge-is” group.

  • Recipes,  Smörgåsbord,  The Pantry

    Chinese Chicken Salad – Kitchen Sink Style!

    Two days ago I had a great Chinese Chicken Salad and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since.  So I decided I needed one right now!  In the fridge I had chicken thighs, butter and romaine lettuces, asparagus, an orange, sliced almonds, dried pineapple (that doesn’t happen often), and in the pantry I had chow mein noodles and the last tablespoon of a jar of sesame seeds.  That’s what I had, so that’s what I used.  If I had on hand some green onion, carrots, water chestnuts, etc… I would have added them, but this is a case of working with what you have on hand. …

  • Recipes,  The Pantry


    This powerfully tasteful mustard pepper sauce may be my favorite of TORTURED ORCHARDS many great sauces so far!  And it is so complete with flavor that as a marinade for your protein you don’t need anything else.  It could not be more quick and easy to make a palate pleasing plate (how about that alliteration?) with GOLDEN SAUCE.  Just add veggies!   I’m not big on marinating for hours and hours because I feel it changes the integrity of the protein, and whenever there is an acid involved (vinegar here), it actually will begin to “cook” your protein.  Not everyone agrees with that but it is what I was taught…

  • Quick Bites,  Smörgåsbord

    Kenzie’s Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

    I’m Kenzie, the birthday girl! This is my Minnie Mouse cake   These are my Minnie Mouse Cupcakes     Should I?         It’s called quality control, Uncle Jared.          Here, you try.         Mommy!  Carson!  Why are you setting fire to my Minnie Mouse cake?           Ah, this looks yummy!         Mmmm…tastes yummy, too.               Who needs a spoon?         What do you mean no ice cream!!!               Careful daddy, I just ate!              Hey, cousin Tonk!  …

  • Recipes,  Smörgåsbord,  The Pantry

    Red Snapper Recipe with TORTURED ORCHARD Lemon Ginger Twist

    I have this great recipe of Giada De Laurentiis’s for Ginger Sea Bass over Wilted Greens that is very quick and easy to make and just tastes fantastic!  So I have been craving it lately.  Sea Bass is my favorite fish but at $22.99 per pound it isn’t often in my budget, however Red Snapper was on sale for $6.99, so I bought it and knew I could find something in my pantry…my Everyday Pantry!  to make a tasty, healthy meal.  So, when I am putting away my groceries, I see my jar of TORTURED ORCHARD Lemon Ginger Twist and think…jackpot! Now this take on the original recipe has gotten even…

  • Recipes,  Smörgåsbord

    Cumin-Lime Swordfish with Grape Salsa Recipe

    When I went grocery shopping the other day I knew I wanted some sort of fish with salsa, great for summertime.  Well, as usual, I’m going for what’s on sale that day.  Swordfish was that days manager’s special, so I picked up four nice looking pieces.  I didn’t want the usual salsas I make like tomato or mango salsa but something a bit different this time.  I saw that the green grapes were on sale for 88 cent per pound, and I knew I had some cherry tomatoes in the fridge, so I figured I could make something fun with those. For some inspiration, I turned to www.foodnetwork.com, one of the best…

  • Quick Bites,  Smörgåsbord

    Fresh Sweet Corn Tips

    Always shuck your sweetcorn at the very last minute. Pull off the silks (the hairy stuff), then strip off the husks. Boil a large pot of water, add salt…lots of salt. Reduce water to a simmer and drop in the corn cobs for 15-20 minutes. Strain the corn cobs and slather in butter and more salt. (Lower calorie alternative: don’t slather with butter but drizzle cooked cobs with olive oil and sprinkle with cilantro or parsley). Eat like there is no tomorrow!

  • Recipes,  Smörgåsbord

    Quick and Easy Kale Chip Recipe

    Making kale chips could not be easier.  For those of us who really love that salty crunch now and again… and again, they are a great alternative to regular high fat, high calorie chips…and mighty tasty!  And very inexpensive!!   So easy and fast to make.  Here you go: One bunch of kale EVOO (a Rachael Ray term for Extra Virgin Olive Oil) Salt Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Tear kale into approximately 2 inch pieces. Drizzle EVOO over kale and lightly salt. Put prepared kale onto a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. That’s it!  Could not be easier.  And oh, so tasty and very healthy.  Even your kids…

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