• Recipes,  Smörgåsbord

    The Best Recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Iowa!

    Last year I went to a “girl’s weekend”, with some of the best friends I will every have from high school.  We had the best time!  Sorry you couldn’t make it.  Of course we talked about food (ate a lot of it too), and since we were all born and raised in the great state of Iowa, we talked PORK!  (We actually met in Colorado, not in Iowa).  Pork was not my favorite when I was growing up but in the last few years it has been ranking right up there with any other protein.   One of the “girls” (no comment, please) is also named Julie and does a great…

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    February Food Quotes

    “We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” Epicurus (341-270 BC)  “It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears.” Cato the Elder (234-149 BC)  “Fish, to taste right, must swim three times—in water, in butter, and in wine.” Polish proverb  “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is and art.” La Rochefoucauld  (1613-1680)

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    Super Bowl Food! Chicken Wings Three ways!

    It’s Super Bowl time again!!  One of the favorite foods for anyone’s game time spread is chicken wings!  Below you will find three easy and tasty recipes for wings.  Try one or all three.   These chicken wings can be served hot or at room temperature, but always with lots of napkins. All recipes are for 4 servings. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake wings for 30 minutes. BUFFALO WINGS 16-18 chicken wings 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar 3 tablespoons chicken broth 2 teaspoons canola oil 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce (or other hot sauce) Mix vinegar, chicken broth, oil and Tabasco.  Add wings and marinate the refrigerator for 1 hour. Drain…

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    Recipe for Turkey Sheppard’s Pie

    Making one dish meals like Sheppard’s Pie is quick, easy and economical.  I make this one with turkey instead of the usual beef because I like to save my “beef days” for a big, juicy steak!  So in this recipe you can still get your meat and potato fix, just with lower calorie, lower fat turkey.  And in my mind, mashed potatoes are pretty close to the perfect food so what’s not to like?  Oh, and don’t forget you get your veggie requirement is in this, too. Recipe (serves 4):  3 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed  Sea salt  tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  1 1/2 pound ground turkey breast…

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    End of the Year Food Proverbs

    “I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream.”   ~ Heywood Brown “There is no such thing as a little garlic.”  ~ Me and so many Others “Whatever will satisfy hunger is good food.”  ~ Chinese proverb “Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.”  ~ Jean Jacques Rouseau

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    More Food Proverbs

    “Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.” G.K. Chesterton “The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure not a slight pleasure.”  Michel de Montaigne “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”  Anthelme Brillat-Savarin “Hunger is the best sauce in the world.”  Miguel de Cervantes

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    Spinach and Mushroom Risotto Recipe

    I made this fantastic Spinach and Mushroom Risotto recipe the other day and wanted to share it with you! Risotto is made with the short-grain Italian rice Arborio, using the technique of gradually stirring hot stock into a mixture of rice and onion to create a creamy and chewy consistency.  The broth can be meat, fish, or vegetable based.  It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy.  Risotto’s origins are in northern Italy, where rice paddies are abundant. Usually risotto is a primo (first course), served on its own before the main course. Risotto is considered labor intensive but stirring is what its all about and no big deal…

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    Food Sayings

    “Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”  William Shakespeare “It’s good food and fine words that keep me alive.”  Moliere “Cookery has become a noble art, a noble science, cooks are gentlemen.”  Robert Burton “A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.”   Dr. Samuel Johnson

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    Kitchen Tips #2

    Salad greens can be easily bruised so when washing carefully dip them in and out of a large bowl of water, then dry them on paper towels. When measuring spices always use a measuring spoon or pour them into your hand  instead of straight into the food you are cooking so that you don’t accidently over pour. To juice lemons, limes, oranges or other citrus, first roll them on the cutting board pressing down hard with the palm of your hand before slicing. The best way to cook raw sausage is to first poach them in water for about 10 minutes.  You can them finish them on the grill or…

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