• 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. …

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    Tortured Orchard’s Sweet Apple Blush

    Tonight I had a craving for ice cream…nothing new there, but I wanted something different to top my good old vanilla flavor.  I’ve been harboring TORTURED ORCHARD’s SWEET APPLE BLUSH for quite a while now because I wanted to first try it in crepes, however, I am not a milk drinker and you need milk to make crepes so I constantly forgot to add that to the grocery list in my mind (don’t try this at home…doesn’t work), so what’s a girl to do but break out the ice cream!  Oh yeah!  Vanilla ice cream and TORTURED ORCHARD’s Sweet Apple Blush get along just fine!  Oh yeah! TORUTURED ORCHARD also…

  • Recipes,  The Pantry

    TORTURED ORCHARD’S GOLDEN SAUCE Two Ways

    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…

  • 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…

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    My TORTURED ORCHARD’s SPICED PINEAPPLE ZINGER Chicken Recipe

    I had a ‘happy accident’ moment with this wonderful spicy fruit sauce by TORTURED ORCHARD, http://torturedorchard.com/.   I had some chicken pieces to cook one evening and wanted to do something different with them because we all are always looking for new ways to cook chicken, aren’t we? I was reading the labels of the TORTURED ORCHARD sauces I have and thought how great a spiced pineapple flavor would work with chicken.  So I opened up the jar of SPICED PINEAPPLE ZINGER and had a taste. Yummy!   I’ll have another.  Yummier! It just keeps getting better; maybe I’ll just eat this with a spoon.  I then realized that this particular sauce…

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    TORTURED ORCHARD’S Great Seasoning Sauces!

    Here’s a new product I am really excited about; Tortured Orchard All Natural Seasoning Sauces. Check out their website at http://torturedorchard.com/. I love their byline “A SPIRITED REBELLION OF FLAVORS”.  I’ll give you a quick rundown on what I am going to be experimenting with. GOLDEN SAUCE: a mustard based pepper sauce, great for proteins and vegetables.  Another interesting suggestion of Tortured Orchard for this one is a tofu stir-fry.  I think I’m going to try that. LEMON GINGER TWIST: a sweet sauce to use as a marinade, or for a new “twist” to pasta or couscous. Also nice on fruit and ice cream!! Now were talkin’! GARLIC BALSAMIC DRIZZLE:…

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    Dinner, Theater and a Cause

    My friend Karla invited me up to Topanga Canyon, CA where she is a resident, for dinner and local outdoor theater one recent Friday evening.  It was a perfect night to be outside as the days had been hot, hot, hot. Usually in the Los Angeles area after sundown you need to put on a jacket and long pants as it cools down very quickly, unlike those great summer nights in the Midwest that I remember as a child. So the jacket I wrapped around my waist stayed there all night long under a beautiful and warm summer sky. Karla, her daughter Kayla, a really cool K I D getting…

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    Barbeque Grills

    It’s time to grill!  Bar-B-Q Grills are happening now!  Here are my ideas about where to buy great grills. Steaks, burgers, dogs, chicken, sausage and don’t forget your veggies.  It’s grillin’ time. Need a little help to find that great grill?  Check out what I came up with. You cannot go wrong with a Weber for sure.  Something for everyone, so many to choose from:  http://www.weber.com/home Lowes always has great deals for your home:  http://www.lowes.com Sears is always the “go to” for many of us since we were kids: http://www.sears.com And if you like to shop online, here is my fave place, Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Grills-Fryers-Outdoor-Cooking-Living/b?ie=UTF8&node=553760. Tell me what you have or…

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    Grilled Herb Shrimp with Mango Salsa Recipe

    I just have to share one of my all time favorite recipes with you…Grilled Herb Shrimp with Mango Salsa!  It comes from Food Network superstar, Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa’s book, Parties! I make it as often as I can when mangos are in season, and sometimes without the salsa because I love it so much.  I often suggest it to my clients when they want something special like last week when my favorite client had a special dinner guest…her father!   The meal went over very well with Dad and the other guests. The recipe from the book: Grilled Herb Shrimp Serves 6 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium yellow…

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