Posts Tagged ‘Pork’

St. Patty’s Day Kid Party

Saturday, March 17th, 2012
I had the pleasure of spending a couple weeks in Michigan babysitting my niece and nephews. Its always a little difficult cooking for kids - I want to still be adventurous and they don't like anything. I always take a slew of recipe options and my sister-in-law helps me choose the best options. My youngest nephew is the most picky but he loved a couple things that I made...and for some reason that feels more rewarding than all of the other 5 Stars! Last time I babysat we did a special party fRead More....

February is LOVE

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
With the success of my Valentines menu last year, I decided that I would do one again this year…but I had an event on the 14th so I hosted a day late (but lots of love still in the air). My guests included the expecting Sally and Tim, Steph Zundel, Marcus Bowers, Martin Rigby, Tami Barker and Jeff Barker. [simpleviewer gallery_id="58"]

Pink Sparkle (4 Stars)

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Apple, Squash, Caramel – Oh My

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
With fall in full swing I had to do a dinner full of favorites – apple, butternut, pear, turnips… It was a beautiful fall day and a perfect fall flavor profile dinner. My testers were Suzi Yebio, Daniel Evans, Steph Zundel, Andrea Metz, Amber Robinson, Russ Hill and Joon Shin (my favorite photographer). [simpleviewer gallery_id="51"]

Mulled Cider Sparkle (3 Stars)

I love mulled cider and I was thinking that it would make for a great chilled drink with a little seltzer sparkle. Read More....

BBQ Ribs & Corn on the Cob

Monday, August 22nd, 2011
For the 2nd half of my August theme of connecting to my southern roots , I took on BBQ ribs. I also tried to recreate a North Carolina classic cola called Cheerwine…a cherry cola of sorts, any true Carolinian has it among their favorite sodas (and RC Cola). We had a great evening and my wonderful testers were Sharon Franke, Emily Kunz, Jason Bond, Todd Stevens, Russ Hill, Barbara Anglisz and Nick Cordua. Sharon come early to sous chef and also helped take pictures for the evening Read More....

Southern Pulled Pork

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
After a few weeks in North Carolina and a family reunion themed on remembering our roots, I wanted to spend the month of August putting a twist on family favorites and trying some Southern BBQ recipes. My testers were Amber Robinson, Matt Hardy, Jason and Erica Gardner, Stephanie Zundel, Russ Hill and Erin Mashidas. My roommate Amber Robinson helped take pictures for me, thanks Amber! [simpleviewer gallery_id="48"]

Virgin Mint Juleps (3 Stars)

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October 9 – Pumpkin, Squash, Apples

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
I LOVE FALL and as testers arrived and the pumpkins and pork were baking they all commented that the apartment smelled like fall, so I must be doing something right! My testers were Amneris Pascasu, Marcus Bowers, Daniel and Megan Parker who did some great publicity for me and brought friends John, Dani and April. It was great to meet new friends and welcome them into my home. Since it was a Saturday night we all sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the food and company. We talked and talked and covereRead More....

TEST NEST August 13

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
I was very excited to do a BBQ night for the August 13 TEST NEST. Five wonderful testers joined me: Jason Robertson, Morgan Basset, Jeff Johnson, Anna Haymore, and Todd Stevens. Outnumbered, Anna and I had a fun night of being teased…I felt right at home. I was really excited about this menu and enjoyed making a couple BBQ sauces, I still have so many recipes to try. [simpleviewer gallery_id="17" bgcolor="ffffff" gallery_width ="600" gallery_height ="600"]

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Rhubarb and Cheesecake

Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Now that we are getting into the summer, it sure does get hot in the apartment when I’m cooking for hours and preparing for TEST NEST dinners. I’m particularly trying to make menus cool and refreshing. The June 22 menu did a pretty good job of this. My wonderful testers (Jason Robertson, Angie Rose, Morgan Basset, Rosemary Demos, Barbara and Nick Anglisz, and Erin Sorenson) were great company and we all enjoyed a wonderful evening together. I forgot to take a picture of the group yet again, Read More....

Le Creuset

Saturday, February 13th, 2010
Anyone who knows me might say I have a bit of an intense personality, but it really doesn't take much to make me happy. As you might have figured out from this blog I am happiest when I'm with my family, traveling, cooking, eating, dancing, participating in theater, and serving. I love to entertain and perform and be social (even better when all three together). 2010 started off with a bang, but this past week was tough with quite a few ups and downs - so I needed a bit of therapy this weekend. Read More....

The 1st Test Nest

Saturday, February 13th, 2010
The Test Nest has hatched and I thank my friends for their wonderful support and interest and for telling me to charge more money (hehe, when steak and fish are involved it will definitely be more expensive). I’m very excited to keep this going during the year. The 1st menu and its courses worked very well together. A gourmet twist on a classic pasta dish. The menu and ratings by my fantastic guest testers (Lisa Higbee, Jason Robertson, Morgan Bassett, David Caine, Vicky WalteRead More....