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CooCoo for Pinterest

Pinterest, Uncategorized - rossana - April 20, 2012

Have you discovered Pinterest?  This platform is the latest craze – it is amazing how fast it has caught on with everyone! If you haven’t heard of it, Pinterest is basically a virtual book marking site, but instead of having to search through topics, you get a seemingly never-ending visual display of boards from people you follow; I find that I can spend hours there and not realize it – there are so many wonderful things to see and pin!


The boards are visual explosions of food, clothing, books, and places to visit- the list is endless.  Just going through all the food boards makes me incredibly hungry!

If you aren’t craving something before you get on, you certainly will be in a short amount of time!


I also love some of the style boards around, makes putting together outfits so easy, I have even learned to 100 ways to wear a scarf as well as how to turn a t-shirt into a pretty cool looking vest! ! There are some amazing DIY boards, I spend a lot of time ‘surfing’ but having all this in one place makes it so easy, I come across things I would probably never thought of searching, but as I go through the boards, so many things catch my eye – makes it really  difficult for my ADD brain. So much stimulation!  But I love it!

Click on the pin, and if it has been pinned correctly from the source, you will be taken to the site so that you can get more information.


Lately, I have had an obsession with really funky treehouses– something I would never have thought to search for – seeing the visual pins made me want to see more, so now that is one of my new faves!


I truly believe that one of the developers had a secret passion for food and food photography, the food pins are so visually stimulating, you can’t help but want to pin them or click on them to follow them back to the original source, to get the recipe and try it out for yourself.  I am sure that they rank among the top topics pinned!



So many yummy things!



So intriguing and beautiul!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Happy Pinning!

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Celebrating Easter and Passover

Celebration, Holidays, Uncategorized - rossana - April 6, 2012

This weekend, Both Easter and Passover will be celebrated, but no matter which holiday you celebrate, there are many traditions that come with both.

 Food is an integral part of those traditions, but whether you are serving matzo & matzo ball soup and brisket, lamb or ham; it is a wonderful gathering and a time to enjoy family.

 Everyone has special memories surrounding certain foods, and this helps solidify all the relationships we have with each other. Easter and Passover  help to reinforce that.

 At our house, we celebrate Easter.  As a young girl, I remember going to church on Good Friday, and on Easter Sunday, but most of all, I remember all the food & all the family together.  We have slightly different traditions now as we integrate them with my husband’s family, but we still have the food and. the family get-together

One tradition that will never change is making sure everyone gets chocolate!  When our daughter was little, the Easter egg hunt was the highlight of the morning [it usually took all morning for her to find all the eggs] over the years, she has become much better & faster at  finding them [ or I became predictable 😉 ] . Even though she is a teen, she has asked for us to do that again this year, without the usual notes from the Easter Bunny. Well, we stopped that a few years ago… when we had to tell her that we were the Easter Bunny as well as Santa and the tooth fairy.

But at our house even the adults get chocolate – it is only fair! We just don’t have to go looking for it!  

Hope that whether you are celebrating Easter or Passover , you embrace and enjoy family [and the food].



Celebrating Easter and Passover




Happy Easter and Happy Passover!


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Sexy Food to Put You in the Mood on Valentine’s or Any Day

Uncategorized - Jennifer - February 14, 2011

Just for the heck of it on this romantic holiday, I went to the Kobo site today and did a “refined” search. I started with the word “romance,” and then whittled down the titles by filtering them through the “Food and Drink” category, and I’ve been laughing about what I came up with ever since.

Cook to Bang:  The Lay Cook’s Guide to Getting Laid by Spencer Walker is not what I would traditionally classify as “romantic.”  What it is though, besides being hilarious and supremely irreverent, is a genuine cookbook, with easy to follow, step-by-step recipes and accompanying photos.  The chapters, narrative, descriptions, even the recipe names never break character with this “ladies’ man” chef, and the book is a pure delight to use.  Even if you have no intention of enticing anyone to, ahem, “bang,” you’ll get a kick out of this one and find some great recipes along the way!

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Star Wars in the Kitchen: Very Little Use of the Force Required

breakfast, Desserts, kitchen gadgets, Uncategorized - Jennifer - January 13, 2011

No one has to ask my kids twice if they want pancakes. Or cookies. Or cupcakes. Or pretty much anything sweet. Combine their passion for goodies with their obsession for Star Wars (my three boys range in age from 10 to 6, and “obsession” is putting it mildly), and just try and keep them out of the kitchen! I really wish I had discovered Williams-Sonoma’s line of Star Wars products before Christmas, but fortunately we have some birthdays right around the corner.

The cookie cutters are beyond cool, and you can choose from two sets at $19.95 each:  Heroes & Villains, or Vehicles.  Unfortunately, I’m not a very talented decorater, so the kids might have to settle for the general shape and a lot of imagination!  Also available, and much more likely to be used regularly in our house, are the Star Wars pancake molds

Let’s not forget the importance of our tools.  It would hardly be seemly to flip our Star Wars pancakes with anything but a Darth Vader or Storm Trooper Flexible Spatula ($12.95 each).

And of course, our little intergalactic chefs must look the part while hard at work in the galley.  The Star Wars Kids’ Apron  is available with ($24.95) or without ($19.95) personalization and even comes in adult sizes so no one has to feel left out.

Also available from Williams-Sonoma are Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire Cupcake Decorating Kits ($12 each) and Vehicle Sandwich Cutters ($19.95).  Enjoy them much you will.

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Picnic Perfection

Today Is a beautiful day! So I am headed to one of my favorite places with my two favorite little friends! An outing to the lake with my boys sounds just about right! But what to bring for lunch??????

In my search to spice up the picnic basket I came across some really great articles & recipes that should help you have an amazing picnic of your own.

In my Basket

  • Juice boxes for the kids
  • Club sandwiches
  • Pretzels
  • Wheat Crackers
  • Cream Cheese
  • My sisters home made canned Bruichito
  • Spring Water for me
  • Grapes
  • Napkins & Baby Wipes
  • Blanky
  • Portable radio
  • Favorite Books
  • Ball & Glove

Mix all these together with the ones you love and enjoy! I try to keep it simple and focus more energy on the time and the people than the meal. I found after many failed attempts to create the perfect picnic scene that the best days will unfold with little planning on your part. AS long as there is a little something for everyone and a fun activity help them work up their appetite you can ensure a wonderful picnic!

From Some Others Baskets


Michael Smith

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Michael Smith
Chef at Home

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Asian Chicken Salad From The Food Network Canada

Asian Chicken Salad Wrapped in Rice Paper


The Dressing

  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Dash hot sauce
  • Dash sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

The Salad

  • 1 small bundle of rice vermicelli noodles
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1 cup snow peas, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves picked
  • 4 large rice paper wrappers, soaked until soft



The Dressing

  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together until they form a smooth dressing.

The Salad

  1. Cover the noodles with boiling water.
  2. Soak until noodles are softened. Drain noodles well.
  3. Place shredded chicken into a large bowl, add noodles, peas, carrot and cilantro leaves.
  4. Add dressing and toss well.
  5. Place a softened rice paper wrapper onto a kitchen towel and blot dry.
  6. Carefully transfer it to a flat work surface and place a large spoonful of the chicken salad at the edge closest to you.
  7. Fold edge over the filling, and then fold in the two ends.
  8. Continue to roll up, securing loose edges so that it is sealed. Repeat for other three rolls.

NY Times 101 Picnic Dishes

I copied a few for you but check the link for all the rest! There were tons


1 BEET SALAD Peel beets and grate them (a food processor will keep the juice contained). Add pistachios or hazelnuts; dress with orange zest and juice, and olive oil. Add bits of goat cheese and chopped parsley.

2 PESTO CHICKEN ROLLS Season and grill chicken cutlets. Brush lavash or any other wrap-type bread with pesto; layer with the chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula; roll up and cut on the bias.

3 CURRIED EGG SALAD Make egg salad with hard-cooked eggs, mayo, curry powder, Dijon mustard, fresh lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, red onion and, if you like, diced apple.

4 TOMATOES AND PEACHES Toss together sliced seeded tomatoes and peaches, along with thinly sliced red onion and chopped cilantro or rosemary. Dress at the last minute with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

5 ROAST BEEF AND BLUE Start with whole-grain rolls. Smear blue cheese on one side and prepared horseradish on the other. Add red onion and thin-sliced roast beef, pork or lamb. Pack! lettuce and tomato on the side. Potato chips are mandatory.

So whether you are headed to the high country or the beach I hope you have a wonderful day and you enjoy the people & your food as much as I do!

 Picnic Blessings

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Week Night Fav

Recipes, slow food, Timesavers, Tips & Tricks - Kayla - October 13, 2009

We are a busy family & one of my most trusted kitchen gadgets it my crock pot. So when I need a hearty family favorite with little effort I turn to my old friend crocky & whip up some french dips paired Fries, or salad, or whatever is in the fridge & my family thinks I am the coolest!

Jenna French Dip

One roast any kind

One can beef broth

One package pot roast seasoning (I likeMckormic )

One can water

Throw all in the crock pot  minus the rolls & cheese & cook on low for 8 hours

When done shred meat & return to liquid. Fill each hoagie roll with meat & cheese. broil for a few seconds, you can also serve with onions or your mushrooms for some added kick.

 Use liquid from crock for dipping!

I serve this dish with fries & it’s always a hit :) You can serve french dips with just about anything, and since the bread fills the plate you will most likely have left over meat you can reinvent for a new meal like beef pot pie, or beef quesadillas.

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