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Golden Globes Girls Night Out

I have been wanting to throw a Golden Globes or Oscar night party for as long as I have had a home of my own. Each year, I'd just get settled after the crazy holiday season, sit down in front of the TV and notice that the award show was on. It would sneak up on me before I could say "I'd like to thank the academy" and my opportunity would be shot.This year was different. As a part of my commitment to host a party every month in 2007, I thought about the month of January and I knew that I wanted to have a Golden Globes party. I enjoy both the Golden Globes and the Oscars, but as a mom with small children, getting out to see the movies is a little harder than it used to be. Since the Golden Globes is all about TV and movies, I knew it would make the perfect bash for January.The evening started at 6:45. With my Tivo set to record the show and of course, the red carpet appearances, the 8 ladies and I all gathered around my kitchen to create our cocktails. I had prepared drink menus for everyone, including the recipes. We had the choice of 3 different kinds of martinis, margaritas, Tattoo and coke, or wine. Everyone chose to make a martini, and we got to shakin' creating our first round of cocktails. We then filled our plates up and settled in the living room to catch the stars arriving on the red carpet. I had Golden Globes Bingo for everyone to play (with prizes going to the first two guests to get an X Bingo) and then we had our "guess the winner" quarters … [Continue reading]

Behind the Apron

 So...rumor has it that those of you out there reading food blogs are tired of trying to guess what the author's of these blogs look like. Well, over at the 28 Cooks blog , Fiber is hosting an event for us to show our face...the event is titled Behind the Apron and it's being done in an effort to see the wonderful beauty behind all of this delicious food. Here is a picture of my family. I'm always the one with the camera, so finding a picture of me is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Trying to find a picture where all three of my kids are looking at the camera and are not making goofy faces  is even harder. This is the best I could do!From left to right we have: Myself....Kristen holding Ella. My husband Nick holding Kelly and Jacob.    … [Continue reading]

TBR Challenge – January Book – The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Title: The Glass CastleAuthor: Jeannette WallsDate Started: 1/4/06Date Finished: 1/13/06Genre: MemoirRating: 5/5Number of pages: 304Reason for reading: It was recommended to me by my best friend Ami and I wanted to read it for the TBR challengeBlub from the back of the book: Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What … [Continue reading]

Mandarin Pork and Wild Rice

Just a quick post today as I'm preparing for my Golden Globes party tonight. I just wanted to share this quick and easy recipe with you all. The source is the Jan/Feb issue of Simple and Delicious magazine, and it is exactly what the title of the magazine promises... simple and delicious. If you are looking for a quick weeknight meal that your family will enjoy, give this tasty recipe a try. It was a hit for us! Mandarin Pork and Wild Rice 4 boneless pork loin chops (3/4 inch thick and 5 ounces each), cut into strips1/4 teaspoon pepper1/8 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon vegetable oil1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges1-1/2 cups water1 package (6.2 ounces) fast-cooking long grain and wild rice mix1/4 cup thinly sliced green onionsSprinkle pork with pepper and salt. In a large skillet, brown pork in oil. Meanwhile, drain oranges, reserving juice; set oranges aside. Add water, rice mix with contents of seasoning packet, onions and reserved juice to the skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in oranges; heat through.Yield: 4 servings. … [Continue reading]

Gourmet taste…such a waste!

This summer, my mom told me about her cooking adventures during the time my brothers were young. She told me about watching Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet, on television. As she watched his show, she attempted to recreate whatever gourmet concoction he was making and serve it as dinner for her own family. She would sit my brothers down and present the wonderful masterpiece she had been working on all afternoon. The response?? Not favorable. She'd find untouched plates in front of the children, whining and complaining was the tune to their meals, and requests for just a PB&J were always a plenty. My mom is a fantastic cook. The untouched plates were not because her cooking was bad. The untouched plates were because, as I am finding out, gourmet food is a waste on young children. Their palates just don't appreciate the finer things in life like a fancy schmancy meal. By the time I was born many years later, my mom had finally learned that to get young kids to eat, you need to focus on simple recipes. That doesn't mean you need to sacrifice flavor... it just means that anything that requires ingredients you can't pronounce probably is better suited for a nice dinner with friends instead of a meal with your children. The love of cooking my mom has did rub off on me. I enjoy trying out new recipes and making nice meals for my family. As much as I absolutely love the recipes in some of the finer gourmet magazines, I have found that the recipes that get the best … [Continue reading]