Monthly Archive for March, 2014

Lamb Roast

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Sometimes a simple roast is just what a weekend dinner calls for. Preparation takes hardly any time beyond allowing for the meat to cook. A delicious leg of lamb with garlic, lemon, rosemary, thyme, and other seasonings make this main dish mouthwatering. There is something truly satisfying when the house wafts the smell of a hearty roast. Pairing the roast with a nice vegetable and starch completes the plate. For me this is a meal that conjures up memories. Continue reading ‘Lamb Roast’

The Ultimate Kids Go-To Guide On How To Host A Disney Shindig & Have a Blast!

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When you are summoned by the Mouse, MICKEY MOUSE, you put on your A-game. There is no better way to have a fun day than to say the words Disney around a group of children. When I first received word that I had been selected to participate as a #disneyside host I was eager to break the news to my kids. I had thought they would be happy. but I had no idea just how over the top excited they would be. As the weeks passed I heard more and more conversation around the upcoming party…questions swirled around: What kind of party would it be? Would we have games? What type of food would we serve? How many children would come? Should we pick just one Disney Theme? Could they help plan it? Continue reading ‘The Ultimate Kids Go-To Guide On How To Host A Disney Shindig & Have a Blast!’

Irish Sweet Potato and Cabbage Hash

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If you know me, you know I am anything but Irish. I am by American standards 100% Italian. By Italian standards I am only half Italian. According to my sources, if your family is from anywhere south of Rome you are not a true Italian. (Yes, this an old Italian north/south rivalry – and well while I’ve never met anyone that believes this, my Italian friends always love to tease me about it.) I am 100% proud of my Italian roots but having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area, with strong Irish Italian influences, I can’t help but do my part in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Who doesn’t love a good party? And the Irish sure know how to throw a party. Continue reading ‘Irish Sweet Potato and Cabbage Hash’

The Season of Green Food Is Upon Us — St. Patrick’s Day Menus

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The season of green is practically upon us with the likes of green beer, minty milkshakes, and dyed green scrambled eggs. St Patrick’s Day occurs on March 17 and is a day to remember one of Ireland’s patron saints, St. Patrick. It largely celebrates Irish-American culture in the United States. So take this opportunity to pull out your mad green cooking skilz and have fun impressing your friends.

There are no hard and fast rules, and under no circumstances are you required to cook a ‘traditional’ meal of dry corned beef with boiled cabbage and potatoes. It can be your own take on a green themed meal. While there are a lot of ways to turn this typical menu into a delicious meal, anyone from Ireland will be quick to tell you that a typical Irish meal is boiled pork and potatoes. It is mind-blowing when you realize that this meal concept we associate with St. Patrick’s Day is really an Irish-American tradition.

Another revelation: There’s never been any actual corn in corned beef.;) Long before the word ‘corn’ referred to a vegetable, it was an Old English word for any grain still containing the seed. In the original preparation of English corned beef, cooks use coarse pieces of salt the size of grains to cure or preserve the meat.

Whether you want to host a St. Patrick’s Day brunch or a dinner with a new flair, which is always my recommendation, I’ve compiled an undeniably GREEN menu to spark your inner cooking leprechaun.

St Pat Day Brunch

Brunch

Green Eggs & Ham

Leek & Potato Fritters

Green Lemonade

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Dinner

Chestnut Sage Pesto Bruschetta

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

Lamb Chops

Mint Tea Julep (adult version)

Key Lime Miniature Tarts

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Mardis Gras King Cake

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This post is really all about seeing an item on my bucket list to fruition. NOLA. The entire town of New Orleans pulsates with a rhythm of delicious happiness — the people, the music, the food. Oh and the food. The food is truly divine. As you might imagine, Continue reading ‘Mardis Gras King Cake’