October 05, 2015

Guy Fieri Barbecue Sauce Review

While shopping at Sprouts a couple of weeks ago I picked up a bottle of this, Guy Fieri's Kansas City Barbecue Sauce. You know Guy, he is he guy with the hair, and the car, on Food Network that visits all those diners, drive-ins and dives. If you ask Penelope she will tell you that Guy, is the guy, that likes pizza.
I decided to try out his sauce on some pulled pork that I cooked up in the crock pot. I took a pork shoulder rubbed it with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder and then seared it in a pan to brown all sides. Then I transferred the pork into my crock pot, set it to low and let it cook  for 8 hours. After 8 hours I removed the super tender meat to drain all the fat out. Then I put the meat back into the crock pot, set it to warm and used to forks to easily pull the meat apart. I added the entire bottle of Guy's sauce and mixed it into the meat.
These pulled pork sandwiches were a hit. The sauce was just the right amount of sweetness for someone who prefers a spicier barbecue sauce. It worked well with the pulled pork and made for some kid friendly BBQ sandwiches.  
You can also find Guy's sauces in 3 other flavors; Carolina #6, Bourbon Brown Sugar and Pacific Rim.

September 25, 2015

Big Horse Corn Maze & Harvest Festival

I know it doesn't feel like it but it is Fall, really it is! Have you noticed any pumpkin patches or fall festivals starting to slowly creep up around your neighborhood? I live in the Murrieta/Temecula are where we have one of the largest corn mazes in Southern California. At Big Horse Feed their yearly Harvest Festival is about to begin. Every weekend in October from 10am-5pm you can get lost in a 12 acre corn maze, visit the pumpkin patch, go on a hay ride, watch some pig races, enjoy some face painting and more! If you live in the area I'd like to share a $1.00 off  Corn Maze ticket with you.

Penelope is so excited about this festival, especially the corn maze. This will be our first time attending and I am sure it will be so much fun. Stay tuned for some photos and more info on our visit soon.

Vegas 2015

A couple of weeks ago Chris and I took a road trip to Las Vegas (sans child) to celebrate our anniversary. Originally we had planned to go to San Francisco but being that Vegas is a short 4 hour drive we decided to venture east instead. On our trip there we stopped halfway in the town of Calico. Calico Ghost Town is an old west mining town in California. Containing 500 mines that during the late 1800's produced over $20 million in silver, this was once a bustling place. When silver lost it's value, the miners packed up and moved out and then it became a "ghost town". Today Calico is a popular tourist attraction where you can view restorations of the actual buildings that existed. It is also a campsite, has hiking trails, you can enjoy a mining tour, gold panning and hop aboard the Calico Odessa Railroad, a train similar to those used during mining times. I hear they also offer evening ghost tours. Penelope would absolutely love this place so we plan to take her when the weather cools off a bit.

After this pit top we stopped at Alien Fresh Jerky because I had read that this was another tourist attraction on the drive to Vegas. Indeed it was. There were a ton of people checking out the native aliens. The jerky was actually pretty tasty and I found the Duff energy drink rather amusing.


Did I mention it was hot when we went?

Apparently this is the worlds largest thermometer. Located in Baker, California

Once in Vegas we enjoyed the nice air conditioning that the strip provides, saw The Beatles Love show,

and had some yummy food. One of our restaurant stops was Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak.
We enjoyed a Wagyu beef flat iron, some lobster hush puppies, bone marrow with butter poached lobster and apple slaw and a delicious grilled romaine salad.

We also visited our favorite, Otto, at the Venetian and of course had some amazing olive oil gelato. We go here every time we visit Vegas, service is always great and the food is always delicious.

On our last night there Chris handed me a $100 bill and told me to put in a machine and play the max. I sat down at a $5 machine and left $400 richer. We had a blast and I can't wait for next year's anniversary trip!

September 14, 2015

Love on a Plate Cookbook Review

Love on a Plate is a new cookbook from Chef Cara Brotman and Wellness Expert Markus Rothkranz. It contains Raw, Vegan versions of recipes for popular foods like pizza, pasta dishes and yes even bacon. While I am not someone who eats "Raw" I have always been interested in the Raw food diet. Nothing is ever heated above 118 F so that you receive the optimum nutrients from your food. A Raw food diet is filled with fruits vegetables, healthy natural fats from coconut and nuts, and is pretty much the epitome of healthy eating.

If you are considering a Raw food diet this book is a great resource. It not only contains simple recipes with few ingredients but it also has recipes that require a little more time in the kitchen. If you love the process of creating tasty meals and are not afraid to use more then a handful of ingredients then this book is for you.

Love on a Plate offers suggestions on things to have available  for your "Raw" kitchen. A blender, food dehydrator and coffee grinder are some of the must have tools. Also stocking your pantry with ingredients like coconut oil, cashews and nutritional yeast to name a few will get you well on your way to eating Raw.

I enjoyed reading through all the recipes and looking at the beautiful food photos. One recipe in particular that caught my eye was Real Potato Chips. As you all know I love my potato chips, and to think, I can make my own using only potatoes, apple cider vinegar, sea salt and a dehydrator. No frying in oil! I am so curious about how these compare to "normal" potato chips. I may just have to go get myself a food dehydrator. Another recipe that looks pretty good is Delicious Freezer Chocolate with Marzipan Filling.

This chocolate gets hard within 30 minutes of being in the freezer.  It can be kept in the freezer indefinitely, but needs to be eaten right away when taken out because coconut oils melts at room temperature.  Pure raw coconut oil is really good for you.

(c)Markus Rothkranz from LOVE ON A PLATE by Cara Brotman and Markus Rothkranz. 

 1 cup cacao powder (sifted to remove lumps)
1/4 cup carob powder (sifted to remove lumps)
1/4 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil (warmed to clear liquid at room temp)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix in bowl, pour in mold or dip things like fruit in it and put in freezer. Ready in one hour.

1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/4 cup maple syrup

Grind almonds into a fine power in a coffee grinder to make the almond meal. Then mix with the maple syrup and knead into dough.  You can eat immediately or use it as a filling for the chocolate that has hardened.  Stores in refrigerator for long time.  For a whiter-looking marzipan, use skinned or blanched almonds.

Reprinted with permission of the publisher from LOVE ON A PLATE: The Gourmet UnCookbook by Cara Brotman and Markus Rothkranz. Copyright (c) 2014.

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August 30, 2015

Shrimp with Garlic Butter Caper Sauce

Shrimp with Garlic Butter Caper Sauce

1 Pound of shrimp that has been shelled and deveined
6 tbs. Butter
1 tbs. Olive oil
4 Cloves of garlic minced
1/ 4 Cup of chicken stock
Splash of white wine
Salt & Pepper
Crushed red pepper and Parmesan cheese for topping.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp, salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 3 minutes then set side in a bowl. Add garlic to skillet and cook for about a minute stirring frequently. Add chicken stock and splash of wine. Bring to boil and then lower heat and let sauce reduce for about 2 minutes. Stir in butter and melt. Add the shrimp back into the skillet along with as much parsley and capers you like. Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with crushed red pepper and Parmesan to taste.

August 25, 2015


Last month my sister had a birthday party...a Paella party! She had Paella Valenciana, a San Diego catering company that specializes in authentic Paella, cater her party. In case you don't know what Paella is, it is a rice dish from Spain that is cooked on an open fire in a large pan called a paellera. The rice is seasoned with saffron and some traditional ingredients added to the rice are chorizo, chicken, shrimp and mussels. Other things can be added like duck, crab and even lobster!

The preparation takes a couple of hours. you first heat oil in the paellera, add any meats and veggies, add seasonings and water, bring to a boil and then add the rice and finally any seafood. The finished product is delicious!

I was a little upset that we were late and I did not get to see the cooking process from start to finish, it's like cooking art!

We also had some Jamón serrano and Manchego cheese...

and my sisters gorgeous carrot cake from Extraordinary Desserts.

Hope you had a good one sis!

August 24, 2015

Loosemeat Cheeseburgers

Penelope's dinner tonight was loosemeat cheeseburgers. I thought I would try something a little different and see what she thought. She loved it!

Loosemeat Cheeseburgers

1 lb. Ground beef
1/4 Cup water
1 Package of dry onion soup mix
1/4 Cup Ketchup
1 tbs. Mustard
Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper
Shredded Cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef, season with salt and pepper and then drain. Add water, onion soup mix, ketchup, mustard and garlic powder. Stir and simmer for a few minutes. Spoon loosemeat onto Kaiser rolls and top with cheese. If Chris were home he would also add a ton of pickles on it. Enjoy!

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