Posted By JudieB on 2014 Apr 14 - 11:44am

Using a variety of containers that you already have on hand or find at local stores helps you plan ahead and keeps costs down when setting a table for guests. Once the dishes for a dinner are chosen, you have a...

Posted By JudieB on 2014 Mar 7 - 4:11pm

To make perfect sandwiches you will need medium-sliced brown and white bread and softened butter. Plus salt and pepper to season where necessary. Having assembled the sandwiches, use a serrated knife to remove all crusts and either cut each sandwich into four squares, four triangles or four...

Posted By JudieB on 2014 Feb 14 - 4:54pm

Men out there! Need a good idea to help you sweep that special woman off her feet?

Knowing what women want may be one of the mysteries of the universe, but I can tell you one thing that’s sure to please — a romantic dinner. You don’t rate high on the chef scale? No problem. Here is a menu you can cook and serve yourself with total ease. Each recipe has three...

Posted By JudieB on 2014 Feb 11 - 1:44pm

Yield: 4 generous servings plus extra for late-night snacking 1 cup sour cream 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon brandy 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup heavy cream, whipped with 3 tablespoons sugar 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1. Whisk together sour cream,...

Posted By JudieB on 2014 Jan 7 - 1:35pm

Yield: 6 servings

This one is so simple, even the kids can make it. Having a kids’ sleepover? This makes a perfect midnight snack. You could make it a little more elaborate by sautéing about ½ cup of diced onions and stirring them in with the cheese. 1 pound elbow macaroni 10 ounces...

Posted By Russell Kirkpatrick on 2014 Jan 7 - 1:23pm

As a restaurant operator, it’s difficult for me to go out to eat. It is even more difficult for my wife. My eyes and ears tend to wander about the restaurant as I listen to servers interact with other tables or count how many lights are in the dining room. I find it equally as difficult...

Posted By Russell Kirkpatrick on 2013 Dec 12 - 3:54pm

‘Tis the season to be jolly…for many, that means holiday parties. The holidays are my favorite time of year. The season is filled with parties and events that bring the spirit of the season out in everyone. It’s a time to celebrate and if you’re hosting a holiday party, you...

Posted By JudieB on 2013 Dec 10 - 4:44pm

A light and festive alternative to all the heavy desserts during the holiday season.

Yield: 6 servings 2 cups sliced strawberries 2 cups sliced grapes 2 sliced bananas 2 – 3, 6-ounce cups lemon yogurt Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until time to serve or up to 3 hours.

Posted By JudieB on 2013 Dec 5 - 10:15am

Yield: about 3 cups

A delightful sauce on sliced turkey, this cinnamon-spiced chutney is also delicious as a spread for turkey sandwiches the day after the big feast. 2 cups apple juice 1/3 cup sugar 1 – 2 tablespoons minced or grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground coriander...

Posted By Russell Kirkpatrick on 2013 Nov 21 - 11:32am

Last week, I had an opportunity to represent the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival at an event in Dallas called Chefs for Farmers. Chef Matt McCallister and his wife Iris started the event a few years ago, and it has grown from a simple dinner in a field to a full-blown party with more than 1,000...

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