We had eight of our closest friends at our home to celebrate and ring in the New Year.  Cocktail and appetizer hour started at 7pm and dinner was ready to serve an hour and half later.  The twice baked potatoes were prepared the day prior and were ready to place in the oven for the final baking one hour before dinner.  The tenderloin smoked for 1 hour, grill seared for 15 minutes and then slow cooked in the oven (on and off) for the balance of the day before carving to serve at a delicious medium-rare. Oh how I wish I were better at remembering toRead More →

12 ounces gemelli pasta (or any other desired pasta) Three-quarter medium-size onion chopped 4 cups sliced mushrooms One cube unsalted butter 1 tablespoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 half cup Crown Royal Whiskey® 1 cup water, white wine or chicken broth Two extra-large vegetable bouillon cubes 1/4 cup flour and water for thickening 1 pound cooked shrimp skinned 1 – 2 teaspoons dried chives Fill a larger pasta pot 3/4 full and bring to a medium boil.  Add the desired amount of pasta to the hot water.  Continue to cook the pasta while preparing the rest of the dish.  Check it for doneness occasionally and turnRead More →

My kitchen was overcome with the aroma of boiled eggs which is not always a good or bad thing unless you’re the Greek critique who just stepped in the door.  Mr. Hubby didn’t like the fragrance one bit.  I hadn’t noticed but since it was 2 dozen eggs for a Christmas party the number of eggs was far greater than ever for what had been cooked and peeled in my kitchen.  I might consider buying the pre-boiled eggs next time but need to test them on us first. The eggs were well received at the party and gobbled up quickly.  We put them out in batches ofRead More →

Big Oven has made more updates and improvements to their Cooking & Recipe Website.  Gotta love these guys for all they do for us!  To see my recipes on BigOven you can go to this link:  http://bigoven.com/myrecipes/KCinAZ Go to this link to read about the improvements.  http://blog.bigoven.com/index.php/improvements-to-my-recipes/Read More →

Who would have thought that I would still be grilling outdoors in the middle of December!  It wouldn’t surprise me as much but we are again at Ironworks and the temperature was a brisk 45 degrees outside when I put the shrimps on the grill.  I cook year round at our home in the Valley of the Sun but never dreamed it would be the same here.  I did not serve the shrimp as a surf and turf which what I first thought of doing.  Instead we enjoyed them as an appetizer before dinner along with a sun-dried tomato artichoke dip and crackers.  Hope you enjoy the shrimpRead More →

At the last moment we decided to spend Thanksgiving at the Cabin and all the fixings for dinner were done in the Two Butt Kitchen.  It took a little more imagination and timing as I only had one oven instead of my three ovens at home.  I know… oh poor me only three ovens.  I do love my kitchen at home but the cabin was a real treat too.   It did get a little crowded in my little two butt kitchen when we added the third while Gus was carving the turkey but all survived the last minute timing to get the Turkey andRead More →

This is a much enjoyed appetizer that can be made a variety of ways.  My friend, Mariette, uses a much sharper cheese and it’s just a delicious.  It just has a different twist.  Many recipes include spinach, but somehow, someway, I’ve not acquired a taste for spinach in large doses.  Another fun addition is sun dried tomatoes but if doing that do so in small doses too.  For a sharper more flavorful taste use Asiago Cheese, Gruyere Cheese or an Italian blend. Artichoke dip is one of my regulars to take to take to a Pot Luck dinner. It’s a warm dish served with crackers, toasted baguette slices or tortillaRead More →

When making this yummy turkey I used a Fresh Young Jenny-O Turkey at 22 pounds for Thanksgiving 2011. It was so juicy and tender. There was no need to add butter for this bird. I had to remove one cup of butter from the basting reserves when making the gravy so that it wasn’t over saturated in butter. 22  pound Turkey 1/8 teaspoon Basil 1/2 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning Paprika 1/4 cup Salt; I prefer Kosher Sea Salt 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth; For basting Turkey 1/8 teaspoon Oregano 1  cube butter; Optional for basting Turkey… I love it any way I can get it.  ItRead More →