Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Whole Food goodness

Since October 2008 Adam and I have been going to a monthly event at our local Whole Foods on Pounce. Once a month they convert the table and chair section into a restaurant. Complete with linen table, glasses and silver.

Each month has a different theme. There are usually 6 courses with wine pairing.most times they will pour twice. It's the best deal in town. They also offer all the wines featured that night at 20% off retail price. Last night I bought a very nice white from Chili for $7.00. I bought 3 bottles.

You can find all related information on their website. Here is an example of the posting.

A Taste of...South America
7:00 p.m. $20 in advance

Join us for our series of "A Taste of...", where we pair some of our favorite wines with delicious creations from the chefs in our Prepared Foods department. This month, take a trip to South America with a sampling of some of the region's specialties, plus the South American wines that taste great with them. Please RSVP at Customer Service. Seating is limited.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kiss the Cook

In addition to hosting my large parties several times a year I will invite a smaller crew over for dinner parties. I really enjoy cooking for my friends, drinking wine and chatting. I'm always on the hunt for new and exciting dishes. I'm determined not to fall into a routine and make the same dish over and over again. Most of the recipes I find come from the Internet.

Recently I have found a new source for creative culinary works.
it's pretty cool. You can create a profile and collect your "favorite" or "try soon"
recipes. There is also a leftover feature. You can plug in 3 different ingredients that you have laying around and it will give you a number of recipes to try.
You can also sort by flavor, season, occasion, course or popular ingredients.

I invited the boys (chad and landon) and Laura over on Sunday for a spring dinner party. I tried three new recipes from this site. We started with Chicken Curry salad served with Stacy's Pita Chips. It had grapes, almonds and celery in the mixture. Can be served warm or cold. it was a huge hit.

The fish tacos were pretty basic. Baked the Halibut with a little butter, pepper and lime juice. The tacos were served with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, avocado, lime juice and a black bean salad. It was very yummy and super easy to make. 1 can of black beans, 1 can of corn, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, lime juice, cumin and salt.

I recommend all you cooks out there give this website a chance. I'm happy to come over and taste test anything you make. happy cooking.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Movie Mania

Hey folks, with my busy work schedule and several out of town trips I have not been using my netflix account to the best of my ability. Time to make up for lost rentals..... Updated my QUEUE and watch a movie that I have had for some time. This is one of those "based on a true story" type story lines that I love so much. Enjoy

After losing his hearing during the Vietnam War, Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston) returns to America, where he falls in with an unlikely circle of friends and finds a new calling as a spokesman for the disabled. His efforts as an activist eventually lead to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This inspiring and entertaining true story won the Audience Award at the 2007 AFI Dallas International Film Festival.