Monday, July 28, 2014


Hello Foodies!

Hey, hubby can't win ALL of the cool cooking contest trips!

This is just a quick blog post;  I found out that I made the top 50 in the Extended Stay Away from Home Cooking Contest.  


The objective of the contest was to create a quick and EASY meal that anyone (even someone who doesn't cook) could create in a hotel room which includes a kitchen - but you could use a stove top and microwave ONLY - no ovens. 

I opted for comfort food.  Having been a road warrior back in the late 90's, I KNOW what it's like to be away from home for long periods of time.  Some nights you just want comfort food and a glass of wine from the bar.  I also think about the families who are relocating.  You need to prepare some meals in, and you want something that will appeal to and also entertain the kids.

Enter my TURKEY TACOLADAS.  It's a fusion between a taco and an enchilada, and I managed to get that slow baked flavor in a dish that's finished in the microwave.  The secret was keeping the recipe simple enough that the ingredients didn't firm up in the microwave, and finding just the right amount of cooking time.

I know this recipe is a little more simplistic than I normally post, but I hope you will give it your consideration.  I have permission from the contest folks to post this link here.  The judges are picking two finalists and the fans are picking two.  I'd LOVE it if you go online and give me your support.  You can vote once a day until 8/22!


If I get a spot in the cook-off, I get to meet Food Network's Sunny Anderson AND I get a chance at a nice prize - plus I'll get to appear with her at a future event! 

How cool would THAT BE?   You know that hubby, Dan, is kicking my be-hind (that's southern for buttocks) with the big, cool prizes.  I would love to get a chance at this opportunity!

How cool is that that Extended Stay has these types of kitchens?  Where were they when I was a traveling fool?  

Thank you in advance for your support!

As it is big contest time, I've been devoting my test kitchen to those recipes but I will be back very soon with a new recipe that I know you are going to love.

Think Italian...  hint, hint...

As always, see you soon!  


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Re-post: Easy Pub BBQ Sauce

Easy Pub BBQ Sauce on a Grilled Pork Chop
Great on Chicken, too!

Is "re-post" a word?  Probably not, but you know what I mean.  This is a recipe I've posted before.

I've been busy, busy, busy; so I'll make this post short and sweet - or should say savory?
Just in time for the 4th of July, a re-post of one of my reader-favorite BBQ sauce recipes.  This one is so easy, you'll never buy store-bought sauce again.  All you need are items from your pantry. 
Mix it up and use apple cider (hard or non-alcoholic) instead of the Irish ale.
I hope you have a great (and safe) 4th of July weekend. 

Makes 6 servings

1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbs. yellow mustard
2 tbs. Heinz 57 ® Steak Sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 cup Irish Red Ale
1/2 tbs. onion powder
1 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbs. apple cider vinegar


Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan.  Bring to boil and reduce to simmer, about two hours over low heat, uncovered, until sauce is thickened to your liking.  Whisk occasionally.