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Spanish Paella in a Wok

Friday, October 08, 2010      5 comments

I just bought a new wok, and I don't know how I lived so long without one. I've heard professional cooks rave about cast iron cookware. I avoided it because I thought cast iron would be too hard to take care of. "Seasoning" the pan sounde... Read more

Korean Kalbi, Spicy Potatoes, plus Make Ahead Tips

Thursday, October 07, 2010      1 comments

This month on the Culinary Artists Spark team, our lovely hostess Thinronna asked, "Looking for ideas for cooking for 1 or 2...or 3". www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
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ad.asp?board=0x44778x37046455 ... Read more

No One Can Make You Feel Inferior

Wednesday, October 06, 2010      5 comments

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt I've been doing a lot of quiet reflection lately about weight issues that are so common with women. In my youth, I always thought I was fat. Looking back at old... Read more

Spring Rolls, Take Two

Tuesday, October 05, 2010      5 comments

I screwed up my spring rolls that were supposed to go with my pork spare ribs for dinner last night. This blog is a correction. I just bought a new wok, so I decided to make Asian inspired dishes this week to take it for a test run. I wan... Read more

Homemade Chinese Takeout - Pork Spare Ribs

Tuesday, October 05, 2010      7 comments

In today's Spark episode of "Cathy's Kitchen" we're making more Chinese "takeout" at home. Today's recipe: Pork Spare Ribs. If you're interested, the recipe is here: recipes.sparkpeople.com/
recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1
273... Read more

Healthy Stir-Fry in a Snap

Monday, October 04, 2010      4 comments

Yesterday, I wrote "The Sunday Sous Chef" where I explained how I do all my veggie/fruit prep work on the weekend when I have time. When I want to make something during the week, I just throw it in a pan and go. You can read more about it here... Read more

The Sunday Sous Chef

Sunday, October 03, 2010      9 comments

One of the most important keys to my weight loss and maintenance is making home cooked meals. I work 40-50 hours a week at a full time job, so I understand all too well the feeling of, "I'm too tired to cook. Maybe I should order a pizza". ... Read more

Essential Kitchen Tools for a Busy Life

Thursday, September 30, 2010      8 comments

One of the most common themes on the message boards is, "I'm so busy with work/school/kids, and I don't have a lot of money. I don't know how to cook well. How can I make meals at home?" Many of us still have the image of a home cooked me... Read more

Jerk Chicken in a Crockpot

Tuesday, September 28, 2010      4 comments

I just got back from a birthday vacation and I'm totally inspired by Caribbean food. This is why I love to travel. I love tasting FOOD! Since I've started to feel more confident with my cooking skills, one of my favorite hobbies is trying to ... Read more

Iron Chef Spark: Battle Eggplant Final Judging

Wednesday, September 22, 2010      4 comments

For the final results round of "Fiance bought eggplant From Costco and there's more eggplant than I know what to do with - HELP" edition of Iron Chef Spark, we have the following dishes. Dish #1: Grilled Eggplant with goat cheese tomato ter... Read more

Iron Chef Spark: Ratatouille

Wednesday, September 22, 2010      1 comments

For the final entry in this "What the heck am I going to do with all this eggplant?" edition of Iron Chef Spark, we have: Ratatouille! I was planning on making it for dinner last night, but I had to work late, so I didn't get organized. I ... Read more

Iron Chef Spark: Eggplant Involtini

Wednesday, September 22, 2010      7 comments

I'm going to have to short cut the final two recipes. I'm heading out of town this evening, so I've got to move fast! On Monday night, I served an Eggplant Involtini as a side dish to rosemary-lemon chicken on a bed of spaghetti carbonara.... Read more

Iron Chef Spark: Battle Eggplant! Tasting Round

Monday, September 20, 2010      2 comments

Yesterday was the prep round for the Iron Chef Spark, home edition. I did the prep work for 3 dishes for this week for Battle Eggplant: Roast Eggplant and Red Pepper Terrine; Involtini di Melanzane; and Chicken Ratatouille. I made the Eggplant... Read more

Iron Chef Spark: Battle Eggplant! Preparation Round

Sunday, September 19, 2010      6 comments

I just joined the "Culinary Artists" spark team. I'm not a professional chef, I just play a wannabe semi-gourmet at home! I love food, and I love a challenge. We just bought a Le Creuset terrine, and my fiance wanted me to make moussaka f... Read more

Best Friends in Love

Thursday, September 16, 2010      6 comments

I'm 35 years old, and I have more relationship baggage than will fit on an airplane without a surcharge. My failed relationships really boiled down to one thing - lack of self esteem. I got involved with some really bad men just because th... Read more


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