Archive for November, 2008

Through my contacts at Amazon, I am able to get some good discounts and can pass those savings onto you! Some items automatically have free shipping. The usual Amazon shipping is free if you purchase $25 or more. Here are the items I know would make many cooks, or aspiring cooks, happy this Christmas!

Gourmet Magazine is the best of the best of magazines for those who love to cook!

Order Gourmet Magazine here: Gourmet (1-year)


I love my Cuisinart Griddler! We make panini, bruschetta and even cook sausages on ours! A must for every kitchen.

Order Cuisinart Griddler here: Cuisinart GR-4 Griddler


Dave and I have been doing low-carb and find making own own beef jerky from flank steak and beef brisket is a breeze, and affordable compared to supermarket prices for beef jerky!

Order Ronco Electric Food Dehydrator here: Ronco FD1005WHGEN 5-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator


The ultimate in wine bottle openers!

Order Connosseur Countertop Wine Opener here: Connoisseurs Countertop Wine Opener


We love to inject our roasts and poultry with marinades – it adds much flavor and tenderizes, too!

Order Weston Meat Injector here: Weston 23-0402-W Meat Injector, Nickel Plated (2 oz.)


One of the best general cookbooks I’ve got is the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. It has been updated recently and should be in the cookbook collection of every kitchen!

Order Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook here: The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook: America’s Bestselling Step-by-Step Cookbook, with More Than 1,400 Recipes


Have you ever wondered how Red Lobster makes those Cheddar Bay Biscuits? Recipes in here include famous items from Cheesecake Factory, KFC, Hard Rock Cafe, Olive Garden, PF Changs, Applebees, and more!

Order Most Wanted Restaurant Recipes here: America’s Most Wanted Recipes – Volume 1


Delectable Olive Oils – Basil, Garlic and Roasted Red Pepper – all in an Ottavio Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Great for cooking or for dipping!

Order 3-Pak Italian Olive Oil Set here: 3 Pack Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Garlic, Basil, Roasted Pepper

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admin November 14th, 2008      No Comments »

I heard of this shrimp appetizer made out of wonton wrappers and shrimp that you dip in a jalapeno jelly.  As is my custom, I “doctored” the recipe and am sharing it here with you!

Makes 24 pieces.

  • 12 large shrimp, raw, peeled & deveined
  • 24 wonton skins
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsps fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly julienned
  • 4 ozs cream cheese, softened
  • vegetable oil for frying

Slice shrimp in half length-wise. 

Dip wonton wrapper in milk.  In the middle of the wonton wrapper, place shrimp diagonally.  Add a sprinkle of green onions, cilantro, and a couple red bell pepper pieces.  Top with a 1/2 tsp of cream cheese.

Roll up from one corner and place seam side down in frying pan with about 1/2 inch of hot oil.  Fry until light brown on each side.

Serve with Raspberry-Jalapeno jelly for dipping.


You can buy the Raspberry-Jalapeno jelly here: Raspberry & Raspberry Jalapeno Jelly

Alternately, you can make your own jelly by mixing raspberry or apricot preserves with hot jalapeno jelly; though this A Bountiful Harvest brand is delicious!

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My son and daughter-in-law, Eric & Beth, bought me this incredible heavy-duty garlic press!  I love it because you can put the garlic clove in unpeeled…. when you press it, somehow it takes the peel off and gives you a great bunch of garlic with no waste and easy clean-up!

It retails for $40, but you can buy it through my link (below or to the right) for just $31 and free shipping!  Makes a great stocking stuffer!

Order here:  Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press

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admin November 11th, 2008      No Comments »

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