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Demi-Glace (Red Meat Based)

Mar 20, 14 Demi-Glace (Red Meat Based)

Posted by in Kitchen Basics

I’ve been stocking my kitchen with a ton of basics lately…spice blends, stocks and of course, the demi-glace. Yes, you could buy it from Williams-Sonoma, but making it yourself is SO easy, and you can freeze it in portions so there’s little waste. I use this as a base for tons of sauces to serve with red meat....

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Help Me Make This Better! Rosemary and Black Olive Cod Filets

Feb 15, 14 Help Me Make This Better! Rosemary and Black Olive Cod Filets

Posted by in Recipes, Savory

We’ve been on a “new recipe” kick lately, as the four of us (myself, hubby Simon, 8 and 10 year old sons) felt we’d gotten into a food rut. So I surfed the web and was inspired by a few recipes, one of which was this one: Black Bass with Rosemary Olive Vinaigrette. I always, but ALWAYS have to make recipes...

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Simon van Kempen vs. Tarantula

Feb 06, 14 Simon van Kempen vs. Tarantula

Posted by in Family Stuff

Soooo, this happened. While we filmed season 2 of Couples Therapy for VH1, I would occasionally record video messages for our children as we were on location for three weeks. In the film set house we lived in, we had a few non-human guests who hung around. One was this tarantula with a missing leg, who was quite friendly as you can...

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Simon’s Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Feb 06, 14 Simon’s Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Posted by in Recipes, Savory

This is such a tried and true go-to dish for us, and every time Simon makes it, I ask him what’s in it. He never answers me (or perhaps doesn’t remember because he’s moving so fast and it’s second nature.) This time, I stalked him and came up with the recipe… 6 deboned, de-skinned chicken thighs 3 inch...

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My Favorite Local Aussie Restaurant

Jan 25, 14 My Favorite Local Aussie Restaurant

Posted by in Family Stuff, Recipes

Though this article is going up on the 25th in my time zone, in Australia it’s already the 26th, ie Australia Day, which celebrates the arrival of Captain Phillips’ first boat in 1788.  Happy, happy and cheers!! Can you legitimately add a restaurant to your favorites list if you’ve only eaten there twice? I say...

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Amazing Australian Seafood

Jan 24, 14 Amazing Australian Seafood

Posted by in Recipes, Savory

Our family just returned from three glorious weeks in Australia, where January is mid-summer and blissful.  We swam, hiked, kayaked and lazed in the sun every day, and even though it was a working vacation, we had a wonderful time. As we’ve returned to a snowy New York winter, I’m dreaming of all the beautiful FOOD we...

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Eat More Nuts!! Cashew Almond Pork Tenderloin

Dec 09, 13 Eat More Nuts!! Cashew Almond Pork Tenderloin

Posted by in Recipes, Savory

So my darling husband sent me an article last night touting the Mediterranean diet as pro-brain health (in addition to heart health, etc.) Now, a quick google search turns up fish, olive oil, red wine, nuts…and not too much meat. Granted, this recipe is made with pork, but it also has cashews and almonds in it, which is a...

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Home-Made Junk Food: Corn Dogs

Dec 04, 13 Home-Made Junk Food: Corn Dogs

Posted by in Recipes, Savory

So my chums are not immune to junk food…far from it. Particularly after we’ve been to places like Coney Island, they want cotton candy, strings of licorice and yes, corn dogs, all at home. Of those three, I figured corn dogs couldn’t be that hard to make, and I was right. I started online searching other...

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