Month: December 2014

Everything about the ((copper)) kitchen sink:

Everything about the ((copper)) kitchen sink:

Wow, time flies! We have lived in the house for a bit over a year. As the anniversary of completing one of the hardest ((exciting)), most stressful ((challenging)) things I have ever done passes by, I can’t help but examine some of the multitude of choices […]

Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Encrusted Oven-Roasted Rib Eye Roast — It’s as easy as 1-2-3!!

Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Encrusted Oven-Roasted Rib Eye Roast — It’s as easy as 1-2-3!!

Looking for a special New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day meal? How about a nice juicy rib eye roast? Don’t be intimidated by the size of this baby…it’s as easy as 1-2-3! Yes, it is a simple meal – but so very impressive!

Simple, No-Fail Authentic Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with a Sweetened Vanilla Bean Sour Cream Topping

Simple, No-Fail Authentic Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with a Sweetened Vanilla Bean Sour Cream Topping

Before I even start telling you how good this is – let me just grab you by the shoulders and pull you in close. Have I got ya? Good – listen up: “You can do this. It will be great. You will impress your people. Believe me.” Now that we have that taken care of, let me tell you about what I see in your future: creamy, thick, perfectly smooth, dense — perfectly gourmet homemade cheesecake! (more…)

Pecan, Cranberry & Chive Party Mix: a Party Mix for the 21st Century

Pecan, Cranberry & Chive Party Mix: a Party Mix for the 21st Century

Worcestershire and garlic with salty peanuts and some mini melba rounds. That is immediately what I think of when I here the words “Party” and “Mix” put side by side in a sentence. ((Either that or a little Milli Vanilli, Blame it on the Rain […]

A little funny on a Friday ((is it Friday??))

A little funny on a Friday ((is it Friday??))

Just a quick food-less post for the Friday before Christmas. I should be working away in the kitchen, testing out my Christmas Eve plans, or re-making my favorite breakfast casserole: Big Country Breakfast Bread Pudding ((because the pictures posted with the recipe don’t do justice […]

Gingersnap NO-BAKE Cheesecake

Gingersnap NO-BAKE Cheesecake

Are you looking for a simple and VERY delicious dessert for your upcoming holiday festivities? I think you should look no further. With just a handful of ingredients and the whirr of your mixer – you will have a special, decadent dessert that will leave your diners begging for the recipe. It all starts with a special ingredient that is only available during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season. Once you find it, be sure to stock up ((it freezes well)) – because just like icicles on a sunny day – it will be gone before you know it!

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((Individual)) Puffy Cheesy Egg & Bacon Casseroles ((muffins))

((Individual)) Puffy Cheesy Egg & Bacon Casseroles ((muffins))

I like to have a few things stocked in my fridge at all times: eggs, cheese and bacon being at the top of my list. Oh, and milk, Dijon mustard, apricot preserves, fresh cilantro & parsley, carrots, celery, lemons & fresh fruit. It is always a […]

Becoming a Pasta Maker ((Napa part 4))

Becoming a Pasta Maker ((Napa part 4))

I must say, the idea of a head chef and restaurant owner personally training me in the art and science of pasta making seemed very exciting…until the morning came to be taught. I was nervous — like first day at a new school nervous. I needed […]

“We came, we saw, we ate”: The Napa Valley Bakery Tour ((N. Cali trip part 3))

“We came, we saw, we ate”: The Napa Valley Bakery Tour ((N. Cali trip part 3))

It all started with an idea, but ended up being one of the most fun things I have ever done. You are probably thinking “Napa Valley is for wine tours, not bakery tours!?” Well, I must admit, I am not a wine drinker. I love to cook with excellent wines – but I have not learned to appreciate the intricacies of wine. I do, however, love cake, pastries, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, doughnuts, pies and macaroons. So here in the heart of wine country, I toured bakeries. I picked 5 bakeries in the Napa Valley area and ate at four of them in under three hours. I was a difficult task – but I managed to pull it off! From this, I can confidently say – “I have tasted some the most delicious treats I may ever find for..the..rest..of..my..life!”  (more…)

It’s a wonderful whirlwind of a tour ((part 2)): The Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County and a Napa Valley Welcome.

It’s a wonderful whirlwind of a tour ((part 2)): The Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County and a Napa Valley Welcome.

We woke early. Our minds were set to Oklahoma time, but our thoughts danced through the recollections of where we had been and imagined the beauty and excitement of where the day would lead. I just love the internet, unless I hate it – but […]

It’s a wonderful whirlwind of a tour: Northern Cali ((part one))

It’s a wonderful whirlwind of a tour: Northern Cali ((part one))

I have been squeezing as much as possible into these last few days. I think, somehow, I also squeezed in some extra hours. How else could we have seen and done so much?? We started out by touring

An Okie Girl’s take on Coconut Beef Curry ((this is gonna be good…))

An Okie Girl’s take on Coconut Beef Curry ((this is gonna be good…))

If you have been trained in authentic Asian cooking, you may scroll down, scan my recipe and proceed to laugh out loud. Hard. For all I know, the recipe I am about to share it so far from authentic, it should be put into a totally new cuisine category. Either way, this is what I do. Mix, stir, adjust, imagine, taste, try and repeat. My Coconut Beef Curry was absolutely bursting with aromatic flavors. The depth and layers were magnificent. ((not to brag))

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