Monday, August 26, 2013

ITALIAN: Giada - Lunch with Aunt Raffy

Lunch With Raffy

Giada has referred to her Aunty Raffy as her cooking soul mate. In 

"Lunch with Raffy,” Giada invites her aunt over for an afternoon of fun

 in the kitchen. Together they create a tasty lunch that is just as fun to

 make as it is to eat!

Recipes in This Episode

Brussels Sprout-Leaf Salad

Mini Lasagnas with Sweet Corn and Mascarpone   (video)          

Raspberry-Ricotta Mousse

LINK to Lunch with Raffy

Sunny does Affordable "Easy Elegance" - Cooking for Real (Coq au Vin)

Easy Elegance by Sunny Anderson

Sunny Anderson proves that an elegant meal can also be easy and 

affordable! Make this meal for yourself tonight, or simmer up a big 

pot to feed a group of your favorite foodies.

Recipes in This Episode

Coq au Vin

Manhattan Mousse

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lunch in Greensboro, NC - PART 1 - 5 for $10.00 - 5 restaurants - Lunch with friends for $10.00 or less


  • Green Valley Grill

  • Undercurrent Restaurant

  • Liberty Oaks

  • Europa Bar & Cafe

  • Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Green Valley Grill
TRUFFLE FRIES                 $6.95 with parmesan lime aioli
CALAMARI FRITTI             $9.95 with spicy Tuscan marinara and parmesan-lime                                                    aioli
POTATO LEEK SOUP          $3.95 - $4.95 or soup of the day

Undercurrent Restaurant
CHILLED PEACH SOUP                $4.00 - $6.00          Goat cheese, pepper relish
FRESH TOMATO SOUP                $4.00 - $6.00          Basil, crème fraiche

Served with a choice of: fresh fruit, fresh cut French fries or potato salad

HAM AND CHEESE                                       $9.00
Boucheron, Thomasville tomme, country ham, capicola, green apple, arugula, rye bread
CLASSIC ANGUS BURGER                            $9.00
Lettuce, tomato, bacon, Ashe county cheddar, challah bun
Multigrain bread, lettuce, tomato, strawberry-shallot spread, applewood bacon
B.L.T.                                                            $9.00
Heirloom tomato, bacon, arugula, roasted poblano aioli, guacamole, brioche
PULLED PORK SANDWICH                         $9.00
Grilled peach barbecue sauce, creole mustard slaw, tobacco onions, potato roll
UNDERCURRENT BURGER                         $10.00
Smoked habanero cheddar, avocado ranch sauce, red onion, greens, challah bun

Liberty Oaks
SOUP                                                                                 $3.95 - $4.95
BOWL OF SOUP & HALF A VEGETABLE SALAD                      $9.95

GRILLED CHICKEN GARDEN SALAD                                    $9.95
Marinated & grilled chicken breast with julienne vegetables, cucumber, tomato and mixed greens with your choice of dressing

ORIENTAL SALAD - ONE SKEWERS                                      $9.95
Grilled skewers of beef tenderloin or marinated tofu served on a bed of sesame noodles and mixed greens, garnished with almonds, julienne vegetables, red peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes tossed in our cilantro-mint-basil-lime vinaigrette
CHICKEN SALAD DU JOUR - TWO SCOOPS                          $9.95
We know many delightful ways to prepare this dish. It comes with raisin bread, hard-boiled egg and a choice of side. Please check our daily lunch specials for today's offering
CHICKEN SALAD DU JOUR - ONE SCOOPS                           $7.95
We know many delightful ways to prepare this dish. It comes with raisin bread, hard-boiled egg and a choice of side. Please check our daily lunch specials for today's offering

Side choices are: pesto pasta salad, tossed side salad, chips or fresh fruit. Add $3.95 for split orders & $1.00 for split sides
SAINT PITA                                                 $8.95
Artichokes, tomatoes, zucchini, black olives, feta cheese, cream cheese spread and greens with vinaigrette, served on a warm pita
SMOKIN' GRANNY                                        $9.95
Smoked turkey, granny smith apples and sprouts with a walnut blue cheese spread, served on raisin bread
HUMMA-THIS                                               $9.95
Hummus, Havarti cheese, black olives, cucumbers, tomatoes and sprouts with an olive oil & red wine vinaigrette, served on a pita
GEORGE'S BURGER                                      $9.95
Grilled Black Angus beef seasoned with oregano, basil, onion and garlic, topped with a slice of Havarti cheese on a toasted French roll
KINDA BLUES BURGER                                $9.95
Grilled Black Angus beef with a smoked Bermuda onion relish and bleu cheese crumbles, served on a toasted French roll
SERAPE HAVANA                                        $9.95
Slow-roasted hand-pulled pork with a tropical black bean salsa, chipotle glaze and mixed greens, served in a sundried tomato tortilla wrap
UNCLE WALLY ON A BIALY                         $9.95
Thinly sliced roast beef and cheddar cheese, served warm on a bialy with                        horseradish sauce
HONEYCUP CHICKEN                                  $8.95
Grilled marinated boneless chicken breast with honey cup mustard, lettuce and tomato, served on a croissant
TURKEY & HAVARTI                                    $8.95
Turkey and Havarti cheese, served hot on a croissant
CLUB MED                                                    $9.95
Grilled chicken, bacon, and roasted tomato goat cheese, with lettuce and basil aioli, served on a French roll
TURKUMBER                                                 $8.95
Turkey with peeled cucumber slices and dill mayonnaise, served on toasted                    white French bread
SGT. PEPPER                                                $9.95
Smoked turkey and cheddar cheese, served hot on a croissant and garnished with a spicy pepper jelly
LOS WRAPO                                                  S$9.95
Smoked turkey, bacon, cheddar, smoked corn salsa and a chili-lime mayonnaise with organic greens, served in a sundried tomato tortilla wrap
ROAST BEEF & BRIE                                     $9.95
Roast beef and brie cheese, served hot on a croissant

Europa Bar & Café


HOUSE SALAD                                              $6.00
mixed greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, roasted red peppers, parmesan and candied walnuts.
CAESAR SALAD                                            $6.00
Romaine, garlic-parmesan croutons and homemade Caesar dressing.
GREEK SALAD                                               $6.50
mixed greens with kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, tomatoes and feta
ENSALADA DEL MAR                                    $10.00
blackened salmon or saku grade tuna on mixed greens, hard boiled eggs, roasted red peppers, red onions, cucumber and nicoise new potatoes
BLACKENED STEAK SALAD                          $9.50
served over mixed greens with marinated artichoke hearts, bleu cheese crumbles and hard-boiled egg.
CHICKEN                         $3.50                    add to any salad.
SALMON, TUNA OR SHRIMP    $4.50                    add to any salad.
STEAK                                       $4.00
add to any salad.
BLACKENED CHICKEN                                  $7.00
blackened chicken, lettuce, tomato and herbed mayo on a baguette.
CHICKEN W/ TOMATO AND BASIL             $7.00
grilled chicken breast, pesto, oven roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella on a baguette.
TURKEY AND HAVARTI                                     $7.00
smoked turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and Havarti on a croissant.
CAFE BURGER                                                  $7.00
8 oz. angus beef, lettuce, tomato, mayo on an onion roll with cheddar, Swiss or bleu cheese.
MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONION OR BACON add to any burger each $0.50.
EUROPA CLUB                                                  $7.50
cure 81 ham, smoked turkey, bacon and Swiss, lettuce, tomato, mayo on a baguette.
CRABCAKE SANDWICH                                    $8.50
on an onion roll with a spicy tomato lime remoulade, lettuce and tomato.
STEAK AND CHEESE                                        $9.00
thinly sliced roast beef with sauteed onions, mushrooms and bell peppers with provolone.
CUBANO                                                           $7.95
slow-cooked roasted pork, Dijon mayo, pickles and Gouda on a baguette. Fidel Castro’s favorite sandwich.
TRADITIONAL PIZZA                                   $8.00
homemade marinara with mozzarella and provolone cheeses,
add pepperoni $1.00.
PIZZA MARGARITA                                          $9.50
roasted roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and pesto.
SPANISH PIZZA                                               $10.00
Chorizo sausage, roasted red pepper coulis, red onion, provolone and parmesan.

Mussels All mussels served with choice of fries or baguette.
MUSSELS FRA DIAVLO                                $9.50
steamed with garlic, white wine, tomatoes and red chili flakes.
MUSSELS CATALINA                                   
steamed with white wine, Spanish chorizo and fresh cilantro.         NO PRICE ON ON-LINE MENU
MUSSELS ITALIANO                                    $9.50
steamed with garlic, white wine and fresh Italian parsley.

Lunch Specials
SOUP OF THE DAY prices vary.
FISH OF THE DAY                                        $7.95
SPANAKOPITA                                             $6.95
traditional Greek dish of spinach, feta cream sauce in phyllo dough served with Greek salad.
BEEF TIPS                                           $7.95
sauteed with tomatoes, onions and served with French fries.
GRILLED CHICKEN PENNE                           $9.50
penne tossed with roma tomatoes, garlic and fresh herbs with grilled chicken breast and parmesan.
STEAK AND FRITES                                      $12.00
grilled sirloin steak served with garlic herb butter and French fries.

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Pan-Fried Green Tomatoes                    8
with blue cheese sauce, bacon and Voodoo Sauce™
Sweet Potato Hushpuppies                    7
with country ham cream sauce
Flash-Fried Chunky Dill Pickles              6
with Voodoo Sauce™ and buttermilk herb dipping sauce
Pimento Cheese Dip                              8
gently warmed, served with crackers
Artichoke Dip                                        9
with crisp crackers
Voodoo Pig Bread                                  10
pulled pork with Voodoo Sauce™, Goat Lady chèvre, red onion
and fresh cilantro toasted on thick slices of ciabatta
Chicken Tomato Basil Soup                   cup 4 bowl 6
add rice 1.5


Pulled Pork Sandwich                            9
on a challah bun with slaw and Voodoo Sauce,™ served with hand-cut fries
Hot Ham and Havarti Sandwich             9
with spicy brown mustard and Creole mayonnaise, served with hand-cut fries
Weaver Tuna Salad                               10
made with lemon-mustard vinaigrette over mixed greens

NOTE: Housemade Salad Dressings:   Blue Cheese, Buttermilk Herb, Creamy Balsamic, Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard


Black Bean Cakes                                 10
with sour cream & corn relish; two sides

SIDES                                                  $3.00 EACH

Mac & Cheese V                                     Green Beans V G
Creamy Grits V                                      Mashed Potatoes V
Fried Grit Cake                                      Hand-Cut Fries V
Pintos & Chowchow                                Mixed Green Salad V G
Daily Vegetable                                     Collard Greens
Beans & Kale Greens V                          Rice V
Pot Liquor & Corn Bread                         Deviled Eggs & Ham
Whipped Sweet Potatoes V                     NC Apple Sauce

Endless Summer
August 21 – October 1

Okra Popcorn                                        7
         with herb buttermilk dressing and Voodoo Sauce™ V
Whimsical Watermelon                         7
with country ham, house made ricotta and mint
Bayou Shrimp Cakes                             9
with herb-cucumber sauce
Other People’s Poutine                          7
our fries + cheese curds + brown gravy = sublime
Roasted Garlic-Mushroom           Soup cup 4 bowl 6
with shiitake “chips” V
Chilled Cucumber-Avocado                    Soup V cup 4 bowl 6
Backroads Bibb Salad                            10
with pimento cheese, pickled watermelon rind, candied pecans and warm bacon vinaigrette
New Awlins Roast Beef Po-Boy              10
with brown gravy on a French roll, dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, served with hand-cut fries

Friday, August 23, 2013

PRODUCT REVIEW: Deans Guacamole Dip versus Jamie Deen's Real recipe for Guacamole Dip

When you are shopping did  you ever buy a product you don't like and 
in that senior moment buy it!  This is it!!  Bought this 20 some years ago and hated it then.  Tried it twice because I thought maybe I got a bad batch.  

I have
  • eaten in many Mexican restaurants
  • made my own avocado or guacamole dip from scratch
  • have tried the package mixes found at grocery store that you add mashed avocados to
  • have tried Wholly Guacamole in big packages 
  • and love the mini packages that you can freeze and use as you need!1
This product is disgusting!! Opened it today (again I had a senior moment when I bought it) and ate a little and threw away.
  • Consistency good
  • Moisture content good
  • After taste AWFUL
  • ALMOST TASTES RANCID but this is the exact taste I remember from 20 years ago
  • I am a food blogger, love food, prepare food and can remember tastes from years ago.
Avocado dip or guacamole dip 

Don't believe me!  If you already use it buy another one and compare!!

 If you don't believe me read these product reviews on line!!

4 ripe avocadoes
Juice of 3 limes
1/4 cup chopped white onion
1/4 cup sour cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
Tortilla chips, for serv


Ingredients in Deans


Skim Milk, Soybean Oil, Tomatoes, Water, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Coconut Oil, Safflower and/or Corn Oil) Eggs, Distilled Vinegar, Avocado Pulp, Onions, Salt, Nonfat Dry Milk, Egg Yolks, Lactic Acid, Sugar, Whey, Sodium Caseinate, Mono and Diglycerides, Gelatin, Soy Protein Isolate, Xanthan Gum, Corn Starch, Guar Gum, Mustard Flour, Black Pepper, Red Chili Pepper, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (Added to Retard Spoilage), Coriander, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Cilantro, Gum Arabic, Extractives of Garlic and Black Pepper, Paprika Oil, Oregano, Thyme, Bay Leaf, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Dextrose, Artificial Color (Fd&c Blue No. 1, Fd&c Red No. 40, Fd&c Yellow No. 5, Fd&c Yellow No. 6).