Saturday, April 14, 2012

My take on Trisha Yearwood’s premiere cooking show

Brownies with Coconut Frosting Well, she made these killer brownies with German Chocolate Cake Coconut Pecan Frosting, need I say more?  Yep, I posted the recipe, it’s on Jan CAN Cook.

She was a natural, relaxed, funny, obviously at home in front of a camera and it’s very evident that she knows her way around the kitchen.  I think she could be just a bit bawdy too, if she let loose, probably as a result of being on tour buses with all those guys in her band for years.  It was a good half hour.

So what’s bugging me?  Well, it isn’t anything to do with the show, it’s her references to “her” girls.  And here’s an excerpt from a newspaper about the show.

Although Yearwood said the couple's three daughters are interested in cooking, she doesn't plan to have them on any shows for matters of privacy. She and Brooks want the young women to continue to lead lives as normal as possible.

Okay, she’s a stepmom, I get that, but these aren’t “her” girls, they’re Sandy’s girls.  The girls belong to Garth Brooks first wife, whom, if you believe the tabloids, he left for Ms. Yearwood, and who lives just down the road from them, and who has battled breast cancer in the past few years.  The woman has had a lot to deal with.

If I were the “first” wife, it would bother me to no end to see the pretty, talented, stepmother referring to my daughters as “her” girls.  Maybe I’m being old fashioned, but for some reason, this really rubbed me the wrong way.

But I still like her, I think she is enormously talented, and maybe they are all one big happy family, I hope they are, and I hope by now that it doesn’t bother his first wife at all.  So why should it bother me?  Oh fiddledy-dee, I don’t know, just got a bee up my bonnet about it…

Friday, April 13, 2012

Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker



I was telling my friend, Nan, this morning about this great price for this pressure cooker on eBay.  The seller has 26,000 pieces of positive feedback, plus a 30 day money back guarantee.

$45 for this 7 quart pressure cooker, free shipping.  Amazing price!  I have a Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker and I love, love, LOVE it!  Can’t say enough good things about it, I use it several times a week.

HSN is showcasing these today for $139.  It’s the same pressure cooker as this one, except the dial is different, this is probably last year’s model.  I’ve had mine for several years, ever since my friend, Jean, told me to check it out on HSN.  I think I paid $129 for mine back then.

And Wolfgang will be demonstrating these on HSN today at 4, 5, and 10pm Central Time.  I’m going to tune in and pick up some more tips. 

So, if anybody is interested, here’s the link -

Or if you have questions about cooking times, just email me, I even boil eggs in mine (5 minutes) potatoes (6 minutes).  Just set it, forget it, walk away and don’t worry about whether or not your food will cook properly, it turns out perfect every time.  Your kitchen stays clean, great for summer, and it doesn’t explode like those range top ones your mother used to have.  What more could we want???  And my favorite thing to cook in it – BEANS!  1 lb. of any kind of dried beans, seasoning, and 6 cups of liquid, water or broth.  You set it for an hour and forty-five minutes and come back to perfect beans every time.

I know, you’re thinking, well that’s not fast!  BUT, I never remember to soak beans ahead of time, and I don’t have to watch them, they don’t boil dry like they do on the stove, I don’t have to babysit them, sometimes I leave the house and run errands.  You couldn’t do that if you were cooking them on your stove.  And if you do remember to presoak the night before, you can cook them in less than thirty minutes.  I use mine more for veggies, cabbage rolls, stuffed peppers and beans than meat, I need to shake it up a bit and cook meat in it.

Update:  Nana emailed me to say she ordered this from eBay. It was too good to pass up!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Orange Blossom, Jo Malone


The scent of clementine leaves in the morning dew sparkles above a heart of orange blossom and water lily, transporting the wearer to a garden oasis.

Doesn’t this par-fum look amazing?  I’m sure I won’t be able to smell it in Heavensville, but it sounds wonderful.  That is all…

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ma’am, I’d like to add something to that order…


Could I have an organic doggie biscuit please.  What???  You don’t have organic doggie biscuits??? Well drats!!!

Okay, I’ll take a small chicken breast, grilled with no oil and chopped into small pieces, hold the bun, no fries and a glass of water please, lots of ice, no straw.  And would you ask the manager about carrying those biscuits, after all I do come here often.

Thank you very much.  Have a nice day…  Smile with tongue out

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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