Who knew there was actually a COOKBOOK from the infamous Southfork Ranch? Not me – until I happened to stumble upon a copy of The Southfork Ranch Cookbook. This cookbook has some intriguing recipes such as Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Texican Chicken, Barbequed Pineapple Spareribs, Smothered Steak and Mushrooms, and Crunchy Topped Apple Pie.…
With all the recent DALLAS promos everywhere, I feel like I’m a kid again. Every Friday evening, without fail, I knew that at 9 p.m. my parents would be tuning in to see what was the latest happenings over at Southfork. I would quietly sneak out of my room and position myself behind the couch where I could peek around and watch the antics of J.R., Sue Ellen, Bobby and the rest of the Ewing clan. Sue Ellen could rock a stiletto even when tipsy, the drama was scandalous and, c’mon – who can forget who shot J.R. Now that I am much older, I found out that I was not as stealthy as I thought when I was younger, my hiding place was not so secret, but, thankfully, the memories of those iconic episodes remain.
TNT is bring DALLAS back to Southfork this Wednesday night with J.R., Sue Ellen, Bobby, Lucy, Ray and the whole Ewing lot with new storylines, lots of drama and, hopefully, some seriously killer stilettos. I am not always a fan of a rebooted show. I have seen some of my favorite shows rebooted that do a serious injustice to the original (*cough cough* Melrose Place *cough cough*), or take the original to new heights (Hawaii 5-0 anyone?). However, I was thrilled to hear that TNT isn’t rehashing the old storylines from this iconic series – it’s a continuation 20 years later complete with Bobby running Southfork, J.R. in a nursing home (who knew) and Sue Ellen being a survivor and not a victim. I just want to know – where is Cliff Barnes in all this – you can’t have J.R. up to his dastardly self and not have Cliff around to keep him in check.
In honor of DALLAS, I decided to whip up some Tex-Mex recipes from some of my favorite cookbooks with, of course, a bit of stiletto spin. I mean, after all, these are dishes that, while comforting, would have to be “Miss Ellie” worthy – able to grace the Southfork dining room table and be classy enough to come from Miss Ellie’s kitchen.
June is officially here! However, here in Philly – it feels more like July but there is so much on the agenda for this summer, I think it’s going to be a good one. Before I talk your ear off – let’s dive right into this week’s Fab Friday – I think you are going to love these finds.
When I was growing up, the only cooking show that I was even vaguely familiar with was Julia Child’s PBS show and, to be honest, I was more interested in watching MTV. Cooking and I never really got along until about 10 years ago. As a “latch-key” kid, memories of cooking with my mother are very rare – I do remember doing the dishes tho. I remember coming home after school and, I’ll confess, I was not a stranger to the “mustard sammie” and other things I could muster together that did not require cooking. Let’s just say, my cooking skills left alot to be desired until I finally got bit by the culinary bug.
I was so excited to hear about Kids Who Love To Cook – an amazing web series that, you guessed it, teaches kids how to cook. So many of my friends have little ones who often tell me that they want to be the next Giada or Rachael and I always want to encourage them to follow their dreams. Plus – with the convenience of processed foods, it’s refreshing to see kids learn that they can make something that doesn’t always require a box.
So, if you have a future budding chef in training, why not take a moment and sit down with them and show them that there are Kids Who Love To Cook. Then, let them find a recipe that inspires them and pass them the apron and a spatula and see what they can whip up in the kitchen.
Life has taken quite the turn – moreso than usual. Of course I have the daily 9to9, but have been wrapped up with Wigg’s new medical developments (they found a growth they need to biopsy – fun fun! He’s going to be a surgery regular at his vet hospital at this rate) and cooking for me hasn’t been as much of a priority as it has been cooking for him. The dog goes through about 5 pounds of chicken a week – let’s not even calculate the amount of rice that has to be made. Anywhoo, as I was saying, it’s been a busy summer here for this gal. Any cooking I have done, it’s either been recipes I have already spotlighted here that I can whip up in a jiffy or items for friends’ parties and BBQs.
I do have a bit of an off-topic event that has been consuming my attention for the past few weeks. For many Philly peeps, the town has been all abuzz about the Dancin’ on Air Marathon that is set to run on PHL17. For those of you not familiar with Dancin’ on Air, well, it was a regional show that was filmed locally in Philly during the 80s which eventually went national under the name Dance Party USA. Pretty much, Dancin’ on Air (and, in turn, Dance Party USA) is looked upon fondly in this part of the woods. I can’t tell you how many people tell me that they had a cousin, brother, sister, mother, neighbor dance on the show. As I often joke that my days on the set of Dance Party helped hone my PR skills (I hated being on camera), my days on set gave me a family of friends that I treasure to this day.
A (huge) group of former dancers headed to PHL17’s studios a couple weeks ago to tape retrospectives of their memories and time on the set, lessons learned, funny stories and it was like one huge catch-up fest. Granted many of us get together for birthdays, weddings, home again parties, cocktails, etc. but this time we saw faces that I can say I haven’t seen in 20+ years. It was so good to catch up in those hallways and on the studio stage of PHL17 – so many memories from being “pulled” (when we weren’t allowed to dance on set because of some infraction of some sort – talking, gum chewing, attitude, looking at the camera too much), “roll call” and just getting reacquainted with the camera (and for those that know me KNOW I detest that daggone camera! *LOL*)
So, with PHL17 airing 4 vintage eps of Dancin’ on Air from their vaults, you know we had to pull out the stops. The Piazza at Schmidts with the Dancin’ on Air and Dance Party USA Alumni is hosting a “Viewing Party” in Northern Liberties on Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 8 – 10 and there will be so many familiar faces from shows past. It’s going to be a GREAT time and we’ve been basically running ourselves ragged planning it. I have to give major kudos to Romeo, Annette, Liz, “Princess” and Niecy for giving this their all 🙂 They are a dream team I’m thrilled to work with and I’m seriously looking forward to tomorrow’s festivities. I’m hearing its the “talk of the town”.
So – those in Philly – c’mon on down and watch some vintage eps with us! I’m hearing there might even be a little Madonna in the mix (and some Duran Duran – who knew. I wonder – was The Roving Stove’s Julie Anne on the Dancin’ on Air set way back then? Small. World!)
And, for those that wanted to know about the “Rules” check out this “reflection” courtesy of PHL17!