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Monday, April 11, 2011

Creamy Farmhouse Chicken and Garden Soup

1 package (16oz) frozen pepper stir-fry vegetable mix
2 cups frozen corn
2 zucchini sliced
3 chicken breast (or 4)
1 teaspoon garlic
2 cans chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried thyme
4 oz uncooked egg noodles
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup frozen green peas
4 tablespoons parsley
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

1.  Coat your crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.  Place stir fry veggies , corn and zucchini in bottom.  Add chicken, garlic, broth and thyme.  Cover, cook on high around 5 hours.  Remove chicken and set aside

2.  Add noodles to crockpot.  Cover cook about 30 mins longer or until noodles are done.

3.  Meanwhile, shred chicken and return to crockpot.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Let stand 5 mins before serving.

Just DO IT

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


DINE is finally back.  Its been a very busy last few months but absence makes the heart grow fonder.

For this DINE event, we invite you to participate in our Progressive Dinner.

Heres how it works:

 Ever wanted to see your neighbors home?  Lots of beautiful, historic homes in our little slice of heaven right?  Well, on April 9th from 6 - 9 pm there are 4 homes that are being opened up for such an event.

For a small donation of 25 dollars/person, you will get your fill of drink, food, entertainment, and maybe even meet some new friends.

 At 9pm all party goers will meet at SOHO lofts for a dessert/drink party wrapup with food provided by Cake Flour.

Anyone that is interested in attending, please email us at for more information.  SPACE IS LIMITED SO HURRY IT UP ALREADY!!!

*all proceeds benefit the 2011 Butchertown Art Fair on June 4th, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sloppy Joes.....Slop , Sloppy Joes!!!!

Well... the first day of spring has come and gone..... Eat these sloppy joes and get ready for summer man!

3 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup chopped sweet onion
2 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 cup ketchup or catsup or catch up
1 cup bbq sauce
4 tablespoons of cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons chil powder
1 can 15oz baked beans
Shredded sharp Cheddar cheese or if you really want to make it fantastic then get WHIZ

1.  Brown beef, onion, bell pepper and garlic in a skillet.  Drain and discard fat.  Put mixture in your crockery

2. Combine ketchup, bbq sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and chili powder in small bowl and then transfer to crockery.

3. Add baked beans. Stir.  Cover, cook on HIGH for 3 hours

Hope you try it..............

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Something Sweet

Oreo Balls Recipe Ingredients

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese or whipped cream cheese
  • 18 ounces package of Oreo cookies, crushed (crush the entire cookie- don't remove the filling!)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Oreo Balls Recipe Instructions

Mix cream cheese with electric mixer until fluffy. Add the crushed Oreos and beat on high until well mixed. Chill for at least 2 hours in the freezer. Then roll Oreo cookie mix into one inch Oreo Balls.

Next, melt the chocolate chips and shortening with a double boiler or in the microwave.

Dip the Oreo balls completely into the melted chocolate using tongs or a toothpick.

Put on wax paper. After the Oreo balls harden, keep them in the refrigerator.

Makes about 3 or 4 dozen Oreo Balls, depending on the size
EASY AS PIE...................

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Ok... so maybe I have some hand in putting this on.... maybe I co-habit with a chairperson of this event.... and of course I live in Butchertown.  I'm a little bias.... but for real, this is such a fun time. 

Think great food, great art, great folk, really great music.  Its really great.... Did I say that?

Please stay tuned for more info or check out

IF you wanna be involved, if you wanna sell those paintings that you did back three years ago, or if you would like some more info please send us an email

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Banana, I love you....

Honestly I had no idea how great bananas are.  I knew they were good for you but didn't know the specifics.  Check it out below.  Stay tuned for some banana recipes.
Reducing Depression
Bananas contain tryptophan, an aminoacid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to improved mood
Bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body's hemoglobin function
Constipation and Diarrhea
Due to their content in fiber, they help restore a normal bowel function. In addition, diarrhea usually depletes your body of important electrolytes (of which the most important is potassium, contained in high amounts in bananas). They also contain pectin, a soluble fiber (hydrocolloid) that can help normalize movement through the digestive tract.
Eyesight Protection
Research published in the Archives of Ophthalmology has proven that adults consuming at least 3 servings of fruit per day have a reduced risk (by 36%) of developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.
Healthy Bones
Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound that nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. These beneficial bacteria produce enzymes that increase our digestive ability and protect us from unhealthy bacteria infections. Thanks to fructooligosaccharides, probiotic bacteria can increase both in number and functionality, increasing our body's ability to absorb calcium. In addition, green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are very nutrient to the cells that make up the mucosa of the stomach. These cells, when healthy, absorb calcium much more efficiently
Healthy Kidney
About 190,000 cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed each year. Research published in the International Journal of Cancer has shown that daily consumption of whole fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, is highly protective to kidney health. The results show that, over a long timeframe (13.4 years), women eating more than 2.5 servings of fruits and vegetable per day cut their risk of kidney cancer by 40%. Among the fruits, bananas were especially protective. Women eating bananas four to six times a week halved their risk of developing the disease compared to those who did not eat this fruit. The conclusion of the study is that frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, cabbage and root vegetables, may reduce risk of kidney cancer. This is because bananas and many root vegetables contain especially high amounts of antioxidant phenolic compounds, while cabbage is rich in sulfur, necessary for effective detoxification of potential carcinogens.
Blood Pressure
Bananas are extremely high in potassium (about 4673mg), yet very low in sodium (1mg), thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood-sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. They contain vitamins B6 and B12 they contain, as well as potassium and magnesium: these substances help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
This is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicle cases. It also helps reduce acidity and reduces irritation. Bananas stimulate the cells on the internal stomach lining to produce a thicker mucus (which protects against acid). Additionally, bananas contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that have been pinpointed as a primary cause of ulcers.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that have been shows to improve nerve function
Mosquito Bites
Many people report that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite is very effective in reducing itching and swelling
Stress Relief
Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the hearthbeat and regulate the body's water balance. During periods of high stress, our body's potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to rebalance them without using drugs
Stroke Risk
According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can reduce the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Calm down Mary..... This one is Supa Easy


What you'll need:
A crockery
Four chicken breasts
2 cans rotel or diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 cup chicken broth
Taco seasoning (we use 2)
CORN tortillas

Put in drained cans of Rotel.  Add chicken breasts.  Add chicken broth, just enough to cover bottom of crockery.   Add taco seasoning.  Cook on high for 4 hours or until chicken is supa dupa tender.  Remove chick and shred.  Add back to crock and cook on low for another hour.

Once you made your soft tacos, I like to add guacamole, salsa, and Romano cheese.

Oh EASY, ur so fine, so so EASY,  blow my mind........................