Monthly Archives: April 2016


Every once in a while I am amazed what people can do with their food and food budgets. I received this recipe from a good friend of mine and I want to share it with you because these folks are incredible busy with work and to make life wonderful they have a beautiful 2 year old girl.

No matter how busy one gets you have to take time out to eat and it’s important to eat properly. Going to Mickie D’s, Burger King or Taco Bell, while okay once in a while, it is not good eating. This is not a recipe but how to serve a quick nutritious meal for a family of four at under $10 dollars. All the ingredients in this portrayal is from Trader Joes but their equivalent can be found in any store.


The Meal!

  • 1 lb. Pork Loin Roast  201602289518464495resized
  • Your favorite Dry Rub Don’t got one Lawry’s is always a good choice

Cook on a rack at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Remember we gourmet-ist don’t cook to time – only by temperature.   Your inner temperature needs to be 140 degrees.

To go along with the roast a nice rice pasta with some homemade cheese sauce is always a good for the tummy.

  • Rice Pasta – Trader Joe’s (follow instructions on package)
  • 1 cup whole milk or cream
  • 3 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 cup mixed white cheeses (I like to use ¼ cup of mozzarella and ¼ cup of 4 cheese mix form Trader Joe’s
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

201602289518470195resizedHeat the mixture in the skillet and pour over the Rice Pasta

To top off the dinner a nice Lemon vinaigrette Kale Salad mix from Trader Joe’s and you goat a meal that any simple gourmets’ will love – again all for around $10.


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Dannie, I know you do!!!

CINCO DE MAYO !!!  Yee – HAWW! is coming

Queen Mary Staycation Part 2

Before I begin with the conclusion of our Staycation I must first apologize to my readers in getting this blog posted. We had a lot of sickness in the house for the past three weeks   with colds and stomach flues. My husband first got it, then my daughter and finally me. I was down for three solid days, but enough of that on with my bog.

…back on board the famous Queen Mary…

First thing we did was wake up from the slow rocking of the ship against the waves (we wish). We actually had a great night’s sleep. We intended to have breakfast at the Promenade Cafe but it was closed for renovations so we found ourselves back at Chelsea’s. They offered a full menu or a buffet. We checkout the buffet (standard faire – nothing special or unique) and for the amount of money ($18 ea.) we decided to go with the menu. A decent offering of breakfast items. I decided on an omelet and Chris having spent some time in London decided to have a go at the traditional English breakfast. Now England may not be known for its exquisite cuisine, but the English breakfasts are renowned consisting of:

  • 2 eggs Sunnyside-up
  • Bangers
  • Potatoes
  • Fried Tomatoes
  • Pork-n-beans
  • Rashers of Bacon

Food Breakfast

It is a hearty fulfilling breakfast that will carry you through the day. Unfortunately this breakfast was not hearty fulfilling or traditional English. The tomatoes were sliced, they should be halved, and not even grilled. The potatoes had some sort of scary cheese filling that was not very appealing or tasty!

My omelet,Food Breaksast 2 filled with spinach and mushrooms was okay but I had the same type of potatoes as Chris and quite frankly they were gross. My coffee was lukewarm. I don’t like lukewarm coffee.   Enough of breakfast. I wonder, knowing that the kitchens are probably shared on Board it makes me wonder what Sir Winston’s Restaurant would have been like. It’s the five star restaurant on board the ship serving high-end meals of Beef Wellington, Chateaubriand, Dry-Aged New York Steak, Australian Rack of Lamb, and Petaluma Duck. With prices ranging from $36 to $46 per plate. The evening for two with drinks, appetizers, salad, main dish, tax and tip could run you around $250.00.

Check out time was a generous 12:00pm so we had a couple of hours to kill before the Malibu Wine and Scavenger event. We toured the ship and suddenly we realized our breakfast did not go very far so we and ended up in the first class lounge to share some Nachos. Breakfast just was not cutting it and we got hungry. The Nachos served were first class.

Gosh, I’ve almost forgotten the whole purpose of this adventure, the Malibu wine Tasting and Scavenger Hunt on board the famous Queen Mary.Winery At 2:00pm we meander down the promenade and made our way to the stern of the ship and to the rear observation lounge were the event was being taste 2 On checking in we were greeted with Saddleback Brut champagne. As we sipped on the bubbly we munched on a very nice spread of cheeses and fruit.


Well get a load of this list:

  • Havant Dill
  • Port Salut
  • French Bleu
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Brie
  • Cheddar
  • A wine soaked cheese Toscano
  • Goat Cheese

In addition they served fresh:

  • Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Honey in a comb
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Crackers and bread

As the bottles of champagne were tuned upside down in the buckets the wine tasting began starting with Sauvignon Blanc, a white wine that is light and crispy and quite refreshing – one of my favorite. Next was the Chardonnay, also a white wine that I find a little too sweet and fruity for my liking; however my husband likes the sweetness. He is a sweetie, of taste 1

Next the reds began to flow…

  • Semler Grenache
  • Cabernet
  • Zinfandel

All very drinkable. They are wines that have a light body to full body with heavily bouquets.

Though it is supposed to be a bit gouache to have a buzz from wine tasting it was unavoidable. With all due respect the entire party was a bit buzzed and I suppose that was the plan to kick off the scavenger hunt. We formed into teams and given one hour to complete the “hunt.” The ship was ours; no deck restrictions, no hallway unexplored, no ghost undisturbed. We had 25 questions to pursue and the answers were spread across the entire ship – bow to stern – port to starboard. Three of the question to answer were:

  1. How many strands of pearls in the portrait of Queen Mary were there?
  2. The answer was located on the Promenade Deck, mid-ship. There were five.


  1. What was the gray wheel used for? Location on the bridge.
  2. It was the autopilot.


  1. How many life boat are still onboard the Queen MaryLocation; port and starboard shipside, Sun Deck.
  2. There are 24 slots for lifeboats but the real answer was 22 because two have been removed for renovation.

Prizes Unfortunately our team did not win any of the prizes but we retained the Buzz!!!.

wine taste 3

We dropped anchor at 5:00pm., staggered to our car and ended our Staycation very satisfied.





Chef Shay

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