Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Spring/Summer Grilling Dishes Party

Thanks again to ALL of you for your support of the blog and Facebook fan page.
When I first started was was thrilled with the 19 followers I had at the time, and was over the moon when I hit my first 100! I can't believe that I now have over 2700 who follow from Facebook, and 77 who link up on the blog. AMAZING!!

To celebrate I am hosting (on Facebook) a Spring/Summer Grilling Party. Check out the fabulous dishes shared by YOU!

The Cookin' Chicks
Chipotle Burgers

Life Currants
 Summer Salad with Fresh Corn Cakes

Chinese Chicken BBQ Skewers

Manu's Menu on FB
Aussie Burger with "The Lot"

Sandi's Allergy Free Recipes
Souvlaki Marinade

My Soup for You blog 
 Chicken Burgers

My Turn for us
Smoked Ribs

Sherry's Cafe Vita
London Broil

Your Everyday cook
Summer Salad

Dish by Dish
Honey-Mustard Pork Chops

My Love For Cooking
Salmon with a Spicy Garlic Sauce

Sherry K-Jazzy Gourmet 
Lasagna Burger 

Walking on Sunshine 
Skirt Steak 

Necessary Indulgences
Chicken Bombs

Meal Planning Maven
Beef Kefta Kabobs 

Remember when we lived in that castle?
Grilled Tofu 

Red White and Blueberries
Grilled Eggplant

Confessions of a Food Lover
Chicken Kabobs 

Homemade Olive Pita Bread 

Sweet Little Bluebird 
Kickin' Chicken Marinade 

Mushroom Fennel Salad with Parmesan  

What A Girl Eats
Grilled Pizza with Pesto

La Cucina Prima Donna
Ricotta Olive Oil Pound Cake

Let Them Eat Healthy
Grilled Asparagus with Fried Egg

Cooking from a SAHM
Grilled Steak Kabobs

Cook Better Than Most Restaurants
The Best Grilled Corn Ever!

Feeding Big 
Grilled Chicken K-bobs 

Love Abounds
Crab Stuffed Jalapenos 

The Cookin' Chicks 
Grilled Pork Chops 

Amuse Your Bouche
Vegetable Flatbread with Goat Cheese

Life Currents 
Pulled Brisket Sliders 

Chin Deep 
Better Than TGIFriday's Jack Daniel's Bacon Cheese Burger

Skinny Kitchen 
Skinny Caesar Asparagus Salad 

Our Little Family Adventure 



French Silk Pie


  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled. I used Lindt 95% Cacao 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and softened
  • 2 (9 inch) pie shells, baked and cooled, store bought or your own recipe 
  • chocolate shavings


  1. Whip one cup of cream: With electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip cream to stiff peaks, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer whipped cream to small bowl and refrigerate.
  2.  Whip second cup of cream: With electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip cream to soft peaks, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream to small bowl and refrigerate. Make sure you keep the regular and sweetened creams separate.
  3.  Beat eggs: Combine eggs, sugar, and water in large heatproof bowl set over medium saucepan filled with ½ inch barely simmering water (don’t let bowl touch water). With electric mixer on medium speed, beat until egg mixture is thickened and registers 160 degrees, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and continue to beat egg mixture until fluffy and cooled to room temperature, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add chocolate and vanilla to cool egg mixture and beat until incorporated. Beat in butter pieces, a few at a time, until well combined. 
  5. Using spatula, fold in regular whipped cream until no streaks of white remain. Scrape filling into pie shells, top with sweetened whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.
  6. Refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours and up to 24 hours. Serve.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Famous Jennifer Searle Holiday Punch

My recipe was made famous when it appeared on the noon news in Salt Lake City, Utah in November of 1994. (I am going to upload the video later)

The Gabby Gourmet (Fred Wix) loved my recipe SO much he featured it on his news segment of KUTV News at Noon.

3 small packages of RED Jell-o (raspberry, cherry, strawberry, cranberry...)
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups water
1 gallon apple cider or apple juice
1 2-lt bottle of Lemon-Lime flavored soda (NOT DIET)
plenty of crushed ice

Place the first 3 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, until the Jell-o and brown sugar is totally dissolved.
Pour the apple cider/juice and soda into a large punch bowl.
Add hot mixture, and stir to combine.
Serve over crushed ice.
Happy Holidays!
Original Recipe Card from 1994