Tiny Kitchen Treats

Brian’s Irish Soda Bread

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 | 2 comments

Brian’s Irish Soda Bread

Light, barely sweet and full of flavor, this loaf is just as good paired with a corned beef dinner as it is toasted the next morning with your morning tea!

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Cauliflower “Crack”

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 | 11 comments

Cauliflower “Crack”

I guarantee you, Cauliflower “Crack”, will replace popcorn as your new ‘Favorite Movie Snack.’ Seriously, Orville and I can put away two whole HEADS on movie night!

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Brian’s Southern Chicken & Dumplings

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Brian’s Southern Chicken & Dumplings

What does Chicken & Dumplings have to do with callbacks for Peter & the Starcatcher? Read on for a peek into my actor life and get ready for a Southern comfort-fest chock full of juicy chicken and pillowy dumplings!

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Brian’s Homemade Tomato Soup

Posted by on Jan 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Brian’s Homemade Tomato Soup

There’s nothing so comforting as coming in from the snow to a warm bowl of my homemade tomato soup and a crispy grilled cheese sandwich. Once you see how simple it is and how much better it tastes, I promise you’ll never go back to the cans again! Plus, find out where I disappeared to for the whole month of January (what a marvelous adventure!)

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Liquid Decadence Hot Chocolate

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Liquid Decadence Hot Chocolate

My luxurious take on hot chocolate. It’s like Mexican hot chocolate met European sipping chocolate and had a molten truffle baby! It’s the perfect partner to all those holiday treats popping up in your house, but I warn you – this stuff is addictive all on its own!

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BMC Boilermaker Chili

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 | 0 comments

BMC Boilermaker Chili

Wind blowing? Temperature dipping? Rain? Snow? Banish them all with this hearty indoor heat wave! The secret is a flavor base augmented by a sturdy lager and a little shot of Kentucky courage at the end.

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$100 Apple Pie

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015 | 0 comments

$100 Apple Pie

Ok, this pie doesn’t actually cost $100… unless you rent a Zip car to drive upstate, have brunch and pick the apples yourself at $10 a bag. But this pie is well worth the Benjamin ~ it’s hands down the best apple pie I’ve ever had! Sweet-tart-floral-y Mutsu apples make this pie sing!

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Tuscan Ribollita

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Tuscan Ribollita

This traditional Tuscan dish has hearty peasant roots, and that’s why I love it. It was the first thing I was served in Florence last week, and this simple stew instantly connected with my culinary soul! Plus, it’s healthy and even vegan if you like. This is a keeper!

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Pig & Penguin Berry Bread Pudding

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Pig & Penguin Berry Bread Pudding

The folks visit from Ohio for the first time! What did I make them? Why this Cooper-Mendoza classic, of course. Get the low-down on all the shenanigans with my parents, plus this light & fluffy, custard-y, berry-filled delight!

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Soft Shell Crab Po’ Boy with Healthy Greek Hollandaise

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Soft Shell Crab Po’ Boy with Healthy Greek Hollandaise

This special brunch sandwich takes me back to my Grandma Cooper’s farm eating crispy pan-fried fish I caught myself! This version has my special Healthy Greek Hollandaise to give it zing without the fat!

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The Birth Of Venus

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 | 0 comments

The Birth Of Venus

Oysters have been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries, and there’s even a Scientific Study that proves the myth! Whether you want a romantic jumpstart to your evening or just a special treat just for you, try this secret tip for a briny treat!

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Be “Actively Grateful”

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 | 0 comments

Be “Actively Grateful”

In the wake of Sandy’s devastation, I’m asking anyone who is able to be Actively Grateful. Do this tiny thing – donate to the Red Cross. Text “Red Cross” to 90999 to donate $10, or go to www.redcross.org to do so securely online. It’s a little thing, but put together it adds up, and the Red Cross will make the most of whatever you can spare.

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Sup: White Bean and Turkey Soup with Pozole and Kale

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 | 0 comments

Sup: White Bean and Turkey Soup with Pozole and Kale

Sŭp (that’s how we say it at our house, with the completely casual vowel sound from ‘foot’). Unknowingly inspired by the classic Tuscan ribollita, this is an über-healthy and super-tasty (not to mention EASY) favorite!

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Asian Style Farmhouse Refrigerator Pickles

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 | 0 comments

Asian Style Farmhouse Refrigerator Pickles

August is my favorite month. OK, so there’s my birthday on the 24th. But there’s also sweet corn, tomatoes and these SUPER easy pickles! But the real reason August holds such a special spot in my heart is the five years of dewy August mornings I spent learning halftime shows for the Marching Vikings…

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Blueberry Lemon Vodka

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 | 0 comments

Blueberry Lemon Vodka

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Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 | 1 comment

Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet

Strawberries are my favorite fruit of all time, going way back to my childhood days on my grandparents’ farm. This frosty sophisticated sorbet is a perfect way to greet the new season!

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Chipotle Chicken and Lemon-Asparagus Couscous with Tomatoes, Feta and Mint

Posted by on May 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Chipotle Chicken and Lemon-Asparagus Couscous with Tomatoes, Feta and Mint

Does Orville love my spicy breasts? Why, yes he does, thank you very much, and so will you, especially nestled next to a pillow of cool and creamy Lemon-Mint Couscous!

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Peter and the Starcatcher Orange-Chocolate Chip Pirate Rum Cake

Posted by on May 2, 2012 | 0 comments

Peter and the Starcatcher Orange-Chocolate Chip Pirate Rum Cake

My hubby Orville is a comic genius. Currently, he’s standing by for 5 leading roles in the hit play Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway! To celebrate NINE Tony nominations, I give you this Pirate inspired rum cake~AARG!

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Leftovers Frittata Supreme

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Leftovers Frittata Supreme

The humble frittata is hands down the best use of leftovers EVER! Here is a basic recipe, ready for whatever your fridge has to offer.

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Rosemary Garlic Sides Trio

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 | 0 comments

Rosemary Garlic Sides Trio

Liquid Gold continues with a trio of SUPER-easy side dishes: Rosemary-Garlic Baked Potato, Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Home Fries, and a quick Sautéed Zucchini & Red Onion!

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Mussels in Bacon-Mushroom Cream

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Mussels in Bacon-Mushroom Cream

Seafood is good for you. And delicious. But, let’s face it, seafood is scary. Especially mussels and the like. But the fun secret is that they are be a super-simple, very impressive one-pot meal!

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Salad Days

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Salad Days

As part of Liquid Gold Week, I offer you Salad Days with two more easy uses for Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil… a vinaigrette packed with flavor, and a crunchy, salty crouton with a hint of herb and garlic ~ A classic two-fer!

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Spicy Flank Steak Po’ Boy

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Spicy Flank Steak Po’ Boy

I grew up on a beef farm in Ohio, so I know cows. Boy, do I know cows. This recipe take the humble flank steak to new heights with a spicy marinade!

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Rosemary & Garlic Popcorn ~ aka Popcorn “Crack”

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Rosemary & Garlic Popcorn ~ aka Popcorn “Crack”

I call it Popcorn “Crack”. Seriously, if movie theaters served popcorn this good, I’d gladly pay the extortionary prices they charge. But they don’t, so… I may skirt their rules on this. Sorry, but my popcorn rocks and my conscience is clear (-ish.)

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Liquid Gold ~ Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Liquid Gold ~ Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil

Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil ~This Tiny Kitchen Staple has endless tasty uses, but my favorite is on popcorn! I call it Popcorn “Crack” and you’d better make two batches ’cause one won’t last through the opening credits!

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Pom-Citrus Salmon

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 | 1 comment

Pom-Citrus Salmon

The secret to perfectly cooked salmon is marrying the right size portion with the right temperature, the perfect amount of time, and a fool-proof way to check. Bring out the best in this heart-healthy fish with this fool-proof recipe!

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Farmhouse Butter

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 | 2 comments

Farmhouse Butter

My farm roots are showing as I show you how to make fresh butter and buttermilk in my first Tiny Kitchen Video!

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Savory Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 | 2 comments

Savory Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

Biscuits are, in showbiz parlance, a magnanimous co-star, generous and collaborative to a fault. As stellar as these savory, bacon-y, cheesy biscuits are all by themselves, they’ll gladly take a supporting role to fluffy eggs for a dazzling “to-go” breakfast!

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Cioppino Angel Hair Pasta

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Cioppino Angel Hair Pasta

Thinking of Jennie and Brian Brick makes me think of the Bay Area, which makes me think of one of my favorite SF treats, Cioppino! I take this spicy seafood staple, thicken it up and serve it over angel hair pasta!

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Chocolate Rose Love Potions

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Chocolate Rose Love Potions

Valentine’s Day. What is it about chocolate and roses anyway? I’ve combined these two iconic Valentine’s gifts into dessert drinks that will have you celebrating your love (or your freedom) in romantic style!

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Naughty & Nice Mac & Cheese

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 | 1 comment

Naughty & Nice Mac & Cheese

I promised you Mac & Cheese with a healthy kick in the pants and here it is, my Naughty & Nice Mac & Cheese! All the cheesiness of cheese, plus fiber from… you’ll never guess!

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Orange-Thyme Honey-Mustard Pork Loin

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 | 0 comments

Orange-Thyme Honey-Mustard Pork Loin

You gotta love this one – Start with a pig part, add bold, fresh flavors and ta-daaaah! Very impressed dinner guests!

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Roasted Dynamic Duo

Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 | 0 comments

Roasted Dynamic Duo

Brussels sprouts. Just the name gives kids the willies. And carrots are so often relegated to side-kick status as part of some veggie medley. As a kid, I hated them, too. But this dynamic duo deserves better than the contempt of millions of kids.

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Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 | 0 comments

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits is another Southern classic that you must have in your breakfast arsenal.

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Piggy Pudding

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 | 0 comments

Piggy Pudding

Piggy Pudding became an instant favorite at our house, both for its liberal use of pork products and it’s ridiculously easy preparation. I mean come on, Jiffy mix?!? And bacon? WINNER!

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Holiday Oyster Dressing

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 | 0 comments

Holiday Oyster Dressing

This Southern classic has graced the Myers holiday table for as long as I can remember. With beautiful, fresh, briny oysters plentiful all over, the true magic of this coastal classic can be had anywhere!

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Spicy Shrimp & Grits

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 | 0 comments

Spicy Shrimp & Grits

Really, nothing says Southern sophistication and comfort quite like this Southern Brunch Classic!

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Cleamy Porenta (or Cheesy Grits, depending…)

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 | 0 comments

Cleamy Porenta (or Cheesy Grits, depending…)

Grits or Polenta? No matter where you’re from, this creamy, buttery, cheesy goodness is a staple that goes with just about everything!

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Pumpkin & Mushroom Risotto

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Pumpkin & Mushroom Risotto

Pumpkin, thyme, rosemary and mushrooms make this a really wonderful, earthy dish. And the cheese makes it a supremely creamy delight!

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Cider & Lager Spare Ribs

Posted by on Nov 6, 2011 | 0 comments

Cider & Lager Spare Ribs

Low and slow are the words of the day for this recipe–just the thing for surviving an October snowstorm. WHAT? Yeah, that actually happened, and were you ready with some warm, tasty comfort food?

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Margarita Strawberry Shortcake

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 | 0 comments

Margarita Strawberry Shortcake

While making Strawberry Shortcake, I looked up and saw my liquor cabinet ajar, a bottle of Cuervo Gold peeking out, calling my name. Minutes later, I had a margarita in hand and a great new take on my favorite dessert!

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