27 July 2010

Check Out Famous Chef Spike Mendelsohn at Dennys Food and Recipes

*** OMG, these are such great comfort food grilling recipes from one fun chef!




Farmhouse Bacon Cheeseburger by Chef Spike at his Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C.



From Denny: Check out some fabulous kicked up versions of summer grilling recipes by Washington, D.C.'s new food hit, Spike Mendelsohn. These would be great for Labor Day celebrations too. Chef Rachel Ray interviews Chef Spike for Amazon books as he promotes his first collection in "The Good Stuff Cookbook."

Dennys Food and Recipes is where I've combined all the posts from three food blogs, Romancing The Chocolate, Comfort Food From Louisiana and Unusual 2 Tasty. This is quite the database of recipes and food videos to check out. I'm always on the hunt for interesting recipes, the latest food trends and just plain good food and bringing it home to you! :)




Chef Spike with Food Network Chef Rachel Ray


Featured Recipes:

Blazin' Barn Burger
Make Your Own Sriracha Mayonnaise (the "new" ketchup)
Homemade Basic Mayonnaise
Farmhouse Bacon Cheeseburger
Good Stuff Sauce
Mac 'N' Cheese
Cheddar Cheese Sauce
Farm-Fresh Caesar Wedge
Grilled Watermelon, Yuzu, and Feta Salad
Spike’s Village Fries
Milky Way Malt




Dennys Food and Recipes: Chef Spike Monday: Fun Recipes For Pizza, Burger and Salads


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The Social Poets - news, politics
The Soul Calendar - science, astronomy, psychology
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Beautiful Illustrated Quotations - spiritual quotes, philosophy
Poems From A Spiritual Heart - poetry
The Healing Waters - health news
Dennys People Watching - people in the news
Dennys Food and Recipes
Dennys Funny Quotes - humor

25 July 2010

Posts Roundup of Dennys Blogs - 25 July 2010

*** Check out news, political opinion - serious and funny cartoons, recipes, science and health news, poetry, funny posts, photography, spiritual thoughts and great quotes.






The Social Poets:


Cartoons: American and World Politics, Tea Party - 24 July 2010

Govt Justice Dept Wastes $100 Million on Partying With Taxpayer Money

Govt Sex Perverts: Pentagon, Govt Spooks Watching Child Porn - News Headlines 23 July 2010

Just How Angry Are Americans At Their Prez and Politicians?

Americans Sour on Economy, Obamas Better Plan to Manage Our Oceans - News Headlines 21 July 2010

Funny Economy Humor - Cheeky Quote Day 21 July 2010

Unemployed About To Get Relief, Brit PM Visit, Fox Lies About Govt Official - News Headlines 20 July 2010


Roundup of Late Night Funnies - 20 July 2010

Funny Video: Wanna Work in the Fields Like the Immigrants?

Funny Video: Colbert Talks Food For Thought - Canwich Setback

Funny Video: Colberts Automatic Weapons For The People


Obama Shouts At Republicans, What We Get Out Of Financial Reform - News Headlines 19 July 2010





Beautiful Illustrated Quotation:


So How Do You Measure Your Spiritual Progress?

How Psychic Are You? Fun Test and Spiritual Gifts






Dennys Funny Quotes:


Hunh?! Are You Crazy?! Cartoons - 24 July 2010

Recession Humor: Termination Letter to Employees

Funny GOP: From The Bush Years - Homeland Security Self-Exam

Funny Video: Economic Fun Fair by Mark Fiore





Dennys Food and Recipes:


Cake Tuesday: Lemon Honey Cake and Lemon Bread

Muffin Monday: Dennys Summer Fresh Muffins






The Healing Waters:


Why Are So Many People Addicted to Pain Meds? Numbers Up 400 Percent

Just How Fast Is Human Evolution?






The Soul Calendar:


BP Oil Spill Cartoons - 24 July 2010






Visual Insights:


Cartoons: American Economy - 24 July 2010



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The Social Poets
The Social Poets Fav Bloggers
The Soul Calendar
Visual Insights
Beautiful Illustrated Quotations
Poems From A Spiritual Heart
The Healing Waters
Dennys Food and Recipes
Dennys Funny Quotes

18 July 2010

Posts Roundup at Dennys Blogs - 18 July 2010

*** Check out news, political opinion - serious and funny cartoons, recipes, science and health news, poetry, funny posts, photography, spiritual thoughts and great quotes.






The Social Poets:


Dark Humor: BP Oil Spill Cartoons - 17 July 2010

America, World Politics, Sports Cartoons - 17 July 2010

Sweltering Summer Heat poem - Libations Friday 9 July 2010

BP Plays Games With Oil Spill, Democrats Face Huge Losses in November

Funny Texting Quotes - Cheeky Quote Day 14 July 2010

Why Obama Is Failing Miserably At Running America

Roundup of Late Night Funnies - 12 July 2010

Funny Video: Colbert Mocks Republican Men Hairstyles

Colbert: Rent a White Guy in China For Business Meeting Prestige

Funny Video: Colbert Rips Glenn Beck For His "Wildly Important" Work

Celebrity: Chelsea Clinton Wedding Day Details

Posts Roundup of Dennys Blogs - 11 July 2010




Beautiful Illustrated Quotations:


Kabbalah Quotes: How to Know You Are On The Right Path For You

Madonna Offends Traditional Jewish Kabbalists in Israel




The Healing Waters:


How To Exercise Effectively On A Hot Day: Drink A Slushie

How Bad Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup For Your Health?




The Soul Calendar:


Popular Funny X-ray Pin-Ups Calendar: Stripped to the Bone

Are These Fossils The Earliest Traces Of Complex Life?




Dennys Funny Quotes:


Hunh?! Cartoons - 17 July 2010

Funny GOP: Ridiculous Republicans Dictionary

Funny GOP: The 10 Commandments Republican Style

Funny LOL Work Jokes

Funny GOP: Limbaughs 18 Rules of Right Wing Talk Show Bombast

Funny GOP: Conservatives Prayer to Capitalism God




Dennys Food and Recipes:


How To Make Your Own Pimento Cheese Spread From Southern Living Magazine

Easy Healthy Dessert: Orange Gel n Fresh Fruit

Craving Ice: Is It A Sign of Anemia?

Cake Tuesday: 4 Cakes Celebrating America

Muffin Monday: Chocolate Chip Orange Muffins




Visual Insights:


Cartoons: America and Immigration - 17 July 2010

Funny Comic Betty White Gets Her Own Calendar

Photography and Poetry: Release Your Dreams and Spring into Life



*** Photo by heliosphan @ flickr


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The Social Poets
The Soul Calendar
Visual Insights
Beautiful Illustrated Quotations
Poems From A Spiritual Heart
The Healing Waters
Dennys Food and Recipes
Dennys Funny Quotes

10 July 2010

Placing New Posts Over at Dennys Food and Recipes

*** Check out my newest food blog where all 3 food blogs are now combined into one easy place to search for your favorite recipes or try something new!





From Denny: The way the online world has changed so much in the past year it's time to pare back down to just a few blogs. Most people find a blogger through search engines, social sites and blog or rss directories now.

There is so much great news going on that it's just plain easier to place post drafts all in one place when I'm grabbing research and links to write a post. I've experimented the past year with various themes and niche only blogs only to find out my instincts were right all along and the so-called internet experts were wrong: generalized blogs do get more traffic over small niche blogs. So, my niche blogs are getting combined so I can stretch out a bit more, put my elbows on the table and write about all the other goodies I've wanted to include but was constrained by the narrow niche writing.

I'm leaving up this blog as an archive. Why spoil all those wonderful links littered all over the internet? You will still find all the posts here also over at Dennys Food and Recipes - even the funny posts.

Google and the other search engines keep changing their requirements and bloggers have to keep jumping through hoops. Who knows? If the web world changes yet again then I'll adapt yet again. :) Such is life in the fast lane.

I'll be writing on fav food stories and news, posting recipes for everything from pasta to chocolate to Louisiana food to the newest trends in beverages and international food. Come check out Dennys Food and Recipes where you can find all - in one place - all the posts of my three food blogs! And please join me on Google Friend Connect too! :)


*** THANK YOU for all your support this past year as it's been fun writing for you. I enjoy researching to find those little gems to bring back home for you! :)

05 July 2010

Muffin Monday: Sweet Potato Muffins

*** Check out delicious muffins and a Louisiana bed and breakfast inn stuffed with high end antiques for eye candy!





From Denny: Muffin Monday arrives with a sweet potato sweetie! We love our sweet potatoes in Louisiana and enjoy them in our high end restaurants along with our diners. When was the last time you enjoyed a snack of sweet potato chips dusted with powdered sugar while you waited for your restuarant meal? Louisiana farmers are proud of their sweet potatoes and are always on the move to develop new recipes for muffins, breads, chips and casseroles.

Today's bed and breakfast inn is a real stunner of a beauty with the way it is furnished. They even provide fun packages like Cajun cooking lessons which is a great way for a tourist to get into the culture. This bed and breakfast inn is chock full of culture all around it so get in the fun and book a room here sometime soon! They speak both French and English at this unique stay.

"Maison Daboval is a circa 1892 home centrally located to museums, theaters, historical attractions, famous Cajun restaurants, and much more." - Maison Daboval





From the website: Step back in time to Maison Daboval, a Bed and Breakfast in the quaint Southern town of Rayne, Louisiana.

Escape to your bedroom of tall ceilings, hardwood floors, antiques, lace curtains
and a bed fitted with sun-dried, ironed sheets. A deep claw-footed bathtub filled with bubbles awaits to chase your troubles away.

Awake each morning to the inticing smells of sweet potato muffins and Cajun sausage or Frog Legs. Frog Legs?

You never know what you might find in the Frog Capital of the World. You never know what you might find at Maison Daboval.

Maison Daboval has five beautiful rooms, decorated with antiques. Each room has a private bath and all have original claw-footed bathtubs. Every morning a full Cajun breakfast is served. English and French are spoken. Checks, MasterCard and Visa accepted.

Martha and Gene Royer's home was featured on HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk." HGTV was inspired by the rich history of the home and the extensive renovation work.

History of the home

The home was built in 1892 by Emile Daboval, the sixth mayor of Rayne. In 1927, Mrs. Besse bought the property and it became the Besse Annex.

Martha and Gene Royer, French Acadians native to Rayne, bought the home from Mrs. Besse in 1994. Gene, a talented residential painter and Martha, a tour guide for Louisiana have lovingly restored Maison Daboval to its original elegance and charm. During the restoration Gene and Martha found many discoveries about the home. One was the ledger Mrs. Besse kept during the 30's - 40's. This treasure reveals a slice of history about the boarding house days.

In the tradition of Cajun hospitality, the Royers often share nostalgic stories of couples falling in love during the bygone era of the railroad boarding house. A passing train can set the mood for story telling on the front porch of Maison Daboval.

Rayne’s unique history will inspire you to take a walking tour of the city to view the famous frog murals. Once a top exporter of frog legs, Rayne is known as the Frog Capital of the World.

Specials at Maison Daboval: Cooking with the Cajuns

Maison Daboval is offering special cooking classes with a two night stay. Learn how to make (and eat) an authentic Cajun meal. Martha and Gene will take you on a culinary journey - teaching the origins of the meal, ingredients, and cooking techniques that have been handed down through generations of great Cajun cooks. Packages include a two night stay, one cooking lesson and full breakfast each morning. Please call for availability and prices.

Although the term prairie is usually associated with the Great Plains, there is another American prairie–the coastal prairie of Louisiana, the birthplace of a unique and thriving culture.

The words "Cajun country" may bring to mind a freshwater swamp or a moss-draped bayou. But the prairie is also home to Cajun culture.

The word "Cajun" comes from Les Acadiens, French colonists who were exiled from Nova Scotia in 1755. Rayne is located in the heart of the region known as Acadiana, named for the Acadians who came here centuries ago.

Cajun food and music help define and add spice to prairie life, but Cajuns are only part of this cultural gumbo found no place else. The modern-day cultures of the region–Creole and Cajun–are a rich blending of diverse cultures, including French, Spanish, German, African, Scotch-Irish and Native American.

Wherever you go in Cajun country, you will be captivated by the friendliest people in the world—genuine, hardworking folks who find the time to laugh a little, dance a little, and live a unique way of life to its fullest.


The Mississippi Flyway

Rayne, Louisiana is the backyard of the migratory bird Mississippi Flyway. The Flyway, wildlife routes from north to south during seasonal migration for Canadian Geese, Mallard Ducks, Wood Ducks, Lesser Scaup and other waterfowl, empties into South Louisiana each year. During the height of migration this region offers wonderful observation sites.


The Rayne Railroad

The Louisiana Western Railroad built the Rayne station in 1880. Three years later, named after the railroad engineer who laid the track, B. L. Rayne, the city of Rayne was born. The railroad has played a vital role in the history of Rayne. From exporting rice and barrels of frog legs, to bringing soldiers into the city for training in World War II.

Maison Daboval Bed and Breakfast was a railroad boarding house during the 1940's, linking the home's history to the special relatonship between the railroad and the city.

Prairie Mardi Gras

On the prairie, Mardi Gras runs or courirs de Mardi Gras take place each year in Acadiana's parishes. In one of Louisiana's most richly dramatic traditions, masked and costumed riders on horses, trucks or wagons ride from house to house in their community, begging for contributions to their gumbo that night. At each stop, they entertain their hosts by singing, dancing and clowning in exchange for donations.

Frogs and Rayne

Frogs and Rayne have a history leaping back to the 1880's. The Weill brothers from France started exporting Rayne frog legs, a delicacy made famous by chef Donat Pucheau, to restaurants all over the country. For many years the famous frog legs were found on gourmet restaurant menus, like Sardi's from New York. Rayne is now internationally known as "The Frog Capital of the World". The city even hosts an Annual Frog Festival every year during the second weekend of September.

Listed as one of Louisiana’s top festivals, the immense popularity stems from the appeal of the frog racing and jumping contests, the Frog Festival Queen's contest, the Loins Club Frog Jockeys, and many more unusual events.

From the opening "Fais-do-do" with traditional Cajun music to Frog Festival Parade, guests are filled with a contagious "Joie d’vivre."


*** Remember to support small business in your area and when you travel. Why stay at a Big Business hotel as you travel when you can stay in a more home like atmosphere of a bed and breakfast inn? The prices are comparable, the people friendlier and your stay will be memorable.






Mrs. Besse Room

Use the footstool to reach the grand four-poster queen bed in this elegant room. Mrs. Besse’s room has her original dresser, beautiful accessories and a private bath. The room is furnished with a TV/Cable and remote.This upstairs room faces the front of the house, and you can slip onto the second story front porch at night and watch for the train.


Maison Daboval
305 East Louisiana Avenue
Rayne, Louisiana 70578

1-337-334-3489
Fax: (337) 334-3488

Martha and Gene Royer, Innkeepers





Sweet Potato Muffins

From: Maison Daboval

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetalbe oil
1 17oz can sweet potatoes, drained & mashed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup dates chopped
1/4 cup all purpose flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift first four ingredients in a bowl. Combine eggs and next four ingredients in another bowl and mix well. Mix sweet potato mixture and dry ingredients together. Dust pecans and dates with the 1/4 cup flour then add to muffin mixture. Grease muffin pans and bake for 27-30 minutes. Makes 1 1/2 dozen.


*** Sweet potato muffin photo by erin.kkr @ flickr


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04 July 2010

Posts Roundup at Dennys 14 Blogs - 4 July 2010

*** Check out news, political opinion - serious and funny cartoons, recipes, health news, poetry, funny posts, photography, spiritual thoughts and great quotes.




Cup of coffee from Brazil by il Quoquo @ flickr




The Social Poets:


Fourth of July Fireworks Cartoons - 3 July 2010

How Do We Live Freedom and Liberty? Libations Friday - 2 July 2010

8 Funny Posts 4 A Grin From Dennys Blogs - 2 July 2010

How To Save Obamas Presidency AND The American Economy

Funny Smile Quotes - Cheeky Quote Day - 30 June 2010

American Revolt: How You Can Break Big Business, Big Banks, Big Insurance, Big Oil, Big Lobbyists

Roundup of Late Night Funnies: BP Oil Spill, McChrystal Firing - 28 June 2010

Funny Video: Colbert Says McChrystal Had To Have Been High

Funny Video: Stewart Nails Republicans As Flip-Floppers On BP Escrow Fund

Funny Video: Colbert Lampoons Barton's BP Apology

Funny Video: Stewart Lampoons McChrystal's Balls For An Honorable Discharge




Dennys Global Politics:


American and World Politics Cartoons - 3 July 2010

Taiwans Whale-Sized Skimmer to Gulf Coast Rescue, Obama Ranked High as 15th Prez - News Headlines 2 July 2010

Kagan Takes Hits From GOP For Not Being Christian Enough - News Headlines 1 July 2010

8 Funny Posts 4 A Grin From Dennys Blogs - 30 June 2010

Spies Among Us, Scumbag Congress Denies Food to Children of Unemployed - News Headlines 29 June 2010






Beautiful Illustrated Quotations:


63 Quotes About Freedom and Liberty: Happy Birthday, America!

Why Smiling is Good For Your Spiritual Health: 7 Quotes About Smiling





Poems From A Spiritual Heart:


Fourth of July When Life is Simple





The Healing Waters:


Craving Ice: Is It A Sign of Anemia?




How I decided to start helping the economy recover: promoting small businesses while blogging on Muffin Monday recipes. I'm promoting bed and breakfast inns over Big Business hotel chains.


Romancing The Chocolate:


Cake Tuesday: Shenandoah Apple Cake

Muffin Monday: Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

Cake Tuesday: Coffee Toffee Fudge Cake, Tunnel of Fudge Cake






Comfort Food From Louisiana:


Cake Tuesday: Red, White and Blueberry Shortcakes


Muffin Monday: Sour Cream Walnut Cinnamon Muffins






Unusual 2 Tasty:


Muffin Monday: Egg, Ricotta Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomato Breakfast Muffins

Cake Tuesday: Red, White and Blue Independence Day Cake





Dennys Funny Quotes:


Dark Humor: BP Oil Spill Cartoons - 3 July 2010

5 Funny Shorts: What Kids Think About Love and Life




Ouch Outrageous Obnoxious And Odd:


Funny Iran Sanctions Cartoons 3 July 2010

Funny Video: Surfing Group Known as The Radical Rodents





Visual Insights:


Hunh?! Cartoons - 3 July 2010

Dennys Photo Gallery: Fourth of July Spectacular Fireworks




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The Social Poets
Dennys Global Politics
The Soul Calendar
Visual Insights
Beautiful Illustrated Quotations
Poems From A Spiritual Heart
The Healing Waters
Dennys Art Sanctuary
Romancing The Chocolate
Comfort Food From Louisiana
Unusual 2 Tasty
Dennys Blog Feeds
Dennys Funny Quotes
Ouch Outrageous Obnoxious And Odd
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