Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pigs in a Handmade Quilt

My version of Pigs in a Homemade Quilt
I got this idea
from a fun diner
located in
Downtown Ft Worth

Here's Cowtown Diner's Pigs in a Homemade Quilt

They are super easy to make
Here's my recipe - feel free to adjust as you see fit

  • 1 box puff pastry
  • 1 pkg sausage rope (I used Nolan Ryan Jalapeno Beef)
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place puff pastry on a lightly floured surface
  • Roll out to a 12x9 rectangle / cut in half
  • Cut the sausage in half
  • Roll it on the puff pastry, pressing the seam together
  • Cut into slices and place on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
Serve with any type of mustard.  I used a cranberry horseradish mustard for the holidays.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ham & Swiss Sliders

This is another recipe
I found on Pinterest.

It originated from the blog -

This is my version of it
These are pretty unassuming, but amazing!

Ham & Swiss Sliders

1 pkg 24 hawaiian rolls
24 slices honey ham
24 slices baby swiss cheese

Poppy Seed Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons of horseradish mustard
3/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup chopped red onion

Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare the ham and cheese with the rolls.  Place in a 9x13 pan - touching sides.
Mix the ingredients for the Poppy Seed Sauce, and pour over the sandwiches.
Let it sit for 10 minutes while the butter sets.
Cover with foil and cook for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Uncover and cook for another 2 minutes or until the tops are slightly brown.

Mini Caprese Skewers

Aren't these adorable?
They are very Yummy, too!
So easy to assemble..
Just use bocconcini & grape tomatoes
Wrap in fresh basil!
Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

I got the idea from Pinterest

which originated from the blog

I served these at a holiday party featuring
olive oils and balsamic vinegars

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fig & Blue Cheese Tarts

I bought this JJ&B
Fig & Walnut Jam
at our local
White Rock Local Market

It is amazing

Fig & Blue Cheese Tarts
(From Paula Deen's Christmas Magazine) 

  • 2 (1.9 oz) packages frozen mini phyllo shells
  • 1/2 cup fig/walnut preserves ( you can use fig preserves and add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts)
  • 1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 oz blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

  • Preheat oven 400 degrees. Place phyloo shells in cups of miniature muffin pans
  • In a small bowl, combine fig/walnut preserves, cream cheese, and blue cheese, stirring to combine. Spoon mixture into phyllo shells.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to boil over medium-heat high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until vinegar is reduced by 1/3 cup. Cool for 10 minutes.  Spoon vinegar reduction over tarts. Serve immediately.

These are AMAZING.   We actually served them at a Breaking Dawn party, then I made them for a wine party.  They are perfect with hearty reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Buy quality blue cheese and crumble it yourself.  It really makes a different.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

I found these on Pinterest
(my new favorite site)

They were "pinned" from

  • 1 6oz package dried cranberries
  • 1 container of cream cheese spread
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 large spinach flour tortillas

  • Combine all ingredients except tortillas, mix well
  • Divide and spread mixture evenly amough 4 tortillas
  • Roll up tightly, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least one hour
  • Cut into slices
These are amazing.  They are so easy to make.  Perfect for Christmas entertaining. So very festive.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Trader Joe's in Texas

It was a year ago last weekend,
when Misty, Melissa and I
took a road trip to Chesterfield, MO
(600 miles one way)
 to the closest Trader Joe's to Dallas

It was about 6 months ago
as we were planning our next road trip -
would it be Nebraska or New Mexico

 that we heard that we were
getting a
Trader Joe's
here in
 Dallas/Ft Worth 

Then, nada, nothing... no word
about Dallas...

well, just rumors...

like how
Lake Highlands was petitioning
for them to put their store in a newly developed area

the old Whole Foods location
on Lower Greenville would be perfect

there are rumors of locations
Walnut and Central

Trader Joe's is being very tight lipped
I think they've reported my emails as SPAM
(hee hee just kidding)

Looks like they found space in Ft Worth
 (I love Ft Worth)

I'm reading about space in Houston

It's November, so no Trader Joe's in Dallas
this year

if it does hits Houston first,
you can bet

I will be there
so my Houstonian friends
(Monica, Mona, Kim)
gte ready for a visit
Melissa and Misty stay too?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Williams Sonoma Technique Classes - November Schedule

Call your local Williams Sonoma store to determine correct date/times.
I usually go to the store located in Plano @ Preston Rd and Park. They hold theirs on Saturdays.

November 6 & 7
Let us be your guide to preparing the perfect turkey, the star of the Thanksgiving table-moist, flavorful and a showstopper! We'll discuss how to select a turkey, what brining is and does, the secrets to roasting and tips for carving like a pro. Whether you'll be roasting your first holiday bird or your twentieth, join us for this essential class before it's time to turn on the oven!

November 13 & 14
While the turkey may take center stage, for many of us, it's the side dishes that steal the show. Learn the basics of preparing potatoes, savory stuffings and other impressive sides that will make your Thanksgiving table both bountiful and memorable.

November 20 & 21
Thanksgiving is less than a week away-but it's not too late to add an amazing side dish to your menu or discover some time-saving tips. This final Thanksgiving technique class features our favorite recipes plus last-minute tips to make your holiday truly special and stress-free.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

I first used Pioneer Women's recipe to make these
I have since put my own twist on them

12 jalapenos
6 pieces thin bacon
1 ounce block cream cheese - softened
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp - 1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp seasoned salt (I use Lawry's)
1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup red pepper jelly

  1. In a bowl, combine cream cheese with the cumin, cayenne pepper, seasoned salt, corn, and grated cheddar cheese.  Set aside.
  2. Slice jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise. With a spoon, remove the seeds and membranes. (This helps tame the heat of the peppers)
  3. Cut the bacon in half.  You should have a enough bacon for each pepper.
  4. Stuff the jalapenos with the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Wrap the bacon slices around each half.
  6. Brush the top of the bacon with the red pepper jelly (chutney or apricot jelly work too)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

What the Fig!!??

Have you ever been to someones's house
they served the most awesome dish
that seemed so easy to make?

This recently happened to me

I had the
most awesome figs
 proscuitto & parmesan cheese

they were figilicious!

Well, I should have asked for the recipe
before attempting this on my own

Apparently, it is recommended
to put the parmesan cheese
on the figs FIRST
wrap the figs and cheese
with the proscuitto


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese

This is one of my favorites
It is inspired
by the
 smoked gouda pimento cheese
we buy here locally (D/FW)

It took 2 test kitchen attempts
but I think this recipe is a winner!
It isn't the exact recipe,
because I didn't attempt
to create an exact replica.

The smoked gouda creates an
illusion that bacon is in the recipe

Let me know if you make it!
I'd love to hear how you create your own twist to it.

1 cup mayo (I used Hellman's)
12 ounces light sour cream
1/3 cup red onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cup smoked gouda (thickly grated)
1/2 cup gouda (thickly grated)
1/2 cup havarti (thickly grated)
1 - 4 ounce jar pimentos (chopped)
1-2 jalapeno peppers (finely chopped) optional

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Chill at least a hour before serving.

Serve with blue corn chips, crackers, or sliced baguette.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

#TGTaste - Thirsty Girl Twitter Chat with Ghirardelli

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month,
is teaming up with Ghirardelli
for a Twitter Tasting
with their Intense Dark chocolates

#TGTaste Twitter Chat
October 5th
@ 5pm PST/ 7pm CST

I signed up
received my chocolates
 in the mail yesterday!

I immediately went to the Ghirardelli website to see their pairing recommendations!

If you are participating in the Twitter Chat on 10/5 (even if you are not participating in the Twitter chat, these chocolates are available at your local market), here are my wine pairing recommendations using wine from WineShop At Home in Napa, CA.

 These wines are sold exclusively from WineShop At Home. You can order directly from the website and have the wines shipped directly to you.
Ghirardelli Intense Dark Evening Dream Chocolate

This Fog Vineyards 2009 Paso Robles Zinfandel has aromas of cherry, cranberry and graham cracker with hints of blackberry, violets and grape jelly. The wine has a pretty, dark ruby color. The flavors mirror the aromas quite nicely. Enjoy this wine with burgers on the grill, teriyaki beef, ratatouille or medium cheeses such as cheddar.

Your Price: $22.50

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight Delight

This Talmage Cellars 2008 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of cherry, raspberry and cassis with hints of leather, oak and blackberry. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with soft but noticeable tannin. The ripe fruit flavors fill the palate. The medium length finish is smooth and fruity with nice balanced acid. This wine is a perfect addition to a fun evening with family and friends, and it is also available with your personalized label when ordered by the case or half-case.

Your Price: $20.75

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie

This Broadmoore Estates 2009 California Syrah has aromas of cherry, blackberry and caramel with hints of spice and leather. The flavors are sweet and delicious with bright berry notes and light acidity and light tannin. Enjoy this wine with a pasta salad, a spinach pizza, teriyaki beef or medium cheeses such as mild cheddar.

Your Price: $16.00 

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Toffee Interlude

This Fleur Bleu 2010 White Bouquet has subtle aromas of apple and pear with hints of honey and spice. This wine has a weight on the palate not common with white wines. The finish is clean and pleasing. This wine was made for food. Enjoy this wine with fish and chips, pork with apples, Chinese takeout or medium cheeses such as Edam.

Your Price: $17.00

Disclaimer: These wine pairing recommendations are exclusively mine - Sandi Graham and in no way, shape or form do they reflect the views of Thirsty Girl or anyone associated with Thirsty Girl.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thirsty Girl Does Dallas

Thirsty Girl is partnering with Marilyn Wines
Marilyn Wines is celebrating their 25 year anniversary.
They will be at Sigels at 5757 Greenville Ave
on Thursday, Sept 29th
between 5-7pm

Wines to be tasted:
Norma Jeane Merlot 2010

Marilyn Merlot 2009
Marilyn Merlot 2008
Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Common Table

I just love checking out new restaurants

is on Fairmont Street
in Uptown
It was raining (yay - we need it)
but we couldn't sit outside
Definitely will next time
This is a great Happy Hour place

The Neighbor's Turkey Burger with Mushrooms & Swiss

The Turkey Melt

All their menu items come with a beer or wine suggested pairing
That just rocks!

I can't wait to go back for dinner
so that I can actually
order the recommended beer or wine pairing 
instead of ice tea

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall Events

Hi All,

I am a little behind on my postings, but here's what I have been up to and even better, some things that I have planned for the future.

Over Labor Day weekend, my girls (Misty, Melissa and Allison) and I had a Mad Men Marathon.  We served appetizers with a '60's theme.  I will post the pictures soon.  Here's a hint of what to expect - compliments of Gojee  and Las Vegas Food Adventures.

Misty has signed up as a consultant for Thirty-One.  They sell darling purses, totes, travel bags and accessories, storage containers, etc.  Most of it can be personalized with your name or initials. I love things with my initial on them.  I am having a party on September 25 (so gal pals in D/FW, be looking for your evite this week).  I cannot wait.  I have a long list of stuff that I need for my SimplyWineChick Wine Tasting gig. 

{Now stay tuned for this WineShopAtHome commercial break}
Speaking of WineShop At Home, I signed up back in March, and I'm still going strong. I have alot of work to do in order to win a trip to Italy in January 2012.  I am a Team Leader with 3 Consultants under me.  If you know any one that is looking for a part-time job and wants to learn more about wine, send them my way.  If you or anyone you know would love to host a private-in home wine tasting, contact me right away. My calendar is getting full now that it's almost Fall and the holidays are among us. 
{commercial over}

Back to my Fall Event Schedule:

October 29 - I will be having a Trick & Spirits Halloween Party.
It will be fantabulous! I already starting buying decorations, and I will be posting about it shortly.

And last... but not least.... the absolute PARTY of the YEAR...
On November 17th, Bella and Edward (Opening Night of the continuing Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn) are getting married, so what is more appropriate than a bridal shower in Bella's honor?   If you do not know who Bella and Edward are, then you can stop reading right now.  Here's a hint !!!

We will be celebrating on Saturday, November 19th. I will reveal the details soon.  (Again, local gal pals - mark your calendars)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Williams Sonoma Technique Classes - September

September Technique Classes


Sunday, September 11
Eat like a Roman and savor a comforting pasta meal. A family favorite for many of us, pasta provides an easy answer to the proverbial question, "What's for dinner?" We'll show you how various pasta shapes marry well with different sauces and how to make perfect baked pasta, plus expand your repertoire with some tasty recipes.


Sunday, September 18
While Naples invented pizza, Rome has perfected the thin-crust style. And many agree, the key to great pizza is starting with great flour and learning how to make exceptional dough. In this class we'll focus on the crust, teaching you step-by-step how to master pizza dough. Then we'll talk toppings.


Sunday, September 25
Share the wealth of liquid gold—olive oils, that is. Join us as we explore why certain extra-virgin oils are truly "extra" special. Learn how to make the most of olive oils, whether you're using them for cooking, finishing or flavoring foods. We'll taste a variety of olive oils and discuss how just the right oil can elevate your cooking to the next level.

I am never disappointed when I got to one of these technique classes.  They are last about a hour, and they are free.  I go to the store at Preston and Park in Plano, Tx. They hold their classes on Saturdays at 9:30am. 

Just call the Williams-Sonoma store in your area to sign up. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Pioneer Woman: Behind the Scenes With Ree Drummond on the Food Network

Omg! I am so excited. My favorite bloggess is going to be on TV. Remember way back when I got to meet her at my very first book signing for her cookbook? I think I've mentioned her on my blog at least 8 times. I will confess that I have cooked more recipes from her Pioneer Woman cookbook than any other cookbook I own. Her recipes are amazing! She hasn't failed me yet.

Click on the link below to find out more about her new show on the Food Network starting next Saturday. I can NOT wait!!!!

The Pioneer Woman: Behind the Scenes With Ree Drummond on the Food Network

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Escondido Idea House Open House Schedule and Directions - Southern Living

I am so excited about this. I drive through Marble Falls (which is only 8 miles away from the Southern Living Idea House in Horseshoe Bay) when I go to see my Aunt Janae in Fredericksburg. I've been wanting to take my friends to Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay since, like, forever... now we have a good reason to go!

Check out this house.. it's AMAZING!!!

Escondido Idea House - Horseshoe Bay, TX

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

David Fulton Winery, Napa Valley

is tucked away on a residential street

It is one of the oldest wineries in Napa
It is able to stay where it is at because it's
a historic site

This winery is so worth the visit!
I loved it so much
I signed up for their wine club!

The 2007 Petit Sirah rocks!

Peaches with Basil

All I can say is yummy!

I sliced a peach- drizzled it with honey - chopped up some fresh basil ( can you believe my basil is thriving in this heat? )- then topped it off with some goat cheese

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Madrigal Vineyards, Napa Valley

As I mentioned previously, I was in Napa for a convention
I only got to visit a couple wineries
Shout out to my friend, Allison for scheduling it along with the limo

Madrigal was first on the list
I loved the 2006 Petit Sirah and the 2006 Zinfandel

I'd show you a picture, but they are in a box being shipped back to me!
Being first timer, I didn't think about how to get our wine purchases back to Texas.
Of course, where there is "wine" there is a "way"

Most wineries won't even ship to us until October because of the weather.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mustards Grill, Napa

Our first night in Napa,
we dined at Mustard's Grill

It was amazing!
Once again, my pictures do not do justice
I got so caught up in the food and the company
I just forgot to take any more pictures

Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa, CA

I was in Napa attending a

It was amazing!
We all stayed at the Meritage
We had a reception in the Cave
Look at that ceiling
I wish I had taken more pictures

Sunday, August 14, 2011

San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

On the way to Napa
with my gal pals,
Misty & Melissa
(remember them from our Trader Joe's Adventure?)

We spent the day (and night)
in San Francisco

Misty and I have never been there before
Melissa has lived there and couldn't wait to show us around

First stop, Buena Vista
Known for their Irish Coffee
It was yummy
man oh man
I think I grew some hairs on my chest
I wimped out and let Melissa have mine

This week I will be posting daily on my trip to "Cali"
Stay tuned...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Zoe's Kitchen

This is one of my favorite lunch places
Today,  I tried the grilled pimento cheese sandwich

It is very yummy

very cheesy
a bit spicey

It was so cheesy that I could only eat 1/2 at lunch

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cookies by Christina

My friend, Wendy sent me this picture
of these darling cookies she had made
for her daughter's birthday!

Aren't they adorable?
They were made by Christina

She is in the D/FW area
You can contact her @

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My New View

Hi Everyone,
I'm so sorry that I haven't been the best blogger lately.
Lots of stuff happening...
such as my office just moved

Well, we stayed in the same building
Downtown Dallas
but moved from the
5th floor
to the
17th floor

Check out my new office digs!

This is the seating area when you come into our suite
The Receptionist will be on the 16th floor

If you walk straight back towards the TV
My desk is by the window on the left 

 Here's one of my views
here's another
This is the Chase Building
(it may be called something else, but that's what I call it)
My friend, Wendy works there

Hey Wendy, what floor are you on?

I think I can see you now! 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Il Cane Rosso - Dallas

A friend and I recently ate lunch
in Deep Ellum

We had their lunch special
2 Salads
2 Drinks
1 Pizza
$20 bucks

This pizza was delicious! 

They are also mobile!
I can't wait to check them out
on Monday's
by White Rock

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Williams Sonoma Technique Classes - June & July Schedule

Here's the Williams Sonoma schedule
for June & July

If you go to the Williams-Sonoma
in Plano
off Park and Preston

They hold their free technique classes
on Saturday's at 9:30am

I think all other locations hold theirs on Sundays


Sunday, June 12
Our travels continue to Memphis, Tennessee, a region renowned for its barbecued ribs. In the second class of our series, we'll discuss dry rubs and show you how to turn out tender ribs and infuse foods with enticing smoky flavor. Then we'll round out the menu with some delicious regional sides.

Sunday, June 26
Our final class in the series showcases Kansas City and Texas—both famous for their beef brisket. Learn how to combine wet and dry rubs as it's done in Kansas City, and how to produce succulent, juicy meat in the Texas style. We'll also discuss popular ways to serve barbecued brisket.

July Technique Classes

Sunday, July 10
A bowl of homemade ice cream is a refreshing summer treat that will delight kids and grown-ups alike. We'll show you how to create tempting flavor combinations, along with other irresistible frozen favorites like sorbet and ice pops. What better way to cool down on a hot summer day!

Sunday, July 17
When it comes to salads, the vibrant combinations of fresh vegetables, greens, fruits, meats and dairy are endless. In this class we'll deconstruct the salad, discussing the types of greens available and how to pair them with other ingredients to produce starters, side dishes and even main courses. You'll learn to prepare a variety of dressings, along with make-ahead salads that are great for picnics and barbecues.

Sunday, July 24
Farmers' markets across the country are in full swing, providing the perfect inspiration for the home cook. We'll discuss fruits and vegetables commonly found at the market, how to select and store them, plus creative ways to transform the season's bounty into simple yet delicious summer meals.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Spicy Dr Pepper Shredded Pork

Pioneer Woman never fails me
This is her recipe
it's the best thing I have ever cooked

We used it to make pork tacos

This picture is courtesty

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Gray Kunz Spoon

My spoon is bigger than your spoon!

I am the

By this I mean, that if it's new, trendy, silly, fun, cute, pink, etc
I will buy it!
I am the person companies are marketing to!

So, when I read this article last month

about this amazing chef's spoon

I ordered it right away

Not only did I order one (1)
but I ordered
three (3)

one for me,
one for my friend, Misty
a smaller slotted spoon

Friday, June 3, 2011

Urban Crust

If you haven't been to Historic Downtown Plano
off East 15th Street

You are missing out! 

There are some fun shops...

We ate dinner
the "specials" 

The 32 degrees Rooftop Ice Bar 
Our appetizer -
Tuscan Bleu Cheese Fries

 F Chicken
fire roasted chicken
stuffed with spinach, goat cheese & sun-dried tomatoes
with grilled polenta
market veggies

 Black & Blue Pizza
basil pesto, wood fired seasoned sirloin,
baby portobellos, Maytag blue cheese, caramelized onions

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Free The Grapes

Attention Wine Lovers,

I just got back from visiting some Texas Wineries in Fredericksburg.  I found out that there is legislation (HR 1161) out there trying to prevent us, the consumers, from buying wine directly from the wineries.  I know alot of us primarily purchase our wines from our local markets, but I like having the option to purchase wines at a winery when I visit.  This bill could also have impact on the ability to ship wine as well. 

Check out the site - to see how you can help. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


remember when
I talked about that blog
about tacos
called TacoSense?

Go check it out!
I will wait...

apparently, there is more
to this 6th sense
than just

How about

The opening of infamous
made it's 
today here 
in Texas 

launching BurgerSense's
first posting

I can't wait to get in on
the burger tasting band wagon

What's next with these senses???

Do I see a
PizzaSense in our future?

Just saying...

Marfa- El Cosmico

I find out
about the most
random things from them

Yesterday, I read about El Cosmico
in Marfa , Texas

I have never been to Marfa
but for some reason, it's a place I've wanted to visit
Now, I have a reason!

Here's the event I want to check out -
a cooking class with Chef Lou Lambert:

SEPTEMBER 16-18: Big City Camp Cooking

Traditional chuck wagon ingredients will be prepared using "big city" culinary techniques -- all over a live outdoor camp fire. Sample Menu: Barbacoa Raviolis, Gulf Seafood Pasole Verde, Bock Braised Dutch Oven Wagyu Short Ribs, Gingered Pear Fried Pies with Honey Buttermilk Ice Cream.

You can stay in a remodeled trailer, a yurt, or a teepee.   I can't decide between the yurt or the teepee.   (You can even pitch your own tent, but that's too rustic for me)

I have been fascinated
with chuckwagon cooking
since I attended a bbq
in Graham, Texas last year

It inspired me
to acquire
that I coveted last year

Reata Southwest Cookbook by Mike Micallef
Texas Cowboy Kitchen by Grady Spears with June Naylor

Let me just add
that this fascination
is all very bizarre,
because I'm definitely not
an outdoorsy camper girl!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I just

They have the
decorated roof
for any season

It makes me smile
everytime I drive by

This was their
roof design

I call her "Joan"
I hope we get to see her again soon

Spicy Sausage Balls

  I love sausage balls.  I've been making them for years. I think it's been at least 15-20 years.  These are one of many...