Interview with the Pioneer Woman!!
September 22, 2010

Ree Drummond, no doubt contemplating our time together...

Sometimes I love my job, and then sometimes I really love my job…when I get to meet interesting people from different walks of life, and am allowed to ask them nosy questions that they would normally never stick around for, in the guise of an interview, of course.

 This weekend, I get that opportunity, to interview Ree Drummond, the creator of the Pioneer Woman blog!!  If you’ve never seen her webite and blog, click here..I guarantee you it will blow your mind, and you’ll never waste your time reading my little blog again. Seriously, it’s that good.

She cooks food that looks like this.....

She takes pictures that look like this...

And honestly, I don’t know how she does it all…cook… help run a ranch, homeschool her kids… write a kickass(sorry but it’s true) blog and website….take gorgeous pictures, and seem self-deprecating…. all at the same time.

Oh, and she’s really pretty too and married to the handsome Marlboro Man, the love of her life. I know…it seems that all this perfection would turn you off, but it’s just the opposite. You love her.

Ree's new cookbook...

And she has a new cookbook coming out(it is also drop dead gorgeous, obvie), so Ree is appearing at the Baltimore Book Festival, click here for more info this Sunday, and yours truly will get to introduce her, and then interview her on stage. Is she terribly nervous about this? Doubtful…but I can’t wait to meet the Pioneer Woman in person, and find out just how she does it all….maybe I can learn something about multi-tasking(trust me, I have much to learn). See you Sunday, Ree!

Vandalism? Or team decide....

Oh, and this is the sad sight that awaited me this morning as I entered the newsroom…Chris Dachille, sports producer and unfortunately, a fan of the South Carolina gamecocks, had papered(and ballooned) my desk in the  lamentable red and black colors of the team.

Subliminal tiger envy...poor Chris...

Alas, he himself  wore an orange shirt today….the color of the Auburn Tigers, who will probably devour the Gamecocks this Saturday(tigers eat chickens, don’t they?) Upping the ante C.D.?  Oh and readers…any ideas to get back at him that are 1. easy and 2. cheap. and 3. legal, would be welcome!!

Escaping the Zombie Apocolypse…a new kind of crabfeast…
August 31, 2010

Crab Feast Time!!

I told you I was going to my friend Elise’s annual birthday crabfeast….and this year it was a real extravaganza of crabs, great wine, a groaning board of salads and cheeses (and Alabama Caviar of course)….tomatoes featured prominently as one might imagine and good Eastern Shore corn.  It’s always a great time, but the “speakers” made this year really different. 

Marta Quintana of Havana Road...

How better to start than with a demonstration of the easiest paella ever made? I love paella…the classic seafood, sausage, and saffron rice dish… and have made it more than a few times, but let’s be honest, it’s a labor of  love…emphasis on the labor. You need all the ingredients and some time blocked out  to put together a good paella. Marta Quintana of Havana Road Products did it the easy way. Her motto is “Fresca, siempre fresca!” And everything is simply fresh. 

Smarty Pants on TED....

I almost lost my thermodynamic equilibrium when I heard the talk about Escaping the Coming Zombie Apocalypse….from which I took away two things… get thee to a Costco, as you could live for a long time in there-they have everything you need…food, water, camping supplies, clothing…you name it, and key thing to have …baseball bats to protect your turf…and 2. I have to get one of these computers called Sixth Sense that will hang around your neck and PROJECT a dialing pad on your hand to call someone. Here’s a Link to the inventor Pranav Mistry on TED-Ideas Worth Spreading, which if you’ve never heard of  TED, is fascinating in itself(tho you might want to fast forward about 5 minutes in Pranav’s talk-slow at first).

I wish I had more pics for you but I started having a really good time and photographing it kinda escaped me…you know how it is. And I’ve long ago stopped taking tons of pictures on vacation and stuff… because I find if you’re busy photographing something, you’re not really experiencing it. Yes, you  have the physical evidence that it happened, but a camera puts a buffer between you and what you’re seeing and hearing. You’ve gone from participator to observer. But I digress….here’s the Lazy Girl’s Paella recipe below.

3 16 ounce containers Havana Road Rice Ensalada
1 16 ounce container Havana Road Mojo Verde
1 16 ounce container Havana Road Cuban Salsa
1 bottle Chardonnay
1/2 lb clams
1/2 lb mussels
1/2 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
1/2 lb large scallops
1 8 ounce jar peas–or fresh better
1/2 cup minced roasted red peppers-in a pinch use pimentos
In a deep pan saute the Rice Ensalada with 1/4 Mojo Verde, 1 tsp. paprika and 1 tablespoon Cuban Salsa-when hot , put a lid on it and let it sit.
In a large skillet, add 1 cup Mojo Verde, 2 cups white wine, and add the cleaned clams and mussels–stir and cover with a lid for 5-6 minutes until they open.
Brown the scallops in a small skillet with with 1/4 cup Mojo Verde and 1/2 cup wine. Add the shrimp and cook for 2- 3 minutes until pink. Transfer all the seafood to the skillet with the mussels and clams. Stir 1/2 cup of Havana Road Salsa in gently. Fold in the rice, top with green peas and roasted red peppers. Buen Provecho:)

Doesn't this look delicious...and it was...

Candy that won’t pack on the pounds and flowers that never die…..
November 6, 2008

Calorie free gumballs!!

Calorie free gumballs!!

Look at it. Gorgeous  gumballs, and all calorie free!! And there are lollipops and pix stix  and so much more….These colorful images would look so great in  kitchen, or a kid’s room…or anywhere really…are by a very talented  photographer here at WBAL-TV 11. Jenn Lauren loves taking pictures, and her images are so good, that she is now being sold at the Michael Joseph Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.  Jenn came by my desk a couple of weeks ago and exclaimed, “Can you believe it? A gallery is selling my pictures!!” She just couldn’t quite fathom it.
But I could…good is good…the gallery knew that. And Jenn has turned many of her photos into cards…. colorful lights and pine cones would be  fabulous holiday seasonal cards. You might get one from me this winter!! But my favorites are her nature shots… the purple coneflower here….several people at at TV-11 (and you would know their names) have some of her nature photos in larger form, framed on the walls of their homes. They’re gorgeous, and the colors are so intensely vivid.

And on another subject, I was remiss not to post this earlier, with everyone beginning holiday shopping….when I wrote a post about layaway coming back, I got this from Heather…who is a small e-retailer whose beautiful sconces we showed pictures of….

“Thanks for the great feedback on the site. I love those sconces, too. We try to gather items that we would use in our own home. And if anyone is interested…as a thank you, 20% off for you and your readers on a first order. Just type in coupon code WBALTV when prompted. “(Their site at, is an eco-friendly lifestyle website.) Heather does have some cool stuff there…thanks Heather!!