Jamie Oliver, Michelle Obama and veggies for kids

Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama have been promoting more veggies for our kids. This high profile push has brought some results.  Here’s more results.

Here’s an amazing statistic: 250 percent increase in veggie consumption.

A new study out of Cornell Food and Brand Lab shows big results.

Simply changing the placement of a middle school’s salad bar from near the wall to in front of the cash register caused this spike in veggie consumption.

Potland Pinot Noir Great Food

Just back from Portland, OR and the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference.  It’s a beautiful city with great pinot noir wines.  Loved the 2006 Cottonwood Winery, Marina Piper Pinot.   What’s your favorite pinot noir?

Had great meal at Portland’s top rated restaurant 10 01 with chef Michael Hanaghan.

This was my parting taste of Portland.

Key West Great Eats

Just back from shooting video for my new book Flavors of the Florida Keys.

Just had to dive into this mile high Key Lime Pie.

Key Lime Pie from Salute Key West

It’s rooster heaven at Blue Heaven in Key West

Loved the Chocolate Brownie Creme Brulee at Louie’s Back Yard near the Southern Most Point in US. It’s a dessert with a surprise.

Glaze adds smoky punch to salmon

A bourbon glaze gives this grilled salmon a smoked oak flavor without having to roast it on a wooden plank. The glaze also adds a little punch. The salmon gently cooks in the glaze, absorbing the flavor.

Creamer potatoes are small, about 3/4-inch in diameter, and new potatoes are a little larger. Both are tender and flavorful and have a short spring season. Asparagus is also in season.

This meal contains 700 calories per serving with 22 percent of calories from fat.

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Million Dollar Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner

Grand winner Sue Compton’s 29 year old son helped enter her recipe on his computer.  He was overwhelmed when she won.

Million Dollar Pillsbury Winner and she doesn’t have a computer!!!

Sue Compton of Delanco, N.J. is the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off winner.  She’s a single Mom and her 29 year old medical school student son helped he enter the contest.

The judges I spoke with said her recipe was easily the winner — stood out above the others.

See previous blog for the recipe.

Million Dollar Pillsbury Winner

Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups

An easy make-ahead recipe for the Pillsbury Bake-Off®, this is a fun and impressive dessert for your next gathering.

Servings: Makes 24 tartlets


Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups

  • 1 package (16 ounces) Pillsbury® Ready to Bake! refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies)
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped Fisher® Chef’s Naturals® chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s® semisweet chocolate baking chips
  • 1/4 cup Smucker’s® Seedless red raspberry jam
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla bean ice cream , softened
  • 14 fresh raspberries


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Start to Finish: 45 minutes

Heat oven to 350°. Spray 24 mini muffin cups with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Place 1 cookie dough round in each muffin cup. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Place 2 teaspoons of the sugar in small bowl. Dip end of wooden spoon handle in sugar; carefully press into center of each cookie to make 1-inch-wide indentation. Cool completely in pan, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix walnuts and remaining 2 teaspoons sugar; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds, until smooth.

Run knife around edges of cups to loosen; gently remove from pan. Dip rim of each cup into melted chocolate, then into walnut mixture. Place walnut side up on cookie sheet with sides.

In another small microwavable bowl, microwave jam uncovered on high about 15 seconds until melted. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon jam into each cup. Freeze cups about 5 minutes or until chocolate is set.

Spoon ice cream into cups, using small cookie scoop or measuring tablespoon. Top each cup with fresh raspberry. Store in freezer; let stand at room temperature 5 minutes before serving.

Smucker’s and Smucker’s Toppings are registered trademarks of The J.M. Smucker Company.
®Crisco is a trademark of The J.M. Smucker Company.
Fisher and Chef’s Naturals are registered trademarks of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., Elgin, Illinois, 60123-7820.
Bake-Off is a registered trademark of General Mills ©2010.
Hershey’s® is a registered trademark of The Hershey Company, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 17033.

Nutritional Information:

1 Serving: Calories 150 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g, Trans Fat 1 1/2g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 60mg; Total Carbohydrate 19g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 12g); Protein 1g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2% Exchanges: 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Pillsbury Bake-Off Winners

Just back from the Pillsbury Bake-Off

4 finalists make it one step closer to earning $1 million

Great excitement  built as the  4 were announced

The Grand Winner will be announced live Wed on Oprah Winfrey Show
Which one would you pick???

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