"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived."
-Jean Luc Picard

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sandra Lee goes camping. Film at 11!

There's a new episode of Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee premiering this Sunday called Log Cabin Camping.
Sandra goes camping in Bear Mountain State Park with her friend Jeff. On the menu: Tart and Tangy Rib Eye Steaks; Barbeque Roasted Potatoes;Veggie Stuffed Onions; Smorritos & a Risky Whiskey cocktail.

Man, I hope the bears went camping over at Human Mountain State Park because crazy blonde lady is in the house! Whoot!

In looking over the arussipes, three of them caught my eye.

Veggie Stuffed Onions

Sandy frequently tells us to buy "pre-chopped" frozen onions,
(Yes, Dr. Julie-Ann I'm dead serious!) because chopping onions is monkey business. So it makes perfect sense that Sandy has arussipe this week which instructs us to:

Slice off the top third of each onion and set aside; save tops. Slice an "X" in the inner 2/3 off each onion. Using a spoon remove the inside of the onion forming a bowl. Dice the removed inner section of the onions and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the vegetable medley, diced onion, herb garden seasoning and cheese. Evenly divide the mixture into each onion bowl. Top each filled onion with a tablespoon of butter.

Cover the onion with its original top. Wrap with 2 layers of foil and place on the grill or in a preheated 400 degree F oven. Grill or bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until onions are tender.
*wipes tears from face from laughing* Whoot!

Uh, Sandy? Do you think that after you've been knocking back the double vanella vodkas with a splash of vanella vodka and a twist of vanella vodka that you can do this? Seriously?? Uh, I've seen your mad knife skillz. Girl, if you don't let MV do this, you are gonna cut your hand off!

Risky Whiskey

Well, in looking over the ingredients, I know why it's called "Risky". It's because just reading it may make you tipsy enough to fall off the mountain. Hang on a bit. *Hairball moves computer chair and sits on floor* Can't be too careful now can we?

3 parts whisky
1/4 part maple syrup
Splash sweet vermouth
Splash lime juice
Dash bitters
Ice cubes

I think I'll use a gallon as my unit of measurement for this to keep things simple. So three gallons of whiskey, 1/4 gallon (or 4 cups) of maple syrup, splash of vermouth, splash of lime juice, dash of bitters, and ice. Whoot! Yeah, it's kinda strong but we got enough for a whole crowd of folks! Huh? What's this?

2 servings

The Hell? I don't think I can drink a gallon and half of whiskey in my lifetime. I guess Sandy gets the whole thing. Again.


We have been having entirely too much fun over at TWoP theorizing what exactly these will contain. The prevailing thought is that it is a dessert that will be like a sweet version of a burrito possibly incorporating the flavors of S'mores. There might even be tortilla chips involved just to pump this arussipe up to eleven on the crazy dial. Now some of you are asking yourselves " Why don't they just read the arussipe instead of theorizing"? Well, because when I wrote this post, the arussipe had still not been posted. You see, the trained monkeys talented folks at the Food Network are goofing off so busy with their other duties, that they sometimes don't have all the arussipes up till late Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Here's a programming note:
In case you didn't know, Sandra Lee has a new show premiering on May 10th at 12pm ET/PT. The new show is called Money Saving Meals. I have a small issue with the title. I say it should be Money Sucking Meals but, I guess that's not going to attract the right audience. Another show is also scheduled to premiere on the same date at 12:30PM ET/PT and will tie in with Money Saving Meals. This show is called Dead People Vs. Sandra Lee. The show will be hosted by a medium who will channel a random person every week, and then proceed to cook a three course meal. A panel of shrikes with an ax to grind culinary experts will then eat the dishes from both shows and select a winner. The commercials will feature the tagline: "It's like Iron Chef, only with dead people and that drunk lady!"