Monthly Archives: February 2011

Have a Food Station Party -8 food station ideas

food station partyThey’re relegated to weddings, but a food station party would be a blast! Invite 20 people who don’t really know each other. If you don’t have a large, open space, don’t even worry about it. Have two stations in the kitchen, two in the dining room, two in the kitchen. Throw a tablecloth over your bed and dresser and have one in the bedroom!

Seems like a lot of work, doesn’t it? But you don’t want to cater. That’s exactly where we come in. Here are 8 ideas for food stations using MagicKitchen.com food and your own unique serving dishes and decorating skills. A great thing to buy are those little dixie-size cups they use in the Costco stores. Or go to a dollar store and buy a bunch of small inexpensive dishes. Get some of your best friends to man the food stations.

  1. Seafood station: Slices of Bad Boy Shrimp Burrito, bites of Scallops Sancerre or  Pan Seared Tiger Prawns, Crab Cakes and little cups of  Baby Clams With Linguini Marinara.
  2. Vegetarian station: Slices of warm Fire-Roasted Vegetables en Croûte,  Potato & Cheese Pierogies, cups of hearty Vegetable Stew, Eggplant Parmigiana
    and slices of Gourmet Artisan Flatbread with Kalamata Olives will ensure everyone will visit this station.
  3. Soup Station: Hot cups of soup will be extremely popular, and people can pick from Broccoli, Mushroom & Zucchini Soup, Chicken Rice Soup , Seafood Medley , Vegetable Barley Beef Soup, or Many Bean Soup.
  4. Pasta Station: Lots of hot gourmet pastas. Yum. Cheese Tortellini with Mediterranean Sauce, Portabella/Shiitake Mushroom Ravioli, Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo, Spinach Mushroom Lasagna With Light Pesto Sauce, or Vegetable Lasagna.
  5. Carving station: Serve our Beef Short Rib Roast or Roasted Turkey Breast and carve off tender slices.
  6. Meat Station: Beef With Bordelaise Sauce, Osso Buco , BBQ Baby Back Ribs and have a couple of potato dishes to round it out.
  7. Stuffed Foods Station: Foods in puff pastry, so delicate and flavorful! Filet of Beef En Croûte Wellington , Chicken Breast Da Vinci , Chicken Wellington, Turkey Breast En Croute . Add some chicken stuffed with delights: Chicken Breast Montrachet , Apple Almond Stuffed Chicken Leg.
  8. Dessert Station… you didn’t think I’d forget this, did you? Chocolate Cake, Double Fudge Brownie , Dutch Apple Pie , Gourmet Cupcakes, Madeleines Dipped in Chocolate, Creamy Panna Cotta, Ricotta Cheesecake, Handmade Rugulach Pastries, Tiramisu . Oh my.

If you have this party… make room for me, will you?

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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How to Make a Perfect Greek Turkey Salad

Two methods as usual, on menu and off menu. This is a scrumptious salad that you can stuff into a pita. I even supply a video by The Frugal Chef on making your own pita, for those ambitious enough.

1. on menu:

Roasted Turkey Breast – weigh out six ounces and dice into one-inch chunks

2. Off menu- take a boneless, skinless turkey breast and cook it your favorite way. Weigh out six ounces and dice into one-inch chunks

Continued:

tomatoes – 2, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
Cucumber – 1, seeded, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
sweet onion like vidalia – 1/4 of  an onion, diced fine.
sweet bell pepper, your choice of color – 1/2 the pepper, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
feta cheese – 4 ounces, cubed or crumbled
Pita halves if desired.

Toss the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dressing (recipe below) and serve immediately, stuffed into pita halves if you like.

Greek Vinaigrette

Ingredients

* 3 tablespoons and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
* 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
* 1/4 cup and 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

In a container, mix together the olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, basil, pepper, salt, onion powder, and Dijon-style mustard. Pour in the vinegar, and mix vigorously until well blended.

If you want to be really ambitious, make your own pita bread!

Enjoy!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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If you are starting Dialysis

My dad needed to start dialysis a number of years ago. My mother struggled to make him meals that were interesting and flavorful, while still following the restrictions of a dialysis diet. Here is a video explaining those restrictions:

Understandably my dad, who was a real meat and potatoes kind of guy, balked at his sudden diet of lean meats and no potatoes. He said if he had one more piece of baked fish he was going to explode. My mom was at her wits’ end. I wish so much that we had had the choices offered by MagicKitchen.com’s new complete meals options.

My dad is since deceased, and my mom no longer has to cook for his needs. But she herself is tired of cooking for herself and eats lightly. These meals are really good and provide all the ingredients for a healthy diet, while being portioned for a realistic diet (not the massive portions that you get in restaurants).

Here are some pictures of the meals.

Tilapia with Lemon Pilaf and Grilled Peppers & Onions
Tilapia with Lemon Pilaf-My mom never cooked fish like this! Sorry, mom.

Shrimp in Garlic Sauce over Vermicelli-Mom loves shrimp, she adores this.

Chile Colorado
Chile Colorado with Mexican Rice. My dad loved Mexican food, he would have gone crazy for this.

Stuffed Bell Pepper with Spanish Rice
Stuffed Bell Pepper with Spanish Rice-Yummy and filling, right, dad?

Turkey Breast with Cranberry Pilaf
Turkey Breast with Cranberry Pilaf - a little turkey dinner, mom thinks this is perfect.

Chicken Stir Fry
A quick stir-fry of tender white chicken meat, a delicious sauce, and vegetable fried rice. Just the kind of light meal my mom likes now.

Not to be maudlin, but seeing these meals available makes me wish my dad were still around to enjoy them. Good meals, Bon Appetit!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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A Healthy Frozen Meal Diet

This video from mylifetime.com has some good ideas on healthy frozen meals.

But those grocery store frozen meals are full of preservatives and let’s face it, the pictures on the front of the boxes look a lot tastier than the actual product. So instead, stock up on our meals. Grocery store frozen meals are likely to be pastas or Asian cuisine. Fine stuff, but you’re not going to get Beef Rib-Eye Steak or Chicken Marsala or Scallops Sancerre at Albertson’s.

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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Best review

We often get great reviews from our customers, but this one stood out. I personally think our chicken pot pie is the best I’ve ever tasted, but this validates my opinion and is a nice story as well.

Elaine wrote, “My eighty-nine year old mother is going through radiation treatment for breast cancer. Her prognosis is excellent: she will probably out-live her grandchildren! I am now living with her as a caretaker, although I often wonder who is taking care of whom. I tell you this because there are times when she just does not feel like eating and there are times when I do not feel like cooking. Eating out for us means carry-in. That limits our choices to Asian Cuisine or Pizza. That’s okay, but not every week .

We sat down to eat MK’s chicken pot pie with much skepticism since both of us are good cooks (That is why we delegated it to our midday meal). Our egos took a bruising at the first taste of this meal. It was better than either of us had ever made! Mom ate every tasty morsel and took a long nap. It was a good day.”

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie

Melody, MagicKitchen.com Blogger

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Ten Meal Gifts your Valentine will Adore

This is gonna be good…

First enjoy this clever Valentine video:


And now, here are ten meal ideas for the big day – you and your amour will love at least one of them.

  1. Almond-Crusted Salmon, Lemon Risotto, Buttered Carrots and Chocolate Ganache Cake.
  2. Two individual Chicken Pot Pies, Vegetable Lasagna and Gourmet Cupcakes.
  3. Seafood Medley Soup, Gourmet Flatbread, Double Fudge Brownie,
  4. Broccoli, Mushroom & Zucchini Soup, Chicken Breast Da Vinci, French Green Beans with Mushrooms and Cream Sauce, Scalloped Potatoes and Pecan Pie.
  5. Lamb Shank with Rosemary & Mint Sauce, Rice Pilaf, Creamy Spinach and Ricotta Cheesecake.
  6. Chicken Marsala, Rosemary Potatoes, Eggplant Parmigiana and Madeleines Dipped in Chocolate.
  7. Osso Buco, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable Stew and Olallieberry Pie.
  8. Pan Seared Tiger Prawns with Sauce, Baby Clams With Linguini Marinara, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
  9. Beef Rib-Eye Steak, Potato Pancakes, Cheezzee Corn
  10. Turkey Breast En Croute, Barley Vegetable Pilaf, Fresh Cut Corn Medley and Handmade Rugulach Pastries

Bon Appetit!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com Blogger

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Major Website Update – Win a $100 gift certificate!

I love this update- now on MagicKitchen.com when you add something to the cart, a box pops up telling you what’s in the cart. You can close it and keep shopping, or view shipping costs, or checkout.

This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while to make it easier for customers,  but it was…well, expensive and time-consuming to develop. But now we’re what they call a web 2.0 site. Cool.

What the heck does that mean? You ask. Just that we’re cross-browser compliant, so you should be able to order from your phone, from a Mac, from a PC running almost any operating system on any browser.

Here’s the way it works:  add an item like gourmet cupcakes to the cart and this beautiful thing pops up:
shopping cart

See? You love it, don’t you? Come on over to the site and try it out. Then send us your feedback and be entered into a draw for a $100 gift certificate. It’s that easy!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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