"A passion for cooking is what I have...Sharing that passion is what I love to do." -Sarah Vasques, The Home Chef


E3: Did You Know…….

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 15

Insert into post … David Burkes House of Prime has their own cattle ranch with a bull named “Prime?”

… The bull “Prime” is sire to all the steak’s served at David Burkes Prime House?

… The Prime House have an aging vault lined with salt blocks that are millions of years old?

.. The Steak and Main restaurant in Northeast, MD has a contest called the Great Steak Challenge; which is 74 oz (5 1/2 lbs.)total plus 1 lb of sides?

… The Great Steak Challenge consists of 12 oz. NY Strip, 8 oz. Filet, TWO 13 oz. Delmonico’s, 16 oz. Flat Iron and 12 oz. Prime Rib?


D3: Did You Know…….

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 1

Insert into post … In 1910, The Rex restaurant in Billings, MO first served bacon wrapped buffalo filet and they still do today?

… Prime rib is located farthest from the ears and tail of the cow?

… On Columbus’ second voyage in 1495, his cargo was beef cattle?

… The Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn, NY has help the award for best steakhouse in the country for 30 years?

… Wards House of Prime in Milwaukee carries Prime Ribs steaks ranging in weights from 8 oz all the way up to  168 oz.?



H2: Did You Know…….

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 4

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… In Guatemala, the word for Tamale is “Paches?”

… At the turn of the last century, local immigrant Mexicans taught African-Americans how to make tamale’s in Delta, Mississippi?

… Tamale’s are a Mesoamerican dish made from Masa (a corn-based dough)?

… The Venezuelan word for Tamale is “Hollaca?”

.. Just like the Appalachian trail, there is a “Delta Tamale” trail that runs from Tunica, MS to Vicksburg, MS?



G2: Did You Know…….

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 1

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… The Nicaraguan word for tamale is “Nacatamal?”

… The word Tamale comes from the Nowatan language meaning “wrapped food?”

… Ancient Mayan women invented the tamale?

… Zacahuil is a legendary meter long tamale that can supposedly feed an entire village?

… The Columbian word for Tamale is “Bollo?”


J1: Did You Know…….

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 15

… Michigan grows almost 75% of tart cherries consumed in the USA?

… Soaking grass stains in white vinegar can help remove the stain?

… Lamb grease can be removed from clothing if immediately sprinkled with Equal or Splenda?

…  If you drop a raw egg, sprinkling salt on the egg will help it stick to the paper towel ? 

… China produces the smallest species of onion?


I1: Did You Know…….

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 1

… Older eggs, when hard boi led, are easier to peel? The American Egg Board recommends refrigerating fresh eggs for 7-10 days before hard-cooking them!

… Shitaki mushrooms contain a compound called AHCC? This boosts your immune system wich in turn fights the flu & slows the aging process.

… Garlic, papaya, sesame seeds, squash & pumpkins are also good infection fighters?

… When buying fresh mushrooms, the darker they are the more nutrients they have? However, dried Shitaki’s also have nutrients.

… Shitaki mushrooms contain polysaccharides which can help with nausea, pain & hair loss associated with chemotherapy & radiation?


LL: Did You Know……..

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 31

… One potato contains vitamin C, iron, potassium & has not fat or cholesterol?

… One Holstein cow can produce 67,914 gallons of milk in 1 year (enough to supply 124,000 kindergarteners)?

… A large buttered popcorn @ the movies contains well over 1000 calories?

… In modern day England, “pudding” refers to any dessert?

… A “Dutch Baby” is a baked pancake?


Corey’s Pasta Salad with Tuna

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 28

1/2 lb. Penne or Rotini Pasta
1/2 c. Kens Italian Dressing **, divided
2 cans Solid White Tuna in Water, drained
3/4 c. Mayonnaise
1/2 c. Radish, chopped
1/4 c. Chives, chopped
1 Carrot, shredded
1 rib Celery, chopped
Fresh Herbs of Choice:
– Oregano, Rosemary, Marjoram, Parsley etc.

Cook pasta as directed.
Place in a bowl & toss with 1/4 c. dressing.
Let cool 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile combine tuna & mayo (it will be “wet”)
Add tuna to pasta & mix well.
Add veggies & herbs and stir to combine.
When ready to serve , stir well.
Add more dressing if needed.

** Kens Italian Dressing is what Corey uses. Feel free to use your favorite or make your own. Any veggies of choice go well also.


Strawberries & Romaine with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 23

The original recipe came from Taste of Home magazine. I tweaked a few ingredients & came up with this.

For the Dressing

1/2 c. good Mayonnaise
1/4 c. Honey
2 T  Milk
2 T Cabernet Wine
2 T Seasoned Rice Vinegar
2 T Poppy Seeds

Whisk together all ingredients & refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Salad

2 heads Romain Hearts, torn
1 pint Strawberries, hulled & sliced
1/4 Red Onion, sliced thin

Put all ingredients in a salad bowl.
Serve with dressing on the side.


KK: Did You Know…….

Published by: Sarah

  • Jul
  • 15

… Black truffles come from France & white truffles come from Italy?

… Homemade biscuits rise better when they’re just touching? If they’re apart then they tend to burn.

… Making an indent in the top of your biscuits will insure even cooking?

… Yorkshire Pudding was known as “Drippings Pudding” in 1737?

… Chipolini means “little onion” in Italian?