Tasty & Refreshing; It’s Dish It Out!!!

Happy Birthday, Jeff Parker!

Our Go-To-Grill-Ghuru is finally forty! And that’s our gift to him. Hee Hee.

Our gift to you is his episode, “All Up In Jeff Parker’s Grill” where we learn the intricacies of cooking over fire. It’s our first on location shoot and the first appearance of DISH DUDES!!! #MustSeePC.

Click photo for video…

Meat. It's What's For Dinner.

Meat. It’s What’s For Dinner.

This Post Is Brought To You By The Letter “D”

debby_holiday1Debby Holiday rules the dance floors and rocks the billboards. Her music is delicious, driven and delightful. Her style thrives and inspires. DIO! was lucky enough to get time with her for a recent lunch and Debby delivered the goods.

Debby Holiday lit up dance music with her #5 Billboard summer anthem  Dive in 2004. Holiday followed the smash hit “Dive” with her power ballad “Half A Mile Away”, which shot into the Billboard Top 10, along with Debby’s follow-up dance hit “Bring It On”.

All of Debby’s subsequent dance singles broke into the Billboard Top 20 including, “Piece of My Love” & “Surrender Me” (with the incredible Tony Moran), “Joyful Sound“, featured in the hit show Sordid Lives: The Series, from writer/director/producer Del Shores, starring Olivia Newton John.

Growing up in Los Angeles, Debby was exposed to many forms of music to encourage her expression. Her father Jimmy Holiday topped the charts with several of his own singles before co-writing smash hits like “Understanding” for Ray Charles and “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” for Jackie De Shannon. Debby’s ears were full of tremendous music to inspire her varied, passionate sound.

In 2012, Debby hit the Billboard Charts twice. Never Give Up with the amazing San Francisco based DJ Phil B soared to #9 in May of 2012.

Debby’s next single, Key To Your Soul (co-written with DJ John LePage & Jeff Fedak) hit #21 & includes an anti-bullying themed video for the song (directed by Del Shores).

Debby recently completed a staring role in the new film Blues For Willadean written by the award winning, Del Shores & co-starring Beth Grant, Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer from The Help.

Her latest single “I Like You” with Grammy Winning Producer/Dj Tony Moran is currently #8 on the Billboard Dance Charts.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym3hqjfyzxA

Finishing touches are being done to Debby’s Double Album ‘Free2B’ (half rock/half dance), which is allowing her to fully embrace her two musical sides.

‘Free2B’ is due out Feb 2015

Debby was a joy to have in the kitchen and we welcome having her back soon!

ps our naan recipe she made for “Down & Delhi” will be shared today!!!

Lyrical lunch.

Lyrical lunch.

I’m A Peach.

Truth. Don’t let the smooth taste fool you, I am a peach. People generally use this expression as a term of endearment, “Isn’t Jenny a peach? Look how she helps her Mom shingle the new barn”. It can also be a a sly dig in some circles, “Howard’s a real peach, finishing all of Auntie Lucy’s cobbler before she had any”. In my case it is more of a Dish!  I am a peach. I am fuzzy with a stone pit in my core.

Don't let the smooth taste fool you.

Don’t let the smooth taste fool you.

I will explain.

It took all of my twenties and most of my thirties to cultivate my beard (bane to my family). I endured relentless comments on the sprouting ‘peach fuzz’. Comparisons were made to dirty lollipop sticks, over-used QTips, sparse golf courses and broken Chia-pets. To wear my ginger whiskers in my forties, I glow. I am a peach, I sweeten with age. I am a peach, but not with a heart of stone. More of a head of it. More on that? Moron that.

I can be pretty obstinate, hard-headed if you will, in the kitchen. I hardly measure ingredients, will leave every cabinet open, cover every surface and risk bodily harm in pursuit of a perfect

Melissa-fent Fruits, Summer 2014

Melissa-fent Fruits, Summer 2014

taste. I fly by taste, sight and smell in addition to the seat of my pants. Sometimes the recipe will fly, sometimes not.  Casualties are inevitable,

“….you can’t make an omelet without breaking any eggs. Any cook will tell you this.” – Clue, The Movie – Col. Mustard AKA Martin Mull.

I am a peach, if you work around the dense center the fruit is delicious. Sort of speak.

So I bore you with all of that to tell you about some recent quality time in the DIO! FoodLab, peachy-keen if you will. Our wonderful sponsor Melissa’s Produce sent us some gorgeous stone

fruit this season. We got to play with delicious white peaches, apricots, plums, plucots and stunning avocados. Yes, Virginia, avocados are fruit. We sautéed, pureed, basted, broiled and blackened.

A drive-by fruiting.

A drive-by fruiting.

We blended, froze, reduced and grilled. There was much merriment involving Melissa’s tasty treats and at least one botched juggling show. But I digress.

The fruits of our labors (you know that pun was coming) were tremendous. Condiments, side dishes, desserts, drinks and snacks smacked the lips of happy hungry DIO! staff. The team’s  favorite recipes will follow for all to enjoy. Please let us know your success with the recipes and remember any pix of your efforts will be rewarded. We swag and shout out with the best of them.  The first recipe was delicious…….

Grilled White Peaches, a side dish.

Pairing these lovelies with an Herbs de Provence rubbed pork chops was phenomenal. The grill char on the sweet flesh of the peaches was incredible side by side with the savory of the pork’s seasonings.

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Ingredients:

4 washed, dried peaches. Halved, stones removed.

1 T white granulated sugar, brown sugar is nice too.

1 t cinnamon (DIO! Season 2 Spices W/ Benefits)

1/4 t clove.

2 T canola oil.

4-5 T chopped fresh rosemary.

 

How to:

1. Pre-heat clean grill or grill pan.

2. Mix clove, cinnamon, sugar and oil.

3. Brush peach halves liberally with sugar mix.

4. Sprinkle dressed peach halves with rosemary. Let flavors mingle for several minutes.

5. Dress grill grates with canola oil, or spray.

6. Reapply sweet make-up to peaches.

7. Grill peaches, skin side up, 3-5 minutes. Don’t let them go soft on you.

8. Serve up immediately.

 

 

National Bacon Day!!!

“Bacon’s good.”

“Bacon’s bacon.”  – “Desire Under The Elms”, Eugene O’Neill

It’s a nice way to end the summer;  BBQ and Bacon and Back to School. (All of my parenting friends agree, with the last part especially). Add some Bubbles and you’ve got yourself a holiday.   America’s pride and joy will always be their bacon.  It’s celebrated in cupcakes, cocktails, Colorado. There’s a propensity of alliteration today, bear with me. It is definitely what vegetarians miss most and what Lady Gaga has yet to wear. Bacon, bacon, bacon!

This recipe is from a friend of DIO! and an upcoming guest, Jeff Parker. His food blog Jeff Parker Cooks is a great follow for food enthusiasts and gourmet amis alike. Enjoy Jeff’s Bumped Up Bacon Wrapped Sweet & Spicy Peppers. Click photo for recipe

Happy National Bacon Day!

Top your burger or crown your steak.

Top your burger or crown your steak.