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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.

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Meat. It's What's For Dinner.

Meat. It’s What’s For Dinner.


Where we’ve been and where we’re going is a matter of Grace. We’ve had amazing meals and events for which we are extremely grateful. We are looking to the future with great friends and loyal family, Thank-you to All!!!  Hopefully our next season will be filled with brioche, ganache and the panache we relished last year. Dish It Out! experienced such great reception, we count ourselves blessed in its creation. People came hungry and are ready for seconds.

It should also make mention that both halves of the creative team mounted their weddings Season One’s inception, gracefully. Director Christopher Gregson and the lovely Operations Manager (muse) Marie Pettit

The newly minted Gregsons!

The newly minted Gregsons!

tied the knot in the great state of Texas among family and friends. Chris’s guiding eye has made DIO! a treat to the eye as well to the tummy. And the poor many has to hear Tony’s damn laugh ad nauseam in post production. Marie wears many hats in the studio, all of them in grande style. You also know Marie from her juggling garlic in Episode 5. Planning weddings long distance can be trying from the logistical stance, planning a wedding period is trying. The happy couple showed amazing verve on their first to day to taste a better life. Gracefully their exeunt flourish from the church was to the coronation music played at the end of first ‘Star Wars’ movie. Their humor resulted in a fantastic day of joy (Chosen) and jam sessions.

Producer Michael Vinton and Tony Spatafora gained a hyphen in the Blue state of Connecticut. Michael keeps all the visiting talent craftily entertained (Red Vines and Pellegrino) and the crew on schedule. Tony keeps getting in the way of the camera, for better or for worse. They married out doors by the CT River. The autumnal beauty behind them. Also not far behind them was a massive down pour driving guest to flee for shelter under tarps, gazebos and suit jackets. The happy grooms and invited loved ones accepted the blessing from above gracefully, and laughed all the way to the “I do’s”.

Rain plan? Oh, that's what we forgot.

Rain plan? Oh, that’s what we forgot.

It’s pretty terrific to be able to do what you love, with people you love. It’s a blessing really. And for this especially we say thanks. We are coming back to you full force in Season Two. Guests, Goblets and Elves will be filling your monitors as lustful as an episode of  ‘Game Of Thrones’.  Okay, maybe not that lustful, we’ve dumbed down the inbreeding, and still cook on natural gas. DIO! has been on a great journey, mostly tasteful. We’ve married, we’ve tarried. We’ve tried, and fried and plied. We’ve catered, belabored. and tailored many wonderful food events that we’re gonna share with you, oh are there some great stories to share. Sound good? Well than pull up a chair we saved you a spot for you and your friend. Glad to see you, we hope you came hungry…..

Grace. I said it.

Happy Happy, and nice nice.

If you haven’t already, we are so likeable on FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dish-It-Out-With-Tony-Spatafora/136142373142982?fref=ts

, and followable on Twitter, @GetDish

Our lives are open, so burn up those lines like a Baked Alaska……..operators are standing by.

Foy, Soy And A Veggie Po’ Boy.

We are so excited for our latest alliteration. The musicality is so bouncy. These titles come in dreams and then we cast accordingly. Imagine the dream that brought us Colleen Foy?  We are even more excited for Episode 7. There were so many elements and schedules to be engaged. A working Hollywood Actress is not an easy mark.

Colleen rules! Colleen eats!

They are often found running between yoga, agent’s offices, auditions, shamans and vegan lunch spots. As this town makes Lunch a full-contact sport we wanted Colleen on our team.

Colleen Foy just makes it look easy. She’s an actor’s actor that hits all the marks. She arrives prepared, on time, brilliant and beautiful. Colleen teaches starting actors Scene Study. She has such a wonderful array of work for viewing. She’s got PSA’s to educate, she’s got drama’s to awe. She’s been a darling of the internet, she’s got comedic chops.  Even greater than her stage credits or the fact that her first major movie was with Daniel Day Lewis is….. she’s been on Sesame Street!!!!!! Muppet Power!!! Colleen couldn’t have been any cooler for this shoot.

It’s funny when you have to feed an actress, they usually don’t eat. Our craft services in the past have been mineral water and sugar free Altoids. Colleen Foy wasn’t that girl. She CAME HUNGRY!!!! We love this. Her talent and appetite for good things is stunning to watch, you’ll agree. Feeding her vegetarian diet was our number one priority. And anyone that comes to our table does not leave on an empty stomach.Many ideas were tossed about, and then it came in a vision!  There Will Be Food. For Foy. Soy? Aaaaah, a Veggie Po’ Boy…….that Banh Mi that we’d been obsessing over lately. Happy Dance ensued for the rest of the production meeting. Oh, this is one for our Client List. A Veggie Po’ Boy that would pack in the flavor and be W.EZ (wicked easy) for the home cook to make. And tofu? Soy bean curd? How can we make that appealing for America Adjacent ie, anywhere between LA and NYC? How are we to show them how best to work their soon to be new best friend? We researched many a marinade, found that pressing issue (literally press the water out of that bad boy). For a while in the R & D wing of the DIO Network it was a full on Tofu-palooza. Hoo Doo That Tofu That You Do So Well. Here’s the winner recipe for your soy.

Top Tofu Marinade

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Chili Oil

1/4 Cup Sesame Oil

Lots of chopped fresh garlic

Lots of chopped fresh ginger

Use this as a base, and then get creative. Citrus is nice in this. As is lemongrass, agave, chilis and star anise. Tofu needs to be pressed between paper towels for 30-45 minutes to get in a good shape for it’s Top Marinade Treatment

Also in Episode 7 we made some Kale Chips that were delicious.

Kale Chips

One head Kale rinsed and DRIED.

Seperate into bite sized leaves (use own mouth as guide)

Toss with one Tablespoon Olive Oil and season with flavor du jour; Old Bay, House Seasoning, Lawry’s, Sunil’s,

Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, turning leaves over half way during cooking time.

Episode 7 goes live tonight and we’re very proud of it. Hope it inspires you to take in a vegetarian and feed them rockstar quality lunches. Or at least do something different for noontime that’s good for you. And one day, when you do try one of these recipes, and you know you will when you speak of them, be kind. Name that play……….Colleen, don’t help them.

We’re Out!

Colleen Foy

Rabbit, rabbit.

Now that has your attention, doesn’t it? A cooking blog raising your hare with a suspicious title. Can you say ‘pandering’? Can you say ‘pandemonium’? Can you spell hors d’oeuvres? Well if you can see and spell, I’m sure your power of speech is not far behind. So bring those lips over here and catch this little superstition, waking up on the first day of the month makes you say “Rabbit, Rabbit” to bring you good luck.

say it say it

a recipe for luck

I’ve long since done it. I’ve blogged on it. I’ve written on walls of hallowed halls. Not hallowed really, just a sawdust on the floor kind of place in Bermuda, but I digress. It’s an old New England superstition with tenets in Britain, I know that’s a shocker. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_rabbit) Today I awoke and spoke the famous incantation with a croaking chest cold kind of voice. It was more “ribbit ribbit”, pun’s intended. . I later found out the producer of our show, Michael Vinton wasn’t much better. He had croaked out a “Monkey monkey, rabbit rabbit”, he confuses my blarney and blessings all the time. Heck, I do that myself as well. I wish you all luck for the month and the year to come and Happy Chinese New Year as well. The year of the Dragon will bring courage and blessings!

Exciting news around DIO. Our next episode, “Chillin’ With Sheena Metal”  is due to be up any day now. You’ll be able to read more of her in an upcoming post describing the filming and the history behind the great Salmon Chili recipe. With four more episodes to shoot in the season we’re very excited at the attention everyone has been giving the show. THANK YOU for all the kind words and great comments that everyone leaves here, on Facebook, Twitter and on the YouTube channel. It’s pretty damn great to read what recipes people have made and how they’ll come hungry next time. Remember “You Can Do This!” when making our food. Our stuff is easy, usually good for you and tasty tasty. Stuff yourself, please.

More good news, our show can be found on IMDB, we’re too legit too quit. Our little series is in the same company of Julia Childs, Ina Garten and Charo. I say this with love, I love me some Charo. ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2180911/) This is the go-to data base for all tv/film related searches. It’s a pretty great thing, THANKS to our producers and relentless talent involved in every aspect of making DIO.

So with a mouthful of chicken soup to clean out this chest cold, and love in my heart, I say Rabbit Rabbit to you for your new month and look forward to making you smile, inside and out with our little show here.