DIO! Ep 3.03, “Two Hot Chicks!”

The Vivacious Vixen of Verve Carolyn Hennesy takes a bite out of Dish It Out! imageWhole roast chicken & Schmaltz croutons are made then devoured while Carolyn charms with tails of her acting, authoring, animal advocacy & aerial accomplishments. Grab the trapeze, Spats is serving up “Two Hot Chicks!”

 

 

 

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

And Now, A Word From Our Host Being…..

The link to our campaign

Our First Indiegogo Campaign!!

Greetings & Salutations to all our friends & family & fans!

We are embarking on our first crowd funding campaign to create the Third Season of Dish It Out!! Your support for the past two seasons has nurtured our incredible cooking series that’s –

“….one part talk, two parts cooking, three parts garlic.”

Funk It Up With Dish!M

Funk It Up With Dish!

please share wide & far! No amounts too small, unless it’s garlic and every bit helps, unless it’s cayenne.

 

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Spirit Day 2014!!!

This video (click thru pix) is in celebration of all the good friends out there that pick us up, dust us off, and put us back in to the game. The memories we make with these great people last a lifetime. Hug someone dear today.

CELEBRATE!!!!!

More on Spirit Day ….

It's so glamorous!

It’s so glamorous!

Episode 2.04 “Moqueca: Asylum For Naomi”.

 

Here’s our little experiment, laboratory of love if you will, Enjoy the flavors & grand style of Naomi & Tony!

“Stoneface” Opening at The Pasadena Playhouse! DIO! Was THERE!!!

Anna Faris

Anna Faris

 

Prd. Michael Vinton on Tony Night with Tonies

Prd. Michael Vinton on Tony Night with Tonies

Heather McComb to star in next season Episode on DIO!!!

Heather McComb to star in next season Episode on DIO!!!

Our lovely Vanessa Claire Stewart invited us to the gala opening of her lovingly written “Stoneface; The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Buster Keaton” starring the wonderful French Stewart. And we have the pics to prove. (images courtesy of Getty , Earl Gibson III, and LAArtsonline.com )

Acclaimed playwright Vanessa Claire Stewart.

Acclaimed playwright Vanessa Claire Stewart.

Quality time.

Quality time.

Spats

Spats

French & Vanessa

French & Vanessa

As good as I look in this....

As good as I look in this….

Vanessa's Dad wore it better.

Vanessa’s Dad wore it better.

Paige from LAArtsOnline.com

Paige from LAArtsOnline.com

Da Papz, "Hi Paige, Hi Earl"

Da Papz, “Hi Paige, Hi Earl”

Mick and Spats at The Pasadena Playhouse celebrating the opening of "Stoneface"

Mick and Spats at The Pasadena Playhouse celebrating the opening of “Stoneface”

National Shrimp Day!

“Shellfish? No, she’s actually a very giving person.”

eat at Toe's

An old fave; Garlic Shrimp

Not to be confused with National Shrimp Scampi Day which was April 29th, today is National Shrimp Day!! Shriiiiimmmmppp!!! Tiny prawns of joy! The best prelude in a steakhouse experience. We love us some shrimp, in a big way. Every Christmas Aunty Lucy (aka Zia Lucia, Aunty Goosey, Aunty Alibi) would have a bowl of perfect shrimp cocktail out that my sister Carole and I would destroy. Shrimp tails would be in our hair (my mullet was good for something) cocktail napkins and in the sofa cushions. Cocktail sauce on the ceiling, it was a frenzy for two or more. As we got older, and our own jobs, we used to pad the amount of shrimp cocktail to a sickening degree. We would consume so many crustaceans that eating the actual dinner became challenging. This would be bad as Aunty Goosey would think we didn’t like something if we didn’t consume copious amounts. You don’t make an Italian aunt think you don’t like her food, it’s wrong. I am fairly confident that it’s in the Bible.

Karma Lounge LA's Popcorn Shrimp (click thru to site)

Karma Lounge LA’s Popcorn Shrimp (click thru to site)

Americans consume shrimp more than any other seafood, including salmon. Shrimp makes a salad a meal, a bloody mary a party and an allergist a practice. Shellfish is in the top eight food allergans. Shrimp can start a holiday meal and be equally dazzling as a romantic entree over pasta. In most guises shrimp is frequently found in the company of our very good friend, garlic. Shrimp grills, sautes, poaches, roasts and blackens. Shrimp is spicy, shrimp is sweet shrimp is versatile. Shrimp is a fantastic comedic device.

DIO! Producer Michael Vinton’s favorite buzz word is Shrimp. He’ll freely use it as an exclamation, declaration, nickname or adjective. “Shrimmmmp!!” “That’s shrimptastic…” “Hey Shrimp (anyone) I’ll need you on set by 9 am.” He freely poaches any kind of shrimp derivative to make conversation catchy (of the day).

Shriiimmmp

Producer producing hysteria

Some would say crazy, others might say genius. He will say, “Shrimp”. The source of his addiction has been traced to a classic “Golden Girls” episode. As with all masterpieces, “Golden Girls” needs to be studied to enjoy the layers and layers of comedic brilliance. This particular episode involves a dwarf, the Girls and a dinner party. Comedy ensues here.

Happy National Shrimp Day!! Go get a pound or two of some nice size nibblet, toss with our DCS! (Dish! Creole Seasoning) and sautee up in some butter/oil. Remember that shrimp don’t take long to prepare, or devour. Shrrriiiiimmmmmmmppppp!!!

DCS

(Dish It Out! Creole Seasoning)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teasoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage

1/2 teaspoon fennel seed

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

3/4 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

 

 

The JBCBCB!!! Happy St. Patrick’s Weekend!!!

“Corned Beef & Cabbage, makes an Irishman savage” – Mama Spats

Our mascot/accountant Ralph the Rubber Rat always on point

Our mascot/accountant Ralph the Rubber Rat always on point

Every year it would be the same, Ma chopping potatoes and carrots and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. The heady smell of the boiling beef would fill the house, spilling outside down the back stairs. Dishes of mustard on both ends of the kitchen table. Come Hell, high water or Lent, there was an amazing one pot-dinner in praise of the green. It was a tasty little oasis as winter in New England would grind to a close. Every year this dinner popped up near the Ides, near St. Pats. It also coincided close to our Uncle Jimmy’s Birthday on the 14th.

Uncle Jim was a Murphy and as Irish as they come. On a pilgrimage to Caherciveen, near County Cork Uncle Jim traced the Murphy roots back generations. In the old family homestead the genealogy was listed on a wall. To which he added the New England branch of Murphys including the Spatafora name. This makes me Irish-adjacent to speak Angeleno to you all. Not the annual eating of the brisket or wearing o’ the Green, but absolutely sharing the spirit of family and roots makes St. Patrick’s Day special for us.

This heralds the introduction of our holiday classic “The JBCBCB”. It’s inspiration, Jon, is a family to us. He’s part of the Network of Informants and Thieves that we mention every so often Jon tinkered with the recipe and passed the ball to us where we gave it our spin. Jon has a voice like thunder and a smile a mile wide. He’s a great man to know, especially in a bar fight. If you  don’t like Jon B, you don’t like brisket. That sounds better than it reads. We love you Jon.

Enjoy your holiday, enjoy our recipe and the laughs that cross contaminate a good time. It’s what it’s all about right? Good times, family (chosen and biological) and good food. Come hungry!!