Dining in Maui Vickie Meets Chef Wesley Holder

I was recently dining in Maui at Pulehu Italian Grill  and my taste buds danced with delight as I devoured every single bite of the wonderful food created by Chef Wesley Holder! 

 I reviewed the restaurant under a separate blog and you can see photos of the restaurant and details about my meal under that post:

Pulehu – An  Italian Grill is the Exotic in Maui. 

I returned to the restaurant my last day on the island and I was able to meet Chef Wes ( and enjoy one of his wood oven pizzas) before I had to catch my plane and return home.

Chef Wesley is so talented!  His food is creative in both taste and texture.  Visually, his food is absolutely delightful!

Chef Wes took First Place in the Maui Onion Festival May 5, 2012 for his Maui Onion Tortellini En Brodo. 

He proudly displayed his “Best in Show” award from the recent Ka’anapali Fresh competition.

Chef Wes also won the Farm to Fork competition in 2011.

 

The Chef and I discussed cooking in a wood oven.  I had a wood oven for many years and I hope to add a wood oven to my new home in the near future.  Chef Wes said he grew up with wood oven cooking and his skills are evident when you dine at Pulehu.

Vickie and Chef Wes at Pulehu Italian Grill

When dining in Maui, you will have lots of choices.  I highly recommend you check out this wonderful restaurant and Chef Wesley Holder.

 

 

WAND TV 17 Features Make Life Special

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Make Life Special was the Web Site of the Week for WAND TV 17  (ABC) this week.  Stacey Skrysak, News Anchor, featured Vickie and the Make Life Special Blog on her newscast and the WAND TV 17 Facebook page.

  

Success Secret: How to Scallopini

Scallopini.  Don’t be fooled by recipes with the word “scallopini ” in the name.  It may sound like it would be too fancy to make at home, but that is not true!  In fact, to prepare chicken breasts or veal scallopini-style just means to pound the pieces of meat into thin, quick cooking servings and then coat them with flour and saute quickly in a skillet for about 3 minutes on each side.  Recipes like my Cheese & Garden Herb Stuffed Chicken Breasts and my Chicken Piccata use this scallopini-style method. 

 

Here is my Success Secret for how to pound the pieces of chicken breasts or veal into scallopini-style servings.

 

You will need one large zip lock freezer bag for each piece of meat.  Using kitchen scissors, cut one side of each bag open.

 

Place one piece of meat into each zip lock bag.  

Use the flat side of a meat mallet and pound each piece of meat until it is about 1/4 inch thick.  ( I like to place a dish towel under the bag to protect the counter top) 

 

And here’s a make ahead tip —

The pounding step can be done ahead of time and the meat can be placed in the refrigerator in the zip lock bags until you are ready to cook.

 

Italian Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Recipe

Here is an easy fingerling potatoes recipe that’s sure to impress your guests!  You can have this fingerling potatoes recipe in the oven in 5 minutes…What could be easier?

 

 

Italian Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Herbs
 
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Put the potatoes in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the herbs, garlic and oil until blended and then pour over the potatoes.
  2. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Transfer the potatoes to a large baking dish, spacing them evenly apart.
  3. Roast the potatoes until they are tender and golden, about an hour, turning them occasionally while roasting.
  4. Transfer the roasted potatoes to a platter and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with additional Herbs de Provence, if desired.

Ingredients:

1 pound fingerling potatoes

1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence, plus extra for garnish

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

salt and pepper

Directions:

Put the potatoes in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, whisk together the herbs, garlic and oil until blended and then pour over the potatoes.

Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat.  Transfer the potatoes to a large baking dish, spacing them evenly apart.

Roast the potatoes until they are tender  and golden, about an hour, turning them occasionally while roasting.

Transfer the roasted potatoes to a platter and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with additional Herbs de Provence, if desired.

To download the printable recipe with how to photos, click here:    Italian Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Herbs 

Video: Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Recipe

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes are an easy side dish that your family will love!

Vickie’s French Onion Drop Biscuits

Easy French Onion Drop Biscuits

French Onion Drop Biscuits

Looking for quick and easy drop biscuits recipes?  

These tasty morsels are great to serve with dinner or an appetizer cheese tray.  I teach my culinary arts students how to make both the rolled biscuits and drop biscuits.  If you are just beginning to learn how to work with dough, you will find that drop biscuits are the easiest to make.  The dough will be very soft but that’s alright because you will just drop the dough by spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet.  You can watch my video and see just how easy these are to make!  And, they only have 4 ingredients!  Easy….peasy! 

Here is the YouTube How-to Tutorial for this recipe:    

 

Vickie's French Onion Drop Biscuits
 
Author:
Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Biscuit mix
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 8 oz French onion dip
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, finely minced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with Pam.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

Only four ingredients….what could be easier!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine Bisquick, milk, French Onion dip and sliced green onions in a bowl.

Stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms.  Remember….it’s supposed to be a soft, sticky dough!  You don’t have to roll this – just drop it by spoonfuls on the cookie sheet.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a sprayed baking sheet.  ( For best results, use a shiny baking sheet.  If you use a dark cookie sheet, the bottoms of the biscuits will get too brown.)

Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.  Here they are in the oven…..

Serves 6 to 8.

“Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!” 

Video: French Onion Drop Biscuits

 

Here is a quick and easy biscuit recipe that only has 4 ingredients!

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