Friday, February 19, 2016

I love pork.  They say it is the other white meat.  It is versatile.  There are a million ways to cook pork.  AND...IT IS BACON.  Enough said.

When my kids were little my sister-in-law raised three pigs at her Summer Camp...we bought one - his name was Bacon. our sense of humor.

This weekend is the weekend of the pig at Biggest Little Life. Enjoy.


Every month the River Walk District Merchants sponsor their popular Wine Walk event.  All you need is $20 and a valid I.D. - they'll give you a glass and you can stroll among 20+ local merchants for 3 hours of unlimited tiny pours.  Proceeds go to the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. For a his and hers guide on how to wine walk like BOSS - read THIS

Who doesn't love a beer festival? We do!  Here are the details.

  • Freeze your Pints Off
  • Saturday, February 20th, 2016 
  • 12 pm - 5 pm - VIP, 1 pm - 5 pm General Admission
  • Under the Rose Brewing Company - back alley - 559 4th St., Reno, NV. 
  • Ticket Prices: $65 VIP pre-sale only, $45 General Admission pre-sale, $55 General Admission day-of, $15 Designated Driver add-on
  • Local DJs 
  • Local food trucks. 
  • Over 14 local breweries
  • Proceeds to benefit the Reno Instagrammys
  • Tickets available HERE
This is sure to be a great time.

Serious Me Time - Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10 am to 4 pm.

Bring the girls and head over to Grand Sierra Resort for Reno’s ultimate event dedicated to pampering women, Divas’ Day Out. Rock your tiara while shopping with over 120 vendors, watching live product demonstrations, sampling hors d’oeuvres, and, of course catching a live performance of American Storm - America’s Hottest Male Revue. Partial proceeds benefit Renown Children’s Hospital, and the first 1,000 ladies through the door get a free feather boa and an exciting bag of erotic goodies from local merchant Adam and Eve.  Presale tickets until 2/19/16 at midnight are $5.00 - Tickets at the door are $8.00.  Buy tickets HERE



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I found this recipe years and years ago in a Cooking Light magazine.  It is my go to pork chop - always.  Today, I substitute mashed cauliflower for the potatoes.  But - smother anything in a beautiful whiskey gravy like this and people will devour it.  Yum.  Find the recipe HERE


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It doesn't get much better than the glorious smell of sizzling pork sausage in the morning.  It isn't something that most people think of making themselves.  I'm here to tell you to DO IT!  It is really very easy and the result is fresh and flavorful.  It is so much better than the over processed and preservative laced commercial brands.  You can make it sweeter with more sugar or spicer with more cayenne. I make it in batches and freeze it.  Find the recipe HERE


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Pork loin is one of the tastiest and easiest roasts to make. A classic French Bistro dish that is great for mid-week or weekend company. It is a nice, lean, healthy dinner option.  I serve mine with roasted baby potatoes and sauteed spinach.  I love this recipe from Emeril Lagasse.  Find it HERE


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I am in love with "anti-California" or unoaked Chardonnay.  This type of Chardonnay is aged in stainless steel instead of oak barrels.  This produces a mild fruit flavor that is clean and naked and without the buttery oak flavor.  Perfectly paired with the Roasted Pork Roast with Mustard & Rosemary - above.  P.S. - Anything Kim Crawford is divine.  Find this one HERE

Since we are talking about pigs - I thought I would include this little lovely from World Market.  A great kitchen chalkboard sign, welcome sign, or house warming gift.  Find it HERE

I love a kitchen with a clever paper towel holder.  There are so many adorable choices out there.  Be bold and make a statement. Let your personality shine. This little piggy is a perfect choice.  Find it HERE

I hope you enjoy your weekend - spend time, break bread, and make memories!

eat. love. live well.

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