Kid Chef Eliana Cooks at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum – Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friends: On Saturday, Kid Chef Eliana demonstrated her “Perfect Pesto” and signed books at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. The basil was picked fresh from my mom’s (her Nana’s) garden the evening before. She also cooked Italian-marinated chicken with fresh sage and oregano, garden rotini, pesto cream cheese dip, and sparkling pomegranate punch. It […] Read More

Categories: Children, cuisine, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, Kid Chef Eliana, Kids, Kids Cooking

New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference 11-14 & 11-15-08

Friends: I arrived in East Brunswick, New Jersey on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the Hilton Hotel for the New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference. After signing books at the Libraries Unlimited booth, I went to dinner with Debby Laboon (Libraries Unlimited’s Authors Respresentative) and Anne Scharff (Greenwood Press’ Sales Representative). We met Judy […] Read More

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Dianne Performing Scared Silly at Audubon Elementary – Friday, October 31, 2008

Friends: I had the pleasure of performing at Audubon Elementary in Kenner, Louisiana. I performed at the school last year and many of the students remembered me! When they saw me, they began singing my song “Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam.” My “Scared Silly” show began with grades 3-5. The school was celebrating a Fall […] Read More

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Fajitas-n-Ritas Fiesta Sorpresa (March 1, 2008)

Friends: I did it! I pulled it off (with lots of help – Thanks, Mom, Clay, Gary, Jennie, Papi, Soleil and kids). Antonio’s 40th Birthday Fajitas-n-Ritas Surprise Fiesta was a success. Ole! His best friend, George (pictured above) took Antonio out for the day for a belated birthday celebration to have lunch and to see […] Read More

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Recipe: Tomato Basil Bisque

Friends: Today is the first Friday of Lent. In the Catholic tradition, we don’t eat meat on Fridays. So my family requested one of their favorite recipes, my original Tomato Basil Bisque. It is delicious and hearty. Without the addition of half-n-half, it can also be a very diet-friendly recipe. Tomato Basil Bisque by Dianne […] Read More

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Recipe: Soleil’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Cake: INGREDIENTS: 2 cups flour 1/2 cup cocoa 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup mayonnaise (I know, I know. It’s sketchy. But it takes the place of eggs and oil.) 1 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, cocoa, […] Read More

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Stories on Board!, Ugly Dogs, Surprises, and Good Food

Friends: It was another eventful day. It started out with a meeting at Bissonet Plaza Elementary. The library media specialist, Ellen Miller, has been hiring me for eight years now to perform an annual residency with the students, grades PK-5. When I go to Bissonet, the students, teachers and staff are like family. It’s always […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, Author, Cooking, cuisine, Family Games, food, Games, Storyteller, Storytelling

Yummy in My Tummy!

Friends, Today, I laid down for an afternoon nap (what a luxury). My husband, Antonio, awoke me with a surprise dinner! He grilled New York strip with a homemade spicy Latin rub topped with a garlic herb butter, sauteed spinach, cheddar-stuffed grilled poblano peppers, and ripe roma tomatoes. All of this was finished with a […] Read More

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