Pensacola, Florida Vacation – May 30, 2012

Friends: Kid Chef Eliana and I decided to take a working vacation in Pensacola, Florida to finish the revisions to her upcoming cookbook, Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana, which is being published by Pelican Publishing in Spring 2013. We stayed at a bed and breakfast that is a beach mansion on a private bay in Pensacola. […] Read More

Categories: Author, Beach, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, food, Kid Chef Eliana, Kids Cooking

Eliana’s Spookover – Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friends: Saturday was a blast! The night of my 8 year old daughter, Eliana’s Spookover, finally arrived! Eliana was ready for some swashbuckling fun. Argh, matey! We worked all day cleaning, decorating, and cooking. I set up my spooky backdrop and decorated the table full of frightening food – bloody pigs in a blanket, petrifying […] Read More

Categories: Children, Cooking, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, food, Games, Halloween, Kids, Party, Stories, Storytelling

September 13, 2008 – Eliana Cooks! A New Blog for Young Chefs

Friends: Today, my 8 year old daughter, Eliana, and I set up a new website/blog for her called “Eliana Cooks! A Creative Kid in the Kitchen.” The blog features recipes, reviews, and fun information about food for young chefs. Since Eliana was 4 years old, she has expressed interest in becoming a chef. When she […] Read More

Categories: Cooking, Eliana, food, Kitchen, Recipes

Dianne’s Summer Travels – August 2008

Friends: I spent a week in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. I presented two storytelling concerts and two professional development sessions at the International Association of School Librarianship Conference in Berkeley. I met librarians from all over the globe – the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Austria, India, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, […] Read More

Categories: Author, food, story theater, Storyteller, Storytelling, Storytelling Tours, Travel, Workshop

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

Categories: Birthday, Cooking, cuisine, Family, Fiesta, food, Friends, Party

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

Categories: Cooking, cuisine, Entertaining, Family, food, Recipe, Recipes

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

Categories: Baking, Cake, Cooking, cuisine, Family, food, Recipe

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

Categories: Cooking, cuisine, Entertaining, food, Grilling, Kitchen, Outdoor Grill, Renovations, Southern Hospitality