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Mar, 14

A day with Essence

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When I taped my most recent show with Essence Carson, my menu was a great Italian themed spread.  From the most minimal appetizer ever, to my twist on cheese sticks (pockets) , a way to keep the kids occupied, and an entree turned into game day food. Your guests will love all of the above. I’m so clever…..


Essence Carson of the New York Liberty and musician. Watch today’s show to see just how talented this young lady is….

A cool way to start off an Italian themed party…..spread some butcher paper or a paper table cloth and hand out the crayolas. Very common at many Italian bistros and fun for all

Not exactly ROY G BIV… but I’m ready for action…..

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Alright my paper table cloth could use an iron. My girls and I love this 🙂

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Now the easiest appetizers ever…

Crusty Italian Bread with seasoned olive oil…… studded cast of seasonings….

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Drizzle some olive oil….ahhh the aroma

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Some garlic salt….sprinkle sprinkle

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Italian Season….shaky shaky

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Some like it hot, hot, hot….if ya do….. a pinch or two of red pepper flakes….

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 crusty bread…….

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It’s go time my friends….

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And forth…….

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And the winner for “Easiest Appetizer Ever”   

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See….easy and 1 minute of work. I had my stopwatch in hand. 57.4 seconds to be exact..

And now a story of  fried cheese……

There are nights….circa 2:00 am when I wake up with what I believe is the most genius idea..EVER!!!! I’m not sure this is an infinity moment,  but I have been told it’s quite tasty…

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In real time….while taping my show this is how my guests are treated. Nothing like fried food to show your appreciate and love

How are these pockets made??? I know you are sitting on the edge of you seats….

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How to make the best fried mozzarella ever…. pair the cheese with squash, zucchini, and pepperoni…

It’s an Asian-Italian fusion…so get some some egg roll wrappers…

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 My slice of Mozzarella 

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Pepperoni and cheese….

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Zucchini and cheese…..

And fold…seal with water

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Fold again……

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Finally our little love letters of cheese, meat, and veggies….

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Now our dredging station;  flour, eggs, and panko seasoned with garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Don’t be shocked, fry the pockets in  350 degree vegetable oil until golden brown and serve with marinara sauce…

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And again the final product… more time. Delicious…..

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Last but not least our entree… lasagna rolls….

lasagna rolls

Take your traditional lasagna and make it into these individual game day treats…

Essences and I ended our show with some Sangria..and the kicker…I used fruit cocktail 🙂  

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A great day with Essence….Cheers!!!


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