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Press tour: Party patrol winter 2011

Saturday, 15 January 2011 12:00 AM Written by

See Friday's TV Q&A here.

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PASADENA, Calif. -- The winter TV critics press tour ends today so it's time to look back at and rate the parties.

Read my capsule critiques and see photos after the jump. ...

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Weekly Menu for the Week of Jan. 17

Friday, 14 January 2011 11:16 PM Written by

Welcome to my weekly menu!!!

I hope you enjoyed last week's menu! I have heard rave reviews about the Greek Chicken. I wrapped up the leftovers in a whole wheat wrap with fresh spinach and feta and I am happy to report it was delish!!!

This week there are BOGO specials at Giant Eagle. You can also take advantage of great deals at Costco or Sam's Club and your local butcher. We will be taking advantage of these great deals by roasting not one but TWO chickens at once!!! That is one of my rules – Always roast two chickens at once. This week the special is for BOGO roasting chickens. These are larger birds. If you have a smaller family or have smaller appetites you may want to opt for the fryers. They are still quite affordable and it should be the right amount for your family. We like chicken a lot and I find that the fryers are a better fit for our family. Costco sells them 2 to a pack.

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ALWAYS check your coupons!!! Not only the ones we receive in our newspapers and mid-week mailers but also online! Check out

Follow the plan so you can save time, money, and a few calories! Remember – cooking our own food is healthier than ordering in and eating out any day!!! Your family, wallet and waistline will thank you!

I hope you all enjoy your week, the recipes and the savings!


Fish Tacos
Black Bean and Corn Salad

Fish Tacos – courtesy of Ellen G.

¼ cup sour cream
2 T. lime juice
Salt and pepper
¼ small cabbage – red or green – thinly shredded (about 2 ½ cups)
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, sliced in half lengthwise, ½ of pepper minced
2 T. olive oil
1 lb. tilapia fillets
8 flour tortillas – taco size
½ cup of fresh cilantro leaves

In a large bowl combine sour cream and lime. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside half of the sour cream mixture for serving. Toss cabbage, scallions and minced jalapeno with the remaining mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil and remaining jalapeno half, swirling around to coat the bottom of the pan. The idea is to infuse the oil with a little heat from the pepper. Season fish with salt and pepper. Cook fish in skillet until golden brown on all sides, about 5-6 minutes. It is ok if the fish falls apart because you are going to stuff the tacos with it. Discard the jalapeno.

Warm tortillas in the microwave covered with paper towels or in the oven wrapped in foil. Fill each tortilla with slaw, fish and top each with fresh cilantro. If cilantro is not your thing you could substitute fresh parsley. Drizzle with reserved sour cream mixture. Serve immediately!

***Time Saving Tip**** Buy pre-shredded angel hair cabbage. This will be found near the bagged salads.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of white corn, drained and rinsed
1 diced avocado
¼ cup of red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
¼ cup of chopped cilantro
Juice of 2 limes
¼ t. cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. This can be eaten alone or with tortilla chips.


Roasted Chicken (double duty)
Wild Rice
Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Roasted Chicken

2 whole chickens – roasting or fryers – depending on the size of your family
2 T. olive oil
Poultry seasoning
4 sprigs of fresh sage and thyme (or 2 t. of dried sage and thyme)
2 onions, quartered

Remove and discard giblets from chicken; rinse under cold water and pat dry. Rub chickens with olive oil. Place onion and fresh herbs inside the cavity of each chicken. (If you are using dried herbs, sprinkle on the outside of the chicken.) Sprinkle with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.

If desired, tie ends of legs together with heavy string. Lift wing tips up and under chicken. Place chickens, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. (Some people like to cook theirs breast side down. Just be sure to turn it breast side up for the last ½ hour of cooking so they can get nice and browned.) Bake according to the package. Usually, a 4-5lb chicken will cook at 375˚ for 1 hour and 50 minutes or until juices run clear or a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 180˚. Please adjust the cooking time to the weight of your chicken. When in doubt – just wait for the built in timer to pop! This can be found in the breast of the chicken.

Serve one roasted chicken and cover and refrigerate the other for later use.

Prepare the carrots while your chicken is resting – be sure to keep your chicken covered with foil while the carrots are in the oven so it stays warm.

Balsamic Glazed Carrots (This is our favorite way to eat carrots)

1 pkg of baby carrots
Olive or Canola oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 450˚. Place carrots on jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with oil and vinegar, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. The carrots will be slightly glazed and firm, not mushy.


Roast Beef
Mashed Potatoes

Roast Beef – adapted from

1 – 2-3lb. chuck roast
1 packet of onion soup mix
½ - ¾ of a bottle of Chili Sauce
½ can of Coke – yes ... the soda!

Place roast beef in the crock-pot. Cover with the onion soup mix. Pour the chili sauce and the coke over the entire roast. Cook on LOW for about 6-8 hours – this will depend on how big the roast is.


Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Ranch Sauce
Carrot and Celery Sticks

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Ranch Sauce – from Dawn S.

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup purchased sour cream ranch dip (GE brand was recommended and is located by the deli)
2/3 cup chopped green onions
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (double duty – remove chicken from 2nd roasted chicken)
3/4 cup purchased buffalo wing sauce
12 flour tortillas – taco size
3 cups shredded cheddar

Heat oven to 350˚. Spray 13x9 glass baking dish with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix soup, dip and 1/3 cup green onions. In a large bowl, mix chicken and wing sauce. **** If your kids do not like wing sauce only mix enough chicken with the sauce for the adults. Keep the plain enchiladas at one of the casserole dish. **** To assemble, spoon 2 T. of soup mixture down the center of each tortilla; set remaining mixture aside. Reserve ½ cup of cheese. Top each tortilla with chicken (Plain or sauced) and cheese. Roll up the tortillas and place in the baking dish, seam side down. Spoon remaining soup mixture over the filled tortillas and cover with foil.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove from oven. Uncover; sprinkle with reserved cheese; bake uncovered about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with reserved green onions.


Pizza Night – Mediterranean Pizza (any leftover chicken- use it up) or Any way you like it!

This night is all about your favorite pizza! You can either order in or make your own! Our favorite way to make "homemade" pizzas is to use flatbread. We buy our flatbread at Costco. It comes in a double pack – they call it "pocketless pita bread." We keep it in the freezer and pull out however many we need. They are the perfect size for individual pizzas!

Here are some ways to build your pizza:

Traditional toppings – pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc. – you get the idea!

Mediterranean Pizza - brush the flatbread with olive oil, minced garlic and sprinkle oregano on top. Cover with mozzarella cheese and bake in a 450˚ oven until the crust is crisp and the cheese has melted – about 8-10 minutes. Top with sliced tomatoes, leftover shredded chicken (warm in the micro before topping the pizza – this will speed up the cooking time), sliced black olives and sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top. After you have topped your pizza, place it back in the oven and broil until the toppings are warmed and the cheese begins to melt.

And now for the shopping list. As always, double check your pantry, fridge and freezer to see if you already have any of the items listed below. This will reduce your spending and create less waste! And NEVER shop without a plan!


3 Limes
Cabbage – small red or green. They also sell pre-shredded cabbage for convenience.
Green onions
2 Jalapenos
Red onion
2 onions – GE special
Fresh sage and thyme
Bag of baby carrots – GE special
Salad – GE special

Sour cream ranch dip
Flatbread or pizza crust – GE special for $1

Cayenne pepper
Poultry seasoning
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Lipton onions soup mix
Chili sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce

Canned Goods/Ethnic Foods/Dry Goods
Black beans
White corn
Wild rice – GE special
Cream of chicken soup - GE special
Pizza sauce

Seafood/Meat Case/Butcher
Tilapia filets – 4 – GE special
2 whole chickens – roasting or fryers – GE special BOGO
2-3 lb. chuck roast – GE special BOGO

Frozen Foods
Peas – GE special

Sour cream
2 pkgs. Of taco size flour tortillas – need 20 total – GE special
Shredded cheddar cheese – GE special on Kraft


Can of coke

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Press tour: 'The Good Wife'

Friday, 14 January 2011 05:05 PM Written by
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good_wifePASADENA, Calif. -- CBS's "The Good Wife" is one great show -- it's the only broadcast network show nominated for a Golden Globe in the TV drama category -- and it looks like it will only get better in the weeks and months ahead.

The campaign Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) is running in will come to a head before the end of the season. Producer Robert King said they expected to run through that storyline faster but producers enjoyed working with actors Anika Noni Rose and Titus Welliver, so they extended the plot. But even series star Julianna Margulies doesn't know the outcome of the election and she doesn't want to know until she gets the script.

"So much of it is about how much of an impact it has on Eli and Alicai," King said. "So much of it is wanting to play off the political trouble that came out of the Hillary and Obama fight in the Democratic primary."

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PASADENA, Calif. -- CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler addressed this week's tabloid reports about more bad behavior on the part of Charlie Sheen, star of the network's "Two and a Half Men."

Read what she had to say about Sheen, "NCIS" and "Flashpoint" after the jump. ...


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TV Q&A with Rob Owen

Submit questions for a future column.

This week's TV Q&A (after the "Read more" jump below) responds to questions about “The Event,” “At the Movies” and a PCNC show. If you missed the Dec. 30 TV Q&A – and with the holidays, I’m sure some folks did – you might check that one out, too. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
-Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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Is Change Good?

Friday, 14 January 2011 12:00 AM Written by
A few months ago, someone asked me what I thought about changing your style to appease your significant other.

My immediate first response was, "No! You should never change your style or any part of yourself to please someone else." However, the more I thought about it, the more I might be okay with slightly altering your style to appease your significant other.

Now let me explain this with a made-up scenario. Matt is a guy who is comfortable in a pair of warn-in jeans and a pocket t-shirt. However, Matt has a girlfriend who wants him to dress more like the men she sees in Calvin Klein-type advertisements- slacks, v-neck sweaters and argyle. What should Matt do?!

Matt shouldn't change his style all together but he can find simple ways to incorporate what his girlfriend suggests into what he wears. Instead of wearing uncomfortable slacks, a dress shirt, tie and v-neck cardigan, Matt could make one simple change- argyle socks. With the simple addition of argyle in his socks, Matt isn't completely changing his personal style, but is showing his girlfriend that he is listening to the style ideas she suggests for him.

Through this fictions scenario, the point of my post is that you should never change your style for someone else. What you wear on the outside is a reflection of who you are on the inside. You can take what others say into consideration, try out new trend, but never change you style to be someone that you aren't.

Stay true to yourselves readers and have a great weekend! Be sure to check back on Monday for another Clutch post!

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Press tour: Key character leaves 'The Office' early

Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:53 PM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Guess who's leaving "The Office" sooner than expected?

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Press tour: David E. Kelley lays down 'Harry's Law'

Thursday, 13 January 2011 08:15 PM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Once upon a time, David E. Kelley was a TV producing wunderkind ("Ally McBeal," "The Practice"). That day may come again but with NBC's "Harry's Law" (10 p.m. Monday, WPXI), Kelley seems to be repeating himself -- and trying too hard.

A full review runs Sunday in TV Week, but I'm even more concerned now that I've heard Kelley say the first two episodes have more courtroom scenes than subsequent episodes because it was the courtroom stuff I liked best. The character drama Kelley tries to do in "Harry's Law" comes off as forced quirkiness.

The show does have one unusual thing going for it that viewers won't see elsewhere. Read more after the jump. ...

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