Archive for January, 2009

Super Recipes from HEB
January 31, 2009

First things first — check out the HEB “Meal Deal” special Super Bowl Sunday. It features “HEB wings” and “Lil’ Smokies,” perfect for the BIG GAME!!

sb_spread_mediumThanks to Chef Will and the entire HEB crew for sponsoring the show and bringing all that food.  This is no day to debate your diet, people.  Forget about it.  Just take realize you’re stepping back a couple days, smile, and consciously pig out!  But anyway, thanks to our production crew, too,  for all their hard work and extra effort.  Setting up and lighting two outdoor sets in a day ain’t a walk in the park.  Okay, like a walk in the park, in the cold wind, holding a floor lamp, with a tool in your teeth, and 20 lbs. of wires in your other hand.  Now that’s how you burn off those Super Bowl Calories!!

HEB Cooking Connection recipes from Local 2 Morning News Super Sunday Special


Baby Back Ribs
Adams Reserve Seasoning; flavor of choice
Cookwell & Co BBQ Sauce; Wythe County Cola (DR Pepper), Pepper & Mustard, or Bock n Brown Sugar

1 Season ribs with Adams Reserve Seasoning of choice
2 Place in a baking pan and add a little water or beer to pan to steam ribs. Seal with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for approx 1 hr (more if doing more than one rack/pan. Remove foil and let cool. This process will make the ribs more tender.
3 Season ribs again with Adams Reserve Seasoning and grill on med until crispy basting/coating with Cookwell BBQ Sauce of choice while grilling.

ZAVALA PICK:  Bananas Foster Trifle w/ Candied Pecans

1 lg loaf frozen pound cake; diced
2 jars Cookwell Bananas Foster Sauce
4 ripe bananas; sliced
2 cps vanilla pudding
Candied pecans; smashed
1 can whipped cream
Liqueur (optional)

In a trifle or glass bowl layer ingredients as so dividing evenly for each layer:

Pudding, pound cake (sprinkled w/ liqueur), bananas, Cookwell Bananas Foster Sauce, pecans, whipped cream. Do 3-4 layers.

Double Whammy Grilled Steaks

Steaks (Go HEB Prime Grade for the best!!)
Cookwell & Co Marinade; Italian, Bock n Brown Sugar, Garlic Molasses, or
Pecos 83
Adams Reserve Seasoning; flavor of choice

1 Marinade steak 4-6 hrs or overnight in Cookwell marinade.
2 Season with Adams Reserve Seasoning and grill to preferred doneness.

Grilled Fruit n Veggies

Assorted Fruit n Veggies
Adams Reserve Seasoning; flavor of choice
Cooking Connection sweet n spicy glaze of choice; Roberts Reserve Grilled Pineapple Habenero, Green Apple Mango Hananero, Sweet Ancho Chili Relish. etc Check with your nearest Cooking Connection Chef !!

1 Season veggies n fruit with Adams Seasoning
2 Grill to preferred doneness

Asian Slaw

1/2 cp Cookwell Asian Ginger Dressing
1/2 cp low fat mayo
1 bag Ready fresh Go Tri Colored Slaw
1 cp pineapple chunks; drained or 1 container ready fresh Go Mango Pico de Gallo
1 container Cranberry Jubilee trail mix

Mix, let sit 30 min, stir and serve

Crunchy Mexican Slaw

1 cp Cookwell Escabeche Salsa
1/2 cp low fat mayo
1 cp Ready fresh Go Pico de Gallo; heat level of choice
3/4 cp HEB Fancy Shred Mexican Blend Cheese
1/2 cp low fat mayo
1 cp black beans; rinsed
2 cps Frito style corn chips; slightly smashed
Chopped jalapeno and cilantro (optional)

Combine all ingredients except chips and let sit 30 min then stir in Frito’s and serve.

Broccoli Bacon Salad

4 cps fine chopped fresh broccoli
3/4 cp Canyon Bacon Vinaigrette
1/2 cp fine chopped red onion
1 container Cranberry jubilee trail mix
1/2 cp low fat mayo
3/4 cp HEB Fancy Shred Mexican Blend Cheese

Mix and serve

Super Bowl Facts & Trivia
January 31, 2009

Super Bowl Sunday is the 2nd largest U.S. food consumption day of the year.  Thanksgiving is 1st.

Americans consume roughly 43 million pounds of Avocados on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Super Bowl was first played on January 15, 1967.  It was called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.

The Cardinals, founded in 1898, are the oldest continuously run pro football franchise in the United States.

The Steelers are the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice.

The only Texas-native to be named Super Bowl MVP was Harvey Banks of the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XII.

1: Which of these artists has performed the National Anthem twice at the Super Bowl?

A) Whitney Houston

B) Billy Joel

C) Shania Twain

2: Which of these artists has performed both the National Anthem and the Halftime Show at the Super Bowl?

A) Gloria Estefan

B) Aretha Franklin

C) Diana Ross

3: Which player has scored the most touchdowns in Super Bowl history?

A) Jerry Rice

B) John Elway

C) Emmitt Smith

4: Which team has never lost a Super Bowl?

A) Dallas Cowboys

B) Green Bay Packers

C) New York Jets

5: What 2 stadiums have hosted the Super Bowl in Houston?

6: What happens to the losing team’s Super Bowl Championship merchandise?

A) Auctioned for charity

B) Recycled

C) Donated to poor countries


Q1:Answer: Billy Joel ( 1989/2007 )

Q2:Answer: Diana Ross ( Anthem 1982/Halftime 1996 )

Q3:Answer: Jerry Rice ( 8TD )

Q4:Answer: New York Jets ( 1-0 )

Q5:Answer: Rice Stadium ( 1974 ), Reliant Stadium ( 2004 )

Q6:Answer: Donated to poor countries.

Super Bowl Polls
January 25, 2009

In The Face!
January 25, 2009

Was it intentional or not?  University of Houston basketball player Aubrey Coleman steps on Arizona Wildcat Chase Budinger’s face after a play. 

She’s Baaaaaaaack…
January 23, 2009


…almost!  Exactly one-month ago Lauren Freeman gave birth to baby Rhodes (Click here for that video and a couple old pics).  Well, the family stopped by this morning to say hi.  Click here for the video clip.  Lauren says she’ll be back on the air in a couple weeks.  But she and husband Forrest have been loving the time off work to spend quality time with Rhodes and adjust to their new lifestyle.