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Chris H. Olsen is a nationally known home and garden guru, designer, author, TV personality and public speaker. In his book, Chris shares his landscape and gardening knowledge along with his unique flair for home decor and design. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
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Meal

Tenderloin to Die For!

INGREDIENTS:
2 pounds pork tenderloin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 cups red wine
1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy
mix
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Place pork in a 9x13 inch baking dish, and sprinkle meat with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Top with onion and celery, and pour wine over all.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
4. When done baking, remove meat from baking dish, and place on a serving platter. Pour gravy mix into baking dish with wine and cooking juices, and stir until thickened. Slice meat, and cover with the gravy.

 

Appetizer

Perfect Crab Cakes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons nonfat milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
Dash of hot sauce
1 pound lump crab or crab claw meat, picked over
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Olive-oil cooking spray

Directions

Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallions and bell pepper and cook until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly.

Mix 1/2 cup panko, the egg and milk in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, lemon juice, Old Bay and hot sauce; fold in the crabmeat, panko mixture, scallionbell pepper mixture, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Shape into 8 patties and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Coat the crab cakes with the remaining 1/2 cup panko. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Mist the crab cakes with cooking spray and cook, sprayed-side down, 3 to 4 minutes. Spray the tops, flip and cook 3 to 4 more minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Craft

Wine Bottle Wall - complete details here

Drink

The green-eyed monster
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger:
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o'er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!
Othello Act 3, scene 3, 165–171

Chris' Chartreuse Martini – or –
The Green Eyed Monster

This is a fun drink for Halloween, but is actually nice to serve any time. At Halloween I call it the Green Eyed Monster. The rest of the time it is simply my Chartreuse Martini. Have fun with it.

1 Part Gin – Bombay Sapphire recommended
1 Part Green Chartreuse – VEP Diffusion Green recommended
1 Part Sweet Vermouth – Dolin recommended

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Enjoy.

This recipe can easily be made in larger batches. Just increase all parts equally.

Visit the Colonial Tasting Bar at this link

Plants

Fall Daisies

 

The latest Chris H. Olsen news!

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August 24th, 2014 - How about some help with your summer garden? Let Chris Help

August 11th, 2014 - It's time to TRIM those TREES - Video

August 4th, 2014 - Everyone collects something! Why not living plants? Video

July 26th, 2014 - Updating your bathroom can add so much to a home. Look at how this one was done! - Video

July 23rd, 2014 - Why not a plant collection? Video Feed Birds? Do it in style! Video

July 22nd, 2014 - Create a "Destino" out of your front or back yard! - Video

July 21st, 2014 - Latest Creations! Summertime Prep for the Holidays and Garden Hose Wreath!

July 13th, 2014 - Houseplants really can make the home especially in groupings - Video

July 6th, 2014 - Use Lanterns in your Yard for a great effect - Today's Home

July 2nd, 2014 - Chris has some awesome July 4th ideas - Video 1 and Video 2.

June 28th, 2014 - Why not save $$$ and re-do the bathroom with accessories? Learn more

June 25th, 2014 - How about a Red, White and Blue Centerpiece! Video

June 23rd, 2014 - Every year when Chris goes to the Dallas Market people want to know - what does market look like? Well - Chris made a couple of iPhone videos to share with you. Video 1 and VIdeo 2.

June 23rd, 2014 - You know GREEN is a COLOR! Remember that in your landscaping! video

June 22nd, 2014 - Chris wants to educate you about dealing with slugs and snails - video

June 21st, 2014 - Why not make a Garden Treasure Jar? - video

June 14th, 2014 - Have bland walls? DO NOT put up just anything to fill space! Make a personal statement with your walls - see video

June 11th, 2014 - How about some tips on taking care of Day Lilies - and some Father's Day gift ideas!

June 10th, 2014 - Ready to make-over your Master Bedroom? Bring it to perfection with tips like these! - video

June 9th, 2014 - Here are some unique ideas for using Bling Bling - PLUS us Basket Spheres!

 

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