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Dinner for Six Part One: First Course

This past weekend Gary and I had two couples over for dinner. I had several recipes I wanted to try and needed a few guinea pigs. Enter Bryan & Craig and Shawn & Michael. For me, this was an all-day affair as I just decided what yo make on Friday morning and I needed to get to the store asap. But my Friday was a hot mess with a wine delivery by UPS that I had to sign for so I could not leave the house until it arrived. And that was at 4:30p and I had to pick Gary up at…

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Crispy, Crunchy, Easy, …, Swiss Fondue Bites

If you have been following me for very long you have quickly learned that I love cheese and bread. I can never get enough of either. And they both are perfect with wine. While I do not eat it often the epitome of this pair is fondue. But I never eat fondue because it is a big pain in the butt and can be very messy. Decades ago at a party, had an appetizer that was a baked cheddar bread bite that was amazing and I have never forgotten it. I never was able to find a recipe so it…

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Potato Stackers * Easy & Delish

Birthday Brunch We had a birthday brunch for my sister this past weekend and it was super fun. While all of the items were homemade, I am highlighting the Potato Stackers because I was shocked at how simple it was to make and how this makes such a great side dish that can really elevate your plate. It was a small family affair with great food, conversation, and wine. After brunch, we headed to the movie theater to see The Post. It is based on the actual events and government deceit at the time of the Vietnam War and how the…

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Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

During my childhood, we ate pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I love love, love pumpkin pie and I can never get enough of it. I also love croissants and bread pudding too. So this year I had the hair-brained idea to make a bread pudding using croissants and pumpkin pie filling. To make the custard I slightly modified the recipe for the pumpkin pie custard by adding more liquid and eggs and adjusting the spices. This dessert has a milder flavor than pumpkin pie but still enough to satiate my cravings. My turkey may be the centerpiece of Thanksgiving, but to…

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Biscuit Bites: Pizza or Gruyere – Caramelized Onion

Last Sunday, we got together for Happy Hour with our fave neighbors Michelle and Natalie. Michelle hosted at her house which was perfect because both families of kids could all play together in another room and toys were aplenty to keep them occupied. I volunteered an appetizer to help out. I have been daydreaming about making a gruyere and caramelized onion tart, but I was too exhausted from Saturday’s wedding to deal with and make a crust so I decided that Bisquick biscuit bites would be the way to go. For some reason using Bisquick for a drop biscuit is acceptable in my brain…

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Apple Crumble and Sunday’s Tasting at EOX

It is autumn, so my cravings for apple desserts has been building. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a crumble, a crisp, a cobbler, a buckle, a Brown Betty, a grunt or a slump. Confused? A crumble has an oat-based streusel topping. A crisp has a streusel topping sans oats. A cobbler is topped with individually-dropped biscuits. A buckle uses a cakey batter underneath the fruit and as the fruit sinks to the bottom the cake “buckles” over the edges of the fruit. A grunt and a slump is the same thing; it just depends on where you live. They are both cobblers that…

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Dutch Baby with Spiced Apples

Yesterday morning I woke up with a plan. I was making a Dutch Baby with Spiced Apples. Decades ago, there was a restaurant in Skokie, IL that served something like this and I have always wanted to make it. As always I had researched several different recipes (it is also called a German Apple Pancake or a Baked Apple Pancake, Dutch Baby and several other names) and then recreated it with my own twist. Full transparency -> A Kitchen Confession: Before I get to the recipe, I need to confess that the morning started with a bit of excitement. I…

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Best Laid Plan * Irma * Binge *

Earlier last week when Irma had not chosen her course there was uncertainty abound and lots of folks making decisions before having all the information. While I am not a Lowcountry native, the last 13 years have taught me a great deal about tropical storms and hurricanes.  For us, since we do not have kids and we are not sickly or elderly, we have options based on storm severity. For others, they got out of dodge before the storm turned north making Charleston a ghost town for the weekend. One of the things that we learned last year with Hurricane Matthew is…

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Peach Galette & A Cheese Story

I would like to tell you that the everything you are about to read was planned to happen. But it was not. How the Peach Galette turned out perfectly is as shocking to me as it may be to you. The cheese… well that is just down right crazy.  Read on and feel free to laugh or cry.  I’m having a glass of wine. A very large glass of wine. Who Moved My Cheese? I was at the grocery picking up a few things I needed for my fresh peach galette crust. (who keeps unsalted butter in the house?) As…

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Refrigerator Casserole

“Hey, Grandpa… What’s fer Supper!” Oh, I know I am dating myself when I use a line from television of days gone by.  This quote, of course, is from the Grandpa Jones long running skit on Hee Haw.   If you look at the linked example of the skit, all I can say is… you had to be there… back when we only had three channels. When apparently things did not have to be funny to be funny.  I can just hear him saying refrigerator casserole. And then describe what is in it. Back on Topic At any rate, I seem to have…

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Roasted Apples & Pears with Caramel Sauce

Our “holiday interrupted” was rescheduled for this weekend to eat up all the food we couldn’t make due to the kidney stone situation.  So we headed for the beach on Saturday afternoon and hung out with the sisters and get a quick dinner out after all the prep work for the Sunday barbecue was complete.  But dessert was back at the house, and I was making it.  We were also about to watch a movie; so I wanted simple and easy. And since I am an undisciplined Baker it could not require chemistry.  This was perfect. These roasted apples & pears took five…

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I Failed But It’s OK

I am not a baker. Precisely following a recipe is beyond challenging for me. I am adding just a little more of this or that because in my head it seems like it should work. The operative word here is “seems” because when baking, it usually bites me in the tuchus.  When I was thirteen or fourteen, one year for Christmas I told my mom that I would make all the Christmas cookies and she let me.  The problem was I made up every recipe, and the only one that was edible had a primary ingredient of  Raisin Bran cereal.  Imagine…

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Pineapple & Coconut: What is Not to Love

A Piña Colada Pie My sister made this pineapple and coconut delight a few weeks back, and I knew then I have to make it for Saturday Dinner Club.  It is the perfect summer dessert, and although there are several “cooling periods” in this process, it is a relatively easy pie to make.  You may want to make two pies. Trust me when I say that you will want leftovers to nibble on after the party is over. Ingredients 21 pecan shortbread cookies, crumbled in food processor 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted butter 1/3 cup sugar…

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Bread Pudding: Oh, I am a Bad Boy!

I was going to write this post for tomorrow, but when I woke up this morning, I saw today is National Donut Day.  So I got busy and posted it today. Ok, now I bet you are confused.  The title says bread pudding but you had to post because it’s National Donut Day?  What gives?   Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding.  That is what gives. Now before you get to the recipe, you must know that bread pudding is one of my all-time favorite desserts.  As such, I have rules about what makes this dessert “to die for” versus “to die from.”…

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