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Month: July 2017

Sun-dried Tomato “Tartar”: Intense & Flavorful

Years ago when I lived in Chicago, there was a natural foods store that competed against Whole Foods and for what ever reason that is where I shopped for my organics and natural foods. They had this incredible spread made with sun-dried tomato and some cheese as well as other ingredients, and it was so incredibly good. A container of this spread was always in my fridge. The flavors were intense and rich and creamy and absolutely delicious. Then Whole Foods bought this chain of stores, closed them all and the spread disappeared, never to be seen again. I know it…


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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Bell Peppers Stuffed with Cheese & Tomato

This is a recipe I made up ages ago.  It can be part of an antipasto platter, as a stand alone appetizer or as part of a salad course if you add some salad greens dressed with olive oil and salt. It is served at slightly warm to room temperature, so you need to prepare this ahead of when you wish to eat. I figure a half pepper per guest no matter the way you choose to serve it.  I buy bell peppers of different colors because it makes for a prettier presentation, but you can go with a single color if you wish,…


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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RIP: Meiomi Pinot Noir (That We Once Knew)

This post has garnered a great deal of attention since I first posted it back in July of 2017. When you do the online search, “what happened to Meoimi”, this post is at the top of the list. It gets 400 to 600 hits a month. So clearly, I am not the only person who thinks that Meomi has changed.  Since the original posting, I have even had an employee of Constellation Brands (although he did not disclose this fact) leave a comment that the wine has not changed. That is the position I would take too if I worked…


Pork Loin Chops Thai-style & More

I was shopping last Friday at Costco as I do at least twice each month and I came across these beautiful pork loin chops. It was a pack of six, and each chop was two inches thick. They were calling me, and I knew just what to do with them. Our neighbor Natalie and her kids just got back from a week long vacation, and we really missed them, so we invited them for happy hour and dinner on Sunday.  Her parents are also in town, and so I said to bring them along we have plenty of food. So the gang came over, and…

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