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Lemon Tea Cake

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”  ~C.S. Lewis Lemon Tea Cake Makes 2 – 8 inch tea loaves Preheat oven to 35O degrees. Spray two 8×4 loaf pans with Baker’s Joy. 2 sticks butter at room temperature 2 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar…

The Perfect Cheese Plate for a Wine Tasting Party

“The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star.” ~Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin I’m planning a wine and cheese tasting party for later this summer. This is such a fun and easy way to entertain. I’m by no means a cheese expert, but Jeff and I have…

Oven Roasted Garlic Heaven

“Garlic is the ketchup of intellectuals.” ~Author Unknown Oven Roasted Garlic So good for you, so yummy, so easy to prepare. A nice appetizer with baguette, fantastic pizza topping and a good accompaniment to Ploughman’s Lunch Heat oven to 350 Cut the tops off two whole heads of garlic. Place in a small, glass, oven…

Cooking With the French Impressionists

“I was thrilled to sit at one of the tables where the master had eaten his lunch and dinner. I was aware that he had been everywhere in this room.” ~Alexandra Stoddard Gracious Living in a New World This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I love using recipes from books that add meaning to…

Sir William Baffin & Rose Miel

“I’ll never forget the first time we saw our Victorian cottage. We knew we were home the minute we walked through the front door. When we stepped out the back door and saw the rose bushes we just knew the house was blessed.” ~Melissa Placzek Welcome Home 2004 The first time we saw our house…

mushroom crostini

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  ~Luciano Pavarotti This is a nice appetizer to make for company… Baby Bella Crostini (serves 4) 1 lb baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced 4 slices good quality,…

Pear Gorgonzola Bacon Pizza

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.” ~Elsa Schiaparelli Pear Gorgonzola Bacon Pizza This pizza is lovely when paired with a good Chardonnay or Riesling. Preheat oven to 425 degrees 20 oz. pizza dough (the refrigerated kind is fine for this recipe) a little extra virgin olive oil and Italian seasoning 2…

Grilled Fish Tacos

“South of the border, down Mexico way. That’s where I fell in love where stars above, came out to play. And now as I wonder, my thoughts ever stray. South of the border, down Mexico way…” ~Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr We first enjoyed fish tacos while vacationing in Maui. There’s a great little Mexican…

Horchata

“You’d remember drinkin’ horchata You’d still enjoy it with your foot on masada Winter’s cold is too much to handle Pincher crabs that pinch at your sandals Here comes a feeling you thought you’d forgotten Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on Ooh you had it but oh no you lost it Lookin’ back…

Date Night With Jeff-Dinner and a Movie

“If we are going to pay this much for crab it better sing and dance and introduce us to the Little Mermaid!” Tina Fey playing Claire Foster in the movie Date Night Saturday was date night so we thought it might be fun to go see the movie “Date Night” starring Steve Carell and Tina…