January 2018

old fashioned

The Old Fashioned – Your Dad’s Favorite Cocktail Is Making A Comeback

     There are comfort foods – and there are comfort drinks. An old fashioned is one of those comfort drinks. From the first sip to that last drop you know this is what you’ve needed. It has that perfect blend of citrus, sweet, bitters, and booze. It goes down smooth. You wait a bit, and then you know that things really are going to get better. The Time-tested Recipe Add sugar cube to glass. Soak cube with angostura bitters and muddle cube. Muddle orange and lemon peels. Add 1 oz water, stir,…

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clams

Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Quick and Easy      Linguine with a white clam sauce – sounds difficult, right? Not really. This is one of those quick meals you can prepare on the spur of the moment. If you have your act together, you can have this on the table and ready to go in about 40 minutes.      There is not a long list of ingredients. Garlic, shallots, and white wine are usually part of what you will have available in your kitchen. I have added linguine, cans of whole baby clams, and parmigiano…

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Marbella

Your First Dinner Party? Start Simple.

Keep It Really Simple      If you’re interested in hosting a dinner party, don’t start with a sit-down dinner for eight.      Host a dinner with yourself and one other person. Pick an elegant but simple recipe and perfect it. A simple but exquisite dish is Chicken Marbella.  It may take several iterations to get it right, but your patience will be rewarded. It’s Showtime      Next try a dinner party for four. Serve the dish you have practiced preparing, and figure out how to make it special. Pick…

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Chain-gang

Host A Super Bowl Party and Serve Chain-gang Chili

The Super Bowl and Chain-gang Chili – A Match Made In Heaven      George Will once said. “Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society: violence punctuated by committee meetings.”      So, why not celebrate the violence we have come to love in a special way? Have a Super Bowl party and serve your guests some bowls of Hy Abernathy’s Chain-gang chili? It’s hot. It’s irreverent. And it’s badass. Vegetarians Need Not Apply      It’s basically a carnivore’s dream. There’s lots of protein in this chili – there’s beef, chicken and pork. And…

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Seared scallops

A Scallop With Lemon Butter Sauce – Simply Divine

     For those of us who love fish, nothing can compare to that delectable taste we experience when we bite into a scallop. Sweet and delicate with a melt in your mouth goodness, it’s heaven at the end of your fork. And scallops served with a lemon butter sauce are divine. Pay Close Attention When Cooking Your Scallops      It should be noted that we scallop lovers are a fussy lot. We detest one that isn’t cooked properly. If it’s overcooked, it will be chewy and rubbery – and undercooked isn’t…

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Chain-gang

Georgia Chain Gang Chili

Now What?      When you find yourself lying on a bunk in the big house, and the only appointment you have scheduled in the next 20 years (to life) is with the Georgia Department of Corrections, you realize you’re going to have lots of free time on your hands. So, what’s the plan?      You can volunteer to work in the kitchen and hone your culinary skills. I don’t know if this is Hy Abernathy’s story or not, but given the name of this chili, I’m sure it must have chain-gang roots…

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Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée – A Delicious and Delectable Custard

    Crème Brûlée . The mere mention of this custard of all custards immediately makes my mouth water. It’s delicious and delectable, and I love serving it to our guests. Crème Brûlée‘s Classic History    It’s a dessert that’s been around for centuries. The earliest known reference to Crème Brûlée is found in a 1691 cookbook, Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeois, by Francois Massialot, a French chef who was chef de cuisine to Phillippe I. Duke of Orleans (who was brother to Louis XIV). According to White House records, Thomas Jefferson served Crème Brulee to many of…

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My Name Is Bob. And I’m A Butteroholic.

An Erma Bombeck quote: The other night my husband took me to dinner. We were having a wonderful time when he remarked,” You can certainly tell the wives from the sweethearts.” I stopped licking the stream of butter dripping down my elbow and replied, “What kind of crack is that?”      And  who can blame her? While I’ve never licked butter dripping off my elbow, I have had it drop off my chin on many occasions. Popcorn, sweet corn, and toast immediately come to mind. But there are others.      Because…

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lemon curd

The Versatile Lemon Curd

A lemon curd? I’m thinking YUCK!      My introduction to this was at a friend’s house. Their breakfast offering was scones served with a lemon curd. The curds and whey mentioned in the nursery rhyme immediately popped into my head.      This always sounded awful to me, so with some trepidation I spread it on my scone. It resembled a spreadable custard in consistency, and it is in fact a type of preserves. It was delicious. And when you look at the list of ingredients, it’s no wonder it tastes so good – sugar, egg yolks,…

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