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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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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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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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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