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How To Add Pizazz To Your Hosting

Pizazz In The Kitchen – It’s Showtime, Folks      After our dinner party guests have arrived, it seems they to like to congregate in our kitchen. And it’s especially true if it’s a small dinner party (six or less). I think they do this for two reasons: (1) they want to socialize with their hosts and (2) they know this is where the magic occurs..      In the early stages of my introduction to hosting, I recommended to keep things simple. But after you’ve become more accomplished and you’ve established your reputation, you can now…

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Summer Tomatoes. It’s A Waiting Game.

     I TELL MYSELF TO BE PATIENT. That it’s a waiting game. I wait all year for that first taste of the perfect homegrown tomato. And when it happens, it’s sheer ecstasy.      But I always get impatient. In June I see those perfect-looking red tomatoes in the grocery stores and on the farmers’ market stands. I have to remind myself, THESE ARE THE IMPOSTERS. I am looking at hydroponic tomatoes (grown in sand, gravel or liquid) or hothouse tomatoes (from temperature-controlled buildings for rearing plants out of season), and…

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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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Sexy Chickens Need Not Apply

     I’ve never thought of a chicken as being sexy. I grew up around them, and the chickens of my youth were ordinary no-nonsense chickens. They were hearty, stalwart, Midwestern varieties we could fry, roast, or stew. Familiar varieties were the Plymouth Rock, the Rhode Island Red, and the Leghorn.  “We’re Not Running A Beauty Pageant Here”      The above was a quote from my father when my siblings and I asked if we could get some banty chickens. As a result, we had no exotic designer cockerels roaming our farm….

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On The Road Again – Life In The Slow Lane

A Dinner Parties and More Extra . . . A Poem          Life In The Slow Lane        Yet once again I’m made aware that         It’s germane to the state of Maine         One has to wait for the southbound train.         It’s always late. It’s such a pain.         While waiting here, it begins to rain.         If it keeps up, I’ll go insane.         Next time I go, I’ll take a plane to            New York City. A poem by Robert Miller

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Meiomi Rose´ – A Sexy Summer Wine (Review)

     The Meiomi rose´ is a sexy wine with a young vibe. And if I were a young man, I’d describe it the following way:      From your first glance you notice its lascivious pink color. As you approach the lip of the glass you notice the wine’s heady aromas. You take a small sip. You feel a pleasant and playful sensation, so you take a full drink. It’s subtle, seductive, and complex. It entices you to take another, and another, and you pause as layer after layer flows over your palate and…

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