Ack! It’s here!

December 16, 2018

And all my Christmas stuff is not, yet, but I’m counting on UPS, USPS and FedEx to pull me through. A quick dash out for stocking stuffers, and I’ll be good to go (crossing all fingers and toes).

Of more concern, at this moment, is Christmas dinner, which is actually two days BEFORE Christmas, on Sunday.  And treatmaking that needs to be finished. I think I will declare all next week “kitchen week,” with the exception of Monday, when I have to go to Sikeston, Mo., a 2 1/2 hour drive, for a meeting.

I’m about to get a menu hammered out.  Roast beef, ham and turkey for sliders on homemade rolls. Cranberry salad. Potato salad. Mac and cheese. Marinated broccoli and cauliflower and carrots.  A fruit salad. Cheeses and assorted crackers and crostini. Deviled eggs. Pickle-y things. And just to make it festive, some caviar. I have a jar squirreled away in the pantry. Dessert is either a pecan pie cheesecake or banana pudding.

Treats are a different animal. I need to make two more applesauce cakes. I need to make more chocolate oatmeal cookies and some macaroons, and I’ll also make a couple of other kinds — maybe Italian horn cookies, probably pecan meltaways. Maybe some oatmeal cookies with candied fruit in them, as I have some of that I won’t use in the applesauce cakes.  A couple of loaves of banana bread, being that I have bananas going south.

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Kitchen days!

September 20, 2018

Veggie quiche (dried tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms), left, and quiche Lorraine (ham, cheese, added broccoli in this one too, since I had it.

I am kitchening. 

The toll so far is two quiches, four rounds of olive foccacia bread, four two-serving casseroles of chicken and dressing, and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, as well as a pot of Tuscan white bean and sausage soup in the Instant Pot burbling away.

It’s rummage and bake sale weekend coming up at church. I took over a load of closet clean-out already, and will load them up with baked and canned goods tomorrow. Still to come are some muffins (apple cinnamon, and maybe some peach ones, or maybe lemon poppy seed) and some breakfast cups (canned biscuit, rolled out and fitted into a muffin pan, filled with potatoes, ham or sausage, cheese, egg and milk, and baked). I might make a couple of loaves of white sandwich bread if I get enthusiastic.

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Sweet stuff

October 22, 2016

Good sweet stuff, right here.

Good sweet stuff, right here.

When fall got here a couple of days ago, it came in on a cold front with a misty, drizzly rain and overcast.

That’s the kind of day I want to be in the kitchen. And while usually that puts me in the mood to bake bread or braise something, this time, I decided to go sweet rather than savory.

I’d picked up a bag of sweetened coconut the other day at the store, because I’d been struck with a craving for coconut macaroons. I don’t make them often, mostly because I’m the only one here who eats them (Child B is my macaroon child, and will fight me for the last one on the plate). Macaroons are really easy to make, but I thought it might be nice to have something chocolate as well, so I made no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies to boot.

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Cookie Monster!

December 24, 2015

Yummy little caramel sandwich cookies -- alfajores.

Yummy little caramel sandwich cookies — alfajores.

Sweet Baby Jesus, he’p me. I am plumb cookie’d out.

And I still sorta-kinda have two more cookie recipes I intended (the road to hell being paved with good intentions, don’t’cha know) to try out, and may yet, but it’s looking doubtful. I did, however, manage another recipe of bacon fat gingersnaps, and one of an Argentinian sandwich cookie, alfajores.

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Snowy weekend comfort food

December 8, 2013

Brrr. Also, slippery.

Brrr. Also, slippery.

The above would be the view out my front door shortly after noon today.

The good news: Nothing is, at present, falling.

The bad news: Roads are a sheet of ice, and it’s not projected to get above freezing until early afternoon tomorrow. And I have to be in Arkadelphia tomorrow evening. However, as it is projected to top freezing in Little Rock and points southwest today, and get all the way up to a positively balmy 44 tomorrow, I’m hoping if I head out about 11 a.m. I can get out of the frozen north without killing myself, and make it to LA without incident.

Leastways, that’s my plan.

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A window full of Santas and angels

A window full of Santas and angels

Long-time readers may remember that I am not traditionally someone who gets all caught up in Christmas. In fact, I have been accused of downright Grinchiness (if that is a word, and if it’s not, it should be).

However, for the first time in a long time, I have Child A under my roof, and she has always been the Christmasiest of all my kids. So, Thanksgiving weekend, there we were, putting up the brand new tree (because apparently the other one, which I have not seen in four years, since the last time I put it up, did not make a move somewhere in the interim).

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