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I’m a sucker for eggnog.  I can even tolerate (I know, this is terrible) the soy-based non-fat stuff.  When it’s on sale. But I would like to whip up a custom batch for all the folks coming over Christmas afternoon.  What recipes do you like?  Got any good Tom & Jerry recipes?  Other ideas?  And […]

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No politics in this one.  Let’s talk food.  For those of you who like to cook, what are your favorite recipes, or what of your recipes are the favorites of your family and friends?  Do you have these written down, or can you wing it?  I’ll start: Turnips and Caramelized Leeks Au Gratin:This one scales […]

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Christmas Frivolity

 

christmas-food-ideas23Hello, friends.  Warning: This post is about food; most of my posts are about food. I am finally on my “use it or lose it” two weeks of vacation left over from 2014. I’ve spent the weekend decompressing and tamping down stray, manic “time to have fun now, must have fun now” impulses. I hit the Walmart first thing this morning to lay in enough provisions to keep three growing and ravenous young men from starving while they enjoy their school break.

Here are a few things Walmart was completely out of: Libby’s canned pumpkin (for pumpkin muffins); dried cherries (for cherry chocolate-chunk oatmeal cookies); mild Italian sausage links (for the Christmas lasagna; of course); um, Christmas candy (for the stockings) — a little bit of picked-over stuff was left, but the Valentine’s Day candy has already horned in on the Christmas candy display area.

But, no matter; I managed. And so, this afternoon, I have commenced with The Baking. Although we take our baking so very seriously here at Casa McKenzie, it seems the opportune time for a little frivolity. I am sipping my afternoon cuppa, while I occasionally stir the spiced pecans roasting in the oven. I have always heard these are so simple to make, but never tried them until our oldest suggested we make something called “Mexican hot chocolate spiced pecans.” And they are oh-so-tasty.

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In my post about snow I mentioned that I like a Tom & Jerry about this time of year.  In the Wikipedia page just linked, I was intrigued to learn that this is a regional treat, and quite a circumscribed region at that.  So even though the local bakery here sells tubs of Tom & Jerry […]

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Inspired by Guru For Hire’s many excellent cookery posts, may I present King George I’s Christmas Pudding recipe?  Because if you’re going to make it for this year, you need to start now! Legend has it that King George I, known as the  “Pudding King,” ate this pudding at six o’clock on December 25, 1714—his […]

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Thanks to rosegarden sj dad’s recent post on the demise of the home-cooked meal, I am now starving.  It is finally cool enough here to make pot roast, so that is what we are having tonight. I use a recipe very much like this one, from the Pioneer Woman. The meat is always perfectly tender and […]

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I picked up The New York Times Cook Book, by Craig Claiborne, (Harper & Row, New York, 1961) on a whim twenty-five years ago on a sale table at a small bookstore, and I have enjoyed it immensely ever since. First of all, it is one of the most beautiful book jackets I’ve ever seen. […]

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When my wife and I were engaged to be married, she confessed, some months before the Big Day, that she had a concern. “I really am not sure that I am ready to sit down with cornflakes every morning in front of the same man for the rest of my life.” My solution: a much better breakfast […]

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Alright, barbecue is one of those subjects that can really rile people up. I used to have a boss from South Carolina who was of the opinion that only a mustard-based sauce would do. I’ve known some who said the meat had to fall off the bone, and others who liked it sticking to the […]

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Things have gotten a little tense over on another thread, but per usual, the conversation drifted- to food. Some asked, “Is this a food thread yet?” I thought that was a great idea. Let’s have a recipe thread. Food is near and dear to my heart. I grew up in the kitchen helping my Lebanese […]

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