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'Mad as a Hatter' Madeleines #CooktheBooks

For the August-September selection of  Cook the Books , Debra from  Eliot's Eats  invited the group to read  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  by Lewis Carroll. Read  her invitation  and join the fun, if you wish, because you still have more than a month before the deadline. I knew that I had read the book in college for one of my literature classes, but when I read Debra's invitation and she mentioned the Salvador Dalí illustrations for the book, I was excited about re-reading it.  I had seen some of those prints at a museum in San Francisco. And, though we have the largest Dalí collection on the West Coast at a museum here, I've only been once and I don't remember if they have any of those. But I do remember really liking them. My favorite is "The Mad Tea Party"... from amazon.com I excitedly dug into the book, but within two dozen pages, my enthusiasm had waned. Maybe my patience with nonsense is thinning as I get older. I found this a mind-boggling lev
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#WinePW Preview + CSA Meets CSF

This month the Wine Pairing Weekend Bloggers are taking a CSA Challenge and pairing produce from a local, organic farm - either through a CSA subscription or a farmers' market stand - with a bottle of wine. I am hosting the group this month; you can read my invitation here .  #WinePW Preview If you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our live Twitter chat on Saturday, August 13th at 8am Pacific. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and be sure to add it to anything you tweet so we can see it.  Here's what the group is sharing... California Slow Wine Guide Wines by Wine Predator...Gwendolyn Alley CSA-Inspired: Whole Roasted Rockfish with Tomatillo Sauce + Seabold Cellars' 2021 Siletto Aligoté by Culinary Adventures with Camilla Easy Peasy Pairing with Dracaena Wines Chenin Blanc by The Quirky Cork Grilled Artichoke and Marianna Rocim Alentejo by Our Good Life Lodi Locavore Living by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog Mexican Street Corn and Sausage Salad with a Vino Blanc by A

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday we sat down and made a list of foods to make and eat in the last couple of weeks before the boys leave for school. The first thing out of Jake's mouth: crispy chocolate chip cookies! And since he was heading out for a mountain biking adventure with some guy friends, I whipped up a batch. I packed up one dozen for the bikers and left a dozen for my house.  Truth be told: I don't have a sweet tooth. So, I didn't try these. But I am always testing and tweaking to make improvements and these got moans of appreciation and approval from my trio. These are buttery, crispy on the edges with an abundance of chocolate chips. Also, since there is no chilling time, these are in your hand in less than half an hour! Ingredients  makes 2 dozen cookies   1-1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 10 Tablespoons butter, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed 2 Tablespoons maple syrup 1 large egg 2 Tablespoons heavy cream 2 teaspoons pure vanill

Deviled Eggs and a Chardonnay from Alto Adige #ItalianFWT

This month the Italian Food Wine Travel bloggers are looking at non-native Italian grapes and Martin of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog is hosting. You can read his invitation here . If you are reading this early enough, feel free to jump in on our live Twitter chat on Saturday, August 6th at 8am Pacific time. Follow the hashtag #ItalianFWT and be sure to add it to anything you tweet so we can see it.  Here's what the bloggers are sharing... Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla whips up Deviled Eggs and a Chardonnay from Alto Adige. Lynn of Savor the Harvest shares The ‘Other’ Wine Grapes in Italy . Linda of My Full Wine Glass offers us  Trentino: Another option for Pinot Noir fans . Jennifer of Vino Travels presents Blending the Non-Native Grapes of Puglia with the Trentatre Rosso . Susannah of Avvinare contributes Oltrepò Pavese – Pinot Noir Reaches New Heights . Deanna of Wineivore dishes up  Butternut Squash Risotto Paired with

#WinePW CSA Challenge? Accepted!

This month I am inviting the Wine Pairing Weekend group to join me in pairing veggies from their CSA boxes or local farmers' markets! I know that organic fruits and veggies are available in virtually every grocery store in town. So, what's the appeal of a CSA box? Let's review...right around the same time the Slow Food movement began to coalesce, the popularity of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) began to rise. CSAs are a popular way for us, as consumers, to buy locally-grown, organic, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics and benefits...the farmers receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow and have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow. We get weekly deliveries of fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits; we get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking; and we usually get to visit the farm at least once a season so the kids see that food is grown in the ground a

Raspberry Roll Cake #NationalRaspberryCakeDay #SundayFunday

Today the Sunday Funday group is sharing raspberry cake recipes. Thanks to Stacy of  Food Lust People Love , Sue of  Palatable Pastime , Rebekah of  Making Miracles , and Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm  for coordinating this low-stress group. This week, I am hosting and suggested we share recipes to celebrate National Raspberry Cake Day which is tomorrow, Sunday, July 31st. Because most of the country is in a heat wave, I told the bloggers to be creative...they didn't even have to turn on the oven! Here's the list of recipes... Eggless Berry Tiramisu by Sneha's Recipe Healthy Raspberry Frozen Yogurt (Only 3 Ingredients!) by Amy's Cooking Adventures Raspberry Coffee Cake by A Day in the Life on the Farm Raspberry Lemon Pound Cake by Mayuri’s Jikoni Raspberry Roll Cake by Culinary Adventures with Camilla Raspberry Roll Cake When we went to the farmers' market this week, I had hoped to find either black raspberries or golden raspberries. There were no

SPAM Musubi #IslandEats

Hearing 'SPAM' might make you think of high-sodium military rations or something you don't want to see in your email in-box. But in Hawaii, it’s a popular ingredient that people use in comfort food. SPAM and veggie stir fry, SPAM omelette, SPAM skewers, SPAM fried rice, or SPAM sandwiches. You name it. Our first stop after landing on Oahu was the Musubi & Bento IYASUME. It ended up being the only place we ate in Waikiki for the entire week...though we did stop there more than once for portable deliciousness that fit into our backpacks!   And I have made them twice already since we have been home. Ingredients  makes 8 pieces 1 teaspoon oil 1 can SPAM or other luncheon meat , sliced into 8 pieces 1/4 cup water 2 teaspoons soy sauce 2 Tablespoons organic granulated sugar 4 cups cooked sushi or seasoned rice (one of my recipes  here )  3 sheets roasted seaweed nori, cut into strips the width of the SPAM slices Procedure Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour in the oil and s