Shrimp/Vegetable Pad Thai

This looks like a lot of ingredients (it is) but it is so worth it, even a novice can tackle it. Just take the extra five minutes to sit and read this through and slowly put it together. Some of this stuff I hadn’t heard of, so I asked a lady shopping in the aisle…

Biscotti

This is a great ‘dunker’ for coffee or a sweet dessert wine. 1/2 cup soft butter 3/4 cup sugar 3 eggs 1/2 tsp. vanilla 3 cups flour, sifted 1  tbsp. baking powder pinch of salt 1 tbsp. liquid anise flavouring grated zest from1 lemon and 1 lime 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup white chocolate…

A neat tip

After dinner (or whatever meal), if there is cooked-on food stuck on your pans, simply fill with water, add a bounce sheet and let it sit overnight. In the morning simply wash in hot, soapy water and it will be gone. Apparently the anti static agent in the sheet weakens the bond between the cooked on…

Your Choice When Accepting Dinner Invitation

As a guest you should always take a host/hostess gift. Wine, flowers, gadget for the kitchen or bar, homemade candy…it doesn’t matter but to watch people go to these dinners with nothing in hand, shows no respect for the host. It doesn’t need to be expensive, just thought out and thoughtful. After watching an “expert” expound…

Good Question

A friend of mine asked where we put all our guests at our Pot Luck Dinner. Well….we can seat 10 comfortably at the table; so we  set up a card table for 4 and 4 more for the livingroom. Now, so that no one feels left out, we put numbers randomly at all the positions available….

After the Potluck Dinner Party

All said and done it was a great party. Food was awsome, conversation was lively and you couldn’t ask for more. Now for the clean up. We load the dishwasher up with as many of the plates that we can and start the machine. We have a choice: clean up now when we are tired…

Today is the Day

Today, Don and I have to shop for a few missing ingredients for his Pad Thai Shrimp dish, and I need to pick up some fresh flowers both for the table and for the bathroom. I have set music aside that I like (Tuscany dinner music) and once more will check the bathroom for “sparkle”. Nothing…

One day to go

Hah! I got all the cleaning done yesterday and now I just have the silverware to clean. Easy as pie! Without scrubbing or using polishing cloths, take a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, cover the bottom with tin foil. Sprinkle the bottom with baking soda making sure to cover the bottom. Lay the flatware…

Silent Panic Martini

This serves 2 1/4 cup white cranberry juice 2 dried figs, chopped fine 2 cloves, cracked 1 fresh fig, cut in wedges 1/4 cup citrus vodka In a shaker combine all the ingredients except the fresh fig and let stand for twenty minutes (patience required here) and now add: 3 oz. brandy 1 oz. orange…

The Difference Between…

The difference between appetizers and hors d’oeurves is appetizers are served at the table and hors d’oeurves are served away from the table. Always prepare ahead with small plates, napkins, cocktail knives or individual forks (usual 2 tines) to allow your guests to serve themselves and have on hand, all the ‘equipment’ needed to comfortably…

Two days to go

We belong to a Supper club which meets once a month and we are hosting one Friday. 17 people will be here. Whew! Now it begins, clean house, make sure the bathroom shines (and again the day of) and this means clean towels, mirror, t.p. at the ready and a small sprig of fresh flowers…

Pumpkin Turtle Pie

Even with a few packaged foods, it is still from scratch.( If you made it, it’s from scratch) A great NEW pie for Thanksgiving Dinner. Try it! 1 graham pie crust (ready made) 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. caramel ice cream topping very generous 1/2 cup pecan pieces, divided 1 cup cold milk 2 pgs….