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A clear trifle bowl with layers of lady fingers, raspberries and lemon cream

 


 

Easter, Grandchildren and Fried Chicken

When Grandson requests fried chicken so that his international friend can experience it, what does Grandmother do? You know. of course. Buys whole chickens, cuts them so that there will be Pulley Bones (Some of you call them Wishbones.), gets out the cast iron skillet and gets cookin’. Last year Bon Appetit , February Issue, printed “the only fried chicken recipe you will ever need.” It’s true. I’m changing it a little to suit my taste, but the method is essentially…

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A Palm Sunday Excursion

Palm Sunday at San Jose Church on the San Antonio Mission Trail Several months ago some friends asked if I had ever been on the Mission Trail in San Antonio. My answer was, “No, but I would like to do that.” This past weekend was my opportunity to do just that–with these friends as my guides. They are San Antonio “lovers” and have visited many times. So, they “know the ropes.” That means, among other things, they know how to…

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MARCH MADNESS MUNCHING

 If you can’t get to all the Baylor Basketball Games-Go Baylor!!!!–have some good munchings on hand.Wackym’s Kitchen Gourmet Cookies are winners. Try the Cornmeal Rosemary Shortbread topped with just a tad of a softened butter-bleu cheese mixture. Just great paired with an Earl Grey Tea. Double-dip Lemon Butter Cookies  dipped in some lemon, lime or raspberry curd. Lemon Velvet Tea goes nicely. The unique Salted Caramel pairs nicely with Scotch—-I hear. The Margarita Cookie with–well, that’s obvious. And Chocolate Snicker Doodle  with some…

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BIDDING A FRIEND GOODBYE

Shirley Ann Craigen West 1940-2013 Drove to Brownwood yesterday to say goodbye to Shirley West. She died on Sunday after a long stay in the hospital following surgery. Shirley had lived in Brownwood for 50 years, moving there with her husband, Kenneth, who was on the “Gordon Wood Coaching Staff.” Listening to Richard Hetzel and Dallas Huston talking about her many talents and virtues, I reminisced about our years in Brownwood where football was king and you knew that in the…

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CONFESSION TIME

After all the search for Irish appetizer and writing about it and making the picture and posting, I did not use recipe. I decided to make “Mini Potato Bites” from the KRAFT FOODS website. The recipe: 15 small red potatoes4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature4 tbsp sour cream4 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated2 tbsp chopped chives4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled Boil potatoes until done, but not mushy. Cool slightly. Cut in half. Cut a little from the bottom of each…

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY APPETIZERS

I never thought I was Irish, but in the last year or so, I learned that my ancestor with the Scottish name immigrated here from County Antrim in Northern Ireland. I guess that counts as Irish. In fact, my plans for the next big trip will be to Scotland and Ireland, That’s another story.klIn the meantime I’ve been invited to a St. Patrick’s Day Party and I need to take an appetizer. I will find our trusty “500 appetizers” cookbook…

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Spring Break Thoughts

What is this Spring Break thing? I am about to find out. Some family and some friends are headed to Wimberley, Texas.  We’ll stay at a place with a full kitchen, and though we plan to critique some of the eateries, we will cook some, too. Now that’s a surprise, isn’t it? (We cook with wine, you know, and ……you know the rest of the quote. One of our go-to dishes is CHICKEN PICCATA. We discovered the recipe when Karyn…

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DID YOU KNOW?

According to the January, 2013, issue of Bon Appetit, pp.19-20, the margarita is not Mexico’s most beloved cocktail. Did you know that? The Paloma, which features grapefruit juice, is the Mexican drink of choice. Now, I’m no expert on this subject, but I wanted to give it a try. When my friend took twenty grapefruit sectioned to a church retreat, she gave me the left-over juice. “Waste not; want not.” A good reason to “indulge.” The BA writer gives his…

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Tea & Cookies – A Simple Dessert Solution with Not-So-Simple Flavors

Last Friday, two of our favorite vendors graced Gourmet Gallery with a Tea and Cookie Pairing. We had a full house, and we tasted some wonderful treats. Since then, I have tasked our Gourmet Gallery crew to come up with some fun, simple recipes that are nice enough to serve to guests. Below are two recipes. One from our friend Paul Wackym at Wackym’s Kitchen, and the other from our own kitchen. We have paired both of these with some…

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“Now We Are Four”

On August 15, 2008, a dream came true. After months, yea, even years, of planning, Gourmet Gallery Waco, opened for business. At the time no one realized that August 15 was the anniversary of Julia Child’s birthday. Frankly, we had worked so hard that I hardly remembered MY birthday. Nor did we know that 2008 would begin the economic downturn that we have all experiened these years. However, the dream has lasted. A recap of what has happened in those…

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