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

 


 

Recipe for a Wonderful, Unexpected Vacation

by Jo Ann Miller (The Grandmother) The following is a new recipe that I found over the weekend: Gather a bunch of family (Your own mixture will work))Mix together one State Mock Trial Competition for one day. (Almost any activity to bring you together)The following cannot be changed:Add at least 2 members not willing to go home after one day.Mix in a spirit of adventure.Stir up enthusiasm for finding an unbeaten path.Results: A wonderful weekend. All of this started with two…

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And Even More Pancakes

Since writing the first “:Pancakes” blog, several pancake variations have come to our attention fLAVORS OF MOROCCO has a recipe for “Semolina Pancakes–beghir.” These are served with honey and butter. From TAPAS to MEZE showcases two pancake recipes that are not the usual sweet treats. ‘Shrimp and Green Onion Pancakes” are featured at Bodego La Alboriza in Seville. These pancakes, made with chickpea flour, are served with golden, deep-fried sardines. The other recipe from this source is “Chickpea, Olive Oil and Cumin Pancakes.”…

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How About Pancakes?

by Jo Ann Miller (Karyn’s mom) Well, how about them? You’ve probably eaten some version of them most all of your life, and  have not given  a second thought to the fact that this quick bread has been around on this earth about as long as any food made with grain. Crushed grain mixed with a liquid and baked on a hot stone was probably the first pancake (or stonecake.) In the United States we call them flapjacks, pancakes, griddlecakes…

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If You REALLY Love Your Valentine, Cook at Home

I really love my Valentine. I love my Valentine so much that I want to stay home and have a wonderful, satisfying, delicious, meal. Of course, my Valentine is my 8-year-old daughter. She is, without question, the love of my life. And, at least for now, she loves me almost as much as I love her. She thinks I am beautiful. She is loyal. She is kind. She is worth everything I can give her on Valentine’s Day. So, I…

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Thanksgiving with the Millers

  I love Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite holidays. It almost always means our whole family spends weeks working on a menu that will satisfy all of us. My nephews get frustrated and ask why we can’t just have “normal” food on Thanksgiving, and why it has to be so elaborate. Part of the reason is that we are not “normal.” Part of the reason is that we love experimenting. And part of the reason is that the…

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The Benefits of Hoarding

Sometimes I have trouble throwing things away. My grandmother once scolded me for throwing away some used tin foil she had kept since The Great Depression. Consequently, my house has little piles of things I feel guilty about throwing away in almost every cobwebby corner. Many of the piles have something to do with cooking. I need to clean out most of these corners. This once, however, I was really, really glad that I hadn’t. In the midst of one…

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Flat Irons and Red Cabooses

Fall Favorites – Flat Irons and Red Cabooses Gourmet Gallery is offering our first Flavors of Fall cooking class for 2010 on Saturday, September 18 Soups, Stews, and Chilies Class. Check out our website for more information at www.GourmetGalleryWaco.com. It takes so little for me to get excited about Autumn. The slightest change in weather stirs that expectant waiting of warming comfort foods, colorful leaves, football, fall picnics, red wine. To celebrate the harbingers of Fall, Jo Ann, Caryl, Molly,…

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Beautiful Mediterranean Appetizers

At Gourmet Gallery we occasionally offer a “Mediterranean Menu” class in conjunction with MClennan Community CollegeC. MCC’s Karen Hix has taught these classes for us, and she returns this week for a 2-class series on Mediterranean foods. Karen is Lebanese and Scottish. Fortunately for us, her Lebanese mother’s cooking expertise (read Mediterranean) beat out the haggis and blood pudding influence her father brought to the union. Thus we have a Mediterranean Menu cooking class by the Scottish/Lebanese- American, Karen Hix. Boy,…

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Simple Italian Cuisine

We recently returned from a trip to Tuscany where we ate, prayed, and loved! One of the best evenings we experienced was the farmhouse dinner at Fattoria il Poggio, a working winery, olive orchard, and farmhouse in Montecarlo, Lucca. It was a beautiful evening with fabulous food, wine, and good friends. They made a spelt soup that I could live on. (After I find a regular spelt supplier, I will make it and share the recipe if it’s okay with…

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