Always Real, Antique Crazy, Cooking and Recipes

A Smashing Dinner Party

I love to have people over for dinner.  I think hosting small dinner parties of four to six, is about the funnest thing you can do.  But, in all honestly, since Sean was born, I have not done as much of that sort of thing as I like to do.  I am out of dinner party shape.  But now that Sean is getting older, it’s a lot easier and so I have been trying to get back in the swing of entertaining. If you did not know, I am a bit of a foodie.  I like…

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Maple Walnut Mexican Wedding Cookies

This morning I am making Maple Walnut Mexican Wedding Cookies to bring to my sister-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving.  They never allow me to bring anything — either because they are the kind of people who like to do all the cooking themselves (which I understand) or they don’t like my cooking.  Either way, as a naturalized southerner, it is not possible for me to show up at someone’s home empty-handed, so I am making cookies. Mexican wedding cookies are easy to make, not overly sweet, bite-sized and scrumptious. And great to bring to a gathering because…

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Walnut Cilantro Pesto

So then, the other day I made some Walnut Cilantro Pesto and I thought I’ll bet this is something y’all would like.  And so I called to invite you over to have some with a little happy hour beverage, but you weren’t home. So, sorry I missed you, but here’s the recipe. Super super simple. You will need walnuts, cilantro, Parmesan, olive oil, garlic and salt.  You can add a few other spices if you want, because after all, it is your pesto. Sean was my food stylist and he added the butter knife to the pesto…

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Christmas, Cooking and Recipes

Italian Pizzelles

When I was growing up in the midwest, our Italian neighbors always brought over a tin of pizzelles during the holidays.  To me, those thin buttery crisp waffle cookies symbolize holiday hospitality. When I moved out of my parent’s house, my mom bought me my own pizzelle iron and every Christmas I carry on the Italian tradition of bringing pizzelles to my friends and neighbors. Here’s what you will need: A pizzelle iron – mine is a 25-year-old Rival combo waffle/pizzelle iron. 6 eggs 1 1/2 cups of sugar 1 1/2 cups of melted butter 1…

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Winter Squash Enchiladas

I love winter produce and I love Mexican food and when you put them together you get Winter Squash Enchiladas. As we all know, a healthy diet includes lots of colorful foods and this is a great way to get some orange and yellow in your diet. Also, they are a great make ahead meal that will get you out of the kitchen and enjoying family and friends.  This recipe makes about 22 enchilads. Here’s what you will need: 1 butternut squash 1 acorn squash 1 poblano pepper 1 small sweet onion, diced 1 red bell…

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Crystallized Ginger

Today we are making crystallized ginger, also called candied ginger. About 10 years ago I found some crystallized ginger while grocery shopping around the holidays. I bought a small container of it but never really knew what to do with it until one day the spirit led me to plop a few pieces into a cup of hot tea. Okay, it wasn’t really the spirit, I just like to put sweet stuff in my hot tea like peppermints and orange or grapefruit slices and other odd things. But. I loved it.  It added just a little…

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George’s Pickles

It’s going to be photos and recipes this week because it’s that crazy busy time of year.  Hall decking leaves little time for my ministry of writing mediocre drivel for the world wide web. Tomorrow or the next day, because I like to be precise — and because I like you! — I’m going to show you how to make crystallized ginger which is lovely in a cup of hot tea.  It’s a bit of trouble to make but keeps well and I think it’s worth it. But today it’s about the pickles… This is a…

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Frenchy Type Toast

With just three in the family and one us not terribly fond of food, it seems like when I open a can of biscuits, I always end up with one or two left over.  Recently I discovered that left over biscuits make really yummy crunchy French toast, so I started freezing them instead of throwing them out for the birds. Frenchy Type Toast 2 beaten eggs 1/2 cup (more or less) of  Half and Half  (any milk will work as well) 1/4 cup or more of cinnamon and sugar mixture (easiest to use in a container…

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Pumpkin Dessert

I am not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but I love this pumpkin dessert.  I’ve had this recipe since 1984 and have never once had to put away leftovers. I heard earlier in the week that there is a pumpkin shortage and it may not be possible to get canned pumpkin, so run as fast as you can to the store and pick up a couple of cans. Then again, maybe the pumpkin farmers started that rumor. At any rate, here’s a dessert that is always a big hit. Pumpkin Dessert You will need one…

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Mexican Chicken Soup

Another soup recipe from my big brown envelope for your fanatabulously awesome weekend ahead. This one is called Mexican Chicken soup. Here’s what you’ll need and how to make it: 2 or 3 grilled chicken breasts, cubed.  You can also use the pre-grilled fajita chicken from the freezer case or you can use baked chicken, whatever works for you.  A lot of times I’ll use left over baked chicken. 1 onion, diced – I like the Mayan Sweets 1 poblano pepper, grilled, steamed and diced 2 T of butter + 1T of olive oil 1 clove…

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