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Sherry

Entree/ Pork

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Red Grapes

Red grapes with roasted pork?

Several weeks ago before all this sheltering in place started we had dinner with some old (not in age of course) Chevron friends that spend part of their year here and part in Minnesota. It’s always great to catch up on what is going on in each other’s lives.

I loved everything about the meal we had that night, the cocktails (thanks Jane/Tony), the appetizers and just the whole meal.  In all my years of cooking I’ve never put grapes in anything I cooked and when I first saw these on our plates I thought they were little stems of cherry tomatoes and to my surprise they were sweet grapes that were delicious with a bite of fork. So the way I ate mine when I made this recipe was to take half a grape (these were huge red grapes I bought) and  bite of pork; one delicious bite.

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Side dish

American Fried Potatoes with Onions

American Fries the best.

Doesn’t everyone have those favorite dishes our mother’s use to make or may still make just for you. Whether it’s a cake, some kind of yummy dessert, side dish or even a Sunday pot roast those favorites will bring back memories of a different time.  

The last several months as been hard on us all. Who would have ever though that we would live through something like this terrible virus. Thank goodness for the internet, face time, Zoom, Skyp and a working kitchen.  Being in the kitchen takes my mind off everything even though I am glued to the news station not wanting to miss any good news happening. We did a Zoom with all three kids/families and it was a lot of fun seeing the cousins talk to each other (all at the same time) and just seeing everyone’s face made me feel almost as good as a hug I would get from them.

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Dessert/ Desserts

Pistachio Key Lime Parfaits

Finally getting around to making this.

There are millions or maybe even a gazillion key lime pie lovers and recipes. Anyone who has ever made it, I’m sure, has been tempted to add a drop or two of green food coloring.  — STOP. It isn’t that easy to fight the temptation to get out that little bottle of artificial color and give a squeeze to make your pie a beautiful green color. Only thing is that a key lime pie should never be green. It should be more of a yellowish color and you should really try to find key limes and not the large green Persian limes we use in our margaritas or mojitos.

Key Lime pie is probably one of the easiest pies to make but I’ve never seen one look any prettier than the other, that is, until I made the White Chocolate Key Lime Pie and that was a cross between a white chocolate pie I had in Panama City Beach a few years ago and a key lime pie. I’ve been trying to prettify the regular key lime pie recipe so I decided to turn it into a Parfait and add some beautiful shredded edible flowers for a garnish and some ground pistachios to give it at least a little green color.

I started planning this recipe about three years ago and just haven’t got around to making the dessert.  I’d planning on doing it for St. Patrick’s Day but then the virus hit and the recipe was forgotten again. Easter was the perfect time to make this little dessert because I had some edible flowers growing outside that I’d planned on using for a garnish.  I’d made some masks for some friends and  told them the mask came with some little parfaits. Can’t have one without the other since I did not want to be responsible for eating the whole recipe. (I hope they liked them.)

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Soup

Cream of Cabbage (and Potato) Soup

Thank you David for another wonderful recipe!

Talking to my sister one day in April (just realized it is still April) during the lockdown I was telling her we have “nothing but time” (a favorite saying of my husband’s even before the quarantine) but I do not have enough time in one day to do everything I want to accomplish.

For instance, yesterday I did curb side pickup for some expandable drawer dividers from The Container Store. So I knew my day was going to be cleaning out drawers in the kitchen and putting in new dividers, and I HAD to get some laundry done and then I started thinking about this recipe for cabbage soup I had made in March.

This recipe was one I made after St. Pat’s day and thought it would make a great soup for a brewery.  My first look for the recipe was on Pinterest (no I did to pin it), my second spot was Copy Me That app that I use all the time (no recipe there). Then panic set in and I look through the last 3-4 months of Southern Living magazine and Garden and Gun (NO RECIPE). I’m getting anxious, feverish, almost faint (no I din’t get the virus.)  I WANTED that recipe. So I turn to googling and didn’t see any recipes previously highlighted.  

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Beverages/ Drinks

Round Top Sunset Cocktail

As pretty as a Round Top sunset!

I’m one of those people who can hold their alcohol. Normally a few sips of a cocktail and my eyes are blurring and after drinking half a drink my lips are numb. But during these trying times of being quarantined I’ve developed the habit of trying new cocktails around 5:00 in the afternoon. I love anything served in a martini glass and would rather have a cocktail over a glass of wine.

So when I came up with this cocktail one afternoon it turned out to be such a pretty color I decided to call it a Round Top Sunset Cocktail.

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Appetizers/ Dessert/ Desserts/ Food Stories/ Ice Cream/ Morning Foods/ Pastries

Going Viral Recipes

EASY RECIPES FOR YOU TO TRY WHILE YOU ARE HOME SAFE!

What’s a person to do these days? COOK? – YES

We can’t go to the movies, can’t go to the beach, can’t get together with friends, can’t play bunco, or go out to eat etc., etc., etc.  I don’t like being told what I can’t do BUT it is helping us all to stay healthy and safe and will hopefully we’ll get through this sooner than later.

When I have spare time, and that’s all I have these days, I cook. I’d rather be in the kitchen cooking that just about anything else I do.

Most of my recipes aren’t easy; not hard either. Or, at least I don’t think they’re hard.  I’ve never met a recipe that I didn’t want to try. Well, maybe, I’ve never made a real petit four with the marzipan and the cute toppings. Maybe I will put that on my list of things to make while held up in my house. But, then whose going to eat those cute little things; I sure don’t want to be the one tempted. Those may have to wait until we are all back doing our normal things.

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Appetizers/ HotApp/ Side dish

Baby Eggplant with Pine Nut Salsa

Who would have thought coming into this new year that we would be going through anything like the pandemic we are now living through. The government all seems to be working together, finally, to do what our country needs. People and business have sacrificed so much to try and stop this virus. Closing restaurants, bars, now even parks are closed in our area quickly makes you realize how serious this is.

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Candy/ Dessert/ Desserts

Princess Marshmallows

Remember these from your childhood?

So, what is everyone doing these quarantined, cancelling of events, panic at the grocery store times?  I’m hoping you are safe, healthy and finding something to do to keep busy.

I went to the grocery the other day not to buy a hundred rolls of toilet paper (still don’t understand that) but to stock up on groceries so I could pre-cook meals for when I have shoulder replacement surgery on March 31. Within two days I had 14 meals put in the freezer so I’m prepared. As far as the flu scare goes, I’m still going out. (As of today, I’m staying in and keeping busy crafting and cooking.

I bought a Cricut machine back in January and this is the perfect time to sit upstairs and craft, craft, craft and a girl needs supplies, right? I probably have bought everything I could use for a year so far and haven’t made my first paper flower. Oh well, I’ll get to it in the next couple of weeks.

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Egg Dishes/ Morning Foods

Sunday Morning Quiche

With or without a crust this is delicious!

Recently we had some old friends drop by on their way back to Nebraska (Chuck, Polly and their son) and we asked another couple from our past (Chevron friends Tony and Jane) who lives in The Woodlands to come over for brunch.

It was great catching up with each other and what better way to do it than sharing a meal. This recipe comes from another friend, Sally who now lives in Minnesota and one she shared with me back in the 70’s when we lived in Ft. Madison, Iowa.  Sally, if I have changed this recipe from the original, let me know. Sometimes I start straying off in another direction and lose my original recipe.

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Cookies/ Cookies/Bars/ Dessert

Chocolate Salted Caramel Turtle Cookies

Happy Birthday Gordon!

I am so glad my friend, Gordon, turned a year older in January. Why? Well, because I’ve never known anyone who likes chocolate more than he does and it gave me an excuse to try yet another chocolate recipe. On his 60th birthday (a few years ago) I gave him a chocolate party and I’m sure he had a hard time sleeping after trying all the chocolate delights we had that night.

Roaming around the chocolate section of HEB the other day I came across a bag of Kraft Caramel Bits. I had to buy them even though I didn’t know what plans I had for them. I always have chocolate chips and never without plenty of sugars, flours, butter and anything it would take to throw a dessert together so I thought why not take a chocolate cookie recipe and add nuts, caramel and chocolate chips and turn it into a turtle cookie.

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Dessert/ Desserts/ Drinks/ Ice Cream

Affogato

What the heck is Affogato you say?

The Italians have given us so many good pasta dishes, sauces, risottos, lasagna and of course their tiramisu; BUT have you tried their Affogato. Affogato literally means drowned and what is being drowned in? Well  an Affogato is ice cream, either vanilla, coffee, or chocolate, and it’s drowned in hot espresso or a very strong coffee. (All recipes call for hot espresso but I think next time I will use room temperature espresso so it doesn’t melt the ice cream so quickly.)

We spent New Year’s eve with friends and she made an Affogato for dessert. It was delicious and reminded me of one I had at a restaurant in Austin years ago. This particular recipe I’m using chocolate shavings and chopped hazelnuts and a splash of kahlula. I put the ice cream in a brandy type glass and I have some little  egg cups I will put the hot espresso in and then some tiny pitchers with handle that I will put the kahlula — a little interactive dessert that’s easy, fun and of course delicious.

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Side dish

Balsamic Glazed Asparagus and Pearl Onions

Spring hasn’t sprung yet!

Well, Spring hasn’t sprung yet but we can always get some pretty nice asparagus here in Texas. Ya know, Spring is just right around the corner; may not feel like it right now even here in Texas but another couple of months and the trees will  be budding and flowers popping up all over the place.

I use to think of asparagus as mostly a spring vegetable since that is when it is harvested but these days (or probably last few decades) we get our vegetables from all over the world.

These little pearl red onions come from Frieda’s of southern California who produces a lot of specialty produce items. And when I saw these little purple onions I just knew I wanted to use them with asparagus. After all, purple and green are my favorite colors and this was such an easy dish to prepare for company.

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