Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Friendsgiving #4 2017

We hosted our 4th Friendsgiving.  This year the others seemed busy so the meal was made here, and folks brought cheeses, crackers, and wine (3 types of cheese and Milton's yummy crackers), freshly made olive bread with an assortment of oil and vinegar to dig it in, and delicious pumpkin chip cookies. Also special beers were shared.

Vegetable Tray from Store
Spicy Kale
Roasted Beets and Sweet Potato and Yams
Baked Beans
Dessert: Marie Calendar Pies (Double Cream Lemon and Dutch Apple)

Afterwards we played a board game Secret Hitler.


1.  Tri-Tip - purchased at Costco it came pre-spiced.  Just put it on a grate on a tray and baked.  Served with horseradish sauce.  Delicious.  We bought two packages of meat and didn't even finish the first one  so we way over bought this!

2.  Spicy Kale - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/169777/chili-roasted-kale/

Delicious - had to be timed so it was the last thing out of the oven though...

Chili-Roasted Kale 

Chili-Roasted Kale

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Recipe By:SJRJA
"This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite methods of preparing broccoli and cauliflower - roasting at high heat with the bold flavor of chili powder. The result with kale is a little outrageous - fiery flavor with a unique crispy texture!"


  • 4 cups kale, washed and stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Place the kale into a large mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss until evenly coated, then sprinkle with the chili powder and kosher salt, and toss again. Spread the seasoned kale onto a baking sheet.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven for 5 minutes, then stir the kale, and continue roasting until the edges become brown and a little crispy, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Liege belgian waffles:

Liege belgian waffles:

3 1/2 Cups Bread Flour
1 Packet Dry Yeast
3/4 Cup Lukewarm Milk (~105 F)
8 oz softened butter (2 sticks)
2 eggs
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Cinnamon (optional)
1 Bag Lars' Own Belgian Pearl Sugar

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk. Gradually add all ingredients and the flour into the yeast/milk mix except for the pearl sugar. Let dough rise until it doubles in size (approx 30 minutes). Add pearl sugar and fold in. Divide dough into small patties about 3 to 4 ounces each (roughly an ice cream scoop). Bake in a heated and greased waffle iron.

Serve drizzled with chocolate, fruit, whipped cream.



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Romeo & Julieta Wine Cafe

Went to https://www.yelp.com/biz/romeo-and-julieta-wine-cafe-san-diego

Just slightly too much food - but we ate it all!

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms
White mushrooms stuffed with lumps of crab, sautéed, and topped with parmesan & mozzarella cheese then baked. Garnished with a spicy Portuguese Churrasco Sauce and served on a bed of lettuce and tomato slices.

Pierogis & Fresh Dill Cucumber Salad
Choose 4 pierogis sautéed with either Bacon or Veggie Style (Butter & Bread Crumbs) served on a bed of fresh spinach and cucumber salad. Beef, Spinach, Beef & Spinach, Kraut, Kraut & Mushroom, Potato & Cheese, and Potato & Cheddar Cheese. (We had kraut and mushroom and beef and spinach)

Pulled Pork Sliders (4)
Sweet & Spicy BBQ pulled pork with sautéed onions & cabbage on a soft warm bun. Served with sweet potato fries or seasoned curley fries (We had mixed fries)

Brie Cheese & Strawberries
Warn brie cheese topped with sliced strawberries and drizzled with a fig balsamic glaze

Flatbread Pizza Julieta Fig
Caramelized onions in a fig sauce with sliced dried figs, goat cheese, bacon, and shaved parmesan cheese. After it's baked it's topped with fresh arugula and drizzled with a fig balsamic reduction

Friday, October 28, 2016

Apricot, Jalapeno and Bacon Zingers — Nourished Kitchen

Our version:
Makes 20
  • 40 dried apricots
  • 20 pickled jalapeño slices *
  • 10 bacon slices, cut into halves

* We pickled ourselves.

~ 1/3 c water
~ 1/3 c vinegar
~ 3 T sugar
~ 2 t oregano
In sauce pan bring to boil

sliced cross ways as quarters
place in the boiling solution, return to boil

let stand while doing other work,
remove to plate

make little sandwiches of apricot and pepper, wrap in bacon, put wooden toothpick thru and place on parchment paper.

When people arrive place in 400 degree preheated oven.

After 15 minutes use tongs to turn over.

Continue baking until bacon is crisp.

Enjoy with sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. (removing the seed from the peppers might mean it's okay without this)

The apricots sort of melt so it's like eating jam wrapped in bacon!

Did not need to be hot to enjoy.


Made for I and L and B
Rest of dinner was raw vegetables (carrots, celery, turnips, sugar snap peas) with hummus and ranch dip
kale and lettuce salad with avocados, grape tomatoes (not cut as she is allergic and he doesn't like), pumpkin seeds, dried cranberry and apricot, with a poppy seed dressing)
stuffed salmon

Monday, October 10, 2016

Department Taco Event: Unplanned for Microwave Cake

I planned on making cupcakes for the department gathering last weekend.

1small jar Maraschino cherries (3 oz?) - blended/chopped
1 can pinapple (12 oz?) - blended/chopped - saved about half for topping
1/2 - 3/4 c coconut
about 3 T softened butter
about 2 T softened cream cheese
3 eggs
cake mix box (cake box called for a cube of butter and a cup of water but I only added what is listed)
mix together

Put in cupcake tins to bake.  The oven worked until I clicked to set the timer.  I turned it off as it was not recording the time and the oven would not go on again.

So I transferred the batter to a casserole and put in the microwave!

After 4 or 5 minutes I started pulling out to test with knife.  I wasn't sure it was going to work at all so I didn't record how many times I did this...

Eventually though the cake was done.  The pan was hot.

I used a knife to separate from the sides and flipped it over onto a plate while it was still hot.

The cake came out - just a little stuck to the top of the casserole.  I tasted it and it was fine.

Waited for it to cool, then put in the frig.

Right before serving I topped with whipped cream and then poured about half the remaining pineapple on the top.

It was tasty and good.

There were some left overs so I put in little boxes and topped with the rest of the pineapple and some whipped cream before closing the lid.

: )

The department arranged for a taco company to come to make tacos on demand and guests brought desserts.  Mine was the only home-made one.

Lots of left over meat, rice, beans so now I need to come up with things to do with this food so it tastes a little different at the many meals we will be eating!  (I was told to give left overs to faculty but none have responded to email to come by to pick up or to tell us to bring to campus for them to pick up there.)  Next time have to go back to offering to the students then there would not be as much to deal with......

Alex came to this event too!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bernie Birthday BBQ 2016

Vegetable tray from Costco

Brie and Gouda with fig jam/walnuts

Assorted crackers


Selzer Water

Two kinds of BBQ Chicken

Grilled Vegetables

Quinoa/Rice/Red Onion/Mushrooms/Butternut Squash

Green salad - cucumbers - tomato - dried apricots - avocado - pumpkin seeds and cranberry - My dressing

Swedish Summer Birthday cake:

lemon cake

two layers each divided in half

put lemon curd (2 jars) between and sugared small diced strawberries (3 boxes)

frost with whipped cream (1 pt)

topped with strawberries

Next year:

Work on arrangement of appetizers ahead of time

Ask someone to be in charge of drinks at the event

Signs to help people - where to put dirty plates, where to put purses, restroom, drinks

Do all BBQing ahead of time

Put food in heaters so ready when people arrive,  put water in the dish with the sterno!

Spend more time decorating the cake

We all sat in the back - three long tables together.  Any more people would have to have different eating arrangements!

Spend more time chatting!


Bernie and June

(Allison and Sue)

Donn and Barb

James and Rebecca and Zack

(Sean and Sophie)

Alex (and Maria)

Pam and Sandy

Brad and Vicki

Bey-Ling and Guy, FIL Pierre, and 2 children