December 14, 2014

Deviled Eggs with Pickled Celery and Bacon Bits




Deviled Eggs with Pickled Celery and Bacon Bits

Uncle. 
UNCLE, I say!
To bacon that is.
You win.

Universally loved and appreciated (not that many vegetarians or kosher-keepers in my circle) I don't know why I've resisted so long and in this case, deviled eggs with pickled celery and homemade bacon bits, a little goes a long way. A bit of work peeling, scooping out and re-stuffing the eggs but worth it for the happy people who scarf them up at the "bring an app" party. The pickled celery is so good too. Great idea from Smitten Kitchen. Tangy and crunchy like a pickle but without the assertive flavor of dill.

December 7, 2014

Garlic Fennel Pork Roast

Garlic Fennel Pork Roast

Most Saturday nights during junior high I had dinner with my dad and his wife. My parents had split when I was in grade school and I was lucky that my dad got re-married to a nice woman who thought it was important for us to spend time interacting during our weekend visits. So they always put together a sit-down dinner that was usually followed by a board or card game and a movie.

Garlic Fennel Pork Roast

December 3, 2014

Cardamom Spice Cookies with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Cardamom Spice Cookies with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Serious cooks stress the importance of using fresh spices and I'm sure they're right but I made these cookies with spices that have been in my pantry since I unpacked them from our move three years ago (who knows how long they had been at the old place) and they taste great. 

Better than great—eyes flare in surprise great. Nothing fancy or bedazzled about this holiday cookie–just a homely little nugget that's cakey and crisp with lightly spiced flavor and a big hunk of caramel cream cheese frosting.

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