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Merry Christmas 

Merry Christmas 

Dear readers, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or the best of whatever holiday(s) you celebrate! I was back to my old routine of preparing a cheese tray for my brother and sister-in-law’s dinner this year. Here’s a photo of it and a list of the contents. (One of the cheeses is “standing alone” because of a … Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Let’s just cut straight to the margaritas. Sure, it would be nice if you made (or ordered) some crunchy fish tacos, fruity tacos al pastor, or rich chicken enchiladas (maybe Suiza style?) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5. But don’t forget the margaritas. I’m a purist at heart (lime-based, no “slushies”), but this jalapeño“enhanced” version … Continue reading

A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Tacos are trendy, so I’m reprising a 2009 In The Kitchen column in the Princeton Packet, which I’ve lightly updated. The article offers a little history along with a menu comprised of a nice green salsa of avocados and tomatillos, one of my favorite tacos, and a chocolate flan for dessert. Invite your friends over and go to it … Continue reading

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia

Since my own (camera shy) mother is gone, I always feel a pang or two as the rest of the world goes right on celebrating Mothers Day. But why not, I tell myself – it’s important to celebrate with Mom while you still can, and I still get to think of my own with thanks. So, all … Continue reading

Hail to the King. Of cakes.

Hail to the King. Of cakes.

I am on the email list for Despaña Princeton, so when I got an email from them in early December about ordering Roscón de reyes – King Cake – for Epiphany (which is today), I couldn’t resist – I’d always wanted to try one of these!  They are also popular for pre-Lenten celebrating during Mardi Gras … Continue reading

Get Dippy for New Year’s Eve

Get Dippy for New Year’s Eve

Just a quick post of two recipes, both from foodnetwork.com, that I had good luck with as part of my Christmas Eve cheese tray. I was trying to throw some lower-fat options into the mix, although I still had plenty of decadent cheeses, including a surprise hit, Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar. Like cheddar with a Parmesan … Continue reading