My grandmother would invite us over for “cocktails and hors d’oeuvres” and sometimes dinner would follow. She never said the word, “appetizers”. How boring. Although the hors d’oeuvres were often stale Triscuits and a can of Cheez-Whiz or or a tub of WisPride port wine cheddar, not exactly fancy stuff. The cocktails were a base of vodka, whiskey or rum (your choice) and an array of mixers: cranberry juice, ginger ale, Coke and 7-Up. But sometimes, if it was a holiday or the night after a big party, there were other treats on the table. Continue reading
There are so many good reasons to make this cake. You might be really hungry or maybe you just love the flavors of chocolate, peanut butter and chewy caramel cookie candy on top. Perhaps you are on an all sugar diet and must eat sweets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are looking for a fun snack or a lunchbox treat, this cake is for you, too. But most of all, if it’s a special kind of day that warrants a celebration, then make this cake. After all, a 51st birthday only comes around once in a lifetime. Continue reading
According to Oprah, she has become quite the entertainer especially at her home in Maui. In fact, she featured a delicious sounding cocktail including pineapple infused vodka, fresh squeezed pineapple juice, smoked pineapple and lemongrass among a few other ingredients. Yum. But way too fussy for me to even attempt. I mean, am I really going to juice the pineapple and smoke the discarded pieces? Nope. Continue reading
It’s strawberry season on Cape Cod. That time of year when the native berries are ripe and juicy, practically jumping off the vine, begging to be picked and popped right into your mouth. It’s a short season as far as produce goes: just a few weeks and they are gone. So, it’s important to drop everything and partake in these glorious red orbs at every possible moment. Continue reading
Oh yeah. Ginger and lemon. Not too sweet, just the perfect amount of sour. And did I mention that this one was invented for me by my husband and my sister in honor of my 50th birthday? Yes. But watch out, it will come up on you quickly. I recommend Canton Ginger Liquor. Keep it on hand in your arsenal, there are many delicious concoctions that can be made with it.
It’s really nothing to look at but delicious to eat. A perfectly easy hot hors d’eouvre to serve with crackers or even Cape Cod Potato Chips. I found the recipe in my grandmother’s recipe file. While she wasn’t known for her cooking, she certainly loved to entertain. Her old file is filled with no shortage of quick and easy recipes mainly magazine and newspaper clippings affixed to recipe index cards with Scotch tape that is slowly disintegrating. From recipes with Campbell’s soup as its base to more intricate ones like Swedish Meatballs and even one made with green jello, canned pineapple and cottage cheese, there is something for everyone…that is if you having a “Mad Men” themed party. Continue reading