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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Breakfast is My Favorite Kind of Dinner--Cooking Show #6

When Erin was about 3 years old, she declared, "Turkey is my favorite kind of chicken."

I have subscribed to her logic ever since. 

 Hence, breakfast is my favorite kind of dinner.

We filmed another cooking show this week, with a breakfast theme.  Or breakfast for dinner.  Or, as my friend (a.k.a. Superwoman) Maureen's daughter calls it, "Brinner."

Really, really, really good.  Really.

If you're into coffeecake with a lot of crispy, crunchy topping, this is the one for you.


(Click on the above links to be taken to the recipes)

Here's the view from the opposite end of the table.  We made lots of fruity drinks.  Dinner drinks!

  • 1 shot vodka
  • 4 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
Fill an 8-oz glass with ice.  Add ingredients.  Stir.  Garnish with an orange slice, lime wedge and maraschino cherry.

Fuzzy Navel
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Orange Juice
Fill an 8-oz glass with ice cubes.  Add a generous shot of Peach Schnapps.  Fill with orange juice.  Stir.  Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Tequila Sunrise

  • 1 shot Tequila
  • 3 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
Fill an 8-oz glass with ice cubes.  Add tequila, then orange juice.  Slowly pour grenadine along the side of the glass.  Do not stir!  The grenadine should settle in the bottom of the glass.  Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Almond Cookies

Here's the view from my driveway.  I'm not a snow person, but I'll be the first to admit that it sure is pretty.

Gus will tell you that it's fun to play in.

I'd almost say that Clyde and Gus have more fun playing in our backyard full of snow than they do playing in our sunny backyard in the summer.

Almost.  I myself prefer the sun to the snow, and I don't want to say anything that might tempt the fates to favor my dogs' wishes over mine.

Heaven knows, their wishes very rarely get denied around here.

It's hard to ignore the stare of persuasion.  Especially when it's accompanied with the harder-to-ignore whine of imploration.

 Hey, Clyde, help me out here.  I'm being ignored.

Happy to oblige, Gus!  I'll melt her with my pleading puppy face.

Mission accomplished.  No whine necessary.

I tell myself...look away, Fran, look away.  If I don't look away, I'll be baking dog cookies instead of almond cookies!

Okay, today's recipe is my go-to cookie recipe.   The drawback is that you have to mix them up in advance because they need time to chill before you bake them.

Let's be optimistic instead, and say that it's a PLUS that you have to mix the dough and scoop the cookies in advance.  The dough will keep for a few days, so it's like having ready-to-bake cookies in your fridge!