Thursday, July 12, 2018

Community Potluck for July 2018

We just had our second Community Potluck and there was a lot of great casseroles this time.   There were some salads as well.  

Here's a roundup of the various dishes. 
This lovely fresh chopped salad
Pasta Salad
Spinach Salad
Potato Salad
This Greek dish featuring lots of eggplant
Another casserole
and this Taco Dip Casserole
I made my Veggie Casserole ( I made this a few years ago for our former Boat Club Potluck)
Loved this casserole as well. Bacon makes everything good.
This Chicken and Broccoli Casserole.
Cheese Enchiladas
More potato SaladSliced Turkey
Flatbread with Bacon and Tomatoes
Taco Dip
As well as  the desserts ...
Blueberry Cobbler served with Ice Cream
Brownies and Cheesecake bites
Some Danish Cookies I'd made for the talks I was giving at the Eastpoint and Carrabelle libraries this week.
 There was another dessert brought, but I didn't get a picture of it.
So that's it for this month, can't wait to see what gets brought next month. 

This is going to be held the second Monday of every month from now on. 

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Hot Chocolate Pudding #BakingBloggers

A few months back I shared a recipe for Master Mix and said I'd tell you all about one of my all time favorite recipes using this  Master Mix
Life got in the way and tripped me a few times since then, and I kept meaning to make it, but again, I'd put it off and put it off, and, well,  you get the drift.

I joined a group called Baking Bloggers a few months ago, and every month we have a challenge.
I kinda like challenges, so long as they're the baking kind.  I know how to rise to an occasion then.
So this month the challenge was Baking with Small Appliances. 
Baked Chocolate Pudding for #BakingBloggers
Well, my mind went immediately to Crock Pots, but I've made cakes before in Crock pots and while I knew I could do it again, I wanted to try my hand at using a toaster oven.  I recently got one, and hadn't used it.

And I've been craving this dessert for a very long time, a really long, long time.  as in years?  I'm not totally crazy about chocolate cake.   I do make a killer chocolate cake though, however I go weak in the knees when I'm faced with warm chocolate desserts. 
I swoon, I beg, I have even been known to lick the plate, and the serving dish and the serving spoon and...
Baked Chocolate Pudding for #BakingBloggers
Baked Chocolate Pudding for #BakingBloggers

Sorry, I got carried away a little there.

I made a couple of small servings, cause as I said I'm powerless when it comes to a warm chocolate cake with sauce, or in this case a warm chocolate pudding. sigh
Baked Chocolate Pudding for #BakingBloggers

Baked Chocolate Pudding for #BakingBloggers

Baked Chocolate Pudding for #BakingBloggers

Powerless, with the inability to say no to a second helping or a third, oh heck, I'll just eat the whole thing kind of mindset. 

This chocolate pudding makes its own sauce, and while you can serve it plain, it tastes really good with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Chocolate Pudding Cake
Baked Chocolate Pudding for #BakingBloggers

prep time: 5 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 45 mins
This is a great dessert to whip up in a hurry and tastes magnificent with a dollop of whipped cream on top or some ice cream.


1 cup Master Mix
1/3 cup sugar
4 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts - optional
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon coffee extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips - totally optional

1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
1 1/4 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 6x8 inch pan, set aside.
Stir sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and nuts into mix.
Stir in milk and coffee extract and beat for 3 minutes
Spread out in greased pan.
Mix cocoa, sugar and water and bring to a boil. 
Pour over the contents of the pan.
Bake for 40 minutes and serve with the sauce that forms beneath it.
Note: You can increase the water by about 1/4 cup if you want more sauce. Leave out the nuts if you like but do add the chocolate chips for an additional chocolate charge. 
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Monday, July 2, 2018

First Monday Favorites - July - 20

It's time for First Monday Favorites again.
First Monday Favorites
I don't know about you but June was a busy month for me.   I managed to bake and cook a few new dishes, finished off my newest cookbook  Nibbles and Bites (which is now released as of yesterday), got a good bit started on another cookbook featuring shrimp recipes, which will be an ebook only for right now.  sigh
I can't wait to share next month, cause it's gonna be good.  I'll be competing in a Crab Cake Cookoff as well as giving two talks at local libraries about my first cookbook, Hygge - Danish Food and  Recipes.  I'll even be making and sharing some baked goods from both cookbooks.   I think this month is gonna be busy.

But for now, I didn't have to think real hard on my favorite post from last month.   It was my entry for the Baking Bloggers challenge and I'm almost sorry I made it.   I used to buy these in Denmark, they were one of my three favorites while living there and I've wanted to recreate them for a long time.  I'm talking Napoleonskager.
Also known as cream slices in England or diet killer in my case. sigh. I'm actually kinda sorry I made them, cause now I know how easy they were, I'll be making them any chance I get from now on. 

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Fourth of July ideas

Gosh, it's almost time to go out and start grilling.  WOW.   The 4th is coming up in a couple of days but if you want to get ahead of the game, you can start celebrating on the 1st, which just so happens to be Canada Day. 
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians.  
Happy 4th of July to Americans. 
I'm celebrating both, cause I can.

So I don't have many grilling recipes, but I do have ideas on other foods.  Including maybe doing a Low Country Boil.  Personally I love making one of these up, and it always looks spectacular and depending on your budget, adding a few crab legs in at the end can send this great dish over the top.

If you're doing hamburgers, might I suggest this recipe as a hamburger topper.  My Blossom Dip tastes incredible with a grilled hamburgers.  (You can find this recipe and more in my new cookbook Nibbles and Bites available on Amazon the first week in July.)
You might want an appetizer with that meal so how about some of these, my Crazy Squared Deviled Eggs.
Or just a nice old fashioned starter or side like this for your lovely grilled steak.   Caesar Salad with a dressing you make yourself.   You really can make your own dressing. 

That's but a few ideas, now go forth and grill or boil and have a safe wonderful Canada Day or a Fourth of July celebration.  

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tapas for June 2018

Well, we had adventures yesterday but it all turned out well. 
There was a power outage, don't know the details, and in the south, when temps are upwards of 90+ degrees outside, air conditioning is a MUST.  
So when the power went out, we got the generator going, hooked up some fans, borrowed a fan from the neighbor, and welcomed our guests. 
And we actually had quite a few people come, and they were prepared to sweat it out with us.   Luckily, the power came back on, not too long after our guests arrived, and we proceeded to eat and party.   There were a couple of late comers who'd had to find a place with power so they could finish making their dishes, and I totally did not get pictures of those.  There was also a fruit salad which got missed as well.

Here's the dishes,
I thought I would start with the appetizers first.
Artichoke Dips, and I got a picture, (blurry) before it disappeared.
 Some Fish Dip and Crackers
I made some Rye Bread and served it with some Mackerel in Tomato Sauce with Mayo as well as an Herbed Pork Roast with dipping sauce.
and a Goat Cheese Brie with crackers
as well as my Mushroom Pate, (recipe is in my cookbook Nibbles and Bites due out the beginning of July.)

Curry, OMG, it was so good.
Pasta Salad, you notice the closeup? So good.
 There were also these Eggplants,  I love Eggplants

and this Spicy Watermelon, very refreshing, it was.

as well as Dessert.  Life just isn't complete without dessert.    
And in no particular order. 
 I made some Jelly Rolls,
 There was a Key Lime Pie which disappeared FAST
 Some Red Velvet Cupcakes
 A gorgeous Fruit Salad, which I had to keep sampling...
 Some quick breads
 Banana Pudding,

There was also some Pineapple but I didn't get a picture 
and some cookies.
I have to say, if you go home hungry from here, it's your problem, there's always great food and the company's pretty good as well.

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