Friday, August 31, 2018

Countdown Day One to the Virtual Tapas Time Party

The Virtual Tapas Time Party is tomorrow,  Saturday, September 1 and I can't wait to see what my blogger friends are making for the party from my newest cookbook, Nibbles and Bites - A compilation of Appetizers, Canapés and Finger Foods.
Nibbles and Bites A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapés and Finger Foods

Full disclosure, I did send them a copy of the book and asked them if they would like to make and share a recipe from the book for an online virtual Tapas Time Party.
They all said yes.

 We have a Tapas Time Party most months and I make a lot of appetizers, and in this book I've compiled just a few of my favorites.  Most of them are easy to make and serve, and best of all, not only do they taste great but many of them can be made for last minutes parties, using items from your pantry.

I thought that this weekend would be a great time to really introduce the book, as Tailgate season is starting and many of the recipes from the book can be made and brought to any gathering. 
While I can't wait to see what everyone is bringing to the party tomorrow, I thought I would show few possibilities.


Savory Salmon Cheesecake page 118
Savory Salmon Cheesecake from Nibbles and Bites A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapés and Finger Foods
  Scallop Cakes page 114
Scallop Cakes from Nibbles and Bites A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapés and Finger Foods
Deviled Ham Spread page 17
Deviled Ham Spread from Nibbles and Bites A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapés and Finger Foods
  Tate's Hell Snake Eyes page 71
Tate's Hell Snake Eyes from Nibbles and Bites A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapés and Finger Foods

Karen of Karen's Kitchen Stories is coming to the party as well.  And again, I can't wait to see what she makes from the cookbook.  She's known for baking breads, and I drool over many of hers, and think to myself that one of these days, I'm gonna try making some, or at least one of her bread recipes.   


  Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation of Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods.  Available both in book form and as an ebook.
or
if you're in the Carrabelle or Apalachicola, Florida area, you can pick up an autographed copy of the book at either Shop by the Sea in Carrabelle or Downtown Books and Purl in Apalachicola
My cookbook Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes would be a great gift for any foodies in your life. Available as a Kindle e book or in paperback. Autographed copies are also available at the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa or on their website.

All recipes and their respective images are either original or adapted and credited, and are all the sole property of Sid's Sea Palm Cooking © 2011-2018, with all rights reserved thereof.  

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Countdown Day Two to the Virtual Tapas Time Party

The Virtual Tapas Time Party is starting on Saturday and I can't wait to see what my blogger friends are making for the party from my newest cookbook, Nibbles and Bites - A compilation of Appetizers, Canapés and Finger Foods.

Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods
We have a Tapas Time Party most months and I make a lot of appetizers, and in this book I've compiled just a few of my favorites.  Most of them are easy to make and serve, and best of all, not only do they taste great but many of them can be made for last minutes parties, using items from your pantry.

I thought that this weekend would be a great time to really introduce the book, as Tailgate season is starting and many of the recipes from the book can be made and brought to any gathering. 

I included the crab cakes I won the People's Choice Award for in 2016 and 2017, as well as the sauces. 
Carrabelle Crab Cakes pg 103
Carrabelle Crab Cakes from Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods
  Lighthouse Crab Cakes pg 105
Lighthouse Crab Cakes from Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods
Marinated Olives pg 121 These are a great thing to have on hand BTW.
Tomato Bites pg 123, easy to make and tastes wonderful


Some of my favorite food people are participating so visit their sites as they post recipes, host Nibbles and Bites giveaways, and help celebrate with me.

I'd like to introduce you to Colleen. From Faith, Hope, Luck & Love Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice.
Again, I met her through the Secret Recipe Club, and have marveled at her food and her photography ever since. She's not just an accomplished cook but her recipes have been featured in several national publications.   Here's her blog.  

Faith, Hope, Luck & Love Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice 

Tomorrow I'll introduce you to Karen of Karen's Kitchen Stories.  

And don't forget, you can buy the books here. 
  Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation of Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods.  Available both in book form and as an ebook.  
My cookbook Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes would be a great gift for any foodies in your life. Available as a Kindle e book or in paperback. Autographed copies are also available at the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa or on their website.

All recipes and their respective images are either original or adapted and credited, and are all the sole property of Sid's Sea Palm Cooking © 2011-2018, with all rights reserved thereof. 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Countdown Day Three to the Virtual Tapas Time Party


The Virtual Tapas Time Party is starting on Saturday and I can't wait to see what my blogger friends are making for the party from my newest cookbook, Nibbles and Bites - A compilation of Appetizers, Canapés and Finger Foods.   
Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods

We have a Tapas Time Party most months  and I love to make and serve appetizers.  
In this book I've compiled just a few of my favorites.  Most of them are easy to make and serve, and best of all, not only do they taste great but many of them can be made for last minutes parties, using items from your pantry.

I thought that this weekend would be a great time to really introduce the book, as Tailgate season is starting and many of the recipes from the book can be made and brought to any gathering.  
Hummus is one of my pantry staple items.  I've always got at least one, if not more cans of chickpeas sitting on a shelf, waiting for the magic to happen, along with some Tahini of course.  I've made everything from Curried Carrot Hummus, page 32 in the book.
Curried Carrot Hummus from Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods
to Chocolate Hummus on page 44
Chocolate Hummus from Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods
with a few flavor profiles in between.   
Tarteletter shells on page 137, are a little bit different.
Tarteletter Shells from Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods
  You can put everything from savory to sweet in these little bites.  Or if you just want something already filled, and fun,  these Corn Dog Muffins would work..  You can find them on page 126.
Corn Dog Muffins from Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods
And now we come to another lovely blogger, Sally,  who has graciously agreed to,  not only make a recipe from my book, but will also bring her offering to my Virtual Tapas Time Party on Saturday, September 1st.   Her blog is Bewitching Kitchen
I can't wait to see what Sally makes.  Her blog is filled with lovely food, and I've been know to make recipes from it or just drool over some it as well.  You need to go and look there too. I've got a bucket list of foods and recipes from there that I want to try.  Sally used to be part of the Secret Recipe Club as well, and I've always enjoyed looking at her foods.  Bewitching Kitchen

Stop on by tomorrow and I'll introduce you to Colleen.  Her blog is gorgeous as well.  It's called 
Faith, Hope, Love & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

And here's where you can buy the books:

  Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation of Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods.  Available both in book form and as an ebook.  
My cookbook Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes would be a great gift for any foodies in your life. Available as a Kindle e book or in paperback. Autographed copies are also available at the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa or on their website.

All recipes and their respective images are either original or adapted and credited, and are all the sole property of Sid's Sea Palm Cooking © 2011-2018, with all rights reserved thereof.  

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Countdown- Day Four to the Virtual Tapas Time Party.

The Virtual Tapas Time Party is starting on Saturday and I can't wait to see what my blogger friends are making for the party from my newest cookbook, Nibbles and Bites - A compilation of Appetizers, Canapés and Finger Foods.   
Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods

We have a Tapas Time Party most months and I make a lot of appetizers, and in this book I've compiled just a few of my favorites.  Most of them are easy to make and serve, and best of all, not only do they taste great but many of them can be made for last minutes parties, using items from your pantry.

I thought that this weekend would be a great time to really introduce the book, as Tailgate season is starting and many of the recipes from the book can be made and brought to any gathering. 
I'm thinking Wings here, and I've got some great recipes for them. From Asian Style wings, page 85
Asian Style Wings from Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods
to my Chutney Wings, page 87
Chutney Wings from Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods


If you're into seafood, how about a few shrimp recipes?  From Cameron Entero Mojo page 96

Mojo Shrimp Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods
to Shrimp Burger Bites or even Blackened Mango Shrimp, page 98
Blackened Mango Shrimp from Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation - Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods


Some of my favorite food people are participating so visit their sites as they post recipes, host Nibbles and Bites giveaways, and help celebrate with me.  

Let me introduce them one at a time over the next few days.

Wendy of A Day in The Life on the Farm
She is the instigator for Soup Saturday Swappers as well as Fish Friday Foodies, both groups are ones I participate in most months.  I first got to know her through a now defunct group called the Secret Recipe Club.  We used to make and post recipes from an assigned blog each month and had to keep it a secret until our reveal day. 
She has an incredible blog and participates in a lot of food related events online.  
Wendy will also be doing a giveaway for the book, Nibbles and Bites.

Stop on by tomorrow and I'll tell you about Sally of Bewitching Kitchen

In the meantime, check out Wendy's blog.

You can buy the books online at the following.  
  Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation of Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods.  Available both in book form and as an ebook.  
My cookbook Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes would be a great gift for any foodies in your life. Available as a Kindle e book or in paperback. Autographed copies are also available at the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa or on their website.

All recipes and their respective images are either original or adapted and credited, and are all the sole property of Sid's Sea Palm Cooking © 2011-2018, with all rights reserved thereof. 

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Tapas for August 2018

It's raining outside right now, lightning and thunder have driven my dog out from my office, she's seeking shelter somewhere else.  But I'm happy cause I love rainstorms.
And I'm also happy because we had a great Tapas Night this weekend.   It's August and a lot of people are away so we had a light turnout, but it's all good.
Lots of great food and desserts.   But that's not surprising.  We have some incredible cooks in our area, who love to share.
For starters, a lovely spinach artichoke dip
 Some marinated Asparagus, which was very popular
We had a Pasta Salad, which not only looked pretty but also tasted wonderful. 
and there was this baked Onion Dish, made with Vidalia Onions
As well as some lovely shrimp, with a cocktail sauce as well as a soy ginger sauce
and this, a Tomato Aspic or as Harriett calls it Tomato Surprise.   This was a major hit.  It's been years since I had some and this one, was better than I remember them being.
I made some No Knead Rolls and set them out alongside some cold cuts.  These are so simple to make and whip up in no time at all. You can actually have these on the table in a couple of hours with little effort. 
And the plate was cleared in short order. 
I also put out some Chips and Salsa
And made some Vegetarian Potsticker's, the recipe for them is in my new cookbook Nibbles and Bites, page 133.  You can buy the book from me as well as from Amazon.   
I put out two kinds of pickled Herring, one bowl of plain or wine herring and a bowlful of Karrysild or Curried Herring, page 41 from my first cookbook, Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes.  They were both well received.  I also put a plate of my home made rye bread out as well., it's on page 26.  You have to eat herring on rye bread, you have to, it's a rule.

We also had a lot of desserts;
From Carrot cupcakes,

Some Watermelon,
Brownies
Blueberry mini muffins
Sweet Potato Pie
Peach Cobbler
At the back there a Turtle Pie.

Upper Left, Pineapple, and I put out some Brunekager (the recipe is in my cookbook Hygge- Danish Food and Recipes - page 190
I also put out some chocolate cupcakes with Peanut Butter and chocolate frosting.
So there you have it, another month and another Tapas.


Please stay tuned though.  I'm holding another Tapas Time Party on Saturday, but this one is a virtual one, which means we'll be celebrating here, on the blog.

 I've invited a few of my blogger friends to make and post a recipe from Nibbles and Bites and share.

I can't wait to see what they come up with and I'll be making something special from the book as well. 

The party starts here, on line at Sid's Sea Palm Cooking,  Saturday, September 1.  Please come and join us, it's a virtual party.


  Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation of Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods.  Available both in book form and as an ebook.  
My cookbook Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes would be a great gift for any foodies in your life. Available as a Kindle e book or in paperback. Autographed copies are also available at the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa or on their website.  

All recipes and their respective images are either original or adapted and credited, and are all the sole property of Sid's Sea Palm Cooking © 2011-2018, with all rights reserved thereof. 

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Cakes, Cakes and more...

I bake and donate a cake every other week to our local Legion for a Cake Raffle the proceeds from which go to help the community.  It's my little way of contributing and having fun at the same time. 
Besides which, I love to bake, and cannot eat it all.

Here are some of my latest.
Lemon Chiffon with Candied Lemon
 And that same month I made this one, a Coconut Chiffon cake with Princess Frosting
I also indulged myself and made a few Chocolate Cakes and decorated them...  this one with some 7 Minute Frosting and Ganache drizzle.

I had fun with these as well, gotta practice, practice, practice.   I decorated a bunch of cupcakes,

Also made some Tiramasu cupcakes for another gathering.  I think I'm a little addicted to Tiramisu.  And putting them into cupcake form, was a rather brilliant move on my part. 
I tried my hand at making a Cherry Cheesecake bundt, but haven't shared the recipe for it yet.  I need to refine the recipe a little.  But it tasted good.
My latest cake and one I'm really rather chuffed about. 
Hamburger Cake
This one.  Friday nights at the Legion are known as Hamburger Night and the past week I made this, and I'll share how to make it at a later date.

Coming up on September 1, I'm hosting a Virtual Tapas Time party with some fellow bloggers featuring recipes made from my latest cookbook, Nibbles and Bites.  It's a fun compilation of many of the appetizers and finger foods I've made and shared over the past few years.    The link to purchase the book is just below.  
  
  Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation of Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods.  Available both in book form and as an ebook.  
My cookbook Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes would be a great gift for any foodies in your life. Available as a Kindle e book or in paperback. Autographed copies are also available at the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa or on their website.    

All recipes and their respective images are either original or adapted and credited, and are all the sole property of Sid's Sea Palm Cooking © 2011-2018, with all rights reserved thereof.  

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hindbærsnitter or Raspberry Bars

You know you're in a Dane's kitchen when you open the fridge and find not only butter, lots of butter, but also Raspberry or Strawberry Jam, alongside the pickled herring and pickled beets and Asier
We've also been known to hoard buy lots of marzipan or almond paste and put it aside so we have it handy to bake with.  And if you go in to the spice cupboard, you're likely to find lots and lots of cardamom, the whole seeds that is, not that powdered stuff, and some cinnamon as well.  
These are all the building blocks we make our baked magic from. 
Like these.
 Hindbærsnitter or Raspberry Bars. 
Hindbærsnitter


And in this case I used not only some butter, but also some Raspberry Jelly. ( I would have used jam but could only find jelly at my local store.)
I've been having fun with making and of course eating, more Danish food lately.   I'm getting ready to revise and reissue my cookbook, Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes,
I'm adding more soups, a couple more entrees and some more lækker baked goods.
Lækker means delicious, in Danish.

And this recipe totally qualifies. 
I've heard this referred to as a Danish Pop Tart, but I'm sorry, but those people are sadly mistaken, as in totally wrong.
I mean it, totally wrong.
I said it.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.

You can find these at a lot of patisseries or pastry shops in Denmark, it's popular with the young people, and it makes a great offering for afternoon coffee.  And if you've got a craving for something totally sweet that reminds you of your childhood, if you're Danish that is, this is perfect.
This is a sweet pastry double-decker dessert bar with Raspberry Jam or Jelly sandwiched in between and topped with a thick glaze.  And finished off with some candy sprinkles for a truly festive look.
First layer baked and ready for the jam.
And here it is with the jam.
Hindbærsnitter
After being topped with the second piece of baked pastry, whoops, had to trim this one.  As you can see on the edges, it's a barely golden brown. (and I managed to get a lovely thumbprint on the edge)
  you need to glaze it. after trimming it to size so that both pieces are equal in size.
Hindbærsnitter
And then the fun begins, and if you've got some kids hanging around the kitchen, they'll love the next part, decorating it with some colored sprinkles.
Hindbærsnitter
 Gotta make sure you've got lots of glaze on there.
Hindbærsnitter
Hindbærsnitter
and then you need to cut it into pieces.  I started using a big knife, but then found out that my pizza cutter worked great for this.
Hindbærsnitter
 And if you happen to need to sample a piece along the way, I won't tell if you don't. 
Hindbærsnitter



Yield: 18 pieces

Hindbærsnitter (Raspberry Bars)

prep time: 20 minscook time: 7 minstotal time: 27 mins
This is a favorite of not only Danish schoolchildren but also their parents. It's a great accompaniment to afternoon coffee or a little something for dessert.

ingredients:

Pastry
300 gram flour - sifted
150 gram confectioner sugar
200 gram butter -slightly cold
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup flour + for rolling out

Filling
8-10 oz. Raspberry Jam

Topping
2 cups confectioner sugar
2-4 teaspoons water, enough to make a thick glaze.
Colored sprinkles

instructions:


Cut the butter into the flour and confectioner sugar then add the egg yolks and vanilla extract.  Work this into a soft dough, divide it in half and flatten each piece.  Place into fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  
Take half the dough out of fridge, sprinkle the rolling surface generously with flour.   (You can also roll this out on a piece of parchment paper if needed) Roll out to a thickness of 1/4 inch, as close to a rectangle as you can get.  I measured mine, and trimmed it to make sure it was a rectangle. It was 20x30 cm.  Place back in fridge while you roll out the second sheet.  You're going for 2 sheets of pastry that are the same size.  Any bits you cut off can be re-rolled and cut into either rounds or another smaller rectangle.
If you can bake both pieces at once, great, but if not, bake the first sheet for 6-7 minutes or until it turns color and is a golden color on the edges.  While the first sheet is baking, mix up the glaze and set aside.  Also stir the Raspberry jam or jelly together until it's nice and smooth. 
As soon as the first sheet is baked, take out of oven and place the second sheet of pastry into the oven to bake.  While that one is baking, spread the baked sheet of pastry with a layer of jam while it is still warm.  As soon as the second sheet comes out of the oven, let it sit for a couple of minutes to cool, then very carefully place the second sheet on top of the jam layer.  Spread the thick glaze on top and sprinkle with the colored sprinkles. 
Cut into equal slices and serve.  I used a pizza cutter and it worked brilliantly
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All recipes and their respective images are either original or adapted and credited, and are all the sole property of Sid's Sea Palm Cooking © 2011-2018, with all rights reserved thereof.    
 Just released - Nibbles and Bites - A Compilation of Appetizers, Canapes and Finger Foods.  Available as both in book form and as an ebook.  
My cookbook Hygge - Danish Food and Recipes would be a great gift for any foodies in your life. Available as a Kindle e book or in paperback. Autographed copies are also available at the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa or on their website. 

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