Turkey Leftovers and Memories

One of the great things about cooking a turkey is the leftovers. I remember Thanksgivings past when when my mother and when my grandmother was living — we would spend hours in the kitchen peeling, chopping, stuffing, and doing all the dishes. This was either before the dishwasher or my family was not affluent enough to have a dishwasher. But the smells and occasional tastes were worth sticking around for. Sometimes my father got into the act. He was a decent cook when he was allowed in the kitchen. If he wanted a specific food and my mother felt it
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The Blender Bender – A Must Have Kitchen Appliance

If I were to name three must-have kitchen appliances, the blender would be one of them. There are some cool blenders out on the market that are color coordinated like Waring blenders. This green one reminds me of milkshake machines from yesteryear. Any blender will do just make sure your blender crushes ice. Blenders take a few simple ingredients and turn them into a richly satisfying concoction. For instance, take some orange juice, half a ripe banana, and a sprinkling of cinnamon with crushed ice cubes and you have a refreshing breakfast or anytime smoothie. What to swirl around in a blender is only
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KitchenAid Coffee Grinder Earns Coveted Space on My Countertop

Deciding to buy a new KitchenAid coffee grinder was one of the easiest decisions my husband and I ever made together.  This is quite remarkable given that in our marriage we work as a team with equal voting power, and as with all “committees”, this can sometimes slow down the process to the point of deadlock. Buy this KitchenAid coffee grinder now from our online store. What helped us arrive at this decision so quickly was that we already had experience owning another coffee grinder and we quickly learned what features we liked and did not like.  His new coffee grinder requirements are
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My First Cup Of Coffee

Believe it or not, I didn’t have my first cup of coffee until I was in my mid-40’s. Both my parents were coffee drinkers; Dad took cream and Mom liked it black.  So, I was raised with it in the house.  Still, I never drank it.  It always tasted bitter. Mother always bought Maxwell House coffee in the big 5 pound tins; already ground.  I always looked forward to a freshly opened can.  I’d rush over and ask to take a sniff.  It was always best on the first sniff.  I’d inhale it very slowly and savor the smell of what I later learned to be
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Thanksgiving: Let’s Talk Turkey

It’s that time of year again when the bird is the word. I remember my first year away from home, I decided to make a turkey for Thanksgiving. At that time I found it extremely gross to stick my hand inside the bird and pull out the packaged gizzards. It just felt like some weird invasion of privacy mixed with a touch of horror flick. I made stuffing but in a separate casserole. I remember that it was a Butterball turkey because that was the most branded turkey of its time and probably still is. The turkey seemed like it cooked
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Wine Flights

One of the best ways to taste more wine when you’re out to dinner or cocktails is to order a wine flight instead of individual glasses of wine.  With a wine flight (no need to fasten your seat belt just yet) three to five different samples of a specific varietal allows for comparison.  Samples are usually served in 2 oz. servings. At Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, you can drink flights with dinner or at the bar. You can even take it one step further and ask your server to bring your wine flights “blind” along with wine notes. Take your time tasting
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Food Humor: Dieting Circa 1974

Okay. Some of you reading this weren’t even born in 1974 but some of you were. Lose weight with all-natural aromatherapy inhalers If you’re like me you’ve been on every diet known to woman. I’ve been on the Weight Watchers diet and have received a key, Atkin’s (no carbs), the grapefruit diet, the ice cream diet, the Beverly Hills diet, Nutri-Systems, Jenny Craig, the cabbage-vegetable soup diet, the fast, Isagenix, the brown rice diet, Slim Fast, and South Beach Diet. I’m sure that I’m forgetting at least a half dozen more diets. I always think of a diet as a 4-letter word. I don’t
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World Foods: Dim Sum – Better than a PuPu Platter

I lived, what I call my informative years in the dining melting pot of Los Angeles, with so many ethnic restaurants and neighborhoods that L.A. seemed to lose its own identity in this world market. Cruise down Olympic Blvd near Western Avenue and all the signage is in Korean and Korean BBQ rules. Head north on Western Avenue to Santa Monica Blvd and the signs turn to Arabic or Lebanese with bakeries and cafes lining the streets. East Hollywood beholds blocks of Thai town with Thai restaurants and Thai music blaring. Westminster in Orange County embrace Vietnamese Pho while Artesia transforms into Little India. Then there’s
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Wine Tip:Proper Temperatures for Serving Wine

Your wine tip for today. Ever wondered about the proper temperature for serving wine? You may be heartened to know that you are not alone if you enjoy white wines that are warmer than very cold or red wines that are colder than room temperature — even though these are the “rules”. Imagine my surprise when I read recently that the temperature of wine is a personal preference.  Cheers to common sense!
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