Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Thai Comfort Food

I actually spooned out a bit before taking this image.

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Perfect Pairing

This is a great afternoon snack, appetizer or even dessert: Sweet, ripe pears that have a bit of firmness still, sliced fairly thin and placed all over a plate.  On top, ample slices of Robusto cheese.  Buy the cheese in small $5 blocks at your local Whole Foods, and enjoy.  Another cheese that's perfect with pears is Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, which tastes a bit like butterscotch.  It's very delicious, but perhaps not one you'd desire to eat over and over.  Robusto, on the other hand, scores high every time.  Whenever I serve up this treat, it's always on my mother-in-law's Blue Ridge China.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Cosmopolitans + Thai Meal

A friend who joined us for dinner (and made the cosmopolitans) brought over these beautiful orchids.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sliced Mangoes

I usually peel about three of the smaller mangoes at a time.  They are sweeter.  The larger ones are a bit more tart, but go perfectly with the sugar/chili dipping mix I make.  In Thailand, we like to dip fruit into sweet & spicy mixes.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Broccoli Salad

There's bacon in there, too!  I will add a recipe later.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Healthy Snack


I sliced two types of apples, and then whipped up a "dip" that's given out at fruit stands in Thailand.  It's simply salt, sugar and chili.  This looks quite lovely displayed on Blue Ridge plate that belonged to my mother-in-law.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Boiled Egg Custard

Back in December, I made boiled custard, using a family recipe - the same recipe I used for the batch above.  Each time, though, I cut back pretty significantly on the sugar.  Do that to your liking.  Start with a 1/4 to 1/2 reduction.

Friday, February 9, 2018


It's a bit more work, but eating oranges this way is really nice.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Swiss Cake Roll

Last August I made a couple of Swiss Cake Rolls - one when my sister-in-law came to town, and another when my husband's cousin visited Asheville for the first time.

Below is the one I made when Allen's cousin visited. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Raspberry Champagne Cake

This is the third one I have done.  I called this one "Raspberry Beret" Champagne Cake, in memory of Prince.  I have another one in the works, and it will be served on Christmas day.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Three Ladies

This is one brand of rice I buy in Asheville.  You can get it at one of the Asian markets.  I usually go to Kim's Oriental Food and Gifts.

Monday, November 27, 2017

More Caramel Cakes

For Thanksgiving I made a caramel cake, using the same Southern Living recipe I like.  A few days after Thanksgiving, I made a second caramel cake.  I gave most of it to my friends.  This second one I had some orange zest.

the one for Thanksgiving

and then this one