Friday, September 28, 2018

Apple Snack


apple slices topped with fine cheese

Monday, September 10, 2018

Apple Galette

How do you like them apples?  
Bought them at Hickory Nut Gap Farm in in Fairview, NC, not far outside of Asheville.

Click here for the recipe I followed.  I added a bit of cinnamon and some apricot jam as a glaze.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Nectarine Galette

Click here for the recipe I used.  I got the idea to make a galette from my brother-in-law, who makes them all the time.  After it was done, I actually added a light brushing of  apricot jam.  I could have just as easily used a nectarine jam, or another type.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Birthday Custard & Bear

For my brother-in-law's birthday dinner I took over a surprise for him:  chilled boiled egg custard.  I followed his grandmother's recipe.  You can find it here.  Since there were a lot of guests and we also were eating cake, we poured small amounts into some crystal glasses.  The rest I bet was gone in a few days!  Before dinner, we actually had another big surprise.  Be surely to follow the whole video until the bear climbs the fence.

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.