2012 Smorgasbord Menu — Assembled by Friends of A Global Garnish

Pickled Herring, Eggs, Cucumbers and Beet Salad

Pickled Herring (Inlagd Sill), Eggs, Cucumbers and Beet Salad (Rodbetesalad)

Every year for the past 17 years, my good-hearted friends have allowed me to plan our menu for our year-end progressive dinner. They really are silly about the whole process — each year thanking me profusely for planning the menu and giving out assignments. Don’t they know that this is an ideal situation for me??  Have fun planning a lengthy menu and then give out assignments for everyone else to prepare??  It is second best only to having a commercial kitchen and staff at your beck and call. Continue reading

Do-Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner (Part 3 of 3) – Cranberry Orange Sauce

Fresh Cranberries

Three posts in one week – a first for me.  Sorry I’m clogging your in-baskets, but I thought I would do my best to finish what I started before Thanksgiving.

This post will wrap up the key things you need to do a week (or a few days) ahead of your Thanksgiving dinner. Continue reading

Do-Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner (Part 2 of 3) – Sausage, Sage and Apple Stuffing

Stuffing, Stuffing and More Stuffing

Since I’m cooking two Thanksgiving dinners in two U.S. states this year, I am fully immersed in “do-ahead” mode.   How else could I possibly manage??

Working through my list in Do-Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner (Part 1), I have made my turkey stock and gravy, asked friends to bring pies and ordered my turkey.   Now is the time to make my favorite part:  stuffing Continue reading

Do-Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner (Part 1 of 3) — Turkey Brown Stock

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – Perfect for Early Christmas Shopping

It is almost Thanksgiving and the start of holiday season here in the U.S.  This is when I wish the moratorium on human cloning had expired, and I could be in multiple places at once. Continue reading

Copenhagen – Herring, Hygge and Pickled Cucumbers

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Even with pre-travel research, I always find myself vaguely disoriented when I arrive in a new city.   Which way is the center of town?  Where are the things I want to see and do?  How do I get there from here?  I’m sure you know the feeling. Continue reading

Do-Ahead Party for a Crowd – Easy Appetizer Menu (Part 3 of 3)

Asian Rolls

After much delay, I am finally getting around to posting the third (and final) part of my blog series:  Do-Ahead Party for a Crowd – Easy Appetizer Menu.  I had been waiting for an occasion to make the final recipe, and I could not have found a happier one – our youngest son’s wedding.

A WEDDING AND A WOMBAT  

Blogging, Blog Awards and the Book that Wasn’t

In January of this year, my friend, Deb, encouraged me to start a blog.  We are writing a book together, and she said that a couple of blogs would get us a following for the book.  I think she really wanted to inspire progress on the book by giving me a taste for an audience. After all, I’d been dragging my feet on the book for a while.

Unfortunately for my friend, the whole thing backfired. Continue reading

A Misstep Leads to Lima and Arroz a la Peruana

San Franciscan Church, Lima, Peru (Spanish Baroque Style, Built 1673)

Our friends were planning a trip to Peru and asked if we would like to go.  I can’t say Peru had been on our agenda for that year, but suddenly it looked like it belonged there.  My husband rarely turns down travel, but to be absolutely sure I had his commitment on this one, I reminded him that he was still indebted to me for his recent gaffe. Continue reading

Blueberry Blues

Michigan Blueberries

Inspired by one of my fellow bloggers, Cookinginsens, who shared the delicious results of her recent freezer purge, I decided it was time to clear out the basement freezer.  I was making very good progress in this endeavor.  My final task was to utilize the last of the 2011 Michigan blueberry crop.  After all, the 2012 blueberry season had arrived. Why would anyone hoard frozen blueberries from last year when there was a new crop to be had?  Time to make some blueberry muffins — best with fresh blueberries, but quite serviceable with last year’s crop — and an excellent way to use frozen blueberries. Continue reading