Tiffani’s Chicken Tortilla Soup, for Dec 7-13, 2018


Misty shows you what you’ll find in this week’s salon

  TIDBITS – hot topic #1, your oven / trending gen / easy pairing    CS MARKETPLACE SPOTLIGHT – foodie bling / going to the dogs {M – hey !!!}    FEATURED RECIPE – hot topic #2, your soup that’s an entree    TIP – clean up your act    THE WEEK – sweet dilemma / hot topic #3, your salad! / just you, the food, the wine, the dog {M – again !!!} and one more thing

Misty’s History    Misty’s Gallery


Newsy, schmoozy stuff for cooks 

  The Hometalk newsletter is a crafter’s dream, the work of countless creative contributors. And while food stuff is not often part of the mix, a recent edition had this helpful tip about calibrating your oven. Wait, come back, turns out it’s quite easy whether you have a dial or a control panel. Could mean no more burnt cookies, over-roasted chicken or under-done anything.

  Feeding Millennials? Culling from several reports, here’s what’s on their “list” concerning what goes {or doesn’t go} on their plates: animal treatment and rights, the environment, sustainability, more plant based dishes and less {or no} meat in the mix, as well as an interest in creativity and innovation in both food and drink.

  Need a little help with wine pairing? Food & Wine to the rescue with a 15-point list that covers most of the season’s favorite kinds of dishes. Cheers! {Image by Stephan Krause}


What a totally fun gift for cooks or anyone with fave foods 

Stainless Steel Trio Earrings Set D'Lish Donut , Wishes , Apple BlossomJewelry! Oh my gosh, there’s just an incredible “bling pantry” on Amazon. From frivolous to elegant, all unique.Womens Silver Tone Ombre Blue Green Crystal Rhinestone Apple Fruit School Teacher Brooch Pin

Showing just two here, but so many to choose from in terms of both jewelry style and food item. Snag necklaces, charms, pins, beads, earrings, more.

Food? From branded to ingredients to dishes. Like these fun earrings & pretty brooch.

And as always, you can refine your search by price, ratings, brands. Or, put the specific jewelry item and particular food item right in the Amazon search window.

♦  Top rated foodie jewelry    All foodie jewelry    Earrings shown    Brooch shown

  At CS Marketplace: “Especially for . . .” – “Cooks”  “Readers”  “Dog Lovers”

Extra for Dog Lovers – don’t forget to put something under the tree for your dog{s} or doggie friends. We have easy links for you right on this site. Just click the CS Marketplace link just above, scroll down to the Dog Lovers section, and then browse through accessories for the pups as well as books and shirts for “mom & dad” including some that promote pet adoptions.


A tasty, hearty soup – from Mrs. Suit!  

 Which is to say . . . Tiffani Thiessen, notable in the food realm for her Cooking Channel Show, “Dinner at Tiffani’s,” but as well for her role in the excellent “White Collar” tv series where scene-stealing character Mozzie referred to her tv husband, an FBI agent played by Tim DeKay as “Suit,” consequently then calling her “Mrs. Suit.”

In her Chicken Tortilla Soup, classic chili seasonings – garlic, Pull Up a Chair: Recipes from My Family to Yourscumin, chili powder, lime juice and more – flavor an entree-worthy dish. And the suggested toppings which you can see here make it extra rich, extra hearty.

It’s from her cookbook, “Pull Up a Chair,” referring to their family kitchen that can always welcome one more at the table. But it also reflects the personal tone that seems to have Tiffani inviting you to pull up a chair as she chats about the backstory of these “recipes from my family to yours,” along with shortcuts, presentation ideas, and her tricks for making the merger of store-bought and homemade masquerade as entirely the latter.

Recipe    “Pull Up A Chair” cookbook    “Dinner at Tiffani’s” dvd    “White Collar” dvds


Timely rerun

As you bake, bake, bake goodies galore for the holidays, remember to take one little step beforehand that will make cleanup a breeze. Line your work surface with sticky wrap – Press n Seal or store brand – and do all your measuring and mixing right on it. A shower of flour, a drip of vanilla, a plop of honey, an upside down butter wrapper, who cares. Can also rest your utensils on there between uses.

When you’re all done wrap it up securely making use of the sticky, face the trash, and try for a three-pointer. And the crowd goes wild!!! {No, haven’t gotten into the egg nog . . . yet}


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  Wow and yum. So was again making my sweet potato casserole {now it seems a reader fave too}, our Featured Recipe in the 10.19.18 salon, and bummer not enough honey {for the way I make it}, so filled in with maple syrup {OK, OK, Log Cabin}. A whole different taste! Now have to decide what I’m going to use from now on.

  Another substitute. So, on the dinner menu: crispy chicken tenders, cheddar cheese potatoes and lettuce & avocado salad. Hmmm, what dressing for the latter. Not ranch or bleu cheese with the creamy potatoes. Don’t think I’d like Italian or French on avocado. Aha! How about not salad dressing but . . . taco sauce! Dotted on the lettuce and then on the avocado. This would also be boffo with a Mexican meal.

  When you dine alone, whether a rarity or routine, think about this quote I just came across, thanks to Food 52, from one of my very favorite food authors, MFK Fisher: “There’s nothing more devastating to me than a bad dinner date. Which is why I often find myself alone after work, sitting at my kitchen island with a plate of food and a glass of wine, my dog at my feet. At the end of a long day, this table for one is more than just a place for me to have my dinner—it’s a place, as well, for me to have my thoughts.” You can see some of her books on this Amazon page.

So far next week: nummy gnocci, Martha goes Sicilian, the unintended cookie cake, an almost unlimited bonanza of cooking expertise with a CIA membership costing less than you might think

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