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♦♦♦  Well who wouldn’t be giving this a woohoo upon finding it on the snack table. Crispy Twisty Bacon. Sunny Anderson made this tempter on a recent episode of The Kitchen, seasoning the tight spirals with brown sugar, thyme, and spices. All you creative CS-ers will likely come up with your own variations. When I saw this I immediately thought of it as perfect for one of our special brunch editions. But then Katie Lee noted it would be great for cocktail hour. Yes!  Food Network

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♦♦♦  We just never know. Valerie Bertinelli, who seemingly just has it all, in fact has dealt with personal struggles pretty much all her life. In her memoir, “Enough Already,” she takes us along on her journey of two progressions. First from Hollywood star to Food Network star. Second, her determined steps toward finally declaring that title.

In her own words, “As I have redefined my relationship with food over the past decade – first with my trip to Italy, then by writing a cookbook, and then with the tv series – I have redefined my life and reconnected with values I consider important.” Btw, recipes too, and we’ll be making her famous chocolate cake when baking season returns.  Amazon

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♦♦♦   In our 05.27.22 Salon we featured Ocean Spray’s crab, cranberry and cream cheese appetizers, served in mini phyllo shells. Those snacks use such bitsy amounts of ingredients that I had leftover shells, cream cheese, and cranberry too, and decided to put them to use in an easy and pretty dessert plate. For some I beat cranberry and cream cheese till smooth, topped with reserved cranberry. For others I beat the cream cheese with a little juice from mandarin oranges, finished with halves of the mandarins. One important thing to note is that for cream fillings, or similar, you really want to do this as close to service as possible, as the shells can eventually go soft.  CS

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♦♦♦  Ever have an upside down martini {spilled ones don’t count}? The Who and the What came out in a chat with Bobby Flay on CNN in advance of the network’s special on Julia Child. He was recalling having lunch with Ms Child when she ordered that libation 🍸 and he learned it’s an inversion of the classic ingredients, meaning reversing the measures for gin and vermouth. Now I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure while the next question was being asked he said almost under his breath, 4 or 5 of them. Cheers Julia, hope you’re enjoying a heavenly golden fountain of endless upside down tinis.  Julia Child

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April 22-April 28, 2022, “Cocktail Hour Buzz,” CooksSalon

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♦♦♦  So, here we have a creative cook’s shortcut turning into a crowd favorite. Instead of individual poppers, all the goodies join forces in “Ryan’s Reverse Popper Dip.” Wowsie, this is good. And I personally applaud a prep that calls for even more garlic than onion. The recipe did not mention a tomato garnish, but since the pic seems to show that I added it too.  AllRecipes

Want to make actual poppers instead? Google has you covered

♦♦♦   With Cinco de Mayo in sight, what a great time to look into some tasty ways to serve up the day’s classic libation. I’m especially intrigued by the spicy black grape, the grilled citrus, and foam-topped salt air versions in the iconic mag’s offering of their “Best Margarita Recipes.” And we agree that it’s a “perfect drink to make at home.”  Food & Wine

Good Housekeeping’s easy “25 Appetizers for Cinco de Mayo”

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♦♦♦  Mai Tai to Tia Mia,  Wicked Games of pear & pineapple, Smoky Fig Sour, gingery Ginger’s Lost Island, Cucumber, Salt & Smoke. What do they have in common? All are part of “12 Mezcal Cocktails for Warm Weather Inspiration.” What else these drinks have in common, according to the story, is their talent to “bring out the best made with the smoky, agave-based spirit.”  Food & Wine

One per drink? What a taste test that would be . . .

The 12 Best Mezcals to drink in 2022 – from Liquor.com

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♦♦♦  And for a sweet finale, how about some pretty Strawberry Mousse Bars? A graham cracker crust hosts a rich strawberry and cream cheese layer, topped off with even more fresh strawberries. Yum.  FoodTalkDaily

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April 15-April 21, 2022, “Cocktail Hour Buzz,” CooksSalon

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♦♦♦  Just seeing the words, “bacon wrapped,” snags attention pretty fast for many of us. And what’s behind the wrap here is also quite enticing. We’re talking about Bacon Wrapped Chicken Taquitos. Yum. Some ranch dressing mix and sour cream also get in on the act. Mixing in some shredded cheddar too helps tighten up the filling and as a bonus adds even more good flavor.  Tasty via Alexa

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♦♦♦  Well here’s a fun way to gin up the party vibe. In place of, or in addition to, the straight versions of the spirit, how about some of the flavorful cousins found in these “16 Unusual Gins to Upgrade Your Home Bar”? Extra botanicals, fruits, spices, and more all variously make their tasty contributions.  Food & Wine

Liquor.com calls these the “16 Best Gins to Drink in 2022”

♦♦♦  OK, back to bacon. This though is an encore with an enhancement. In our 03.18.22 Salon we featured cheesy bacon bread pudding. Very good as is, but since traditional sweet bread pudding is usually served with a sauce, why not a saucy companion for this savory one. I kept it pretty simple – mayo, enhanced with a touch of ranch dressing, lemon juice and dried parsley.  CS

Other savory bread puddings on Google

♦♦♦  I feel like I’m being haunted by volcanos. In last week’s Salon, we featured our discoveries of volcano-shaped dishes for virtually every food group, plus wines from grapes grown on volcano slopes. Now a recent episode of “Bar Rescue” had a mixologist rimming a cocktail glass with volcanic salt. On Google it’s also called lava salt or black lava salt. Then searched using it for cocktails and found it’s mainly for rimming {but see below}. And among those finds was a pretty Strawberry Thyme Margarita from Food 52

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Cocktails on Google with black lava salt rims

Liquor.com tells us about using a saline solution right in the drink. Can you imagine if you used black salt. Can you say Halloween? Here’s the full scoop . . .

How and Why to Use Salt in Your Cocktails

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April 8-April 14, 2022, “Cocktail Hour Buzz,” CooksSalon

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♦♦♦  From the number of times I’m coming across this dish, it just might be an exploding trend {sorry,  sorry, sorry}. It’s food volcanos {some really do erupt}. How fun would that be on either the brunch or happy hour table. Lots of festive volcano variations on these google pages . . .  🌋

May I suggest that you take a look at the directions from start to finish before any preparation. Also might want to tap into the Misc page, as the pix before the recipe list shows some interesting ways you can decorate or even landscape your volcano.

Want just the shape? And note these items likely have uses beyond the title words.

Volcano chocolate molds

Princess doll cake pans with & without the center stem

♦♦♦  How about this for perfect timing? Volcanic Wines! The grapes are literally grown on the slopes of volcanos. Why, and do the workers collect hazard pay? The answer to the first part, as the story says, is that “volcanic soils seem to help impart a distinctive character to wine, both red and white, not found in other places.” There’s more to the tale, including the flavors these grapes yield and the best ones to buy now. Nothing about pairing but guess we could figure this out from the profiles shown for each selection. Just maybe something perfect to create a tasty Volcanic duo.  Food & Wine

Photo by Volcano Winery, Big Island, Hawaii

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National Geographic reveals here 9 volcanic vineyards you can visit

Book – “Volcanoes & Wine: From Pompeii to Napa”

♦♦♦   Pizza + Slider = Boffo cocktail companion. It starts with slider rolls, or parker house rolls, or any small rolls that pull apart, which are then sliced horizontally while remaining intact. In goes pepperoni, of course, plus sauce, cheeses, and seasonings. Did we mention garlic butter all over the place? In the oven, out of the oven, and voila! Pepperoni Pizza Sliders! Slice along the handy guidelines and serve. Really good and a definite crowd pleaser!  Southern Living

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♦♦♦  Here’s a bit of food-related chat for your next get-together. We’re all going to have the chance to discover the origin of Pop-Tarts. Yay? Well the real news about this movie, which will presumably reveal all, is its origin, its star, director, producer, and co-writer – Jerry Seinfeld! Called “Unfrosted,” it has, as quoted in the story, “pure silliness . . . a giant, crazy, comedy movie.”  Food & Wine

And Eat This, Not That treats us to . . .

35 Funniest Food Moments from “Seinfeld”

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This week’s Cocktail Hour Buzz in CooksSalon, Feb 4-Feb 10, 2022

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♦♦♦  Hooray for this complete blueprint for your game day get-together. It’s from “Giada Entertains,” and though a re-run it’s timeless in terms of the festive suggestions for decorations, pompoms, mini take-home pix, serving tricks, and a Beer Bar. And of course – recipes! For bacon & blue cheese truffles, margarita wings, individual snack mixes, and football-shaped walnut cookies. Here’s “Giada’s Kickoff Party” episode in its entirety.  Food Network

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♦♦♦  Have you seen the bags of mini bell peppers in your market? That is an easy, colorful appetizer just waiting to happen. Here we stuffed the cleaned, halved peppers with a mix of 4 oz softened block cream cheese, garlic salt, dried parsley and just enough avocado ranch to make a nice consistency, still thick enough to survive a bite without depositing the rest of the filling on the floor. Toppings were, clockwise from rightmost, smoked paprika, chopped pimento olives, green onions, chopped pepperoni, dill weed, and for a sweet touch, diced dates. The CS Kitchen

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♦♦♦  Pink Champagne or . . . one of these “15 Best Pink Valentine’s Day Cocktails”? A nice range of flavors and true to the title, pretty creations ranging from delicate petal hues to a rosy blush. Here are some sips that will have me checking for ingredients. Blueberry mint cocktail, White hot chocolate with pink frosting, Honeyed cherry daiquiri.  Country Living

♦♦♦  Take your pick from these 50 Easy Snacks for the Big Game. Wowsie, dips, salsas, wings, nachos, poppers, bacon-wrapped tenders & smokies, cheese or veggie meatballs, bite-size pizzas & corn dogs, garlic knots, tasty veggies too. Below are some that sounded especially good. We made the crackers linked below and shown here, and it’s almost magic how the humble cracker can become a first class snack.  AllRecipes

Alabama Fire Crackers    Chicken Nachos w/Refried Beans

Greek-Inspired Snack Board

♦♦♦  Bad weather before the game? Ran out during the game? Don’t want to get out of your pjs? If you have an Amazon Echo Show, you can ask Alexa, “Which liquor stores deliver?” and then just watch the screen for the results.  Alexa

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  Flying high takes on a whole new meaning as the New Zealand winery Invivo launches what is being called “the worlds first winery airline,”  which will operate within the country. A chartered plane will deliver guests to destination towns where they can enjoy exploration time, an overnight stay, and a visit to origin vineyards.  From Food & Wine

  Shrimp toasts are a’comin {oops, age-busted by a song}. These traditional Asian appetizers are always just so satisfying, and now you can make them at home with a pretty easy process. A whirl in the processor with fairly familiar ingredients, a quick dip in hot oil and voila! Shrimp Toasts. The story calls them a cocktail hour staple.  From msn.com

 This quesadilla is actually an encore, originally appearing as a Feature Recipe in CS over a year ago. It’s here partly because it’s a perfect cold weather snack, which it can so easily become with smaller slices and maybe sans the egg. But mostly because it’s just so full of flavor, exactly as you’d expect from a Bobby Flay creation, loaded with bacon, hash browns, onions, peppers, cheese, salsa and chives – and deserved another time in the spotlight. From Food Network site

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  Another round of desserts for everyone. OK, so these boozy confections were posted as holiday treats, but thinking they could make any day a holiday. Among the goodies, Mudslide Pie, Grasshopper Cheesecake, and Rum Truffles. Great for the sweet side of the snack table, many already individual servings, and the rest can be cut down to size. You should be able to scroll down on the site and see all the recipes listed rather than doing the slideshow.  From AllRecipes

  Finish off the season in tasty style with these “16 Best Snacks for Game Day.” Wowsie, 7-layer taco dip, firecracker shrimp with bleu cheese dressing, mini brioche lobster rolls, lots more. Here too, should be able to scroll to full list.  From Food & Wine

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Recipes Galore & More, Dec 10-Dec 16, 2021

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Kitchen TalkIf buttery desserts are your thing, who better to ask than Land O Lakes. And hurray, we found a good ‘ol downhome one, so perfect for this time of year. Their classic apple cobbler is easy too, just 5 steps. Well, given that the 1st one is light the oven and the 5th one is serve, really 3, unless you consider adding a scoop of vanilla a step rather than a given 😁        Salsa, salsa cruda, salsa fresco, pico de gallo, aaaaaaaaaaah, what’s the difference? MyRecipes untangles it with this salsa scoop   Trouble sleeping? Can food help? Let’s ask the experts. According to The Sleep Foundation, these are The Best Foods to Help You Sleep. The good news is there’s some good stuff in this list. Zzzzzzzz.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Bake

These fun dish combines two welcome techniques – sheet pan baking and a pull-apart dish. What gives the prep extra interest {not that it needed it when we already have bacon and cheese} is the foundation of Hawaiian rolls, the flavor boost of canned tomatoes with garlic & onion, and a buttery, tangy glaze. In the oven, out of the over, party-ready.  From Taste of Home

Explosion Cakes

It was Tasty.com that first alerted me to this birthday cake phenom. And they say that credit goes to The Flour Shop in NYC for inspiring the confection. May I add though that bd or not, this cake would be a primo conversation piece on any table, maybe especially a holiday one. As you’ll see at the link there are other sources with variations on the theme, all quite spectacular.  On Google.

Guess what I found for you on Amazon! “The Power of Sprinkles: A Cake Book by the Founder of Flower Shop” – all about those colorful stacked cakes, and in a funny nod to the main title, this: “any mistake can be covered by sprinkles.” Prime eligible, $7.59 {70% discount}.

Beefy Tortilla Rollups

These Tortilla Rollups pack a lot of flavor into the colorful, almost artsy, resulting pinwheels. For that we can credit jalapeno cream cheese, pimento cheese and salsa among other goodies.

I actually used deli beef instead of dried beef, and just four tortillas with extra generous filling. Also thinking if you don’t want the jalapeno heat, onion & chive cream cheese would be a tasty substitute.

As a bonus, the red salsa and green onions give it a bit of Christmas spirit. Btw, if you substitute, do keep the pimento cheese.  From AllRecipes

Coconut Desserts with a bonus

At least that’s the promise, that they will “transport you right to the tropics.” The star ingredient can check in as sweetened or unsweetened,  flaked or shredded or chips, or as coconut oil, milk, cream, custard, or extract, sometimes tapping more than one. And the tropical vibe is helped along in the various dishes by, e.g., key limes, pineapple, bananas, lemon, oranges, rum, and spices. Of the 35 preps, have my eye on the slow cooker Coco-Loco Chocolate Fondue.  From Southern Living

Easy Hot Sandwich Recipes

What is it about a good sammie that is just so satisfying?? And at this time of year adding the word hot into the equation makes it even better. And, yes, these do look good. Lots of variety too. Now here’s the thing – after the first half dozen keep scrolling and you’ll see the sausage & pepper heroes, and then keep scrolling for more and more hot sandwiches. So, lots to love too.  From Food & Wine

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 Thanks goes to CS Tasting Panel member Debbie Vinson for these tasty tidbits for the sweet side of the snack table. No-Bake Cookies recipe: Bring to a boil 2 c sugar, 1/2 c margarine {butter?}, 1/2 c milk & 2 T peanut butter, cook for 1 min. Off heat, quickly mix in 2 T cocoa, 1 t vanilla & 3 c quick cooking oats. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper, cool, store leftovers in fridge.

Debbie adds, “I’ve found 1 cup of sugar is plenty, but I am very generous with the peanut butter, cocoa and vanilla. I also add walnuts.” And think I would add a bit of salt. I left them as is dropped from the spoon but I guess you could also flatten them a bit cookie-like. Lots of ways to play, all good.

   Well how fun is this??? But there is a danger here – it may be too pretty to eat, as you can see. This edible holiday wreath is actually a charcuterie board. Of course you crafty CS-ers can make this your own with your choice of elements. But do include apples because this festive idea comes from the Washington Apple Commission {photo too}. Probably don’t necessarily make it apple shape though.

♦  Wow, how nice to see someone honoring the classic cocktails. That someone is Liquor.com and that’s exactly what highlights their “11 Cocktails to Make for the Holidays” featuring such oldies but goodies as Brandy Alexander, Tom & Jerry, even a Flip. Cheers!

Snack chat: heard from competing chef Jonathan Wakefield on Last Call Food Brawl, the Atlanta-based episode “Wings & Bar Bites,” on Travel Channel – “If you want to make a late night snack, wrap it in bacon . . . There’s always room for bacon” –   {applause, applause}

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C’mon in to our Alexa Room, Nov 5-Nov 11, 2021

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  Deep Dish Snickers Pie  If you’re going to click this link and see the pic, you might as well go get your car keys right now. Although you may already have a lot of ingredients in-house. The title candy bar plays three roles here, in the crust, in the filling, and as garnish. Peanut butter, dulce de lech, hot fudge sauce, and chocolate wafer cookies join the pie party along the way.  From Food Network Kitchen

  Giant Breakfast Sandwich   In our 08.20.21 Salon we featured two “giant” preps. Now those same folks are at it again, offering us another tasty way to go big. In this case, supersizing the start of our day with a sammie that stacks pork sausage, cheese and eggs on a homemade biscuit {with biscuit mix for a shortcut}. A triple “bath” takes it over the top, cream on the biscuit, hot sauce on the eggs, warm syrup on the whole shebang.  From Food Network

   Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder  Credit Alexa for popping up a prep for cheddar corn chowder. But then when I went to fetch the link for you, found this version with a spicy twist from the same source. Hatch chilies also get in on the act, along with butter, veggies, aromatic seasonings and a full package of bacon.  From Epicurious

   BBQ Pulled Pork Fries  Oh my, these look so good. First, mercy sake, it starts with French fries. Then the layers begin, bbq pork, red onion, pepper jack, scallions, then one more time. Lots of folks weighed in to give this dish 5 stars on the google page.  From Tasty

   Autumn Muffins  A taste of fall in every bite. What makes it autumn? Apples, cranberries, figs and hazelnuts, plus all the wonderful seasonings that fill the house with the aromas that tell us baking season is back. One of the commenters changed out the butter for applesauce – way to amp up the autumn-ness!  From AllRecipes

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Kitchen Talk – Pssssst, Pistou. What a wonderful little find in the NYT Bread & Soup Cookbook we mentioned in the 10.01.21 Salon. It says a tablespoon of this distinctive paste will enliven almost any soup {and more, as with pesto}. To make it, boil 4 slices of bacon in a cup of water for 3 min, drain, chop. Blend with 2 egg yolks, 2 cloves garlic & 1 t dried basil until all ingredients are pureed. Pour into a bowl, stir in 6T on Parmesan & 1 t olive oil. Done.     So looking at the tasty stuff in Pistou, I started thinking it could morph into other apps. Here, I used already-fried bacon, left out the eggs, added enough extra oil until it to started to hold together, and pressed it onto hot toast.    Fancy some fancy butter? Take a look at this taste test from MyRecipes.

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Shopping Finds – One of the best toys/tools ever, and yay inexpensive too. As you can see here, an offset spatula is just what is sounds like, zagged down from the handle so you can easily smooth out, e.g., tomato sauce, cheese mixtures, cake batter, pie fillings, and more and more. At your market or on Amazon.      So, I have an 8 oz pkg of xanthan gum to make King Arthur flour’s recipe for gluten free bread, but that needs only 1 1/4 t. What to do with the rest? Google has some great ideas regarding thickening gravy, sauces, salad dressings and more. The bread recipe is on that page too. Amazon just in case you can’t find it in the store. I bought the Amazon’s Choice one, shown.

This week’s featured CS-designed, Zazzle-crafted item – You know, it’s a sad state of affairs when it seems every year the interactions across the aisle in DC become ever more coarse. It doesn’t have to be this way, does it? Yes, it is my stuff, but more than the sale I hope in some small way we can send the message that we’d like better manners, more civility. You can see seven different ways to say “Make America Decent Again” right here on this CS page.

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Best Grilled Cheese Ever

If you look on Google you’ll see that others also stake this claim to fame. This one may be among those that deliver. Ree Drummond includes roasted peppers, red onion, tomato and two kinds of cheese, all sparked up with Dijon. The recipe calls for just rye but the pic shows the more interesting marble rye {am I the only one picturing a white haired lady running like the dickens}.  From Food Network

Chicken-Tortilla Casserole

Love chicken tortilla soup? This prep promises to simulate that taste, but put it on a plate . . . with lots of cheese. With an ingredient list that also includes diced tomatoes & chilies, beans & corn, and Mexi flavors, it sure does sound tasty. And you know what – it is! Easy too, as you simply combine, cover with jack cheese {we added cheddar too}, and bake until the top is golden brown, and then garnish each serving.  From Southern Living

Caramelized Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding

Every word in that title is a winner. But wait, there’s more. Chocolate, cream, spices, and not one but two kinds of bread. The last line of the directions reads like a promise: “The bread pudding should have a nice caramelized crust and a moist (not wet or dry) interior.”  From Tastemade

Sunny’s Red Beans & Rice

This is almost always a full flavored dish, but the one Sunny Anderson made on tv just looked so extra appealing, I had to try it myself. May have been influenced by Katie Lee’s reaction, clearly smitten with the New Orleans treat that she called so comforting. What may well be the ruling ingredient here is the smoked ham hock. Now this may be a culinary violation but I piled some of the leftovers on cheese grits. Southern meets Southern!  On Food Network

Best Cookie Recipes

Well likely makes you wanna look. Once you look, likely wanna make. And maybe more than once, or as the title on the page says, cookies to “put on repeat.” Here are a few that caught my eye – butter cookies with clove sugar, candy cookies, butterscotch chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate chip cookie in a mug, peanut butter breakfast cookies.  From Food & Wine

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   Nice to see that Food & Wine doesn’t mind crashing through its titular walls. Well, to be fair, there is food involved – pickles to be exact. What makes a headline is that these pickles seem to be even more definitively pickled. And that’s because they are gin-flavored. No real gin, but all the botanicals of Hendrick’s Gin is right there in the jar. This ginny pickle would be a great conversation piece for the snack table {but maybe stop short of plopping it in the tini}.

  Truth be told I’m pretty much a purist when it comes to deviled eggs, but the gussied up ones that we featured in last week’s Salon looked pretty darn good. And you know what, they are!. Given the number of eggs, I decided a bit more bacon wouldn’t hurt, with even more for garnish. These cheddar bacon deviled eggs are from AllRecipes.

  Want to use fresh coconut water in your drinks? Want to serve your drinks in coconut shells? The first trick is getting the darn thing open. It was actually Alexa {see you next week!} who directed us to Wikihow for these 3 ways to open a coconut.

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  Two-Ingredient Chocolate Souffle  Chocolate hazelnut spread and eggs. That’s it. Whisk, whisk, whip, bake, done. I don’t know how long this has been around but I found dark chocolate hazelnut spread and plan to us that here, because this is definitely going on the to-make list.  From Tasty

  Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs  Truth be told I’m pretty much a purist when it comes to deviled eggs, but these gussied up ones look good and would make a nice addition to the snack table. The ingredients are right there in the title, joined by the usual suspects. In the demo, I wonder if the trouble with peeling might be because they weren’t immediate covered with cold water to stop the cooking.  From AllRecipes    

  French Onion Frittata  This is soup for breakfast in the best possible way. The star of the show for sure is the golden panful of slowly caramelized onions. The bread here is not the soaky slice as in soup but rather buttery croutons that go right into the mix. Gruyere too and a good hit of Dijon.  From thekitchn

♦  Beef Braciole I’ve been wanting to try this dish for quite a while, and it took just at glance at this particular recipe to say, it’s time. The glorious mix of flavors in the filling is all wrapped up in thin slices of beef that simmer to fall-apart tenderness.  From Tastemade

Notes: All puree worked just fine. Though they aren’t shown as “divided,” be aware that the parsley is used 3 places, the garlic, raisins and pine nuts 2 places. I put about 3/4 of the cheese inside the rolls. Really like the sauce.

  Garlic-Herb Roasted Potatoes  The title actually starts out with “Easily the best . . .” and they may be right. What’s interesting is that the fresh herbs & garlic are cooked into the oil and then strained out, so when the taters emerge from the 450 oven {crispy, thank you} they aren’t dotted with burnt bits. As a bonus you get to release some aggressions in the process.  From Tasty

Recently, in reference to wine pairing, Alexa mentioned “bridge foods” and cited as examples butter, cream, toasted nuts, mushrooms, tarragon, bacon and corn specifically for chardonnay – turns out it means adding something to your dish that will make it more compatible with the flavor notes of the wine you’re serving – interesting, especially since it means in this case the wine is influencing food decisions rather than vice versa

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