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♦♦♦  Today’s “catch” has a possibility for each week of the year. This story, Our Best Seafood Recipes {52 in all}, showcases treasures of the sea many of which are appetizer ready, including the one I couldn’t wait to make, the Carolina Seafood Stew, rich with shrimp, fish, aromatic veggies, bold seasonings and . . . okra. ‘Fessing up, in my prep shown here {in 9 oz hot/cold cups}, what might look like okra is actually sliced pickled jalapenos. Also have on my radar the whole fish drizzled with hot ginger-scallion oil which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed in Asian restaurants but have yet to make. Might be time.  Food & Wine

Carolina Seafood Stew recipe

Whole Fish Drizzled with Hot Ginger-Scallion Oil recipe

♦♦♦  So I saw in the grocery store Oreo popcorn. There’s a way to upgrade family movie night or a eveningside viewing party. But wait . . . could we make this ourselves? Turns out, yep! Alternatively, some preps that seem similar are called cookies & cream popcorn. It kind of all adds up to Oreo Popcorn, and your choice of ways to make it.  Google

Why stop there???

Flavored popcorn recipes on Google

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♦♦♦  Nothing wrong with wine as its own pure self, but can also turn into fun in a glass when it’s transformed into fruity or fizzy or spicy cocktails. In this list of “Wine Cocktails for All Seasons,” I was drawn to the Classic Kir, a longtime personal favorite that may no longer be in the top 10, but its elegance keeps it in style for the long term. Their prep actually does deviate from the classic by serving over ice and in a different kind of glass. Another choice, the Chardonnay-based Sonoma, interestingly taps into something we mentioned in our 04.15.22 Salon, the how & why of using salt or salt water in cocktails, which is exactly what that drink does.  Food & Wine

Classic Kir drink recipe

Sonoma drink recipe

All of them – 20 Tasty Wine Cocktails

♦♦♦  As we all pretty much know, fabulous as French food can be it’s seldom heavy on spicing. Could this be the reason? “We want to have your mouth open to all the flavors” – Dominique, French chef, on Guy’s Grocery Games  Food Network

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♦♦♦  In last week’s Salon we talked about the McCarthy salad, found in actress Sharon Gless’ memoir and named after her famous granddaddy –  and promised a follow-up tale about his wife’s foray into the culinary world. Marguerite Gilbert McCarthy would not give Neil the requested divorce, but he left her anyway. Did she sit home weeping and wailing? Nope. Moved herself to Hillsboro NH, and turned her attention to writing cookbooks, and one {Gless didn’t say which} became a national best seller. Of the three, two are are still available and the third says limited availability.  Amazon

A note about the 1-star rating for the “Queen” one – turns out it’s based on the seller not the book, and it’s not even totally clear if the person actually bought the book. But I couldn’t see what the commenter was talking about and, further, I looked up the seller and found a 93% approval rating.

“The Cook Is in the Parlor”

“The Queen Is in the Kitchen”

“Aunt Ella’s Cook Book” {this is the limited one}

“Apparently There Were Complaints” by Sharon Gless

♦♦♦  Well here’s an interesting promise. “36 Snacks That Taste Better Homemade.” Most seem to fit a busy lifestyle too. Here are just some that beg to be on the to-make list: Birthday Cake Puppy Chow, Double Chocolate Cereal Treats, 2-ingredient {plus choice of garnishes} Pimento Cheese Crackers, Brown Sugar Spiced Nut Mix, we could go on.  MyRecipes

36 Snacks That Taste Better Homemade | MyRecipes

♦♦♦  Pizza and calzones are pretty much always welcome additions to the Happy Hour table. In fact set out some variations {make, buy, order}and nothing else is needed, unless you’d maybe like to set out say some dishes of olives, pepperoncini, pepper flakes, e.g. But now for the wine-loving group, what to serve alongside? Look who’s got that covered.  Food & Wine

The Perfect Wine and Pizza/Calzone Pairings

Homemade pizza on AllRecipes  ♦  Homemade calzones on AllRecipes

Pizza cookbooks, 4 star & up

♦♦♦   Turns out tequila and spring make a pretty good match, especially with refreshing add-ins and generous ice. The link opens on a page with Añejo and soda and some helpful tips plus a tequila-y version of a Moscow Mule. But now don’t miss this – the dots at the bottom take you to even more pages of recipes, one more appealing than the next.  Patron

Tequila Cocktails for Spring

From our 04.22.22 Salon   Good Housekeeping’s easy “25 Appetizers for Cinco de Mayo {and beyond}”

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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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Mezcal themed t-shirts

♦♦♦  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

And maybe a dessert wine to keep it company?

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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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“Bacon Wrapped Recipes”

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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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March 25-March 31, 2022

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♦♦♦  I’m guessing many of us have made roll-up appetizers. Crescent rolls, wonton wrappers, and puff pastry are all good for this purpose. But Molly Yeh has a different take, a welcome technique that takes care of all the filling at once, and apportions it equally. Yes! While the spinach and feta rugelach she’s making here looks darn good, our own creative variations are just waiting to check in. A demo reveals all.  🍕🍕 = clue  Food Network

Molly Yeh’s “Girl Meets Farm” show on Food Network

And here’s a rockin’ rollup with cheddar & bacon from Jeff Mauro, The Kitchen, FN

Found this on Amazon . . .

Rolled, Wrapped & Stuffed. Great Appetizers from Around the World

♦♦♦   Five main claims to fame define this new line of mixers – clean ingredients only, lowered calories, light and refreshing taste, crafted in the USA. And the 5th biggie? These Betty Buzz mixers are the creation of actress Blake Lively, and come to us as tonic water, sparkling lemon lime, Meyer lemon club soda, sparkling grapefruit, and ginger beer. Lively, as a non-drinker herself, made sure they are also delicious on their own. Even so the site is quite generous with recipes for spirited libations.  Shown is the Strawberry Ginger Limelight.  bettybuzz.com

The Betty Buzz “Drink Inspirations” page

Blake Lively bio on imdb

♦♦♦   So, in a previous Salon we talked about making grilled cheese variations and cutting them party-size for the snack table. Here’s one we all may not have thought about. It’s Ree Drummond’s French Onion Grilled Cheese. Yowsie is this a stack-up of goodness, with onions x 3, cheese x 2, butter x 2, a blast of Dijon plus a touch of thyme. And since I didn’t have the fried onions, I substituted diced and crisped leftover onion rings. Yum.

Btw, instead of scattering the cheese shreds on the sandwich, I melted them right into the cooked onions and then formed it all into two bread shapes.

Grilled Cheese for Happy Hour in our 01.28.22 Salon

♦♦♦  So, what about snacks when cocktail hour is at 35,000 feet ? Of course you can just pair your beverage with a Lilliputian bag of peanuts. Or you can bring along a taste of home . . . literally . . . twice. With these 17 Best Travel Snacks – packaged treats mostly but as well cheese and even a frozen item – that it says here are TSA-approved. And they likely are since the general rule for both checked and carry on bags is – solid food yes, liquids and gels no.  🥨  Taste of Home

TSA page regarding food

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♦♦♦  Call up the Bloody Marys, Mimosa, and/or Champagne. Because have we got a brunch dish for you. Cheesy Bacon Bread Pudding. And once you’ve cubed the bread, the rest is a breeze. Two things to note. The prep calls for 45 minutes of baking, but you’re going to want to start checking it at 35. Second, those dark elements in my pudding may look like sausage, but actually some rye bread I folded in. Though sausage would be good as would ham.  I did use extra cheese in the mix and on top.  FramedCooks

This is 9″ x 13″ of goodness that may well have leftovers and that lets me segue to sharing my favorite container storage system. I’ve had mine for years, and it’s held up beautifully – compact, easy to access, three sizes and the lids, hooray, fit all of them. Four stars, Prime eligible . . .

Kitchen Organization Carousel

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♦♦♦  Intrigue! Did you know the kitchenware in your cabinets and drawers can lead a secret life as artist’s tools, with food as the medium? But it’s all good because this is pure fun. Call up the baking rack, hand mixer, rolling pin, melon baller, slotted spoon, even a fork, and move on to the pans and bowls and, yep, even bubble wrap. The Kitchen Utensil Decorating Hacks video shows all.  Tastemade

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♦♦♦   Fried chicken that isn’t fried? Well, more specifically it’s Oven Fried Chicken. And it’s darn good, lots of flavor going on. For my treatment, I cut thick slices of skinless, boneless chicken breast – perfect for Happy Hour. I didn’t have corn flakes at the time, so crushed up the corn snack, Bugles, and that worked out just fine. This Mary Berg prep features an accompanying recipe for spicy honey slaw.  Food Network

“Mary Makes It Easy” on Food Network

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♦♦♦  Finally, we can just about stand on tippytoes and see Spring. And Bobby Flay has a fabulous way to toast its arrival – with his Mojito Limeade. And as if that’s not already season-perfect, there’s also mint, plus club soda adding tingle, and white rum supplying the spirit. All poured over crushed ice. Cheers!  Food Network

Teacher: “When water becomes ice, what great change takes place?” Pupil: “The price” – The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Almanac.com

Bobby Flay on Food Network

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♦♦♦  This magazine world guru has spoken. And the word is, these are the “Best Pinot Grigios and Pinot Gris to Buy Right Now.” Happily the story goes even beyond the recommendations to talk about the fact that though both come from the same grape and have similarities, there are also some nuanced differences in style. Pairing ideas too for each.  Food & Wine

♦♦♦  These bars not only stand up to being cut up into candy size pieces – they pretty much are candy. Favorite Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars. The fact that it starts with German Chocolate cake mix sure doesn’t hurt. Commenters loved the taste, ease of prep, and travel-worthiness, adding up a 5-star rating. All in all, a great, and likely very welcome, addition to the sweet side of the snack table.  Kraft Foods

{photo from Kraft site}

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♦♦♦   If you like sauerkraut and corned beef, just wait till you see how they come together in an Irish-esque appetizer. The title ingredients cozy up to sour cream, garlic, and a whole bunch of tasty seasonings in this Sauerkraut Corned Beef Dip. Serve with rye or pumpernickel cocktail bread of crackers, maybe rye crackers. Commenters are pretty uniform in praise of, easy recipe, great taste, also noting the rapid disappearing act it seems to perform every time. The recipe is credited to Betty Bowdren.  Food Network via Alexa

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♦♦♦  On Food Network, Giada just mentioned how much she loves having a party in the kitchen, which made me recall how many times my get-togethers indeed ended up right there. Yours too? Now I already have decorations in the kitchen, colorful trivets, a small poster, a large artsy cookbook atop the fridge, a “Barbara’s Kitchen” sign. But wowsie, wait till you see the fabulous kitchen decor, 4 star & up we all could add. Prints, plaques, painted cutting boards, hanging baskets, key holders, themed clocks, sculptures, fanciful wall decor galore. I particularly like these pretty Mason jar sconces.  Amazon

All kitchen decor on Amazon

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♦♦♦  Move over cheeseboard. Well, as it turns out, not entirely. But the thing is, mushrooms are the star of this show. They repose in a tasty marinade center stage, go all season-y atop goat cheese crostini, and join some colorful veggies on skewers. Filling out this Mushroom Grazing Board are olives, deli meats, hummus, cukes, crackers and, yes, cheese. As always, of course, you can add your own creative touch to the mix. More tasty ideas linked below  Mushroom Council

More mushroom appetizers from the Council

Meanwhile, AllRecipes guides us on cleaning, prepping & storing mushrooms in this video

♦♦♦  How many ways could you serve these guys? Pretzel Shortbread Sticks! Dip in hot fudge, caramel, fruit preserves. Or, skip the chocolate tipping & go savory with peanut butter, hummus, beer & cheese dip. Demerara sugar is a sprinkle option, and in an alternate recipe it was listed instead of brown sugar in the main mix. The raw sugars just seem to have a richer taste – if you want to go to “class” on this interesting sweet stuff, see the link below. Food Network

Free online demerara sugar MasterClass

Beer & Cheese Dips on AllRecipes

♦♦♦  Do you know how to make a Golden Margarita? No? Well, here you go. And just how good does this description sound – “These cocktails are smooth, with sweet and sour flavors in perfect balance.” It uses all fresh ingredients which led to this addendum to the recipe – “Seriously, step away from the mix and give this drink a try. You’ll never go back.”  FoodTalkDaily

Did you know this? Patron has introduced a Chairman’s Reserve, 100% Extra Añejo, and note that it comes with some purchasing requirements

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♦♦♦   Well here’s a yummy for the snack table. And more good news, it calls for 15 min prep time & 5 min cook time . . . and your kitchen likely already has the ingredients. What is it? Popcorn Shrimp ! And the commenters give it a solid 5 🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤 {OK,  stars}.  AllRecipes

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♦♦♦   So, last week {02.18.22 Salon, recipe included} we referred to a cocktail called Izzy Bizzy that was featured in both Food & Wine and Food Network Magazine , and both gave a nod to its creator Tom Bullock, active in the “spirits” world in the early 1900s. As bartender at the St. Louis Country Club, a fave of local notables, he created other drinks as well, eventually gathered into the 1917 book, “The Ideal Bartender,” available in reprint in hardcover, paperback and Kindle, 4+ stars, Prime eligible.  Amazon

Other books of vintage cocktails on Amazon

♦♦♦  How cool is this. Wine  classes you can attend from the comfort of home. You’ll even find some that  guide you through a virtual tasting party. Some are free, some have a fee, some require memberships, and you’ll find choices for different aspects of this juicy subject. Online wine classes. Google

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♦♦♦  When brunch is on the agenda, cocktail hour moves up the clock. The food offerings span the gap between the traditional first and and second meals of the day, and also likely evolve into something a little hardier. Just imagine how a nice icy glass of Champagne would pair with this sweet treat with a breakfast-y vibe. Nutella®-Filled Donut Muffins! Donut texture, baked in a muffin tin, with a nutty surprise inside.  AllRecipes

So, quite sure I’ll make these sometime, but meanwhile I had a package of jumbo biscuits loitering in the fridge and used these to make a version of those ^. Baked according to directions, sliced off most of the top, cut out the center of the top as you see here. Then sliced off most of the bottom of the removed piece, leaving just a thin piece of the golden top. Placed the ring back on the bottom, filled the center with Nutella, and then replaced the cap. You could also just leave the caps off and use them separately as mini biscuits. Really good lightly warmed.

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♦♦♦  Everybody party! Sure you can offer your non-drinking friends water, soda, iced tea, etc etc etc. But why not let them also enjoy the flavors and aromas and nuances of vino with 2022’s “10 Best Non-Alcoholic Wines.” You’ll find in this list all the usual suspects, Rose, Cabarnet, Chardonnay and more. Cheers!  Liquor.com

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♦♦♦  Does it make you kind of want to head for the kitchen just hearing about a recipe for Pizza Tots??? This one starts with 3 1/2 cups hash browns, seasoned, and eggy-ed up to create a moldable consistency. Small handfuls are then shaped around mozzarella and pepperoni, briefly frozen, then fried and served with marinara of your choice. Yum. Demo too.  Tasty

I found online that 3 1/2 c = 1 lb hash browns, but all the packages I saw were larger than that. No worries about leftover taters though . . .

Recipes using hash browns as an ingredient on AllRecipes

♦♦♦  Here’s another dessert bar that’s sturdy enough to be cut to candy-size, especially if right out of the fridge. These Apple & Brown Butter Blondies can add a nice, sweet touch to the Happy Hour table. The mixer does most of the work, with the apple cutting being the only part that needs a bit of time – may experiment next time with apple pie filling or something else I found called fried apples. Meanwhile, may I add, these are really good.  AllRecipes

So, the recipe I used was is the AR magazine, but the link shown on their page {and now above} went to a slightly different title, and slightly different prep, with the most notable changes being the handling of the butter & the number of apples. I’ve posted the mag version on our Recipe Page.

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♦♦♦  The good news – cocktail kits abound. The bad news – cocktail kits abound. There are soooooo many of them available, but good news checks in again because you can filter the results by price, rating, discounts and more. Btw, the link above takes you to just the 4-star and up selections. Meanwhile, the kits variously include prep items, glasses, recipe books, mixes, plus some designed for drinks on the go, and two things new to me, whiskey stones and smoking tools.  Amazon

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♦♦♦  Lots of folks want their bourbon straight, some possibly inviting in a few ice cubes. But it can also be neat {sorry} to mix that spirit into tasty cocktails. Let’s not though take seriously “26 Bourbon Cocktails to Make Tonight” starting instead perhaps with one or two. Maybe the Maple bourbon smash, Banana Rum Old Fashioned {interloper!}, or the fun-named one with ginger oil & baking spices, Hello Friday.  Food & Wine

What a co-ink-a-dink, one of those bourbon cocktails is the Bizzy Izzy {new to me}

. . . and the current issue of Food Network Magazine features it too with this recipe

More on this next week, interesting stuff

The 9 Best Bourbons to Start Your Collection, also from F&W

♦♦♦   What a nice surprise this would be at Happy Hour for folks that need to avoid gluten. Not just snacks they can have, but ones that sound every bit as tasty as their gluten-y cousins. Among the recipes in this listing of Gluten Free Snacks – Caramel & carrot snack cake, Spicy cheese crackers, No-bake honey peanut butter bars, Blooming onion with bacon chipotle dip {shown}, Cinnamon twists with vanilla glaze, and Italian Chex mix, and in fact a number of them offer the flavorful head start of g/f Chex Mix. Even, btw, stuff for puppyBetty Crocker

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