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♦♦♦  I was recently reminded of a childhood favorite and though I may not have thought of it in years, in the Southern states it’s been a staple for what is apparently forever. And while my experience came out of a jar, that would be a NO if you want to truly as they say, “Put some south in your mouth.” Talking here about pimento cheese, and having now made Kardea Brown’s prep, let me say Wowsie. Thick and rich, it works in so many tasty ways – a great spread  for Happy Hour, but it can also go all melty for an omelet or open quesadilla, also cut-able to snack size – or as she used it, to stuff big burgers on the grill {recipe at link above}. Thanks Kardea!  Food Network

Note – if you’re not planning to use the cheese as burger stuffing, you can skip step 2 under Method. Also, while it doesn’t show in the recipe, I’m pretty sure she said if she weren’t stuffing burgers with the mix, she would also have added some of the pimento juice, which I did.

Kardea’s “Delicious Miss Brown” show

Kardea’s “The Way Home: A Celebration of Sea Island Food and Family with over 100 Recipes”

♦♦♦  Another round of popsicles for everyone! How appealing is this? Combines a tasty dessert and an after dinner drink in one juicy bite. Icy-perfect for summer. Flavors galore. Talking Boozy Popsicles. Some examples – cucumber lime with gin, mojito watermelon, strawberries and cream with Grand Marnier, and a couple more. The rest are non-alcoholic, but nothing wrong with improvising.  Food & Wine

Popsicle molds

♦♦♦  What a fun way to add a touch of whimsey, a touch of class, or both, to the table. Napkin designs! On plates or not. Some stand up, some lie down, some make pockets for flatware, some hold place cards – one actually looks like an envelope. And some look like something else entirely – fans, flowers, containers, a tie, tree, heart, placemat, centerpiece. All 27 become easy peasy with this demo, with mine here taking about a minute.  5-Minute Crafts

Their napkin folding video on youtube

Martha Stewart has her own ways with this fabric-y origami. I made this fan design from her Thanksgiving turkey napkin fold, securing the top with a yellow paper clip, the bottom with a key chain, and pulled the bottom folds back a bit to stabilize the fan {guessing Martha didn’t need these props but just in case like me, you do . . .}

Stewart’s “How to Fold a Napkin in 10 Beautiful Ways”

Napkin folding design books, 4 stars & up    Napkin rings, 4 stars & up {some awesome designs}

♦♦♦  Cocktail chat. “I hope this is to your liking,” the chef said as he set the dishes on the floor. Floor? Well that is a distinct possibility, though maybe they have their own little dining table and chairs. “They” would be Queen Elizabeth’s dogs, Corgis and others, who -yes!- have their own chef. Heard on ABC during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The rest of the story – This U.S. Sun article further reveals not just a chef, but a team of chefs, and not just any chefs but Michelin chefs

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