Thursday, December 22, 2011

the nightmare before kitschmas

I'm embarrassed to say that after living in KC for over 14 years, this is the first time I've laid eyes on the most disturbing display of kitsch in the metro - it's been lurking in our fair city for decades. And I love it.

Like any life-changing event, there are no words for the Falmouth House -

He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake.
He knows how to frighten you into believing...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gingerbread is a hoot!

So the Ninjabread Men cooky cutters were sold out - again. No worries. It gave me an excuse to feather our cooky jar with gingerbread owls this year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's the most won-der-ful time of the year...

Time to dust the flour off of this -

& mix up the dough for these -

What's on your cooky sheet this weekend?

Friday, December 9, 2011

WTF?!? Friday: Just Smurfy

WTF popped over the side of the muffin cup this morning?! I don't know, but judging by the slabs of butter, this 'shroom cap is going to need a little something on the side to pull it down your gullet.

Happy Friday.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tipsy Tuesday: Serve Wine as a Beverage!

The good book [The Good Housekeeping Cookbook (c)'63] really has some stellar ideas when it comes to wining and dining. Did you know that -

- Wine adds a decided zest to cooking?
- Wine adds the master touch, the "French atmosphere" to many desserts, especially cut-up fruit?
- Soups such as oxtail, lentil, etc. taste better if dry or medium sherry is added?
- Wine is as easy to serve correctly as tea or coffee?
- It's perfectly correct to serve any wine any time you wish? [to which I absolutely concur!]

Can you imagine the test kitchen getting tipsy deciding which vino is worthy of the coveted Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval? Undoubtly, slim cigarettes were being smoked in tandem, and some Esquivel was spinning on the record player.

In lieu of a recipe, I offer up GH's parings for your "more formal" holiday feasts - so you can swill in style:

With oysters: Chablis or champagne
With soup: pale sherry or dry Maderia
With fish: champagne or dry white table wines
With entrees: claret
With roast or game: Burgundy
With sweets: champagne or sweet sauterne
With cheese: port, sweet sherry or Maderia

Or, if you're more like me, you're more likely to uncork some three-buck chuck. Cheers!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Housekeeping

Ready to wow a crowd? Provide nibblers and dippers for fabulous friends and corrupt coworkers? Find out what the elusive - and savvy - Susan would construct in her kitchen on such occasions?

Me, too. That's why I picked up a copy of the Good Housekeeping Cookbook {c}'63 for a dollar on my antique/flea pilgrimage [hey, it was just Thanksgiving] on 'First Friday' this weekend in Kansas City.

I'll be back as soon as I page through - promise.