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Christmas dinner for qourmet group

No, not necessilary a Spanish theme. I want a theme that is very' 'Christmas.' The Llardo Santa is called The Spirit of Christmas and the pastel Santa holds doves and flowers - it is a very loving and peaceful fugurune about 18" and shows a love of nature continued through generations. Thus my heritage theme. We will be a group of 10 people. Quite often I plan a dinner party around a centerpiece idea. Guess that's because I am an artist. .

Oct 15, 2008
klmsfd in General Topics

Christmas dinner for qourmet group

We belong to a qourmet group and it will be held in our home two weeks before Christmas. I want to do a great Christmas theme. I prefer to cook most i of the foods in advace so I can enjoy the guests. The centerpiece will be a beautiful , large Llardo Santa. ( Spain) We have already done a paella theme. This current month the hosts are doing German - so I don't want to do that theme. My husband is of English/German heratige and I am very Irish with some French and German. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Thaks.

Oct 13, 2008
klmsfd in General Topics

Peach cake using Bisquick

My grandmother made a totally wonderful peach cake with Bisquick. Grandma would make this Bisquick batter and then add fresh, sliced peaches. The cake was not very high - it was like made in a sheet cake pan. It was awesome. Grandma never gave me the recipe because I never asked. I just thougth she'd make it for me forever. Does anyone know how I can duplicate it ?

Aug 04, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Black Forest Chocolate Cake

Does anyone have a great recipe for a Black Forest Chocolate Cake that could have been made in Baden Baden, Germany? Would it have cherries on top?

Aug 01, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

dessert from Baden Baden, Germany

Many thanks. I guess my question seems curious. I am writing and illustrating a book called - Tea with Grandma. I am using it for a presentation in September and then giving it to my daughters, granddaughters and mother for Christmas. I am writing it with a bit if information about woman from my family and adding a recipe for something each woman would have served at tea time. I am starting it with my great grandmothers who, naturally, I would never have met. One great grandmother left Sligo, Ireland during the potato famine and the other came from Baden Baden. She, The German lady, and her husband would then run a dairy farm in Jersey City, N.J. and then a creamery. They spoke only German. So - I am trying got find something that Anne from Ireland would have served her family and also something that Barbara from Baden Baden would have served. My grandmother, Barbara's daugher, was a very elegant and beautifully dressed woman. It is intererstig to hear about Baden Baden. When Grandma passed away at age 89 she had hardly any wrinkles on her face.

Jul 08, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

dessert from Baden Baden, Germany

Would anyone have a recipe that I could have for a tea that has a Baden Baden, Germany theme? I would especially like a recipe that had heavy cream or whipped cream with it.

Jul 07, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

food during the potato famine

I am putting together a family cook book and would like to include foods from my relatives that left Ireland during the potato famine. They walked across the country and then sailed for Durham, England for work. I know they must have had little to eat and for sure no refrigeration while walking. Does anyone have any idea of what they would have eaten as they left Ireland? My relatives came from Sligo. Would they have carried tea?

Jul 07, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

German Easter eggs

Many, many thanks for going to all the trouble of writing the recipe and give me the correct spelling . I am writing and illustrating a book called Tea with Grandma for a presentation and also as a huge surprise for all the women in the family - their Christmas gift. I am starting it with all the grandmothers in my family that I have record of and ending it with my granddaughters. Your amazing help will now allow me to add the recipe for the Fastnachtkuchen that my mothers grandmother made. This tiny lady apparently spoke no English, only German. I am also including my Irish great grandmother's tea time recipes ( Father's side) but I doubt if they had much more than bread during the potatoe famine - that's why they came to America. Again, many thanks, I wish you well.

Jul 04, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

German Easter eggs

My great grandmother would dye Easter eggs in onion skins and they turned a rich brown. How could I achieve this color on eggs? Also - she made a donut ( I never met her - only heard these stories) at Easter. I do not know German - but sounded like 'fas na coogan.' Would anyone know what I am talking about and would anyone know a recipe?

Jul 03, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Pastry from movie -An American President

I love the Annete Benning, Michael Douglas movie - An American President. At the French President's State dinner - the first date of Sydney and the President - there is a close up shot of a pastry that is filled with berries and tied with a little gold ribbon. From the place setting - I would guess it is a dessert.I would just love to make this unique dish for a luncheon. Can anyone tell me how to make them? I love to do the unusual

Jul 03, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Sex and The City

Our book group is going to see Sex and the City next week. I was thinking of having the 12 members ( women) come back to my home after the movie. I would like to serve drinks and snacks that would continue the theme of the movie. Having not seen either the movie or the TV series, I am at a loss. The movie starts at 6:55pm. I would imagine it is about a 2 hour show, thus I would be hosting this event about 9:15pm. I would love to hear suggestions for a centerpiece and also the food and drink. I would want it a bit light as most will have had dinner prior to the show. And, is the movie worth seeing? Many thanks.

Jun 20, 2008
klmsfd in General Topics

Greek appetizer

Many, many thanks. I am getting hungry just reading the recipes. I really appreciate your taking the time to write these excellant recipies. I'll look for the Greek yogurt. Can't wait to make them.

Apr 23, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Greek appetizer

Thanks, excellant idea - with an old Irish background - it might be potatoes.

Apr 23, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Greek appetizer

Many htanks, I thinnk I can find a recipe for spinich pie, but what about the taramasalata?

Apr 23, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Greek appetizer

Theses sound great - where would I find the recipies? Thanks.

Apr 23, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Greek appetizer

They are dear friends and I offered to help. I love the idea of the dishes. I'm also trying ot think of a funny Greek gift.

Apr 23, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Greek appetizer

We are invited to an 80th birthday party for a Greek/American gentleman. I would like to bring a Greek appetizer that is not too complicated. Dolmates ( sp?) are already on the menu. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Apr 23, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Irish whiskey

We are hosting an Irish dinner her Friday night and I want to serve Irish coffee. I have Irish heretage and have ben there many times. Can someone tell me the difference between Bushmill's and Jameson's? Which one is from Northerland Ireland and which one is from my part of Ireland? I knew it once but forgot as I am not a whiskey drinker.

Mar 12, 2008
klmsfd in Spirits

Ginger Mint Tea

I boiled ginger in a little pot and then poured it into a cup and added mint. It did not taste like the ginger/mint tea at Big Bowl - it was weak. I cooked up several limbs of the root - the whole packet from Dominick's. How long does one cook it? I had one of those little pots that the Big Bowl serves it in but can"t find it. So -- I am now using this clear tea pot and infuser that I bougth at Crate and Barrel.. Do you think Big Bowl adds sugar or honey? My tea is rather dreary.

Mar 05, 2008
klmsfd in General Topics

Ginger Mint Tea

At a recient lunch at Big Bowl, I enjoyed ginger mint tea. The hot tea arrived in a small black iron tea pot and was placed on a bamboo stand. There was fresh mint inside the pots insert. I asked about the tea and was told that the chefs make it up. It difinately was not like any ginger tea that I have purchased from a supermarket. Apparently the ginger is made into a tea. Does anyone know how this is accomplished? The combination of the very fresh mint and ginger tea was absolutely delightful and memerable.

Mar 01, 2008
klmsfd in General Topics

Package to a soldier

We have been thinking about sending boxes to some soldiers that we know of that are now serving in Iraq. But, I have no clue about what would be desired or needed other than candy or gum. Any suggestions?

Feb 28, 2008
klmsfd in Not About Food

Chargers

Many, many thanks for the most informative information.

Feb 19, 2008
klmsfd in Not About Food

4th of July fireworks dinner for 20-30 people

My husband and I were married July 4, 2005. It is my favorite holiday and was the best day of my life - all my family was in attendance -it was my second marriage. You can see really wonderful fireworks at Arlington Racetrack. My family enjoyed them immensely - very family oriented place. Maybe you could rent a bus and make the ride over to the track evven more fun. Good luck - it's a perfect time for a wedding. I had all the relative girls in black for elegance, pearls as they are all unnique and one of a kind, red roses as they are all American beauties. I was in a black gown with white trim and wore pearls.

Feb 19, 2008
klmsfd in Chicago Area

Pizza on the plane [moved from Chicago]

I don't know about pizza but I can tell you that when I go back to New Jersey I always bring back here to Chigaoland several large pork rolls. I was even took them on board in my carry-on the day after the London problem. Pizza is not liquid so I don't think it would be a problem.

Feb 19, 2008
klmsfd in Not About Food

Lunch in Mt. Prospect

We took my 91 year old mother to the Country Bistro in Barringtoon and she is still talking about it This enchanting French resturant is at the Foundry shopping center on 14. The service is impecable, food not only served beautifully but it is absollutely delicious. It's really not far from Mt. Prospect and well worth the trip. 847-842-1300 It is one of my favorite resturants.

Feb 19, 2008
klmsfd in Chicago Area

Chargers

I love setting beautiful tables and go to great legnths to arrange unique centerpieces for dinner parties.. I always put a charger under the dinner plate. At a recient dinner party I was asked the origin of the charger and why it is so caller - a charger. So - why is this large, lovely piece called a charger and how did it originate?

Feb 18, 2008
klmsfd in Not About Food

Unique poached

Many, many thanks. When this devistating cold weather leaves - I'll go to the store for the microwavable plastic and try this method. klmsfd

Feb 10, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Unique poached

Many, many thanks, For sure I will try this today.klmsfd

Feb 10, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Unique poached

We have beento this lovely llittle French resturant. On two occassions I have a salad with a poached egg on top of the spring mix greens. One salad had frrrrrsh tuna sliced aroound the greens. The egg is in a pear shape - not the kind that is from a poacher ot the way we drop into the boiling water. Anyone kknow how I can make this amazing poached egg in a shape that is somewhat like a pear?

Feb 09, 2008
klmsfd in Home Cooking

Chicken breasts gismonda

We are hosting our gourmet group over the Valentine weekend. I have chosen a romantic Italian theme. Table setting and dishes all with this theme. Pasta puttanesca will be the pasta course becasue of its colorful origin. I have enjoyed chicken breasts gismunda on a bed os spinich for many years. The recipe is in the Italian section of the New York Times International Cookbook. I found out that Gismonda was an opera written for Sarah Berhhart and played in Paris. That didn't help with the Italian beginning of the dish. Could anyone tell me how chicken breasts gismonda was named? Thanks

Feb 09, 2008
klmsfd in General Topics