Feeding R.C.

While I was catering, over the decades, I worked for some really wonderful people who owned businesses and needed to have catered affairs as part of their PR. One of these was the now-defunct Sunbird Fine Art Gallery in Los Altos, California, a small but affluent town at the foothills of the Coast Range in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Appetizer Crostini

What are crostini? Literally translated to “little crusts,” they are Italian-style appetizer croutons. Usually slices of bread are toasted slowly until golden and then spread with a variety of tasty savory toppings, they are a clever way to use up day-old bread.

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Deli-Roasted Chicken to the Rescue

The rotisserie chickens from the supermarket delis have finally made their way into the mainstream American’s kitchen, not only as the centerpiece for a meal, but an ingredient as well. Once a rarity, now every market and warehouse like Costco I go to has their own roasted chickens, even organic chickens.

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Old Fashioned Tea Party/Tea Sandwiches-2

Afternoon tea is an English tradition consisting of tea and a light meal eaten between 3pm and 5pm. Little sandwiches, bread and butter, scones and clotted cream and jam or lemon curd, pastries, loose leaf tea and a glass of champagne or fruity punch set the stage for the perfect tea party.

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Vegetable and Tofu Whole Wheat Quesadillas

I went to a buffet at a friends’ right after she returned from her first visit to Rancho La Puerta spa, right over the border from San Diego in Tecate, Baja, Mexico. She served quesadillas, a recipe she brought back. They were outstanding and I got a new appreciation for the casual Mexican tortilla sandwich.

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Fast and Easy Focaccia Flatbread

Recently I was invited to an open house and wanted to bring bread, but didn’t have time to make it from scratch. So this was my opportunity to use Bridgeford Ready-Dough, easily found in the freezer department of all supermarkets. I had used the frozen ready-made loaves when I first started baking when I was still afraid to make a dough from scratch, but not since and was curious to see if it was still a good alternative to homemade.

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Basic Kitchen Knives

I decided I needed a new all purpose knife. I looked and found that the German manufacturer Messermeister has created these smaller stamped blades, callled Petite Messers, for casual kitchen uses. They are light weight and have smaller, yet very ergonomic handles.

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Children’s Lunches

Along with the new pair of shoes and freshly sharpened pencils that are de rigueur with the back-to-school ritual comes the inevitable task of what to pack for lunch. As a Montessori teacher in my twenties, I became well acquainted with not only the personalities of the children in my class, but what was in their lunch box every day.

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Old-fashioned Tea Party/Tea Sandwiches-1

A ritual that has come right up from the Victorian times into the 21st century with all its charm is the afternoon tea ritual. If you visit a grand hotel, elegant department store, museum, or café that has a sign advertising a “Tea Room” or “Salon de Thé,” you will be offered a formal Cream Tea, a little meal sandwiched between lunch and dinner.

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Bread Machine: The Best Hamburger Sandwich Buns and Hot Dog Long Rolls

The easiest way to eat either a barbecued beef sandwich, pulled pork, a burger, sloppy joes, sliders, hot dog with sauerkraut, even a little bahn mi or a Beer Soaked Brat is on a soft bun. Homemade buns are exceptionally delicious and really elevate your humble cooking to a real taste treat.

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