Appetizers

Yes!Chef! makes Honey Glazed Pork Chops while The!Wife! tries to enter a recipe contest

So, what is happening here?  I should be entering photography contests, not recipe contests. Yes!Chef! is the one who should be thinking about cooking contests.  The sad truth is: I should stick to photography and let Yes!Chef! do the cooking.

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Celebrate National Watermelon Day with Watermelon Gazpacho and homemade Creme Fraiche

Watermelon Gazpacho

Well, today is National Watermelon Day.  What a coincidence that I happened to make Watermelon Gazpacho yesterday and it is perfectly chilled and ready to eat tonight.  It’s  quite warm here in the Sierras, so maybe it will help cool us off.

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Cool Watermelon Mojitos and Spicy-Sweet Glazed Shrimp on the Bar-B; or It’s time to celebrate again!

Watermelon Mojitos on the deck

The members of the Schmautzhaus have gotten together again for some summer celebrating.  This time we were celebrating two birthdays for the price of one, so to speak.  Two birthdays were exactly a week apart, so we all got together yet again.

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Homemade Boursin Cheese served with a vineyard

Boursin Cheese and butter crackers

I’ve been wanting to make this ever since I found the recipe and I finally had a chance a couple of months ago when my family was coming over for dinner.  My oldest loves Boursin Cheese, but it is very expensive.  So, I was quite excited to find this recipe especially since it is very economical and makes a large batch.

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Stuffed Easter Eggs or Hard Boiled Eggs Take on Whole New Meaning

It seems whenever I take cooking into my own hands, things go awry, no matter how closely I follow the directions.  Such was the case yesterday when I decided to make some simple Deviled Eggs.

My kids are grown now but they still come over for all the major holidays and birthdays.  I don’t color eggs anymore and I kind of miss that little ritual.  However, I found a nifty little trick of coloring the egg whites after they are cooked and shelled and thought that would be a fun thing to do.

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