Celebrate National Watermelon Day with Watermelon Gazpacho and homemade Creme Fraiche

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…. Read More

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

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.

Homemade Boursin Cheese served with a vineyard

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,… Read More

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… Read More