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One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is eggnog. Spane and I love eggnog. I like mine with a little Jack Daniels, Spane likes his plain. If we have any left, I make French Toast with it. Well, it’s July now, and no hope of going to the market and getting eggnog.
What do you do when there is no eggnog at the store? You make your own. Some eggnog tastes strange – last year I wound up giving one I didn’t like to an unsuspecting neighbor – they liked it, so no harm done. Based on what I made today, I’m confident that this Christmas, I’ll be making my own eggnog. I have a friend who raises chickens, and always has fresh eggs – he even has a big orange chicken that I am waiting to get old – I’ve named her Coq au Vin (seriously).
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A few weeks ago, I bought an electric skillet at the Goodwill Store. My parents always had one, and I thought it would be a good idea to have one, just in case Bertha was broken. Then, when Father’s Day came, I was reminded of the wonderful pancakes my father would make in the electric skillet on Sunday mornings. This morning, with fresh blueberries in hand, I continued the Boswell tradition by making pancakes in the electric skillet.
When I buy blueberries, I use some of them for pancakes, and the rest for making Blueberry Muffin Morning Cake. But, it’s getting hot, and I really don’t want to heat Bertha if I don’t have to. Why not combine the two?
You have to try these pancakes. Making pancakes from scratch is really easy. As a matter of fact, you can just put the dry ingredients together and put them in a sealed bag for later use. Then you only have to add the liquid ingredients.
We had a wonderful Halloween, and quite the turn out. I was sick all that week, but I still made Halloween happen. I cut my hair, and you can see in this photo that I look a little pale. I was still sick.
But, enough about me, let’s talk about food! It’s been very cold lately, and I don’t like sending Spane off to school without a warm breakfast. When he was a toddler, his favorite breakfast was Grape-nuts and milk warmed up, softened, in the microwave. I don’t like hot cereal, so I never tried it. Well, after I doctored it up, it was very good. You have to try this!
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I have a friend who is a cab driver. A long time ago, when taking me to work one morning, he introduced me to Babari bread. I fell in love. Barbari bread is a fluffy, flat Iranian bread with sesame seeds on top. It is wonderful with butter and honey in the morning, or a quick lunch of Barbari bread and cheese. The loaf is flat and long, and often the checker at the store will fold it in half to fit in your grocery bag – it doesn’t hurt it. Barbari bread, because it has no preservatives will dry out rather quickly. If it does, cut it up and use if for croûtons, bread crumbs or stuffing.
This morning, as I was looking for something to make for breakfast and not wanting to heat up my kitchen, I thought it was be very good stuffed. It was, Spane had four pieces!
Usually on the Annual Cruise Night in Glendale, I usually cook up a bunch of Route 66 food, invite friends over, and then walk over to Cruise Night. This year was a little different, so only Spane, and Amber’s children went. I didn’t have people over, but Spane and I both like chicken wings. Read the rest of this entry »
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I love it when I discover new ways of making things. My friend John, who was Chef at Birds in Hollywood in the 1990′s, brought me some wonderful raisin bread a few days ago. This was interesting bread in that it was thick, crusty – almost like a sour dough.
Milkless French Raisin Toast
I got the bread out, and I got eggs out, and then I looked in my refrigerator and realized I did not have any milk.
No problem, I thought. So, I got a bowl and put some cinnamon and sugar in it, and I got an iron skillet and melted butter in that.
Then I took each slice of bread and dipped it in the sugar/cinnamon mixture, and put them in the butter. I let them absorb some of the butter, then took them out and redipped them, then let them brown on both sides before putting them on a plate.
Spane loved them! They were crispy sweet, with an almost candied coating on each side.
The only thing you need to do if you are going to make this is not get a bread with a fine crumb. It has to be an artisan bread that will stand up to all that.
Spane was diagnosed with Dandy Walker Syndrome. You can read about Spane and my adventures with DWS at the Spane Beeper blog. We had an appointment with a new doctor, and the new doctor’s office was right next door to Scarantino’s.
I have wanted to go to this restaurant for years, but never had the chance. The staff was wonderful.
- You spaghetti meal comes with soup or salad, which one do you want?
- Well, it comes with soup or salad, which one?
- Spane, the waiter wants to know if you want (slowly)soup or salad(end slowly) with your meal.
- Oh, that’s super salad.
- Me – laughing hard
- Spane, it’s Soup OR Salad, not SUPER salad!
So, when the salad came, Spane looked at it a little funny. It was a just a nice side salad.
It took me a while, but finally I started to laugh when I realized he thought he was getting a SUPER salad, not soup OR salad.
The waiter and I both laughed, and we had a very nice lunch.
I highly recommend you go to this wonderful, family owned restaurant that has been around since 1967! Enjoy!