Mystery Apple Cream Cheese Tart

My friend, Cathy, invited me to a potluck Christmas party, but, what a party. This was a party for the Sisters in Crime, a group of women mystery writers. We were treated to the published authors reading from their newest books. When we originally talked about this, I was going to make Scrambled Burger Quiche, but I never made it to the store, so there I was with another mystery on my hands – what could I make that would be simple, quick, and stunning with what I had on hand. I looked in the refrigerator and saw I had a package of cream cheese, 4 apples, eggs and Panko bread crumb topping left over from Cranberry Brown Betty. Amber had made a wonderful Gorgonzola Pear tart for Thanksgiving, and that was what gave me the idea to make this tart. Mystery solved! Apple Cream Cheese Tart coming up!

Milkless French Raisin Bread Toast and Super Salad at Scarantinos

Milkless French Raisin Bread Toast and Super Salad at Scarantinos

In This Post Milkless French Rasin Bread Toast Super Salad at Scarantinos 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 … Continue reading

A Little Italian, a Little French, a Little Mexican

A Little Italian, a Little French, a Little Mexican

Recipes in this post Linguine with Clam Sauce Garlic Bread I am Catholic, and I remember as a child that you ate fish on Fridays. There are all sorts of rumors why that is – the only real reason is that the flesh of land animals was restricted on Fridays, not to promote the Italian fishing industry. I think that eating fish on Friday is a good thing. It’s a good way to remember to keep fish in your diet, and there are so many varieties you are always guaranteed a good meal! When I looked in the pantry on Monday, I saw that I had a can of clams, Parmesan and a box of linguine. Yum! Friday was taken care of, all I needed was some white wine. I went to the grocery on Monday, and found mushrooms on sale, so I picked up the mushrooms and a bottle … Continue reading