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!

Pirate Party Appetizers

Pictures and recipes for appetizers for Spane’s 8th Pirate themed birthday party. Fruit boats, cucumber boats, a cheese ball skull, cannon balls (rum balls), and a Jolly Roger cake to complete the theme. Continue reading

Stuffed Barbari Bread

Recipes in this Post Stuffed Barbari Bread 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 … Continue reading

Simple and Light Friday Morning Food

Okay, you don’t have to have this on Friday, and you don’t even have to have it for breakfast at all. I made this on a Saturday afternoon. Scrambled Eggs with Tomato, Basil and Salmon Cream Cheese Ingredients 4 eggs 1 tbsp milk 1 tsp chopped basil (preferably fresh) 1 fresh tomato, chopped 1 tbsp fresh, unsalted butter 1 tbsp Philadelphia Salmon Cream Cheese Himalayan Pink Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper for garnish Method Beat the egg with the basil and milk until you cannot see any of the egg white. Put a skillet on the stove and heat it to medium. Put the butter in the skillet, and swirl it around so it coats the sides of the pan as well. As soon as the butter is melted, add the egg mixture. Scramble the eggs, and just before they are finished, add the tomato and cream cheese. Mix in … Continue reading