Monthly Archives: December 2016

FUN EATING AT MEX

WHAT A FUN PLACE TO EAT!

The smart margaritas and beer selection had our group cheering. Gogi tacos with Korean style pork, Shrimp and Chorizo Alhambra, Cuban Tacos, Chicken and Cheese Quesadillos and wonderful chips with every kind of sauce imaginable – these dishes and more were deliciously fun to eat.

Follow Mex at mexbloomfield.com and on Facebook. This imaginative restaurant is located t 6675 telegraph road in Bloomfield Hills, MI. This won’t be my last visit. Being there with family at the holidays was very special indeed.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EATING

Merry Post Christmas Week to all. You have no doubt mostly been basking in good food.

Here are a few of our Christmas special foods with recipe references.

In our family, there is nothing more beautiful than rib roast.

No recipe needed when you have two expert chefs in the family named Jon and Cindy. But I always take a peek at Ina Garten’s Sunday Rib Roast in one of her early cookbooks, Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Family style.

The yellow vegetable this year was tsimmes. There’s a recipe in Cooking for Jeffrey from Ina Garten. I prepared a stovetop version consulting a recipe by Tori Avey for Stovetop Tzimmes. Essentially the same dish, different stove location and a slight variety of ingredients, but this one relies on sweet potatoes, carrots, dried fruit and orange juice, cinnamon and honey for flavoring.

We also served butter and lemon roasted shrimp to go along with the beef.

Again Ina Garten has several recipes for roasted shrimp. One appears in her Make It Ahead cookbook.

Wish I had snapped a picture of the cooks in the kitchen, a true cooperative effort. Daughter Cindy brought green beans and potatoes, so good I still dream of them and hopefully obtaining the recipe.

There was a olive plate, salads of spinach and fruit and apricot Stilton cheese, Dresden sauce for the beef and cocktail sauce for the shrimp. Cheesecake, berries and ice cream for dessert along with cookies and candy.

But the best was having all the family together, even if Jerry was with us only in spirit. Food is always better with family. And my children are such good cooks, if I do say so and I do. We all had a great time!

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi :The Magic of Travel Through the Generations

HOMEGOING
Author: Yaa Gyasi
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf 2016
Genre: Novel
Hardcover Edition: 300 pages
Source: Personal Copy

In this novel the ambitious storytelling does not detract from the enjoyment of the tale, but rather stimulates thinking concerning an element of western history that may well receive much attention, but I dare say not the scrutiny that is available given the structure and beautiful telling of this tale. Aspects of this novel help the reader to better understand slavery, forced immigration, family and power in new ways.

Throughout the book readers alternate between two settlings: The Gold Coast of West Africa and America’s Eastern Seaboard. This comes about because we follow seven generations as the story traces the events of family members descended from two half sisters, Effia and Esi born into different villages in 18th century Ghana. Each chapter could perhaps be described as a vignette telling the story of a particular descendent.

Though any piece stands alone, it is the accumulation of story that lends the novel its mighty power. Interest grew for this reader as I moved with the characters through the years and changed circumstances. It is not only the terror and horror of people stacked many deep in the bottom of a slave ship, but what people are able to make of the limited circumstances of their lives and the wisdom they are able to share.

Readers see some of the historical events and eras we may be somewhat familiar with played out before us with a new angle, with new details slanted in a unexpected direction, surprising connections joined or twisted into fresh configurations. This novel is to my mind an inspiring and creative work of art. I am grateful to have read these tales. And I became more grateful as I read each chapter. Yes, this book grew on me and I heartily recommend it.

PACK BACK AND RENOVATIONS ALMOST FINISHED

NOT SURE ABOUT DECORATIONS. Maybe the family will decorate on Christmas morning. Grocery shopping for the big day?

Dr. says just a virus but go to bed and forget shopping. Next week I can shop.

Best takeaway from the repairs from the water damage. Kitchen looks great. Lighter color on lower level really makes the place look better. Still trying to get the floors buffed up.

HOUSEHOLD HAPPENINGS UPDATE

HOUSEHOLD HAPPENINGS UPDATE DEC. 19, 2016

NO PICTURES. THE VIEWS ARE NOT WORKING CORRECTLY FROM PHONE TO COMPUTER TO BLOG.

PACKBACK CONTINUES WITH FINAL REPAIRS.

STILL NOT FEELING WELL. SEE DR. TOMORROW.

EACH DAY IS ONE DAY CLOSER TO CHRISTMAS DAY 2016.

STAY TUNED.

WHO KNOWS WHAT MIGHT APPEAR NEXT ON READEATLIVE.COM

THANKS FOR YOU PATIENCE.

CHRISTMAS COOKIES

A CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPE FROM JUDITH VITALI

Cinnamon Roll Cookies from Judith

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 72 servings

Bite size cinnamon roll cookies ~
Ingredients
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
• 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 1-1/2 cups sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
• 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• GLAZE:
• 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
1. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon until blended. In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and orange peel. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, yeast and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
2. Divide dough into four portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each into an 8×6-in. rectangle; sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons brown sugar mixture. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
3. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut dough crosswise into 3/8-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
4. In a small bowl, whisk glaze ingredients. Dip tops of cookies in glaze or spread gently with knife. Let stand until set.
5. Yield: 6 dozen.

Can’t wait to taste these. Makes me almost ready to bake. Yum!

THIRD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPE SHARING

Are you stirring up some Christmas Cookies? Is your oven preheating ready to bake? Do you like you cookies crunchy or soft, sweet or buttery, bar-shaped or Christmas cut-outs? The Christmas smell will take over your home..

Please send your favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes along with a picture if possible to me via e-mail. Or message me and I will send my e-mail address. Or add your recipe when you reply to this post.

I’ll print recipes.

Bake Eat and Enjoy!

P.S. I’ll do the best I can to keep this cooking sharing abake in spite of Household Happenings and the fact I am a bit under the weather with a cold, the flu, or allergy upset. Don’t know which one. If I lay low for 24 hours, perhaps I will be feeling better. Nothing like cookie recipes to cheer one up.

Who doesn’t love a favorite cookie recipe?! Special Christmas Greetings to you all!