Archive for the 'Food' Category

Eclipse at the Patio

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The Crew view

Cereal Box Projector & Eclipse Glasses

Cucumber Salad

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Laura’s favorite cucumber salad. (Not Mine )
(Cukes, tomatoes, and feta - with olive oil and red wine vinegar)
Thanks to Eric O. for the Summer Cukes!

Scratch Kitchen (Lompoc)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The most amazing brussel sprouts, caprese with heirloom and burrata, Scratch 50/50 (Grenach/Syrah), Sweetzer 2014 encantada Pinot Noir
Fantastic food, great wine, friendly atmosphere

Lunch in Solvang

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Danish farmhouse fare in Solvang. Large homemade frikadeller meatball and medisterpØlse sausage, mashed potatoes with gravy, and red cabbage. Enjoyed with Danish red ale

2017 Bake Off

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

These are Patio associated entries for the 2017 Bake Off…
In the back row, Justin’s French Coconut Pie
and his Animal Cookie Bark.
#1 is Laura’s Pumpkin Bread w/ Brown Butter Icing
(2nd Place in Breads)
#2 is Helen’s Carrot Cake
(1st Place Blue Ribbon in “Cakes & Pies”)
#3 is […]

Finished Pickled Eggs

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Pickled Eggs

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Instant Pot hard boiled eggs for Joe Josts recipe for pickled eggs (seasoning mix from Joe Josts via Denny). 14min HP, NR. All eggs peeled beautifully and were perfectly done.

Ieedschock und Kielke

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Swedish, Russian Fusion Meal
Swedish Potato Sausage, Russian Mennonite Noodles & Potatoes (Ieedschock und Kielke) with Onion Cream Gravy.

2016 USO Benefit

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Laura’s work group had a Bake Sale as a fund-raiser for the USO. She brought in three items for the sale: Apple Pie Cookies, Birthday Cake Truffles, and Streusel Bundt Coffee Cakes. The two coffee cakes sold as whole cakes (!) first thing in the morning and were taken as treats to morning […]

First Pumpkins of the Year…

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Pumpkin Season……

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

… Has officially started in our house.
We used up the last of our frozen pumpkin purée for yummy pumpkin pancakes

Peaches & Cream

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Thanks Shelley and Lance for the beautiful fruit! We’re enjoying peaches on ice cream tonight for dessert. I saw a Pioneer Woman cooking show episode last week where she did a peach syrup with basil on ice cream - we didn’t have basil, but it was yummy with just the nice ripe peaches. […]

Black Wednesday Fare…

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Salami, 2 kinds of cheese (brebis rousse - sheep - triple cream, and affinois - cow, double cream), tomatoes w/mayo, stuffed olives (blue cheese garlic), bell peppers, boiled eggs, and fancy-schmancy olive oil crackers

Chili Cookoff

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Laura’s work group held a chili contest and she decided to enter our friend Carol’s recipe for Veggie Chili. We’ve made this chili for years now, and it’s easy and always comes out great. Apparently the judges like it too, because it got 2nd place in the contest. There were 8 chilis […]

National Root Beer Float Day!

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Root Beer Float Day is just one of those holidays that must be celebrated!


Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Apricot jam is the lighter, nectarine the darker with some visible fruit chunks.
On a recent trip to visit Mom, the summer fruit was ripe. Picked up apricots, strawberries, and nectarines. We share some of the fruit with friends and snacked on a bunch too. Even with all of that, there were enough […]

El Segundo Hometown Fair

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Made two entries for the 2016 El Segundo Hometown Fair Bake-Off.

Raspberry Cheese Danish Braid was a mashup of two recipes from
the Sally’s Baking Addiction website - used the raspberry filling
and pastry from her Raspberry Danish, and the cream cheese filling
from her Blueberries and Cream Danish. The dough wasn’t difficult, but
it was a multi-day effort as […]

Happy Hallowe’en!

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Spider eggs for a Hallowe’en potluck…

National Candy Corn Day!

Friday, October 30th, 2015

We celebrated National Candy Corn Day with Candy Corn Cupcakes…

Colored the batter with candy corn colors, and used the Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Ganache recipe for the cupcake frosting…

- here’s the recipe for the ganache:

Ice Cream Soda Day 2015

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

We celebrated Ice Cream Soda Day on Saturday. How did all this time go by with neither of us ever enjoying this fabulous concoction before??? They seem to be a cousin of the ice cream float, and I can assure you we’ll be making these again.
Ice Cream Sodas are super simple to make […]