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Surprise Anniversary Party – The Details

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Surprise Anniversary Party – The Setup

This past weekend, my sisters and I hosted a SURPRISE 30th Anniversary Party for my parents.  Let me just say, I’m never doing a surprise party again!  While the planning was SO much fun, the stress of keeping it all a secret and telling fibs was just too much!  And to top if off, Old Man Weather was so cooperative with a week full of rain, that we had to change venues the day before!  Alas, the party went off without a hitch and was, well, a surprise!  They didn’t have a clue!  Stay tuned to see their reactions in Part 2 tomorrow!

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In Print: Clips from Food Sections

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5. – The Chicago Tribune Peach Classics Reinvented “This is a modern peach Melba: softer, less composed, easy to prepare and just as good to eat. Low-fat frozen yogurt takes the place of high-calorie ice cream.”

4. – The Boston Globe The Kitchen is Closed “a drove of local restaurants have closed their doors in the past year. The cause was quickly pronounced: the economy. Individuals have less money to spend, and corporations aren’t wining and dining like they used to.”

3. – The LA Times The Pioneer Woman, an Internet and Publishing Sensation “Ree Drummond likes to call herself an accidental country girl and she considers herself something of an accidental cook. But there’s nothing accidental about the success she’s built combining those two.”

2. – The NY Times E-Kitchens can get crowded “As the digital age seeps into the kitchen, it’s time to reconsider whether too many cooks spoil the broth.”

1. – The Washington Post No Longer an Underground Sport “But she soon realized that the soul of Scandinavian cooking was not to be found in restaurants and cafes. She started learning about local food from Norwegian neighbors and friends; she found the right place to shop for fish; she went fishing; she started to experiment with traditional recipes.”

photo from The LA Times

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Fabulous Find: Meduri World Delights

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Meduri World Delights “makes” the best dried fruit I have ever tasted. I don’t know that there is much more to say than that… I tried the mixed berries, apricots, granny smith apples and peaches and each and every bite was delightful!

The raspberries have the consistency of the perfect “gummy” with perfect “organic” flavors and the consistency of the apples is incredible! At first bite, you’ll be blown away by the intense explosion of flavor that comes from the dehydrated fruit. Then comes the addiction… I ate my way through a whole bag of the berries in just a day!

Check them out here – they are the perfect treat for your health-nut sweetie!

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Tip of the Day: Cookie Cutter Perfect

I love to use miniture cookie cutters to make decorative pieces to adorn the edges of my pies and tarts. It’s so easy and creates such a beautiful dessert. Simply cut shapes out of the pastry dough using a miniture cookie cutter, then use an egg wash to adhere them to the edges of a pie or tart.

Here’s an example of a peach pie I made this summer with hearts out of pie dough…
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and an apple tart I made last week out of puff pastry…
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For the tart I simply rolled out the puff pastry, then used the mini maple leaf cutter to make the crust for the tart, then stuck it all together with an egg wash…
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Happy Cooking!

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