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Tammy Circeo
Interests: music, friendship, health and wellness, children, movies, books, baseball, photography, family, food & drink, decorating, collecting, home, memories, scrapbooking. . .
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My daughter said that now I will have to find recipes that call for Orange Blossom Water! It was really very good, though.
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It didn't seem conventional ... it WAS sweeter, but it was also salted and had the onions. I enjoyed the sweet/savory, but I can see how it might not be appealing to everyone. Merry Christmas to you, too!
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She ALWAYS surprises me, Liz!
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Oranges ... and ... olives ... In the same dish? Salad, you say? Oh, no thank you. I'll have my oranges and olives separately, thank you very much. But the Moroccans might be on to something with this salad. Truth is, I made the Dorie's "Bonne Idée" version of this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Chez Nous
I don't even remember how this opportunity fell into my lap. I'm sure it was through a fellow blogger's site, but the fact that it was an effort to fund childhood cancer was the kicker for me. In our community, we have a 13-year-old young man who has fought cancer... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Chez Nous
In the cookbook, Dorie describes the first time she made this dish and admits to having made a mistake. She said her mistake was staying in the kitchen while it simmered in the oven ... "the smell of the spices --ginger and cumin, cinnamon, dried chiles, coriander, and saffron-- drove... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Chez Nous
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Receiving Christmas cards in the mail is one of favorite times of the day during the month of December. Ken arrives home from work and Goldie gets excited because she knows that it's time to "get the mail". Those words are magic to that old girl! When he brings the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Chez Nous
There is no rational reason, but I always thought of Rugelach as Swedish ... or Polish ... or German ... which when you think about it is simple ignorance. I made an assumption (or three) and never looked up the little cookie. I might have had no idea of its... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Chez Nous
Any weekend that starts with this smiling face ... ... is a successful one. I love that he recognizes me, gets excited for me to pick him up, and plays my silly games with such enthusiasm. We play Patty-Cake, Ride-A-Horsey, and all sort of noise games! He loves clapping his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Chez Nous
I know what a tartine is ... it's an open-faced sandwich. And I know what viande is ... it's meat. But I had to look up what de Grisons meant. I assumed it was a family name or the name of the town from whence the meat of this recipe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Chez Nous
Life is usually rather even keel chez nous, but something was in the air last week. There were sore throats and stuffy noses... ... cut fingers, watery roasted pumpkin, explosive apple cider bottles, canisters breaking, trips to the dentist on Thanksgiving morning ... Breakfast and dentistry don't mix very well,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Chez Nous
After spending a day in the cold and rain at the Museum of Flight a couple of weeks ago, we were more than ready for something warm for dinner. My Emily had already planned to make this soup before she knew it was on the French Fridays' schedule so I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Chez Nous
I found the name of this dessert clever. It's a pie (called a tart) and cranberries are ... well ... they're tart. They are rarely used without copious amounts of sugar to counter that characteristic. The crust of this tart is a little sweet, and the bottom of the tart... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Chez Nous
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I entered this weekend feeling like the month of November has simply flown by! In my mind, I knew that Thanksgiving was less than a week away, but I wasn't ready for it. My to-do list is still a mile long! Emily and Kyle stayed over Friday night and Saturday... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Chez Nous
The saying, "You learn something new every day" rings most true for me as I continue cooking through Dorie's book, Around My French Table. I had never heard of storzapretis so of course, I didn't know that they originated in Corsica. That's two things I learned. And for some reason,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Chez Nous
Friday morning as I sat with my coffee and breakfast, the text chime on my phone sounded. I picked up my phone and saw a text from my son, Ben, "Our soccer team is playing at SPU tomorrow night." Seattle Pacific University is in Seattle and Ben's school is in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Chez Nous
When I eat out, I have two manners of choosing from the menu. I either choose something I know, love, and want to compare to other chef's versions of it. Or I choose something I don't make at home. Duck is one of those things. Ken is not what I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Chez Nous
Thanks, Lori. I buy Ezekiel bread, too, as well as Dave's Killer Bread. Good stuff. I don't avoid salt, but always use Celtic Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt, or any of the French sea salts, like Fleur de Sel. They all have so many more minerals!
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2014 on My Eating Plan | 6-month review at Chez Nous
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I've hesitated to update my "Eating Plan" journey because it seems there's not a lot to tell. The last time I reported, I had lost 9 pounds and that's where I've been for three months now. I have lost some more inches and that's definitely a plus. I can't wear... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Chez Nous
Thanks, Margaret. I used my cookie scoop and it works like a charm!
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Thanks, Karen ... looking forward to visiting the other blogs.
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Thanks, Liz!
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He's a Dorista, she's a Dorista ... and Doristas aren't we all?! Yes, these were delicious little cookies.
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I didn't really intend for the apricot jelly to come through or mix with the icing, but ultimately, it's really all about the taste, right?!
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I'm glad you're baking, too, Adriana!
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