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  1. smilingal

    Your Daily Sweets (2005-2012)

    i would love your recipe for those Nanaimo bars - never had them or heard of them and they look very intriguing. thanks!
  2. smilingal

    The Path of the Huckleberry

    This was a martini - mixed with fresh lemonade! The bartender had told me that the vodka (at least this particular one) was a difficult one to find.
  3. smilingal

    The Path of the Huckleberry

    Just thought I'd share--- I had a wonderfully delicious drink for Valentine's Day prepared with Huckleberry Vodka!
  4. smilingal

    Your Daily Sweets (2005-2012)

    ohhh yummmmm - it looked so beautiful that it begs to be tried! Maybe after this crazy busy time passes - and on a quiet January day. Thanks so much!
  5. smilingal

    Your Daily Sweets (2005-2012)

    David - the picture of the Apple Gateau looks good enough to eat! LOL - BEAUTIFUL!- How did it taste? Could you share the recipe?
  6. smilingal

    Your Daily Sweets (2005-2012)

    Kim - thanks for posting the link for the apple tart recipe. I am definitely going to try it one of these days. sooooo many recipes...... tooo many pounds!!!!
  7. smilingal

    Citrus Grill Restaurant

    good to know - please keep us updated - maybe they can be convinced to have something for New Year's Eve! I'm looking for something to do!
  8. smilingal

    Your Daily Sweets (2005-2012)

    Danny - Vodka caviar?? Please explain.
  9. impressive - micromanaging the freezer!
  10. smilingal

    Interning at a restaurant

    Sounds exciting and tiring all at the same time! Good luck to YOU! Have fun along the way.
  11. If you reduced to enable more efficient storage space, when it's time for use - I am guessing you probably would enhance with water as opposed to adding yet more flavor from stock?
  12. smilingal

    stove top size

    I love my cabinets and space that I do have - and really can't think of any way to improve on it. I actually don't love the dark color of the wood but have been told there is nothing that can be done that wouldn't be outrageously expensive. They are built great with excellent shelving and wood. I have replaced my fridge and double wall oven last year. so - I think that the stove-top, counters, floors, backsplash and removal of wallpaper and paint - oh and of course new lighting - is allthat's left! lol so - the guidance with the stove-top would be appreciated! We probably will be in the house for at least 8 more years. I do cook and bake a lot. I have contemplated the grill option but I have my Weber right outside my back kitchen door which I use year round so I don't think it is a necessity.
  13. smilingal

    Department store pecan bars

    Steven - is this a blog that you follow? Or did you google Cloudt's - If I had only been able to remember the name of the store I wouldn't have had to angst the way I did!
  14. Sheryl - love the idea of the muffin molds - I think I will go and buy them just for that purpose - I have always admired the people who use ice cube trays for similar purposes but I have never done that either. The muffin molds will probably allow single or double size portions of leftovers rather than a whole container's worth in the freezer.
  15. smilingal

    Department store pecan bars

    sure - if you'd like it! Only need to ask! in bowl, cream together 1 1/2 sticks softened unsalted butter with 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 3/4 t salt. Beat in 1 lg egg plus 2 T lightly beaten egg. Add 2 3/4 cups flour and stir. Press into cookie sheet bake 375 for 15-20 min. cool in pan on rack. in saucepan, combine 1 1/3 cups light brown sugar, 1 stick unsalted butter, 1/2 cup honey,and 1/4 cup half and half- bring to boil stirring. Stir in 14 ounces chopped pecans. Cool. Spread evenly over base and bakein preheated 375 oven for 15 min or till bubbly. This is from Cloudt's grocery store printed by Gourmet magazine. IMHO THE BEST!