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Maison Rustique

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  1. I failed to take photos, but a few days ago one of our neighbors brought us some Christmas cookies, bourbon pecans (I need to get the recipe from her!) and Ghirardelli peppermint bark. Then, yesterday, our next door neighbor brought us pastries from his daughter's bakery (The one I posted about before Rai's Bake Shoppe)--various croissants and pop tarts. We split a fudge pop tart and a cranberry orange pop tart last night and they were flaky and dellicious.

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  2. How terribly sad. I feel like she just posted in a recent thread, but it has probably been longer than I thought. Maybe in the Christmas prep thread? I can't imagine not seeing her posts everytime I visit eG. RIP heidih and thank you for your part in making eG a fun and helpful community.

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  3. Christmas will be at my sister's this year and it will be early, so we think a brunch. I hope so because I'm planning on things I will bake--scones and breads. She is not much for planning ahead on these things so that's as far as it has gone.

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  4. 17 minutes ago, lindag said:

    This soup is right at the top of my favorites!

    An example of a recipe that's more than the sum of its parts.

    It really is an excellent soup.

    A few simple ingredients and Bob's your uncle.

    I love that soup. I don't really follow the recipe, but I play off the idea often. Can't go wrong with sausage and kale in soup, as far as I'm concerned.

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  5. I'm going to concoct today. For the first time, I have a smoked turkey carcass to use. I've got some white beans soaking. I have some chard and kale, I think. I've got sweet potatoes. Not sure if all that works and I can't figure out spices/herbs to season it. All thoughts welcome.

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  6. Just now, chileheadmike said:

    It's been a while since I've posted here. I've been really sick with a nasty cough, congestion and weirdly plugged up ears for the last month.


    I just put the turkey back in the freezer. Not doing it this year. I have no energy and I don't want to make anyone else sick (although I think they already are).


    We will try for Christmas. 

    Hope you feel better soon. Please see the doctor if you haven't.

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  7. 19 hours ago, BeeZee said:

    Due to unfortunate circumstances, I may have an additional 2-4 people at the table. My idea of making a second turkey (roulade) is looking pretty genius right now. The bigger issue is finding sufficient cutlery and dishes. Not to mention chairs (Mom has some nice padded folding chairs I can borrow).

    The year we got married (on Nov. 17), we also hosted Thanksgiving at our small townhouse in San Juan Capistrano. There were several of my in-laws in town for the wedding still, so they were there. Then at the last minute, one of the nephews who was in the USN in San Diego called to ask if he could bring a couple of buddies and join us. Sure!. I was running around the complex to borrow chairs, plates, etc. It was a grand time and we got everyone crammed in. Probably the largest sit down dinner we ever hosted. I was in such a flurry about all the logistics, I couldn't even tell you how the food was, but I'd guess with several sailors there we didn't have any leftovers!

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  8. 18 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:

    I keep a few Rubbermaid totes in the trunk of my car, put them in my cart and just toss the items in as I scan them. 

    I love those Rubbermaid totes. I bought 3 of them at Costco decades ago, then decided I wanted more. Had to get them online and they'd gotten a lot more expensive. but they are sturdy and perfect for putting groceries in.

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  9. 21 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:


    The brioche toasts were back in stock at my TJ's this morning.  $1.99/box.  The packaging looks the same as always.



    Hooray!! I break them into 2-3 pieces and use them as croutons. Yum !! I was so sad when they didn't have them on my last visit to TJ's.

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  10. I threw together a little soup for supper last night to use the rest of a half turkey breast I'd roasted last week. Turkey, aromatics, carrot, Trader Joe's Harvest Grains and ladled over chopped fresh spinach in the bowls.


    May be an image of couscous

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  11. Yesterday was our 39th anniversary. Since my husband's dementia has gotten so bad, he often doesn't know I am his wife and certainly did not understand that it was our anniversary. A rather sad day for me.


    It cheered me immensely when the doorbell rang. It was our neighbors' daughter who started a bakery business in her apartment during the pandemic when her college classes were all messed up. She has absolutely killed it with her fabulous baked goods in this area. She now rents a commercial kitchen space and two local coffee shops carry her pastries. Anyway, my beloved sister ordered some pastries to help get me through the day and it was Kirin delivering them.


    Rai's Bake Shoppe


    May be an image of babka


    May be an image of babka, cinnamon roll, crumbcake, tart and turnover

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