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Got My Cookin’ Groove Goin’ On

Today, I started the cooking for the party on Saturday. I love doing this, but the last time I had a larger more well equipped kitchen so this has put a little crimp in my style and speed. I could have used two ovens today.

I made a batch of buttermilk rolls which will be used for sandwiches with freshly grilled pork and turkey tenderloins. Here they are rising:


And finished baking:


I have to make one more batch.

I made a triple batch of pecan tassies:


And a double batch of the family favorite, chocolate mint brownies.


And finally, caramelized onion focaccia – two of them. This is so good. The dough has mashed baking potatoes and the topping is red onions with balsamic vinegar.


Tomorrow, I will do more rolls, a roasted red onion, roma tomato, eggplant dip and some fudge wreaths.

M & M are spending the night so that Lisa and their parents can take in a movie. I think they will be here until mid-morning so I hope they don’t mind if I get some cooking time in.

Tomorrow afternoon, Lisa and I are going to REI to get rain gear. Mr C gave me a set that is the wrong size. Lisa needs some rain gear to protect her when she rides her scooter around San Francisco.

Lisa gave us this beautiful painting. You can see it here.


I will share some of my other great gifts later.

By the way, I am feeling so much better today. I think I have finally survived the latest bout of the crud.

7 Responses to “Got My Cookin’ Groove Goin’ On”

  1. Kathie says:

    Homemade rolls for sandwiches–I stand in awe. It will be a fabulous party!

  2. Jeannie says:

    Mmmmm! That all looks so tasty! The painting is beautiful. Your daughters are so talented. I am so happy for Stephanie and her book. Wow! What a way to end the year. Take care and have a great time. Cheers.

  3. Diane Carey says:

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. The mint brownies remind me of a family recipe that is always appreciated. I LOVE the painting! Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Judy says:

    My mouth is just watering, looking at all of those food pics! MMMMMM! Of course you’ll share ALL of the recipes after the party’s over, right? LOL
    Fabulous painting by Lisa!!! Incredible!!!
    Glad you are feeling better.


  5. dee says:

    so glad you’re feeling better. The bread with the onions looks heavenly. That picture is so beautiful-what a telent that woman has-comes as no surprise.

  6. kathy says:

    Mmmmm…love the chocolate mint brownies. I just finished off our batch yesterday! Love the painting too.

  7. Liz Berg says:

    Oh, Gerrie, these rolls look so good…I have a recipe that makes rolls that look like this….have to make some soon! Love the painting…what a nice daughter! Merry Christmas, belatedly!