Picnicking Birds

Doves have been with us as steady customers all year long.

Stir Fry

Chicken and veggies in a soy-less sauce.  I almost never do a sauce sans soy but I did last night.  Thickened chicken broth with lots of ginger and garlic and a touch of sambal for a wee bit of heat.  I gave a nod toward sweet and sour with a spoon of sugar and a splash of rice vinegar.

Oven Baked Wings with Fries

I par-boiled these for 10 to 12 minutes and then dusted them with flour after they had air dried .  Then it was 15 minutes in a 400 oven, turn, and another 10 minutes.  Dipped in a pair of sauces they went back in for about another 15.The darker sauce was honey and soy sauce in a sweet bbq sauce with garlic and ginger, the other sauce was honey, butter, hot sauce, and sweet chili sauce.  The fries were air fried for 15 minutes at 350 and they could have stood more time or a higher temp but they worked OK.

Holiday Gifts: A Variety of Spritz Butter Cookies

In honor of National Cookie Day, my favorite Christmas cookie recipe:

Spritz Cookies

I love spritz butter cookies. They’re tiny little, melt-in-your-mouth bites that go great with a cup of coffee. I didn’t realize how easy they were to make. It helped that a friend of a friend gifted me her all-metal, ratchet handled press. These are not easy to come by any more, at least not when I went looking. Most of the new ones are partially plastic and received tepid reviews, especially for durability and ease of use.

I love all the cute designs. Although my Christmas trees kind of look like trilobites, they taste great.

I have also upped the ante and made zesty butter cookies – one with lime zest and another with lemon zest and dust with citrus powdered sugar. Recipe here.

Spritz Raw

Spritz Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened/room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 egg yolks, room temp
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

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Leftover Lover’s Lunch

Front and center is a quesadilla that is a leftover on a technicality.  We had cheeseburgers for dinner the day before yesterday and had a bit of ground beef thawed but not used for the burgers.  The pizza we had a while back and froze the remainder.  The glob to the left is that potato and ham casserole from last night.  Still some of that left!