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Classic Plum Tarte

Classic Plum Tarte

The NYTimes published Marian Burros’s recipe for Plum Torte years ago and regularly reprinted it. I found this recipe only a few years ago and its wonderful. Marian Burros’s recipe for Plum Torte was reprinted every September from 1983 through 1989 until the editors determined that enough was enough.

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Sex on the Beach

Sex on the Beach

This is a great afternoon, early evening drink, light in alcohol and refreshing. Another recipe that is good made by the batch. This recipe is for one but simply change the number of drinks you would like to make in the “Servings box” below.

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Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze – These have been a popular summer drink since I was in my early 20’s which was a long time ago.

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Muesli with Honey and Apricots

Muesli with Honey and Apricots

Herewith another variation for a crunchy, healthy morning muesli to enjoy with a little natural yogurt. This one is sweetened with honey and brown sugar. This is a large recipe and you will need two baking trays, it makes about 1.6 kilo’s (about 3 pounds).

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Muesli with Maple Syrup and Dried Cranberries

Muesli with Maple Syrup and Dried Cranberries

I can’t really say that making your own muesli is the cheapest thing but it certainly will be the best that you are likely to eat. I can’t say how much we enjoy eating this for breakfast.

It’s a bit unfortunate that maple syrup is so expensive here but it definitely distinguishes this muesli from most others.

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Mushroom & Sausage Canapes

Mushroom & Sausage Canapes

Very quick, 2 ingredients and canape, these are tasty these make a nice warm savory canape that can be made ahead of time. Just pop them into the oven when your guests arrive! I like these and guests are usually very happy with them. The best thing is that you can make them hours ahead and you can serve a warm savory canape with little effort.

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Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Canapes

Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon Canapes

Once the pancakes are made, a large tray of these can be made in minutes and make a pretty impressive presentation. This is one of my favorite canapes. Its a bit labor intensive making the pancakes but, they can be made ahead and crisped up in a hot oven.

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Cream Cheese and Caviar Toasts

Originally a rather pretentious housewife’s idea of something chic to serve with drinks back in the 50’s. This recipe has survived into the new century, and I am grateful that it has!



Barbeque Sauce 1 (Thai Oyster Sauce)

Barbeque Sauce 1 (Thai Oyster Sauce) – This is a good all purpose barbeque sauce. I use it for grilled or barbequed shrimp, shallow fried soft-shell crabs and the like. It can be used in a pork or beef stir-fry and keeps for a couple of weeks in the fridge.

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Honey Ginger Dipping Sauce

This is far superior to bottled chili sauces and is quick and easy to make.



Canapes

I don't have many canapes here. The ones I share are super quick, very tasty and most of all tasty. Your guests will appreciate the effort.

A Quick Note

I wanted to take a minute to say that I do try and weigh as many of the ingredients as I can. I think it helps make recipe results more consistent. Of course professional bakers even measure liquids by weight. I don't mind pulling out my little digital scale when I need to.
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