BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS # 47 – Smoked Salmon On Naan

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What  better way to start a day ?  –
A wonderful breakfast, followed by a two hour walk around the lake.
Bella had a great start too – same breakfast, then she spotted three squirrels on our walk, which absolutely made her day (both the salmon, which she ate and the squirrels, which she chased) :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good ! 
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Breakfast of Champions # 48 - Smoked Salmon On Naan

Breakfast of Champions # 48 – Smoked Salmon On Naan

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Breakfast of Champions # 48 - Smoked Salmon On Naan

Breakfast of Champions # 48 – Smoked Salmon On Naan

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Preparation :
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Come Together………

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Here  are some of the meals I had during the last few days, utilizing some previously posted dishes –
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Potato Salad
Pickled Cauliflower
Pickled Broccolini
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It goes to show that simple individual dishes which are great on their own will be even better when they finally come together as one.
Hopefully this will inspire you a bit to decide what will be next on YOUR dinner table :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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new york strip with pickled broccolini, pickled cauliflower and potato salad

new york strip with pickled broccolini, pickled cauliflower and potato salad

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spicy italian sausages with pickled cauliflower and tomato in honey/mustard vinaigrette

spicy italian sausages with pickled cauliflower and tomato in honey/mustard vinaigrette

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EASY DOES IT # 24 – Potato Salad

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This  potato salad is a far cry from the one I usually make at home, which is “Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat” (Swabian Potato Salad), which does not contain Mayo or any other “stuff” besides potatoes, onion, stock, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar and sometimes herbs and/or bacon.
This one is a VERY different baby, but just as delicious :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Link to more Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat
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Creamy Potato Salad

Creamy Potato Salad

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Potato Salad

Potato Salad

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Creamy Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp

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A bowl  full of this delicious beauty should make you feel good and happy any time of the year, any time of the day.
If for any reason you don’t want to use heavy cream for the ultimate silkiness, you can substitute the cream with tofu and still get great results :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Creamy Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp

Creamy Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp

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Creamy Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp

Creamy Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp

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Preparation :
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Hallelujah !!!!!!!!

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Cheers !  Happy Retirement . May 2015

Cheers ! Happy Retirement . May 2015

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Hallelujah !!!!!!!!
I am officially retired :-)
Received my first SS check today.
After 48 years as a professional cook, it was about time !
Cheers !!! :-)
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Vanilla Pudding Chock-Full With Berries

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Ever  since I have started to eat healthier, my sweet tooth has suffered.
I had no problem giving up alcohol and I had no problem to stop smoking, but giving up on cake and patisserie remains a daily challenge, I miss my sweet’s terribly.
I am eating and enjoying a ton of fruits, but sometimes that just does not do the trick. I am a fairly good cook but a lousy patissier, so my sugar-free desserts are a bit lacking in finesse and variety.
Having said that, I DO have a few great options for sugar-free or at least refined-sugar free desserts. The following is one of my favorites because of its creaminess and richness.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Sweet ! (Sometimes)
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Vanilla Pudding Chuckfull With Berries

Vanilla Pudding Chock-Full With Berries

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Vanilla Pudding Chuckfull With Berries

Vanilla Pudding Chock-Full With Berries

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Preparation :
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  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
    1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
    lots of fresh, washed and dried berries

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Easy Does It # 23 – Pickled Cauliflower And Pickled Broccolini

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Pickled  vegetables are so easy to prepare, they stay fresh in the fridge for day’s and they come in handy any time of the day as a snack, or just as an refreshing side dish.
While you can pickle just about anything with great results, cauliflower and broccolini are my favorites, closely followed by mushrooms and cabbage.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Link to more “Easy Does It”
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Link to “Pickled Cabbage Rolls”
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Link to “Chinese Pickled Cucumbers”
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Link to “Pickled Chicken” (Pollo En Escabeche)

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Pickled Cauliflower

Pickled Cauliflower

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Pickled Broccolini

Pickled Broccolini

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Preparation :
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DOWNLOADABLE MONTHLY DESKTOP CALENDAR, May 2015, US EDITION AND INTERNATIONAL EDITION

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May 2015

BUTTERMILK PANCAKES WITH CARAMELIZED BLACK PLUMS

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To display the calendar on your computer screen :
> download the calendar of your choice to your desktop,
> right-click on the image,
choose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”, (exact wording will depend on the browser you use).If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference panel :
> Control Panel
> Display
> Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image. (Mac users will have to use different commands to the same effect).
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May 2015, US Edition :
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Calendar May 2015 US Edition

Calendar May 2015 US Edition

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May 2015, International Edition:
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Calendar May 2015 International Edition

Calendar May 2015 International Edition

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Bombay Vegetable Omelette

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Although  most egg dishes which I have encountered in India and Pakistan use hard-boiled eggs, this dish, which I make often when I have some leftover curry sauce in the fridge, seems to capture (for me) the spirit of Indian and Pakistani breakfast dishes I had in hotels and private homes while living (Pakistan) and traveling (India) in both countries :-)
Serve with naan and / or rice
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Bon Appetit !   कृपया भोजन का आनंद लीजिये !  (kripyā bhojan kā ānnaṅd lijīyai)
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Link to  “EASY DOES IT # 11 – CURRY”

Link to Naan Recipe
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Link to Chelo / Polo
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Link to Rice
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Bombay Vegetable Omelette

Bombay Vegetable Omelette

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Bombay Vegetables

Bombay Vegetables

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Preparation :
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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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If  you’ll have a sandwich, you might as well make a good one ! This one certainly qualifies :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich - Boss Level

Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich - Boss Level

Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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P.S.
You might want to stop after step 3 – “gratinate until golden” and just enjoy one of the best garlic breads you’ll ever find :-)
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Preparation :
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