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2015 in Reivew (Part 2)

So what happened the second half of the year?

July:
Kitchen Inspector
In July we finally got our Christmas puppy (well not exactly a puppy and not exactly for Christmas). She's coming along with training but it's been a lot of work (hence, my slacking off on the cooking front). There was a brief entry about Strawberries, a how-to about fruit flies (ugh I hate those buggers), and then there were cocktails on the veranda.

August was ice cream month:

There was - Anise, Cinnamon, and Double Chocolate. To counteract the ice cream intake, there were some salads too - Bulgur and Cranberry, Irish Oatmeal Salad, and Barley Salad.

September brought us some company:

There wasn't much action in the kitchen for the month of September bceause Mickey (AKA Einstein) came for a visit. I couldn't bear to even walk into the kitchen for fear of encountering him, let alone cook in there. However, I did get to do a test run of pumpkin ice cream, which was a nice addition to Thanksgiving dessert. There was also chocolate coconut pound cake.

October:

There was the Blue Chair discovery. Sauerkraut, and Lemon Tassies. While I have been able to purchase the coconut Blue Chair rum, but I haven't been able to find the banana rum cream :-(

November:

This month brought my best Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie and Cottage Pie. I think this month was about comfort food.


December:

More recently,  I worked on getting a few old stand-bys up on the blog - finally the Worcestershire Sauce, a version of my Pot Roast but with cranberries, and then something new -  Cinnamon Star Bread

And that about sums up 2015. Here's looking at 2016 CHEERS!

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