Special thanks go to my husband, Ron Fisher, not only for his photographic contributions to this blog, but also for his excellent cooking. If it’s possible to do such a thing, I’d also like to thank my (non-existent) “Anonymous Taste-Testing Panel,” my sweet but dumb fish, Frankie, and his over-sexed (and also non-existent) friend, Sadie, all of which added a little fun to this recipe blog. I also owe a debt of thanks to my daughter, Erin Parton, who prompted me to share my favorite recipes.
Make every occasion festive!
Shelley didn’t suspect a thing. She especially loved “my” chocolate mousse. Using tiny gold spoons, we spooned it from white demitasse cups on saucers trimmed with gold. Everything tasted about as good as pre-packaged foods can taste, but the presentation made it more than it was.
When Shelley said: “This must have taken you forever!” I replied: “It was easy!” Which, of course, it was.
The point of this story is that while you might dream over recipes, you may not have the time or the energy to prepare them. My advice to you: If you can’t make it, fake it! No one’s going to know - as long as you don’t tell. And everyone’s going to think you’re an incredible cook.
I once knew a woman who put a pip into the lemon meringue pies she prepared from a mix so its finder would think she’d “missed it” in making her pies “from scratch.” That home cook had the right idea. Don’t sweat the small stuff - or the big stuff, either.
Thank you for reading this blog, Dollinks! May we meet again - somewhere, somehow, sometime. xox Nicole