2014 Holiday Cookie Giveaway – Win EIGHT DOZEN Cookies!

Holiday Cookie Giveaway

Platter Talk is teaming up with seven other food sites to offer one lucky duck the chance to win a dozen holiday cookies from each of us!    You can enter the giveaway which lasts for a couple of weeks and a winner will be announced on December 8.   Please take a moment to drop by the participating sites and have a taste of what they have coming out of their kitchens!   Besides Platter ...

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Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, and Pistachio Salad

This little dish is special to me.  It was inspired from one of my favorite restaurants, al corso of Collins, Wisconsin, which is close to our small cottage, on a small lake, in the middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin.   Frequently featured on their menu as an appetizer, this salad is a great example of something small…

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Warm Jalapeno-Shrimp Dip

 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner! With this Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner post, I’m honored to introduce to you Erica Schwarz,  PhD, the lady behind Erica’s Recipes.  I’ve followed Erica’s Recipes for sometime now and am always impressed by the diversity of her creations.  Often oriented toward good health, they are always fun and delicious…

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oatmeal and choc chip bars

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

We took a break from pumpkins and apples a few days ago and put together a combination of yummy standards that are good for any season and any time of the year.  Oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.  Together. Share


Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs + Barbecue Sauce

This was a birthday weekend in our family and that usually means food and family, lots of both.   This go-round was no exception and I wanted to try something a little different but had to be mindful of the tastes of the attendees and most important, the palate of the boy being honored, our…

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Grilled Peach Salad with Mint Basil Pesto

We are knee-deep in summer heat here in the heartland of America and when we were graciously extended an invitation to a dinner party earlier this week, I volunteered to bring a salad.  The kicker is,  I had no clue what salad I would prepare to bring.   Thankfully, I was not short on ideas….

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Gouda Crab Mac n Cheese

Smoked Gouda with Crab and Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese

  I think that if you ask any one of our boys what their favorite food is, they would all say mac and cheese.   We make a lot of mac and cheese.  If is not very often that we don’t have any children around, but today was one of those days.  I was craving mac…

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Creamy Dill #Cucumber #Salad

Summer.  Think freshly mowed grass, the nose of a crisp sauvignon blanc, the crack of a baseball bat, burgers and dogs gently sweating over a hot grill.   As I was preparing for this post, doing a little slicing, a little dicing, and a little chopping, it dawned on me that there is yet another item…

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It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around the idea that one of my favorite foods is something that has been around for 7,000 years.  No, I’m not talking about chocolate milk or margarita pizza.  As the title of this post suggest it is that creamy, smooth, and perhaps ever-ellusive healthy snack that goes well…

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Pecan Pie

This pecan pie recipe has been in my family for decades.  It’s not only decadent, it’s easy to make, is quite nice to look at, most importantly  for me, it has a story, or rather a person behind it.  This recipe came from the wife of my late father’s best friend who has also been…

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nutella oatmeal bar

Nutella Oatmeal Crumb Bars

I have loved chocolate, for all my life.  Sometimes too much (more on that, maybe after we get to know one another a little better.)  As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’m a a bit of a later bloomer when it comes to the chocolate hazelnut spread craze that has swept through our kitchen…

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Asian Shrimp with Mango & Peach Chutney

  I have a love of just about any seafood.  To be more specific, it can be fresh lake or river food as well.  Being landlocked in the mid-west can sometimes present challenges to enjoying fresh fish and the like.  Although I don’t have a complete tolerance for enjoying dishes prepared from frozen seafood, there…

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Rhubarb Slush

Summer is finally upon us and it surely took its sweet time showing up.   I am not complaining.  This is what we mid-westerners wait for, our beloved few days summer.  We have to put up with what seems like 8 months of winter yet even with the hassle of all that snow and bad…

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Baked Shells

Conchigliette al forno (Baked Shells)

The little church that our family attends is holding its annual major fundraiser, once again in a few weeks.  You are probably wondering why we are writing about it here on Platter Talk.  Let me explain.  Our pastor and friend Paola is a native daughter of Italia.  You might recall that we mentioned her a…

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Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Too often when i think of pork chops, I think of just that: pork chops.  Connotations of a grey colored cut of meat with not much to offer in terms of taste or appearance come to mind.   Often times I forget about the variations in cuts, preparations, and techniques for cooking, grilling, and baking…

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French Toast Casserole

Day two of our three day holiday weekend at our small cottage on a small lake in The Middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin began with Ellie signaling with her intermittent yelps that it was time for her to go out.  Daylight had broken and assuming it was much later than it was, I clamored out from…

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