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Today I was thinking left-overs for lunch. In the past week we’ve made special tomato and egg tapas for a high school spanish class, spaghetti (requested by all of the kids in the family) and a wonderful Cucumber, Avocado salad with Tomato & Cilantro (recipe to post soon).  I had a variety of food left over – or so I thought.  When I opened the fridge to find out what I was going to have for lunch, I found that it had mostly been devoured and there was nothing left!!  What a great problem to have!!

What I found was a couple of hard boiled eggs, tomatoes & an avocado.


See above where the stem of the Avocado was removed…

Given the ingredients, I had a few choices.  I could open a can of garbanzo beans and make an avocado hummus or cook some bacon and have a BLTA sandwich (both which just seemed like too much work).  I opted for an avocado, egg and tomato sandwich.  It’s as easy as it sounds… just chop up some hard-boiled eggs & mash in some avocado with a little salt and pepper!  I added some sliced tomato and called it lunch!

Now… for some reason, I thought this mixture needed a spoonful of mayo, but next time I will leave it out.  It did nothing for the flavor and who needs the extra added fat???  The avocado added all the ‘good’ fat that was needed.

Now let me share with you a little tip about your Avocado!!  In the past, I’ve had hit and miss luck with picking ‘good’ avocados.  Last year, I read somewhere that to determine if an avocado is turning brown on the inside you need to remove the little stem at the narrow end of it.  See in the photo how the color under the stem is nice and bright green?  If it it brown or any color but green, it’s not good.  I’ve found plenty of brown under those little stems I’ve removed but just passed them by and looked for the green.  I’ve not had a bad avocado since learning this trick!!  Try it!!

Have a great Day!!  Tee


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Wine a little, you’ll feel better! Or so I’ve heard. Guess it depends on just how MUCH wine you drink whether you’ll feel better or not, hmmm? Two birthdays on the same day sounds like a good occassion to figure it out, don’t ya think? We sure did! Our friends are all a little wine-y, so at the suggestion of one of the birthday duo we decided to throw a Birthday Bocce Ball Tournament & Antipasto Party. I’m tellin’ ya, appetizers are the way to go if you’re having a party. Fix it before, put it on the table, let the guests help themselves. Then the hostess can get wine-y with all her rowdy friends! Wait…is that a country song? I don’t live in the country. Does it matter? Actually, I’m a REAL Housewife of Orange County! No caterers, no party planners, no florists, no hair stylist, no designer clothes. Forget what you see on TV, this is the way we really do it in the OC. Just, food, friends and wine.

First up, Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

Cube a ripe cantaloupe. Slice Prosciutto in strips lengthwise. Wrap around melon. Secure with fancy toothpick. Put on pretty blue plate. Okay, any color plate will do. That’s it.

Oh yeah, if you do this ahead of time (always a smart idea), stick this in the fridge until it’s party time.

Sweet & Sticky Stuffed Dates with Marscapone

Slice the date lengthwise down the middle, but not completely in half. Using a teaspoon, and your fingers, fill cavity with Marscapone Cheese. For those of you not familiar with this, Marscapone Cheese is an Italian cream cheese which is very rich, creamy and spreadable. Or stuffable, in this case!  Arrange on a plate, slap it on the table. Or place gently depending on how much you like the bowl you put it in. No refrigeration necessary if served within a few hours.

Antipasto Party Platter

No recipes here. I bought 3 types of good quality Salami, Olives from the deli, Pepperoncini‘s, cubed up some Provolone and Havarti, added a dish of Boconccini (fresh mozarella balls marinated in olive oil to the non-italians), shaved Parmesan and stuck a store-bought Pasta & Sun-Dried Tomato Salad in the center. Basically, buy what you like…that fits your budget and make it look pretty on your best platter!

Had so much fun shopping for stuff for this platter, I couldn’t get it all on the plate! So I had to make another small platter!

This one has Herbed Boconccini (balls again), Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Chunky sliced Genoa Salami, Giardiniera Hot Pickled Vegetables (straight out of a jar), some more Provolone, Crunchy (store-bought) Garlic Toast and Sun-Dried Tomato slices.

Bex Bruschetta

Make a few hours ahead.

A bunch of ripe, red, juicy Roma Tomatoes. I used 10. Quarter & seed them, then chop. 4-5 cloves fresh Garlic finely chopped. A handful of Fresh Basil. Hint: this stuff just doesn’t keep very long, so buy it fresh & use it fast! Add about a teaspoon of Kosher Salt to bring out the juiciness of the tomatoes, then get out your best Olive Oil, yes the good stuff…the stuff that cost more than your last bottle of perfume….don’t be stingy now, swirl it around the bowl a few times, then stir. Cover with plastic wrap and let the flavors marry…I, Tomato, take thee Basil…let it sit on the counter until you’re ready to serve. Don’t refrigerate. That’s not good for tomatoes, makes ’em mealy and destroys the flavor. At least that’s what they say….not sure who ‘they’ are…maybe the food police? Anyhooo, serve it up with those Crunchy Garlic Toasts you saw on the platter, or a freshly sliced baquette, whatever bread you want. Or just sit in front of the bowl with a spoon shoveling it into your mouth if you like. I think I saw someone doing this on Saturday! So I guess it was a hit. 🙂

That’s enough now, we’ve got plenty! Throw all those bowls & plates on the table. All right…place gently, it’s hard to stick a toothpick into broken crockery. The guests all brought an offering, so here’s the loaded table. Additions include: fruit, veggies & dips, pistachios, chips, crackers, salad, bread sticks, hummus, pita chips, red-pepper spread, and bread dipping oils.

Doesn’t it look tasty?

The Bocce Ball participants sure look happy. Yes, they are too playing Bocce Ball, I know it looks like they’re just drinking…there was a rule that you had to have a glass in hand when you threw, so really, these folks are just getting prepared for their next turn!

Now here’s some actual Bocce Ball! Okay, it looks more like a little discussion about who is closer, but I had to show you we really did play. I’m just not sure who won!  It wasn’t me.

The day after…

Here’s the UNloaded table! Guess I won’t buy those breadsticks again! ha!






One cheese platter destroyed.




Final Cork Count – 17










Dead soldiers – 15

Some problem with that math somewhere….no I’m not telling you how many people there were….or weren’t…

No wine glasses were broken and no party guests were harmed in the making of this blog.

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