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Cashew Butter and Fruit “Caviar”

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Buckle up, y’all; there’s some crazy snacking going on here.

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But it sure is purty, isn’t it?

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It starts out pretty basic with some cashew butter.

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Then we get into the thick of it.  Uh, pun intended, I think.  These are tapioca pearls that are cooked and then soaked in some apricot juice that has been reduced.  Who thinks of this stuff?  I’ll tell you who:  Chuck White, Sheryl Crow’s chef.

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The recipe suggests that you serve this concoction on melba toast.   I actually tried that, but melba toast is about as exciting as cardboard.  Instead I opted for cinnamon sugar pita chips.

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Seriously, this is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever made, but it turned out to be a nice little afternoon snack.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

 

Smoked Paprika Potato Chips

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And Triple Onion Dip

I love the idea of making my own chips.  The reality is that they look better than they taste.  I have a mandolin, so the slicing is easy enough, once you get the right setting.  I just have a hard time getting the right level of crispness, even though the coloring is great.  I didn’t take pictures of the black ones.

This is an Ellie Krieger Comfort Food Fix.  I’m sorry to say that nothing beats Lipton onion soup mix.  A for effort, though.

EK’s recipe calls for some real mayo, but the rest is Greek yogurt.

Eat Well and Savor.

 

Graham Nut Clusters

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Otherwise known as Chex mix with Golden Grahams, but more about that later.

Don’t call out the National Guard.  I am back.  I had every intention of posting throughout my vacation, but I guess lounging around takes more out of me than I thought.

Last Saturday we drove the four-hour trek to Savannah.  And when I say we drove that means Jake.  I originally intended to split the drive-time with him, but after I spent all day Friday making snacks for the road that went out the window.

To me it’s just not a road trip without Chex mix.  Usually I will try to incorporate a theme.  For example, when we drove from PA to MA for Thanksgiving a few years ago I made pumpkin spice flavored.  I kind of forgot about a theme this time, but since this recipe is from Southern Living and it has pecans I like to think that it’s a southern theme for our vacation in the south.

We spent the weekend in Savannah.  If you haven’t been to the Historic District you should go.  I have been a few times, but this was a first for my husband, so we did a little less shopping and a little more historical sightseeing.  We also went to Paula Deen’s restaurant.  Frankly, I wish we hadn’t.  Sunday we went to Vic’s on the River, which I would do again, even though they neglected to mention that the shrimp and grits were spicy.

After a quick stop at Fort Pulaski — I stayed in the car — we headed off to Hilton Head.  I am a Disney Vacation Club member and proud of it, so we stayed there until Friday.   It was our first time in Hilton Head.  There’s not a lot to do there, which is a perfect excuse to go to the Heavenly Spa at the Westin.  I was there from 12 to 6 so they offered me a lunch menu.  I ordered a grilled salmon salad which consisted of tangled greens, red onion, walnuts, dry cranberries, and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette.  What I got was grilled salmon on spinach with tomatoes and edamame.  It’s okay.  The edamamae was a nice surprise.  I assume the dressing was raspberry-walnut.  Whatever it was made me want to lick the plate.  Don’t panic.   I managed to restrain.  Certainly we hit a few other great restaurants and went to a Lowcountry boil at the Disney Beach House that was all-you-can-eat — enuf said.  Anyway, I mention the spa meal because the menu was entitled Eat Well.

I didn’t really take the camera out in Savannah, but we will go back again some day and remedy that.  I’m turning into a really bad tourist.  I either take a ton of pictures but never do anything with them or I only take a handful.  This trip was the latter.

These were pretty much outside our front door but unfortunately we didn’t notice them until the last day.  Great place for reading and drinking wine at sunset.

The view from the backyard.

The view from the beach house.

Eat Well and Savor.