Jac o' lyn Murphy

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fall Colors Porch Party

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Do you feel it? Are you starting to see it?
Fall is here!
There's a slight chill in the air 
and the leaves are changing into all the glorious colors of the season.
We are back to school, ready for tailgates, pulling out sweaters and taking the time to enjoy it all.
It is the perfect excuse to have a few friends stop by for a glass of wine, 
a bite to eat and cozy up on the porch.
As with any spread I put together, it is always better with Butter Chardonnay and JaM Cabernet!
(Is it a coincidence that the label colors perfectly match the leaves in my yard? I think not)

JaM Cellars is ready for any occasion. They make three amazing, everyday California wines - 
Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cabernet and Toast Sparkling.
Butter Chardonnay is rich, bold, luscious, smooth and buttery- just like its name.
JaM Cab bursts with lush berries on the nose and palate- bright, fruity and easy to love.

It is no secret that I love a theme.
I am ready to jam and butter up the food for our casual gathering as well...

Warm pretzels with a creamy mustard butter is so easy to whip together...

Just place1 stick of room temperature butter and 1 Tablespoon of stone ground mustard and 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard in a mixer and blend together until it's a whipped consistency.

Next warm, raspberry jam and fresh thyme topped Brie with crostini, 
will preserve the fun of the night...

Cheers to all of the colors of Fall!

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

It's Bittersweet... a California Candy Send Off

The day has come.
It is my daughter's last night in California before she heads off to college.
In an effort to keep things positive and hold back the tears, 
I took a cue from my favorite college band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, 
"It's bittersweet, more sweet than bitter..."
So we are celebrating with an all California candy extravaganza! 

She's always been a sucker for See's...

Gung Ho for Ghiradelli...

Rah Rah for Red Vines...

and jubilant for Jelly Bellies...

all made in the Golden State she's leaving behind!
Sweet Dreams, there are Boulder things ahead...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Peggy's Cucumber Salad

Growing up my mom always had a cold cucumber and onion salad in our refrigerator. 
She was a working mom and became the queen of quick, simple, go-to dishes.
Looking back I realized, that it's the perfect simple, healthy snack 
or a dinner side dish that compliments almost any cuisine.
Imagine my surprise when I saw Peggy's famous salad on Sweet Paul's website!

I hadn't had the salad in a million years and it is just as good as I remember...

The cucumbers are cool and crisp, the red onion flavor mellows as it soaks in the dressing 
and the fresh dill keeps it bright and fresh...

Guess what is always sitting in our frig now??

Peggy's Cucumber Salad
1 large English Cucumber or 6 small Perisan Cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 
1/2 cup white wine or rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
3 Tablespoons fresh dill

Place cucumber and onion in bowl.  In smaller bowl, stir together vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved, then add dill.  Dress vegetables with vinegar mixture and chill in refrigerator at least an hour prior to serving.

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