Double It: Throw a Bigger Party!

Double It: Throw a Bigger Party!

Have you made your Memorial Day plans?  The Small Table Planning Committee is still juggling a few options for how to spend the weekend.  In any case, a bigger holiday usually means a bigger party.  If you are devoted, like I am, to generally making small desserts, this doesn’t have to be a problem.  Almost every recipe on this site can be doubled (or more) with no sweat.  The doubled cake pictured here fed eight people quite generously.  Cakes lend…

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Tangy Mashed Potatoes: A Little Comfort Goes a Long Way

Tangy Mashed Potatoes: A Little Comfort Goes a Long Way

I really had just one comfort food growing up:  hot buttered toast.  I think it started when I got the chicken pox and had to recover at my grandma’s house.  My aunt came over several times during that week, always with homemade wheat bread.  So I lay in my little bed of two armchairs pushed together and ate hot buttered toast.  It was lovely!  Mashed potatoes, on the other hand, didn’t earn a place in my comfort food arsenal until…

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Golden Waffle for One

Golden Waffle for One

If you are lucky enough to own a good waffle iron, you are lucky enough!  I threw out the first one I owned after college, because it was so stinking hard to clean.  But the newer ones are very non-stick coated, plus you can spray them with cooking spray just for good measure.  I actually inherited my current iron from a friend when she decided to upgrade.  Add this great little recipe that makes exactly one round waffle, and you…

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Garden Update #3: The Plant Family Photo

Garden Update #3: The Plant Family Photo

Saturday was the first day of sun at the Small Table in almost three weeks.  I’m not kidding!  We broke the record a few days ago for most consecutive days of measurable rain– a record that was set in 1937.  Wet.  But the cloudy skies have totally kept my peas alive, so I haven’t needed any cheesecloth yet.  A couple of weeks ago, I also decided to get a jump-start on summer plants, as you see in this LST Plant…

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Hot Fudge Sauce for One

Hot Fudge Sauce for One

I love [chocolate] ice cream!  I wish I could say that I love all flavors, or even many flavors– because I know there are lots of fine ones out there.  But somehow I never feel satisfied at the end of my frozen feast unless there was at least some chocolate in the flavor I chose.  True.  Chocolate is essential.  That brings us to last Sunday.  Mr. Luxury told me on Saturday that he wanted to take care of Sunday dinner(!),…

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The Chilean Ave Palta: Simple Sandwich Perfection

The Chilean Ave Palta: Simple Sandwich Perfection

The first time I lived in Chile was as a student.  Chile is as long as the U.S. is wide, so I traveled as much as I could and saw an astounding array of climates, architecture, imposing mountains, extraordinary beaches, and all sorts of other amazements– even penguins!  In a town in the south, right about the point where the islands start to break off, a friend and I were eating in a little restaurant.  As soon as my eyeballs…

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Luscious Garlic Cheese Bread for One

Luscious Garlic Cheese Bread for One

Every time I make Luscious Garlic Cheese Bread, I remember a roommate from college.  While I’m mixing the butter and cheese, I take a few reminiscing-minutes to think about my friend.  She was smart and quirky and loyal and in-the-know.  She slept with a giant box of candy under her bed, since her mother had never let her eat it growing up.  I loved that little bit of harmless rebelliousness about her, and decided not to ask why she kept…

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Words for Dessert: A Swedish Proverb

Words for Dessert: A Swedish Proverb

Feeling my Swedish heritage today!   Fear less hope more eat less chew more whine less breathe more talk less say more hate less love more and all good things will be yours. Swedish Proverb   Fine Print @ The Small Table:  Please do not copy images, text, or recipes from The Luxury of a Small Table without linking back to this site.  All content provided on The Luxury of a Small Table is for information/ entertainment purposes only.

Small Cake Series: White Chocolate Berry Cake

Small Cake Series: White Chocolate Berry Cake

Here’s a little something to brighten your Monday morning: plan to make this lovely cake sometime this week!  Berries and white chocolate love to be together for dessert.  I developed this recipe back in my farmers market days, and it has certainly stood the test of time.   It’s gone through a million revisions, so the one I present to you today is truly my baby, and I am quite proud of it.  Do not question the secret ingredient, friends.  It is…

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Roasted Asparagus Flatbread with Goat Cheese & Lemon Zest

Roasted Asparagus Flatbread with Goat Cheese & Lemon Zest

I am so excited when I see the first asparagus coming into the markets in the spring!  The sight of those little stalks is a current of freshness that takes hold in my brain and moves me to buy lemons, strawberries, green onions, and practically any other little fresh green thing I see.  Today’s small luxury also has the benefit of being simple and quick to make:  you can think of it, make it, and eat it in half an…

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Garden Update #2

Garden Update #2

Oh how I wished for summer while we were digging out of the huge blizzard that hit Small Table Land at the end of January!  I dreamily allowed my thoughts to drift to grilled flank steak and Cobb salad.  I imagined walking in flip-flops and testing out my new spray-sunscreen.  It was a fool’s errand! Now that my sweet baby pea plants are just reaching toddlerhood out on my deck, the temps have suddenly jumped to above 80°F.  I’m not…

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Creamy Mac & Cheese for One

Creamy Mac & Cheese for One

My favorite sign at the farmers market where I used to sell belonged to the cheesemonger:  Sweet dreams are made of cheese– Who am I to diss a brie?  Wahaha!  I know it probably originated elsewhere.  But I love Annie Lennox, and I love cheese, so I totally laughed out loud. This single-serve mac & cheese is a combination of three cheeses plus some heavy cream. So don’t eat it every day.  But when you’re really in the mood for…

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Strawberry Nutella Hand-Cake for One

Strawberry Nutella Hand-Cake for One

Here in Small Table Land, we really do  try to sit down to breakfast each morning, though it’s sometimes hectic.  If we can’t get all three of us at one sitting, we can usually get 2/3.  (This is because food takes priority for me over almost everything except clean socks.)  Once in a while, however, we eat on the run.  Hand-Cakes let us eat something hearty and delicious, without the aid of a chair or a fork.

Just One Egg Yolk? Use It Here!

Just One Egg Yolk? Use It Here!

First of all, it is possible to preserve a yolk for a day or two until you are ready to use it. An extra yolk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days by putting it in a small cup, and pouring in enough fresh water to generously cover the yolk.  Cover the cup tightly with plastic wrap, and pop it in the fridge.  When you are ready to use the yolk, pour off the water, and…

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Quick-Quick-Awesome Golden Dinner Brolls

Quick-Quick-Awesome Golden Dinner Brolls

That’s right–Brolls.  This is a fantastic concept that makes it possible to enjoy a yeasted-type roll for dinner in just 30 minutes, start-to-finish. The name “brolls” is derived from the fact that we use a little baking powder to help the yeast along.  This creates a soft, dense roll that is perfect with butter and jam.  Do you have 10 minutes to spare?  Then you have no NEED to KNEAD!  Just use those 10 minutes to let the brolls rest…

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Meatball Tortellini Spring Soup for One

Meatball Tortellini Spring Soup for One

I saw this soup on the cover of a magazine at the grocery store last year, and it was just screaming “Spring!” to me.  Simple enough to re-create, I thought, and I was definitely not disappointed.  This soup is fast, fast, fast and easy.  Perfect for a busy weeknight when you wish the weather weren’t so chilly.  I rely on pre-made chicken broth, tortellini and organic turkey meatballs to speed things up, but if you love to make any of…

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Just Five Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies (with coconut!)

Just Five Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies (with coconut!)

Who can argue with a batch of just FIVE cookies?  It’s the ideal amount to hoard for the weekend, or to share with someone really nice (or someone you wish were nicer!)  That’s why we have to call them perfect.  That, and the fact that they are delicious on their own or with any sorts of add-ins you come up with.  I put flaked coconut in mine, but you can let yourself be inspired by any number of other mixer-ideas. …

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It’s Genius: the Cut-able Silicone Baking Mat

It’s Genius: the Cut-able Silicone Baking Mat

There are not many things more frustrating than a cake or loaf of bread sticking to the pan.  Yes, you can dig out fork-fuls and pretend that everything is OK, but inside you have the nagging feeling that your work was at least partly wasted.  Don’t let this happen to you!  When you have made the perfect small cake or small loaf of bread, reward your efforts by assuring that your fresh-baked treasure slides right out of the baking pan.

Cheddar & Garlic Biscuit for One

Cheddar & Garlic Biscuit for One

Wondering what to eat today?  This quick, delicious, adaptable biscuit is the answer you’ve been searching for.  Well, at least it was the answer I was searching for this morning.  The virtues of this biscuit are many, but let’s start with the fact that you don’t cut in any cold butter– an especial pet peeve of mine.  Next, it is a drop biscuit, so no flour on your counter top, or dirty rolling pin to clean up.  Last, you can…

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