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Gaithersburg Gazette Article

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Claudine talks about her memories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Claudine’s MLK Weekend Book Signing

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Welcome to My New Website

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Welcome to my new website.

I hope you will enjoy spending a few minutes scrolling through my journey with my cookbook, Simply Elegant Southern Cooking. My cookbook is based on all the wonderful traditions that I grew up on.  Family, church, good food and music.  My mother was the best cook that I have ever known.  She taught me to cook at a very early age. We owned a small restaurant called the “Shrimp Boat” and all 7 children worked in our restaurant.

For many years, I wanted to publish a cookbook that would teach people how to use spices and herbs and small amounts of salt. The recipes in my cookbook will teach you how to modify your salt intake while preparing wonderful southern dishes.  Make sure you keep up with me on Twitter and Facebook by clicking the icons in the top right.  Enjoy!!!

Love,

Claudine Shannon McDonald

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Forward Motion Interview

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  • Feb
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Let’s Have a Tea

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Let’s have a Tea

A tea party has become one of the most frequently used types of entertaining today. Tea parties are used for bridal showers, baby showers, open house, welcome parties, going away trips, or for any occasion to honor a person.

While drinking tea always pick up the saucer and cup together. Never pick up the cup by itself. Cups are placed in saucers, they are never stacked.

Informal Tea: The hostess will pour the tea for all of her guest. Many times, a tea tray is used with everything that is needed on the tray. The tray, filled with steaming tea, sugar, cream, lemons, silverware, cup and saucers and small plates for the food, is placed on the cart.   The food for the tea is laid out on a table covered with a beautiful table cloth.

Formal Tea: When hosting a formal tea, there are many guests invited and the tea is very formal. It takes place in a formal dining room. The hostess should use her most beautiful table linens. Fresh flowers and other decorations can be used to further enhance the table. The food is placed on the table. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate or punch is served. All items needed for the tea are placed on the cart, including the filled tea pot, sugar, lemon, cream and tongs. Coffee and items needed for the coffee service are placed on a separate table. Plates of tea sandwiches are placed on both sides of the table. Three tier trays are also used for serving.

The order of placing the food on the three tier tray is as follows: scones are placed on the top tier and cookies and small cakes are placed on the second tier. Sandwiches are placed on the bottom tier. There should be two tier trays on the table. The scones should be served hot with jams and jelly. Candy and nuts are also placed on the table.

High Tea: A high tea is served from 4-6 PM. The same food is served at a formal tea. High tea can also take the place of dinner. Again, the tea tray is used with all the items for the tea and it is placed on the tea cart. Gloves and hats are usually worn by the guest for a high tea.

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Entertaining Tips

Published by: Claudine McDonald

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  • Feb
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Learn some entertainment tips

Your table sets the tone for your party, informal or formal. Your table should reflect your personality. Setting a table with a beautiful centerpiece, beautiful table linens, china, glassware, and flatware is the foundation of your meal. When a table is set correctly, it is beautiful -a work of art.

At informal meals, the food may be passed from person to person or served by the host. The heated food should be placed in front of the host and the filled plates passed to the guest. At formal meals, the food should be served by the waiter or waitress, course by course.

When serving a dessert after the meal, everything but the centerpiece is removed from the table. The hostess may serve from the left. Coffee and tea should be served from a serving tray which is placed in front of the hostess. She should pour the tea or coffee and start the cream and sugar around. In a formal meal the dessert is eaten at the table and coffee can be served in the living room later.

The Buffet

A buffet table can be arranged anywhere: porch, backyard, dinning room, kitchen, patio or family room. If the table is against the wall, the centerpiece is placed in the middle of the table. Card tables or small tables with chairs should be set before the guest arrives. There should be a centerpiece placed on each table.

The buffet table should always be arranged with a good traffic pattern in mind. You should decide if your guest will move from left to right or visa versa. Also decide which hot food will be served first.

The napkins and plates are placed on the buffet table first. They should be the first thing that is picked up. The silverware may be rolled in the napkins. Knives are only placed on the table if needed, and salad forks are never used at a buffet meal.

Hot food, cold dishes, and condiments are placed together and are arranged so that the guest may reach each dish easily. Bread and butter are always placed at the end of the table and should be the last things that are picked up by the guest.

Desserts and beverages may be served at a separate table, or later if the hostess prefers.

Centerpieces for a buffet table should have some element of height. The small tables for guest should have small and low centerpieces.

When using candles, the light should be high enough that the light is not at eye level. The candles are always lighted when the table is in use, with one exception.  At a dinner or reception, candles may be placed on the table to be lighted after daylight.

 

Fresh Flowers

Flowers are living breathing plants and they will grow and thrive if they are cared for properly. They will bring beauty and life to any room and table. When you bring them into your life, on a daily basic, they will become a part of everything you do. When arranging fresh flowers in a vase, they should neveer be crowed. There should always be enough room for them to have proper circulation. When using any flower at a table for a centerpiece, they should be kept low enough that they don’t block the view of guest from each other. In arranging fresh flowers, they should be about 2 1/2 times the height of a container.

Flowers have meaning to people receiving them.

Orchids- You are my highest prize

Roses- Beauty and loveliness

Carnations- You are special

Lily- Dignity

Iris- Sincerity and honest

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Deliteful Cooking Network

Published by: Claudine McDonald

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  • Feb
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Claudine S. McDonald on the Deliteful Cooking Network

Access Montgomery Cable Channel 21

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Part 2