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In the Kitchen with Kal: Pastry Cream - the versatile dessert

In the Kitchen with Kal: Pastry Cream - the versatile dessert

If you are looking for something unique for a dessert during the holidays, here is a versatile dish. I had a basic recipe for this pastry cream, but tweaked it to my liking. I think it is a fairly easy recipe. I certainly recommend using a double boiler when making a filling like this.

This cream would really look nice in a pretty stemware glass with fresh berries on it along with the other suggestions I have at the bottom of this recipe.

PASTRY CREAM                        Makes enough for a deep dish pie crust

My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

Craft Fair 2014 this Saturday

Craft Fair 2014 this Saturday

The Byron Center Fine Arts Boosters invite the public, just in time for the holidays, to experience this Annual Craft Show on Saturday. This is a fundraiser provided by the BCRAB, who help support Kindergarten through 12th grade, providing resources that the school is not able to.

On Saturday, November 8 over 200 quality crafters will have their handmade, one-of-a-kind merchandise available for purchase from 9:00am – 3:00pm at Byron Center High School located at 84th & Burlingame SW.

Admission: $2.00 per person

Visit http://bcfineartsboosters.org for more information.

Lewis Black Tickets on Sale, November 7

Lewis Black Tickets on Sale, November 7

Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, Lewis Black is coming with his all new “The Rant is Due: Part Deux” to the Grand Rapids DeVos Performance Hall on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm.

Ticket prices are $59.50, $45.50 & $35.50 and will be available at the DeVos Place and VanAndel Arena box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at www.Ticketmaster.com and by phone: 1-800-745-3000

Miranda Lambert Tickets on Sale Friday, November 7

Miranda Lambert Tickets on Sale Friday, November 7

CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee, Miranda Lambert comes to the Van Andel Arena on Sunday, March 15, as part of her Certified Platinum Tour.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

As promised, I am posting a recipe for some of the most delicious bars I have ever had. I play dominos once a month with a group of gals; we meet for lunch at each others' homes and then play for the afternoon and end with dessert and coffee and this is the dessert my friend Sandy Gensen served this past Wednesday.

She said it took some work but it sure was well worth it according to all who ate them. I hope all of you will try it as well. We have such an abundance of apples here in Michigan, so take advantage as they are coming off the trees.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided

2 large eggs

“Ride Out Tour” Tickets Go On Sale Saturday

 “Ride Out Tour” Tickets Go On Sale Saturday

In support of his first new studio album in eight years - Ride Out, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band are going out on tour. He will once again rock the Grand Rapids audience on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Van Andel Arena. Opening the show will be very special guest, the J.