Appalachian Tapas, (Midnight Snack!)

"I sort of "graze" all day and, intermittently, through the night, especially if I'm reading. Since I'm retired, I don't have to worry about getting out of bed early in the morning, (life is good!). In any case, I like a little of this and a little of that and this combination requires a minimum of effort to prepare, representing my ideal "midnight snack". Hey, I'm a big guy (and getting bigger)! *.*"
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  • On a large platter, fold a single paper towel into ¼ of its original size and lay the pickles and the olives out on it. (If you don’t do this, they’ll drain juice and make your saltines soggy!).
  • Make a tic-tac-toe cut on the bologna slice so that the individual pieces will fit on a saltine. Then, cut the cheese slices into quarters so that they, too, will fit on a cracker. Lay them out on the platter on a small piece of wax paper.
  • Spread the peanut butter on the celery rib pieces and lay them on the platter.
  • Put the sauerkraut and the salsa into two small ramekins, respectively. Place them on the platter along with with a spoon.
  • Trim the mushroom stems at the bottom and then cut them in half. Place them on the platter along with remaining ingredients.
  • NOTE: I always take this to bed at about midnight or one in the morning and munch away while reading (my wife heads for the other bedroom *.*). I like to chase it down with either a big glass of milk or some iced apple juice. An awesome snack!

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<p>I am a retired State Park Resort Manager/Ranger. <br /><br />Anyway, as to my years in the State Park System (retired now), I was responsible for 4 restaurants/dining rooms on my park and my boss at Central Headquarters said I should spend less time in my kitchens and more time tending to my park budget. I spent 25 years in those kitchens and worked with some really great chefs over those years, (and some really awful ones too!) <br /><br />I spent THOUSANDS of hours on every inch of that park and adjacent state forest (60,000 acres) and sometimes I miss it. But mostly I miss being in that big beautiful resort lodge kitchen. I miss my little marina restaurant down on the Ohio River too. I served the best Reuben Sandwich (my own recipe -- posted on 'Zaar as The Shawnee Marina Reuben Sandwich) in both the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky down there and sold it for $2.95. Best deal on the river! <br /><br />They (friends and neighbors) call my kitchen The Ospidillo Cafe. Don't ask me why because it takes about a case of beer, time-wise, to explain the name. Anyway, it's a small galley kitchen with a Mexican motif (until my wife catches me gone for a week or so), and it's a very BUSY kitchen as well. We cook at all hours of the day and night. You are as likely to see one of my neighbors munching down over here as you are my wife or daughter. I do a lot of recipe experimentation and development. It has become a really fun post-retirement hobby -- and, yes, I wash my own dishes. <br /><br />Also, I'm the Cincinnati Chili Emperor around here, or so they say. (Check out my Ospidillo Cafe Cincinnati Chili recipe). SKYLINE CHILI is one of my four favorite chilis, and the others include: Gold Star Chili, Empress Chili and, my VERY favorite, Dixie. All in and around Cincinnati. Great stuff for cheap and I make it at home too. <br /><br />I also collect menus and keep them in my kitchen -- I have about a hundred or so. People go through them and when they see something that they want, I make it the next day. That presents some real challenges! <br /><br /></p>
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