Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Enjoying some time in my new sort-of garden. Being limited to a potted garden, but I can still have fun. It is a little different , it will be interesting to see how it evolves, especially this Spring. Fingers crossed...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
I've been making lots of homemade pasta lately. So easy, but, a labor of love for sure... the outcome is always worth the effort. A favorite way to spend a few hours... Ravioli filled with Fresh Ricotta and and Roasted Butternut Squash... Mushroom, Fresh Arugula, Mascarpone and Fontina filled Manicotti. And of course, a big batch of Gnocchi.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
No mater how happy I may be to start fresh in the New Year... there is always that little bit of wondering... what to do now. Now, during this time of not much going on. We have had an amazing amount of rain, which is fantastic, but in between storms, it feels a little like springtime. A little gardening is always in order and just a little crafting too... and always , cooking and baking. I loved my little Christmas Wreaths on my mirrors so much that I decided to keep them, but take the Christmas look away... so, I ended up with little green wreaths, with a little bit of purple, as that is my color of choice this "winter" ( using that term lightly). Sparkly Succulents in favorite tea cups add a little garden to my kitchen window. Priscilla's favorite Double Chocolate Bark turned into a tart, a Lovely Strawberry, Mascarpone Tart with Chocolate Ganache Drizzle and a Buttery Cookie Crust, and some adorable Teeny-Weenie sugar cookies... Focaccia, a regular part of my cooking repertoire along with a Marinated Eggplant and Mozzarella Salad with a fresh Baguette...That should keep the winter doldrums away...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Remembering Christmas seasons past... when Mom and Dad would spend a very long day at the restaurant making Cartellate for sharing with friends and family. They got going early in the day ready to make tons of the very traditional treats ... it wouldn't have been Christmas without this tradition. Anna and I decided a few years ago that the tradition, which pretty much ended when Dad passed away, should continue. We've only made them for three years, and although we saw them being made for many years, we are not quite as good at the process as Mom was. Practice will make perfect, if that is what we're after, although simply making these lovely pastries, and remembering Mom and Dad makes for a happy day, and very special memories...