Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pensando Di Primavera… Thinking Of Springtime…

I find myself,  as I do every year at this time,  thinking of Spring.  We've had some great cold weather and rain,  and hopefully,  as predicted,  lots more rain… Yesterday it was around 80 degrees.  Being in the garden felt like spring,  all the way to sundown… it was gorgeous.  A perfect day to make something pretty,  and fragrant with lovely flower petals and essential oils… just for fun,  and to give away when I need a sweet little something for someone I love…


Monday, February 1, 2016

A Casa Per Il Weekend… Home For The Weekend …

Dinner at home, when Priscilla comes home for the weekend is always fun.  We have shared so many special meals at the table as a family. Priscilla has grown up with it and so have we.  I love when Jim remembers his Mom cooking three meals a day on the farm… and I cherish the memories of so many family meals at home,  and at the restaurant.  In keeping with these important  traditions we continue on with wonderful gatherings of family,  small and large…   Beef Wellington,  made in the traditional way… Mushroom Duxelles,  Prosciutto,  and Prime Fillet Of Beef,  and Lobster Tails with Herb Compound Butter were the stars of this show… My Raspberry Almond Tart was a great finish…


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Gnudi...

Similar to Gnocchi,  but made with Ricotta rather than Potato,  possibly even more delicious.  Homemade Ricotta,  allowed to drain well  before combining with the other ingredients.  I served these with a fresh from the garden sauce,  using fresh zucchini,  my sun dried tomato pesto,   a little tomato, and a little cream… Another batch in a light mushroom sauce,  served  with Port Braised Short Ribs was prefect for a cold winter night…



Friday, January 8, 2016

Giardino Invernale… Winter Garden…

It's nice to get out and do a little winter gardening after the Holidays.  I've pruned most of the Roses and will continue pruning the rest in the next week or so.  My cabbages,  broccoli ,  and cauliflower plants are growing well… enjoying this cold weather that we've been having.  I am planting some sweet pea seeds and some Queen Anne's lace.   As always,  this time of year,  I am planting some ornamental cabbages.  We are having a very wet week,  so much rain,  and i'm loving every minute of it.  Thinking of how the garden will benefit from the rain makes me very happy, and happy to be inside,  cooking,  and doing a little crafting with natural elements…


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