Posts made in September, 2012

Photos From the Road

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in New | 4 comments

Photos From the Road

One thing MP and I both adore is a road trip.  The leaving the house at 4am part is the absolute worst...but by sunrise I am all in.








Our friends were home and cat sitting in the Napa Valley.  When the offer was made to join them for a few days, I began counting out my vitamins and prepped the house for the launch.

Indian Summer in Wine Country.

Cottage Comforts

Silent Nights

Crispy White Linens

Kitchen Banquette








Salade de Betteraves - Marinated Beets, Fromage Blanc, Citrus, Toasted Almond Vinaigrette








Ventreche du Porc - Glazed Pork Belly, Black Beluga Lentils, Frisée, Apple, Mustard Vinaigrette








Croque Monsieur Parisien - Parisien Ham, Emmental Cheese, Glazed Brioche, Bechamél Sauce



























































































A blessed gift....

My friend shall forever be my friend, and reflect a ray of God to me.

                                           Henry David Thoreau

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Recipe Makeover

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Cookies | 0 comments

Recipe Makeover

The hook was:

Lighter, healthier, but just as tasty…

The classic chocolate chip cookie treat is made lighter and better with browned butter, dark chocolate, and whole grains.  By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

The promise was a cookie with half the fat and calories.






The idea of browned butter was intriguing to me.








Whole wheat flour in addition to all purpose--








Less sugar too.








The butter is browned by heating it for 5 minutes.  After it cools there is a bit of sediment at the bottom which should be discarded.




































The cookie contains dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate morsels.








While the cookies were baking the browned butter perfumed the kitchen with a nutty aroma.

The cookie was small which explains the nutrition data...a lunchbox or after school pleasure without skimping on the essence of a chocolate chip cookie.


--Cooking Light

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Enough Already

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in New | 3 comments

Enough Already

Challenge, Contest or Experiment?

Rein me in…








MP has been a good sport at the farmers’ market.  I carry the cash.  He carries the bags.

I pile it on.








Bok Choy, Yu Choy, Shitake, Ginger, and Garlic








Tomatoes, Shallots, and Yellow Squash








Potatoes, Green Beans, and Red Onion








White peaches, White Nectarines,








Pluots in every size shape and breed.








Red and Yellow Raspberries, Blackberries, Wild Strawberries and Figs

Yet untapped--

Red Beets

Golden Beets


Baby Jicama

Rainbow Carrots


                                                                    --photo kirbie's

As I thumped and caressed a yellow watermelon—imagining a sweet and spicy salad piled high with the chilly fashionable nuggets, he tapped me.

Enough already.

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Ready Set Stuffed Again

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Pasta | 0 comments

Packages are intriguing…gifts, presents, and boxes on the doorstep.

With that in mind I have been stuffing vegetables lately.

Something about a small package of fresh vibrant color, texture and jabs of flavor on my plate makes me happy to pick up a fork.

Saturday I stuffed Swiss Chard leaves with sautéed chopped chard, onions, olives and goat cheese.

Eggplant was next on the chopping block--







Into the oven.  Eggplant, zucchini, green pepper, red onion, a tired tomato, a chili, and a head of garlic.








My plan was to scoop out the eggplant leaving the shell intact.








After squeezing the sweet garlic flesh from the bulb I added it to the chopped eggplant and the rest of the vegetables.  I wanted to eat every bite right there.








Instead I added cooled brown rice--








A light blanket of cheese and a quick trip to the oven would do -- but the stuffed thing was on my heart.








Fresh basil and lemon zest partnered with the garlic.








Stuffed like a pocketbook full of jewels ready to be baked.








What else can I stuff?




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Serve Share Pray

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in New | 1 comment


Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

Be the living expression of God's kindness:

kindness in your face,

kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.

-- Mother Teresa


 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

                                                                                                              --Romans 12:10










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