Posts made in July, 2014

The Farmer’s Wife

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Side Dishes | 4 comments

Pickled Beets have their roots in the Midwest. (Get it)?  MP was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  As a 5 year old, he fondly remembers his mother’s cellar pantry stocked with jars of pickled beets and homemade applesauce.








MP bought these monster beets at the Farmers’ market for $1.00.  They were the size of a russet potato so slicing them to fit into the jars was my only option.  I looked to food guru, Alton Brown for this recipe.








Wrap the beets in a double layer of heavy-duty foil and








roast the pouch in the oven with shallots and rosemary until tender.








These emerged woodsy and fragrant enough to eat on the spot.








While they cool, boil the pickling ingredients.

























Peel and slice the beets and layer them alternately with French-cut red onion slices.  Pour the hot liquid over the beets and tightly cap the lids, cool and refrigerate for at least 3 days before serving.  This means you have to hide them…









These beets are not too vinegary or overly sweet—a true balance of both-- enhancing the earthiness beet aficionados adore. When they begin to get low, you can add more cooked beets or hard cooked eggs.  The eggs will turn pinkish purple all the way down to the yolk and are a stunning way to dress up a platter salad.

How many days can you wait?



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Sweet Sixteen

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in New | 3 comments

"Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet:

You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. - Mrs. Whatsit”

--Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time


Happy 16th Birthday Angel Baby!

Madelynne Kaye

We love you up to the stars and back...

♥ ♥ ♥


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Three Bells Three Times

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in New | 5 comments

Sometimes you have to go back to come back… my heart hurts a lot.














A Lifeguard’s Prayer

When I am called to duty God, wherever water may rage.

Give me the strength to save some life whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child before it is too late.

or save an older person from the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout.
and quickly and efficiently help my victim out.

I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me.

to guard my every neighbor and to hear their every plea.

And if according to your will I should lose my life,

Please bless with your protecting hand my victims' life.

--Author Unknown

  For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, But of power and love and discipline.  --2 Timothy 1:7

 Thank you, MP.  I cannot take this journey of love without you.






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Pimentón Power

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Side Dishes | 4 comments

Classic Romesco Sauce is Spanish—a combination of ripe tomatoes, roasted red peppers, raw almonds, bread, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil and smoked paprika (Pimentón de la Vera).  Its flavors famously enhance everything from vegetable crudities to grilled meats and pasta.  I have been making a light Romesco–style dip with roasted almonds as a vegetable dip for picnics and alfresco dining for several summers now.  Recently I wanted to step out with the smoky smooth orange sauce; and create a condiment that rides along everything from turkey burgers; Mediterranean grilled vegetable sandwiches, fish, to fries.









Toss the ingredients into the processor.








Give them a zziz and adjust the seasonings.








Wild Alaskan Salmon Sandwich on Homemade Toasted Bun with Romesco Aioli

My versatile Romesco Aïoli lends brilliant layers of flavor—fabuloso!





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Another Busy Bubble Boy!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in New | 0 comments

We met our grand nephew when he was nearly two.









This last week his parents took him to Legoland to celebrate his 4th birthday and then they visited us for a reunion of ‘cousins’ (my parents’ grandchildren).

















He is brimming over with imagination, questions, and giggles.










He is sensitive, kind—,


















and virtually impossible to photograph because he is a busy, busy boy.











We love you Ryder…








come back soon!

I’ll make you more Mac n Cheese!




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