Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I used this old postcard of my grandparents' last year to welcome Thanksgiving Day. I have decided to use it again!

We are gathering once more at the home that we rented last year. We will all be there save my niece Rachel and her partner Peter. Rachel is currently on tour with White Christmas, and we will miss her presence terribly (and her voice come karaoke time)! We love you Rachel and Peter!

I can't wait for us to be together again - I wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings and hope that whether your family is far or near, they are with you in your hearts.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

"The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again." ~ George Miller

BITE member Ellen, recently returned from a cooking trip to Italy! During her stay she took part in the Toscana Saporita Cooking School. Cooking in the morning, touring in the afternoon - green with envy! Of course, Italy was the logical selection for our November dinner and Ellen treated us to dishes that she learned while there, and in some cases (Farro Salad) with ingredients brought back with her!

I am getting ahead of myself a bit however. Chris prepared our appetizer, and we were all surprised by the mixture of flavors and the sweetness! Eggplant Caponata  a "classic sweet and sour eggplant dish is rich and sweetened with caramelized onions and raisins.." Delicious with toasted baguette!

This time I really did have the side dish! Finocchio al Forno, Fennel Baked in Cream, was a lusciously decadent choice. Sure - fennel, but then cups of cream and parmesan and then topped with cubed butter before it bakes. It looked wonderful straight from the oven, but I admit that by the time it had been transported, and then waited for our pre-dinner conversation to come to an end, it looked a little curdled. It tasted wonderful, but its looks were wanting (see it on the plate several photos below).

Ellen prepared Farro Salad and Handmade Ravioli (spinach and ricotta in a sauce of butter and sage)! The recipes can be found at the end of the post - straight from Ellen's recipe cards!

Oh My!!!!

And finally, for dessert, Tierney's Tiramisu! Fabulous, and I know that the two pieces that I snagged for my folks are making their hearts sing today!

Swoon from beginning to end! 

While we were on the Cape, and I made my annual trip to Atlantic Spice, I picked up small containers (small) of saffron for each of the BITE ladies with the intention of choosing saffron as the theme when my turn rolled around. Well, December is now saffron! I have cooked with it only one time myself and I am intrigued by what will show up when we meet again!

Here are Ellen's recipes!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"I’m a big fan of small business ownership. I think it’s the backbone of American innovation. But to be successful, you first have to have the courage to go for it." ~ Bill Rancic

I recently posted to Face-Book about my sister Robin's new Etsy shop. I have made noise since I retired about opening my own shop, but three and a half years later, it's been nothing but talk. Robin has made hers a reality! I'm so proud of her and of her finely crafted, one of a kind felted goods. 

Robin's shop has been in the works for a bit, and she utilizes upcycled wool items and felting techniques for her products.

I'm going to share a few below, and then invite you to peruse her shop!

Aren't they beautiful?! Let's go shopping!