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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
So in honor of national turkey day, and the fact that I was now in my parents glorious kitchen, which as a side note is likely larger than our ENTIRE home, I decided to face my fears head on.
The recipe called for potatoes, active yeast, salt, lots of flour, and water. Easy enough, right? Um, ok. The dough was sticky. Not bubble gum sticky but more of a newly poured cement meets oatmeal. Needless to say, it was an adventure.
However, as luck would have it, this sticky lump of scariness was eventually turned into something rather edible. In fact, you might call it delicious. I know darling hubby sure did!
The outcome? One medium sized rosemary and red onion foccacia...
...and a single, perfect loaf of doughy potato-y cheddar cheese bread.
p.s. Potato cheddar cheese bread made for some spectacular turkey sandwiches the next day, highly recommended!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
It's about that time of year... The time we reconvene with our couch, our loved ones, and our stove. The summer heat is but a distant memory and we are left with the excitement of the holidays on the horizon.
So after many conversations with the lovely Katie from a Thyme for Cooking, we are going to try a new adventure in blogland with the help of YOU, called "Seasoned Eatings."
Cute name, but what the heck does it mean?
1) Your task is to find one spice, that is either local to your area or is representative of your cooking style.
3) Then, when you receive your package in the mail you get to post a picture of the package and your reaction to the mystery ingredient.
4) The second post (or the first if you are uber-motivated) will be the picture of the recipe you made with your ingredient.
Easy? Kind of. Fun? Heck yeah!
Now who's in for some seasoned eatings?
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
We enjoyed dinner with our friends at Mexicana Mama Centro just the other night and I think I slightly embarrassed hubby when I buried my head in their bowl of special salsa before my food even arrived. Thank goodness, because it just so happens the salsa was truly the star of the meal. Roasted smoky poblano peppers were blended into creamy goodness, honestly a salsa like no other...
Posted by Lindsay Blau Portnoy at 9:14 AM
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Hubby was away on business for a bit this week, which gave me time to catch up on some much needed girl time and to recreate a culinary favorite from years passed. Ever since Bouchon opened in NYC, I have been obsessed with the menu's local features while maintaining a very international feel.
The secret for second night success is reheating the gnocchi in a nonstick pan until it starts to get crunchy around the outside again and heating the chicken in the oven at a high enough heat that the crunch remains.
At any rate, it was a successful family favorite that will surely be revisited again soon.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Out of the oven, these guys maintain their vibrant color and get tossed with a bit more seasoning and some fresh parsley or cilantro and viola! Dinner is served.
Posted by Lindsay Blau Portnoy at 10:19 AM
Monday, November 5, 2007
Early this morning the world lost a very special woman. If you never had the chance to meet her, you are surely missing one of the worlds most brilliant smiles, one of the warmest hearts and one of the most genuine friends to have graced our earth. And this morning, she lost a long and hard battle with the most evil form of cancer.
She was the only one who could take a splinter out of my finger without me flinching and the only one with whom my mom ever smiled so much.
She was an angel, and the way her and my mom could light up a room when they were together is the single biggest tragedy of our losing Sherry.
Everyone deals with losing someone differently. And although you cannot see the tears in their hearts, it does not mean that they aren't in terrible pain.
The reason for this post is to memorialize Sherry in the only way I know how, with words. I only ask that in her honor we take a step back and value the individual way in which each person mourns to respect what we all must do when we lose such a beloved friend.
To my mom I wish strength and love to guide her through these awful days and take solace in knowing that my wonderful dad is there to support her. I only wish I could send a hug across the country...
I pray that we all remember to cherish what is near and dear while we have it, because at the end of the day our memories are how we keep loved ones alive.
She was entirely too young, with entirely too much life to live, and will be remembered by friends and family as the brilliant light that shines so brightly in our hearts.
Goodbye Sherry. I know that you are in a better place now with no more pain and I know that when I see you again we will dance and smile and talk as if no time had passed at all. I love you!