cooler autumn months

2016年02月16日


It's almost 5 o'clock (hooray), and I'm (SO) ready to toast the arrival of the weekend.

Today I'm pairing my "TGIF!" with a Boulevardier cocktail. This cocktail dates back to the 1920s. Harry McElhone, owner of the New York Bar in Paris, is credited with its creation. It was included in McElhone's book Barflies and Cocktails, published in 1927. The Boulevardier takes its name from a Parisian literary magazine.

Earlier this summer, I finally got around to trying a Negroni, but, try as I might, I'm just not a gin girl. Enter the Boulevardier. It's the darker, more robust cousin to the Negroni and swaps the gin with bourbon. And, while a Negroni might be the quintessential summertime drink, the more complex flavors of the bourbon-based Boulevardier make it the ideal cocktail to transition into the cooler autumn months, which are right around the corner.
  


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delicious breakfast porridge

2016年02月16日


I have a tendency to overestimate the amount of rice I need to make, so that, more often than not, plenty of leftover rice remains at the end of the meal. While reheated wild rice can be just as good on day two, did you know that wild rice also makes for a delicious breakfast porridge?

Given its nutritious qualities – wild rice is high in protein, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and dietary fiber – it also makes for a great healthy (and hearty!) start to your day.

To make wild rice porridge, add heavy cream and maple syrup to a medium nonstick skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat. The cream adds a richness to the porridge while the maple syrup gives it a smoky sweetness, both of which complement wild rice's nutty flavor and chewy texture. Once the cream mixture begins to bubble, stir in the cooked wild rice and cook until warmed through, about two minutes. Spoon the wild rice porridge into your bowl and top with chopped nuts and dried fruit – my favorite combination of late has been chopped pecans, golden raisins, and dried cranberries.  


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garlic until fragrant

2015年10月29日


These easy ground beef tacos are a weeknight-staple in our house! Packed with flavor, delicious, and ready in less than 30 minutes.

Simply sautee the onion, cook the garlic until fragrant, and brown the meat ecig wholesale. Then, combine everything else in the skillet and cook for about 10 minutes to let the flavors come together. Done!

Once your ground beef is ready, just put out some warm tortillas along with bowls of assorted toppings like shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese genuine ecig, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, etc.. and let your family make their own tacos with their favorite toppings.

You can substitute the ground beef with ground turkey or chicken. Also, if you like it less spicy, remove the jalapeno seeds and ribs or omit it completely.

Homemade taco seasoning is super simple to make, it’s just a matter of combining a few spices you probably have already in your pantry you beauty. Double or triple this recipe and keep the taco seasoning in a jar for later use, it’s healthier and cheaper than the store bought one!

If you are cutting carbs, skip the tortilla and serve with lettuce for a delicious lettuce wrap.

Give these easy ground beef tacos a try for your next taco night and I guarantee your family will love them!

  


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see those red streaks

2015年07月23日


 The day was hot and the flies came in the open windows in swarms, fat lazy flies that broke the spirits of the men as pain could not. The tide of smells and pain rose and rose about her. Perspiration soaked through her freshly starched dress as she followed Dr. Meade about, a basin in her hand.
 Oh, the nausea of standing by the doctor, trying not to vomit when his bright knife cut into mortifying flesh! And oh, the horror of hearing the screams from the operating ward where amputations were going on! And the sick neo skin lab derma21, helpless sense of pity at the sight of tense, white faces of mangled men waiting for the doctor to get to them, men whose ears were filled with screams, men waiting for the dreadful words: “I’m sorry, my boy, but that hand will have to come off. Yes, yes, I know; but look, see those red streaks? It’ll have to come off.”
 Chloroform was so scarce now it was used only for the worst amputations and opium was a precious thing, used only to ease the dying out of life, not the living out of pain. There was no quinine and no iodine at all. Yes, Scarlett was sick of it all, and that morning she wished that she, like Melanie, had the excuse of pregnancy to offer DR REBORN. That was about the only excuse that was socially acceptable for not nursing these days.
 When noon came, she put off her apron and sneaked away from the hospital while Mrs. Merriwether was busy writing a letter for a gangling, illiterate mountaineer. Scarlett felt that she could stand it no longer. It was an imposition on her and she knew that when the wounded came in on the noon train there would be enough work to keep her busy until night-fall—and probably without anything to eat She went hastily up the two short blocks to Peachtree Street breathing the unfouled air in as deep gulps as her tightly laced corset would permit Hong Kong Warrants

. She was standing on the corner, uncertain as to what she would do next, ashamed to go home to Aunt Pitty’s but determined not to go back to the hospital, when Rhett Butler drove by.
 “You look like the ragpicker’s child,” he observed, his eyes taking in the mended lavender calico, streaked with perspiration and splotched here and there with water which had slopped from the basin. Scarlett was furious with embarrassment and indignation You beauty. Why did he always notice women’s clothing and why was he so rude as to remark upon her present untidiness?
 “I don’t want to hear a word out of you. You get out and help me in and drive me somewhere where nobody will see me. I won’t go back to the hospital if they hang me! My goodness, I didn’t start this war and I don’t see any reason why I should be worked to death and—”
 “A traitor to Our Glorious Cause!”
 The pot’s calling the kettle black. You help me in. I don’t care where you were going. You’re going to take me riding now.”
 He swung himself out of the carriage to the ground and she suddenly thought how nice it was to see a man who was whole, who was not minus eyes or limbs, or white with pain or yellow with malaria, and who looked well fed and healthy. He was so well dressed too. His coat and trousers were actually of the same material and they fitted him, instead of hanging in folds or being almost too tight for movement. And they were new, not ragged, with dirty bare flesh and hairy legs showing through. He looked as if he had not a care in the world and that in itself was startling these days, when other men wore such worried, preoccupied, grim looks. His brown face was Bland and his mouth, red lipped, clear cut as a woman’s, frankly sensual, smiled carelessly as he lifted her into the carriage.
 The muscles of his big body rippled against his well-tailored clothes, as he got in beside her, and, as always, the sense of his great physical power struck her like a blow. She watched the swell of his powerful shoulders against the cloth with a fascination that was disturbing, a little frightening. His body seemed so tough and hard, as tough and hard as his keen mind. His was such an easy, graceful strength, lazy as a panther stretching in the sun, alert as a panther to spring and strike.
 “You little fraud,” he said, clucking to the horse. “You dance all night with the soldiers and give them roses and ribbons and tell them how you’d die for the Cause, and when it comes to bandaging a few wounds and picking off a few lice, you decamp hastily.”  


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surrendering utterly to the pleasure

2015年07月13日

“Oh, now I’ve made you cry, too,” sobbed Pittypat, in a pleased way, fumbling in her skirt pocket for her handkerchief.
 The hard little pain had at last reached Scarlett’s throat and she wailed out loud—not, as Pittypat thought, for poor Charlie but because the last sounds of the wheels and the laughter were dying away. Melanie rustled in from her room, a worried frown puckering her forehead, a brush in her hands, her usually tidy black hair, freed of its net, fluffing about her face in a mass of tiny curls and waves.
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 “Charlie!” sobbed Pittypat, surrendering utterly to the pleasure of her grief and burying her head on Melly’s shoulder.
 “Oh,” said Melly, her lip quivering at the mention of her brother’s name. “Be brave, dear. Don’t cry. Oh, Scarlett Zero Moment of Truth!”
 Scarlett had thrown herself on the bed and was sobbing at the top of her voice, sobbing for her lost youth and the pleasures of youth that were denied her, sobbing with the indignation and despair of a child who once could get anything she wanted by sobbing and now knows that sobbing can no longer help her. She burrowed her head in the pillow and cried and kicked her feet at the tufted counterpane.
 “I might as well be dead!” she sobbed passionately. Before such an exhibition of grief, Pittypat’s easy tears ceased and Melly flew to the bedside to comfort her sister-in-law Office furniture supplier.
 “Dear, don’t cry! Try to think how much Charlie loved you and let that comfort you! Try to think of your darling baby.”
 Indignation at being misunderstood mingled with Scarlett’s forlorn feeling of being out of everything and strangled all utterance. That was fortunate, for if she could have spoken she would have cried out truths coached in Gerald’s forthright words. Melanie patted her shoulder and Pittypat tiptoed heavily about the room pulling down the shades.
 “Don’t do that!” shouted Scarlett, raising a red and swollen face from the pillow. I’m not dead enough for you to pull down the shades—though I might as well be. Oh, do go away and leave me alone!”
 She sank her face into the pillow again and, after a whispered conference, the two standing over her tiptoed out. She heard Melanie say to Pittypat in a low voice as they went down the stairs:
 “Aunt Pitty, I wish you wouldn’t speak of Charles to her. You know how it always affects her. Poor thing, she gets that queer look and I know she’s trying not to cry. We mustn’t make it harder for her.”
 Scarlett kicked the coverlet in impotent rage, trying to think of something bad enough to say.
 “God’s nightgown!” she cried at last, and felt somewhat relieved. How could Melanie be content to stay at home and never have any fun and wear crêpe for her brother when she was only eighteen years old? Melanie did not seem to know, or care, that life was riding by with jingling spurs.  


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empathetic and emotional

2015年07月02日


Generous and sensitive Cancerians are all about their feelings. The moon is their ruling planet... which says it all. Just as the moon controls the tides coming in and out, you can expect Cancer's mood to change just the same, they can be highly vulnerable, empathetic and emotional. They're usually pretty understanding of their own emotional needs and tend to protect themselves (like the outer shell of a crab!) so they don't get hurt. They also don't want to always show mathconcept their sensitivity, for fear it could appear as a weakness. So it can seem at times that they're withdrawn or preferring to be alone, and this is so they can gather their feelings appropriately.

As a water sign, Cancerians are very nurturing and loving, they're the type of friends to always have your back when you're down and out. They'll make you soup when you're sick and spoon feed it to you if they have to! You can definitely count on them for care. This is again because of how empathetic they are and they refuse to give their loved ones anything less than they'd give themselves. Being such a sentimental sign, they find great meaning with symbols, or Enterprise Private Network souvenirs of sorts... they'll tend to save things that remind them of something important. They wouldn't throw anything important away easily. They take care in everything they do which has importance to them and seek support to be reciprocated since they are willing to support and be loyal to those they care for.

Shopping for a Cancer? Firstly, the saying "it's the thought that counts" certainly goes a long way here - Cancerians will be grateful that you cared enough to give them a gift! Think sentimental: a framed photo of loved ones or places, things, etc. that they find special would be an easy win. Not only for the sentimental value but because it's something for the home - as nurturers, they love to keep a tidy and cozy home. In the way of photos or momentos, you probably can't go wrong... any trinkets that would symbolize an inside joke or shared occasion will strike them right in the heart, giving them 'all the feels' and ultimately, that's the way to keep your Cancerian feeling appreciated and special. Still stumped? Think also about how they can organize their belongings, as they tend to Office furniture supplier hold on to a lot and not feel comfortable throwing items away that may be meaningful. Decorative boxes or organization systems of any kind would be super useful and a great way for them to keep their home in order! Alternatively, think about something for their chest or stomach (it's their body zone) - maybe a beautiful shirt from their favorite store?! Or for the Cancer you don't know well enough to get all gushy about... go with some lovely flowers in a violet shade or decorative candle.

Happy Birthday, Cancer! This season is all about the feelings, emotions and warm gooey stuff, SO enter a warm gooey crisp with seasonal fruit and dark chocolate topped with almonds, a dollop of whipped coconut cream... AND chocolate shavings. This is emotional eating at it's prettiest for summer. The deep and decadent chocolate-cherry filling with nutty, creamy toppings are beautiful for a summer dessert spread and will fit right in for a Cancerian birthday celebration!

How can Cancer season inspire? Remember through all the obligations or hard work and focus you're putting in, to put it down and look around you. Take in this summer, enjoy the big things as well as the small, find meaning in them and enjoy your loved ones' company. Take nothing for granted, mean what you say and say what you mean. Happy Summer!  


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desired consistency

2015年01月13日


Tomorrow’s Friday! It has been a busy but good week. I’m especially proud that I’ve been to the gym for each of the past five days! That is definitely a departure from the terrible routine I had in December. And it’s a good thing I’m getting back in the groove, too, because I have a half marathon coming up.

This recipe is another chapter from the study of Simple can be So Good. I inhaled this Pumpkin Cream Pasta.

There are five whole ingredients – including butter, but not including the salt and pepper on top. If you wanted, you could serve it with chicken, but honestly it’s totally unnecessary.

Here’s what you need:
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup chopped red onions
4 oz. long pasta such as linguine
Parmesan for topping
a few sprigs of thyme
salt and pepper

Cook the pasta according to package directions, then drain the noodles.

Heat the butter in a large skillet and cook the chopped onions until softened. Add the pumpkin puree and heavy cream to the skillet and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the noodles to the pan and toss to coat with sauce. Bring to a simmer and continue simmering until the sauce thickens a little and reaches your desired consistency. You can always add more cream if you think you need it.  


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perfectly smooth

2014年10月27日

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There are moments when I catch myself daydreaming that I have a little old Italian grandmother (I would call her Nonna, obviously) that sits in her tiny house baking delicious treats for me to pick up. What? Y’all don’t think of things like that? Anyway Retail Displays

The first thing on my imaginary Italian grandmother’s table would be a crispy biscotti for me to enjoy with my morning coffee. Everything is better with coffee, after all. I’ll show you my take with a . A few sweetened cherries & balance the unique savory flavor from the monterey jack cheese base Trusted ICT Solution.

Nonna will be making this biscotti a bit more unique than your typical run-of-the-mill crispy coffee companion. Monterey Jack cheese provides a perfectly smooth, buttery flavor to balance the sweetened, and tart cherries. Cheese may be quite the unexpected partner in a sweet and savory biscotti, but will really shine through in the end green coffee mug.

Speaking of cheese… I am using Nonna prefers a good quality cheese, since this will be the feature ingredient. Rumiano is the oldest family-owned and operated cheese producer in California. Their products are completely Non-GMO and organic, with the dairy cows grazing in their backyard. On grass. Like, in a real field and everything. The way it should be. This production ideology is sustainable and natural. It results in some of the best quality and tasting cheeses that you’ll ever have. Be sure to enter our giveaway to win 5 free blocks of cheese from Rumiano to celebrate Non-GMO month in October!

Hazelnuts are a perfect fall baking nut. The deep, warm taste adds a great complexity of depth of flavor to baked goods. After eating the entire first batch of these, and then having to make another, I will be using them in lots more recipes to come.

  


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free fruit popsicles

2014年07月29日


One very warm (shall we say hot)weekend we made it down to Sunset's Celebration Weekend in Palo Alto. This yearly event has the magazine throwing open its doors for the public to visit its gorgeous, California ranch-style campus, see food demos, get home and garden inspiration from exhibits and talks, and enjoy some wine and music. Basically, a great kickoff to the summer festival months.

Sunset's amazing outdoor kitchen where they were serving up pizza from their wood fired ovens. Total envy for this gorgeous space.

Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani does a cooking demo for an adoring crowd.

Kids found plenty to amuse them; here they turned a fountain display into a toddler water play area. It was toasty hot - could you blame them?

Isabelle looked so hot that I finally relented and let her have one of the free fruit popsicles they were handing out. Wow, was that a revelation for her - she ate that thing lickety split and held out her hand for more!

Besides the free popsicles, there was a make-your-own Italian soda bar courtesy of Torani. Isabelle got to try her first fizzy water - I think she found it a little too tingly!

After seeing how much Isabelle loved the fruit popsicles, I was inspired to make some at home to help her stay cool during these warm days. Bonus: they're great for when they're teething, too!  


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Misura Canada contacted

2014年07月29日


It could be my failing memory or the fact that I’ve been blogging for so long but I do believe that this is my first proper giveaway on Cream Puffs in Venice!

The kind people at Misura Canada contacted me not too long ago to see if I would be interested in offering a product giveaway. We use Misura products in our home (Mammina, especially, enjoys them) and my immediate answer was a resounding yes!

I came home one day after work to find a beautiful package waiting for me by the door filled with Misura treats (pictured above).

For those of you that don’t know, Misura is a company that produces a wide array of products from cookies to pastas with a focus on products that are low in sugar.

Now I am not one to shy away from sugar or fat, in any way, but as I mentioned above, we do enjoy a number of Misura products here at home. In particular we like their cookies as they’re not too sweet and perfect for dipping in your milk and coffee in the morning!

I am also not going to lie. I ate all the cornetti alla crema they sent (crossants with cream filling). Maybe I ate them in one sitting. Maybe I didn’t. You’ll never know.

Anyway – the important point – the giveaway!

Misura Canada is giving away a package of assorted goodies valued at $100. To enter, leave a comment here on my blog and make sure that you like the Misura Canada facebook page.

You can’t win if you don’t enter! I’ll be running the giveaway until midnight on Saturday April 26th. To enter, leave a comment on my blog and remember, you have to like Misura Canada’s Facebook page to be eligible to win.  


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