I cannot believe a week has passed since we landed in Italy. Our time in Milan and seeing the Expo will absolutely the highlight of our year; it truly is a spectacular event and if you have an opportunity to visit, please don’t miss it.
It’s glorious here in the Midwest this time of year; yes, it’s hot and yes, the bugs are out in full force, but nearly every day is blue sky and white clouds. Our gardens grow abundantly (as do the weeds!), the new pond is balanced and both fish and plants are happy; the bees have settled in and are doing their ‘bee thing’ – in and out of the hives all day long collecting pollen and making honey; we’ll get our first harvest this fall.
I visited my stylist last week and during one of our conversations I asked, ‘So did you make any New Year’s Reservations this year?’ She laughed and said, ‘No, I’m a realist, why set myself up for something I know I’m not gonna do!’ I know exactly how she feels . . .
Musical pairing – Recipe for Love by Harry Connick, Jr.
Is it a muffin or is it a cupcake? I don’t really know the answer other than to say that I’ve heard, ‘if the batter is baked in a liner, it’s a cupcake, if it’s baked directly in the tin without a liner, call it a muffin’ . . . I have no idea if it’s true and not that it really matters because as The Professor says, ‘I never met a sweet I didn’t like!’ . . . which explains the missing extra muffin from the tin . . .
Musical pairing – Summer Wind by Madeleine Peyroux
I don’t remember why or when I started making this beer cocktail, but the Shandy has become my summer staple when the temperature rises in Indiana.
To say that my experience at Dole in Monterey last month was fun, energizing and informative would be an understatement; it was inspiring as well as life-changing . . . yes really . . .
Musical pairing – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps by Doris Day
Anyone familiar with Director Baz Luhrmann knows that the title reference is to one of my favorite movies, ‘Strictly Ballroom’ – have you seen it? If not, rent the movie or borrow from a friend. ‘Strictly Ballroom’ is probably one of Luhrmann’s lesser known films, but it’s a fast-paced, cheeky and satirical romp through the life of the ballroom dancing world.
I’m absolutely thrilled to have one of my fabulous nieces, Avery, and her friend Chelsey, as guest contributors to my blog! Both girls love to shake it up in the kitchen and have had more dinner parties than I have had which is really saying something – after all, they’re only 17 and I’m . . . well . . . I’m . . . older than dirt! Take it away girls!
NOTE: All the beautiful pictures are also theirs! Don’t they make your mouth pucker??!
For what seems like eons now, I’ve been hearing about Meyer lemons: from Food Network chefs talking them up to one cookbook author claiming they’re the only lemons she likes to use for their “delicate sweetness,” the Meyer lemon has long fascinated and eluded me. Every time I’d check my local grocery store’s produce section, I’d find only bright yellow, conventional lemons—perfectly fine in their own right, but not quite the mythical crossbreed of lemon and mandarin orange I was seeking.