Happy 2013!

After being sick with the flu over Christmas, I wanted to make sure to get 2013 off to a good start.  It has been a lovely day of cooking, reading, mimosas and spending time with my boys.  I made a potato leek tart and drank plenty of mimosas…. ’twas a good day!

IMG_20130101_160412 IMG_20130101_194655I’ve also had on my mind my resolutions for the coming year.  Not that I really write down a “resolution”, but here’s a few things that I “want” (big or small, reasonable or unreasonable) for 2013.

*  I want to make a pie.  Or two.  Or more.  (Help from here.)

*  I want to eat here.  And  here.

*  I want to go here.  Or here.  Or back here.  Or maybe even a quick weekend getaway here.

*  I want to take a photography course, maybe here.

*  I want to read more books.

*  I want to drink one a day.

*  I want more “date” nights with the hubs.

*  I want to take the little man here every day the schedule allows.

*  I want to cook with new ingredients.

*  I want to do more good here.

*  I want (and look forward) to laughing and hugging my fabulous friends and family.

*  I want to be a better (and more organized) gardener.  With inspiration from here and here.

Just to name a few….  🙂

Here’s a quote to start you off for the year… “This bright new year is given to me, to live each day with zest, to daily grow and try to be my highest and my best!”  _ William Arthur Ward

I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2013!

A Weekend at Sunday Suppers (part 2)

Last week I posted about my weekend at Sunday Suppers with Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille.  Here are follow up photos of the Sunday cooking class where guests got to prepare dinner with Aran and then have a sit-down dinner at the beautiful Sunday Suppers table.  The menu was amazing (see below).  Most recipes can be found in Aran’s new book, Small Plates & Sweet Treats.

Menu:

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup w/ Dandelion Green and Hazelnut Pesto

Swiss Chard, Pear, and Gruyere Tart

Mahi Mahi w/ Parsnip and Sweet Potato Puree and Fennel Vanilla Bean Sauce

Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Fleur de Sel Pot de Creme

Pistachio and Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

A wonderful meal, a wonderful weekend, a wonderful experience!  Many thanks again to Karen and Aran for having me!

A Weekend at Sunday Suppers (part 1)

Lucky me!  I was asked by Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers to help out around the kitchen this past weekend with popular food blogger, Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille!  This was an opportunity not to be missed!  It was really an unbelievable experience being in the kitchen with these talented, inspiring ladies!

Saturday was a photography workshop in the Sunday Suppers studio where Aran demonstrated a dish and showed how she would style and shoot it.  Aran talked about what she uses to capture those magnificent shots of her food that we see on her blog and pin!  😉  Sunday was a cooking class where guests got to cook along with Aran, preparing her recipes (all gluten-free!), and then have a sit down meal in the fantastic Sunday Suppers loft.

The first part of this post is pictures that I took at Saturday’s photography workshop.  I’ll post pictures from the dinner in part 2!

Thank you Aran and Karen for the beautiful opportunity, the beautiful inspiration, and the beautiful, amazing food!

Pick Fest 2012

This weekend we went to Frecon Farms Pick Fest in Boyertown, PA.  It’s about an hour drive from where we are in Ambler, but a Saturday well spent.  It’s a few of my favorite things…. pumpkins, apples, bluegrass, and the turning of the leaves.  We were lucky the weather held out and made for a fantastic day!  Picture the scene…. bluegrass bands play from an old school red flatbed truck right in the middle of an apple orchard.  Pumpkin patches surround and apple trees as far as the eye can see!  Hay bales and straw are scattered about so those who want to rest with some local hard cider can sit and enjoy the banjo and fiddle tunes.  Apples are on a grill nearby for a sweet snack.  For those who want to wander and return home with a harvest, there are plenty of apples and pumpkins of every kind to “pick-your-own”.  It’s a beautiful day all around!  Here are some of my photos from the day.  Oh, and next year, you should go!

So what will I be doing with some of the apples we picked?!?  I’ll be juicing some, baking some, but I also found this tasty recipe for Smoked Apple Puree from Williams-Sonoma that I can’t wait to try.  I have a small smoker box, but I also really love the idea of using the *eek, can I say it* bacon fat!  I mean, how tasty!  Heel kicks for fall!!!