I know I promised…

February 28th, 2010

… a weekend of cooking but… It is a lazy Sunday and I’m not in the mood for a big meal… Instead, I give you…Bagna Cauda mopped up with Italian Bread (and part of the Omnivore’s 100).  I made this for our New Years Dinner… I’ve never liked anchovies but with butter, olive oil and garlic, it was delicious and did not last long.  Juan took the deer photo during our skiing trip over Christmas break… we would walk outside of our room and there would be deer… so cute…

Cooking Day Two…

February 26th, 2010

Tartine‘s Zucchini Orange Marmalade Bread…I’ve been drooling over this ever since Mark posted it… good thing I now have the cookbook… After Juan and I found Ginger Orange Marmalade at Gene’s Sausage Shop last weekend (more on that soon)… I’ve been thinking it was time to make it… I like it a lot… I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil and it worked fine.  I would probably actually cut the amount of oil next time… Quite good and you can pretend that it’s healthy after all zucchini is a vegetable…

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2010

This week I’ve been talking about Valentine’s Day with a number of my friends both coupled and single… the overarching theme was that no one really likes Valentine’s Day…  I think everyday you should tell the people you love how you feel and I’m not the only one. In my family, we almost always say I love you before hanging up the phone, going to bed or leaving for the day.  We are a very expressive family.

However, Valentine’s Day can be a lot of fun. In high school, I went all out- wearing my favorite hot pink boa and red sequined dress to school, eating lots of chocolate and doing fun things for my friends.  It was fun!

Now that my love lives miles and miles away- I used Valentine’s as an excuse to do something special for myself… I made a nice lunch, poured a glass of champagne and relaxed for a bit…   Some good bread with ricotta and roasted red peppers.  The red pepper recipe comes from good family friends that were our neighbors in Switzerland.  I haven’t seen them in so long but it is always nice to have memories when you make a certain dish.

It is important to keep things in perspective!

Roasted Red Peppers
(recipe from good friends)
Place a whole red pepper on a cookie sheet or broiler pan. Broil until they char, turning to char all sides of the peppers. Remove from the pan and place in a brown paper bag. Fold the bad top down to close and live for several hours until the peppers are cool. Then slip the skins off, open the peppers and remove the seeds and core material. Slice thee peppers in strips. In a frying pan, put some good olive oil and minced garlic. Add the peppers and saute. Add a pinch of sugar.

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