Okay, this sounds complicated right? I promise it’s not. I found myself wanting to make a recipe with a pea puree. What is pea puree you ask? (okay, you’re probably asking what brodetto is too, but that will have to be another post down the road) Good question and one I wanted an answer to recently. I’m addicted to watching “cooking shows” and it seems like somebody is always making a pea puree. (Remember the Top Chef scandal when Alex was accused of stealing Ed’s pea puree?) So I decided I was up for the challenge of making one. To my surprise there is nothing fancy or hard about making one. Although there are many versions of pea puree, it is basically what the name implies, fresh or frozen peas and mint, then pureed (not mashed). Of course most recipes add a little more than that. Here is my recipe.
-buy fresh halibut if possible
–grow mint at home so you always have some on hand (easy/cheap to grow too)
-keep frozen pea bags stocked in your freezer then you will always be able to whip up a batch of pea puree when you’re looking for a quick side dish to make (without having to run to the grocery store for the 10th time this week)
Buon Appetito! I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did…so fresh and clean!
I’ve fallen in love with the quirky cooking show, Extra Virgin, starring Debi Mazar and her Italian native husband. I recently tried one of their mouth watering recipes, bolognese lasagne with a besciamella sauce. It is divine! I’m going to be upfront with you, it’s a simple yet time consuming recipe. However, one bite and you’ll know it was worth all the effort. The main thing you’ll notice that sets this recipe apart from most, is the lack of cheese. Instead you use a besciamella sauce that is made from butter, flour and milk. It turns what would be an ordinary dish into an extraordinary one!
I followed the recipe as directed, except I omitted the nutmeg simply because I don’t like it. If you need a meal to impress, look no further… Serve it with a simple salad and rustic Italian bread. Of course, don’t forget the vino!
(courtesy of Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar)
Recently, my sister asked me to come up with a creative idea for guests to sign my nephew’s graduation party book. In addition, I was also in charge of the photo gallery. I thought the obvious thing to do was have everyone sign a guitar (the party theme was music / The Beatles), and also have a photo collage, but that just felt too predictable and lazy. It seems like when I have a deadline, ideas never come, but when I have nothing going on, the ideas flow endlessly. Anyway, I was having a serious case of creativity block, and even looking at Pinterest while drinking wine wasn’t helping. Fortunately for me, my genius son (yes, I’m one of those moms) came up with a brilliant idea! He said to combine the photo album with the sign-in book using thought bubbles. How perfect! Not only did it meet my sisters criteria, but it was whimsical and fun! It ended up turning out great, and it was also a good way for the diverse guests to mingle with one another as they had fun reminiscing over old photos and trying to come up with clever comments. I’m happy to report it was a huge success!
Here are the basic steps:
- Gather all the photos you want to use into an album on your computer (I personally use iPhoto)
- Create thought and speech bubbles in Photoshop or similar program
- Then place thought bubbles on your selected photos in Photoshop
- Finally, I used Blurb to create my photo album (Blurb is more economical than iPhoto books, but a little more complicated if you’re a rookie)
In order to do it my way, you need to know how to use Photoshop or have access to someone who can help you. It’s very simple if you do. Otherwise, you can create the same type of album but you will either have to hand write the thought & speech bubbles, use a stencil or stickers.
- bridal showers
- graduation parties
- high school reunions
- baby showers
- special occasions
I left several pages at the end of the photo album for more autographs. I titled each page differently as you can see in the photos.
I couldn’t decide what should be on the back cover, if anything. Then it hit me, a photograph of the back of my nephew! Think outside the box…it’s fun!
I used a photograph of my nephews party invitation as the cover for the guest album. I also mixed in many photographs without thought or speech bubbles throughout the album. (as seen in photos at top of article) I will be honest, this isn’t a project you whip out in a few hours. It does take some careful planning when gathering photos, Photoshop work, and putting it all together. However, if you’re looking for a one of a kind unique gift or keepsake, this is a sure winner that anyone will appreciate for many years to come. I hope this guest book idea whets your appetite to create an unforgettable guest book for your next special occasion.
As many of you may know, I am more of a savory gal than sweet. ( I’m not talking just personality here!) So when and if I recommend something on the sugary side, you’ll know it must be really good and relatively easy to make. I love to cook, but hate to bake. Who needs to bake when you have your sister living down the street that could give Elizabeth Falkner a run for her money?
Today, you’re in for a treat (no pun intended)! I’m sharing my sisters “fake it, chocolate peanut butter cupcakes”. She (Colleen, a.k.a. my sis) cuts some corners to save you time and energy, without sacrificing taste and quality. I promise you won’t be disappointed with these mouth watering, belly bulging cupcakes! I never said, low-fat, just really yummy and easy!
Ina Garten's Rosemary Nuts
Looking for an easy, gourmet protein to have on hand for your next cocktail shindig? Look no further…Ina Garten’s rosemary nuts are the bomb! They only take a few minutes to make and your guests will devour them.
- 3/4 pounds cashew nuts
- 3/4 pounds almonds
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 teaspoon cayenne (less if you don’t like spicy)
- 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon melted butter
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through. Meanwhile, combine the rosemary, pepper, sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl. Remove the nuts from the oven and coat with the mixture in the bowl. Serve warm or room temperature in a bowl. Garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary.
Ina Garten’s original recipe here. I made a few changes to her recipe as you will see. I add almonds, more cayenne and butter. At this point I really just “eye” my measurements. Once you make them a few times you’ll end up putting your own spin on the recipe.
would make cute gift tag
Make a batch of these for the perfect hostess gift. Package them as “nuts and bolts” in a can. For an easier option, grab a clear bag and tie it with a string that has a few construction nuts attached. Simple, fast and creatively cute.
nuts and bolts in a can