Tuesday, November 15, 2011

That's Italian Cooking Class in Tuscany




Wow, It's what I live for. Last fall I was so lucky to be part of an adventure to Florence.  A wonderful woman, Marie Ashcraft, invited us to stay with and stay in an apartment, located just steps from the Mercado Market. My companions and I went to all the expected tourist spots, but what was probably the highlight of my trip was the afternoon I spent in a 1000 year old tuscan home drinking Chianti and making fresh pasta. I booked a outing with the Accidental Tourist , a small private company who limits it's groups to about 10 guests. You get to visit private estates and homes, not the typical stops on many daily tours.




















Thursday, September 1, 2011

Camping and Camp Fire Cooking

 
 I don't know what you do when you go camping, but when I am not hiking or swimming or stoking the campfire, I am cooking over it. I love to bring a cooler full off garden herbs and veggies, marinated meats, cheeses and seasonings to create comforting meals for my family and the lucky other campers I offer our left overs too.
On our last trip to Baker Lake I made some Whole Grain Pancakes with Big Plump Skagit Valley Blue Berries. For dinner I sauteed up summer squash and sweet onions from the garden and grilled up Chicken Marinated in Middle Eastern Spices and served it over couscous.
We also had Grilled Shrimp for dinner one night, but we ate that before I could get a photo!

Wedding in the Meadow

A wonderful casual outdoor wedding at Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes. The meadow is the perfect spot for medium to large sized groups.

Picnic Tables and Island Grown Flowers

Hay bales add just the right atmosphere and Tiki Torches keep the bugs at bay...


Trio of Crostini


Fresh Market Greens, Local Artisan Bread and Whipped Butters
Buffet of Grilled Pork tenderloin served with Island Plum Chutney, Wild Sockeye Salmon, Vegetables with Roasted Garlic Aioli and Summer Salads

Thank you and don't forget to take the Chocolate!





Sunday, April 17, 2011

That's Italian

Wow, It's what I live for. Last fall I was so lucky to be part of an adventure to Florence.  A wonderful woman, Marie Ashcraft, invited us to stay with her in an apartment, located just steps from the Mercado market. My companions and I went to all the expected tourist spots, but what was probably the highlight of my trip, was the afternoon I spent in a 1000 year old Tuscan Farm home, drinking Chianti and making fresh pasta.  Afterwards we went upstairs where our hostess prepared for us a glorious traditional meal. We dined on fried eggplant frittata, spinach ravioli, linguini with fresh tomato and bay leaf sauce and for dessert tiramisu.  I booked the outing with Accidental Tourist , a small private company who limits it's groups to about 10 guests. You get to visit private estates and homes, not the typical stops on many daily tours. 


Halloween for the Teens!






My son is on the refreshment committee for the Middle School dances, which means, I am too.
He wanted to make Eye Ball Cookies and Spider Peanut Butter cookies. Why not homemade
Focaccia Fingers with Blood Red Marinara dipping Sauce.

FUNdrasier Go Dragons!

The Dragons Lacrosse Team has does a dessert auction every year to help pay for their program. I asked if they wanted a traditional cake or a Dragon cake....they said Dragon!