• Breads,  Herbs/Spices/Condiments,  Main Dishes,  Recipes,  Soups

    Autumn Harvest Soup of the Fall Garden

    Oh it’s been so long since I have been here. It has been an interesting year and I feel the need to nourish those I love. This warming and delicious soup is just the thing to do that. Autumn Harvest Soup 1/2 cup diced pancetta 1 red onion, diced 2 med shallots, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned and chopped large pinch fine sea salt a few grindings of fresh black tellicherry peppercorns pinch of Hunter’s Moon spice blend (recipe follows) or any Smoky Spice blend you like 1 oz character sherry 2-1/2 cups roasted butternut squash, Split and seed and brush with olive oil, bake…

  • Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Coffee Espresso Ribs and a Piece of my Heart

        A lot has changed for us since that last post. In December we learned that our dear friend Jeffry Machado was losing his battle with Lymphoma. We were able to go spend the last two weeks of his life with him and be with him until the end. I can’t tell you what a terrible, beautiful, sacred, heart-rending and gut-wrenching gift it was to share that experience with him and with our other dear friend, his wife, Michelle.   I learned some life altering things about love and loss, and his gift of love and generosity to the end was a lesson unto itself. He gathered a great group of…

  • Cocktails,  my art,  Recipes

    I’ll take Manhattan

    We were very lucky to be invited to dinner at Elise and Preston’s house this last week. The food was delicious and beautiful, the table was stunning and the company superb. I wish I had taken a picture, but then I really rarely do and I don’t want to de rude and interrupt the ambiance by whipping out my phone. So, sadly, no pictures of the lovely miso and Mirin glazed salmon and the colorful summer vegetable bake with rice, and the heady dark chocolate pots de crème with raspberries that Elise prepared and we all enjoyed immensely. Preston is a superb bartender and made a lovely Gin and Tonic for…

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