I can’t believe today is the 22nd of December, and it’s almost 2015!
It seems like yesterday when we dropped off our freshman son off at college and my daughter left for her semester abroad to Australia (we got to visit her in November).
Remember when you were a kid. The school days passed by so slowly, and the summers ran by us full speed. Those days are just passing memories now.
First, I want to apologize for not being up to date on all your posts. It’s not for lack of interest! For some reason, my notification emails are not getting to me. I have looked, I still am following all of you, so not sure what is going on. It really makes it easy when you have an email to click on! I just don’t get to my reader like I used to. I’m just too busy being busy.
I want to thank all my fellow bloggers for all the support over the years. I have (virtually) met so many kind, smart, interesting and helpful people in this blogging world.
Happy Holidays and a Healthy New YEAR!
If you’re interested to see this years pictures, click on the Holiday card!
I know the title sounds like Ed McMahon, asking Johnny Carson’s Carnac, (A link for those too young) on the Tonight Show.
This morning, like every other morning. I opened my refrigerator door, and looked inside. What was I was going to eat for breakfast today. I’m sure everyone else does this. You look, and see nothing you really want. This morning I was drawn to a wrinkly old zucchini, and an ancient shallot. Both, ready for the trash bin. I decided to cook something with them.
I washed the zucchini gave it a quick chop, peeled the shallot and diced it as well. I thought they would be good sautéd, so I heated up some evoo. First went in the shallots, they cooked for a couple of minutes. Then the diced zucchini, with a pinch of kosher salt. I let them sizzle for a few minutes, but felt it needed some liquid for it to cook thoroughly. Back into the fridge I went. I found some delicious tomato soup, that my husband had made on Sunday. This would be perfect, not just for cooking but also for added flavor. I poured the soup into the pan, put on a lid, and cooked it for another minute. I opened the lid and thought, NOW WHAT?
Back into the fridge, aha, eggs. I whipped up 2 eggs (only one yolk), dumped them into the sauté pan….
Voila….a delicious omelette.
Oh, the flower… This was the first thing I noticed when I walked into the kitchen this morning.
Tonight is the first night of Passover. When we celebrate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
Every year our family gathers together for a Seder. As a child I loved Passover. I was so fidgety having to responsively read the Haggadah. I wanted the Seder to be over so I could find the Afikomen. 5 kids running around looking for the wrapped up Matzah. The winner the lucky recipient of a crispy new $1.00 bill. The night was always the same, people arrived about an hour before the Seder. We started with appetizers in the Living room(so fancy), chopped chicken liver, potato latkes and gefilte fish. Then we were herded into the Dining Room (I had to sit with my cousin on a bench, there never were enough chairs) for the traditional Seder. It seemed like it lasted forever. After the Seder we finally got to eat. I remember the food being delicious and abundant. Chicken soup with matzah balls, brisket with carrots and potatoes, chicken fricassee and sweet potatoes with baked mini marshmallow on top. And, of course the obligatory Jello mold. My mother always made an elaborate multi-layered mold of jello, canned fruit and sour cream. It took her hours to make, starting the previous day, so each layer would be able to set.
Fast forward to the present. We still have our traditional Seder, just with some different players. I no longer have to sit on a bench, I’m the adult (kind of). No jello mold and the finder of the Afikoman gets $20.00! Maybe I will make a jello mold next year….then again, probably NOT!
Here is my contribution, a red velvet coconut macaroon cake. I found the recipe in The Forward.
This morning I was rummaging through my desk drawer, in search of a stamp. I came across a glassine envelope and discovered a bunch of beautiful stamps. I especially liked this one of the Cherry Blossom’s in DC. Since it’s almost April I thought it appropriate to post NOW.