There are a few reasons why I decided on artificial flowers for my outdoor flower pots at The House on High Street. I don’t exactly have a green thumb and watering plants is not on my priority list. Surprisingly, silk flowers can be a lot less expensive. And, not just in the long run! (They can last a few years as opposed to one season.) Last but not least, it took me only five minutes to put these pots together!
Last night, I attempted to create a gluten free sweet potato gnocchi, but ended up with a sweet potato pancake. As I told Scott, good thing I had a back-up plan. These Asian Grilled Chicken Kabobs came out so delicious, they definitely made it to my future recipe book. I created a marinade for the chicken and left it in the fridge for a few hours. This is a super easy summer recipe that will make you the star of any barbecue!
I made this delicious chicken piccata, last night, for dinner. As soon as Scott walked in the house, he said “Whatever you’re making, it smells delicious!” That’s a good sign. Because, this is the first time I made this dish without butter, flour, and eggs. (Even though eggs are ok on the Whole 30 & Paleo Diet.) Thankfully, this recipe turned out as good (if not better) than Scott and I thought!
As you know, we recently celebrated Baby Berry’s first birthday at The House on High Street. It was such a blessing to host her Bio Family and witness all the love she has in her life! There were about 20 adults and my three nephews (the only children) in attendance. Even though it was a lot of work, I loved doing it! Not to mention, hosting a party at home is not as stressful as some may think. It’s less expensive and you have more control over the theme and ambiance.
A few weeks ago, I took Baby Blue to New York, to visit my friend Katie. I was Katie’s nanny throughout my college years. She and I have remained very close throughout the years. We try to visit one another, at least once a year. During my last visit, Katie introduced me to her Nespresso machine.
I have not been the same ever since.
I’ve been making my own Biscotti Cookies for 25 years. I spent the first ten of those years perfecting this recipe.
I like making biscotti around the holidays. My guests love dipping them in coffee or espresso. But, I truly feel that what makes these biscotti cookies stand out from most biscotti cookies is that they are moist and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Just sheer perfection.
So, here is my rationale to why Italians call their meat sauce, gravy. It has meat in it! If it does not have meat in it, then we call it a sauce or marinara. My grandmother (like her mom and her mom’s mom and her mom’s grandmother, and so on) made gravy using several cuts of meats (veal, pork, sausage, etc.) and two pots. One for the meat and one for the sauce. She’d marry the two together after a few steps and BAM, it became Italian style gravy.
I was recently asked for some advice on kitchen tools and gadgets. It wasn’t easy narrowing it down to my top ten. But, these are my top 10 kitchen items based on convenience, durability, and value.*
The first time I had a salmon dish like this was in Ithaca, New York. A few years ago, Scott had taken me to this secluded, yet rustic and beautiful bed and breakfast, outside of the main town. It was called Casper’s Farm & Villa. Michael, the host, prepared a gourmet meal for Scott and me that I would say was the third most memorable meal I’ve ever eaten. In my life! (First was Frances’ Lodge in Tuscany. Second was a Trattoria in Ravello.)
Scott and I just returned from a glorious, seven night cruise to the Caribbean. It was everything we wanted it to be. Romantic. Fun. Relaxing. The weather was perfect. The scenery was beautiful. And, the food was so delicious. I rarely eat 100% healthy on vacation. I just feel that it goes against what a vacation should be. Indulgence!