This week I revisited a post from Halloween past, courtesy of BuzzFeed. For your viewing pleasure, here are a few great pics proving that dogs really will do almost anything to be a man's best friend...
Many years ago after my husband and I rendevued throughout the streets of Italy, I became an espresso drinker, of course. And not only was I an espresso drinker, but when I came back home, I realized I was quite a picky espresso drinker. So I ended up testing out coffee shops and espresso makers, and ultimately fell in love with the Bialetti Espresso Press.
Fast forward a few years and my poor espresso press broke, by no fault of its own, purely by user error. I once again dabbled in using some of the espresso makers and richer coffee makers that we had on hand, but none of them took me back to the streets of Rome as much as my Bialetti. Add it to the list of so many great things that are made in Italy.
So buy another one, I surely did, and promise to take care of it, I will!
Now that it is finally getting colder in the Northeast I’ve been thinking about warming Fall meals and there is nothing that says early Fall like braised duck with dried fruit. Serve it with a side of polenta or cheesy grits for an unforgettable entrée.
Four whole duck legs
Cup of dried fruit (raisins, apricots, prunes)
Red Wine (French table wine will do)
-Add enough olive oil to coat a 12 inch skillet (cast iron is preferable).
-Sear duck skin side down and flip once, sufficiently browning both sides.
-Add stock and wine until duck legs are a quarter of the way submerged.
-Season with salt and pepper (teaspoon or more each).
-Add a cup of dried fruit and put heat down to medium low, cover, and cook for one hour – one hour, fifteen minutes.
-Remove each leg to serving plate, drain skillet for liquid and reduce on high to make an incredibly flavorful, medium thick sauce.
Yesterday was my mom's birthday. And anyone that knew my mom, knew my mom's Poppyseed Cakes. She would deliver them for any occasion - new neighbors, first day back to school, birthdays, holidays - she loved any reason to bake someone a Poppyseed Cake. And truly, we all loved receiving and eating them!
Well, my boys couldn't have said it better, "It's a birthday, we need cake." So in my mom's honor, we made her Poppyseed Cake. And I want to share it with everyone, just as she would.
Poppyseed Cake Recipe
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix (you will not follow the instructions or use the ingredients listed on the box)
1 package of Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 cup Hot Water
1/2 Cup of Oil
1/2 Small Bottle Almond Extract
1 Small Jar of Poppyseeds
Mix all ingredients together in an electric mixer. Pour into a greased bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (depending on oven). Cool on a rack.
Pendleton Woolen Mills is a textile company that is truly American in nature. Famous for its blankets and throws, the patterns reflect the original founding of the company with Native American inspired design polished by a Brit's weaver expertise. And true to the nature of the state of origin, Oregon, wool is meant to keep its owner warm. It's a company that has stayed true to its founding.
In addition to supporting its original heritage and artists by backing the Indian Arts & Crafts Act, Pendleton is also a proud supporter of the National Parks with a line of products dedicated to the foundation. One of which has become a recent addition to our household, the National Park dog bed, which comes in Acadia, Crater Lake, Glacier Park, Grand Canyon, and Rainier.
Glacier Park shown with Bear
Founded in 1863, Pendleton has been family run and operated ever since. And check out their blog - did you know the Beach Boys were initially the Pendletones?!