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An outdoors table setting, morning day or night!  For serving coffee and hot cereal, a spread of vegetables from our now fading garden, dishes and cutlery from a nearby Goodwill, and a few leaves from our maple!


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easy plum tarts

1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed

10-20 blue plums, halved
sugar and cinnamon mixture
half a stick of butter, melted

preheat oven to 400, cut each pastry sheet into two
place plums soaked in sugar and cinnamon on top brush with butter
bake for 20 minutes

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Simple salad, composed of thinly sliced prosciutto, on a toasted slice of bread, doused with green olive oil, mozzarella balls, black brined olives with pits, cherry tomatoes, basil, fennel fronds and thinly sliced bulb, red onion, pepperoncini, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper

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canned tuna nicoise for lunch

boil some potatoes, slice up radishes, boil some green beans, some sliced market zucchini, a few black olives and a can of tuna, cover with dressing made from fresh chopped parsley, thyme and rosemary, grainy mustard, wine vinegar, olive oil and a chopped shallot! EASY!!!

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Spinach end egg burrito at Balans

Eggs, spinach, really delicious, tomato onion salsa, and sprinkled with slices of cheese and green onion!

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We were in Miami for a week, happily going out every day and night for our meals but I was craving a home cooked breakfast, so I put together a lovely spread with a tomato from Whole Foods, gruyere from Whole Foods, ham from Whole Foods and organic eggs from Whole Foods, the baguette is from a local baker zak the baker located in the Arts District…very apropos Miami I think!!!


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just a small space

with the famous cornmeal crust and extremely slow service….

the street

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This is a dish served at Konoba Mul, a small restaurant on the North shore of the island Silba, in the Adriatic, 1.5 hours by fast ferry from Zadar. It is whole squid, doused with virgin olive oil and parsley, served with famous potato and greens side dish, Blitva i Krumpir. It is what John would eat every time we went to visit the island.

konoba mul silba squid
squid from silba

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warm Ahi tuna salad

My version of an Ahi Tuna salad

Fresh ahi tuna steak, no bone
arugula leaves
roasted beets, cubed
frozen corn, buttered and heated
fresh cilantro
white wine
salt and pepper

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Opal apple

Our new favorite apple, found at New Seasons, must get now!

opal apple
here is a bit about the apple:
The Opal apple is a newer variety discovered in Europe in 1999 as a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Topaz. With firm flesh and a bright yellow color with a hint of orange, the Opal is resistant to oxidation and has limited bruising. That means they are less likely to turn brown when sliced and when you buy a big bag full, they can withstand a few bumps in the fruit drawer. It has the sweetest, perfumed flavor and scent and is firm to eat!

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beets and carrots

Every year we start our Thanksgiving planning with the best of intentions. “Last year was over-the-top. Could we please put the brakes on with the side dishes this time?” And every year we cook way more food than our extended family could possibly eat in one sitting.

I blame my mother. She can’t resist a side that sounds good. Of course we need creamed turnips along with creamed cauliflower, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, and turnip gratin. And that’s just the starches. Every year we pick out a turkey big enough for all of us, not counting the fact that we will be so full with sides that we don’t have a lot of room left for the turkey. This year I bought a small turkey at Zupan’s, we are solo, John and I and we will be eating two simple sides, like the beets and carrots above, maybe a fancy dessert (hint, hint)…in fact I think Papa Haydn makes a to die for strawberry cake that would be perfect!!!!!

beets and carrots

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I pickled some long green peppers, added a chopped chicken thigh sautéed in olive oil, a few garbanzo beans, winter tomato, and organic Bibb lettuce The dressing is a light vinaigrette with fresh garlic.
Perfect lunch that I shared with fellini! my Maltese! although he really only ate the chicken, lol

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Halibut’s on Alberta !!!!

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My jonagold apples

I did the organic route and every single apple got worms so far
These apples were used, I cut away the good parts and made an apple pie with them!

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Fellini wondering when all will be ready to eat

John basting his pork ribs that he smoked all day

His secret sauce

shucking the corn

yes there are bugs so we know it’s organic

grilling the corn

Soaked in water then grilled

Fellini wondering when it will be ready to eat

and the feast is ready!

beans, ribs, shoulder,corn,collard greens, cherry pie, tomato salad,watermelon

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