Saturday, June 25, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011


Joy often comes in the form of noticing, really noticing, what lies right before your eyes.... EnJOY the present!

~~Black Beauty~~

The amazing Gracie, truly a black beauty!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

~~Hospitals, Cousins and RVS~~

Bare with this post, as it is the first blog post I've created with my iPad. Currently, I am in a hospital waiting for a friend that is having major elective surgery. I've been here since 5:30am and will probably be here until 5:30pm or later. Long day when you are a good friend!

I will stay and take care of her until Saturday afternoon. to a new Tampa to see my cousin for the first time in over 40 years! Yes...cousin Joey. You remember from many blog entries back. He is the proud "exotic" dancer with the big fish.

After a couple of reovery days for me in Florida, I will...okay...get this... I will be copiloting a 35' RV back to Phoenix. Who knows what's in store? So...time to keep an open mind on the open road! (and oh...and healthy sense of humor, too!)

...more to come...

ps. I tried to upload a picture, but it didn't work, so I may need to find a different method. There is ALWAYS a way...ALWAYS.

Hospital food

Not so bad!

Only 4.5 more hours.


This is what you are given as you wait at the hospital. Kinda feels like I'm at Outback. (well....not!)

Friday, June 17, 2011

~~Moules Frites~~

This is one of my favorite dishes. Moules Frites is quintessential French and Belgian Bistro food at its best. In fact, I LIVED on Moules Frites when I was in Normandy, France.  Crazy phun and crazy yummy! 

Super easy to make.  While the fries are baking in the oven, throw the following in a large skillet:
~ a pat of butter
~ a couple of tablespoons of olive oil
~ a can of clams (with juice)
~ a little garlic and onion (I don't measure)
~ a dash of salt
~ a generous pour of dry white wine (cooking is more phun if you pour a glass for yourself, too) 
~ two pounds of fresh (or frozen) mussels

Cover and bring to a boil.  The mussels are done when they are opened fully.  (Pitch the few that do not open.)  

The rest is an obvious breeze.  

Moules Frites!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

~~Simply Elegant~~

Heirloom caprese, portobella mushroom pizza and a lovely Chilean carmenere wine.  Look out for Simply Elegant, my next creation....

P.s. The pepper in the middle is for GARNISH only...(I learned the hard way...nearly killed me!)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

~~Garden Porn~~

When I'm not feeling particularly phunny or creative, we can always turn to garden porn for a chuckle.  


Monday, June 13, 2011

~~Cuke Salad~~

I LOVE this dish!


  • Two or three cucumbers.
  • "Real" imitation crab meat flakes (optional)
  • Chopped onion (I like red, but used white here.)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • White wine vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Salt  
As you know, I do not measure, but you've got a good eye and palette!  You can leave the cucumber rind on, peel it all off, or do something in between like I did here.  (It's art!)

Add the crab meat-like product if you opt in.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir thoroughly and refrigerate.   This salad is immediately yummy, but even yummier after a couple of hours!

Enjoy this healthy, cool cuke salad!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

~~Shrimp Scampi Pasta~~

I am writing a new book, a cookbook titled, "Simply Elegant."  
Readers will enjoy a collection of simple, beautiful and inexpensive dishes.

Last evening, I made Shrimp Scampi Pasta.  Serve it alone or with a salad and your choice of a light wine.... 

I never measure anything, so all is "to taste!"
  • olive oil to saute the shrimp 
  • peeled and deveined large shrimp (raw; 20 to 25 per lb)
  • diced tomatoes (Roma are the best for cooking.)
  • garlic
  • red-pepper flakes
  • white wine
  • salt and pepper
  • a couple of shakes of Italian spice blend
  • unsalted butter (3-5 little squares)
  • capellini (angel-hair pasta or any kind of long noodle you like....even glass noodles will work. 
Saute shrimp (I use the precooked shrimp from the frozen food section of the grocery store) in oil in a large skillet.  Add butter, wine, garlic and spices.  Add dices tomatoes last

Cook the noodles per package.....

Throw everything together....


Monday, June 6, 2011

~~Arizona Garden~~

Yes, you CAN grow a lovely garden in Arizona!  Ask me how we can grow one for you!

Today's spoils!