Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I am grateful for my husband who is almost always in a good mood and is always supportive and loving. I am grateful that (with the urging of my husband) I have finally started to let some things go and ask for help when I need it. I am grateful that my parents raised me to be kind and thoughtful, because that is how they are. I am grateful that my family is relatively healthy; nobody has anything that isn’t manageable. I am grateful for the small community of talented women I’ve found who inspire me to reach inside myself and become better. I am grateful for my sister who will never let me quit. I am grateful that people actually read this blog. I am grateful for being creative. I am grateful that I can honestly say that I love what I do for a living. I’m grateful for my dog who keeps me company all day and loves to hear me sing. I am grateful that I have a home filled with love and that I never miss a meal.
Please let me know if you have a list...I’d love to read it.
Monday, November 24, 2008
This recipe is from an old friend, Claudette, who I used to teach with many moons ago. Although I’m Italian (my maiden name is Nardello), and my mom has given me a bunch of fabulous recipes, she never made Pasta Fagiolle because she hates beans. I think the first time I ever had this delicious soup was when Claudette gave me the recipe because she thought I'd like it. It was love at first taste for me.
Claudette’s Pasta Fagiolle
· olive oil (enough to swirl around the bottom of a big pot)
· 4 garlic cloves, minced
· 1 onion, diced
· 2 celery stalks (with the leaves), diced
· 1 large can tomato sauce
· 1 tbs garlic powder (I don’t measure, I just eyeball it)
· 1 tbs dried basil
· 1 tbs dried parsley
· 1 large can cannelloni beans (with the juice)
· salt and pepper to taste
· pasta (I like to use small bow ties because I think they are pretty)
1. heat oil in pot
2. add celery, onion, salt and pepper and saute until tender
3. add tomato sauce and ½ can of water
4. sprinkle garlic powder, parsley and basil over top, stirring after adding each spice
5. bring to a fast boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes on low
6. cook pasta separately
7. add beans and juice and cook 5-10 more minutes
8. add pasta to soup and serve
Garlic bread, salad and a glass of wine (or 2) go perfectly with this! Best served on snowy nights. Enjoy!
Friday, November 21, 2008
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Things are going to change because I found this...
A personalized cookbook! It’s from Secret Ingredients and you can submit up to 250 recipes. You can include photographs and a list of contributors. You can also choose your recipe layout and there are different font options. I haven’t started Christmas shopping, would it be too horrible if the first gift I bought was for me?
Because I work with fabulous brides every day, I can’t help but think how they could use this wonderful find! I think it would be a great gift for a bride. Guests of the wedding or shower could be asked to submit a favorite recipe along with their rsvp’s and the bride and groom can make a book that they will to enjoy until happily ever after. I’m off to start putting my book together!