Chicken Pot Pie with a side salad is a go-to comfort meal. Sometimes I get distracted, here I forgot to put the peas in the mix, so I simply served those on the side as well.Continue reading
Three days of celebrating 50 years from high school, yikes.Continue reading
Scratch mayonnaise is easy, and so delicious. If you have a nice bunch of basil, be sure to give Ina’s Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise a try.Continue reading
I’m really not sure where the time has gone, yet days like these are unforgettable.Continue reading
white denim, suede boots, striped tee and a great crewneck keep things easyContinue reading
new white skirt, old white linen for the festive seasonContinue reading
In keeping with previous thoughts about moving things around, I hosted a small dinner for five of us out at the country house down on our lower deck two nights ago. Sure, it means enlisting the help of some of your guests to get the necessities on-site (chairs!) and prepping a meal that doesn’t need to be served piping hot. It increases the work a bit, yet the result is always an evening to remember, and I absolutely love creating memorable evenings.
It really was kind of an off-the-cuff thing, sister in town from San Fran and it was her last night. We had both been in New England the days before, and both of us had talked about eating lobster, and lobster rolls, she is dining alone at Black Point Inn in Scarborough ME, and me dining alone for lunch one afternoon just outside of Portsmouth NH. I was on one of my daily long walks while my husband was in an all-day board meeting and had been on the fence about stopping for lunch. I did end up stopping at an adorable little place directly on the water, and once seated realized it was a cash-only, bring your own beer/wine place. Having only twenty-one dollars in cash on hand, I couldn’t get the lobster roll, or the lobster salad, and had to settle on the chicken or to be specific chicken on top of the green salad. Had they sold beer or wine I might have forgone the chicken with my twenty-one dollars and had a beer and a salad, the salad without chicken or lobster. Anyway, I decided to make us some lobster rolls for our shared meal, with coleslaw, smashed potatoes, a blueberry peach cobbler, and homemade vanilla bean ice cream. She did a great zucchini, corn, and tomato salad to round things out. She and Elizabeth set the table, I got things together in the kitchen. Once we got everything down to the lower deck, we simply sat and enjoyed the evening while the sun went down, dining and talking and drinking wine, all until it felt time to retrieve the cobbler from the oven and the scratch ice cream from the freezer, all of which we enjoyed even further into the night.
Every day dress, dinner on the lower deck.
Coq au Vin, one of three meals serving nine plus family members, all from six chickensContinue reading
celebrating the harvest at a small, intimate dinner in our barnContinue reading
certainly not enough to do in a day so decided to enroll in school again, online learning is so good…Continue reading