Remembering Barbara

May 7, 2011 by

I lost my Mom 10 years ago-at times it feels like eons, other times it was a blink ago. If you’ve lost your Mom you probably know what I mean. Seldom does a day go by when I don’t think of something I wish I could share with her-good, bad or evil! My Mom was a very involved, hands on mother. She knew what was going on in all of our lives, not that she always approved. There was usually always a daily phone call-and you better have a great excuse for letting her go to voice mail( working nights meant nothing! If she had something to share-you better wake up) She went to all her grandkids recitals, award ceremonies even Little League games. She knew who was arguing with their husbands, who’s kid...

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Chocolate Bisquit Cake Fit For A Royal Wedding...

Apr 15, 2011 by

It’s two weeks til the Royal wedding. If like me you never received your invitation, here’s a way you too can feel like you’re at Buckingham Palace. The prince has requested this as his “Groom Cake”. It’s pretty simple, no bake and can be made in advance. Add champagne and a large, overdecorated hat and it will be like you too are hanging with Will, Kate and the Queen!! Cake 1- 7 oz pkg butter tea bisquits Note: You can find tea bisquits on the cookie aisle near the British cookies 1 cup heavy cream 2 tbsp honey 1/2 stick butter 16 oz bittersweet chocolate(chopped) 1 tsp vanilla Glaze 2 tbsp butter 1/4 cup heavy cream 6 oz (1 cup) bitterswwet chocolate(chopped) Directions Break up bisquits, DON’T turn them into crumbs-you want chunks! Coat...

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Springtime Chicken and Brie

Apr 1, 2011 by

I know it’s Spring, the calendar assures me it has arrived. As I write this is snowing here in Massachusetts. NO! This isn’t an April Fools joke; as I write this, it’s March 31st and it’s snowing. I do however have faith that eventually we’ll be whining about the heat and humidity- and summer will be here! Here’s a recipe that requires minimal prep time, can be done hours in advance and reminds me that the snow will melt. Springtime Chicken and Brie Ingredients 3-4 cups shredded roasted chicken 1 large wedge Brie, cut into 1″ pieces 3 tbsp fresh chopped garlic 1 cup basil-julienne 4 plum tomatoes, cut into 1″ pieces 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil Salt and Pepper to taste 1 lb pasta bowties Directions Combine Brie, garlic, basil, tomatoes and...

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Another Piece of Childhood .. Lost...

Mar 12, 2011 by

I heard tonight that Hasbro will no longer be making the EZ Bake oven. Apparently incandescent light bulbs will no longer be available so the oven won’t work anymore. Remember that pink dream? It was the only present I wanted when I was 10. Those gooey cakes and brownies. In retrospect they were perfectly dreadful but at the time…fabulous! I remember riding bikes without a helmet, knee and elbow pads and a mouth guard. Playing flashlight tag we ran thru our neighbors yards. Going to the mall without a parent. Summer mornings heading out after breakfast and coming home at dinner after a day of adventures. Remember when it was OK to go Trick or Treating and not worrying about razor blades in the apples? We hated the apples just cuz they so didn’t compare...

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Gaelic .. Garlic .. It’s All Good!...

Feb 26, 2011 by

When you think of Irish cuisine…well really, who thinks about Irish cuisine? It tends to be pretty bland, and starchy and quite honestly not usually worth thinking about! The one thing we think of as a staple is the king of all comfort food…the potato. Now before you read any furthur, this is not an Irish recipe; it is however my new favorite potato recipe. I borrowed liberally from Giada de Laurentis for the basics then played around a little.  GDL call this Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemon…and while I’ve changed it around a bit, that name still works.           Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemon .. Polli Style! 2 pounds baby potatoes Boil potatoes til tender, about 20-25 minutes. (it helps if all the potatoes are about the same size,...

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Where Did The Civility Go?

Feb 5, 2011 by

Whatever happened to courtesy? I remember when it was a sexist insinuation for a man to hold open a door or pull out a chair for a woman. No insult to Gloria Steinem but I never took offense to those gestures, they just seemed like simple civility to me. Whatever happened to courtesy? Right before the holidays I was at the supermarket. The wait was long. I was tired. All I wanted was to go home pour myself a glass of wine and just veg. Finally I made it to the front of the line. I gave the checker my frequent shopper card and politically correct, green cloth bags. I expect some pleasantries but she never even made eye contact. While my order was being tallied I began to bag my groceries. Where was...

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Post Holiday Angst

Jan 29, 2011 by

Dear Madison Avenue Advertising Executives, The holidays have come and gone; however, visions of marketing messages still dance in my head. Beginning at Halloween and ending at new year’s consumers are bombarded with constant hints of what your near and dear really wants to make the season bright. But ..if you’re single you are invisible. I’M SINGLE!! There- I said it. No one was buying me a Lexus wrapped in a big red bow. There would be no diamond bauble given to me by a handsome and obviously smitten gentleman. No overpriced watch or a charm bracelet commemorating all our special moments was in my Christmas stocking. When did Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza become all about romance? Isn’t Valentines Day enough to get through? I can’t help but wonder why Madison Avenue ignoring a critical...

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