Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
We have been hit with the Blizzard of 2010!
Quite crazy actually.
Snowed all day and night.
Looks like a winter wonderland now.
Took the kids sledding today. They lasted quite a lot longer than I expected. Now we are inside, nice and warm.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
It's been crazy busy times here as of late.
Last week I had the massive party here and it went great. We made the St. Peter's Fish and Israeli Cous Cous, actually my hubby and my dad made it and EVERYONE loved it. They truly are wonderful cooks.
One thing about entertaining, I over prepare stuff. Not over cook but over buy, over feed and ultimately have tons of left overs.
We didn't cook the 5 flatbreads I purchased, the spinach/artichoke dip and lord knows what else. Hey it made for easy meal planning this week.
The kids had a blast and that is what counts. I won a Fire Pit for our backyard in the gift exchange, yay me!
The recipes for the food were as follows (dad gave me a cheater method to speed things along).
St Peter's Fish
1 lb of fish (I use Salmon - you can use swordfish, halibut any hearty fish)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
small jar of capers
In a 5 1/2 quart pot, saute the onions and garlic until translucent (season with salt and pepper). Add sauce to onions and garlic, simmer on low for 10 minutes then add about half a jar of capers. Add the fish to pot. (if you do lots of fish you can transfer to a roasting pan and cook in the oven - it can bee cooked stovetop or in the oven). My dad cooks it for 10-15 minutes but he likes his fish not fully cooked so I would say it took about 30 minutes to fully cook. Plate up and serve with chopped cilantro on top. Serves 4 people.
Israeli Cous Cous with Mushrooms
1 cup Israeli Cous Cous (also called pearled cous cous)
I use the box variety, it is plain so I follow the directions on preparation on the box)
1 pint (small container) shitake mushrooms (you can use any type)
Chop the mushrooms and saute in pot with chopped shallots, season with salt and pepper. Add in Cous Cous to flavor it up. Add the water and cook as per box instructions. Serve with fish or any dish you desire.
I am sorry some of my recipes are not super technical and "perfect" they are recipes we do at home and sometimes off the cuff so to speak. They are tasty.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Today we will have both of our families over today for the holidays. We couldn't do it last week since Maya was in the Nutcracker all weekend. With Hubby's family we are 15 and I asked my parents and brother to come and then my other brother in law asked if his brother could come since he lives not too far from us. Sure, the more the merrier!
I was out all day shopping with Maya. It was nice to have a little time with just one, not schlepping two kids and no fighting in the car. We also had a nice dinner out as a family.
Today I will be making St Peters Fish. It is a Moroccan dish that my dad's family has made forever and my aunt actually makes it the best! I have to convince my dad to make israeli cous cous with mushrooms.
We have some fabulous appetizers and desserts! So it's a busy day.
Also in my shopping yesterday I got a new chandelier for my dining room, which today is actually our sitting room. I am so happy to finally get that in (my brother in law is coming early to put that in).
I can't wait for everyone to come over but I have to get busy.
Have a great Sunday!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I am so happy this year with Hanukkah.
With my son going to Hebrew school and learning the traditions of our religion his motto or saying for this year's holiday was, "it's not about the presents." I am so happy that he was able to realize this this year.
We even used a whole box of the candles, actually 2 boxes! We did our candles every night, said our prayers and yes, gave gifts.
It was very nice for all of us to gather around our menorahs, say the prayers, light the candles and even sing songs.
This is what religion is all about to me. The Traditions. Like Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof, "Tradition!"
When we were getting married the cantor, the one who sings along with the rabbi during services asked my beloved and I if we were religious the two of us basically scoffed at the idea. She had asked us seriously what we felt about religion. The two of us being on the same page said we didn't like how religion, all of them basically told you what you needed to believe in and practice in such a such way. We wanted to (and still do) want to teach our children about the traditions, the history behind our religion and let them decide how much or how little they choose to practice.
We by no means are very strict with our religion but our beliefs are in the right place. We want our children to know where we come from and how to be good people. I think that is what we all strive for, to be good people.
So, this holiday, this year my child showed a true interest in the holiday and what it truly meant and that is the greatest gift of all.
I wish each and ever y one of you a very happy holiday season - Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I was a new mom with a baby only 9 days old. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion this day, my son was to have his Bris, instead it was a very sad day. In our religion the Bris still goes on and then you change gears preparing to bury my brother.
My brother Michael.
The most wonderful human being out there, really. I don't just say iy because he is my brother but because he had a heart like no other. He loved and cared about everyone. He loved spending an afternoon with the old, retired people in old aged homes to hear about their lives, he stood up for the people who no one would stand up for, he loved history, his religion and his new nephew.
He was a typical teenager. You know at some point teenagers arevery self centered, it's just part of human nature, life is about them and their world. I had just had a baby and he called me out of the blue in the hospital on a Saturday night to chat. I was blown away. It meant so much to me. You see, my brother and I had a 13 year difference so there is little place for having something in common when you are younger. He was the annoying little brother and I am sure I was the bossy big sister but something changed the summer before he died. He was growing up.
It makes me so sad that my kids do not know him. He would have been a great uncle and they have a great uncle in my other brother but it would be nice if he was here too.
So, today, I am thankful that I have my baby brother watching over me and my children. I love him and miss him and I always will.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Everything seemed so different.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I have been bad about weighing in lately but this week I did and I had a 3 pound loss! Yippee! I am determined more than ever to lose 10 lbs in the next 4 weeks. I know I must be crazy but I did my BMI and it did not make me happy but I have an ulterior motive. Aside from being healthy I want the weight off but I want something more. I want a breast reduction. I know TMI but for years it has bothered me. This is so ironic because back in the day when all my friends were getting boobs I had none - in fact I really had no body (ahh to think I wanted boobs and curves back then).
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
As a teenager I recall having Sunday dinners made by my dad. My dad would be making shrimp on skewers with my bestie Jen and I putting it together and enjoying a great meal with my family. Everyone loved coming to my house on Sundays for dinner. I really enjoy having Sunday dinner for my family. It gives me a chance to cook and make fabulous meals (or not so fabulous meals) and at the same time have my children eat outside of their little boxes.
- 1 3-pound eye of round beef roast, trimmed of excess fat and sinew
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 2 cups low-salt beef broth
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons drained capers
For roast beef:
Sprinkle beef with 1/2 teaspoon salt; let stand 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix thyme, basil, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in small bowl. Heat oil in large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook until browned on all sides, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with herb mixture. Transfer skillet to oven. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meat registers 130°F, about 40 minutes. Transfer to cutting board; let rest.
Place skillet with juices over medium-high heat. Add butter; stir until melted. Add flour; whisk until smooth. Gradually whisk in broth; bring to boil. Boil until sauce is reduced to 1 1/4 cups, whisking often, about 6 minutes. Whisk in mustard and capers. Season sauce with pepper.
Cut beef crosswise into very thin slices. Transfer beef to platter. Serve with sauce.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Spaghetti con Polpette di Carne
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground beef
1 cup fine, dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Meanwhile, crumble the pork and beef into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the bread crumbs, 1/3 cup grated cheese, the parsley, and garlic over the meat. Beat the egg with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl until blended. Pour over the meat mixture. Mix the ingredients with clean hands just until evenly blended. Don't overmix. Shape the meat mixture into 1-1/2 inch balls.
Dredge the meatballs in the flour until lightly but evenly coated. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil and the vegetable oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Slip as many meatballs into the skillet as will fit without crowding. Fry, turning as necessary, until golden brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Adjust the heat as the meatballs cook to prevent them from overbrowning. Remove the meatballs, and repeat if necessary with the remaining meatballs.
Add the browned meatballs to tomato sauce and cook, stirring gently with a wooden spoon, until no trace of pink remains at the center of the meatballs, about 30 minutes. Serve over pasta. Enjoy!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
We were invited to have breakfast this morning at a friend's house. Gorgeous day for a lovely breakfast outside on the patio.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Well, this week I did myself one better, actually two better.
Friday, October 1, 2010
I am so proud again this week.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I am fasting today as part of my religion. While this may be my least favorite holiday obligation it is sort of my favorite holiday.