Monday, January 9, 2012

Where does the time go?

I'm always trying to "resurrect" my blog. Weird that I always feel I have so much to say but then I just clam up on the blog. I haven't written since 2009. Shameful.

Well in Nov 2009 I met the man that in 6 days I'm going to marry. In Jan 2010 I started taking graduate classes and life went a little crazy! My soon to be hubby also brings into my life a 9 year old stepson. In 2009 my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. 2010 and 2011 were a whirlwind of homework, visits, adjustments and plans. I moved my mom into an assisted living in September 2011. It was one of the hardest and most emotional times in my life since my father passed away in 1991.

Simultaneously planning a wedding has been both exhilarating, frustrating, and stressful. I can't believe that it will all come to fruition in less than a week.

Cooking has been hit or miss for the past 2 years although I still have a passion for recipes and cookbooks and food blogs. I hope that 2012 will bring a less hectic and more stable phase of my life. One that involves more time spent in the kitchen.

Fingers and toes crossed.

Monday, August 17, 2009

It's magic you know...never believe it's not so


I made the "Julia" bruschetta. It was fabulous. Frying the bread in Olive oil is magic.

Sorry these aren't great photos ... I need better lighting in my kitchen.

Julie and Julia/ I'm back

Hello all! Long time no food news! Well here's the wrap-up of the last year (eek). Fall 2008 - super duper busy at work, long hours, exhaustion. New year 2009 - laid off from job - looking for new job, started new job in Spring 2009 - finally getting some equilibrium back.

And feeling inspired by seeing Julie and Julia. Having read My Life in France and Julie and Julia - I was thrilled with how they interspersed the two stories for the film. Meryl Streep was delightful as Julia and impressive in the giant platform heels she wore in almost every scene to approximate Julia's towering presence.

The movie certainly showcased the food - particularly Boeuf Bourguignon and Heirloom tomato Bruschetta. My mouth has been watering for the bruschetta since seeing the film and I did an internet search for the recipe. Not suprisingly - others were taken in by the bruschetta also and the recipe was easy to find. I plan on (hopefully) making this tonight.


Heirloom Tomato BruschettaMakes 10-12.
Ingredients4 heirloom tomatoes (preferably multi-colored), seeded and roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp chopped basil
½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugarolive oil
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 rustic loaf of country or Italian bread, cut into ¾ inch slices and halved
Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic, sugar, and a glug of olive oil in a medium mixing bowl. Season with salt and red pepper. Set aside to marinate.

Coat a large skillet with a thin layer of olive oil. Get the oil nice and hot, and add the bread (in batches if necessary, you can fit about 4 at a time). Cook on both sides until lightly browned and toasty. Add additional oil and repeat for the remaining slices.

Allow to cool enough to handle, the rub each slice with a raw clove of garlic to infuse it with flavor. Top each slice with a generous amount of the tomato mixture.

(thanks to