Monday, November 26, 2012

Egg in The Hole

Sometimes you gotta give in. Cravings, laziness, whatever it is. That's my philosophy anyway. Real life. It was going to be a day full of stuffing and gravy, potatoes and wine, so yeah, I could have had a yogurt for breakfast. I might have made myself a fruit plate. But I didn't. I had egg in the hole. This is a little preparation I first saw in the movie Moonstruck - Olympia Dukakis and Cher in the kitchen complaining, worrying, commiserating, reflecting on the good and the bad. The stuff of life. Ree, The Pioneer Woman, did a segment on her Food Network show and a taco version on her blog. I've even seen someone dare make this with red pepper rings instead of the bread. Oh come on! In my version there was Rosemary and Olive Oil Ciabatta. Put some butter in a fry pan, Add the hollowed out bread slice. Cook until just crisp but not brown. Flip the bread and crack the egg into the hollow. Add a few slices of ham or bacon to the pan to fry alongside. Once the white is mostly set flip the bread again and cook until the yolk is the firmness you desire. One pan, one complete breakfast served with a steaming cup of coffee and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the iPad!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

On The Way, Week 33

Whispering Hills: {1} Thanksgiving {2| Autumn Mantel {3} New Floors {4} Me and My Bug

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Not a Turkey Recipe

So tomorrow is turkey day. Thanksgiving. If you have a television or read the newspaper or even listen to the radio, basically if you interact with the living, breathing world in ANY way, you've had your fill these past 2 weeks of turkey recipes and how-to's. As in how to calculate the size turkey you need, how to deep fry a turkey while not burning your house down and how to use every last bit of leftover turkey. Well today I offer you a brief respite from all the turkey talk. I present to you an elegant yet simple, rich yet healthy little meal. I've already talked to you about the joys of pork tenderloin here and here. For tonight's meal I've sliced up some of my cooked tenderloin and popped the slices in the microwave. This works best if you have the time to take the meat out of the fridge and bring it to room temp. That way you can heat it through in just a few seconds without taking that pretty pink blush off it. Alongside: a lightened up version of zucchini pie, also made in advance, in easily re-heatable single-serving souffle dishes plus a nice salad of crisp greens. And oh what the heck - a little sip of white wine never hurt anyone!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

On The Way, Week 32

 {1} Glengariff, Glen Cove, NY {2} She's Coming, New York, NY {3} Autumn Bouquet {4} Annabelle, Whispering Hills, NY {6} Miss Evvie, Tappan Beach, NY

Friday, November 9, 2012

On The Way, Week 31

{1} Pre-Hurricane Food Prep {2} First Snowfall {3} Impromptu Indoor Holiday Decoration {4} Dramatic Sunset

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What's Up With Washi?

I've been out of touch. Out of touch, that is, with Etsy. For awhile I was on there constantly. Maybe it's because of Pinterest. Maybe it's because I am trying to be fiscally conservative! No matter the reason I think I need to get back into it. If you are not familiar with Etsy - well come out from under your rock! I mean really - it has grown soooo much since my sister and I "discovered" it years ago while searching for outlets to market our crafty wares. There is so much about it I love. It is really beautifully designed, managing to be both minimalist and chock full of information all at the same time. It pioneered some brilliant little widgets that really serve web marketing well. And of course there is the wonderful collection of artists who have made Etsy their home. Check out a few of my favorites: for charming handcrafted party and paper goods (including a fine selection of Japanese Washi tape):  Back to Zero and Sunshine & Ravioli; for artisan-style jewelry there's Artisan Look and Lavender Cottage plus these shops, featured above, for fashion, home decor and fine art.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

On The Way, Week 30

There are no pretty pictures this week. Since Monday the only images I've captured that I'd like to share are courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. We didn't fare too badly up here, about 70 miles north of the city but family, friends and fellow New Yorkers and New Jerseyans surely did. If you can, please, help them out. Here are 3 ways that have been vetted by local authorities. Thanks.

The Red Cross: To Make A $10 Donation (Added To Your Cell Phone Bill) Text REDCROSS to 90999 or log onto

Donations Targeted for Staten Islanders:

Donations Targeted for Breezy Point Where 111 Homes Were Lost To Fire In Addition To Those Damaged or Destroyed By Water:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Kid On The Blog, November 2012: Making It Lovely

There are so many good and so many bad designs on the web. It amazes me that anybody cares so little to make a website look like this! But I guess I can put up with that when I also get to see ones like this. It's a touchy subject amongst bloggers. To custom design (& host) or not to custom design. A pleasant conversation between two casual friends came to a sudden, uncomfortable end over this topic. Podcast partners, Joy and Tracy, independently successful bloggers, nearly came to blows over it. The thing of it is, what matters is not how it's made but how it looks. I've come to realize, as with life itself, it's best to have a vision and stick to it. That's what makes Nicole's "Making It Lovely" blog, well, so lovely. Her obvious pleasure using pale pinks & corals (set off by whites & other neutrals) infuses every thing from her backgrounds to the furniture, fashion, paint - even the kids' Halloween costumes - that she posts about. Peruse her blog and let me know if you like it too!