Thursday, July 24, 2014

Homemade Basil Pesto with Hazelnuts

My little prep bowls, lines up to jump into the Nutribullet 

Fresh basil from the garden, I had to trim the bush and decided to use them in a peso for my linguini for dinner 

3 cloves of garlic, I like it garlic-y lol 

3 tablespoons of Parmesan 

Toasted hazelnuts, I used 10 little nuts, not the entire bowl 

Salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Don't forget fresh squeezed lemon juice, I almost did. Start with 1 tablespoon and add as much as you like lemon flavor. Mine has 3 tablespoons. 

Olive Oil, use your favorite brand, cold press, extra virgin, this is what I had on hand. 

In the bottom of my Nutribullet container (small one) I added Olive Oil first 

Basil leaves 

Garlic and Hazelnuts 

Salt & Black Pepper 

Cheese and Lemon Juice 

Lid on and blend away, this little bit only took 20-30 seconds 


Beautifully dressed al dente linguine with my homemade pesto, chopped toasted hazelnuts and tiny compact basil leaves 

I love the flavor combination, the lemon cuts through the rich olive oil and basil and the hazelnuts are a fun alteration to traditional pine nuts. Give it a try and let me know how you liked it. Bon Appetite!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lunch - Baba Ganush, Olives & Multi-Grain Crackers

Inspired by the lovely aubergine in the background, today I feasted on Baba Ganush and accoutrement 

Topped the Baba Ganush with parsley and sunflower seeds 

Multi-Grain cracker toppers 

And Jalapeno & Garlic stuffed green olives

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Functioning on Autopilot

Many of you might already know that Paulie is in ICU at a local hospital have an array of test being performed to determine what is causing his shortness of breath. It began over a week ago and has progressively gotten worse, along with several other symptoms all of which are disturbing. He had been in the hospital last month due to a gnarly leg infection so after being on antibiotics for almost a month I would have expected some kind of side effect but nothing like this. I get startled awake in the middle of the night when he is wheezing on the edge of the bed and it scares the crap out of me.

An assortment of tests are being run, checking his hearts, lungs, liver and extensive blood work. He is in the best place at the moment but it does not make it any easier to be here without him or caring for the menagerie of animals. I find missing the simplest things like chatting over dinner about our individual days and the silly jokes he typically comes home to share with me. Just tonight I realized just how much I have relied on him, even the little things like having the cash ready for the law care tomorrow which I completely forgot to get ready.

Paulie will be moved to a regular hospital room tomorrow while the tests continue, there really is no need for him to be in ICU but no bed was available tonight. As a matter of fact, his nurse, mentioned a funny term for someone like him used in the ICU - Walkie Talkie - because he is awake, aware and mobile, unlike most ICU patients. You know that made me crack up and I'll be utilizing that in as many upcoming conversations as possible! LOL

I am overwhelmed by the sweet and considerate well wishes pouring in from Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. I even told Paulie that the 'Prayer Posse' is doing their thing on his behalf, which made him laugh. Its incredible to me that people who don't know us in person still share so much love! Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us! Each and every one has made a difference.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Photos from Today - Chester, Dinner and Peanut Butter Treat

Chester, lost in deep thought 

My crocks for the garden/chicken care $5 from Ocean State Job Lot 

Ladybug visiting the Zuccini flowers

Eggplants, albeit tiny 

Moth stopping by on the Oregano which is flowering 

Compact Basil in a pot, used these adorable leaves in today's Panzanella salad for lunch 

Lettuce Mix, just about ready 

Dinner - Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes 

Garlic marinated NY Skirt steak 

Cucumber Salad with Dill Sour Cream dressing and fresh grated garlic 

Peanut Butter No Cook, from a box, bomb - VERY RICH, small piece is best

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Field of Wildflowers Photo Shoot

I rarely travel very far without my Nikon, today we stopped at a field of wildflowers 

Even the ordinarily creepy crawly things were beautiful 

Such a serine day 

Not sure that these are but the bees love them 

I followed one butterfly for several minutes as it made pit stops along the flowers 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dinner - Brats, Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes & Angry Veggies

Seared mushrooms alone in a pan in a single layer to prevent steaming 

Angry veggies - today they are yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, poblano pepper, scallions, mint, parsley, roasted garlic, red pepper flakes (angry part), salt and black pepper to taste

Also wonderful over Cauliflower 'rice' for Meatless Monday or veggie only meal, vegan friendly because it's cooked in coconut oil

Brats and roasted baby Yukon Gold potatoes with parsley 

These are more expensive but are worth every penny because of their flavor

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Easy Lobster Pasta with Spring Peas

Steamed and cleaned lobster meat cut into bite size pieces, except the large claws and tails which were saved in the freezer for another meal. Add 1 cup of your favorite green veggitable - asparagus, French green beans, broccoli, kale, spinach or our case spring peas. Zest and juice of one lemon, 6 garlic cloves, 1 stick (1/4 lb) unsalted butter, 1 cup chopped parsley, salt, black pepper to taste. I added a splash of white wine but only because I was drinking it and it was already open. Bring the lobster meat up to temp, don't overcook as it will become rubbery. 

1/2 lb of your favorite spaghetti, cooked al dente (6-7 minutes in lots of salty water), drain and place directly in the sauce pan, mix and serve

I served in a deep pasta bowl with a claw for presentation 

Unlike most Italians, I like a little parm on my seafood pasta so that's what I put last on top