Friday, October 12, 2007

We are so lucky to have great friends

The Purple Box does to me, what the Blue Box does for most women I know!

Our friends E & W just got back from Paris .... when they asked what we wanted all I could think of was a new copy of my beloved Plan de Paris par Arrondissement and French Macaroons.

Much to our surprise we got just that as well as extract goodies! Let me just say this ... Salted Caramel, is to die for! Not to mention we were able to relive our holiday thru their memories!

When is the next plane leaving??!!!

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

I remember my mom making this once before, when I was very small. I thought it was funny that you could get spaghetti out of squash. I do not remember ever having since. We were enticed at the grocery last week, so it came home with us and sat on the counter, where we stared each other down until last night.

I roasted it - after I dulled my knifes trying to cut it in half - covered with Spanish Olive oil and salt and pepper. Then I tossed together a sauce of browned butter with sweet Italian peppers, shallots, garlic and capers - sprinkled lightly with Parmesan cheese just before serving!

We are in love with Blue Organic Strawberries - if you can find them, BUY them! We are pretty sure these are the best strawberries in the Bay Area right now. I am so crazy over them, I always buy two boxes ... we eat one and I roast the others! For dessert tonight I used the leftover Tapioca and drizzled some Roasted Strawberries over the top - YUM! The orange flavoring in the pudding with Roasted Strawberries is wonderful!

Thursday, October 11, 2007


We both have been exhausted the past couple weeks. Look at the stove, let the ideas float in and out of our heads and just plop down. Have been craving radishes so I made a simple green salad with radishes, kidney beans and ultra creamy blue cheese, served it with warm crusty bread for dinner. As well, a little comfort food for dessert - Tapioca flavored with orange and cardamom, not quit like grandma made but still comfortable!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Ratatouille ...

Finally got a chance to check out the movie Ratatouille & let me say, I was inspired by that Rat, to make his favorite dish for dinner tonight! I made a roasted layered Ratatouille which was fantastic! Served it with a simple green salad with radishes and pomergrantes and lightly drizzled with simple french vinaigrette. Last week I was inspired by Jaden over at the Steamy Kitchen, to make her perfect coconut rice - which is easy & fantastic. Tonight, I took it to another level ... made the rice and then turned it into Coconut/Cardamom Rice Pudding - YUMMY!