My, my I have been away…the reason being a heady combination of holiday fun, travel, photo-taking-laziness and crazy work hours. But rest assured, I loved and missed you the whole time.
In my weeks of least-resistance since the Christmas holiday; I had (of course) managed some delicious eats.
Here’s a run-down of some of the yum (completely out of order – fun!):
The holiday celebrations continued in the Natti with a few friends at my place for wine, appetizers and a mammoth cheesecake. That would be my Apple Walnut New York Cheesecake. Can you see why I couldn’t write? I had to bake a 14lb cheesecake. Priorities, people.
On one of my trips to Boston this month (oh yes, there were multiple trips), my sister and I beelined to Border Cafe, my home away from home. Margarita, chips, salsa and fish tacos and I was back in the swing of things.
A family favorite; the lox and bagel made a perfect Christmas morning breakfast (hey, I said these pictures were out of order). Toasted Bagel half, Herbed Cream Cheese, Thinly Sliced Red Onion, Smoked Salmon, Over-Easy Egg, Capers and Freshly Ground Black Pepper. Its ok to drool.
A Southern New Year’s Day Tradition; Hoppin’ John. An easy mix of rice and black-eyed peas. I jazzed ours up with pancetta, lots of vegetables and liberal shakes from the Cajun spice jar. Happy New Year indeed.
A few late night dinners looked like this, stove-top popcorn. When I moved from Boston, I ditched my microwave and haven’t missed it since, even for popcorn. It literally takes 10 minutes on the stove and you can adjust seasonings and oil to your liking. That bowl above was sprinkled with fresh parmesan cheese and truffle oil. Orville who?
A homemade feast courtesy of the beau. Bacon & Sour Cream Stuffed Mushrooms (a light treat…not), Roasted Asparagus and Cajun-Citrus Baked Salmon. Fantastic as always, that man knows his way around a salmon fillet.
One quick work trip back to the East Coast (Worcester represent!) found me and a co-worker at Mac’s, a local Italian diner. After a long morning of taking care of business in the freezing January weather, we were chilled to the bone. Mac’s Pasta Ceci Soup and Italian Sub on thick, dense Italian bread hit the spot. The diet Coke with no ice was just a bonus (I love non-iced, chilled drinks – how European of me).
Another stop in Worcester was to The Sole Proprietor for our fix of Boston seafood. I went for the Classic Baked Haddock with Steamed Broccoli and Spinach. I have been eating this meal my whole life, and I ain’t mad at that.
No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to Mom (of course). Happy to have her little family complete; Mom put together a 1950s feast. Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf, Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans with plenty of butter. Naturally, we had Syrian bread, Zaa’tar and Hummus too, because well, we’re Lebanese and that’s what we do. The Leb goodies are from a family friend’s store in Worcester, Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace (a Worcester favorite).
I think that just about wraps up the last few weeks….pretty delicious, no?
Stay tuned, there’s more good food to come!