Thursday, April 17, 2014

Simple Parsley Butter New Potatoes

 

 

 

Side dishes can be tricky for holiday meals. The last thing you want to do is spend all your time in the kitchen when you have guests. One reason I love new potatoes, besides the fact that they are delicious, is that there is no peeling involved. When guests are arriving, I never want to be up to my elbows in potato peels :-)

This recipe is simple enough for everyday dinner, but pretty enough to be the perfect side dish when entertaining. These potatoes are fluffy, buttery and so pretty with the green parsley. Fresh chopped parsley from your own herb garden is delicious, but even dried parsley from your pantry works fine too. Small redskin potatoes are also another pretty and delicious option.

 

Simple Parsley Butter New Potatoes

 

2 lbs new potatoes

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1/3 cup chopped parsley

Salt and Pepper


Scrub potatoes with vegetable brush and cut in half. Place in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Salt water generously and bring to a boil. Boil until fork tender (about 15 minutes) then drain water and place potatoes back in pot. While hot, toss with butter and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Tasting with Friends

 

 

 

Last night, we went to a wine tasting dinner at our club and it was a lovely evening spent with friends sampling great wine, as well as delicious food. The tables were beautifully set with all the wine glasses needed for the tasting and we were quickly introduced to the vineyard owner from Napa Valley, brought to talk about the wine making process and his vintages. His winery, Saddleback Cellars is a prominent winery in Napa Valley and is known for its award winning Cabernets. We love being able to enjoy a little piece of Napa here in Michigan :-)

 

 

Our dinner, accompanied by lots of laughter and fun conversation, paired beautifully with the wines. The tasting courses included mussels with a touch of citrus, paired with Chardonnay; stuffed shells in a deliciously spicy sauce, paired with a Zinfandel; a peppery T Bone steak, cooked to perfection, paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon and an interesting and unique dessert - a pear slice, topped with crumbled pancetta, goat cheese and drizzled with honey, paired with a dessert wine.

The Zinfandel was our favorite wine of the night and we came home with a few bottles to enjoy this summer, while having a candlelit dinner on our patio.

Happy Wednesday!

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Three Springtime Mimosas

 

 

 

Whether for Easter brunch, a bridal shower, Mother's Day or just because, on any Sunday, a mimosa is the perfect springtime cocktail. It is light, refreshing and when you add a garnish, like raspberries, it couldn't be prettier to serve. Of course, the traditional mimosa made with orange juice and champagne is lovely, but you can also give some variety to your guests by offering some unexpected flavors to choose from.

 

From left to right in the photo, there are three types of mimosas shown; all simple to make and all delicious.

Pineapple Mimosa - fill a champagne glass with 1/2 champagne and 1/2 pineapple juice. Garnish with raspberries or a thin pineapple slice.

Traditional Mimosa - fill a champagne glass with 1/2 champagne and 1/2 orange juice. Garnish with raspberries, pomegranate seeds or a thin orange slice.

Sparkling Grapefruit Mimosa - fill a champagne glass with 1/2 champagne and 1/2 sparkling grapefruit juice. Garnish with raspberries or a sectioned grapefruit.

 

Another way to serve mimosas, when entertaining, is to set up a pretty mimosa bar for your guests to serve themselves. Simply place the different juices in beautiful glass pitchers, fill interesting bowls with a variety of fruit for garnishing and place bottles of champagne and prosecco over ice.

Happy Tuesday!

 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Aging Parents

 

 

 

This weekend was an eye opener in my relationship with my aging parents. My parents are definately starting to show their age and it's hard to know how much help they need and how much to push when help is refused. Luckily, I have two siblings to go to for advise and to share the responsibility. But, I realized this weekend, I need to do more.

 

 

There are little things I can do that will not require very much effort on my part, but can make a big difference to my parents. My mother can no longer cook like she used to, due to memory issues. The burden of making meals falls too much on my father, so one thing I can do, is begin to stock their freezer with some home cooked meals and some baked goods. I prepared a few dinners for them, including one of our favorites (Chicken Spaghetti) that freezes well.

Another thing my sister and I can do is find a way to gracefully offer to sporadically clean their home. They have refused a cleaning service, but it's just not something they are able to keep up with. A simple thing to accomplish, but a big difference to them.

Finally, there is the gift of time. They live fairly close - only an hour's drive - and I can visit on a regular basis and offer what help I can. It's hard to find a balance when your parents are proud people, who won't ask for help, but if I am there, I can be in place when needed.

Most empty nesters, including many of my friends are dealing with these issues; some even more challenging. We all want our parents to be able to keep their homes, their pride and their dignity. The decisions are hard, but are made with love and the best intentions.

Happy Monday!

 

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