Sunday, September 12, 2010

Simple Vinaigrette Dressing

1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
Pinch of sugar
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
Ground pepper and ground sea salt

Combine the wine, mustard, sugar in a bow, stir until smooth then stir in olive oil again until smooth then add your seasoning.

It's a basic, simple recipe you can do in less than three minutes.  It's neither too sharp or too oily.  A classic vinaigrette adapted from Louise Pickford's Sauces.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Remembering 9-11-2001

"'Time never heals; we carry on because we have to,' said Christy Coombs of Abington, Mass., reading aloud from the letter sent to her by Kennedy.' 

Taken from ABC:
"Cindy McGinty's husband, Mike, a 42-year-old insurance executive, had been killed inside the World Trade Center.  She was home in Massachusetts with the couple's sons.  "My phone rang, and there was this big booming voice on it," she said.  It was Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., calling to express his condolences.  "I think, given his own history -- he had lost his own brother to very tragic events ... he had lost many members of his own family -- I just thought it must have brought back memories for him."  It was a difficult call Kennedy would make 176 more times. Calling to offer his help to nearly all of the Massachusetts families who lost a loved one that day.  Kennedy sent every one of the Massachusetts families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11 a personal, hand-signed letter every year following the attacks."  Senator Kennedy "To Cindy McGinty, who doesn't know the word defeat," McGinty read from a note to her on a painting from Kennedy.  "He knew we were still feeling the loss," said of Kennedy.  "If he thinks that about me, then I can certainly put one foot in front of the other and keep going," she said. "It really does inspire me."

If Senator Ted Kennedy were still with us today I'm sure each family in Massachusetts who lost a loved one this day in 2001 would have received a letter from him. 

May the people who lost loved ones feel carried in their loss as Kennedy once said, 'may all those cares be our concern.'  May we carry on his torch and help to bring hope and inspiration in our world around us that we all may know no defeat even in the worst of circumstances.

I spent last month and the first of this month reflecting on both Kennedy's legacy and the loss and hurt from 9-11-2001.  "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. - Senator Edward M. Kennedy."  We remember!

Good Friends And Good Times

Some of my best friends from college got
 together over labor day weekend. 
Doesn't get much better than
good friends and good times!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall Approaching - Let's get to Roasting

Roasted Asparagus
Ina Garten Specialty

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min

•2 pounds fresh asparagus
•Good olive oil
•Kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
•Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they're thick, peel them. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus completely. Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes, until tender but still crisp.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Race For The Cure

It's that time of year where women come together to race for a cure for breast cancer.  Yesterday I came across this photo from a race in 2001.  I was with my sorority sisters, and the guys were cheering us along.  I saw on the today show this morning NYC's race will take place in Central Park this coming weekend.

Everyone of us has a loved one affected by some form of cancer.  I hope we can continue to make advancements towards a cure.  It's the collective small things that can make a big difference.  Even something as small as choosing the color pink when given an option on a product like the pink kitchen aide mixer  in which $50 of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.  It all adds up.  It's the small things that can make the biggest difference.

As Mother Teresa told us, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.  And, In this life we cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love." 

It may be that these small things with great love are the greatest of all things.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Friends and Fried Chicken

We spent labor day at home.  Fried chicken with all the Southern fixin's was enjoyed along with the company of good friends.  Bailey and I were roommates in Washington, DC.  Lots of fun memories together like watching Sex and the City, and I'd talk about getting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel like Charlotte's Elizabeth Taylor.  And I now have two Sex and the City dogs!  We concluded the night on a high note with good ole karaoke! 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010