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Cherry Blossoms – Sakura

March 25th, 2017 No comments

Bewitched Rose

March 20th, 2017 No comments

The sun through the leaves

March 3rd, 2017 Comments off

New Cookbook: Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA by Mario Batali

February 9th, 2017 Comments off

I came across mention of this new cookbook in a magazine recently and quickly requested it from my local library as an ebook. I am still working my way through it, but wanted to offer my initial response so that you could make a point to check it out as well.

Mario Batali–Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA

I have been a follower of Mario Batali for years since I religiously watched Molto Mario years ago on Food Network. I have several of his recipes in my kitchen “rotation” including a gnocchi and sauce recipe we typically serve to new guests to the house. Having cooked his recipes and then visited our Sicilian relatives several times, I can attest that his recipes are quite respectful of their Italian heritage if changed a bit by their immigration to America.

Unfortunately, over the years — and one would expect, due to his increased development of high-end restaurants — Batali’s recipes and taste had left me behind. I am a rather fussy eater and while I appreciate good food, his use of odd or high-end ingredients in his recipes left my own food sensibilities behind.

That is why it is so refreshing to find this new cookbook, Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA,  which focuses in some of the most traditional and historical foods from throughout the US. Sure, most of these recipes are familiar to us in name, if not taste, but having a definitive collection of them can lead me down some interesting food avenues.

As usual, all the recipes are well written and the layout of the book is excellent. My favorite parts, though, are the short historical notes on where and how the food originated and the short endnotes where Batali offers up ways in which he might add or change the recipe to suit a particular occasion or simply to dress it up a bit.

On first reading, I quickly flipped through the book and found myself bookmarking many recipes along the way. In some cases, these recipes were a reintroduction to old favorites, an introduction to midwestern classics I had missed during my childhood and college years or classic regional foods I knew by name only, but now sound intriguing enough to try here in my own kitchen.

I’ll be working my way through several of these recipes in the next few week and hope to find several that I can add to my family “Recipes in Rotation.” I think you’ll find something to love here, too.

Some of my favorites included:

  • Corn Muffins from the American Northeast
  • Tourtiere from French Canada and imported into the Northeast and Midwest
  • Black and White Cookies from New York City
  • Winchester Beer Cheese from Kentucky
  • Biegnets from New Orleans
  • Swedish Pancakes
  • and much more!

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Lichen Up Close [Photo]

December 19th, 2016 Comments off

Lichen Up Close

Lichen Up Close

Sometimes observing nature isn’t always about taking in sweeping, scenic, panoramas, but rather about getting up close and personal with it. There is as much to be seen in the micro as in the macro. These lichen caught my attention and I spent s verbal minutes photographing and observing them. You never know what may catch your eye when in nature. 

#nature #lichen #rock #plants #santamonicamountains #smmnra #ig_naturelovers #ig_naturepictures #ig_naturesbest @24earth

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Learn more about the Santa Monica Mountains with these books

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Chocolate-Walnut Fudge begins our Christmas 🎄 Cookie making schedule, as always.

December 5th, 2016 Comments off

Canal Crane, Leeds Canal, Leeds, UK 🇬🇧 [Photo]

December 2nd, 2016 Comments off

Get these Kousa Dogwood Mugs and Much More! Exclusively from Douglas E. Welch

November 23rd, 2016 Comments off

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #7

November 7th, 2016 Comments off

Dew 2016 gift guide

From Douglas…

Sometimes you have to return and revisit one of your favorite books and television shows and one such series is All Creature Great and Small, a series of books by Yorkshire vet James Herriot and a television show which aired on the BBC from 1978-1990.  The show is a dramatization of the original stories by James Herriot in the book of the same name and its sequels. The gentleness of the the stories and characters has always attracted us to the show as well as the original books and I would highly recommend you check out the series either via Netflix or versions found on YouTube.

Description from IMDB.com…

“James Herriot is a vet in Yorkshire, England, during the 1940’s. He is assigned to the practice of Siegfried Farnon, who (together with his mischievous brother Tristan) already have a successful business. James undergoes a variety of adventures during his work, which are just as often caused by the characters of the county (including the Farnon brothers) as the animals in his care.”

In September we were able to visit the home and practice of James Herriot (whose real name is Alf Wight) in Thirsk, UK, during the 100th anniversary of his birth. Here is a picture of us on the mock-up of the television set at the World of James Herriot Visitor Attraction.

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All Creatures Great and Small (and more) by James Herriot

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 More books by and about James Herriot

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The World of James Herriot Museum, Thirsk, UK

Previously in the Douglas E. Welch 2016 Gift Guide…

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One tiny pomegranate from our young tree via Instagram [Photo]

September 29th, 2016 Comments off
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