Saturday, December 29, 2012

Juliet's Balcony and the Love Notes

Oh! I have to share this one more thing about Juliet's Balcony! This is so fun! I mentioned, the statue of Juliet (small at the bottom on the ground..actually larger than life, in person) where the bronze is rubbed clean on her bodice from all of the male tourists that wrap their hands around her breast for their pictures! I have a few of those pictures myself of my boyfriend (at the time) and our other friends...:) 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Year's Eve Cookies! To Go With Your Champagne!

These little babies are cute and festive, and because of their 
sweetness are superb with Champagne!  

An excellent little treat for a New Year's Toast! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Oh the Magic of Beef Bourguignonne!

So, the story is that I wanted to make something grande for my son's 21st birthday, last year. So, I tackled the famous Julia Child's recipe for Beef Bourguignonne  (Julia's spelling). It was a lot of work...for a novice. But, it was magnificent! 

This year, I wished to make something special for our guests on Christmas Eve...and so there was no question, and it was much easier, this time. I made a double batch-using two large roasts, thinking there would be leftovers for the next day, and served it with French bread. But, I am not exaggerating when I tell you that there was arguing over the last spoonful! 

For the Love of God, Why didn't Anyone Tell Me About Strata??

The Most Amazing Breakfast Dish-Ever!!

Seriously, I had to hear about "Strata" from the movie "The Family Stone"? One of my favorite movies, but I expect with something this fabulous...everyone would be making it!  Apparently, this is quite a long-standing tradition in many parts of the world and continues to be a Christmas-favorite. In addition to our favorite Beef Bourguignonne, for Christmas Eve Dinner, this will now be our Christmas Breakfast every year, going forward. I cannot wait to experiment with new years to come! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012