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Ephesus Turkey Vs Yankee Stadium

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Sunday, May 3, 2009
Ephesus Turkey and Yankee Stadium

Ancient Ephesus, Turkey

beautiful stadium

me and three of my four boys

delicious fish/shrimp tacos

the new Yankee stadium

Ancient Ephesus, Turkey

Take me and my boys out to the Ball Game! We just went to see our team, the Yankees play at their new stadium. It was a gorgeous day and the new stadium is beautiful. Great food catered by The Food Network and others, fantastic seats behind home plate. As I was sitting and watching the game I couldn't help but to reminisce about a recent trip my family and I took to Ephesus Turkey. I realize that may seem a bit odd, but not really, when you think about it they are two stadiums albeit 2,000 years apart in time
My husband sons and I spent a lot of time exploring the ruins of this great ancient city. As much as we love Pompei, we found Ephesus even more fascinating. Their stadium was large, I believe it had 24,000 seats ( Yankee stadium has 50,000) and very old. When I was looking around the sparkling brand new Yankee stadium listening to the cheers of such fiercely loyal fans I started to picture what the "fans" were like so many years ago in Ephesus. Were they cheering on some things that would make us all close our eyes and look away in horror, were they listening to some lovely music and dance, Or perhaps they were listening to Mary and Pope Paul VI spread the word of Christianity after Jesus died. It is reputed that Mary had made the journey down from the hills where it is rumoured she spent her last days. It is impossible to know for certain exactly what they celebrated in their "stadium" as it was so many years ago. What I feel certain of is, people gathered, people cheered on one another, they come together in a community of spirit, sportsmanship and hope. 2,000 years later fans are coming to stadiums all over the world either alone hoping to find someone to share a moment with, or hopefully they come with loved ones and friends to make a lifetime of memories.
We all know that nothing lasts forever, someday others will be sitting in those spots, will they wonder about those "Yankees" will they even know who they were?? I do hope they are still coming together to cheer on their favorite teams, to gather to support the arts, to have peaceful rallies for good causes, but mostly to spend a beautiful day with their loved ones.

The Bronx Bommers Shrimp Tacos-

I enjoyed a delicous fish taco at the game. I thought I would devise a shrimp version of it.

Its really good, and easy!

1lb of fresh Shrimp (more depending on how many people you are cooking for) I purchase our seafood at a local seafood shop that lightly breads it in a cornmeal batter.

I either deep fry or sautee my shrimp in oil

Use whatever type of wraps you like, I get whole wheat flour tortillas from Whole Foods that are organic

I put out homemade guacomole, salsa, red onions, diced tomatoes, a variety of cheeses, an organic coleslaw, an a chipotle aioli sauce, everyonoe just adds the toppings they like

**I often sautee in place of using a deep fryer for health reasons, and I must say it is just as good, I'm not a big fan of deep fried foods.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Shes got everything delightful shes got everything I need,

This song always makes me smile and the Magnolias too!!

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A Circus party fit for a King

Monday, April 27, 2009
A Circus party fit for a King

Oliver's 4th birthday was a lovely Circus theme party complete with a homemade Clown cake that I loved making, front row seats at The Lion King, a magical lunch at Sweetiepies in the Village, a pizza party, and a trip to the Giggleberry Fair in Pennsylvania. If that wasn't enough fun, his Grandparents gave him a Bunny for his birthday that believe it or not is actually called a Lion Bunny and it looks like a little Lion!! Olly named him Simba!!! Our table setting was an old fashioned Circus theme with lots of popcorn, pizza and treats. This was truly a magical birthday party that we haven't stopped talking about.
I enjoyed a delicious cocktail at Sweetiepies restaurant in NYC, here is the recipe, feel free to substitute a Shirley Temple for your little "Sweetiepies"
a splash of Germaine Elderflower
a splash of Pomegranate juice for color

Pretty Little Teacups filled with Chocolate Mousse

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Friday, April 24, 2009
Pretty Little Teacups filled with Chocolate Mousse

Many say they may forget what they had for dinner but they always remember dessert. Well, what if you don't feel like spending a fortune at a bakery during these difficult economic times. Or perhaps you love to bake and cook and there isn't anyone out there that does it quite like you. Or maybe your like me, you have a husband, children a little business to run, pets, household resposibilities, community work, hobbies and more. There may be time to put together a healthy meal for all to enjoy but not necessarily time to gild the lily. I find these simple chocolate mousse/pots de cremes ridiculously easy and when filled in my mini teacups I brought back from Vancouver while on a voyage to Alaska, oh so adorable.
I always have baking chocolates in my pantry for a quick dessert. You can dip fruits or poundcakes in the melted chocolate, you can throw together this simple elegant dessert in minutes or you can make a ganache and pour it over vanilla icecream.
Check out your cookbooks and find a chocolate mousse recipe that works and keep it handy. Stock your pantry with a variety of chocolates, pick up a pound cake at your local grocery store, buy some fresh fruit to have in your refrigerator, I threw together chocolate covered strawberries last night while our Salmon dinner was cooking, keep vanilla icecream in your freezer. These are some simple ideas you can easily put together and you too can have dessert in a snap!

Marie Antoinette didn't second guess eating all the sweet treats at the Guillotine

I love teaching my entertaining and travel workshops!! My students are so eager to learn, kind and enthusiastic. Last night I did a wonderful class on Paris at our local library. I usually teach from our old historic farmhouse, but we had a great night and turnout!! We did it up "Marie Antoinette" style. Serving homemade cupcakes in a variety of sizes that were dipped in a fresh strawberry glaze and topped with candied violets. I was asked by one of my students if Marie Antoinette was thin, considering all the desserts she enjoyed. I said first of all thin was a "different" thin back then, women were tightly corsetted in, secondly, she had bigger fish to fry. I'm not thinking that while she was at the Guillotine she was regretting any of the sweets she enjoyed!!
So whether she said it or not...please..."Let Them Eat Cake"!!!!
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Sunday was so Lovely

Sunday was so Lovely

We had such beautiful weather over the weekend, just perfect to proof dough and have it rise (well , with fingers crossed, of course). I made our delicious Springtime bread with a lovely lemony icing. I find the kneading of the bread so relaxing and the smell of the yeast heavenly. I would love to bake another loaf today but it is quite humid and rainy and I don't have good luck with bread on days like this. I'll just find something else to make, more weather appropriate, perhaps some Pots De Creme

A Little English A Little French

A Little English A Little French
I'm not a big fan of boring curtains that do nothing more than block sunlight from streaming happiness and cheer into my home. However when We found these spectacular antique French aubosson tapestries with a large gilt cornice awhile ago and put them aside for a specific spot in our old farmhouse I knew these were far from boring. In fact they are over 150 years old and one of a kind, just the way The Paris House likes it! They were lying bunched up and nearly forgotten about when all of a sudden had I had an idea and jumped up out of bed and ran down in our dining/billiard room to look at the french doors that open onto our wrap around porch. I went and got the aubosson tapestries and held them up framing the french doors. They are perfect for this 200 year old room. This room has 2 foot thick stone walls with gorgeous beamed ceilings and a lovely mix of antiques and chic pieces of furniture complete with a french billiard table and lovely antique chandeliers from Venice Italy and a manor house outside of Paris France. Now we are designing how the other two windows in the room will look, being careful to blend but not compete with this unique window treatment. The walls are covered with silk chinoiserie fabric that was handpainted in China that took two years to complete the murals. Our two hundred year old farmhouse is a labor of love and I know it will never be finished thats would I love about it.

Sunday Supper, Roast those Sweet Potatoes

Sunday, April 19, 2009
Sunday Supper, roast those sweet potatoes
Most children love sweet potatoes/yams, most especially when topped with lovely gooey sticky sweet marshmallows. Whats not to love?? I find that when I roast my potatoes, as I always do, you get so much more flavor than if you boil them in water then mash them up and bake them. I find they taste flat and somewhat water logged. However when I roast them they are more carmelized and flavorful. It is so much easier and neater this way. I scoop the potatoes out of their skins mash them up in the same casserole dish add all the ingrediants. stir together. Then I bake at 375 for about 20 minutes then top with marshmallows and bake another 10 minutes until melted. Its that easy, and only one pan to clean up.

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