May 29, 2012

Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbet

I found this recipe in the May issue of Cooking Light, and thought it would be perfect for our Memorial Day barbecue. So for those of you who asked for the recipe and do not have access to Cooking Light:

Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbet


2 cups chopped strawberries
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 1/2 cups whole buttermilk
3 Tblsp. Chambord (raspberry flavored liqueur)
1 Tblsp. fresh lemon juice (optional)

Combine berries and nectar in a blender; process until smooth (about 1 minute). Add buttermilk; process until well blended. Add liqueur, pulse to mix. Add juice, if desired. Chill mixture 1 hour. Pour into freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

Serves 6 (serving size @ 3/4 cup)
Calories: 135

I served it yesterday with a delicious strawberry rhubarb pie that my neighbor made.


May 14, 2012

The Finish Line, or The Trip Home

We have an early morning flight home today, 8 am, to London, with a 3 hour layover before our BA flight to Los Angeles. Not only do I never sleep on planes, but I never really sleep before an early airport trip, probably afraid I will sleep through and miss the flight. Tonight is no exception, so when the alarm rings at 5 am, I am already stepping into the shower. We are at the desk to check-up by 5:45 and a taxi comes 5 minutes later. Used as we are to morning traffic in Milan, and even though I do know that Linate is way closer to the city than Malpensa, it is only 10 minutes to the airport. Check in is short and easy, we get our boarding passes for both flights, go quickly through security and head for the BA lounge.

Which turns out to be fairly large and comfortable, so we are able to relax, have cappucini and croissants, while waiting for our flight. This smaller airport is becoming a plus over the larger Malpensa. The flight to London is short and relaxing, we are even served a decent English breakfast, tho I think I am more amused with the grilled tomato and mushrooms than is David. I have learned from experience that tea is far better on BA than is coffee.

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May 11, 2012

On to Milan and Our Final Day

Due to an early morning flight home on May 3, it is necessary to book a last night in Milan. I decide to try and get tickets for The Last Supper, because as many times as AA/BA as taken us to Italy through Milan, we have yet to do this. And it was not easy, as I could not get tickets through the official Cenacolo site; eventually I did pay a bit more and went through an agency. Small matter, we are going to see The Last Supper.


So here it is, our last morning in Venice, waking up to another quiet morning in Santa Croce. We have breakfast, pack, and leaving our bags, walk around the corner to to a Majer shop for some snacks for the train – cheese, spinach and broccoli puff pastries look good.

Then the final shlep, with all our bags, over one small bridge and a few steps to Pz. Roma, where we take a vaporetto one short stop to the train station. We are early, and there is no binario number yet for our train to Milan. We go to the coffee bar, and have an espresso. And then we see Shannon, who came to our hotel to help us move bags, but having said goodbye night before, I did not expect to see her in the morning. She and David have a prosecco for the road.

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May 8, 2012

One Last Wonderful Day in Venice

[Whee, blogging from a train, or at least it’s writing on a train, heading to Milan, perhaps I will really finish this blog].


May 1 is a holiday in many parts of Europe, Labor Day, Worker’s Day. Because it is a Tuesday, many have taken a 4 day weekend, and there are a lot of people in Venice today. Most restaurants are open, as for shops, it’s hit or miss. We are going to meet Shannon at 1pm and so have this morning free. It was nice to wake up to quiet in Santa Croce this morning. Our first thought is to go the Accademia museum, but in checking the hours, we find that May 1 is one of the 3 days of the year it is closed. Next trip.

Besides it is a beautiful day, clear skies, still a little cool. We decide to take the #2 vap around the Giudecca side and go to San Giorgio Maggiore, the little island off the tip of the Giudecca. But first we pass the cruise ship port and notice that there are 4 (sigh) ships in port, one huge, one large and two medium. There will be a lot of people in Venice today.

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May 2, 2012

Back to Venice

Sleeping tonight in Santa Croce

Packing up today to return the car and ourselves for a last few days in Venice with our friends Shannon and Colleen. Finally the Baggalini tote comes out to pack up with purchases too fragile to check through; so now we have another piece of luggage. David has an interesting time fitting the bottle from Poli distillery in his suitcase.

We meander back, which means not taking the A4, and find ourselves on part of the Brenta Canal, actually the part we did not see from the boat trip. The trip across the bridge is rather slow, it is the Monday before a holiday tomorrow and it seems like a long weekend for many. It is painfully slow getting into the Piazzale Rome garage to return the car, our instructions are to return the car to the 10th floor and drop the keys, since the office is also closed today. There is hardly a parking space left up there and we are lucky to find almost the last one, not sure what we would have if it had been full.

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About Me

I'm a life-long California girl without the blond hair and the surfboard. David and I met in college at UC Santa Cruz in the early 70's, and have been married since 1975. We have lived here in South Pasadena in Southern California for a couple of decades, we raised our three children here, and now have a few empty bedrooms. This past winter we became grandparents to a beautiful baby boy. We foresee a new life with a lot of travel ahead. Read more

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