January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015


December 29, 2014

Quick Holiday Weeknight Meal


You probably have most of the ingredients in your fridge. This is a triple decker Monte Cristo type sandwich with turkey, ham, cheese (try havarti or smoked gouda) and spread with a mixture of mayo and dijon mustard. Cut off the crusts, dip quickly in eggnog, yes, I said EGGNOG, and grill. Serve with cranberry-orange relish. Trader Joe's is better than home made!

December 27, 2014

Holiday Food 2014

On Christmas Eve, since we always have seafood, we did something different this year:
Lobster Mac and Cheese.


1 pound pasta
1 lb. cooked lobster, cut in small pieces
4 c. bechemel
8 oz. mascarpone
1 lb. white cheddar, grated
8 oz. gruyere, grated
1/2 c. toasted breadcrumbs

While pasta is cooking, make bechemel. Take sauce off heat and whisk in mascarpone, then the other cheeses. Stir in lobster, top with bread crumbs, and bake at 375 for 25 min.

On Christmas Day, our traditional Eggs Benedict breakfast! (with bacon this year)


We do NOT make a big Christmas dinner, as that breakfast keeps us full all day! In the evening, we put out some cheeses, salami and dip, saving room for dessert.

This year I made a rum bundt cake with Italian pastry cream.




December 24, 2014

Buon Natale


December 23, 2014

Santa Pops

Here are some simple marshmallow Santa pops!



Just one more busy day of work for me!

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I am a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist with a private practice in Palm Desert, California. My passions include travel, especially annual trips to Italy, food, and all things Italian. I drink LOTS of coffee, love to cook, entertain, shop and decorate. Read More
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