The Thanksgiving Day Plate

The Thanksgiving Day Plate

I received this photo from one of my guests, and was happy to see the outcome of a week’s worth of shopping,preparing and cooking. The funny thing about being the host of the party is that I have no real recollection … Continue reading


mind/body connection: Happy Thanksgiving

I Love Great Quotes!  I wanted to share this message on this pre Thanksgiving Day because I Love the quote and I Love Julia Child.  I have been preparing for this great meal happily since Monday. I have no fears that this will be another great dinner and I am thankful to be able to prepare it with love and share it with my family and friends.

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child
Those words of wisdom work in life as well. Don’t let fear get in the way of your success – get a what-the-hell attitude and you’ll move forward.

What the Dog Taught Me: I’m only a Dog!

How you can dislike your dog.

After a day of leaving Samson home alone, he decided to take his loneliness out on my new cashmere poncho.  I was just telling my sister Helena how much I loved this new piece. I guess I spoke to soon. … Continue reading


Inspiration #5: The Art of the Chopped Salad

cucumbers, lettuce, tomatos, potatos, eggs, olives

Chopped Salad
by madame b

When I  started this blog (about a month ago), one of the many recipes I was going to stir up in my pot, at least once a week was soup .  Then I was thinking every other week because the family would say   “soup again”  but I thought it would be fun for all to look forward to a once a week ritual…a reason to stay tuned in.  I”ve cooked a lot of things recently due to inclement weather on the East Coast, but I haven’t made another soup  soooo…, I was thinking I always throw together a large salad …,maybe forget the soup and go for the salad…, a new salad once a week.  I can call it Salad of the Week.  What do you think?  I could even add in some good salad dressings recipes.

Anyway, the one thing I love about large salads is that they are super resourceful. You can use anything in the fridge. A can of beans hanging out on a pantry shelf could always act as a nice accompaniment. Hard boiled eggs, a couple of boiled potatoes, those olives that need to be used…, the list is endless.

I made a salad the other night.  I loved, loved, loved arranging the perfectly chopped vegetables and placing them on a large board. Put the greens here, the purples there, the red down there, oh here comes Mr. Egg, and don’t forget the roasted butternut squash from the other night.

The board is becoming a great canvas for my chopping.  I think I have created this week’s salad masterpiece.


Business Cards, post it notes, note pads, and labels…Oh My!!!!

Business Cards, Post It Notes, Note Pads.....Oh My!

Look what came in the mail today!!!  It’s official! I am super excited about my new cards and accessories. I even had labels made soooo I can put them on all of my food gifts this year.  I had my stationary printed … Continue reading


What the Dog Taught Me? Do people really look like their Dogs?

mother and child

mother and child after the storm
photo by Marco

My husband Marco took this pic of Samson and I the morning after Hurricane Sandy. He told me the two of us are really starting to look-alike. I’m going to take that as a complement. What do you think?