Silence for Daddy Butch, Summer's Daddy

A somber Wednesday in the Blog world. If you know Summer B from {B is for...} her father passed away from Cancer on Oct 24th. She's a lovely person that I only know via typed words and pretty pictures, but I can still sense the hurt. When our spirits allow ourselves to connect to another being we've never met before I feel a great honor to be a human. If you know Summer, or feel like spreading the word so that we can all show her how much we are there before, join me today in a Blog Day of Silence!

All you have to do to participate is copy the photo collage above and post it on your own blog tomorrow. Be sure to add your link here  once your post is up. We want to shower Summer and the Bailey family with lots of love.


Fall is in the Air

Wait, I spoke too soon... it's 70 degrees out!
Anyway, this past weekend did bring some crisp fall feelings and sights.
Along our stroll we even saw Michael Caine! No picture. New Yorker's don't really do that unless they are the paps!

It's an interesting setting now in New York. One turn and you see a rose garden, the next pumpkins.
Or a woman all bundled up and then a man in shorts and flip flops. 
Can't wait for the season to actually change!


Puttanesca with a Greek Twist

I LOVE pasta with puttanesca sauce. It's so salty, briney and divine. I had all of the ingredients still from making this, but instead of making the traditional again, I added some Greek influence. 
Italians beware!

Here is my traditional recipe for the sauce with some quirky adds. Quite simple really:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup pitted chopped kalamatta olives 
  • 1/2 can kidney beans (for protein)
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (or 3 anchovies... they will melt!)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 1/2-3/4 cup white wine
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, preferably "no salt added" 
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (more depending on how thick you want it)
  • 3/4 cup mache leaves or baby arugula
I cooked half a box of penne, reserving about 3/4 cup of the cooking water. After incorporating the pasta, sauce, and what water I needed, I sprinkled in a satisfying helping of good feta cheese. Sprinkle a bit of cracked black pepper as well(no salt needed) and behold, a Greek Inspired Puttanesca! Seems so trivial... but this little add made me feel like I was eating a completely different dish, yet oh so familiar!


Giveaway Winners!!


Leeann @ Join the Gossip won the glass leaf necklace!

A Thanksgiving Giveaway is just around the corner so don't be sad if you didn't win this time!

I also have a SHOCKING announcement to make soon.
Ok, not that shocking...


White Bean {And Turkey} Chilli

I love and good chili, and while I have been a vegetarian for about a year, I still make this for the meat eaters in my life, with a separate batch for myself! Paired with some brown rice, it's a flavorful filling dish perfect for the colder months ahead... and it's healthy!


1 spray(s) cooking spray   

1 pound(s) uncooked ground turkey breast   (or chicken)

1 large onion(s), chopped   

3 medium garlic clove(s), chopped   

16 oz fat-free chicken broth   

2 tsp ground cumin  

2 tsp dried oregano   

2 tsp chili powder

15 oz canned white beans, and 8oz canned corn, drained and rinsed   

3 Tbsp fresh lime juice , and zest of 1 lime 

1/4 cup chopped cilantro and 1/4 cup chopped scallions, and a few dollops of sour cream for garnish!   


  • Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Mix in half of your spices into the turkey. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add in 1/2 the lime zest. Cook turkey, onion and garlic over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until turkey is browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Add turkey mixture and remaining ingredients to a 3 1/2 quart or larger slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat setting for at least 4 hours. Add in cilantro and scallions before serving. You can even top with a sprinkle of cheddar to punch it up a bit. I've chosen sour cream to add some tang!
Don't forget my giveaway!
It ends tomorrow!!


The NYC High Line

The High Line was originally built in the 1930's as an elevated transportation rail. But now, it is a public park where people can stroll, sit, and gaze. On a sunny day, it's one of the perfect trails in NYC.
And if she still does it, this lovely lass can be found singing on her fire escape for all to see and hear!

Don't forget the giveaway!

Designing the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th StreetJoel Sternfeld: Walking The High LineThe City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway 


Murray's Cheese and Wine Party

Another NYC Food & Wine Festival Event that we attended this past weekend was the Murray's Cheese and Wine Party at Del Posto in Chelsea.This was a tough event for me to cover because I was walking around with a glass of wine, a plate of treats and my camera snapping away the whole time.


Thou Bianc Chardonnay 2002
Light and crisp with fresh fruit and mineral notes. Medium-bodied and balanced acidity.

Fresh and intense flavors of beries, spices, and clean wooden notes. A perfect blend. Warm and robust.

Gavi 2008
Delicate, with intense scent of apple and pear.


Creminelli Fine Meat
Casalingo, tartufo, Barolo, Wild Boar, Americano and Della Musica Sausage

Spring Brook Farm Tarentaise
Cremont, Bonne Bouche, Creamy Goat Cheese, Sea Salt Butter

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Landaff Creamery, Jasper Hill Farm Moses Sleeper

Rossa Heirloom Prosciutto

Natural Summer Sausage, Smoked Pepperoni, Natural Ham RealSticks

Gran Bu si Bufala, Cacio di Roma, Rustio Black Pepper, Castelrosso, Stracapra, Genuine Fulvi, Pecorino Romano, Susinata Plum Reserve, Casa Forvello Pear Mostarda, Pizzuto Almonds

Piave and Asiago d' Allevo

Taleggio, Mountain Gorgonzola, Fontina

Italian mixed olives, Peppadews, Cipolle Onions and roasted Tomatoes, Lioni Ciliegine Mozzarella

Don't forget the giveaway!


The Murray's Cheese Handbook: A Guide to More Than 300 of the World's Best CheesesThe Wine BibleVinturi 6700 Essential Wine Aerator for Red WineCheese & Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing, and EnjoyingA Taste of Wine Cheese Gift BasketThe All American Cheese and Wine BookPicnic Plus Eco Natural Wine & Cheese Basket (Willow)