Hello and a happy new year!
Hope you are almost recovered from the holidays....we still have Henry's 50th birthday to celebrate this weekend, so we are not over yet.
I am finally 100% recovered from that nasty flu, and maybe next year, I will not be so stubborn and get myself a flu shot.
I always start the year off with lentils for good luck.
I made my usual pot of lentil soup for a prosperous 2015.
I baked my first loaf of bread this year and used a brotform, also known as a banneton, for the second rise.
It is a ridged basket that comes in all different shapes, used to create beautiful European style loaves with circular designs on top.
Not sure why I had trouble with mine. My dough stuck to the ridges no matter how much flour I used.
Could be because I used Jim Lahey's No Knead Bread recipe.
I won't give up. I'll try again.
For some weird reason, I decided to grill my avocados for a nice change of pace. Hey, it's a new year, try something different. I'm 50.
I have no reason to ever heat an avocado again.
Though they sure look pretty, I will continue eating my morning avocado the normal way, with kosher salt. Period.
My birthday wish came true.
My dear friend Sally baked me that gorgeous Lady Baltimore Cake that I asked for, and it was delicious.
She found rose water and made meringue and it was such a special treat.
If you are visiting Manhattan this holiday season, make sure you eat at Marc Forgione.
It is that good.
Sunday dinner was chicken under a brick for 2, with broccoli rabe and Yukon gold potatoes.
The perfect meal to end 2014 and ring in the new year.
Happy & Healthy.
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