Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Green Beans with Garlic

If I was asked to make a Thanksgiving dinner for my family, my guest would not be happy with the outcome. All I know how to make (that is a traditional Thanksgiving recipe) is mashed potatoes. Just regular butter mashed potatoes. I found a wonderful book called "Thanksgiving Entertaining" by Williams-Sonoma. The book has yummy traditional Thanksgiving recipes.


2 lb (1kg) small, slender green beans, stem ends trimmed
4 tablespoons (2 oz/60 g) unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon, or 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
Freshly ground pepper
3 oz (90-g) piece Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese cut into shavings with a vegetable peeler (about 3/4 cup)

Trim the stem ends of the beans in advance and have the beans ready for quick cooking. You may also blanch the beans ahead and saute them with the garlic just before serving. Parmesan curls add a nutty flavor.

Have ready a large bowl of ice water. Bring a large pot 3/4 full of water to a boil. Salt the water, add the green beans, and cook them until tender-crisp, 4-5 minutes. Drain the beans, transfer immediately to the ice water, and let cool for 1 minute. Drain again and pat dry.

In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, just until pale gold 2-3 minutes. Add the beans and tarragon and toss to coat with the garlic butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover partially and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are heated through, 3-4 minutes. Top with Parmesan shavings just before serving. Serve hot.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lilly Pulitzer Bridal Shower

I can't get enough of Lilly Pulitzer so there is no surprise that when I saw this LP themed bridal shower I was instantly in love. You can check out the beautiful photos at

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Summer Read

I found a great summer book that I wanted to share with everyone. If you love reading chick lit and you absolutely love cupcakes than you will love The Icing on the Cupcake. The story is beautifully written and very entertaining. The book has a few different great delicious cupcake recipes inside. For example, one cupcake recipe is called Going Nuts for Coconut. If I wasn't currently moving and all my baking supplies weren't packed I would make the cupcakes as I read the book. Great delicious book worth reading.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Doggie Art

Ever thought about having a portrait made of your dog? Pet art is becoming very popular, I see it everywhere now. I have been into dog paintings for years now. I particularly follow local artists. There was one particular artist who's dog paintings I use to love because her art is very unique. However, now that more and more artist are painting our furry friends my taste has evolved. I use to love cartoonish doggie art but now I am more into realistic doggie paintings.

I found a local artist who's paintings are beautiful and colorful. She sells prints of dogs she has already painted or she can paint your dog upon request. Visit her website and see her art, I am sure you will love her paintings.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mini Tacos

Made these delicious mini tacos with turkey meat, lettuce, cheese, green onion and chips. I recommend to anyone to make them, they are so good. Beware, it took me two hours to chop, cook, prepare and bake them. Very time consuming because you have to prepare them one at a time.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

February 5: John Mayer Concert

He is amazing! Great concert.

V Day Questions

The questions..

1. Favorite Valentine's candy? Chocolate Hearts
2. Pink or red? Definitely Pink
3. Will you be doing anything to celebrate today? Dinner with my boyfriend at home.
4. Do you put up Valentine's decorations? Not much, except kitchen towels with hearts on it.
5. What does Valentine's Day mean to you? A day that celebrates being in love.
6. Would you rather, candy, or a night out? A night out.
7. Sexy lingerie or This year, sexy lingerie.
8. Do you say Valentine's Day or Valentime's Day? Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Because of the recent move into our new apartment and because we are still unpacking and everything is still a mess. I did not have time to plan anything special this valentines day. My boyfriend and I will just spend the day at home unpacking and doing school work. Hopefully, I will be able to make a romantic dinner. I bought a cute surprise for my boyfriend from Victoria Secret. :0)

I recently began collecting the LOLITA hand painted glasses. My boyfriend got me two as Valentines Day gifts. They are so adorable.