Wednesday, January 5, 2011

fruits of labor. first feast of 2011

last night was our first dinner together at home of 2011.

simplicity, homemade and good wine were on the menu. smoked salmon, oysters, cheese, capers and red onion accompanied by homemade irish brown bread and fresh satsuma mandarin and a light but earthy syrah.

after all the holiday travel and eating out it was so nice to finally be home again sharing a meal - this dinner was the perfect way to set off the new year. we make a conscious decision to eat at home as much as possible. We also eat meat only about once a week if that. I have been reading Anthony Bourdain's newest book "Medium Raw: a bloody valentine to the world of food and the people who cook" and while its written in his expectedly brash and sometimes over the top style he raises some interesting points about the importance of featuring meat as the main part of the meal or as the case may be moving away from it as the focal point.
we are lucky enough to live in a part of california that is food-centric and always has an amazing selection of fresh vegg. making it easier to choose an eating style which features more veggies and very little meat. im by no means a vegetarian (though i was earlier in life for about 10yrs) but personally i notice a huge difference in the way i feel physically when i eat less meat and more vegg.

I am going to be more diligent in 2011 about doing more fruits of labor posts and sharing more recipes. I will also be introducing a new weekly column - Wednesday Wine Files look for that to start next week!

find the recipe for the brown bread here.
glasses pictured can be found in the shop

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

a little time away

no no i was not abducted by design obsessed aliens... though that doesn't sound so bad actually. I have been away visiting with friends and getting in lots of great skiing up at lake tahoe. We had a great week - the snow was spectacular and the company wonderful.
we have been ringing in the new year this way for the last few years and i cant think of a place i would rather be - growing up in new england i love snow and ice and all things winter and this place fills the craving for me each and every time.

powder days for 4 days straight. its the best gift i could get.

isnt the view gorgeous?!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

happy new year!

i wish everyone the best for 2011. i cant wait to see what will happen this year and what new things i will learn and discover.

my new years resolution : read more books. i got a kindle for christmas & im excited to use it.

i also have something things happening in the next few weeks that im so excited to share with you - stay tuned.

xoxo K