Saturday, February 10, 2007

Vermont Winery Remembered

Friday is traditionally homemade pizza night. The crust is made in the bread machine and we pile on whatever is left after the week. Dan is especially good at trying new things and last night was one of our better efforts.

The movie, "Under the Tuscan Sun" came from the library yesterday so we decided to have pizza in the living room while watching the movie. Of course, no one should watch an Italian movie without a bottle of red wine.

I grabbed a bottle and it turned out to be one purchased in Vermont last fall. It was called Marechal Foch and what a pleasant surprise. Their web site said the following about the wine: "Foch: ("Foe-sh") A red wine from French Hybrid Mareshal Foch grape. No oaking to bring out the flavor of the grape. Low tannin, light bodied. Great red for those who prefer whites, Great summer red. A dry wine."

It brought back the memory of the visit, the beautiful Vermont scenery and the trip. The pizza was good and the wine excellent, all without stepping out in the cold Kansas evening.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Valentine Cards

I will confess that I did not send Christmas cards this year. I bought them, had good intentions, but put them away for next year.

I eased my guilt by telling myself I would send Valentines. I have done that in the past. Christmas is such a busy time at work and Valentines Day is soon after; and it also has a nice sentiment.

Here I am down to the wire again. I should get them in the mail by Monday. It would be easy to just send everyone an email on February 14th. However, I am not going to cave in to the electronic sentiment exchange. Surely I am not unique in my excitement of a personal letter in my mailbox. So, Valentines it is--maybe.

I have just spent an hour trying to merge my mailing list onto labels. (I didn't say I wouldn't use a little electronic help.) If I don't figure it out soon, I will have spent as much time trying to save time as I would have in taking the time to write on the envelopes.

There you go.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Tuesday Tally for Barks

Our Boxer, Skye, is outside barking as I write this.

Dan just left for water board meeting and things just are not right in Skye's life. She is out there worrying.

We have a ritual. Every evening we eat dinner at the table and in the process of eating, Skye looks at Dan and he slips her little bits of food. I'm not supposed to notice--that's their game.

After dinner, then it is time to play. It is my turn to get stared out. She makes little noises and nudges my leg with her nose. I then have to go get her squeaky toy and chase her around the house or yard, depending on the weather. After that she will finally lay down and relax.

Her routine has been disrupted tonight. When Dan walks in the door, then we will be back on schedule for playtime. Right now, though, it's bark (pause) bark (pause) bark (pause) bark. Thankfully, we don't have close neighbors.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Super Bowl Dip

Today was a good day. Sun warmed the house, friends came by to watch the game and family called to wish me a happy birthday. My friend, Sue, arrived with wine and flowers. She knows I like orange and yellow.

We had Chicken Tortilla Soup, and a new dip recipe. I thought I would share it with you.

Tuscan White Bean Dip
1 15 oz can cannelloni (white kidney beans), drained
1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large garlic clove, peeled
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Puree first 5 ingredients in blender until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a small bowl. Mix mint, dill and lemon peel in another small bowl; sprinkle over dip. Makes 1/1/4 cups. Serve with Red bell pepper spears, mushroom slices and warm pita wedges.