Why Dogs and Food?

Why Dogs and Food?

It's simple. Write about what you love. And what is better than dogs and food? If you are anything like me - and millions of other people - you will relate to and understand the unwavering love I have for my dogs and my passion for cooking - and eating - great food. I hope you will enjoy reading about my day to day experiences with good food and a couple of very special dogs.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Blessings, Christmas Cheer

  “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.” ~ Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge - A Christmas Carol

The Christmas season may be hectic with shopping and decorating; mailing cards and packages; and of course, cooking lots of good food and treats; but it is a time of sharing and giving and embracing family and friends; it is a time for reflecting on the past year, appreciating what’s in the moment and looking forward to the start of a fresh new year.

Reflections of 2011 and Christmas Blessings:

Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area and finding a home and employment; discovering and experiencing nature’s beauty every day with our beautiful boys in this very special place on earth:  the vast bays and the bridges; the redwood and cypress trees; the abundance of birds and colorful, fragrant flowers; the mountains and hidden streams; the vineyards, quaint little towns and beautiful beaches – all surrounding this glorious city by the bay.

Losing our jobs and moving from warm and mild San Diego to chilly and foggy San Francisco; finding a place that would allow all of our beloved pets and downsizing our lives; and most importantly, dealing with Brian’s health issues. 

Our move, though challenging, turned out quite well and became one of our highlights.  Brian is getting the very best medical care and doing better every day.  For this, we are thankful and have great hopes for health and prosperity in the New Year.

Christmas Cheer
In the days leading up to Christmas, we decorated and we shopped and we mailed and we cooked but still found time to get out with the boys and see what Mother Nature was serving up during the Winter months by the Bay:  frosty mornings and chillier days; dimmer daylight and lower tides; shedding trees and some of the most spectacular sunsets we have ever seen. 
Our Christmas tree sits in the corner of our living room with a white angel floating atop.  I can’t help but feel that she is a symbol of the protection and blessings bestowed upon us this year.

Our first Christmas Tree in Tiburon

Decorating the doorway (Walter with his Reindeer antlers in the background!)

We had a quiet Christmas holiday – just the five of us watching lots of sentimental Christmas movies and listening to carols.  On Christmas Day, we all took a lovely walk around the bay at low tide.  It was peaceful and serene.  Walter and Henry and Mac enjoyed the festivities and delighted in the presents delivered by Santa! 

Henry says:  I love my new toy!

Walter carrying his new toy (of course looking away from the camera)
For Christmas Eve, we had a buffet-style smorgasbord of shrimp, bruschetta, cheeses, deviled eggs and other goodies.  For Christmas dinner, I prepared the ultimate Beef Wellington meal (courtesy of Tyler Florence) by wrapping a pan-seared choice beef tenderloin in puff pastry lined with thin slices of prosciutto and mushroom, garlic and shallot pâté.  I served it with a peppercorn sauce, a side of herb-roasted fingerling potatoes and wilted winter greens (wilted with warm Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette dressing).  I should have photographed the whole thing before slicing it - but I didn't - so here’s a shot of the whole meal après slicing:

Beef Wellington with roasted fingerling potatoes and wilted winter greens

Here, the boys are once again subjected to their mom’s silly antics.  Believe me, those hats stayed on only for the photo after which they yanked them off and proceeded to chew them like a stuffed toy.  Notice Walter has to be held in place by his dad (as usual) and Henry kicks back and relaxes on the sofa. Funny boys.

Here she goes again....let's get this over with

Oh, goody!  Another chew toy!

Macky, looking very un-thrilled about his over-sized hat.  Where is my little hat?

All in all, this year has been full of change and blessings.  It seems that the only constant we have in our lives is change so here’s to hoping we have the courage and grace to expect it, accept it and embrace it.  

Happy New Year!

Friday, November 25, 2011


"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." ~ Thornton Wilder

Our Thanksgiving Table

I do hope everyone had a memorable Thanksgiving Day.  It is an American holiday when we are reminded to give thanks for all the things that make our life worth living.  We celebrate with lots of food and sit around with family and friends and of course, our faithful furry companions.  It's great to have one day dedicated to being grateful.  I try to live by that every day and take the time to look around, appreciate the beauty and whisper some words of thanks for my good fortune.

It was only me and Brian and the boys around the Thanksgiving table this year, but still, I made a traditional Thanksgiving feast with the anticipation of leftovers and some creative meals to follow.  Enclosed are some photos of my Thanksgiving creations which were lovingly and happily prepared.

As we watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on television, I prepared some appetizers:

Stuffed Mushrooms

Brie cheese with Kahlua and Roasted Pecans
I prepared an organic turkey which I stuffed with crusty french bread, celery, onions, cranberries, apples and pecans and seasoned with sage, thyme and rosemary.
For the sides, I made traditional mashed potatoes and gravy, sauteed green beans with garlic and sliced almonds, raspberry dill carrots and yams with brown sugar and pecans.

Here you have a glimpse of my dinner plate, packed with a sample of everything on the table:

And last but not least, I made some homemade pies.  The banana creme pie is made with a cream cheese crust and filled with a lovely vanilla creme custard and organic bananas topped with freshly made whipped cream and sprinkled with organic coconut flakes and shaved Ghirardelli dark chocolate.  I forgot to take a photo before we cut into it but you can get a glimpse of it in the photo of the full table at the top of this post.

I did take some photos of the apple pie.  This crust was made with lots of cold butter and finely grated Gruyere cheese.  What a fantastic crust this was!  It was flaky and light from the butter and savory from the Gruyere cheese which incredibly complimented the sweet honey crisp apples that were baked with butter, brown and white sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. I brushed egg whites on the crust to make it shine a beautiful golden brown.  Delicious!

Apple Pie BEFORE

Apple Pie AFTER!
Well, that's does it for this year's Thanksgiving Dinner.  I hope you all ate heartily and are as thankful as I am for the bounty in our lives!  Thanksgiving Day is only a remembrance of what should be in our hearts every day.

P.S.  The boys had a nice walk and some skinless turkey on top of their crunchies which made them very happy, too!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Homemade Pizza, Anyone?

"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six." ~ Yogi Berra

3 cheeses with caramelized onion and roasted garlic

Nothing is better than pizza, right?

Brian and I are pizza fanatics.  Even bad pizza tastes good.   We have a really good delivery place here in Mill Valley called Rocco's (what else?) and we often order it for something easy on on Friday nights. We even eat the little frozen pizzas or the store-bought-rise-in-the-oven-style pizzas.  But lately, I decided to make my own pizza.  With my handy bread maker (that I have used for over 20 years thanks to my mom who gave me a great one!), I can whip up good pizza dough; and with plenty of tomato paste on hand I can make a delicious pizza sauce.   We usually have a variety of cheeses and fresh veggies in the frig so there you go - all set for homemade pizza night (or day)!

Here are two recipes for pizza dough.  If I am in rush, I make the no-yeast dough but if we have some time and patience, I make the (better) pizza dough the proper way -  using yeast.   

No Yeast Pizza Dough – makes crust for one large pie or two small pies
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive or Vegetable Oil
  • 3/4 cup luke-warm water
  • Set bread machine on white dough cycle in bread for machine for first 15 minutes only and then remove
  • Dough will supple and smooth and easy for rolling out with a rolling pin
  • Roll dough out flat over a pizza stone*

Pizza Dough Using Yeast (and the better of the two) – makes a thin crust for two large pies
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour (Sometimes I use half bread flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup plus about 2 Tablespoons luke-warm water
  • Set bread machine to white dough and go through the entire cycle (about 1 hour and 50 minutes)
  • When bread machine beeps and dough is done, divide into two halves and roll out on pizza stone*
*I brush about a teaspoon of olive oil on the pizza stone before rolling out the dough  for a beautifully browned crust.

Delicious, tangy pizza sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon shopped garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 6 ounces of warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey or one Tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of anchovy paste (this is optional and does not have to be used)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjarom
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
Cooking Instructions:
In a medium sauté pan, cook onions and garlic in 1 TBS olive oil on medium heat until soft and fragrant
Turn the heat down to low and add tomato paste;
Fill the 6-0z can up with warm water and add water to the sauce and stir until combined
Add the honey and anchovy paste and stir in
Add the spices and Parmesan cheese and stir in
Add the pat of butter and stir in until melted
Spread half of sauce on one pizza dough with a ladle, starting in the middle and out to the edges

Now put your pizza together – be creative!

Add your favorite toppings such as mozzarella cheese or any other cheeses you have in your frig. Some dollops of ricotta cheese on top of shredded mozzarella is yummy.  Add sliced tomato, pepperoni, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms….whatever.  I love to roast a head of garlic until soft and sweet and squeeze the caramelized cloves on top of my pizza.  It’s so delicious!
Before - half pepperoni & sausage & half cheese and tomato
Bake your pizza in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden.  Use a pizza cutter to slice.  Be careful not to burn the roof of your mouth if you eat it right away!  I can’t tell you how many times I have done that and end up with a nice blister the next day .  

Next time you have a hankering for homemade pizza, just look in your pantry and frig and chances are you  have the ingredients to create your own.  It's a great little meal while watching a Sunday Football game.  And it's fun to make!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Eat, drink and be scary! ~ Author unknown

Mac decided to be a Black Cat this year!

Walter, the French Painter

Henry, the Mad Scientist

The Boys's Scary Pumpkin

All the boys want to wish everyone... 


Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Day with the Boys at Crissy Field Beach

"God took the beauty of the Bay of Naples, the Valley of the Nile, the Swiss Alps, the Hudson River Valley, rolled them into one and made San Francisco Bay." ~ Fiorello La Guardia

It was the most perfect day in San Francisco!  Bright, blue skies and sunshine with a warm breeze....Summer in San Francisco begins in the Fall!   WOW!

We headed out in the Jeep with the boys in tow, plenty of water and plastic bags.  We drove south on the 101, over the Golden Gate Bridge and headed towards The Presidio.  We wanted to check out Baker Beach so we found our way to Gibson Road.  It was packed with tourists and locals; anyone and everyone who was out enjoying this spectacular afternoon in the city by the bay.  We drove around and around but could not find parking.  Bummer.

Then Brian decided to head over to Crissy Field to see if we could find a place to take the boys for some fun.  We drove past all the old military barracks (they are so cool - many of which have been restored into apartments and office space) and lo and behold, we found a perfect parking spot right across the street from Crissy Field, a restored grass aircraft runway and now a Golden Gate National Park.
What a breathtaking spot!  We crossed the street with Walter and Henry on a leash and once we stepped foot on the grassy park, we let them run! .
The boys get to romp off leash

Soon, like magnets to to metal, Henry and Walter dashed down to the beach.  Henry was in the water in a flash with Walter right behind him.  This place was too good to be true!  Views, views everywhere!  We looked up to see the Golden Gate bridge, suspended above us in all its stunning glory....we looked ahead and had a bird's eye view of Alcatraz and Angel Island floating in the bay and turned around to the right where we had a full snapshot of the San Francisco skyline.  You can't get much better than that.  Where else can you be on the beach with all these incredible views?  Not anywhere I have ever been! And all the while, the boys are romping on shoreline, swimming in the tide and having the time of their lives!

The boys having a blast on the beach
Walty follows Henry into the bay
When the boys were wet and worn out, we drove north back over the Golden Gate Bridge toward home and took another detour through the artsy and charming town of Sausalito.  As we rounded the corner onto Bridgeway (the main drag), we we came upon a surge of strollers, shoppers, bikers and al fresco diners.  It seemed as if every human and animal alike was out and about on this glorious Fall day by the San Francisco Bay.

What a joy it is to live in this magical place.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pit Bull Awareness Day

Today is Pit Bull Awareness Day.

These poor, lovely souls are so misunderstood.  So many people think that all pit bulls are mean and aggressive and unadoptable.  But these people are mistaken.  These dogs need love and caring just like any other dog and will give love back a million times over if just given the chance.  They seem to be the number one abandoned dog and there are many bad owners out there that train their pit bulls to fight and abuse and then abandon them in droves.  It is a tragedy.

I have a dear friend who has rescued two delightful pit bulls found wandering the streets of L.A. with no home and no loving family to care for them.  You can read about their stories on My Life with Tommy. Tommy was the first pittie that warmed his way into Susan's heart.  Then came Louise.  Unfortunately, Tommy and Louise are not a match made in heaven and so Susan finds herself having to make a difficult choice. She also has two cats that need her attention.  Alas, she has to put Louise up for adoption.  After all, Tommy was there first.

I am posting a photo of the beautiful and loving Louise.  You can read and see more about her on Susan's blog My Life with Tommy.  If you know of anyone who would like to have this expressive, well-behaved  little pittie as a part of their family, please, please let Susan know.......she wants to find a great forever home for this lovely girl.    

Just look at her!

We must give these misunderstood pups a chance at a great life!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Birthday by the Bay

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. ~ Voltaire

I worked from home today which I am fortunate enough to be able to do once a week.  I usually telecommute on Wednesday.  Today is Wednesday and it also happens to be my birthday.

My husband gave me a Kindle as a birthday gift.  I was very pleased as I read every day during my commute time to and from work. I sometimes lug very thick hardcovers in my bag along with my computer which makes for a heavy load.  I was reluctant to switch to an electronic book because I didn’t think I could give up the real thing.  I love the smell of and the feel of the pages.  But, alas, I don’t have the room anymore to store all my books and have been donating them to the library little by little.  The Kindle really is the perfect solution for my commute as it is sleek and lightweight and can easily slide into my purse. 

But that is not what this post is about; I just thought I would mention it because it was a lovely, thoughtful gift!

Guaymas by the Bay
Since I worked from home today, I was able to go out to lunch in my neighborhood as a treat!.  Brian took me to a delightful restaurant called Guaymas down by the Tiburon pier.  “The restaurant is positioned after the fishing village of Guaymas in Mexico on the Sea of Cortez.  The menu is inspired by the traditional Mexican foods of celebration and focuses on farm-to-table ingredients, duplicating the flavors of the small coastal village for which it is named.”  It sits right at the water’s edge by the port of the Tiburon ferry. 

We sat outside on the patio.  The sky was as blue as a robin’s egg and the sun was buzzing with summer warmth and autumn light.  It was a glorious day.
Lovely patio setting

Our view of the Ferry Pier and Angel Island
We were served three different types of salsas and all had authentic and unique flavors ranging from spicy to salty to sweet.  The tortilla chips were homemade.  I would have eaten the entire basket of tortilla chips but wanted to save room for my entrée (and maybe even dessert!).

Aren't they beautiful?
I ordered prawns with a sweet chipotle glaze and served with homemade guacamole.  What a delight it was to bite into those succulent charcoal grilled beauties!  

Brian ordered chicken enchiladas.  They were beautifully prepared with chunks of fresh chicken and a light sauce.  The rice was warm and fragrant and the black beans were healthy and tasty.  

Lovely Enchiladas de Pollo

I also sipped on a Top Shelf Margarita on the rocks which was prepared with fresh lime juice and a splash of Grand Marnier – just the way I like it.  It was a delicious, relaxing and enjoyable lunch.

And at the moment I was contemplating an order of the ice cream taco or the cinnamon churro for dessert, the server brought out a complimentary homemade flan topped with a birthday candle!

Happy Birthday to me!
I felt so fortunate today.  To me, birthdays are a celebration of life.  
And I have a lot to celebrate.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Room with a View

"Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you...~ Henry Frederic Amiel

The Buckeye Roadhouse in Marin County

Brian and I decided to have lunch at the Buckeye Roadhouse today.  It’s a great little Marin County restaurant located off Highway 101 between Mill Valley and Sausalito.  With its Aspen lodge-like ambiance that features vaulted ceilings, a river-rock fireplace and a cozy, rustic bar area, Brian and I felt our Colorado roots tugging at us the first time we stepped foot inside the place. 

The food is prepared with fresh, local ingredients - which is something I adore about dining and food shopping in the Bay Area.  There is a wholesome goodness to every bite – even if indulging in a burger and fries.  The burgers are pure organic angus beef and the fries are, well, fries, but pretty close to perfection.   Have you ever had garlic-herb French fries?  If you haven’t, try them at the Buckeye Roadhouse - you are in for a treat.  Brian had a grilled Santa Fe chicken sandwich on a sourdough bun topped with avocado, jack cheese and chipotle mayo – another one of their delicious sandwiches.  We have been eating low carb, healthy meals and salads for weeks and this was indeed a treat well worth waiting for.

Now for some clarity on the title of this post:  “A Room with a View”.  The Buckeye Roadhouse doesn’t provide the views you might expect. I think most folks would agree that one dines at the Buckeye Roadhouse for the food, the ambiance and the wonderfully friendly service - and not necessarily the view. 

Today, however, we sat in a booth that faced the bar.  Right at the moment I began to sink my teeth into my perfectly grilled, juicy burger, I noticed that I indeed, did have a view!  Lucky me! 

I could not resist:  I placed my burger down on my plate and in a flash, with iPhone in hand, undetected, took my best shot.


Ta da!
Half Moon?

Yep, right there on the bar stool in front of me – for the rest of the meal - this was my view.   It brought a whole new meaning to the slogan " Just wait'll we get our Hanes on you!"  

Where is Michael Jordan when you need him?!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Summer in September (and the boys take a swim!)

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

The path around the bay - we call it The Pond
San Francisco is not known for its warm summers.  This funky fog shrouds the Bay Area and makes for cool mornings, occasionally sunny afternoons and chilly evenings.  It took some getting-used-to as we lived through our very first summer in San Francisco. 

I have been told – by many natives – that September and October promise to be the best weather months in the Bay Area and that Summer arrives late in San Francisco.  The first couple of weeks in September seemed to prove these optimists wrong as the weather remained foggy and chilly and windy with little sunshine or warmth.  Oh dear, it seems we moved to Seattle!

Then it happened.  Yesterday, Saturday, September 17th – it was glorious.  Clear, blue skies from early in the morning throughout the entire day just like the fourth of July.  A warm breeze whispered lightly through the leaves on the trees.  And today, on Sunday, Mother Nature repeated her performance.
Walking around the bay with the boys, I could actually hear the buzz of the sun and the water was as still and flat as glass.  A rogue duck glided by slowly and silently, leaving tiny ripples in its wake.  We were all alone on the little dirt path that winds around the bay.  The boys were stopping and sniffing at every bush and I was taking in the sights.  The San Francisco skyline was clearly visible today (I love that!) and some of the trees are starting to display their bright autumn colors.
It was high tide today and the bay water looked cleaner than usual.  Happy sunbathers were jumping into the water from a floating dock and Henry and Walter wanted to join in on the action.  It was so warm, I decided to give in and let them swim.  I unhooked the leash and SHOOM! – They were in!  Good thing I had my camera today.  It was a photo opportunity.

The boys wading in The Pond

Walty only stands in the water

Henry swims!
It was a good day.  We had a blast and now it's time to cook some delicious Opah for dinner and watch The Emmys.  Looking forward to some more summer weather this week!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Hood

"Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potential and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect."                          ~ Michael W. Fox

Poor Walter.  He is like the boy in the plastic bubble - except we don't have a bubble for him. 

 We have The Hood. 

Walter Wears the Hood in the Car

I purchased The Hood (Comfy Cone) for Walter a long time ago and it sure has come in handy.  It is much better than those shameful and inflexible plastic lampshades.  How embarrassing and mean those things are!

We have had several allergy tests done on Walter because he often gets itchy skin and ear infections.  Turns out, he is allergic to so many things such as weeds and plants and trees and certain foods and even cats!  It is impossible to keep him away from all of these allergens - unless, of course, we place him in a plastic bubble like Tod Lubitch.    And so he will go through periods of itching and scratching.  The poor guy is itchy, yes, and he takes medicine and he gets oatmeal baths and rubdowns with oils and other soothing potions but still, he scratches and bites and bites and scratches until I have to, once again, put on The Hood.

In addition to Walter's allergies, he also displays some OCD tendencies.  Yes, that is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and dogs have it, too.  Water cannot bear it if something is out of its proper place; if it is, he barks and moans.  If he is taken out of his daily routine and doesn't do the same thing every day, he barks and moans.  If we leave some new or different object in his path, he barks and moans.  He digs holes in the dirt over and over and over again.  Then, there is the obsessive scratching, biting, chewing and licking that he will do for hours on end even long after the itching has stopped.  It can be destructive.  Because he scratches or chews on one spot over and over, eventually it causes a bloody, open wound; and therefore, he must surrender to the The Hood.

It does appear that Walty might even be fond of  The Hood.  It can be folded all the way up (his peripheral vision is blocked but he can't scratch or bite anything on his body) or it can be folded back in a fashionable, rain hat sort of way (as seen in the photos) which is the way he wears it most of the time.  It still keeps him from scratching his face and ears.  I do have to remove it during mealtimes as it impedes his ability to effectively eat his food and causes his bowl to slide across the floor.  Then he barks.  It serves as a lovely pillow when he sleeps and he seems to be quite comfortable.  Look at how peaceful he is - he doesn't even know I am photographing him!

Walter Wears the Hood When he Sleeps

Gotta love the Walty.  He is one of a kind and pure love despite his little OCD tendencies.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Henry Hides my Scarf

"The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them." ~ Stanley Coren, dog psychologist

I wear a scarf almost every day. I used to wear a scarf during only the cooler months of the year but now that I live in San Francisco where warm Summers are pretty much non-existent, I wear a scarf every day. Good thing scarves are en vogue these days; otherwise, I might look a bit daft with my long scarf wrapped two or three times around my neck in the middle of August. Although I have quite the scarf collection, I do have my favorites. There is one scarf that I received as a gift quite some years ago. I wear it often. It is a long scarf and so it wraps around nicely and protects my neck from the cold and damp fog that hangs like a curtain over the Golden Gate Bridge almost every morning and rolls out like a carpet through the streets of San Francisco. I like this scarf and should it go missing, I would mourn its disappearance.

Brian and I have gone out to a couple of  music concerts recently.   When our boys are left alone, they are generally well-behaved. They do seem to get lonely when we are gone for several hours at a time since someone is regularly home with them day and night. Henry, surprisingly, has the most separation anxiety when we are not around.  When he was a baby, he would chew things.  It was always a frightful sight when we came home to chewed up shoes, books and even furniture.  Thank Goodness, he grew out of that.  Henry is a true retriever and he likes to bring me stuff.  He likes to feel useful.  He will bring me shoes and clothes and towels - whatever he can grab at that moment as if to say:  "You'll need this, Mom."

The other day, following a night out, I was ready to go out the door to work and went to grab my favorite scarf.  I could not find it in its usual place.  I searched everywhere but no luck.  Finally, I succumbed.  I realized it must have fallen off while I was on the ferry or the bus or maybe just as I getting out of the car.  I was bummed out. 

A few days went by and as I was cleaning up the area around "Henry's couch" (yes, the couch is his and he lets you know it), I noticed something peeking out from underneath the cushion in his favorite spot,  and after taking a closer look - lo and behold - it was my scarf!  

Henry must have stolen it the night we went to the Jeff Bridges concert. Did he miss me that much that he needed an article of my clothing near him while I was away?  Or was he being a rascal and getting back at me for leaving him alone for so many hours?  

Whatever his motive, I was happy to have my scarf back.  And just to show him I was not sore at him for stealing my scarf, I let him borrow it.  

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Beautiful Beef

“The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; ....” ~ Samuel Johnson

There are lots of reasons people don't eat meat - or beef, in particular. Red meat seems to be the evil enemy these days and I have to admit that I sometimes have a pang of guilt when I prepare and eat beef. But the guilt doesn't last for long when I look at an organic beef tenderloin roast. I'm sorry all you vegetarians out there, but it is a thing of beauty.

My favorite way to make this special cut of meat is to slightly sear it in a pan and then roast it until medium rare and serve it sliced with a horseradish sauce. The roasted beef practically melts in your mouth and whether a mouthful is paired with a dab of spicy horseradish, a bite of a perfectly roasted potato or a sip of full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, it is simply delicious.

I roasted the beef with green onions, garlic and a sherry-mustard sauce, carved the meat into 1 inch slices and served it with mini herb-roasted potatoes and asparagus.

Check out some photos:

Chopped green onions and garlic are sauteed and combined with sherry, mustard and soy sauce

Lovely mini gold potatoes combined with olive oil and herbs and roasted in the oven

Fresh, organic asparagus spears, roasted in foil with a dab of butter and sprinkled with tarragon leaves

Finished tenderloin, roasted to a perfect medium rare:

Check out the recipe for this Elegant Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Happy Eating!