Ratatouille Style Shakshuka

Ratatouille Style Shakshuka

Ratatouille is a traditional French Provencal style stewed vegetable dish. It is usually served as a side dish with dinner, but is also used in breakfast and lunch settings.  It consists mainly of Tomatoes, onion, zucchini, eggplant, peppers & herbs like herbes de Provence. It is typically prepared as a stew of squash, with each vegetable being sautéed separately before being layered into a baking dish and baked. Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in tomatoes, chile peppers & cumin. It is of Tunisan and Moroccan Jewish origin. It is very easy to prepare and makes a…
French Crepes with an American Twist

French Crepes with an American Twist

My son Mac is engaged to a wonderful young French woman named Cindy who happens to be a pretty expert crepe maker! I asked her to come over this Sunday for brunch to show me the secret to making the best French Crepes. The deal was that she would make the crepes and I would make the inside part. She had quite a challenge because I did not have a real crepe pan, but we ended up with some very nice crepes anyway!  (guess what I want for Christmas..) Crepes are really just…
Summer Comes to the Central Park Conservatory

Summer Comes to the Central Park Conservatory

5/28/15 The Central Park Conservatory is one of the most beautiful parts of the park. It is way up at the northeast corner of the park right next to The Harlem Meer. Many people never wander up that far, but if you ever get a chance it is well worth a trip! It is a six acre formal garden in Central Park and they take immaculate care of it. It is divided into three sections with a different garden style in each; Italian, French & English. They are always planting new flowers and…
Spring Finally Comes to New York City / 3/20/15

Spring Finally Comes to New York City / 3/20/15

3/20/15 Spring is officially finally here! It is pretty exciting to see the first true signs of it appearing in Central Park after the long cold winter we all went through. A patch of Snow Drops under a tree at the Conservatory in Central Park. Snow Drops poking out from the cold hard ground, amongst the dried leaves and bits of leftover snow. 3/23 The first crocuses peeking up from the ground. Warm weather is around the corner - although it is still pretty cold outside! 4/6/15 - The Conservatory in Central Park -…
First Snow of the Year in the City, and the “Blizzard of 2015″

First Snow of the Year in the City, and the “Blizzard of 2015″

January 6th / 2015 Our first snow of the year! It's actually pretty and I can't complain because it has been a rather mild winter so far compared to 2014. We shall see what the rest of the winter brings! The Conservatory in Central Park  The view out the window early in the morning. Parker & Bailey in the snow. January 24 - A wintry day in Central Park. A flock of Pintail ducks all trying to find a place to swim in "The Pool". 1/27/15   -   The so called "Blizzard…
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