Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Potimarron (Roasted Pumpkin)

Roasted Pumpkin
There really isn’t any need for a specific recipe for roasting potimarrion; simply wash the outside well, dry it, then cut it in half with a large knife. (Be careful as the round shape can make it move around a bit.) Once halved, use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC) and drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet. You can use a non-stick sheet one or line the pan with parchment paper for easier clean up.
Sprinkle with coarse or sea salt and black or chili pepper. Other additions can include some thinly sliced garlic; fresh thyme, rosemary or sage; or cinnamon and brown sugar or maple syrup, replacing the olive oil with butter.
Slice the potimarron into crescents about the width of your thumb and toss them in the olive oil and other ingredients on the baking sheet. They should be in a single layer. (If you have a lot, roast them on two trays, or refrigerate the rest for another day.)
Roast the slices on the lower rack of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, flipping them midway during baking, until they’re cooked to your liking.
Once roasted, the slices can be served warm, and any leftovers can be used in dishes like a Roasted Root Vegetable Salad and Wheat Berry Salad, Farro Salad, or in place of the butternut squash in Israeli Couscous Salad with Preserved Lemons

Friday, June 9, 2017

Nice, France.

Nice, France-The Magnificent Cote D'Azur. via

Le Palais Saleya-Nice, France.

Le Palais Saleya, hôtel résidence haut de gamme vient d'ouvrir ses portes en plein coeur du Vieux Nice--The Palace Saleya, high-end residence hotel has just opened its doors in the heart of old Nice.

Friday, June 2, 2017

He is just my dog

"He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need him. And I expect I will - as I always have. He is just my dog."

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Today, we honor the courageous men and women who dedicated their lives to serving our country.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Just start

“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just... start.”

Friday, May 26, 2017


(Reflecting)--As I approach my twilight years, I am struck by the inevitability that the party must end soon. And one clear, cold morning after I'm gone, my loved ones will awaken in the warmth of their bedroom and be struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore." No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute." Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never return before we can say good-bye, or say "I love you." So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage, and old cars, and children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, and because we are worth it. Some things we keep, like a best friend who moved away or a son-in-law after a divorce. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what. Life is important, like people we know who are special. And so, we keep them close! Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know how you really feel? The important thing is to let every one of your friends know your true feelings, even if you think they don't love you back.