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On YouTube: Pasta Al Forno Dell’ultimo Minuto – Ricetta facile – Quick and Easy Italian Baked Pasta Recipe

April 24th, 2017 No comments

A quick and easy recipe for baked pasta, directly from Italy and this Italian YouTube Channel. There is no narration on the video, so the language barrier is a bit less and the complete recipe, in English, is available in the video description. — Douglas

Pasta Al Forno Dell’ultimo Minuto – Ricetta facile – Quick and Easy Italian Baked Pasta Recipe

Pasta Al Forno Dell'ultimo Minuto - Ricetta facile - Quick and Easy Italian Baked Pasta Recipe

PASTA AL FORNO DELL’ULTIMO MINUTO Ricetta facile – Quick and Easy Italian Baked Pasta Recipe. Pasta al forno dell’ultimo minuto, ricetta facile, un primo piatto di pasta gratinato in forno. Sugo, salsiccia e mozzarella filante, un piatto completo, ricco e succulento, con pochi ingredienti!

Complete recipe in the video description



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April 24th, 2017 No comments

Meatball Sandwiches from last night

April 24th, 2017 No comments

Lemon Curd White Chocolate Chip Cookies via Closet Cooking

April 23rd, 2017 No comments
Lemon curd and white chocolate are 2 of my favorite things. You can bet I am going to be trying a batch of these as soon as I can. Lemon curd can be a bit pricey, but the cookies certainly look worth it. I’m sure I’ll have to ration myself to 1 or 2 a day, though. They look and sound waaaaay too yummy! — Douglas
 
 
With Spring here and Easter right around the corner I have been thinking about brighter recipes, recipes with lemons in particular, and with a fresh batch of homemade lemon curd and I was thinking that it would be perfect in some white chocolate chip cookies! White chocolate chip cookies are my all time favourite cookie and I usually make them with macadamia nuts so I took my favourite recipe and modified it by removing the nuts and adding plenty of lemon! I started by removing some of the butter to replace it with lemon curd and I increased the flour to compensate for the increase in moisture and I added a large heaping tablespoon of fresh lemon zest for an even more intense lemon flavour! These lemon curd white chocolate chip cookies are so quick and easy to make! Seriously! You could whip off a double batch and be thoroughly enjoying them 30 minutes from now! 
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Bouquet 2

April 23rd, 2017 No comments

Bouquet 1

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert [Book]

April 21st, 2017 No comments

I first saw mention of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear in some magazine I was reading. There were several writing and creativity books mentioned and I quickly requested those I hadn’t previously read from my local library. What I hadn’t noticed, until I started reading the book was that it was written by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love. This often happens to me. I don’t recognize famous people out in public or important people in a company or government. It is just not something I am attuned to. In this case, I might not even have started to the read the book had I known more about the author. Sometimes coming to a new resource “cold” allow you to take in important lessons without any preconceptions.

One big thing I agree with Gilbert on is that writing — like many creative pursuits — is indeed magic. Whether I have been writing, performing music, singing with a choir, performing solo or walking onstage in the play or musical, there is something amazingly magical in what results. Thinking that creativity is magic doesn’t mean that it is unattainable for everyone, though, only that we have to treat creativity as something that is special and — most importantly — something that everyone should experience, as often as possible, in their lives. 

Big Magic isn’t a book about writing, with special exercises, meditations, or prescriptions. Rather it is a book about having and coping with a creative life. Creativity is always seen as something special — found only in select others — and this can lead to our own denial of its power and rewards and our own abilities. In a section entitled Permission, Gilbert says that we should all be “entitled”. This is a loaded word these days, but the fact is, we should all feel entitled to engage in creativity throughout our lives, regardless of what others might say or do or how much they try to dissuade us. Creativity is a certain, inalienable right, like those others laid out in the Declaration of Independence. In fact, I consider it one large part of “the pursuit of happiness” that Jefferson gave such importance.

One of the most important lessons Gilbert imparts is one that many creatives might not want to hear. She says that, in most cases, you shouldn’t depend on or expect your creativity to support you financially. In fact, she thinks this is one of the best ways to kill of your creativity entirely. If you expect your music or poetry or photography to support you, you quickly turn the magical into drudgery. What you once loved to do becomes a hateful burden and if allowed to continue, will kill your desire to create. 

Sure, some lucky few might be able to support themselves from their creativity, but most will not. In fact, she says, “with rare exceptions, creative fields make for crap careers. (They make for crap careers, that is, if you define a “career” as something that provides for your financially in a fair and foreseeable manner, which is a pretty reasonable definition of a career.)”

No matter how successful you may become, there will still be aspects of any job that you hate — the bureaucracy, the finances, the constant travel and more. On the other hand, Gilbert says, “Creative living can be an amazing vocation, if you have the love and courage and persistence to see it that way.” For myself, I often say, “Love your creativity, but don’t necessarily expect for it to love you back.” There is much to be gained from creativity, but money not be the most abundant nor important.

Big Magic is divided into short, easily consumable, sections — more like a collection of essays, although unlike some similar books, it holds together well as a complete book, too. You can read it from cover to cover, as I did, or jump from essay to another as your mood — and your creative need — strikes you.

Come to Big Magic to help you understand and better manage your own creative life. Creativity is never an easy path, as either vocation or avocation, but it is amazing and something that everyone should experience in some way. Like most things in life, though, having a guide along a strange and confusing path is always more helpful than we might like to admit. Consider Big Magic one such guide in your creative life. Now, head out on your own creative journey.

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23 Classic Cocktails You Need to Know How to Make via Bon Appetit

April 21st, 2017 No comments

I’m on medication which is severely harshing my cocktail vibe at the moment, but I’ll keep this post around for the future when I can work my way through most of all of them. (SMILE) Everyone should taste the classics at some point so you know how crazy some of our newer cocktails are. — Douglas

Knowing how to make classic cocktails is important. There’s only one problem: There are a lot of them. Unless you’re a bartender, there’s no way you’ll remember what goes into a Sazerac or the proportions of a Moscow Mule. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the 23 most important stalwart drinks to know how to make, from a Manhattan to a Daiquiri to a simple whiskey on the rocks. Check them out in the slideshow and get shaking (and stirring).

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Rustic Genuine Leather Pencil Roll – Pen and Pencil Case by Rustic Ridge Leather

April 20th, 2017 No comments

I spotted this via Boing Boing and it looks sweet. I could see adding this to my travel art kit although i would probably use it more fro paintbrushes than pencils or pastels. Still, you might find this nice for your own artistic pursuits, whatever they may be. — Douglas

 Rustic Genuine Leather Pencil Roll - Pen and Pencil Case by Rustic Ridge Leather

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On YouTube: Grilled Greek Chicken – Garlic, Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken Recipe from Food Wishes

April 20th, 2017 No comments

Rosanne saw this recipe and wanted to make it immediately. This is always a good sign. It does look very tasty. We might even get around to trying it out this weekend. — Douglas

On YouTube: Grilled Greek Chicken – Garlic, Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken Recipe from Food Wishes

On YouTube: Grilled Greek Chicken - Garlic, Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken Recipe from Food Wishes

As I mentioned in the video, the secret to this simple chicken is a very powerful marinade. This is one of those rare recipes where, when in doubt, we add a little more. Above and beyond that, the only way to ruin this would be to singe the skin/marinade with too high, direct heat.

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