Some people object to the term “foodie”, but how else can I explain my obsession that has led me to start cooking and baking again?  That’s a mesclun salad with blackberries, raspberries and fingerling potatoes with lemon sesame soy dressing.

More berries for triple berry muffins and Lemon Berry Pitcher Punch from 101 Sangrias & Pitcher Drinks by Kim Haasarud of Liquid Architecture.

Food Bloggers: I commend your ability to take gorgeous shots while you’re in the middle of everything: I’m either too messy, or forget, so here’s a Chocolate Carmalua cake from a recipe by Mrs. Fields cooling by the window, but without the caramel sauce.

I finally found the cord to my rice cooker and made some Korean namool: sesame seasoned spinach, shiitakes and zucchini.

Koru Kate and I had a lovely dinner by the water at Trinity in Hoboken: here’s the chicken pot pie and a Panda’s Dream cocktail. 

Louise and I had a WONDERFUL dinner at Kin Shop with a delicious menu by Chef Harold Dieterie: my fave was the Warm Sliced Snap Peas with Diver Sea Scallops, Crispy Shallots, Pea Greens & Toasted Coconut. We also had Aquatic Vegetables, Fried Pork & Crispy Oyster Salad, Stir Fried Rice Flakes with Rock Shrimp, Massaman Braised Goat, fabulous cocktails made with house-infused ginger mekhong, guava nectar, thai basil and rum, and tasty Galangal Ice Cream and Calamansi Sorbet…amazing…
Next day I prepped for a lunch for my aunt and her husband.  You can see Mila being very helpful in the background.
No time to iron the tablecloth!
We started with tomato, basil and mozzarella with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I tried my hand at some huge scallops from The Black Dog Summer on the Vineyard Cookbook.  No pic here of the smoked chili cream, but it was quite tasty.
And we finished with Lepore’s Home Made Chocolates.
Since I was being a hostess I didn’t make it to my parents’ trip to Valley Shepherd Creamery but my Dad sent me some pics of baby sheep, alpacas…
and some very nice looking wool.  I want to go back and take one of their cheesemaking classes!
At the end of the day there were some leftovers for me.
And my aunt brought me some pink pasta and a pink spatula she won at a raffle for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Wonder what I’ll make with these…we’ll see.