Monday, February 28, 2011

Rainy Monday

It is raining in NYC this morning.  The little bird outside our window doesn't seem to care.  What's it like where you are?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday Edibles - Shrimp and Grits

This is one of the easiest and quickest recipes that produces a delicious meal! They key is a lot of cheese and butter, but especially cheese. If you think you have a lot already, go ahead and use some more.

I have to make a disclaimer that all portions are approximate. I usually make this from my memory and don't measure much of anything.

1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (with the tails left on for more flavor)
3-4 tablespoons butter
2-3 cloves fresh garlic
1/2 fresh lemon juice
1 cup freshly grated cheese (Parmesan, Comte, Gruyere or a mix of them)
fresh parsley for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

1.  Melt butter in a frying pan.  Crush garlic and add to the butter.  Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and cook until pink and cooked through.  Set aside and garnish with parsley leaves.  Sprinkle with lemon juice.

2.  Cook a desired amount of grits according to the directions on the box.  It's really pretty easy and goes something like this: combine appropriate amounts of grits and water. Add salt. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, until all the water is absorbed.

3.  Now comes the fun part!  Add a lot of butter and a lot of cheese.  The more cheese, the better, if you ask me.  Stir well until the cheese has melted.

All done and ready to serve!  Easy, wasn't it?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentine's Giveaway Winner!

Jacqueline is the winner of this beautiful lariat!  Thank you for playing, everyone, and congratulations to the winner!  I've already sent you an e-mail so that you can claim your prize.

By the way, I've been playing around with my new macro lens.  I love it!  It has a very shallow depth of field (F/2.8).  If you're not familiar with F-stops, just think: the lower the number, the more shallow depth of field (and the less is in focus).  As you can see, hardly anything is in focus in this picture!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Mouse is nothing but trouble...

But Momma doesn't seem to care. :(


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Let It Snow!

Last week, we woke up to this:

I love it when it snows and find NY beautiful in the winter!