To Whet, Not to Sate

November 10, 2014

Appetizers. A savory little something to the whet the appetite…a prelude of what’s to come. On Thanksgiving there is always plenty, so the idea of keeping these little bites simple makes sense. With a cocktail or a glass of sparkling wine there could be no better paring than Frico…a baked Parmesan crisp. If these were any easier in fact, they’d make themselves. And, only one ingredient…parmesan cheese. Pre-heat your oven to 375 and drop tablespoons of shaved Parmesan cheese onto a parchment lined baking tray. Spread the mounds to a uniform thickness approx 3″ in diameter. Bake the trays one at a time for about 8-10 minutes, watching closely, until golden. Remove trays from the oven and cool slightly before moving the Frico to a rack to cool completely. These can be made a few days ahead and stored in an airtight container getting one task out-of-the-way earlier in that busy week. Why not check the fridge, turn on the oven and knock out a batch now?  Think of it as a little taste test for the holidays ahead.

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Everyday flowers…

May 7, 2012

continued. Well, another day of bargains in the Kroger floral department. Glorious yellow pincushion protea ( which I think were already a good value at their regular price of $4) marked down to $.99 each.  Wha   ????  Plus the added bonus of some bear greass with each. So, here we go… simply drop them both in a taller cylindrical vase ( pottery/ glass/Pringles can) or lop off their heads and place them in the bottom of a simple on-the-rocks glass ( to be used anywhere you might have 4 square inches that needs a chic little lift, singly or in multiples…..end table, night stand, powder room, on top of a stack of books on the coffee table, your desk).  It’s no simplequietmodern secret that you can live so well on so little.

There is a Chinese proverb that is applicable here  that says ” If you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other.”