Tartlets and other Tidbits

IMG_2159.JPGThese three little tartlets represent a day of sheer fun for me! I am finally pain free, and back to baking and cooking, feeling incredibly thankful.

Life feels so rich right now, as I reflect on the past several months, and things I have been able to do.  I have two Italian students, as well as a beginners conversation group. Last week, I catered an eighth grade graduation party for eight people, and did a surf and turf theme, which was a bit new for me. It was fun to break out of my comfort zone of mostly Italian dishes. I am really wanting to do that in order to expand my horizons. As hard as it is for me to believe, not everyone shares the same enthusiasm for Italian food as I do!

The menu consisted of  shrimp cocktail as an appetizer, copper river salmon, steak, warm spinach salad with bacon and boiled eggs on top, rice pilaf, steamed broccoli, and chocolate fondue for dessert, with lots of beautiful, colorful fruit.

In July, I am going to be catering a rehearsal dinner for 30 people. It is great just having little events here and there to stay busy.

Today, I met with someone from my neighborhood and discussed the possibility of preparing food for children, teenagers, and teachers in a Jewish community. This is an exciting opportunity, as it will teach me about the Kosher diet. That would begin in the fall.

I have said it before, and I will say it again. Food is such a beautiful means of bringing people together. Just the thought of preparing a beautiful table with some candles, fresh flowers, and simple place settings. Add quality people to that equation, and that’s what memories are made of!

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