Up until now my posts have been primarily food oriented, in spite of the "Adventures" in the title. This will now change, because although I believe my recipes are good, there's so much more to share. From today going forward I will offer a few interesting places, people, events, and food (of course) from the last week or so, and hopefully you'll get some ideas to inspire your own comings and goings.
|Terranea Resort - Palos Verdes, CA|
Situated on bluffs above the Pacific
Ocean in Palos Verdes, CA, this 5-diamond resort is a bit of heaven on earth.
|Compliments of Terranea|
|Catalina's Kitchen at Terranea Resort|
Gifts from the Garden
My friend Wendy is never too far from a garden or her kitchen, whipping up homemade breads, jams, and ice creams, often using fresh picked herbs and fruits. As a b-day gift she cleverly took something from the kitchen and something from the garden to create this beautiful, unique planter.
And while we're in the garden, here's one of the small mosaic planters I recently made. Broken tiles/china, glass beads, paint, and a terracotta pot -
When life hands you lots of sweet, juicy, seasonal Muscato Grapes (from Melissa's), you can whip up a tart or pie, or Parfait du Jour, or my new favorite morning, noon, and bedtime snack - frozen grapes.
Like little orbs of grape sorbet, a cupful will last a while and give you lots of grape goodness to enjoy. To freeze grapes, put a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and place grapes on the sheet in a single layer. Place in the freezer until the grapes are solid and then transfer the grapes to a freezer bag. What's really cool is that each color (green, red, black) freezes differently, and each has it's own flavor and sweetness.
Another Contest I Didn't Win But Enjoyed Anyway
When my friend Valentina of Cooking on the Weekends
Until next time.....