Let’s Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

I’m very blessed with a wonderful group of girlfriends.
We have all decided to start a group/gathering; inspire, learn, and of course a healthy dose of girl-time.

We plan to get together every eight weeks or so… Every gathering will have a theme; cooking, crafting, gardening, a special guest and much more….I thought it best to have a “soft launch” with a holiday dinner.
Of course not everyone could make this work, however the majority of the girls could.
-Ringing in some holiday cheer, homemade eats and discuss topics/themes for upcoming gatherings.

There is not much I have more passion for than entertaining and creating culinary bites that take your taste buds to the ultimate experience.
I wanted every detail original and authentic. I wanted these special moments to be memories when each of them thought back on them they would always have a big smile and possibly a twinkle in their eye.
As one of my girlfriends always says; “I could just sit on your bench in your kitchen and watch you create.”
This gives me goosebumps! This is such an honor and a huge compliment.
This is when I’m at one of the highest highs.
Like an artist painting on a blank canvas.
For me it fills me with so much joy and endless happiness.

I do not fear much for trying new creations in my kitchen.
My rule of thumb: research several recipes. Mainly I will start with my favorite chefs/mentors. Then I move on to top blogs that I love and admire. I usually will compare the top ones. Always “real ingredients” are the one that make the cut.
A recipe is a guideline to me, nothing more.
Yes, on baking the first time through I will follow precisely. And always at that moment I will think of my grandma Neva. What a baker she was and I hope she knows then and in this present moments, I think the world of her. My sister-in-law too. She is high on the pedestal with my grandmother.
Thankful they both have added so much to my life. In the kitchen and beyond…

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Hand rolled pasta for pumpkin ravioli’s. I had a birthday gift card from my parents and was ecstatic to finally buy one of these from “mommy’s toy store” William Sonoma. My boys know this well and laugh, giggle & smirk when I say “let’s go to mommy’s toy store.”

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My love for creating dessert bars…
My sister-in-law had such a great idea on making “Cranberry Bliss Bars” perfect flavor to go with the menu.
As dessert bar is plural I thought what better than Crème Brûlée to bring the entire menu together.
I made an infused vanilla bean brûlée . It is just a few extra steps and one the ladies would be sure to remember.

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Godiva Liquor, Baileys & Coffee had us all feeling the magic of the season-
A special treat!

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NW Sunset was gracing our holiday dinner party today. After a week of windstorms, gloomy, grey and many rain showers. It was such a bright, beautiful touch to a special evening.

Homemade bread- Rosemary & Plain. A must to use a recipe from an amazing Italian chef that I had the honor to be tight his caramelized garlic dipping sauce.
It is a favorite amongst my family, friends and anyone who tries it

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And our celebrations were in full swing. Dinner with a few photos below. Thank you Deb for reminding me to take them.
Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Fresh Sage Sauce, caramelized ginger spicy French green beans and I almost forgot to share a salad I made from one I had a few weeks prior in LA.
My dear friend Jonesy and I were in love with its flavors and I was determined to reinvent a replica. The flavors were so in depth of the season: cinnamon, pomegranate, butternut & quinoa.

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Fresh Cranberry Bellini

Cheers to these lovely ladies that bring me unconditional joy. They all add so much to my life. I adore each of them in different ways. I admire and learn from them as parents. They all have such wonderful children. Thankful we all share the same strong morals & values. This is our link that will always connect us. They are all individually authentic in what they bring to a friendship. I feel it is endless and that will always continue to blossom.

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