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In the Mood

It’s currently raining at our Seaside Ranch Home. It wasn’t supposed to rain until tomorrow but apparently, Mother Nature had other plans. So did I…and they involved being outdoors. I’m quickly shifting into Plan B which includes sitting in front of the computer (with the pup in my lap) and composing a long overdue post. I was researching some information for another post idea that’s been swirling around in my head when I stumbled across the Italian blog of Antonella Pagliaroli, a full-time Italian food blogger and photographer who lives in the small town of Bracciano located about 20 miles northwest of Rome. The blog is called “Fotogrammi di Zucchero”, which translates to “Frames of Sugar”. It is a beautiful site chock full of captivating photography and recipes that even non-cooks (like myself) can appreciate. The site has a dark, moody quality to it that captures the feeling of this winter day perfectly.

The inspiration for today’s post title, In the Mood, is actually the name of Antonella’s online magazine, which led me to her website. The most current magazine she publishes is from almost a year ago but the 7 issues she has posted are a feast for the eyes and are still relevant today. 

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The whirlwind season of gift giving and never-ending holiday parties with copious amounts of food and drink has arrived. And if you are like me, you are always looking for simple, yet crowd pleasing recipes to share with guests. This goat cheese and cherry bruschetta peeked my interest with its festive appearance and ease of assembly. I made it yesterday and was very pleased with the results. It is definitely one that will be incorporated into our Christmas Eve Dinner menu. The printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.

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This recipe is a keeper and I can’t wait to jot it down on one of the new recipe cards I purchased from Bell’ Invito Stationers. As an early Christmas gift to myself, I bought their stylish black embossed recipe card holder and a few packages of spare blank recipe cards also! The cards have a few different motifs. I purchased the fork  & spoon motif, but I also love the sunburst design.

My new recipe box arrived on Saturday am very happy with it. It’s a tad larger than some traditional recipe boxes, which is great because it provides a little bit of extra room in the event I want to clip out or print a recipe and store it directly in the recipe box.  If you have any great recipes to share, please let me know. After all, I have an entire recipe box to fill with a few new culinary delights!

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Goat Cheese and Cherry Bruschetta
This is a super simple appetizer that is sure to be a hit! You can follow the recipe but I just eyeball my ingredients.

•  16 diagonally cut French baguette slices. Each slice cut to 1/2 inch thick.
•  2 tablespoons olive oil
•  4 ounces good quality goat cheese (chèvre)
• 16 to 26 canned or frozen black sweet cherries, drained, rinsed, and halved;or pitted fresh cherries, halved.
•  3 tablespoons honey
•  1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Preheat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush bread slices with olive oil. Grill bread oil side down for 3 to 5 minutes, or until grill marks form and edges. Transfer grilled bread to a plate and top with 2 or 3 halved cherries. Drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with thyme leaves. Enjoy!