Saturday, November 30, 2019

garden chronicles, the clematis

I adore clematis, I want to dedicate this page to the varieties I have on hand with pictures to follow next year when they are in their glorious bloom! California is finally getting its winter weather, the perfect time to take stock in the garden! I have sprinkled clematis throughout the rose garden, I can't wait for the years to come to see them ramble through my many roses...

clematis in the rose garden
Guernsey cream 2 on entry gate
avant-garde 2 on south side path
bourbon, center path, left side
killian Donahue, center path, right side
blue, unknown, 2 top center path
earnest markham top path south
montana on swing
multi blue, 2 behind tunnel
h f young bottom center path right side
dark blue unknown clematis, center path left side
Vancouver cotton candy above bench bottom
Nellie moser, above arch top

white garden
Guernsey cream

still need to plant
mrs n Thompson
henryi 2

Saturday, November 23, 2019

tuscan salmon

Tuscan salmon
olive oil
sear in hot oil, 5' per side
remove and set aside
in pan drippings melt and sauté
2 T butter
5 T garlic
small onion
handful of sundried tomatoes and fry for 2'
1 cup white wine
simmer and reduce sauce
add 1 3/4 c cream
season to taste
3 cups spinach, stir until wilted
1/2 c parmesan
simmer until well blended
add fish back in sauce
top with chopped parsley
my husband calls this fish candy~

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

tiramisu cheesecake

hands down my new favorite decadent dessert...

 tiramisu cheesecake

preheat oven to 325
use 9" spring form pan

1 1/4 c of crushed vanilla wafers
1/4 melted butter
2 T sugar

mix and press in pan, bake for 10', let cool


lady fingers
1 c Kahlua
1/4 c expresso, I used starbucks double shot

dip the lady fingers in the above mixture and arrange over over crust, drizzle any remaining liquid over lady fingers


8 oz cream cheese
16 oz mascarpone
1/4 c sugar
mix at low speed

in separate bowl whip together
1 c whipping cream
1/2 c powder sugar
2 T vanilla

combine mascarpone mixture with whip cream
fold in 1/4 c Kahlua
spread over the the lady fingers
refrigerate until set

decorate with
whip cream
chocolate covered coffee beans
cocoa powder

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

chicken piccata

thin sliced chicken breasts
coat chicken with above mixture in a baggie
sauté in olive oil until golden
remove from pan
T butter
T olive oil
artichoke hearts
c of white wine
1/2 c chicken stock
simmer until reduced by half
juice of one lemon
add chicken back in and simmer 2'
sprinkle with fresh parsley