Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pate' Recipe

This is a very bad photo of the wreath I made yesterday. I will eventually have a good photo of the completed project.

Today's post is not a pretty one. There is nothing pretty about pate'. But, don't let that stop you from trying this recipe! This is the best pate' I have ever eaten. This used to be served at one of my favorite restaurants many years ago. They sat a bowl of it on the table when they seated you. It was love at first bite for me. I asked for the recipe and was denied. I wrote to the chef on a daily basis for months begging for the recipe. Finally, after several months, an envelop showed up with 50 copies of the recipe in it. Haha...I finally broke him down!

For obvious reasons, I only make this once a year. And I left the cream out of this photo.

Chop 2 cups of onions.

Saute' them in 1/2 cup of melted butter until they begin to turn golden brown. Add several bay leaves, 1 tablespoon of powdered cloves and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Add salt and pepper. Taste it later and adjust seasoning.

Add 2 1/2 cups of cleaned chicken livers. Saute' them stirring until they turn gray.

Add 1 cup of dry sherry.

Cook it over medium heat stirring until it turns pasty.

Add 1 cup of cream. Puree this mixture in a food processor until smooth.

Cube 2 1/2 pounds of butter and whisk it in piece by piece until it melts and is incorporated.

It should have a nice smooth silky texture.

Stir in 1/4 cup of chopped parsley.

Taste to see if it needs more salt. Pour into containers and refrigerate overnight before serving. This is wonderful spread on my no knead cranberry nut bread. It is wonderful spread on anything!

All of the food from the last weeks travels tomorrow with The Blog Tech to be served at my daughter's events. He will be guest blogging for a couple of days.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I'm Busy

I started on my outdoor decorating project. Can you tell which one of these I did first? They aren't exactly the same shape. I did the one on the left yesterday and was not actually sure what I was doing. The one on the right was built this morning. It came out much better. I will show the progress on the project as I go along. There is going to be a lot of hot gluing happening around here this week.

I put the garland around the front door and will decorate it this week.

I could not get a full photo of it because it is pouring down rain here. I will get a good shot when it is finished.

My garden room looks like a Christmas bomb exploded.

I started decorating out back too.

In progress.

This is what the basement refrigerator looks like right now. This morning I made a dozen jars of brandy hard sauce and 8 pounds of cranberry/horseradish, shallot, cream cheese spread.

This is going to be one of those decorating attempts that is either going to be great or a total disaster. I'll keep you posted. I have hundreds of red and green bulbs from the year I put up twin trees in the garden room and covered them in red and green. I am trying to clear things out around here so I picked this projects to give all of these bulbs a last hurrah. These will all get tossed after the holidays!

Monday, November 28, 2011


Teddy is on the way home from the hospital minus the cone! The doctors said that her eyes look very good. I hope they are right this time!

Teddy is ready to get back to her regular life. She wants to eat out of her big bowl and drink water without our help. She wants to be able to go up and down the steps again.

Without the cone I can gnaw on my bone!

I am ready for my closeup Mr. Demille.

I want to be able to sleep on my side without cone noise.

It is time for me to romp in the snow.

No more cone I say....enough is enough!

This is what I have to say about cones.

Life without cones is blissful!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

We Are Still Eating Turkey

I have been creating different turkey sandwiches each day to give everyone their fill of turkey but keep them from getting bored. This one was quite a hit.

I used my potato rolls covered in "everything" topping. Then layered some turkey on them. There is thinly sliced onion and sweet and hot mustard under the turkey.

Add some fried panchetta.

Then some coleslaw I made.

And some very thinly sliced apple.

A slice of cheddar cheese.

A bit more turkey.

Open wide. This made my guys very happy.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tree Cutting

The tree farm was a little sparse this year.

Here come the trees cutters. You can just bet they are talking sports.

The Blog Tech cuts a small one for my bedroom! Big boy, small tree!

And the conehead finds a pumpkin. She inspected it closely. You can see the rotten pumpkin on the side of the cone.

Well, it used to be a good pumpkin mama!

I finally find the tree I want and take it down the hill to be bound.

Trees on the car. I used to put up 8-10 trees when the kids were still living at home. This year I am only doing one large one and one small one since I still have so much cooking and baking to do. I think I will heavily decorate my front porch though!

Here comes the lumber jack with the big tree.

Who knew The Blog Tech was a tree hugger?

A big strong tree hugger!

All of the greens just waiting to be used.

And the poor little puppy. She broke her cone and now it is duct taped. It has dents and scratches all over it too.

Hoping the cone comes off on Monday!