Spreading the love… of curd 

This year, Alex and I stayed home on Valentine’s day.  No neighborhood parties, no dinner reservations, just the two of us, well, three with our dog Wiley.  A neighbor had told us about this great Persian supermarket with amazing fruits, veggies and meats.  We took a field trip to see what it was all about and stock up for V-day dinner.  We got a rack of lamb, Persian flat bread, and colorful tomatoes.

How to be Neighborly: Let your neighbors in on the secret hole in the wall finds!

Now I was off to menu planning.  My mom had given me some blood orange curd, so I needed to find some way to use that for dessert. So this was what I whipped up for dinner: Continue reading


The Breakfast Club

Last Sunday, we and a couple neighbors decided to get together for an impromptu breakfast. We decided we wanted to start a club… a breakfast club… in celebration of good friends, good food, and good mimosa’s. It was hosted in one of my favorite backyards (#yardenvy) with the most beautiful outdoor room, complete with a long dining table, orbital chandelier, and fireplace. To lessen the pressure on the hosts, we all contributed a dish or drinks.  One attendee had squeezed the orange juice fresh from her tree for the mimosas.  There were bloody mary’s too, but more on that in another post.  One couple brought a fresh kale salad harvested from their garden, and the hosts provided the obligatory bacon and eggs.  My contribution was some simple French Toast, and fruit with whipped cream. I always like to add a little something special to my dishes, so I added nutmeg and cinnamon to both the French Toast and the whipped cream. Everyone seemed to love it. The whipped cream ended up not only on the fruit, but on toast and coffee too.

How to be neighborly: Nothing beats a good mimosa.

Here’s my recipe for the perfect whipped cream to top seasonal off fruit.


Spiced Whipped Cream

  • ½ c whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp Brandy
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Combine all together and mix with a handheld mixer, or a whip if you want a workout.