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The Snowbird Hawthorne


The Snowbird Hawthorne

To begin..

A fire.. friends.. music.. and earthy nourishment
surfeits the heart’s own hunger…


Crimini Mushroom Tartines
  • 1/2 – 1 baguette, sliced thin and toasted,
  • lightly brushed with olive oil on one side
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1 pound (450g) crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup (splash) of white wine
  • handful Italian flat-leafed parsley, torn
  • 1/2 lemon
  • cream cheese
  1. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the mushroom pieces until they begin to turn a deep shade of brown, soften and become glossy. Add the garlic and saute for an additional minute. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Splash the pan with white wine and stir to deglaze the pan, allowing the liquids to thicken then evaporate.
  3. Remove from the burner and stir in the parsley. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice over and mix in.
  4. Spread a dollop of cream cheese on the toasted tartine, scoop a generous portion of mushrooms over top and serve.
adapted from laura calder

To continue…

Soupe aux Pois et Jambon { Green Split Pea Soup }

Soupe aux Pois et Jambon { Green Split Pea Soup }
  • 2 cups dried split green peas
  • olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 ham bone
  • leftover ham, diced (about 2 cups)
  • Creme Fraiche
  1. Measure 2 cups of dried green peas into a large container and cover with water. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the peas to sit overnight to soften.
  2. The next day, splash some olive oil in the bottom of a large soup pot. Add onion and lightly cook until the onion is translucent. Stir in the carrots and celery and sauté for an addition 5-8 minutes, just until the celery begins to soften. Season with salt, pepper and cloves. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Drain the two cups of peas into a colander and rinse with cold water.
  4. Add 10 cups of water to the vegetables. Put the ham bone in and simmer for 90 minutes, until the peas are tender. If there is meat on the bone, remove and cut off the meat and add back into the soup. Add the diced leftover ham and continue to cook until the soup is hot and simmering, about 20 more minutes. Remove the bay leaves, taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Serve hot with a dollop of creme fraiche.


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And to finish..

It would be remiss of me not to thank my fellow bloggers for the wonderful blogging awards they’ve passed on to me. Although I can’t seem to get around to playing by the rules.. I always feel so honored and grateful that I’ve been mentioned.

Sue has the prettiest blog, I was motivated to work on mine from the day I set eyes on hers. Sue is a visual artist living in Vermont.. a place I long to visit one day. She has beautiful photographs and stories, lambs and chickens (I’m jealous) over at her aptly named 129 Twig & Vine.

Thank you so much to Jo of restlessjo, as you can imagine, she writes passionately about her travels and her adventures are documented with luscious photography that will tempt you to travel.

The lovely Giovanna from Blue Jellybeans,  was born in Panama and now resides in Spain, she’s full of surprises, introducing me to new foods and ingredients and her thoughtful writing always gives me pause to think.

Be sure to stop by Peri’s Spice Ladle and savor her wonderful global and Indian recipes… she’s sure to tantalize you with her exotic ingredients and Fusion Cuisine!

If photography is your passion, you’ll love Terri’s Images by T.Dashfield website.. she’s already been published.. a few times, so we’re really excited for her! She’s an insightful writer and this gives us insight into her photographer’s spirit.

Then there’s Viveka of myguiltypleasures.. she’ll make you laugh, cry and will inspire you with her passion for music, arts, and her travel adventures.

You might long to become a full time photographer, I know I do.. well then stop in and visit Joylene, Photography by Joylene you’ll love her portrait photography!

Richard of REM Cooks loves to cook for his beautiful wife, you’ll enjoy his recipes too! He’ll give you the background on his dish.. so much more than just the ingredients for a recipe!

Be sure to visit Meryl at Recovery Thru My Lens.. we’re often on the same wave-length with our poetry:) She’ll take you on her journey of healing through photography and the written word.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the lovely Mar of Life Through the Kitchen Window.. her food photography is often the starting point of so many inspirational ideas, just reading through her recipes makes me want to get cooking!

There are so many other blogs that I love to read.. the other day I had 200+ in my Inbox.. my son asked me how that was possible.. it just is, because each time I hesitate and then “click”.. I’m taken to another country, another home, another kitchen.. and another friend.

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