Happy Halloween… by Gloria

~our jack-o-lantern~

Now that this hurricane has passed and thankfully all our friends and family are safe, I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Halloween. Because of the storm, I had a couple days off and I have to say, I really enjoyed being indoors. I baked cookies, cooked big dinners, sipped on some spiked hot cocoa, and watched movies while curled up on the couch. I guess it was natures little way of reminding us all to slow down and enjoy some time with our loved ones. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween.

Pappardelle con Piselli e Salmone… by Gloria

I am not a huge fan of salmon by any means. In fact, it’s one of the only fish that I’m not fond of. However, my boyfriend loves it so I decided to cook this up for him over the weekend. I have to say that the flavors balanced out so well that even I enjoyed it! Here is my recipe for Pappardelle with Peas and Salmon. I hope you enjoy it!

Saute’ shallots in olive oil.
Add peas (i use the frozen ones).

While peas are cooking:
Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and add pasta.
Cook for 8-10 minutes for al dente perfection.
I used fresh Lemon Pepper Papardelle which complemented the dish so nicely

Next, take 2 pieces of salmon and gently brush with a bit of olive oil, sea salt and fresh black pepper.
Broil for 5 minutes on each side.
Once ready, remove skin from salmon (this should come off rather easily)
and flake into small pieces.

Add the salmon and some cream to the pan with peas (I use Italian “panna” instead of heavy cream- you can find it in most Italian gourmet food shops) and let cook for a few minutes.

Drain the pasta and add to the pan with peas, salmon and cream.
Toss to coat the pasta for a minute or two over medium heat

Place pasta onto a serving dish and garnish with a generous amount of freshly grated lemon zest (this gave the pasta such an amazing flavor!)

Buon Appetito!


Fall Time in Cold Spring, NY… by Gloria

This weekend in NY was incredibly beautiful. The weather was in the mid-high 60’s and it made for a perfect Fall-time escape. We drove out to Cold Spring, NY for a day of hiking, antique shopping, and admiring the fall foliage in what seemed to be hundreds of different colors. I’m officially in full Fall-time swing.

~ super tall, skinny trees along our hike~

~exposed tree roots~

~inside the herb garden at Boscobel Estate~

~small house on the grounds of Boscobel Estate~

~leaves in all colors- a hike on the grounds of the Estate~

 ~Boscobel Estate~

~the view: overlooking the Hudson Valley~

Fall with Friends… by Gloria

~ a brisk walk in the forest~

There is something about the start of Fall that I love. It must be the smell of the crisp, brisk air and the exciting feeling of knowing that the Holidays and everything that comes with it is right around the corner. I’m already looking forward to hot chocolate by a fireplace, dinner parties with friends and cozy, chunky sweaters. Since we’ve returned from Italy, we’ve already enjoyed a chilly brooklyn pizza crawl with friends, a long walk in the forest, oyster happy hour, and best of all, an amazing lobster dinner with family over the weekend.

~pizza at Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn~

~dinner with family: crab meat stuffed lobster served on lobster dishes~
~oyster happy hour with a friends at Flex Mussels~