Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Escalloped Tomatoes

From Make it Now Bake It Later Cookbook- Barbara Goodfellow

A favorite for years. I hope you'll try it!

2 large cans tomatoes
8 whole cloves
8 whole peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3/4 c brown sugar
3 or 4 slices while bread pulled into dime size pieces
2 T butter
Put cloves, peppercorns, and bay leaf in cheesecloth
Cook tomatoes underlined, cheesecloth bag, and a dash of salt on stove very slowly for 30 minutes. Stir often.
Add onion, sugar, bread and butter. Place in greased baking dish.
When ready to bake, remove cheesecloth bag and contents and bake at 400 for 1 hour.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tea Time in Chicago

This is most popular during the holidays. Stopping to have tea with a friend, children. Such a delightful moment.
Some of the best are the Palm Court in the Drake Hotel. Do you know of others? Let me know!

And the Peninsula...............

The Langham.....

The Allis.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yikes, 3 months since I've posted. Here's why...

     A new grandchild, born in November, took us to Sonoma, Ca for our Thanksgiving.

     And then, it was full engagement, planning for the Christmas holidays. We had 4/5 of our sons along with a few spouses and we hosted our huge family Christmas party for 67 of us.

     Beginning with December 19, each day was a glorious celebration; until December 24.
The next three days were the most unhappiest days of my life, second to the sudden death of my father when I was 15 years old.
I'm thankful that I have a job to look toward each day which I looked to, joyfully, after our holiday break. I love getting up at 5:30 knowing I have a place to go each day. Each day, I get to be with 5th and 6th graders. I just love them all.
Weekends are a different story.
     I had plans to share all my table settings, menus and holiday decor with you. It was all down by December 27.
2016 my husband I also lost many friends. We, like others, were happy to get that year behind us for many reasons. However, 2017 has not been off to a good start. And January isn't over.