Crostata….

My absolute favorite dish…not really sure why as I am not a fan of adulterated fruit. I love fruit and prefer it in it’s natural state. It used to make me crazy when my mother would add sugar to already beautiful strawberries. I am not a fan of fruit pies or tarts either.

However, there is something so wonderful about this…not sure if it is because this person makes it for me (or I like to think he does). I actually think he likes to see if I can finish a whole one all by myself…I will have you know I am certain I can and think I have on more than one occasion. Or maybe it is the cornmeal?! I do not know, but I LOVE it!

Well, it showed up again last night for dinner, looking so beautiful next to the prime rib.

It was sitting there just calling my name. Out came the cheese board… and what goes better with cheese than pears. So I paired up my pear with some delicious goat cheese. Closest thing to robiolla I have tasted in the states…but that is another whole post :0)

So the the picking began… a pear here, a little crust there and then everyone joined in in the taste test. Notice the crust and some of the pears disappearing…..

To…oh my!! How did that happen?! No we haven’t even carved the prime rib yet!!!

I must admit, I did eat most of it…all by myself. And I loved every bite!

Christmas Cotton Candy

Santa was kind enough to bring one of the Sweetpeas a cotton candy machine. I must admit, it is kind of fun…

First we get to choose from these pastel colored sugars.

Bubble Gum, Raspberry (why is artificial raspberry always blue?!) and good old fashioned C&H.

We of course chose the good ole fashioned plain ole C&H, pure can sugar, from Hawaii, sweet Hawaii.

Let the machine heat up, add some sugar and these beautiful spiderweb like sugar strands start floating through the air.

Final product. It was pretty cool. 1 Tablespoon of sugar made 3 of this sized cloud of perfect sweetness. We forgot to sprinkle with cinnamon. Next time! As I am sure there will BE a next time…many next times.

Oh did I mention it was 84 degrees here in southern California on Christmas day?!

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. And may the New Year be even better full of many blessings.

My weekly trip to Vine Ripe

ALL of this for $23!!!!!

And $5 of it was for Deli stuff!

And just to be sure, a little bath before a trip to the chopping block