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Herbilicious White Bean Dip

June 23, 2021

Wine & Dine Wednesday all about a herb infused/laden white bean dip my husband whipped up for Sunday supper guests this last week-end. It is a staple in his repertoire which he is sharing with us all today. Oh my, did I type, supper guests? Indeed I did. Wow, wow, wow, it feels so good to be breaking bread once again with those near & dear to us. Take it away, Mister Sive!

Our “herb garden” at WestWard (some fab old galvanized buckets) has a new home this summer, on the deck at the Clubhouse. As the trees here have matured over the years, our previous location became a bit too shady, and we wanted the herbs close by, to smell, and to inspire use. Following is a favorite, could-not-be-easier cocktail hour standby that showcases that great herbal scent and flavor, delivered healthy and hearty. A good mix with G&Ts or Negronis, accompanied by some favorite crackers, crostini, or rustic bread.

Harvest from your yard—or your local market—some fresh oregano and thyme. Julienne enough so that you’ll have a good 1 ½ tablespoon or more.  Save the very smallest leaves for the top of the puree. Drain one 15 ounce can of white beans. (We love cannellini because their mild earthiness showcase the herbs, and they remind us of Italy!) Place the beans in a Cuisinart or blender, add a splash of EVOO, and pulse very briefly, literally just a second or two, once or twice, until pureed but still with some larger chunks. With a rubber spatula, place the dip in a favorite small bowl, drizzle a bit more olive oil on top, and gently spread the leaves.

Make your favorite cocktail, slather some herby wonder on your carb device of choice, and enjoy the fruits of Summer.

Scout Canning Butter Poached Lobster at WK

June 22, 2021

Just In, our order of much sought after Scout Canning butter poached lobster arrived yesterday. These tins are such an awesome thing to have on hand to whip up a tasty variety of things. Lobster has a way of bumping up the special quotient of any gathering. Even if that is a solo lunch! Such a treat for one or many.

Ted’s Tip No. 308

June 21, 2021

Before you head out in the morning for work or a day of errands, set your table for supper. That way when you get home you will be one step closer to enjoying a relaxing meal at home. Plus it is such a treat to return and see that it is all set up!

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2021

A Happy Father’s Day, and paying homage to all those figures in our lives. A shout-out to my own dad. Gone now almost 35 years and yet there is not a day that passes that I don’t think of him in some way. He had an incredible sense of humor and an amazing work ethic. Marine, business owner, beloved in his community. He treated everyone with incredible respect, living his values each day. He has always been my role model.

An Ice Bucket Of Peony

June 18, 2021

Flower Friday all about the simplicity of a profusion of ruffly white peony in a vintage hammered aluminum ice bucket. They graced the alfresco dining table at WestWard this week. Even outside the scent would waft about and I would catch it every once in awhile as I walked by. The sunshine made they open up even more. Such remarkable flowers they are. Ahhhhhhh. Happy almost officially Summmmaaaaa! We are inching toward it. Happy week-end all! X, T