Friday, July 15, 2011

Long Island Farm Stands = Summer Roasted Vegetables

One of my favorite things to do in summer is visit some of our fabulous Long Island Farm Stands

Summer Roasted Vegetables on the Bar-B-Q are a real treat
 I always try to have some on hand to put on sandwiches or have with dinner
 There are several kinds and shapes of pans you can use. I prefer the kind with the holes over the mesh type.  There is more of a heat surface for good caramelization and browning

The varieties and combination's  are endless....Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Eggplant, Green Beans, Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers, Scallions, Sweet Potatoes, Yellow Squash and Zucchini are some of my favorites
The Salad Shooter works great for many of the veggies.  It slices them nice and thin so they cook through evenly but any slicer or mandolin will work well.
 A quick toss with some extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper and you are ready to go!
Place them on the Bar-B-Q and close the lid.  
This pan is what I use for 2 people but I had company this day so the pan is overflowing. 
 They will cook down and caramelize in about an hour
DELICIOUS & Ready to be served! 
You can add balsamic vinegar, grated cheese etc. for added flavor, but I love them plain.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Visit to The Cloisters in Manhattan

The Cloisters, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that date from the ninth through the sixteenth century.
The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. 

 The grounds leading to the Cloisters are spectacular.... literally carved out of rock with cobblestoned walk ways and walls.
I love these trees....although I would never have the nerve to carve anything in them.
As you get closer there are QUIET signs posted everywhere.

The architecture is quite beautiful and the feeling of reverence and peace is everywhere.
I tried to take photos of some of the plaques so you can see what each place and piece is about.  These are some of the Chapels.  The huge stone walls keep everything cool.

The carvings were beautiful
 I'm not sure if you can read this but this is a wood carving of the Virgin & Child carved in the late 1100's in France........I mean.....the late 1100's...amazing in itself!

I could go on and on....everything was so interesting...I mean this Pieta was made in 1435

and the amazing collection of Unicorn and other tapestries

 The altars and the stained glass windows
 This is a huge fireplace flanked by more Unicorn tapestries
 The Mausoleum
And then of course....the inevitable snack bar and gift shop

Where I was sucked in and purchased this for a mere $60.00
...but I do love it!  I will put it with my other miniature nudes.

By the daughter got married this past weekend...She was a fairy tale princess and is frolicking in Hawaii at this very minute
Love you both!!