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Kick start your day with a good breakfast

Muy delicioso

The simple pleasure of two free-range eggs cooked with fresh tomato and onion sauteed in butter and salt is a gift you can give yourself any morning of the week, but there is something important to celebrate today: Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. I’m fortified now for the walk with my fellow parishioners between St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine’s for the Palm Sunday ┬ámass. A proud, loud, and joyous expression of Christian faith couldn’t hurt these days. Donald Trump’s explosive, vulgar, and hateful expression of his own twisted values shouldn’t be all anybody hears.

St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Valencia, so I guess my random choice of a Spanish tortilla this morning was not an accident!

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Oh, for a slice of that soda bread

I made the best soda bread ever this St. Paddy’s Day, airy and soft inside, with a crunchy crust, sweet, and packed with raisins. I gave it all away, as usual, dammit! On the brink of a mid-spring snow squall, nothing could’ve gone down better with a cuppa. Well, it’s almost 5 o’clock, so my thoughts now turn toward a pint, anyway. McKoewn’s cozy corner here I come!

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Farm-fresh Eggs

In Skyscraper National Park, it’s not often you meet a keeper of chickens. One of Chuck’s fellow nurses has a small, beloved flock in rural New Jersey and she shared the bounty last weekend. Look at
these beauties!

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And they are the most robust eggs I’ve ever cooked. Totally yummy!

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Sybil’s Strawberry Jam

Sybil was by far my favorite character on “Downton Abbey” and one of my favorite moments in the series were her cooking classes with Mrs Patmore and Daisy. This strawberry jam was more like one of Sybil’s best efforts, a little soupy, but still very tasty!

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Feels like strawberry season

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It’s so spring-like today, I got to thinking of things English (having enjoyed the last episode of “Downton Abbey” last night so much certainly had something to do with that, too). What’s more British than strawberry jam? (Orange marmalade you say? That’s Scottish.) Martha Stewart has an easy recipe that requires just 3 ingredients: a pint of fruit, a half-cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.

A NYC apartment kitchen has no counter space for gadgets, so it’s all handwork which I love: hulling, rough-chopping and mashing did the prep work of a food processor.

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Boil for ten minutes until it thickens…

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let it cool and pour into two half-pint jars. Refrigerate and tomorrow morning, I should have a preserve Mrs. Patmore would be proud of!

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Welcome, Abby!

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There’s nothing like a new addition to the family. Four-month old Abby, a retriever from the celebrated Gold Rush kennels, mixed it up this weekend with Grace, two springer spaniel  brothers, and a cousin from the Gold Rush kennels, Marcy. A good growl was had by all!

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Why eat breakfast?

Because the accoutrements are cute!

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I’ve got charming tea pots, egg cups, egg cozies… we’ll use them as the days get longer and warmer this month. Happy March!

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