Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Stecca-a-Rama - Thanks to Sullivan Street Bakery

So how is everybody?  Staying cool?  It is about to get seriously hot here in L.A. and some of you may know we have some bad fires up North.  The good news is that the week started cool.  In fact, perfect weather for some Stecca-making.

So Sunday night, Mr. Paradis made a quick batch of dough which we let rise till about noon of the following day.  I managed to find time between laundry, gardening and bill paying to pull a couple of these little guys out onto some parchment paper.  THAT'S HOW EASY THIS RECIPE IS!

Plunked some olives and cherries tomatoes onto them, and a quick swish of olive oil.  The flecks are fresh thyme leaves.  Oh and a sprinkling of sea salt.  Then, INTO THE OVEN.

My little helper kept track of the15 minutes of baking at 500 degrees.

Here's where the recipe came from.  NYC's guru of gluten and dough,  Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery fame.

Somehow I think he must have let them rise a bit after putting them on the baking sheet - NOT in the recipe.  And he rolled the dough chunks into themselves like for a classic baguette (which these are the Italian version of).  I stretched them.  p.s., if your tomatoes are juicy like mine, the dough will sag a bit, too.

But I think they turned out pretty darn good!!!!

(Oh and don't forget to pit the olives before you put them on, says Mr. Paradis.)

Crispy, salty, chewy, light!!!  OMG, you will be happy you tried this at home.  Just as good as these ones from Proof, in L.A (which I posted about a couple years ago) at a fraction of the cost.  Don't be shy, bake them, show them, and share them with your friends!

HAPPY WEEKEND to you FOODIES out there!

(No, really, I mean ALL OF YOU!  xoxo)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer, Stolen!

I am so not really thinking about clothes these days.

I am wearing summer clothes from many, many years past.

But please just imagine me, spending my summer (in exquisite comfort)

Looking like this.

Oh if only they would magically land on my doorstep, perfectly sized for me!!!

Summer fashion bliss stolen from Scott S. at The Sartorialist

Friday, August 7, 2015

Just One Thing

Why haven't I been posting?

I'm going to let that remain an open question.  Maybe cuz I can't write posts like these:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Just Saying Hi!

It's been a busy summer in all the best ways.

More on that soon, I hope.

Meanwhile here are some things I found at Print and Pattern.

Are you ready to think about big sweaters yet?

I'm looking forward to my next visit to London for some serious poking around.  And maybe a little shopping.  These are hard to resist!

Coucou!  Who's at the beach???????

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Le Boeuf sur le Toit and The Road to Bodega

You'll know you're on the right road out of Petaluma if you spot this

cow on the roof.  Across from the "Petaluma Creamery" - a must-stop for ice cream as per our host!

The road will wind through golden hills and dairy farms until.....

you reach the shore road and this intersection.

You'll have OPTIONS!  South, North and

sur place!  (More high elevation cows a continuing theme.)

There is a lovely outside seating/eating area

(as well as in) if you want to have lunch and a nice glass of wine at the Marin Sun Farms Restaurant and Butcher Shop.  (Sean Thackrey is kind of a local, and wine celeb).

We took the road north to Bodega Bay.

Ahhhhh yess.......the California coast.

Blood pressure dropping?

A gorgeous stop for a long walk.  To fill your lungs with perfect clean air.....

swimming - probably in the wet suit that you've brought along.

The road will then take you back inland to Bodega, (in my previous post)

A good place to stop for a drink.

At a classic old-school American beer hall.

That holds a few surprises too.  See my next post!

There is nothing not to like in this very gorgeous part of Northern California.  (IMHO).  More soon.  

Have a great weekend!

(for more Sonoma County posts see my label above right, "Other California")

Monday, June 29, 2015

Birds - and - Bodega. Does It Mean Anything to You?

Bodega is really just a bend in the road

Really, a "town"?  I'll let you go there yourself and decide what you think about their commitment to good food.  

In any case, it's a fun stop on the road from the Sonoma Coast and Petaluma.

With all the "Birds" memorabilia you might like to peruse.

It has a great vintage small town America vibe.

With a little junk shop, t-shirt and tchotchke store along the usual lines, a hippie-ish Japanese dressmakers....

If you think you might be fancying picking up some antique

Coke bottles with the genuine article still inside......


Or you're a sailor named "Phillips" who's planning on shipping out sometime soon and need a case for your kit..........You'll find all that too.

There may be an actual town up the hills but I didn't see it. 

This is the view that may give you the shivers.  Bodega's a little of that 

and a little bit "OMMMMMMMMMMMM!"

Next up: the Bodega Casino, the local beer hall.  Serious Americana!  Y'all come back soon now, hear?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Went to Northern California Last Weekend

Here's a little

of what it

looked like.

Yeah, colorful!  What have you been up to now that summer's here????