Monday, January 04, 2010

From the aquarium to agnolotti

As promised, here are a few highlights from our trip. We did a whole lot of visiting in kitchens it seems — one of my favorite ways to spend time with friends. I was getting the hang of a new camera, so have a look…

A day at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The secret to our traditional Christmas morning waffles?

Bacon! Both to grease the iron and inside the waffles. With syrup, there's nothing like that deliciously sweet and salty flavor.

Christmas filet and the biggest twice-baked potatoes ever.

My brother's dog, Casey, wondering when she gets hers?!

On to Virginia and appetizers with my pal, John, at the helm.

More filet — this time wrapped around gorgonzola.

Lemony shrimp goat cheese wonder-duo in mini puff pastry shells.

John taught us how to make what was my first braciole ever.

Spectacular visit with my Dad — the best tour guide we could have asked for — to the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Air and Space Museum at Dulles — including a real, full-size Concorde and Space Shuttle among hundreds of other planes. Wow! Then on to the Jersey portion of our tour for a visit in my brother's kitchen while he prepped for New Year's Eve…

Huge bowl of mushrooms transformed into mushroom-thyme filling for agnolotti.

Homemade pasta, of course! Shaping the agnolotti…

I think you can tell from the photos that we ate, drank and were quite merry throughout the trip. I can't wait to recreate it all at home — and to do it again!

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