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In an obvious effort to begin anew, the year 2010 weighed in this evening with a sunset that beat out 2009 in both color and drama.  According to the photographer’s guidelines to sunset and dusk timing, I poised the camera at the ready at 4:54 this evening toward the west (Hello, Sonia!).

I stood at the ready shooting at intervals, in order to capture the most dramatic colors, until dusk that according to schedule was at 5:21.

I simultaneously engaged the neighbors who were attempting to chat over the fence, while using my remote to click the shutter, as the dogs below barked furiously as if they had never seen me before tonight.I hasten to add I did not spill one drop of wine while enjoying this photo shoot, the cold air, the colors, the neighbors and the barking dogs who serve as a suitable burglar alarm as necessary (yes, I am referring to both).

I happily greeted 2010 and then sped out the door for a luxurious sushi dinner that I didn’t have to prepare!  Life doesn’t get better than this.

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This has to be one of the easiest appetizers available!  It is so simple that my 8 year old niece was able to do this all on her own. The recipe below serves 12 but it is quite easy to size up or down depending in your needs.  I always make more than necessary because they are gone in a flash!

Ingredients:

12 Crimini mushrooms, stemmed and cleaned, or more depending on the number of guests

Drizzle of olive oil to lightly coat mushroom caps

Several grinds of sea salt, taste or 1/4 teaspoon of table salt

Optional, 1 stalk of rosemary leaves, chopped finely

5 oz. high quality goat cheese, divided into 12 servings

1 Tablespoon walnut oil

1/4 cup walnut halves or pieces

Preheat toaster oven, or conventional oven if making a large quantity, to 400 degrees.

Gather all the mushroom caps in a small bowl.  Drizzle until covered in olive oil, about 1 tablespoon.  Stir to coat and add one or two twists of ground sea salt or 1/4 tsp. table salt. If desired, you can add one stalk of rosemary, finely minced to the bowl.  Stir until well combined, gently so that you don’t break or injure the mushrooms.

Next, place each mushroom cap, round side up, on a broiler pan or cookie sheet.  Place in either the toaster oven or conventional oven.  Roast until browned.  Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature, for about 10-15 minutes.

Turn the mushrooms stem side up.

Spoon a heaping glob of goat cheese into the mushroom cap.  Add either a walnut half or chopped walnuts.  Drizzle with 1/4 teaspoon walnut oil.

Let stand at room temperature for 20 – 30 minutes.  Serve.

Another twist to these is to add a few strips of sun-dried tomatoes, sparingly and just for color and a spark of flavor.  Too much is overpowering.

These are good for all occasions from New Year’s Eve, Birthdays and Superbowl to simple dinner parties.  Enjoy!

This has to be one of the easiest appetizers available!  It is so simple that my 8 year old neice was able to do this all on her own. The recipe below serves 12 but it is quite easy to size up or down depending in your needs.  I always make more than necessary because they are gone in a flash!

Ingredients:

12 Crimini mushooms, stemmed and cleaned, or more depending on the number of guests

5 oz. high quality goat cheese, divided into 12 servings

1 Tablespoon walnut oil

1/4 cup walnut halves or pieces

Preheat toaster oven, or conventional oven if making a large quantity, to 400 degrees.

Gather all the mushroom caps in a small bowl.  Drizzle until covered in olive oil, about 1 tablespoon.  Stir to coat and add one or two twists of ground sea salt or 1/4 tsp. table salt. If desired, you can add one stalk of rosemary, finely minced to the bowl.  Stir until well combined, gently so that you don’t break or injure the mushrooms.

Next, place each mushroom cap, round side up, on a broiler pan or cookie sheet.  Place in either the toaster oven or conventional oven.  Roast until browned.  Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature, for about 10-15 minutes.

Turn the mushrooms stem side up.

Spoon a heaping glob of goat cheese into the mushroom cap.  Add either a walnut halve or chopped walnuts.  Drizzle with 1/4 teaspoon walnut oil.

Let stand at room temperature for 20 – 30 minutes.  Serve.

Another twist to these is to add a few strips of sundried tomatoes, sparingly and just for color and a spark of flavor.  Too much is overpowering.

These are good for all occasions from New Year’s Eve, Birthdays and Superbowl to simple dinner parties.  Enjoy!

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