Michael and I are still visiting with our families in our hometown in New England. My nieces and nephew called me this morning and asked if I would go over and bake cookies with them and their friends. Of course I couldn’t say no to them or the thought of decorating and eating fresh baked sugar cookies. …They were so cute when I arrived, they had their aprons on and the cookie cutters they wanted to use in their hands….Every year I bake them a fresh tin of decorated Christmas cookies for the holidays….I guess they couldn’t wait and wanted to get a head start….We had a great time picking out the colored sprinkles and drawing on the cookies with icing. I prefer my cookies plain with no frosting or sprinkles…..Here are the ones I snuck out for myself….
Later in the day I had to cook dinner for Michael and myself, but I wanted to make something simple and after a long day of baking I definitely didn’t want to go grocery shopping. So I also knew I was using what ever I could find in the house…I started with a simple salad of marinated artichokes and sliced tomatoes. I drizzled some aged balsamic, blue cheese and cold pressed olive oil over it and sprinkled with salt and fresh cracked pepper…..For the main course I made a quick pasta dish with a light cream sauce. We had some left over filet, asparagus, and roasted red peppers…. While the spaghetti was cooking I heated some olive oil in a large skillet and added chopped garlic, capers and sliced shallots, after they browned a bit I added about a 1/4 cup of light cream and some pasta water,(the starch in the water helps the sauce stick to the pasta) and let it simmer until it reduced. Since the filet, roasted reds, and asparagus were already cooked I added them last, just to heat them up. I also made sure the pasta was just under cooked when I removed it from the water so it could continue cooking in the sauce pan. When everything was in the same pan I added some Parmesan Reggiano and fresh cracked pepper and tossed it all together. I didn’t add any salt because the capers and the cheese are salty enough for my taste…If you want the exact recipe for the dinner or for the sugar cookies please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org