Last Saturday was a very special day in England…… Read more
Posts from the ‘Let’s Celebrate’ Category
The intimate high-society event—only 100 -150 guests were expected to attend, according to the Times—was held a short distance from where Pippa Middleton grew up with her siblings in the village of Bucklebury, at the St. Mark’s 12th-century church in Englefield, Berkshire. And yes, your Two Chums can certainly say that she reached her mark of “classic” and “elegant”! Read more
AP Photo – Matt Dunham
Catherine Middleton and Prince William certainly have packed a lot into the last six years! In some ways, it seems that they have always been together but, of course, we are reminded always that they have not always been together and, in fact, Catherine was a “commoner” Read more
“April showers bring May flowers. But what do May flowers bring?” If you are in elementary school your answer to this riddle is supposed to be “Pilgrims!” But we would say that May flowers, like those pictured here, will bring nothing short of delight and joy to the one who receives them 🙂 Read more
Tomorrow everyone will be Irish, as all over the country people will celebrate that most famous Irishman, St. Patrick. While a corned beef dinner is the norm on St. Patrick’s Day, we know that not everyone loves corned beef, especially perhaps, the little ones in your family. So we have a suggestion that can still allow the adults to celebrate the day and serve something your children can eat and enjoy too…a meal Dr. Seuss would happily approve of…. Read more
Sophie and Justin Trudeau
On March 8 every year, a lot of our world celebrates International Women’s Day. Clearly initiated as a feminist movement, it continues that way but Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, wants to be sure that she celebrates it with “her man”. Read more
Whether you are having an Oscar party this weekend, or will be having an anniversary or birthday party soon, or just want to add some pizazz to drinks with friends before a night out, today we’ve got some simple and easy to prepare hors d’ouvres that you and your guests are sure to enjoy 🙂 Read more
Though a lovely photo, you might wonder why such a portrait would be deemed so important. True it was taken as a part of the year long celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, but the signal this portrait allegedly sends is a big one for Prince Charles and for the British people. Read more
We read this heartwarming story by Avianne Tan of Good Morning America and trust that you will enjoy it as much as we did.
“A train conductor recently saved the life of a stowaway cat he said he found “frozen in ice and snow” under the engine of a train at a station in Canada. Read more
Most of us will have some sort of carved pumpkin on our porches or next to our front doors or in our front windows tonight in celebration of Halloween! This is Jack-O-Lanterns big day! Here are some last minute ideas for carving your pumpkin and keeping it preserved a bit better. Read more
It’s Fall and Halloween is just days away. So what better way to celebrate the season than with pumpkin for dinner? Much less something so easy and delicious as this is! This could honestly not be much easier or more delicious and satisfying. By substituting wonton wrappers for the pasta, and using canned pumpkin puree for the filling, and topping the whole thing off with a delicious nutty tasting browned butter sage sauce, you can have this elegant and really yummy dinner ready in a flash.
Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Sage Butter
(adapted from blog.Williams-Sonoma.com)
For the filling:
1 can pumpkin puree* (you could also use cooked butternut squash or sweet potato )
1 shallot minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg, yolk and white separated
2 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
1 to 2 Tbs. dried bread crumbs
Place the pumpkin puree in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pan and lightly sauce the minced shallot until it is soft. Add the shallot to the pumpkin puree along with the egg yolk, parmesan cheese, sugar, nutmeg and salt. Stir well to combine. Add bread crumbs to bind the filling together if it seems a little runny.
Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Put the egg white in a bowl and beat it with a fork. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of each wrapper with the beaten egg white. Place a heaping teaspoon of the pumpkin filling in the middle of each wrapper. Top each with another wrapper, pressing firmly to seal the edges and making sure to press out any air bubbles.
Lower the heat under the boiling water and bring it to a simmer. Place the ravioli, 6 at a time, into the simmering water and cook for about 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a buttered baking dish in a warm oven (about 200 degrees) while you cook the remaining ravioli.
For the sauce:
1 stick of butter
a bunch of fresh sage leaves
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving
Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the sage leaves. Cook until the sage leaves are crispy and the butter is brown, this should take about about 3 – 5 minutes. Carefully add the ravioli to the pan, 6 at a time, and turn gently to coat with the brown butter. Transfer the ravioli to each dinner plate. Top with the remaining butter and sage leaves in the pan, sprinkle with the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Add a fresh green salad and some crusty French bread and “dinner is served”!
We cannot believe that we missed it but Monday was Princess Anne’s birthday. Princess Anne is Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter and although we do not hear much about her on this side of the ocean, she is very well known in England and Europe. She does a lot for the Royal Family and one of her passions is horses. The last place she was seen publicly was at the Olympics cheering on the British team. Here are some fun facts about her. Read more
Sunday fathers everywhere around this country will be celebrated. Most likely at lunch or dinner, families will gather together to honor “dear ol’ Dad”. We suspect your families are no different than ours in that. So whether you are still thinking about what to serve for dessert, or what you could give Dad that he doesn’t already have, we’ve got an idea for you….and it’s a yummy one at that! Everyone will love a piece of this classic Butter Cake. Read more
There is a lot going on in England this month and today is no different. Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, turns 95 today! He has been a very colorful gentleman through the years. One of the things he says the Queen loves about him is that he makes her laugh! Read more
Come Monday, millions of Americans will gather with family and friends to celebrate (and hopefully honor) those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. These celebrations usually, if not always, involve food. Hot dogs are often the food of choice on this holiday. So we have a particularly yummy one to share with you today. Read more