how were your holidays?

I’m back from North Carolina after a whirlwind six day visit. It was fun and exhausting. As always, it was a blast seeing friends and family. This years mantel was inspired by the asymmetrical garland that took Pinterest by storm. Obviously, it inspired me too but I didn’t DIY a thing. Dad ran to the Farmer’s Market and bought a beautiful garland for $12. I love the Farmer’s Market! I almost boycotted the entire endeavor. Dreaming up something new every holiday season is difficult. Some years I feel more creative than others. This was one of those years and I loved the results. Here’s the annual Christmas Eve fish fry photo. It’s one of my favorite traditions and this year it included my Uncle Mike and Debra. Usually they take off in the wee hours of the morning. It was a treat to have them as part of the fry squad. How was your holiday? Are you glad to be...
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olive oil chocolate mousse

Yesterday, we had friends over for ribs, corn on the cob and green beans from the farmer’s market. It was the perfect meal to end Labor Day weekend! I saw this recipe on Food 52 and thought it’d be fun to give it a whirl. I subbed a few ingredients from the original recipe. It was delicious, easy and reminded me of a pot de créme. Serves 6 to 8 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped) (I used Lindt Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & a Bittersweet Bar) 2 tablespoons bourbon 2 tablespoons very strong brewed coffee or espresso 4 large eggs, separated 1/2 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons sugar Pinch of sea salt Melt the chocolate, liquor, and coffee together in the microwave for 35 seconds. Stir well once it’s melted. Add the egg yolks in one at a time then add the olive oil using a hand held mixer or wooden spoon. Start whipping the egg whites and when they begin to stiffen add the sugar. Whip to stiff peaks. Fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate a quarter at a time, thoroughly amalgamating in between additions until all the whites have been folded in. Spoon the mixture into 6 to 8 individual ramekins or one large bowl, whatever you plan to serve it in. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.  Chill 3 hours then...
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