Sunday, April 5, 2009

DC in Bloom

We survived the amazing Cherry Blossom dinner, and here are a few pictures of the beautiful trees that are blooming everywhere right now.  I didn't know there were so many varieties of flowering cherries, the profusion of blossoms in some areas is absolutely breathtaking.

If you'd like to see more, click on the "DC in Bloom" text above.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Cherry Blossom Feast

Tonight Deb & I cooked the quintessential Cherry Blossom Feast!   

Brie in Puff Pastry with homemade Cherry Marmalade
Cherry Blossom Martinis
Spinach Salad with Dried Cherries and Cipollini Onions in Cherry Vinaigrette
Pan-seared Coho Salmon with Cherry-Port reduction
Cherry Blossom Fried Rice with Dried Cherries, Carrote and Pea Shoots
served with a Livermore Valley Petite Sirah
Cherry Clafouti with Vanilla Ice Cream
Cherry Heering Liqueur

Sorry everone wasn't here to enjoy the meal, however recipes are available upon request.... :-)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cherry Blossom Time


Deb's here for a visit and we've been running around seeing the sights.  The entire city looks new and fresh, all dressed in beautiful pink and white blossoms.  The cherry trees and tulip magnolias are everywhere!  
The orchids are some of the many varieties we saw while visiting the Hillwood Estate and Garden.  The mansion is absolutely stunning, filled with French and Russian antiques, and I can't wait to go back a little later in the year to see the roses and other summer blooms.

On Friday, we're cooking a cherry blossom celebration meal.. more on that soon...