November Notes

It’s November and as much as I would love to slow down, and burrow into the sofa for a cozy evening I am very much aware that the holidays will be upon us in no time! The cooler weather, festive decorating and shopping have me excitedly anticipating the holidays. I thoroughly enjoy savoring the fall season, and keep the Christmas decorations put away until after Thanksgiving; remember when retailers used to honor this philosophy. Listed are a few items on my list to get into the spirit of the season, along with the opening of a new gallery in Abu Dhabi and an exhibit in Washington DC.

  1. Pears for preserves which will be gifts for those who stop by Heath during the holidays.
  2. Exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
    Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, on view until January 21, 2018
    1250 New York Ave NW
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    Magnetic Fields places abstract works by multiple generations of black women artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of abstract art—for the first time, revealing the artists’ role as unrecognized leaders in abstraction.
  3. Louvre Abu Dhabi, a new modern museum in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.
    The Louvre Abu Dhabi is opening this week in the cultural district in Saadiyat Island. Artwork from around the world will be showcased here to assist in bridging the gap between eastern and western art.

Get into the season,




Fall Minestrone

IMG_3693IMG_3683 A few months ago a friend from work shared a recipe for fall minestrone soup from an article in her Cooking Light {October 2003} magazine. So, I photocopied the recipe, placed it on my desk and completely forgot about it until this weekend. After hitting the farmers market for a few items, the butternut squash and kale I decided to try this comforting and delicious soup.

The hardest part of the process was the prep of cutting vegetables into cubed pieces, but other than that the meal is done. When I got up yesterday morning, I made my own broth from a roasted chicken we had for dinner a while back, as I preferred chicken to vegetable broth. I also sautéed the potatoes with the onion and garlic for a bit of added flavor then tore Thai basil with grated Parmesan cheese for the final garnish.

Place the soup into a big cup instead of a bowl and curl up for an evening of sitting on the front porch or watching your favorite television shows!!

Bon appetite,