From the pretty little pink and green church on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic (where I visited, just before my move, to give me strength - and plenty of vitamins for the move), to the beach shack in Las Terrenas (same country), to my new resting place in Hudson, New York - the color combination is a long time favorite (duh) - gosh, even Lily Pulitzer skirts (can you believe that?). I'm happy to find this new place to hang my hat, and spend a Hudson Valley winter banging out a new book and once again blogging with regularity.
One of the first things that I unpacked was my collection of mercury glass - in such rare colors as turquoise, pink and gold- to place on the mantle. Friends' "welcome-to-Hudson" gift of stargazer lilies fit in the vases as if they were born in them.
One of the first things that I cooked in my new kitchen were small Brussels Sprouts (from Miller's Crossing Farm, Hudson, NY) sauteed in olive oil with Arlet apples (from Samascott Orchards, Kinderhook, NY) until deep gold, then seasoned with brown rice vinegar, black sesame seeds and coarse salt. This simple little side dish had everything going on; crunchy, earthy Brussels Sprouts, sweet and tart, squishy apples, and tangy, salty and nutty other ingredients.SUSANSIMONSAYS: I look forward to continuing this blog on a regular basis. I look forward to exploring - and shopping - in the Hudson Valley on the east and west sides of river,in the great old industrial - Troy, Schnectedy, etc. - cities along the Erie Canal, and the Berkshires. Most of all I look forward to sharing my new adventures with you.