Saturday, July 31, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Okra. Corn meal. Fried to crispy salted perfection. Enough said.

Friday, July 30, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Going all Macgyver on some leftover eggs and making just enough delicious egg salad for the perfect sandwich...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Creating a deliciously tricked-out spinach salad with scallops and grilled onions....all from things you already had on hand in the pantry and freezer. It's like winning Recipe Roulette.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Deliciously juicy and sweet chunks of cantaloupe alongside ribbons of silky salty Serrano ham...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What's Beautiful Today....Twitter-Style

"Just pickle it." Making that your motto after ending up with too much bounty from the farmers market...

Monday, July 26, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Grocery store roses that open up to such perfection that they look artificial...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

At a party with high school friends, grabbing your yearbook and reading out loud what they said to you when they autographed it...25 years ago.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Hitting the IPod shuffle trifecta...Frank Sinatra's My Way, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, and then Barry Manilow's One Voice.

Friday, July 23, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Cake balls. Enough said.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Laughing, laughing, and laughing. With a group of friends that you realize has no secrets.....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

A gift of fresh figs from the next-door neighbor. Roasted, drizzled with honey and set beside some beautiful blue cheese....heavenly dinner.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style.

Dinner the night after a party? Leftovers of all the delicious food you were too busy to totally enjoy the night before...

Monday, July 19, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Sitting on the front porch with the last glass of wine as you listen to the world going to sleep...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Uncorking the $80 bottle of Napa Cabernet to go with nothing-fancy burgers. And then enjoying the $12 Merlot with prime steak the next night just as much...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

A leisurely breakfast of a perfectly poached egg oozing onto buttered crisp toast.

Friday, July 16, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Being greeted at your door after work by a cheerful menagerie of four-legged family members...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Might sound silly, but there's nothing better than a fully-stocked, totally-organized spice rack ready to assist you in your kitchen alchemy.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Treating yourself to fresh flowers in unexpected places...the bathroom counter, bedside table or next to the washing machine.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Celebrating Blueberry Month with a big scoop of the delicious orbs tossed over some plain Greek yogurt.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Celebrating a productive day of to-do-list-crossing-off with a tall flute of bubbly.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

Floating in the simming pool as a dragonfly uses your big toe as a launching pad for his scouting missions.

Friday, July 09, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

The almost liquid refreshment of iceberg lettuce, shaved celery & cherry tomatoes, dressed with olive oil, lemon and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

The refreshing smell of rain after a hot summer's day.....

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

One of the simplest, but most profound experiences of a Texas summer...a slice of fresh tomato dressed with a sprinkling of sea salt.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Blueberry-Peach Cobbler

We're going to take a day-long break from our Twitterific July to post this recipe. Why? Because it's delicious, and I want you to have the opportunity to prepare it using the best blueberries and peaches you can from the farmers market. I fixed this for our Fourth of July feast and it set off fireworks on our tastebuds...

P.S. Don't forget the homemade peach ice cream.

Blueberry-Peach Cobbler
Makes 12-15 servings.
From Cooking Light.

5 pounds peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced (about 20 peaches)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
6.75 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place peaches in a large bowl. Drizzle with juice; toss. Add 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons flour to peach mixture; toss to combine. Arrange peach mixture evenly in a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Weigh or lightly spoon 6.75 ounces flour (about 1 1/2 cups) into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 6.75 ounces flour, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and baking powder in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and butter in a medium bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in blueberries.

Spread batter evenly over peach mixture; sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Place baking dish on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until topping is golden and filling is bubbly.

Monday, July 05, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

A perfectly prepared martini...bracingly cold and silky on the tongue.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-Style

The snap, crackle, pop of fireworks by the lake with friends...

Saturday, July 03, 2010

What's Beautiful Today....Twitter-Style

Curling up on the couch with a old favorite you've just discovered on the shelf.

Friday, July 02, 2010

What's Beautiful Today...Twitter-style.

Shrimp, cilantro & jicama dumplings alongside edamame sauced with ginger and garlic at LUMI. And a cocktail of gin, ginger liqueur & basil.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Life Should Be Beautiful Joining the Twitter Revolution

Of course, you can always come here to ye-ole-fashioned blog for the latest and greatest ways to make your life more delicious, relaxing, organized and fun. But did you know we're on Facebook also? It's a great way to be reminded to check the latest post or share it with others in your Facebook network.

But, finally, we join the Twitter world as well. Search for lsbbeautiful and be among the first of what will no doubt be many followers.

To commemorate the occasion, we'll be posting Twitter-style across the platforms for the month of July. No recipes or methods. Just poetic, hopefully inspiring, musings on what is beautiful in my life that day. All in 140 characters or less, of course.

The Twitter journey begins full-speed tomorrow...