Good morning. I was so excited (crazy, I know) to look out my kitchen window this morning and see a fuzzy black bear grazing behind our pond.
Bears are common here during April, but I haven't seen any in the past couple of years.
One time, many years ago, we had a bear in our back yard. When FHFB went out to shoo it away (his strategy was clapping at the bear, but that's another story), the huge bear hid behind this skinny little maple tree, thinking that FHFB couldn't see him. It was a riot, but the bear did finally lumber back into the woods, which is where we wanted him to go. Although beautiful animals, they can be dangerous so one can't be too careful around one.
Here's one last shot of the bear - he's looking at this crazy woman on the back porch in her pjs, wondering what the heck she's doing!
Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, organic tomatoes and chopped chives
grilled garlic and olive oil semolina bruschetta
roasted organic cabbage wedges
fresh, organic spinach salad
baked leftover whole grain pasta pie with Frog Hollow Farm marinara sauce
oven-roasted chicken/turkey meatballs
PS: Emeril's Chicken-Patty Pockets that I made the other day from Martha Stewart's April issue of Everyday Food were out of this world. The combination of all of the spices used with the ground chicken gave the little burgers a phenomenal flavor, give them a try! I can send you the recipe if you can't find it!