Archive for April, 2009


Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

As winter fades to spring the number of daylight hours increases and, although I have certainly noticed earlier sunrises and later sunsets I was surprised to see that the number of daylight hours is almost 14! Quantified like that I was somewhat surprised! Pleasantly surprised! Looking forward to a (predicted) 80 degree weekend.

Just Desserts

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

The Ann Arbor Library does a terrific job at having programs. Tonight I went to the Multi-Purpose Room in the basement of the downtown library for Just Desserts with Chef Isabella Nicoletti. Chef Isabella cooks at Paesano’s on Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor. She is Italian and has been in the USA for about 14 years. When she came to the US she “no speaka da English”.

Tonight she did a great job, speaking in front of about 100 people, taking questions and feeding all of us three different desserts. First was a chocolate mousse. I think I liked the brownie part of it better than the actual mousse. It was delicious. Next was a Ginger Ricotta Semifreddo. The first serving was made a couple of days ago and served to the audience while she demonstrated making it. She invited us all up for a second serving. I liked her fresh made much better. The ginger was non-existent in the first one. Her fresh made was much better with a stronger ginger flavor. The last was a Zaletti Cookie – a biscotti kind of treat that was like most biscotti you’ve had.

The other thing I liked was that the recipes were on the chairs when we walked in. So, we got to taste test and have the recipe, which is a bonus. Out of the three, the Ginger Ricotta Semifreddo has the least amount of work for the payoff, and it’s something I would actually make.

Chef Isabella has just come out with a cookbook and there were obviously some of her fans in the audience. The cookbook is something she’s proud of – a major accomplishment for her – with recipes from Italy, her childhood, and Paesano’s. She has a seasonal menu at Paesano’s, changing four times of the year with the seasons, using local ingredients when she can. She likes to cook rustic, peasant food that reminds her of her childhood.

It was a fun evening … and a tasty one too!


Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I’m not sure who Clyde Moore is but I liked this quote. Made me smile this week after a snow storm Sunday night.

“There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s.” ~Clyde Moore


Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

After $40 million and almost three years the UMMA on State Street in Ann Arbor has re-opened. I can’t believe I haven’t been there in almost three years (I never got to the “UMMA Offsite”). The new building is open, beautiful and is, of course, full of beautiful works of art. I had no idea they had works by Picasso, Klimt, Moore and others whom I recognized. It’s still free to enter and wander around … and I would encourage you to do so if you have an hour some afternoon. It’s a great space.

JT Abernathy

Monday, April 6th, 2009

JT Abernathy has a show at Clay Gallery on Main Street in Ann Arbor. He’s a long time Ann Arbor resident potter who has his own style. His show is quite nice and is full of new pieces even though he is limited by failing eyesight. He spoke for almost an hour Sunday, his first talk, in the Gallery surrounded by over thirty admirers. He’s 86 and still learning and creating.