Lucky Girls

March 14, 2009


One of my closest friends brought herself and her two children up for a visit today. Be and I had not seen each other in a few months (even though we live only about 40 minutes away and have worked together for 5 years). We were both in desperate need of some relaxed girl time with good food and a lot of fun for the kiddos.

Be is one of the most talented sewers I have ever met, and she had a HUGE surprise for me when she arrived; she had sewn me a gorgeous Amy Butler bag. Now this is not any ordinary bag. It is three different fabrics in my favorite color, blue, that has impeccable stitching, and will now become my everyday knitting bag. I love handmade gifts, and this was just beyond a thrill to receive.

Be’s daughter Z was decked out in an unbelievable dress that Be had just made for her, and again, I was just blown away by what she can do. This little girl needs nothing extra to show off her beauty, but this dress is stunning. I am in awe of those that can sew like this, and before she left today, I had to ask Be for sewing lessons in the near future.


In the five years that we have known each other, one thing has always remained the same, we love food. We were lucky to spend a good part of the day together today, and I made us a lemon poppy seed tea bread (can be found in the book Pie in the Sky), and a wonderful brie panini. I have to say that when I was first given a panini machine, I had no idea what I would need it for. However, it has turned out to be one of the better kitchen appliances I have in my possession. Today’s sandwich is a great adult version of a grilled cheese. It is quick and easy, and very tasty to boot. I originally made the sandwich with fig spread, brie cheese and arugula, but I have to say that it is better with the extra added touch of a few thin slices of a granny smith apple. So here it is, my recipe for the perfect girlfriend sandwich, the Brie, Apple and Fig panini.

Brie, Apple and Fig Panini

~ Brie, sliced with the rind removed
~ Thin slices of granny smith apples
~ Adriatic fig spread
~ Baby arugula
~ Sliced rustic italian bread

Spread the adriatic fig spread on both slices of bread. Layer brie, apples and arugula and place finished sandwhich in panini press. Cook until desired temperature and serve.

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