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“I’m a person who wants to pack as much as I can into this third chapter of my life! I say ‘no regrets’ as I launch myself into the next 30 years! My encore career is now as an inspirational culinary personality. My kitchen’s always got a stool you can pull up and hang out” ~Alice D’Antoni Phillips

My beautiful friend, Alice, (who was a Master Chef contestant -season 2 with Christian Anthony) had an overabundance of rosemary and oregano in her prolific South Carolina herb garden. We’ve been chatting and getting to know each other on facebook over the last few months. She knows I live in crazy cold Minnesota and that my deck herb garden is only a distant memory. She generously sent me a BIG box of fresh herbs from her garden! I am so tickled I can hardly stand it. I’m dreaming up all sorts of creations! First on the list…Rosemary Focaccia and Rosemary Bath Salts!

We decided to name the box of rosemary (and oregano) that she sent, Penelope. So watch for recipes including “Penelope” in future posts…. 😉

Thanks lovely Alice!

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  15 comments for “penelope

  1. December 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Oh, Melissa!! It arrived like it was just plucked from my garden!! The oregano looks awesome and the rosemary’s scent probably rocked the post office! Penelope is ecstatic to be in Minnesota!! Can’t wait to see what she becomes…her beauty will only intensify in your deft and creative culinary hands!! Hugs and love, Ally

    • Melissa
      December 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      I have so many plans for our Penelope. She will definitely be rocking some focaccia and bath salts….the oregano will be the star of many a pot of spaghetti sauce. Thanks again my lovely! you are such a sweet and generous friend. I am blessed to know you.

      Much Love,
      Melissa

      • December 23, 2011 at 6:55 pm

        I love being your friend…we have lots of growing and developing in our future w/our luv of food and other wonderful things in life! xoxo Love, Ally

        • Melissa
          December 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

          Here’s to the wonderful things in life! Cheers!

          xoxo,
          Melissa

  2. December 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    What a great thing to see…a blossoming friendship!

    Can’t wait to see what all of the recipes you and Penelope share!

    (And what a cute name to pick…love it.)

    • Melissa
      December 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks sweetie! xoxo

  3. December 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Oooh focaccia… now there’s something I need to make sometime. I’m loving the look of that rosemary especially… so fresh and tender. Happy Holidays Melissa 🙂

    • Melissa
      December 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Charles! I have a really great recipe for focaccia that I’ll post on your page, if you like. The perfect flavor and texture 🙂 I’m just loving the fresh herbs! Such a treat in the middle of a cold MN winter! xo and Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family!

      • December 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm

        Thanks! I’d love it – are you going to post it here too though? It’s always nice to see it with photos 😀

        • Melissa
          December 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

          It’s already on my bloggy…just search for “focaccia” in the search bar 😉

          • December 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm

            D’oh, I’m the stupid. Will do, cheers! 🙂

          • Melissa
            December 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm

            hee hee…not at all! Cheers, my friend! 🙂

  4. Kimber
    December 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    That is the sweetest thing!!! LOVE that you have fresh herbs to work with too!! I’ve been trying to figure out how I can grow them indoors during our nasty MN winters, but with such limited space I’m at a loss. I bought some thyme at the store, but so much cost for so little product. You truly are so special Melissa!! Always sharing and touching lives outside of your “circle” – it’s such a blessing to those of us lucky enough to get to know you!!

    • Melissa
      December 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      You’re such a sweet person, Kimber. Love you and so happy we’re friends! If you’d like to plant a little herb garden, there are instructions for a teacup herb garden in Welcome Home 🙂 xoxo

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