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About The Dads: Harris & Dave

We are just two dads that share the most wonderful grown children; Melissa, Leah, and Brenden. We also have two great son-in-laws including Melissa's husband and Leah's husband, Sean. Our kids think we have something special going on that we want to share with you. We're looking to inspire, teach, and share our style in entertaining, cooking, decorating, shopping, gardening and much more! We hope you follow us on our journey and share your experiences with us at The Dads: Harris & Dave!

Note Cards for Sale by Harris

We are now selling beautiful 5.5 X 4.25 note cards.  Please select the catalog number associated with the picture and the quantity you would like and email to harrisfreedman123@gmail.com.  Select photos of your choice, one card for $2.25, eight cards for $14, and twelve cards for $20, plus shipping and tax.  Thank you!

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Catalog inventory number 101D

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Homemade Aioli / Mayonnaise

Here is a video on how to make your own mayonnaise or if you like aioli.  We filmed this while visiting our dear friends Richard & Xavi in Barcelona in October 2015.  Since Harris and I have not been blogging in so long I almost forgot about posting this video until today.  Richard our dear friend is gravely ill so in his honor I wanted to get this video out there into the universe in his honor.  Enjoy!

Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial: How to properly store your herbs for longer lasting freshness!

Are you tired of buying parsley or cilantro only to have it go bad in just a couple of days?  Have you ever been in the middle of making a dish, go to use the parsley you know you just bought a couple of days ago and find it’s wilted or gone limp? If you just follow this simple tip, you shouldn’t have that problem!

Watch Harris’ quick 2 minute tutorial and learn the best way to store your herbs (other than basil) for longer lasting freshness!

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Have some tips of your own that you’d like to share?  We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks,

Dave

Eggplant & Feta with pine nuts and basil appetizer!

Here is a fun appetizer or an amazing amuse-bouche. We served this to our dinner guests recently as a lovely amuse-bouche and we’ve also served trays of them at a cocktail party. This is a true crowd pleaser!  très chic!!!

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Give this a try and let us know what you think!

For a quick demonstration of how easy this is to prepare, check out our video of Harris preparing this crowd pleaser.

Eggplant & Feta with Pine Nuts & Basil

Appetizer or Amuse-Bouche

Makes 1 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 Italian or 2 Japanese Eggplant(s), cut lengthwise ¼ inch thick slices
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ pound feta cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 dozen tender basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Brush slices of eggplant with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.
  2. On high heat, sauté eggplant until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Remove eggplant from pan and set on plate to cool.
  4. On work surface, lay out the eggplant and place cube of feta cheese about 2 inches from the end. Sprinkle with 4 or 5 toasted pine nuts and place one basil leaf on top of the feta cheese.
  5. Roll the eggplant around the cheese, keeping the pine nuts and basil inside the roll-up and skewer with a large decorative tooth pick.
  6. Plate & serve!
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