A compliment that is so gracious it deserves a post of its own.

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Hi there,

I received the following picture and Email from my friend, Elizabeth. It just makes me smile all over when someone makes one of my recipes and sends me a picture. Thanks Elizabeth for being the cause of my happy dance.

“Hi Bern.  I couldn’t figure out how to post this photo on your blog, so I’m sending it to you, along with my caption.

Todd and I made this dish together.   Blanching the broccoli rabe made all the difference in mellowing the bitterness of this veggie.  And just like that, my husband became a fan!  We loved this dish and the best part was we had enough for two dinners.  It will definitely hold a place in our dinner rotation repertoire.  And the next time I’ll add some cannellini beans, now that I’ve learned how to cook them from scratch, thanks to Sue Clancy and you, Bern.”


Elizabeth Mangino Wallace

“When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be.”  Lao Tzu

17 responses to “A compliment that is so gracious it deserves a post of its own.”

  1. LoseWeightWithAng – Hi, I'm Ang! I've conquered weight loss and binge eating and would love to help you too. Follow for fitness and weight loss tips, motivation, and health advice! To become the best version of yourself, visit https://loseweightwithang.com/
    LoseWeightWithAng says:

    What a wonderful gesture! It must feel great to be appreciated for your work 🙂

  2. What a nice comment!!! It looks
    On a lighter note Bern, I made Sandy’s Meatball Yummies and they were yummy!!! Now in true Rita Shusted fashion, I was planning on sharing the photograph, however I served them to family and when I came back to take the photo, there were but two meatballs left!!!
    So obviously they were delicious. I plan on serving them again on Friday for some guests so I will be sure to take and share a photo!!
    As always, thank your for sharing yourself and these wonderful recipes and stories. ❤️

    • Rita, you are too funny. Thanks for the note and I look forward to receiving one of your recipes and a photo in true Rita Shusted fashion😍

  3. It’s always such a thrill to hear from our readers in such a positive way. NICE!

  4. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    the Painted Apron says:

    How sweet, and isn’t it nice to get positive feedback!

  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    Ah! That’s so sweet!

  6. To Bern and the other contributors to this wonderful New Classic Recipe blog, I hope you know how much your stories, recipes and photos, and the effort you put into posting them, is so very much appreciated by your readers. You’ve created a beautiful online community! THANK YOU all!

  7. Wow! The appreciation from your friend makes me want to try out your recipe too! I’ll let you know when I make it :))

      • Anytime! I love looking through your recipes, I’ve just been taking some time off and I’ll be looking through all of them soon :))

    • Ana Daksina – A poet is the strangest sort of soul You in this life may e'er expect to meet More broken even while more truly whole, Innocently intending well, more sweet Than any but a five year old should be Unfit to meet a callused world's demand Or to behave aught expediently — All grace in flight; an albatross on land Do not the all too common error make Do not fall into the too easy trap Avoid the fatal egoic mistake Imagining that poet be a sap Powerful spirits, classic and antique, Give voice when poets ope their mouths to speak
      Ana Daksina says:

      Your blog name rules, sister 🤣

  8. sue clancy – I create visual stories: fine art and artist books – in the genres of "animals in art" and "books in art". I tell my stories on walls, in books and even on "nontraditional" surfaces like coffee mugs. My fine art is represented by Caplan Art Designs www.caplanartdesigns.com, the Aurora Gallery www.auroragalleryonline.com and by Joseph Gierek Fine Art www.gierek.com – Thank you for letting me tell you a story!
    sue clancy says:

    Oh I’m honored to hear that my Magic Beans recipe is of use to someone!! Often I do that cannellini beans and broccoli rabe combo… with a bit of gruyere cheese and chopped fresh tomato! So yummy!

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