February has always been a difficult month for me. February 2011 featured a hospitalization for my mother in law, the birth of my first grandchild and a death of a beloved great-aunt. Needless to say, I have been very negligent of both my cooking duties and of this blog. But Mother Nature is giving us some gorgeous sunny days in the 70s, the Bradford pear trees and daffodils are blooming and it's time to regroup. Thanks for your patience during the hectic past few weeks.