|Grapes in our yard!|
19 September 2014
25 July 2014
Heading to the Union Terrace tonight for burgers and Babcock ice cream (and maybe a beer or two) …
Waiting patiently for tomato season to make this sexy little salad:
Quote of the week:
It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones. –Jean Webster
Happy eating, -s.
12 July 2014
|"Slow down, you move too fast/ You got to make the morning last.|
Just kicking down the cobblestones/ Looking for fun and feelin' groovy."
− The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)", Simon & Garfunkel
We’re midstream into patio sipping season; here’s five recipes to try:
1/ The classic daiquiri: not in a blender, dear.
2/ Everything Smitten Kitchen makes is mouthwatering: Limonada de coco.
3/ The delicious − not matter how old you are −Dole Whip … now you don’t need to go to Disney for one.
4/ The raspberry snakebite: make it local with New Glarus Brewing’s delicious Raspberry Tart lambic-style ale.
5/ Hello, gorgeous: a grown-up slushie.
Great article: Bon Appetit takes on the cupcake craze
I want to eat this all day long
perfect pesto: the blanching makes this the real deal
As the temperature rises: Cook's Illustrated takes cold-brew coffee down to a science ... don't forget that pinch of salt.
Finally, no better way to sign off than this:
"Got no deeds to do/ No promises to keep.
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.
Life, I love you / All is groovy."
Happy eating, -s.
06 June 2014
|lake mendota looking lovely|
An oldie but a goodie to kick off the weekend.
Bananas! My favorite fruit – so versatile. It can go sweet and savory. It’s portable. It’s great for a hangover and goes perfect with peanut butter. What more can I say, except check out these beauties:
16 May 2014
The weekend is here. Let’s Dance to Pickle’s favorite song of the moment … or is it this now?
I have some leftover rice flour from my horchata-making for Cinco de Mayo … must make these now; holy smokes they look too, too good.
11 April 2014
|if only traveling with these two were so easy!|
With two youngsters, we don't eat out a lot. Pizza Brutta is our go-to spot, but most days we eat at home. Heading out on vacation soon, I'm trying to wrap my mind around the idea of not being able to whip something up when a craving hits, or everyone is hungry RIGHT NOW, so scrambled eggs are whisked up — and then inhaled — on the spot. No pantry full of goodies to make muffins or cookies or chocolate pudding. No blender for smoothies at 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon.
I know we’ll be fine and I’ll enjoy the break from the kitchen, but when you have kids — hungry ones at that — food is often the source of instant relief, instant calm, instant fixes. For our travel days getting us from point A to point B, I’ve come up with some snacks and emergency rations that will get us through the rough spots and make us feel less far away from home. Most are packable and not too messy for the car and plane. I wanted things that were wholesome, but also had the air of a “treat” since that is ultimately what we’re going for when we’re stuck in a seat for 4 hours. Since we’re not a family that hits the fast-food lanes (at all), a little planning and preparation will (hopefully) keep everyone smiling … or at least not crying.
My picks for traveling treats:
Oat cakes — great with red grapes and cheddar cheese
Oatmeal-carrot cookies — it’s a cookie, so it has that going for it.
Pumpkin mini-muffins — my go-to recipe, but in mini form.
With these homemade items, I’ll throw in some carrot sticks, mandarins, nuts and dried fruit.
04 April 2014
|my sweet birthday boy throughout the years|
Speaking of living in the moment, how did it happen that my sweet, little Pickle is turning six years old tomorrow? Goodness. Time literally leaps out of sight as you get older. Rhys is growing up to be a pretty special kid. He's a really great big brother to James. Today, he was reading James a book before school and it was just so sweet to see (and a nice contrast to the constant wrestling or the wearing of boxes of their heads and colliding into one another and thinking it’s SO funny – um, so not my favorite). He calls James, “Buddy,” when they play or he’s trying to explain something to him. It's pretty amazing to watch these boys of ours.
As I have wrote before on here, Rhys LOVES chocolate – with a deep, abiding passion. So, for his birthday we’re pulling out all of the stops – double-chocolate cookies for his birthday treat at school today and a gutsy Texas sheet cake for candle-blowing tomorrow.
Rhys, I hope you have as special of a birthday as you are! Love you, kiddo.
If you’re craving Thai, make this tonight. Spot on.
Just made these for my parents’ visit – holy smokes!
Here’s some recipes I just need to make:
Canal House's Pork Belly with ginger-rhubarb compote
Best(?) Chocolate Chip Cookie – anything with gratuitous sea salt worth a try.
My stash of Rancho Gordo beans is dwindling, but I need to make this with some of them!
Cod for God? A perfect Lenten meal and so pretty!
Happy eating, friends. xoxo, -s.