If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

July 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

…eat a sandwich for dinner!  That’s what our families did last night.  On Monday we roasted gorgeous beef from Thundering Hooves, and were pleased as punch that it turned out rosy pink in the middle.  I was hovering nervously around the ovens, taking the roasts’ temperature at 5 minute intervals.  When Owen started slicing it I had fingers & toes crossed that it would not be gray all the way through.  It was not. « Read the rest of this entry »

Potato Chips, Farm Fresh

July 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

Yesterday I wanted to test this whole “homemade potato chip” idea.  It seemed like a good idea, but you never know… I returned home from my thrice-weekly trip to the grocery store and realized that I had forgotten to buy potatoes.  Drat!  But then I remembered the potato patch out by my driveway.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Poulet Jolie

July 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Monday’s dinner, Tarragon Chicken and Farro with Mascarpone & Tomatoes was a hit.   When I heated our dinner at home Monday night the smell of that tarragon sauce made me so happy.  The French really have figured out wine, herbs, and butter. What a winning combination.

We topped the farro with Gioia mascarpone, to be stirred in as the farro heated.  It was so rich and lovely – it took the edge off the nutritious aspect of the whole grain.  Thank goodness.  The farro was served with fresh diced tomato stirred in, which transformed it to a summer dish, I think.  My family ate outside and enjoyed the late evening sunshine.  I have to say, I love Monday nights.  Dinner is cooked, all I have to do is reheat it. It doesn’t even matter that we cooked it ourselves that very day, it’s still a gift.

Summer Refreshment

July 18, 2010 § 2 Comments

I never thought this hue occurred in nature.  I thought that it was an invention of Koolaid, Inc.  The other day my girls and I made a very vibrant pitcher of strawberry lemonade.  What else to do when you’ve got a quart of wilting local strawberries in the fridge and hardly any baking skills?  JM inspired me when she told be about a batch she made last week.  She made her lemonade from scratch, I used the carton of Newman’s Own I had in the fridge. We whizzed the berries in the blender and plopped the puree into the lemonade.  Then I let it sit forgotten for a few hours while my children worked me over.  At the end of an exhausting afternoon of pretend play, we were thrilled to discover the refreshing beverage on the counter, waiting patiently.  I poured it through a sieve and served it with ice.  Ahhhhh.  Next time I’ll make extra to use in a cocktail, I think.   (I don’t mean to infer that my children’s summer vacation is driving me to drink… or is it?)

Beet It!

July 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

As we cooked Monday my mind was spinning with witty titles for today’s post.  “Life Is Just A Bowl of Bing Cherry and Beet Salad” was too long.  As was “Panacea with a Cherry on Top”.  I still marvel that it took me so long to discover beets.  These puppies are like candy – super sweet and look at the pretty colors.  We paired the beets with another sweetie – bing cherries.  Topped with toasted hazelnuts, it made for a very pretty salad.

I didn’t get any good photos of the pork, but we were very pleased with it.  Fall – apart tenderness was achieved!  I’d like to make it again in the wintertime, paired with some roasted potatoes maybe.  Speaking of MEAT… « Read the rest of this entry »

Chowda!

July 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today is the 1st of July, and I was in the mood for chowder.  The fact that I’m wearing corduroys and a sweater made it an even more perfect chowder day.  It was a fabulous, fortifying lunch – far superior to the Stouffer’s French Bread Pizza I had for lunch yesterday. I imagined that I was on a wind-swept, craggy beach in coastal Maine the entire time I slurped my soup.

The chowder was based on one in Alice Water’s The Art Simple Food.  Her recipe says it serves 4, but I think it’s more like 2 (c’mon, Alice.  Don’t be skimpy.) It is simple food, indeed.  Here’s how: « Read the rest of this entry »

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