This is one of those special blog posts where I get to tell you about a talented blog friend of mine AND a beautiful book they’ve created. If you’re not familiar with Lindsey of the blog Dolly and Oatmeal, then you need to pause right here and go check out her site immediately. She has been a major inspiration to me, both with her inventive recipes and her gorgeous photography. (Seriously – her photos are so beautiful I can hardly stand it.) I was lucky enough to meet her a few years ago at a random blogger picnic in NYC. She brought a fattoush-style salad that I still think about, and she was quiet and soft-spoken, but so kind. Her little dog is also a delight. She has continued to be a supportive blog friend as I’ve worked to figure out this weird world we’re a part of. [Read more…]
One of the first meals that Robert and I ever cooked together after I moved in with him was the “brussel leaf and baby spinach saute” from Sprouted Kitchen‘s first book. I had bought it shortly before the move, so we ended up cooking from it quite a bit in those first few months of living together, and it remains one of our favorites. We ate that salad in the “front room,” AKA the “front porch” (Robert always called it that by accident), or what is technically our living room. Or rather, we ate it in the room that BECAME our living room. Before it turned into the lovely space where we eat dinner, watch movies, host dinner parties and where I shoot my blog photos, it was a room with a pile of boxes Robert had never unpacked since moving in, along with a card table, two odd chairs and just a random sconce on the wall for lighting. But we ate this amazing salad in there that we had made together, and in addition to helping Robert realize that he loves brussels sprouts with a passion, this salad was also a sign that living together was going to work out just fine, and if nothing else we would surely eat well. We went from never eating brussels sprouts to eating them at least once a week during that first fall and winter of living together. The original Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook is important to us for reasons like that. [Read more…]
Summer is finally here! I know it’s not official yet, but it sure feels like summer lately. Tank tops and sandals have become a daily staple and the air conditioners are going strong. I’m sad that we only had about a week of that perfect weather where you keep the windows open all day long, but I’m glad our terrible winter has ended (fingers crossed). And I’m so ready for the beach, it’s not even funny. I’ve been “tonin’ it up!” I can’t wait to use my fancy new yoga mat on the deck of the beach house and go for runs by the water with the sea breeze blowing in my hair. I’m planning to sleep in a bit, so maybe I’ll work out at 7 or 8 instead of 5:45 like I do now (oh geez I’m getting old). It’s going to be glorious! May was a lot of fun – We had a few road trips up to the Finger Lakes for my brother-in-law’s college graduation (congrats Daniel!) and for a Memorial Day/Robert’s Birthday weekend bash with friends. Aaaannnd I have to keep reminding myself that 2015 is almost halfway over and it’s not February anymore. What’s up with life?! Here are some things I’ve been loving this month: [Read more…]
Mint will always be a flavor that I associate with pleasant memories of both of my grandmothers. My strongest association comes from drinking “Plantation Mint” tea with my mom’s mom. Grandmom drank that tea the way other people guzzle coffee. She would make us a pot in her fancy tiered teapot (a gift from her wedding), and we would eat way too many carbs, usually in the form of Pepperidge Farm cinnamon swirl bread or jelly krimpets. She also kept peppermint hard candies in her pockets and on her coffee table at all times. (I wonder where I got my sweet tooth or my love for all things doughy?) As for my dad’s mom, “Mom Mom,” I remember her always having spearmint gumdrops in a glass candy dish in the living room, and her house had the best spearmint-flavored toothpaste. From time to time I will taste some toothpaste that reminds me of it, and I am right back in her bathroom, a 6-year old girl getting ready for bed before sleeping over at her grandparents’ house in New Jersey. Both of them have been gone for years now, and I miss them terribly – so I am thankful for mint and its powers to send me on a trip down memory lane.
These days mint is one of my favorite things to grow in our rooftop garden throughout the summer (partially because it is a wild beast of a plant and hard to kill). My favorite routine on a weekend morning is to slip out the back door to the garden, snip off a bunch of mint leaves, and bring them back inside to brew in a cup with some plain green tea. Sometimes I add a little bit of honey to it. I prefer sweeter mints like mojito mint or spearmint as opposed to peppermint. This year for the garden I chose chocolate mint (how could I not?) and pineapple mint (both pictured above in my illustration, chocolate on the left and pineapple on the right). The recipes below will surely give my mint plants a workout this summer: [Read more…]
Since hearing of pasta recipes like this one, I’ve been very intrigued. I love the idea of a pasta dish that merely requires you to mix some things in a bowl, toss in the cooked pasta (and some reserved pasta cooking liquid), garnish with some cheese, and serve. If you have access to fresh and flavorful ingredients, it’s the best solution for a quick and satisfying meal. [Read more…]