Friday, September 30, 2011
I'm starting to get nervous. My birthday is Monday. Saturday, I'm throwing myself a party to celebrate. Throwing myself parties makes me nervous. I start worrying about all sorts of things. I'm also not good at the whole concept of "fashionably late", so when the start time of the party rolls around and people aren't banging down my door, I start to get worried that no one will come. I'm generaly worried that no one will come when I throw a party. I don't know why. Emotional scars from middle school?
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
So...I wasn't sure if I should share this so soon. It's pretty much what I put on my pizza on Saturday night, but in a taco. Then I realized, that's kind of the point of this blog, right? How to use seasonal foods (and maybe seasonal foods that you don't necessarily choose yourself) to make delicious meals, but not feel like you need to make the same thing over and over again. I think the leftovers from this may become some sort of eggy tacos in the morning. It's not necessarily a different dish every night, it's being creative with what you have and with your leftovers.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
So...I didn't take any pictures. None. It had been a long day. I took a two hour standardized test in the afternoon. I was hungry. But it was so delicious, I just couldn't not share.
I mean, you know what pizza looks like. You can look at that picture of Swiss chard and envision is sauteed with garlic, sweet red pepper and a tiny bit of minced fresh cayenne pepper. Then you can go a step further and imagine it covering a pizza crust, golden brown at the edges, poking out from underneath a layer of melted, slightly bubbling, apple wood-smoked mozzarella. You know I need to give you this recipe even if there are no actual pictures of the pizza.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
It's been a busy week. Tuesday we got a new water heater. Thankfully, I did not end up having to shower at the gym, but the guys didn't leave until 9 PM. In spite of the water-heater installation drama, we now have a very small, very efficient water heater. Wednesday was Back to School Night. This meant, for me at least, hanging around school until 6 PM when the parents came and then not leaving until 7:30 (for those of you who are counting, that's a 12 hour work day, plus 45 minutes each way on the subway). Then Thursday I wasn't feeling well, so I didn't go to class. Yesterday was September assessment deadline chaos. To finish off the week, today at 1 PM I have to take what I hope is my final NYS Teacher Certification exam. After that I'm taking a nap.
And eating those Concord grapes. I feel like I should do something fancy with them, but my taste buds are telling me they should be eaten as soon as possible and in as simple a form as possible.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
As I write this, there is a possibility that I will have to go to the gym tonight. No, I haven't started some strange new night training regiment. There are two very interesting plumbers in my apartment replacing our boiler. They were supposed to get here at nine. Arrived at some time after noon (I'm really not sure--D was actually the one at home waiting for them) and are still, at 8 PM, trying to make the boiler give us hot water. It works. They have the heat on full blast. Kind of like a sauna in here at the moment.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I mentioned in a post last week that during the school year, especially during the fall and winter, I tend to make a big pot of soup or stew, or make a casserole of some sort on Sunday night and then have it for lunch all week. I love this recipe because it's great for that purpose, but components can also be made ahead, making it a great mid-week dinner as well.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I am not meant to be a tomato canner. Mother Nature, God, a charter school network in the Bronx...some higher power is trying to tell me so. But I have finally gotten all of those tomatoes canned. And the emotional wounds (and most of the physical ones) have healed.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
It's finally time to roast veggies. In spite of my ambivalence toward this in-between seasons period, I do like being able to roast summer veggies without feeling like I'm going to pass out from heat stroke.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I love fall. I love fingerless gloves and sweaters. I love falling leaves. I love that it's just warm enough during the day to not need a jacket, but cool enough at night that you can leave the window open and cuddle under a blanket. But right now I'm just confused.
Monday, September 12, 2011
It was a busy weekend: A going away party, reconnecting with old friends, a birthday brunch (reminding me of the next decade that's creeping up on me), and some tomato canning drama (more on that another time--after the emotional scars and my aching muscles have healed). How's a girl to get any cooking done?
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
The ingredients below are going to sound familiar. I used nearly the same ingredients two nights later to make a totally different dish (which I posted yesterday--I know, in the wrong order, but that's how it goes sometimes).
Thursday, September 8, 2011
One of the complaints people sometimes have about joining a CSA is that you need to eat a lot of the same foods over and over again. I'm posting two recipes (one now, one tomorrow) with very similar ingredients, but that are totally different experiences.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We've established that my boyfriend loves bread. Perhaps more than he loves me. Well, not quite. The thing is, I love trying breads made out of different grains and he
2:27 PM D: maybe whole wheat bread isn't so bad. (except for pitas and bagels. those are still bad.)So I've stopped sneaking whole grains into my breads. I've been just telling him. And he's been more willing to try them without all of the trickery. I've been doing half whole grain flour and half unbleached all purpose flour. No need to scare the boy. This focaccia is one of my latest attempts at getting him to eat something besides white flour.
2:33 PM me: where did you have whole wheat bread?2:34 PM D: brad's accidentally made my sandwich on it. me: ah.2:35 PM D: it tasted a bit sweet. and then i read a website about how much better it is for you. me: yes. whole grains are good for you.
Monday, September 5, 2011
I actually was going to share this recipe last week, but I've been trying to perfect the dressing. This is a twist on the Greek Salad, generally Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and olives with feta and some sort of vinaigrette. In this salad, the feta, cucumbers and vinaigrette have been replaced with a creamy tzatziki dressing.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
I think infusing liquors may be my new favorite hobby. It's also far less time consuming than most of my hobbies, which as the school year gets started is a plus.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
As long as you've made the pita dough in advance (which I did) this is a quick and easy meal. You can alter the filling to be almost anything you want, just make sure that it's relatively dry and that it's cooled when you add it to the dough--this is a great way to use up leftovers!