Archive | October, 2012

Taste of the season

26 Oct

I love when seasons change and bring new produce. Summer is full of light, refreshing meals made with local greens, berries, and herbs. The CSA share was commonly 50% greens- mesclun, arugula, head lettuce, brussel sprout leaves- it was hard to avoid eating salads! Now that it’s fall, I’m hankering heartier fare. Pumpkin soup, butternut squash ravioli, roasted beets.

When my summer CSA share ended, I knew that I had to sign up for the autumn share. Miss out on New England’s fall veggies? I don’t think so. Unfortunately, the girls I split the summer share with weren’t looking to continue, but after some asking around, I found a new buddy to split the box with.

The first couple of weeks had fall crops of some vegetables we had gotten in the spring, such as bok choy and radishes, as well as late summer/early fall veggies (tomatoes!!). Now, we’re starting to get acorn squash, leeks, and carrots.

I like to browse TasteSpotting for recipes, and pin the ones that catch my eye.

Find me on Pinterest and we can be recipe friends! I’m always looking for something new and yummy to make!

Po-tay-to, po-tah-to

25 Oct

You know what’s delicious? A POTATO.

At the farmer’s market this weekend, I picked up a bag of multi-colored fingerling potatoes. As fate would have it, while wasting time on Pinterest on the train ride home, I came across this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen.

It is amazing. And crazy easy.

This recipe for Roasted Smashed Potatoes is the answer to your starchy dreams. They get crispy on the outside but are smooth and creamy on the inside. It’s french fry meets mashed potato.

I made a few slight modifications. The recipe called for Red Bliss potatoes but I used the fingerling potatoes. Instead of thyme, I used rosemary and sea salt. I followed their steps pretty closely, and the result was a pan full of deliciousness.

I may have moaned while eating them.

In Case of Emergency

25 Oct

Everyone’s had one of those days where they could use a kind word, no matter what it is or who it comes from. Sometimes you just need a silly little compliment to make you smile.

Let me introduce you to Megs Senk, a designer at W+K 12 and your new best friend.

She’s created this amazingly straightforward and cheer-inducing website, Emergency Compliment. A clean modern design featuring cheeky little phrases, this is sure to brighten your day. If the first compliment doesn’t do the trick, keep clicking through. There are a TON of phrases, and when you hit upon one that you like, you can purchase a print of it from Society6.

(via designworklife)

Big News

24 Oct

Our family is growing! No, we’re not having a baby – we are adopting a puppy! Bentley is about to get a 5-month old mixed breed sister.

This is a picture of Riley (the dog formerly known as Reba) that her shelter mom took.

When we started thinking about getting a second dog, I knew instantly that I wanted to get a rescue. We got Bentley from a reputable breeder, and we can’t imagine life without her. However, there are a lot of great dogs out there that need a home. We perused PetFinder for a few months, with no real idea of what we were looking for.

One night when Doug was shooting, I looked at the list of breeds, clicking on ones that I had never heard of before. It was fun but nothing was sticking until I came upon a particular breed that, quite frankly, sounded like a disease: Black Mouth Cur. I found them to be really attractive dogs, and the more homework I did, the more they sounded like the type of dog we were looking for.

When Doug walked in that night, I bombarded him with facts about the breed and links to dogs I wanted to apply for.

This aimless clicking around that night led us to our new “baby.”

There were three dogs that we applied for. The first two looked like typical Black Mouth Curs, whereas Riley doesn’t look like one at all. We got good news/bad news from the first two shelters- the dogs we had inquired about had been adopted. However, Riley was still looking for her forever home!

Riley’s mom and her entire litter of 8 pups were rescued from a high-kill shelter in Louisiana and taken to a rescue in Texas. This organization (Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue) has foster homes in New England, so when we initially were looking on PetFinder, Riley/Reba was listed as being in Connecticut. We initially wanted to adopt a local dog (mostly, so Bentley and the dog in question could meet) but soon we had fallen in love with this pup from the south.

We had some concerns: is this dog a crazy shedder? What is her temperament? What happens if this isn’t a good match? How the heck is she going to get here? The rescue’s founder (and current foster mom to Riley), Kathy, spent a long time talking with me on the phone, answering all of our questions and giving me the scoop on Riley’s mom/littermates/history.

Riley is getting picked up from Kathy’s this afternoon by Rescue Road Trips and we pick her up in Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.

New pictures of her to come- she’ll probably be an easier puppy to photography than jet black baby Bentley.

Have you adopted a rescue or brought a second dog home? Any helpful tips or advice is welcome!!