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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.

It’s Fall!

27 Sep

A few short weeks ago, I was quite depressed about the idea of summer coming to an end. Fall is my favorite time of year, but everything around me still said summer.

The Universe read my mind or something, because suddenly-  without a warning- it became fall. And just like that, I was ready.

Because it’s still peak wedding season, we’re spending a lot of our weekends shooting. (Correction: Doug is shooting, and I’m assisting.) Last Sunday, we miraculously had a day off and crammed in as many fall activities that we could. We apple picked. We got a sizeable pumpkin to carve. We went to Nashoba Valley Winery to take a stroll and taste some wine. We stopped at few farm stands. We took Bentley to the dog park for some swimming and a hike through the woods. We fertilized the grass and cleaned out the garden. We watched football, drank cider, and took naps.

Although that seems like an exaggerated list, we somehow fit that all in without being rushed or having any particular agenda.

It was a magical fall day.

What is on your fall to-do list? Any special traditions you have?

Scenes from the Summer, Part 1

11 Sep

Here’s a quick look at some of the things I’ve been up to this summer.

 

Doug and I bought our first house in May! It moved way faster than we ever thought it would. We started looking to get a feel for the market and what our money could buy us, but after looking at four houses, we put in an offer.

The food truck scene is really gaining traction in Boston, and I am a HUGE fan. Here’s a picture of lunch from one of my favorite food trucks, Bon Me. The first thing I ever had there was their banh mi (tofu and mushroom, hold the pate), and it’s so good, I can’t venture away from their other offerings (although I’m sure they’re delicious too). Add a cold ginger lemonade, and I’m happy.

My brother came to visit Doug and I in July, and we played tourists for a day. One of the stops was to the Sam Adams Brewery for their tour (free!).

Double rainbow!!

Names

11 Sep

In honor the lives forever changed eleven years ago, here’s an excerpt from a fellow Holy Cross  alumni and accomplished poet, Billy Collins’ poem Names:

Names etched on the head of a pin.
One name spanning a bridge, another undergoing a tunnel.
A blue name needled into the skin.
Names of citizens, workers, mothers and fathers,
The bright-eyed daughter, the quick son.
Alphabet of names in a green field.
Names in the small tracks of birds.
Names lifted from a hat
Or balanced on the tip of the tongue.
Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory.
So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.

I’m baaaaaack

5 Sep

Hello.

This has been a crazy summer. Between the craziness of work (for both Doug and I), celebrating upcoming nuptials for three of my closest girlfriends, and settling into our new house, I have fallen sorely behind on blogging.

That’s not to say that I’ve forgotten it though! I’ve been documenting projects that I’ve been up to, and have a lot of cool (or at least, I think it’s cool) content coming up in the next few weeks. (Disclaimer: It’s actually coming this time, unlike my last post which promised content but was followed by dead air.)

Stay tuned!

Time Machine

31 Jul

Does anyone else feel like time moves in magical ways during the summer, or is it just me?

I am embarrassed to see that my last post was a month ago. So so so much has happened since then. CSA boxes cooked through, friends celebrated, houses warmed. 

I can hardly believe that August begins this week! I will be working on catching up in the next few weeks. So many good things have been happening this summer, and I am excited to share them with you.

I hope that you too have been experiencing this summer time-warp, with time slowing down while you’re on vacation or having a lazy afternoon or celebrating, but speeding up during the moments in-between.

Busy busy

30 Jun

The good thing about being busy is that, you’re… well… busy! This past weekend was busy in all of the best ways. A wedding with Doug (that ended early…I feel like we’re cheating if we’re not driving back from a job at midnight!), then my trapeze show (don’t worry, video to follow). and a bridal shower for my bestest friend on Sunday. Crazy busy.

BUT. (There’s almost always a ‘but.’)

Being so busy meant that I didn’t have time to post about the amazing kohlrabi fritters that I made with the harvest from CSA weeks 2 and 3.

Let me tell you, these were so yummy and insanely easy to make. Added bonus: most everything I used was in my CSA week 3 box.

I peeled and shredded 2 girl-fist sized kohlrabi (not sure if that’s small or medium – I’ve never even heard of kohlrabi before this CSA!). Add three slightly whisked eggs, 3 tablespoons of flour (next time I might use 4 tablespoons), and cilantro and green onions to taste. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and drop in spoonfuls of batter. Cook on each side (I didn’t time this… you know what golden-brown looks like, so cook until it reaches that point and flip to cook the other side).

Voila. Dinner. Well, for nutrition and/or task of using the contents of your CSA (guilty as charged, on both accounts) add a simple salad. Mine consisted of mesclun mix, shaved radishes, and shelled peas (raw, soooooo sweet) with fresh lemon juice squeezed over it. (I don’t know about you, but my CSA is overflowing with leafy greens. I am afraid that by eating so many salads, I might turn into a head of lettuce too!)

I digress.

I also made incredible pesto with my week 4 CSA crop. Week 4 brought us a ton of scapes (um, YUM) so I decided to combine those with my new favorite crop, sorrel. I can’t take full credit though. In fact, I can’t take any credit since I followed local milk’s recipe, word by word, for sorrel pesto.  Follow it, and you’ll have some delicious pesto on hand.

I had a lot of milk on hand after the baking extravaganza that preceded the bridal shower, so I followed local milk’s recipe for ricotta. In fact, I so recently made the ricotta that it’s currently straining on our counter. I haven’t eaten it yet but the samples I’ve eaten are quite tasty. Actually, the samples were so tasty that I started marching around and proclaiming how sexy cheese-making was. (Not sure if all guys will go for this, but it’s worth a try.) Doug will be lucky if I am generous enough to share with him!

I hope that your CSA adventures are going well. I hope that you’re able to incorporate the crops with your old favorites as well as discovering some new favorites (or at least some new side-paths).

I’m going to go make some miso-tahini dressing (recipe to follow soon…I have to leave you coming back for more, right?!) to drizzle over the endless CSA greens to go with my ricotta and sorrel pesto, spread over baguettes. Add a handful of grapefruit juice, gin, and tonic to erase this week’s workload, and I have myself quite a dinner.

Have a great weekend!