Meal Planning Monday.

October 25, 2010

nichole's bubby's stuffed cabbage
freshly-baked bread

turkey chili
corn and cheddar muffins

spicy red lentil soup with lemon
freshly-baked bread

potato pancakes
homemade applesauce

{can you tell i've made up with the bread-making?  i've decided to stop blaming it for the extra bit of baby weight that's hanging on because i've missed it -- the bread, not the weight! -- too much.... we will never be apart again.}

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I Know This Much Is True.

{babies are so content in grandpa's arms}

{my boy is happiest climbing a tree}

{somtimes an auntie's love is best}

{tory burch tunics in size 2T are reeeeeaaaaallllly cute}

{i love my nephew more than words can express}

{there is something about cousins}

{i want to eat this baby for dinner}

{my son makes one dapper ring bearer}

{and my daughter one sweet flower girl...even if we did have to bribe them a little}

{silly bandz make kids unreasonably happy}

{my sister and her brand new husband have a long, happy life ahead of them}

"Do You Move Your Lips When You Read?"

October 18, 2010

This is for all you fellow attorneys (or recovering attorneys).  I know you're out there.  Cuz every week or so I get an email: "OMG, my husband and I are attorneys too *le sigh*"......

Meal Planning Monday....Sorta.

This is going to be a very busy and interesting week.  My sister is getting married, B is insanely busy with work, I have a ton to do.  All this translates to not many sit-down dinners at home.  Still, I want to make sure we are not eating Joe's O's for dinner (again), so I plan to make a few things to tide us over. 

pumpkin soup with gruyere and sage croutons

italian sausages with pepper and onions

smitten's apple and cheddar scones

Also, I have a favor to ask of you.  Tuesday night is Supper Club (yay for that), but I am so far stumped as to what to bring.  The theme is All Things Apples, and I signed up for a dessert.  Any killer apple dessert recipes you'd like to share by chance??

Recipe Exchange.

October 15, 2010

Friends.  I have dropped the ball.  I signed up for a fall recipe exchange that Michelle put together and I.....have....nothing.  Boo, Jora, boo.  I had some really good ideas for things I wanted to cook and share with you, but it just didn't happen.  I've had a bunch of stuff going on this week, and well, I just didn't get to it. 

I will, however, share a recipe/technique for something that I make a least a couple of times a month all year long, but especially during fall and winter.  AKA "flu and cold season."  Homemade Chicken Stock.  Jewish Penicillin.  The best thing ever when you feel a cold coming on.  The only thing you should use in your recipes.  And, I'm sorry, the canned and boxed stuff just does not compare.
Homemade Chicken Stock

1 organic chicken (or the carcass and skin from a roasted chicken) (or pieces of chicken bones and scraps you've been diligently stashing in your freezer) (you should have 3-4 lbs. total)
1 carrot, scrubbed and cut in half
1 celery stalk (with the leaves, preferably)
1 onion, sliced in half (leave the skin on and it will give your stock a nice rich golden color)
a few sprigs of fresh parsley
a few whole peppercorns
a couple of garlic cloves, smashed

Put everything in the biggest pot you have and cover with cold water (the cold water will help leach all the flavor of the ingredients into the stock). Add a couple of tablespoons of salt. Bring slowly to a simmer. Skim and discard the foam that rises to the top for the first few minutes that it is simmering. Turn down the heat to the lowest possible setting while still maintaining a teeny, tiny simmer (if it boils too hard, the stock will be cloudy). Let it simmer at least 3 hours. I have been known to let mine go 6 or 7 and it just gets richer and better, if you ask me. Strain and let cool before storing in the refrigerator for a couple of days or the freezer for a couple of months.

Drinking this when you have a cold feels so right.  I don't know for sure if it does anything to the virus, but I'll take the placebo affect any day!
Be sure to check out all of the great recipes from the exchange!

What's Cooking.

October 13, 2010

OK, so I never got around to a Monday Meal Planning post this week.  Here's what I've got cooking this week (or already made).  Note the heavy reliance on other bloggers' excellent recipes!

spaghetti with tomato sauce (from the last of the garden helped make this)

 pumpkin spice cake

cauliflower salad with green olives and capers

warm mushroom salad with hazlenuts

baked potatoes with broccoli, cheese, sour cream, etc. (the works)

 orzo salad with feta and bell peppers*

*this is so good you should stop what you are doing and make it today.  be sure to get the valbreso feta, which rachel recommends.  costco sells it, fyi.

Stories From Italy: A Day at the Beach.

October 11, 2010

{monterosso, umbrellas}
I haven't quit with the Italy Posts. Hope you aren't sick of them. I'm not quite ready to forget about our trip, ya know?

Toward the very end of our stay, we had one especially glorious beach day. We took the train on a Sunday up to the Cinque Terre. Monterosso, to be exact. It has the best beach of the five little towns. Although B and I were a bit grumpy from the hot train ride and difficulties with the kids (hello, terrible twos!! and sibling rivalry!!), the weather truly could not have been more perfect and the crowd was all Italian. (Remember, in August, all Italians take the month to "holiday.")

A couple comments.  B and I like to play the game of "What does Italy do better?  What does the U.S. do better?"  (You can probably guess who wins that game... in our book anyway.)  We always wonder why a day at the beach is sooooooo much better in Italy than here.  We certainly have beautiful beaches.  So, we decided it is all about the people.  Going to the beach is a true family affair.  And not just families.  There are young couples in love, groups of teenagers, yes, but there is also la nonna and her friends lounging next to you gossiping and going in for dips in the water.  Everyone shares and enjoys it alike.  Nobody is getting wasted on Bud Light and Mike's Hard Lemonade disguised in paper bags.  It is a civilized affair.  Also, I happen to LOVE having the option to rent chairs and umbrellas.  And having a cafe and gelateria steps away doesn't hurt either.  Can I please go back?????

{picture perfect}

{everyone out on sunday}

{heading in}

{sweet slumber}

{crystal clear}

{coming out for a break}

{always with the thinking}


{toes + sand + water = happy mama}

{papa e bimbi}

{wave coming}

{happy face}

October 9th.

October 10, 2010

Yesterday, that baby girl of mine turned one.  I cannot keep myself from gushing about her.  I love her so.  She completes our family.  She lights up a room with those smiley eyes of hers.  She snuggles like no other.  I'm trying not be sad about how quickly she's changing.  I'm enjoying every step of the way with her.  I can truly say this time around I am in the moment.  Thank you, Little E.  You have given me the chance to do things right.

Outdoor Movie Night.

October 5, 2010

One of the things B and I wanted to do this summer was have an outdoor movie party down by the pool. I imagined people floating in the water and sprawling on the day beds watching Roman Holiday, noshing on truffled popcorn and sipping cocktails.  Oh, it would also be very warm and there would be a full moon, of course.  Well, that didn't happen.  The summer was too cold, too short, and we never got around to buying a projector.

But, it just so happens B bought one a couple of weeks ago (for a mediation that sadly went awry, but I digress....). Luckily, it came in handy the other night when our friends Iris and Dan came over with their daughter for a Portuguese BBQ (thanks to the cooking and provisions of Iris, who is from Portugal). We set up the projector in the courtyard off the hallway and turned on The Sound of Music for the kids while the adults ate grilled sardines and drank Vinho Verde on the upper deck. It was so nice to have the movie in the background of our evening, I must say.  And guess what?  There was a full moon and it was the warmest night all year long!
{getting ready}
{moon, rising}
{grown-ups table}
{shadow play}
{the end}
all photos by iris

Meal Planning Monday.

October 4, 2010

minestrone soup
garlic toast

roast chicken
spinach salad with goat cheese and pomegranate

spaghetti carbonara
roasted broccoli with garlic

chicken and dumplings (using leftover roast chicken)
applesauce spice bars

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