Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
My friends Sarah, Kara and Katie threw a great pink and orange baby shower for two of our college friends while we were back at campus for our reunion. It was super cute, especially considering they had to bring everything into town with them from paper poms and flowers to cupcakes and giant cookies! Included were personalized M&M candies for the mommies to be since their names both start with M.
Monday, June 21, 2010
I was just discussing my love of making and eating lyonnaise salad (and anything with a poached egg- yum, yum ,yum) with my friends over brunch yesterday and saw this NY Times article and recipe this morning, which is pretty much how I like to make it. The only thing I would add is that its easier to poach the eggs if you add a little vinegar to the boiling water.
4 cups torn frisée or other strong-tasting greens, washed and dried
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
About 1/2 pound good slab bacon or pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 shallot, chopped, or 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
2 to 4 tablespoons top-quality sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper.
1. Put frisée or other greens in large salad bowl. Put olive oil in skillet over medium heat. When hot, add bacon and cook slowly until crisp all over, about 10 minutes. Add shallot or onion and cook until softened, a minute or two. Add vinegar and mustard to the skillet and bring just to a boil, stirring, then turn off heat.
2. Meanwhile, bring about an inch of salted water to a boil in a small, deep skillet, then lower heat to barely bubbling. One at a time, break eggs into a shallow bowl and slip them into the bubbling water. Cook eggs for 3 to 5 minutes, just until the white is set and the yolk has filmed over. Remove each egg with a slotted spoon and drain briefly on paper towel.
3. If necessary, gently reheat dressing, then pour over greens (they should wilt just a bit), toss and season to taste. Top each portion with an egg and serve immediately. (Each person gets to break the egg.)
Yield: 4 servings
*image via nytimes
Monday, June 14, 2010
Despite the really soggy, sad weather, we had a great brunch for Old Town Art Fair. Our guests were fabulous, especially Ellie (pictured with her dad), who gave us some great smiles for a good 45 minutes straight. On the menu: bacon, shallot and spinach quiche, leek and swiss quiche, wild rice salad, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate cupcakes. We also had sesame chicken skewers and mini grilled cheeses from catering/chocolate on Wells. I love how the cheese and the bread are mysteriously melded together as one in those mini sandwiches... yummmmm.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
We've been looking for a fun window container for our new indoor herb garden and the best thing we found were rectangular terra cotta pots at Old Town Gardens. We were hoping for a more antiqued look so we aged it ourselves. We mixed white paint with water and sponged it on for an uneven, watery look. After the paint dried, we used a fine sandpaper to rub off the paint on the parts of the pot (edges) and design that protruded the most and would get the most wear naturally. I think our herbs are happy in their new home!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! We made good use of our time off here with some cooking, projects, shopping, farmer's market, general clean up, working out and during yesterday's crazy thunderstorm, some crafting! I got my flower boxes planted, finally. Also, happy anniversaries to my parents and the Fishers!