Monday, August 31, 2009

Block Island 2009

We just returned home last night from a wonderful 10 day vacation. Three days in Block Island with friends & 7 days in York Beach, Maine with family.
Getting back to reality is very hard...especially with the start of school for the Bozos a day away. The following are some shots from the Block Island portion...Maine will follow {at some point soon}.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Signing off...

for 10 days of heavenly vacation!
We'll be in Block Island for 3 days with friends & then off to Maine for the remainder with family...staying in this lovely house.
Internet connections will be iffy at best. If I can post, I will. I plan to take lots of photos & cook lots of good food!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lemon Fusilli with Arugula

I saw Ina's show on the Food Network a few weeks ago, where she was making this dish. It looked so delicious & I've been wanting to try it.
Last night, I decided to make it. It's so good & surprisingly, even with the cream, it's very light tasting. I love the creamy lemon sauce. It's the perfect summer evening meal, or side dish & it helps that it's pretty kid-friendly too!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Bozo Picture of the Week...{Lake Waccabuc}

We spent a day this week with friends at their family house on Lake Waccabuc, in Westchester, NY. It was an overcast day, but fantastic weather for photos.
The Bozos had one of the best days all summer.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Grilled Chicken with Honeydew Salsa

My sister, Emily is in town for the next few weeks. Which means I won't be home in my own kitchen. I will be spending most of my time with her at my Mom's house.
Tonight, I was in charge of dinner. My sister's request was something light & healthy. I was flipping through some of my cooking magazines, trying to get some inspiration & this is what we chose. It was delicious!

Kitchen Tool of the Week...

I really lucked out in the kitchen tool department. My MIL is a fabulous cook & has been very generous over the years. Knowing that I too love to cook, she has given me many a necessary kitchen tool. Including many of the big purchases. Like, my Cuisinart Food Processor.
I have a much older model than the one pictured here. But, they are built to last & I'm sure I will have it for a very long time.
I use mine for making dips, bread & pastry dough, salad dressings, shredding or slicing vegetables or cheese, & pureeing soup or sauces. It's also great for making baby food.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Roasted Almond Ricotta Pesto with Olives

As soon as I saw the title of this recipe, I wanted to make it. I love the combination of ricotta & pesto used in it. Almonds don't pack as much flavor as using walnuts, or pine nuts in pesto. But, they have a great texture.
The addition of Kalamata olives is something I had never even thought to try. But, it's amazing.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Minted Apricot Couscous

I haven't been cooking much lately. The Bozo's are keeping me very busy & it's been so hot, that I just haven't had the energy to get creative in the kitchen.
Which is why a recipe like this suits me perfectly. It requires only one pot {easy clean-up} & cooks very quickly {less heat in the kitchen}.
It's a great summer side dish with some fresh grilled fish, chicken, or lamb.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Green Salad

For me, one of the best things about summer is how easy & delicious it is to eat healthy. I made this simple green salad using peas from our garden, along with cucumbers & lettuce from Mima's.

Bozo Picture of the Week...

Vintage Bozo #2, OBX, 2007...I love this picture.