on a hot summer day

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not only hot, but the air was filled with humidity
super hair frizz weather
so what did I do?
I baked pies

Yup, that’s right

I cranked up the air conditioning and spent the afternoon in the kitchen

two pies, a peach and an apple

my oldest son, Eric is making his way east tomorrow on a business trip

and will be spending a week or so here at home

and since we missed celebrating his birthday with him this month

I thought I should make him something special for dessert

he’s not a birthday cake lover

his favorite has always been apple pie

So happy 25th birthday Eric!

and

happy 100th birthday Julia Child!

(even though apple pie is obviously not french)

Bon Appetit!

 

 

to market, to market

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My creation

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they come by bus, by car,
by foot, by bike

by stroller, and by wheelchair

the young and the old

to shop, to eat

to smell the flowers,

the rich aroma of roasted coffees

and freshly baked breads

or just to stop and chat with neighbors and friends

a little slice of life

a celebration of community

in the summer

 

who doesn’t love the farmer’s market!

what to do…

with all those tomatoes!

my refrigerator is full of them

fresh from the gardens of friends and neighbors

one of my favorite ways to use them up

is to roast them

and throw them on pasta

easy, peasy!

 

 

summer goodness

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I marinate my cherry tomatoes in olive oil with a spash of balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, a sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper. I then spread them out on a baking sheet at roast them in a 400 degree oven for approx. 12 to 15 minutes. Add them to cooked pasta (I like to use thin spaghetti but you can use any type). Add some fresh chopped basil and parsley and toss well. Sprinkle with some crumbled goat cheese and you have a great summer dish!  Quick and simple!

summer eats

good morning!

 

this summer has brought a change of pace

especially in the kitchen

I love to cook
but during these hot months…
not so much
although I do occasionally bake a dessert or two
and since there are just 2 of us at home now

suppers here lately consist of small plates
and lots of fruit and veggies
my new favorite is grilled bok choy
marinated in herb olive oil
and drizzled with balsamic vinegar

sometimes, like this past rainy weekend

we do an indoor picnic

a crusty ciabatta

cheeses, prosciutto, assorted olives

and wine

come the fall

I know I’ll be itching to cook up some comfort foods

but right now

I’m enjoying this little lifestyle change

 

 

 

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