Category Archives: Food

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When you’re living inside a snowglobe, it’s important to have good wine. It helps you admire the view, while dulling the memory of your last visit to the grocery store.

I actually avoided the obligatory stock up trip this time, but only because I called the hubby first. Despite the fact that I shop for my entire week on Sunday, I can get a little swept up in the “We’re going to be snowed in for ever! Do we have enough toilet paper?” craze of it all. I usually need someone to talk me off the ledge.

I’m still not sure I made the right decision though, as there weren’t any brownies in the house. Luckily, we had wine.

Over the last few months, I’ve had several good bottles by following Alan’s suggestions at Royal Liquor. Here are some of our favorites:

San de Guilhem, 2012, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne: A crisp, fruity white that tastes like spring – We had it last night with salmon and grilled pineapple. Continue reading

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Around Here

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It is nearly impossible to take photos of Ellie now. She’s at that always moving phase. Here she is in action looking a little sassy.

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A month or so ago, Ellie had a strong, unpleasant reaction to wearing shoes. Well, the tide has turned, and she is now shoe obsessed, particularly with our pairs. Here she is in action as a shoe thief. She found my red, patent peep toes and made a break for it.

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I’ve mentioned here before Keegan and I have been doing date night in. We trade-off who makes the cocktail. This Friday, he made bourbon lemonades that were delicious and only had three ingredients.

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Typically, we eat pizza at least one night a week. Sometimes I make it. Sometimes I don’t. This weekend, I bought the crust at Whole Foods and topped it with fresh mozzarella, browned hamburger, San Marzano tomato sauce, Italian herb mix and Parmigiano Reggiano. Not too shabby.

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Anytime we go out to eat, Ellie takes it upon herself to greet each guest and the wait staff. Here she is working the crowd at Noodles & Company.

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Before all the good tomatoes are gone, try sautéing cherry tomatoes until they burst. Just pop them in a pan with salt and pepper and evoo over medium high heat – a perfect, end-of-summer side.

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The view from one of our early morning walks.

A New Spin on Zucchini

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This side has been in permanent rotation at our house. When summer hits, zucchini and summer squash are constants on our dinner table. Economical and easy to make, I can’t get enough of them. With soy sauce and sesame oil, zucchini takes on a buttery, perfectly spiced flavor that goes as well with grilled pork chops, as it would hamburgers. Try it this week. You won’t be disappointed. Continue reading

Around Here

Things have been really busy around here. I know that is incredibly boring to say, but it’s true. Work has picked up, which is a great thing, but between it and family, I haven’t had much to post here. So, I’m dropping in to share a snapshot of life at our house. I have a lot of other tips and recipes I’d like to share and am hoping to be sending them your way soon, but for now, my hope is that the pictures of the baby will tide you over for a while.

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On the 4th, we hit up a petting zoo at Village Fest. Ellie was a huge fan of the goats.

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Lately, I’ve been layering bracelets a lot. When I was in elementary school, I rocked more of an 80’s version of this look, and it is still as much fun to wear now as it was then.

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The raspberry cheesecake maki at Sama Zama in Westport are delish.

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I planted coneflowers a few years ago, and they never took. Last year, I suspected that I may have been growing them the whole time, because one of my weeds looked suspiciously like coneflowers I’d seen at the nursery. So this year, I let the weeds grow quite tall and waited. I was sure they weren’t flowers, but luckily, I was wrong. These look very pretty alongside my hollyhocks.