Posted on December 14, 2015
It was an episode of The Layover that finally convinced us to start our Asia travels with a few days in Singapore. Friends of mine from grad school lived there and though I’d spent years drooling over their food photos, it was watching Anthony Bourdain stuff himself with hawker food that really sealed the deal.
We planned most of our time there around food, visiting hawker centers in Little India and Chinatown, trying Malay food and teh tarik (frothy tea with condensed milk) in Kampong Glam with friends, and sampling bits of this and that as we walked around town, like ice cream and the infamous durian.
Our experience was so delicious that, on our long return layover, we paid to store our luggage at the airport and rushed back into town eager to sample more. Despite all that we still felt like we barely scraped the surface of what Singapore had to offer and we can’t wait to visit again.
Posted on May 29, 2015
My current ambition for the summer is to spend as much time as possible enjoying the warm weather with a glass of rose and a little cheese. I’m just as happy to pick out something simple for us to share, as I am throwing together an assorted cheese platter to enjoy with friends. What are your favorite summer treats?
Posted on May 26, 2015
Posted on January 5, 2015
A glorious night of food in the Petworth neighborhood of DC. This porker roasted in a wooden box for the better part of a day, and by the end of the night, our friends reported that the hungry masses had only left about 3lbs of meat to go into the freezer. Can all our friends just do this every weekend? Pretty please?
Posted on December 18, 2014
I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth, but over the last few years I fallen in love with peppermint bark as a holiday treat. The simplicity of the ingredients let’s me focus on using really good quality chocolate which is great for flavor and keeps the sweetness factor in check. However, I’ve found that the real magic is adding rice krispies to the white chocolate layer. It creates a subtle crunch that gives this holiday treat a special something, and everyone who tries them always remarks about how much they love the crunch. We have multiple family holiday gatherings next week and I’m planning to make a few batches to share.
Posted on December 1, 2014
Posted on November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m taking today and tomorrow to relax and spend time with family and friends in New Jersey and New York. Hope you have a wonderful day filled with food, loved ones, and lots of pie!
A couple of fun memories from this time last year:
Posted on November 24, 2014
There’s probably no holiday I look forward to more than Beaujolais Nouveau Day. It’s my favorite excuse to gather all my friends for a night of cheap wine and expensive cheese, and this year’s celebration was one of the best. All told, I think we managed to cram fourteen cheeses, eighteen wine bottles, and more than twenty friends into our tiny apartment. It was a cozy, laughter-filled night, and I still feel so warm and fuzzy from spending a wonderful night with such good people.
Posted on November 21, 2014
Yay for the weekend and upcoming holidays! We’re kicking off the season of celebration tonight with our annual (day after) Beaujolais Nouveau Day party. Cheap wine and lots of cheese are my idea of a perfect night, and I definitely look forward to this one all year long. Here are a few photos from past celebrations. While its a great night for cheap wine, I tend to get a little carried away with the cheeses.
Hope you have a great weekend!
Here are a few links to some awesome art and photography projects to get you through your Friday.
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Over the years we’ve had fun teaching ourselves to preserve our favorite summer foods with a little help from Youtube and my grandmother’s Ball Blue Book. We’ve canned peaches, jammed and jellied strawberries and cherries, and had fun pickling cucumbers and red onions. However much fun, canning can also be a lot of work, and over the last couple of summer seasons, we decided that biggest pay-off came from canning tomatoes.
There is nothing as wonderful to me as a summer tomato, and canning means that even in darkest winter, when all the tomatoes in the grocery store are mealy and flavorless, we’re able to open up a bright, delicious jar of summer. We usually set aside a Saturday, order a bushel of seconds from our regular farmer, and roll up our sleeves.
Last year we were caught up in so much summer travel that we decided to skip canning, and as winter wore on and on (and on and on), we grew sadder and sadder that we hadn’t made the time to put up our usual jars. That was a mistake we didn’t plan to make again, so on one of the only weekends we spent at home this summer, we spent the whole day blanching and peeling and boiling and sealing. This year, a friend who wanted to learn came and pitched in. We wore him out, but in the end we are ready to take on the winter armed with 24 jars full of summer goodness (and 12 for our friend).
Do you ever can your favorite summer foods?
Posted on September 23, 2014
Traveling to Massachusetts in the summer means fried clams and onion rings, and for the Mister, no place place sings their siren song sweeter than the Clam Box in Ipswich, Massachusetts. As a teenagers, he and his brother had jobs as onion boys (onion ring makers), and even now, whenever we visit someone working in the kitchen recognizes him.
Posted on September 10, 2014
Posted on September 4, 2014
Summer’s not quite gone yet and on a recent lazy Saturday afternoon, we decided to take advantage of the remaining warm weather by having a romantic rooftop picnic. I picked up baguettes, a bottle of rosé, and a couple of cheeses from on my way back from ballet class, and the Mister cut up ripe peaches and heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market. We toted all of it up to our building’s roof deck, and spent a few hours picnicking and enjoying the breeze and the sunset, and a little quiet time together.
Posted on September 2, 2014
A few shots from an amazing dinner at the Tornado Room Steakhouse. Fantastic food and an oh-so-cool setting to celebrate the love of two dear friends. We felt so lucky to be included.
Posted on August 28, 2014
To be honest, most of the hype we’d heard about Madison over the years was about food. The amazing restaurants, the sprawling farmer’s market, and, most exciting of all, the cheese curds. We got off our plane with big ideas about the food scene, and Madison did not disappoint. Here’s a short list of some of the fantastic places we managed to experience.
Posted on August 22, 2014
Hooray for the weekend! Our summer of almost non-stop traveling has finally come to an end and we’ll be spending more time at home until late-September. It’s been an amazing time, full of friends, food and adventure, and I have lots of photos to share over the coming weeks.
In the meantime, I’m hoping to catch a few naps, have some cuddle time with my guy, and savor the late-summer offerings at my local farmers market.
Hope you have a great weekend!
Posted on May 29, 2014
One of the loveliest parts of staying in a house with a bunch of friends is making meals and eating together. We all took turns making breakfast and dinner, and most importantly of all, cocktail hour. Being in Vermont, those of us that hosted cocktail hours over the course of the weekend took our responsibilities as providers of cheese very seriously. We scoured specialty shops, farm stands, and farmers markets, looking for the finest cheeses Vermont had to offer.
The Mister and I hosted on the final evening of our stay, and the weather was fine enough that we could all sit outside. He made lemon smashes (a lemon, mint and bourbon cocktail) on demand, and we all sat around enjoying the evening light, swatting at black flies, and hoping the night and the cheese would never end.
*Note: I put this post together for Angie’s Fiesta Friday, which is always a nice way to end the week! Cheese is my favorite part of any party.