Monthly Archives: June 2011

Accidental Food

So I was all set to post about my Thai food explorations, and give you all great Thai food dishes, one of which I’m pretty sure could be easily done with some sort of veggie crumble or something (though I’ll leave those explorations for those of you with more knowledge of such things), but last night’s dinner adventure has required me to rethink those plans.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but we belong to a fantastic CSA here in Ridgefield called the Garden of Ideas.  It’s a beautiful place to visit, with lovely wandering gardens, wetlands with wooden pathways, and bridged streams to explore.  The boys always love visiting and playing, and the delicious veggies they provide are supplemented with fruit, milk, eggs, juices, honey, and maple syrup from other local farms.  My favorite part is their swap system, which allows you to swap out things in the CSA share that you won’t use (like that 3rd head of lettuce) for things from their farm stand that you will (like a bottle of Cherry Stomp, the most delicious juice ever).

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Baked French Toast

I tried to add this around Father’s Day, but Liam decided to crash my computer right before I pressed “post.”  Twice.  So I gave up that day, and then things got busy, and here we are.

For Father’s Day this year, Josh requested an egg-tastic menu of poached eggs over herbed toasts with grilled asparagus and hollandaise, baked french toast, and fruit salad.  In order to make sure we’d have a ride to the hospital should our arteries immediately clog, we invited our friends Dan and Susan and their 3 girls to celebrate with us, so I also made blueberry pancakes for the kiddos.  As you can imagine, I was very busy that morning.

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Birthday parties and BBQ

Last week was full of food, so much food that apparently it broke my back.  Ok, so there probably isn’t any correlation between my complete inability to move and last week’s cooking bonanza, but it feels better to have something to blame.  But I’m sure most of you don’t wish to hear about my whinging about my back, so instead I shall discuss some of the food I cooked.

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last week/this week

I did not post about last week’s food for any particular (or interesting reason); I just got caught up doing normal life stuff and then, when I was dealing with this week’s shopping list, I decided that I was going to rehash some of the things we had anyway, so I might as well wait. (Also, one of the things I made was a complete failure, so it wouldn’t have been worth writing about anyway.)

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Birthdays and Strawberry Cake

Today is a certain little boy’s 2nd birthday.  We had great fun going on our normal dog walk, playing with our new rocket sprinkler, buying new books at the book store (Curious George!  Dr. Seuss, Small Saul the pirate, and more!) and then an excellent lunch with daddy at the BBQ place near his work (pulled pork, cornbread and sweet potato fries, yum!).  But because his mommy couldn’t wait anymore with the delicious, delicious smell is in my kitchen, he also got cake for breakfast.

Ecstatic birthday boy with his cake

I made the strawberry summer cake from Smitten Kitchen (one of my new favorite cooking blogs), recipe below, with some whipped cream topping.  Mommy even let the birthday boy lick the beaters.

Mmmm, whipped cream

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I don’t know about where you guys are, but here it is HOT!  Today was brutal, and with two active boys, staying inside all day is just not an option.  Therefore, I decided I needed some serious refreshment.  I can’t have caffeine, so buying iced tea premade isn’t an option, and as long as I’m making it myself, I decided to punch it up a bit.  The beverage I came up with is guaranteed to cool you off, no matter what the thermostat says!

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