Monthly Archives: July 2013

wednesday wisdom: BFFs

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Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.
Charles Lamb, English essayist

meatless monday: I will make this soon…

…but probably not this week as it’s early-August cray-cray busy. July has been somewhat mellow, but this month brings:

– A  girl’s weekend north of Boston. Hello, Bolt Bus!
– An increasing number of events at Lost Weekend. Jewelry launch, photo installation opening party, etc. etc. etc.
– Amping up training for the NYC Marathon. My Sunday mornings start with 10+ milers, and that number keeps creeping up. Naps, AC, and chocolate milk are essential in the afternoon.
– Amping up fundraising efforts for said marathon. LES Girls Club needs your support. Ahem, donate here if you please. 🙂

Pretty chop job by Jen. Image via The Scrumptious Pumpkin.

Pretty chop job by Jen. Image via The Scrumptious Pumpkin.

But I will make this. The Scrumptious Pumpkin’s Greek Tomato-Feta Quinoa marries my favorite flavors (a nutty grain! salty feta! lemony lemons! sweet little tomatoes!). But you can imagine how this simple side dish (or main dish, for the meatless set) can slide right into our summer repertoire.

Waste no more time, just head to Pumpkin’s pretty page for the recipe. Happy noshing. x

wednesday wisdom: a midsummer reminder

summer reverie. via pinterest.

summer reverie. via pinterest.

I hope your rambles have been sweet and your reveries spacious…

Emily Dickinson

meatless monday: strawberry bruschetta grilled cheese

via foodiecrush.

via foodiecrush.

At first, I saw this food-porny photo on Pinterest and thought, “What a load of ridiculousness.” It’s a classic pin for my “Recipes I Think I Will Make But Never Will Obviously” board. Strawberries and brie and bread. Who needs all that in one bite?

Then I remembered: I am a human girl. I need that in my life.

And I also remembered: in two weeks time, I’ll be off having a girl’s weekend in an adorable coastal town north of Boston, and I will make this for brunch. And no one will fight me on it.

Strawberry Bruschetta Grilled Cheese
via Foodie Crush

8 thinly sliced pieces of sourdough baguette
4 tbsp. butter
4 large strawberries, chopped (about 1 c.)
4 large basil leaves, slivered
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. lemon zest
kosher salt and pepper
8 oz. brie cheese

Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread, then flip the bread buttered side down and repeat with the other 6 slices.

Add chopped strawberries to a small bowl, sprinkle with basil and dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix gently then top with lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.

Slice the brie and spread on unbuttered sides of the bread. Spoon a generous amount of the strawberry mixture on 4 pieces of the brie-topped bread. Place strawberry stacked bread, buttered side down, in a non-stick fry pan over medium-high heat and top with the other slice of buttered bread. Cover with lid and let cook for 3-4 min. or until golden.

Reduce heat to medium and flip sandwich to the other side and cook for 2-3 min. or until bread is toasty golden and the cheese has melted. Enjoy hot.

wednesday wisdom: bronte

bronte babe.

bronte babe.

I would always rather be happy than dignified.
 – Charlotte Brontë

meatless monday: how to love people with snacks

A tutorial on an old-school favorite from childhood.

1. Wake at 7am on a Sunday. Get coffee made. Prepare a cross-country roadtrip snack for friends.

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2. Measure out 5 c. of Rice Krispies cereal; set aside.

3. In a large pot, melt 1/4 c. butter. Add 4 c. marshmallows, keep stirring until well combined. Add a splash of vanilla extract. Remove from heat.

4. Pour in Rice Krispies and stir stir stir. When mixture has slightly cooled, add a big heap or two of dark chocolate M&M’s. Stir stir stir.

5. Pour mixture into a 13×9 baking sheet (or whatever sizes you have, pie tins and the like) lined with parchment or wax paper. Press into pan with a rubber spatula.

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6. Let cool entirely or, if you live in the god-awful Northeast right now, stick these in the freezer for a few minutes so they actually harden without humidity keeping them in GMM (Gooey Mess Mode).

7. Turn pan upside down and peel off parchment paper. Cut into desired squares/shapes. Package for car transport. See friends off.

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8. Happy trails! xx

wednesday wisdom: wimbledon inspired

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Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.
Billie Jean King