Thursday, July 24, 2014

farmers market inspiration...

 after spending a fair amount of time on sunday at the farmers market i had to figure out something 
super healthy to use all of the fresh produce.  this was really really good.

chopped thai salad with sesame garlic dressing






serves: 6

ingredients
 dressing:
•⅓ cup canola oil
•3 cloves garlic, peeled
•3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
•2 tablespoons water
•2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
•2 tablespoons honey
•1 tablespoon sesame oil
•1 tablespoon lemongrass paste 

salad:
•16 ounces frozen shelled edamame
•5-6 cups baby kale shredded
•3 large carrots shredded
•2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow) sliced very thin
•1 cup cilantro leaves chopped ( i used about 1/2 cup) i feel that cilantro is strong 
•3 green onions
•¾ cup cashews chopped (trader joe's thai lime and chili cashews are the best) 

instructions
1.puree all the dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth. 
transfer to a dressing jar.
2.cook the edamame by boiling it for 3-5 minutes in a pot of boiling water. drain and allow it to cool. meanwhile, slice up the kale, carrots, peppers, cilantro leaves, and green onions into thin strips or shreds.
3.roughly chop cashews and edamame. toss the kale, carrots, peppers, cilantro, green onions, edamame, and cashews together until well combined. drizzle with the dressing, toss gently a few times, and serve immediately.

watermelon salad


the watermelon salad turned out much better than i thought it would.  the one we had over the weekend was superb and this attempt at duplication came out very very good.


grilled watermelon
coarse sea salt
ground pepper
home made ricotta (sort of the key ingredient)
heirloom tomatoes 
extra virgin olive oil 
balsamic vinegar 
chopped basil

slice the watermelon into slices.   pat it dry -  it is super wet so you might have to do this a few times.
brush it with olive oil and grill it for a few minutes look for the grill marks.  its delicate to you need to handle it carefully. then cut it into large cubes.
layer it with the ricotta and another slice of watermelon season with sea salt and pepper.  sprinkle with julienne basil.  drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  sprinkle with heirloom tomatoes.


you can't help but smile...

m has been super busy keeping up with her t-shirt orders. it has been really fun to help her out. it reminds me of the good old days when i had my own store. :) anyone interested in ordering can email her at michaelanargi@yahoo.com. $15 plus shipping.

 it was pretty funny to be walking the beach and seeing a couple of random people with them on. flag shirts are sold out at the moment!

btw    these are not the random people.  these are my loves.








love sent, xo

Monday, July 21, 2014

wherever you go...

the weekends just fly by.  we had a super fun laid back couple of days.  we have been on the run so much that it was nice to be "sort of" home -  meaning we actually slept in our own bed at the end of the day.
friday night we stayed local had dinner out side and had a great peaceful end of the week kind of evening.  lazy days of summer. 



this amazing watermelon salad prompted me to spend a good part of saturday making home made
ricotta.  a pretty simple process with pretty good results. sunday brought us to an amazing farmers market/ craft booths/ food truck extravaganza.  the food trucks were so awesome.  made me want to run out and start up a food business.  we bought some wonderful heirloom tomatoes and great basil, both of which will be added to the watermelon salad i intend to duplicate from the above photo with, of course, the home made ricotta.

the farmers market was great. so many things, there was something for everyone. all kinds of great vegetables, local honey, homemade marshmallows, beautiful flowers, salsas, fantastic breads.  if you live local you should totally go.  the farmers market/craft/ food truck event is  open every sunday through october 28th  located at 480 harrrison ave. boston. ma.



the craft area had some really fun and unusual items.  some of my favorites were.  these beautiful prints.


these recycled bottles that were made into vases. 



i wanted to try every single food truck.  we had to narrow it down to two choices but we will certainly be back.
first on the list was a bone daddys burger truck.  incredible.   we opted for a burger with prosciutto, mozzarella and pesto aioli.  i was sold at the first line. we got it with bacon dusted truffle fries that were to die for.


with our trip to france on the horizon we had to try this one.  the la tour eiffel by paris creperie.  a food truck serving up crepes. simply amazing. they serve up several savory crepe options including,  chicken and kale, apples & cheddar, lili’s love, and the mediterranean. they all looked wonderful, but i couldn’t resist the idea of trying the chicken with kale and poppy seed aioli,  it was fantastic.  i totally wanted to try  one of their sweet crepes but i just couldn't fit it in.  there was a butter and brown sugar crepe with strawberries, there was also a brie and apple crepe and a nutella crepe. bananas, strawberries, or blueberries could be added to the sweet crepes for additional $1 charge.


 
                                       clearly this event is very popular and i can see why.
           


                         also,  it was national ice cream day -  so we had to hit up this truck, which i totally
                                                loved that it looked like a chalk board!


          right next door there is a huge vintage market that was super crowded but had some really neat items.


hope you had a really fun weekend as well.

love sent, xo

Friday, July 18, 2014

life.

we are all in different stages of our lives,  but most of us want one thing - to be happy, and to end each day being grateful.
i wanted to post some pictures of the past several weeks, moments that have really made me happy.
                                                                  
                                                 blue margarita  find the recipe here




 
 
perfect evening for a walk around newburyport

 
gram's last night at the homestead.  she is an amazing woman.
everyone has been instrumental in helping her get well enough to head home.
we are so blessed with an incredible family.

 
she is so sweet. we really hate to see her go.  but she really, really wants to go home.
 
                                                            
 
 

                                                                   meeting baby felicia





                                             our much needed get away to the vineyard

         
                                                      hanging out on this deck for hours



                      enjoying such a great group of friends. our annual martha's vineyard get together.

                                                          
                                                                cheers - love these guys!!



                   if you go,  don't miss breakfast at the airport.  if you are super adventurous
                   you can take a bi plane ride.

                                                                           


                                  we hung out at the beach all day - this little guy kept us fed.


                                                        we dressed up for dinner


               
                                                               we had perfect weather
                                                                   
                                                              
                   and lots of evening strolls.  it was so relaxing.  perfect after such a long winter.
                                               

 got home in time for the annual porch soiree.  lots of wine has been consumed here and lots of secrets have been shared.
 
catching up with friends from san diego.  a friendship that spans 40 years.


                                                        
                                                            drinks on the waterfront

                                                            and sharing another beautiful sunset
                                                     
                                                                  july has been such a gift.

love sent, xo
 

p.s. i love you

last night between tending to our garden and making berry crisp  

i partially watched the above titled movie. 
i am really bad at sitting still so it's really better for me to actually go to a movie than try to watch one at home.  there are always other things that i look around and find i just have to do.   i had seen the movie before, it is not a new movie it was released in 2007 but this time it was different.   i had just finished reading  this heartwarming and gut wrenching  story and in the book she refers to the movie.  i suggest you read the book,  it was raw and honest and will leave you changed.  find a comfortable chair, a bottle of wine and a big box of tissues. Tres incredible journey will remind you just how precious life is, of how life takes turns for the worst - but also turns for the best. you will be reminded to cherish each day with those you love the most.

i will leave you with some quotes from the movie that i loved!

"Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like no other, loves you like no other, will be there for you forever, no matter what. They say that nothing lasts forever, but I am a firm believer in the fact that for some, love lives on even after we're gone.” 
― Cecelia AhernP.S. I Love You

"We’re so arrogant, aren’t we? So afraid of age, we do everything we can to prevent it. We don’t realize what a privilege it is to grow old with someone."   - Daniel Connolly

“She was a woman who made mistakes, who sometimes cried on a Monday morning or at night alone in bed. She was a woman who sometimes found it hard to get up for work in the morning. She was a woman who more often than not had a bad hair day, who looked in the mirror and wondered why she couldn't just drag herself to the gym more often.

On the other hand, she was a woman with a million happy memories, who knew what it was like to experience true love and who was ready to experience more life"
― Cecelia AhernP.S. I Love You

love sent, xo

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

summer, i love you.

well hello there!
happy july 1st

i know, i know, it's so hard to believe that june is already a memory.  i tell you, i feel like it goes
by faster and faster with each passing month.
and everyday i intend to blog and there is so much going on that i always end up putting it off until the next day, and then it's the next, you get the picture.

the past two months have been filled to the brim with goodness.
last night as i got ready for bed it hit me.  everything is changing once again.
m is home from college now living back with us for a while and mom is heading back to florida.
it has been an interesting journey these past many months.  our baby finishing up college and my mom trying to find her independence once again after being sick and having to depend on others.
now as we prepare to send mom home i feel i am on the verge of holding on and letting go.
i bring the past months forward again and again and hope we did all the right  things.
so many thoughts pass through my mind and sleep escapes me.  it's funny how all of a sudden
everything changes again, without being able to put a finger on it, the learning about this family thing
is always changing, always evolving, we are always learning about each other. 
i know that we have all benefited greatly from the love, the hard times and the reminder of what being there for each other really means.

so before another moment of this summer flys past i plan to hunker down and get my fill of very
ordinary summer things.  like my new, try every flavor you can of  homemade popsicles, long bike rides, eating lots of great salads and washing them down with my new found love of ice cold rose. (thank you neil).  loved your passion, your statement glasses and your secret tips on block island.

smoky corn and grilled avocado romaine salad with chipotle caesar dressing.


1/4 c grated parmesan
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c fresh lime juice
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp. minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 ears of shucked corn
2 firm ripe avocados cut in half remove pits
1 head of romaine cut into 1 " strips

instructions

heat grill
make the dressing
place the parmesan in a medium bowl whisk in the olive oil, followed by the lime juice,
garlic, chipotles, and 1/4 tsp of sea salt and ground pepper
coat corn and cut sides of avocado with vegetable oil. season with salt and pepper.
grill corn and avocados cut side down, turn the corn occasionally, cook until golden with some grill marks.
peel avocados and slice
cut the corn from the cobs
toss the romaine with the dressing and place the grilled corn and avocados on top.
sprinkle with extra parmesan.



and also a healthy dessert.  ice lollies  aka popsicles  ( so many flavors still to try)
shown below (yogurt with blueberries and coconut water, raspberry cream, watermelon with lime and coconut, pineapple, mango with lemon zest.

love sent, xoxo