For our annual National Park visit, we spent four days in mid-July at Acadia National Park in Maine.  Though it was definitely high season, July is supposed to be a terrific time to visit coastal Maine.  We pictured hiking in the sunshine, foraging for wild blueberries, and splashing in ponds to cool off.  The day we arrived, the fog rolled in.  On our last day, it finally cleared for the afternoon.  In between, we experienced moderate rains, incredibly heavy rains, a huge thunder storm, and a power outage.

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Turnip Greens Minestrone

by brittany on July 23, 2014

greens minestrone

If you’re familiar with The Silver Spoon cookbook, you know it contains hundreds of pages of thousands of recipes, many of them quite simple.  Those feature just a few seasonal ingredients–or maybe only one, dressed up–prepared not for wowing, but for savoring.  That’s where I found the basis for this Turnip Greens Minestrone.

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Low-Commitment Projects: Eat With the Seasons

July 21, 2014

You know those really sweet posters and calendars that encourage us to consume our produce seasonally?  I totally buy into that, but thought this was funnier.  This is my own seasonal food calendar, Eat With the Seasons, that I made for this week’s Low-Commitment Project.

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Bitter Greens and Walnut Quiche

July 18, 2014

Our CSA delivers mizuna at least twice a year, and I have no idea what to do with it.  When I saw a recipe including the spiky, bitter green on Chocolate & Zucchini, I bookmarked it for our next mizuna share.  A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to give it a try. […]

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Ginger Ice Cream

July 16, 2014

Both of my parents love ginger and have since I can remember.  They joined us for dinner last week (an extremely belated birthday gift from us), so I planned Ginger Ice Cream as our summertime dessert.  The dinner was good, but the ice cream garnered practically all of the praise, and deservedly so.

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Stuff I Like Or Love: Shopping Powell’s Books Online

July 11, 2014

Yes, I’m biased.  No, it isn’t because I’m a relation of the Powell’s Books family (I’m not).  Powell’s Books is my favorite bookstore partly because of nostalgia, but mostly because it is awesome.  Growing up 75 miles south of Portland, we only visited the little city once or twice a year.  Our everyday vehicle was a 1956 Cadillac […]

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Hazelnut Granola

July 9, 2014

Pretty much the whole reason I keep a blog and update it with recipes is so I don’t forget what I like and have liked.  We aren’t a family who eats the same twenty meals in rotation, there has never been a regular Thursday Taco Night at our house, and I can’t seem to remember […]

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Low-Commitment Projects: The Grand Commute

July 7, 2014

Michael and I collaborated on this week’s Low-Commitment Project.  For The Grand Commute, we invited friends to come out and cheer for bike commuters as they climb that unpleasant hill on SE Ankeny in Portland.  It turned out to be a blazing hot day, so the commuters were extra pleased with the encouragement (as you can […]

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Pitcher Cocktail Recipe: Cynar Juleps

July 4, 2014

Cynar Juleps are satisfying, gluggable cocktails.  Because their sweetness is offset by the vegetal bitterness of the Cynar, each greedy gulp leaves you feeling like you’ve done something vaguely good for yourself, like taken your medicine (in a good way) or eaten your greens.  Just look at the amount of ice–that’s some major hydration for […]

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July 2, 2014

Clearly my use of homemade marshmallow fluff knows no bounds.  Or maybe this was the most obvious use of leftover fluff  before I ended up scraping to the bottom of the bowl, spoonful by sweet, fluffy spoonful.  Probably both. What’s important here is that you make good use of your marshmallow fluff in an impactful […]

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