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Saturday, August 23, 2008

By the Dawn's Early Light

Hazel woke me early this morning, so I'm sitting in the kitchen drinking coffee, surrounded by p0rn. Well, food p0rn, that is. My favorite pin ups - Nigel Slater, Peter Berley, Gourmet, Deborah Madison, Nancy Harmon Jenkins. It's really quite salacious.

However, I'm assailed by doubts and conflicting thoughts:

On the plus side, the weather has been delightful recently - highs in the 80s, lows dipping into the 60s...or close, anyway...and while I know that we will spike back towards 100 before we truly ease into fall, I'm enjoying self-delusion while I can. So as I map out my meals for the week, I'm leaning towards Chicken Pot Pie, Butternut and Chickpea salad (click the link, it looks delish), roasted chicken and matzo ball soup...

On the minus side, Jesse will be gone for most of the week on a school trip, so I really shouldn't plan any elaborate meals...

On the plus side, I will be working at home Monday and Tuesday, before Hazel starts school on Wednesday, so technically I'd have time to put something nice together...

On the minus side, that might be too much effort for dinner for two children who would rather play as long as they can and eat beans and rice or cereal for dinner...

On the plus side, the CSA starts back up today, and we have a trip planned to the Farmer's Market, so I'm sure to have beautiful ingredients...

Any advice? What would you do? What are you making this week? Come on, share!

5 comments:

peevish said...

Hey, your weather sounds like our normal summer weather, except for our occasional trips up into the nineties, and minus the humidity. I hope it continues!

I'm waiting to see what I'll find at the market. I'm hoping for mushrooms, to make Peter Berley's mushroom ragout thingy with farro. I'm also planning at least one meal on the grill: it's just too easy. Chicken or shrimp, summer squash, okra, etc. I can't give too much advice because you hate leftovers. I love them, what a time-saver. I have leftover soba noodles and tofu (also Berley) in the fridge right now waiting for lunchtime. If you do roast a chicken, though, just think of the leftover possibilities, like soup, quesadillas, salad. You mentioned pot pie. That's a lot of work, but I could eat it every day until it's gone. Yum.

Antonia said...

I can't cook. I just wanted to tell you that I really am surrounded by porn. Ian is thinking of getting a tattoo of a giant squid with naked women clinging to its tentacles, and I'm drawing it, and my naked-woman-drawing skills proved rusty.

The porn is all from the 19th century, though, so it's funny rather than smutty. Although someone, somewhere, preferably a long way from here, probably gets off on bored sepia women with enormous muffs.

Casey said...

We're having sweet corn tomorrow evening at Rocketboy's request. I haven't thought much farther ahead than that.

I wish we were getting CSA boxes now. My subscription lapsed while we were in Boston and now we're waitlisted. I'll just bide my time until Angel Valley reopends its farmstand in a couple of weeks, I guess.

Krispy said...

Thanks again for the soup!

And my only suggestion is bun - noodlies with yummy, fragrant sauces and shredded chicken.

Krispy said...

addendum. I had a fresh black eye peas (an utter revelation!) tossed with tomatoes and garlic/pesto vinigrette. delightful.