Several weeks ago, I had a chance to visit one of my best friends up in Maine. I made the drive with another childhood friend of ours, and the three of us spent a wonderful couple of days catching up, playing with Maine friend’s baby, eating, and enjoying each other’s company. It’s a rare occasion that the three of us spend time together, but it’s pretty special when it happens. It was one of those weekends that gave me pause, and really made me take a step back from life to realize how great mine is.
Hello, web friends! It’s been a while. I’ve decided to stop apologizing for my long absences since they’re just my reality right now, but it’s always good to be back. Today’s post is a bittersweet one for me, because I’ve got a great new recipe to share, but it also marks the end of my participation in a special baking club. (more…)
I can’t believe it’s already SRC time again – this past month just FLEW! Kevin and I have been spending the vast majority of each weekend lately out at open houses, and man oh man, it really eats up our time! It’s certainly fun, but also makes it feel like we no longer have real weekends. All worth the cause though, right?! That’s what I keep telling myself. Now let’s get down to business, shall we? It’s SRC time! (more…)
My experience with panettone is limited. I remember once a couple of years ago, my parents bought a loaf in the North End during a holiday sale, and left it sitting around their house for weeks. Me being myself with a serious inquisitive side when it comes to food, I unpacked it and tried a few bites – didn’t want it to go to waste! I was surprised to find I loved it, and promptly devoured it over the next couple of days. I don’t even like candied fruit rinds, so I never expected to like it, but something about the lighter-than-air texture was so appealing and impossible to resist. Since then, I hadn’t tried panettone again, until this year. (more…)
One thing I am grateful for is to live with someone who has a great creative mind when talking about food. I would not have guessed when I started dating Kevin that he would be the muse to my baking. Since I started my new job with much longer days, he’s been making dinner for us pretty much every evening, and I’m always pleasantly surprised at what I come home to eat! A lot of the times when I’m in the kitchen baking I have a plan and a recipe and I’m armed and ready, but there are times when I need an idea or some inspiration, and he comes to the rescue. It’s a pretty great quality, and pretty useful too – you have him to thank for these incredible pancakes! (more…)
This past weekend was my birthday, which of course meant celebrating with lots of food. Saturday was the big day, so Kevin and I started the day with brunch at Aquitaine in the South End, and then went to dinner with my family at Citizen Public House that evening. We had tickets to the Umass vs. UVM Frozen Fenway game in the afternoon (Go Umass!), so Citizen Public House was a perfect location for a birthday dinner, and certainly didn’t disappoint. (Review coming sometime soon!) Come Sunday, I was still feeling in the birthday spirit, but didn’t think anyone’s wallet would look kindly on another meal out, so I decided to make something fun at home. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a recipe for zucchini pancakes – not the thin, crispy, savory kind, but breakfast pancakes! And these were not your average pancakes, but zucchini pancakes claiming to be “zucchini bread in pancake form.” Well you can imagine my delight, because zucchini bread is already one of my favorite quick breaks, but pan-fried and smothered with maple syrup? Yes, please! I went to the SOWA market in Boston’s South End last weekend and picked up an assortment of fresh produce, including two small zucchini just for this occasion. So on Monday morning after trekking back from the gym, I whipped up some of these pancakes with a bit of added flair, and we ate!