Archive for July, 2016

Why I Love (Cheap) French Wine

30 July, 2016

First, let me start out by saying I am NOT a wine expert. This post is meant to share that as a decidedly NON-wine expert, I have found a few good wines that I am loving and a few reasons why, so I am sharing them in the hopes that you can take it and make it work for you in your (perhaps) non-expert wine drinking moments. (Julie and Henri, this excludes you if you are reading this since you both know more then I ever will).

I wanted to share this because I feel like I found a treasure trove …

Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts

20 July, 2016

You guys! These Mediterranean stuffed chicken breasts are amazing! I am seriously drooling looking at the picture because they were so yummy. I just made them last week and I think I need to make them again tomorrow.

I love stuffing anything – chicken breasts, pork chops, zucchini boats. It is just a great way to take something boring and make it sparkle a wee bit. (Sorry, I’ve been watching too much Outlander). The options are truly endless for what to stuff them with – gouda/bacon/breadcrumbs? (super good in pork chops), sautéd veggies/kale/parm?, olives/mushrooms/fontina? But I seriously love these …

Terra Firma

18 July, 2016

There is a man who walks around my neighborhood every day, the grandfather of two children who go to school with my kids. He is stout, balding, with curly white hair and a little dog who looks like he is dancing on his tip toes as they move, a contrast in big and solid vs. tiny and nimble.

He recognizes my car now, the one that I use to chauffeur four kids to lacrosse and baseball and skiing. And every time we pass, he gives a wave, a thrust of his arm that is part salut, part friendly greeting. Something about the way he does this is so encouraging. So life-affirming. It reveals some inner strength or hope that he possesses. He seems happy to see us. When he passed in the street while my kids are playing in the yard, he tells them the dog’s name. “Reee-chhhard” he says in a thick Russian …

Shrimp Ceviche

14 July, 2016

Is there anything better to eat on a hot summer night then ceviche?

The first time I ever tasted ceviche was on my Honeymoon in Aruba, and I have been in love ever since (both with the dish and my husband).

I went to a tapas party last night, and decided to make ceviche because holy humidity. When I got there, it was the most amazing spread, filled with families from all over the globe, and the best food I have ever eaten. Rice and beans with octopus and mussels, garbanzo beans with spinach and buttered bread crumbs, stuffed fried …