those commercials form the eighties.
Wherever I go
She's gonna go
Mean Mommy and meeeeeee!
Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
From The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook
1 c. oat flour
1 c. brown rice flour
1 c. pumpkin (canned or fresh)
2 tablepoons molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients and mix until a cohesive dough forms. Roll out on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. The cookies can be placed very close together, as they do not spread. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Brussels sprouts are such a great fall vegetable. We've loved them roasted for awhile now, but I recently discovered how good they taste raw and chopped into a salad. They are essentially mini cabbages, so it's similar to the cabbage flavor in cole slaw. Delicious!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I sure as hell do.
Simple Carrot Salad
From Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food
1 pound of carrots, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Fresh-ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Peel and grate one pound of carrots. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, kosher salt, and fresh-ground black pepper. Whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil and taste for salt and pepper. Toss the dressing with the carrots and stir in 2 tablespoons chopped parsley. Let the salad stand for 10 minutes, and re-taste for flavor. Add lemon juice, salt, or pepper as needed.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Our neighbors across the street put quite the menagerie of pumpkins on their porch that John and I have been admiring all week. Well, admiring, and plotting against.
Not just any pumpkins would do for our rival porch display - we needed some of all shapes and colors. There's no better place to get pumpkins than Farmer John's in Half Moon Bay.
This was our third year in a row going to Farmer John's - and Harper's first trip.
Harper's favorite part was probably all the hay that she tried very hard to snack on. We told her "hay is for horses," but she was unmoved.
And wagons full of purchases. Purchases beautiful enough to rival any neighbor's.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Above - some fragrant floral green tea from a killer tea shop that I highly recommend. Tea is huge in Paris (which surprised us both), and Mariage Freres is the tea shop to end all tea shops. This wonderful loose-leaf tea even comes with some tea bags to fill yourself. A nice touch.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
2. While I loved walking around Paris, our feet would usually start protesting 3/4 through the day. As a result, I definitely recommend walking away from your hotel all day and then just taking the Metro back. The Paris Metro is phenomenal and easy to use. There are stops virtually everywhere.
4. Speaking of museums, the Louvre is the most famous, and also the most heinous. You might need to go because you are in Paris, but it will likely be overcrowded and very hot in some rooms (it was hotter in the Louvre than outside for us). Maybe go in, see the Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory and call it a day unless you are very interested in more ancient art.
E. Dehilleron (old-fashioned cookware store shopped at by Julia Child and Ina Garten) and Hediard (fine ingredient store selling teas, spices, chocolates, and more). Patrick Roger was our favorite chocolate shop.
12. The books we used and relied upon heavily were Rick Steves' Guide to Paris and Hungry for Paris. Rick Steves' book has walking tours of many museums and sites, and also has walking tours of some of the exceptional neighborhoods in Paris. I highly recommend this book and carried it with us everywhere. All the restaurants we visited from Hungry for Paris were exceptional - much better than the random lunch spots we popped into. If you are interested in planning out your meals in Paris and going to restaurants with a purpose, this book is perfect. (We actually didn't get a reservation until we got there, and once we did we relied upon our concierge to make them for us at the restaurants I picked out. We couldn't get into some of my choices, but we got into most.)
my map of Paris, with a detailed key of all the color-coding up top. I will try to update it sometime to put my personal notes in there now that we've visited everything. (HFP = Hungry for Paris and DL = David Lebovitz.)
I hope you have the opportunity to go to Paris soon. And if you have any recommendations for how I can manage to move there, I'm all ears.