I might try a fall CSA and see if I like it... it's just such a summer thing in my mind.
This week I tossed a honey-mustard glazed pork tenderloin (I followed this recipe from Southern Living) and served it up with an arugula salad topped with fresh peaches and goat cheese tossed lightly with a white wine vinaigrette. Tastes like summer.
Speaking of Community Supported Agriculture ... My mom recently went to Horn O Plenty, a Farm to Table Restaurant in Bedford and has been raving about it for a week.
It's on my must try list for the very near future!
there are a few that we just can't resist due to some specific menu items!
We triple heart love the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad at Panera.
It's spicy and savory and plain old yummy.
Last time we had one, I was all like, "this is so easy, I can make this" ... so I did.
Make a bed of lettuce, I used Leafy Romaine
Grill & sliced chicken breast, I totally cheated... then toss in a saute pan with a drizzle of Tonton Japanese vinaigrette (really easy to find) and a squirt of Sriracha and cook over medium heat for a minute or two until the dressing/hot sauce is absorbed.
Combine thawed, shelled edamame and chopped roasted red bell pepper.
Add chicken and veggies to bed of lettuce.
Top with chopped peanuts, a few wonton strips and a drizzle of vinaigrette.
Toss and serve.
It's not identical, but it's darn good!
It would be great with tofu to make it veggie too!
*we do our best to support small businesses whenever we can. We're not super strict about it, but we do believe in shopping, eating and thinking locally... hey, we live here, why not!
By now everyone knows that Eric and I are not big gift givers.
I think it's because we were on the dating 'fast-track' and were living together after less than a year of 'real' dating we always channeled our energy (and money) into making our home and our lives better. Plus, who needs another something.
(I don't like him to pick out my jewelry. He doesn't like me to pick out his tools. The end.)
For Birthdays, I still like to get a little crafty and occasionally
toss in a fun something that I think he'll like.
Over the years I've made him the most amazing mixed 'tapes' ever, handmade cards and I've had parties of every variety for him from clam-bakes to salsa throw-downs.
Last year I taped 28 envelopes to the wall and filled each one with a reason why Elwood and I think we are lucky to have him in our lives (probably my favorite to date).
For a sample of why we love him, see below.
This is a cute idea in a book too.
I need to get crackin' on this year's grand plan!
Maybe a redneck pool party.
Create your own words of love and adoration, cut out each one and stuff it in individual envelopes taped to the wall (flap side out). Cover the wall in crepe paper, balloons, glitter and have the best birthday gift ever to give.
Here is a sample of what I wrote...
We are so lucky to have someone as kind as you in our lives.
Your heart is gargantuan
We are so lucky to have someone as funny as you in our lives.
Your wit is unparalleled
We are so lucky to have someone as handy as you in our lives.
Your Bob Villa runs deep.
We are so lucky to have someone as wise as you in our lives.
Your brain power is colossal.
We are so lucky to have someone as grizzly as you in our lives.
Your knack for the outdoors baffles us.
We are so lucky to have someone as opinionated as you in our lives.
Your outlook is cherished.
We are so lucky to have someone as motivated as you in our lives.
Your attack and drive git shit done.
We are so lucky to have someone as patient as you in our lives.
You are a saint.
We are so lucky to have someone as special as you in our lives.