Can you believe it is September?
I cannot believe it is September.
There. Cliches out of the way, I want to take a moment to thank you.
All of you who visit me here every day, even when I have been too busy these last two years to connect, reply to your very appreciated comments, or visit your blogs often. There have been times I so truly missed the community of blogging, have felt so out of touch from that community, and I miss it.
I am coming back. Right now, I have been taking time.
To mourn. To celebrate. To remember. To express gratitude. Lots of gratitude.
Thank you, dear readers. So many of you have shown me such generous friendship, and have helped to make a difficult time a bit easier, a bit brighter. I am overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness.
Vegan MoFo is here again – this is my third year participating. The plant based version of NaNoWriMo is a fun month of themes and inspiration. I honestly didn’t know if I had it in me this year, but much like a major kitchen renovation being the best distraction for me right now, I am ready to tackle Vegan MoFo.
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My favorite farmers market find lately – squash blossoms.
I didn’t plant any squash this year, so I have been
chomping at the bit patiently awaiting their arrival at the markets. Because I had the most wonderful flavored cheese waiting to pair with these little beauties. I brought them home and immediately got to work (they do not last long, use them same day if you can find them).
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My mom and I have been known to roast two or three heads of garlic and eat them for lunch. All of it, all the cloves. With crackers or bread.
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Last summer I was beyond thrilled to work with BACARDI® on a series of parties, recipes and more parties. When I had the opportunity again this summer, I did not hesitate to say yes.
This time it gets big – one of the BACARDI® mixologists made a spabettie signature cocktail. Just for me, based on my personality, style, and how I answered their questions. Unreal. Like I said, beyond thrilled.
They sent me the custom recipe and a [click to continue…]
It is officially summer.
Okay, not for another couple weeks, I suppose, but for me? Summertime is here.
We are having bright warm sunny days – mid eighties all this week – and light nights where we enjoy some good patio time.
The warmer temperatures bring cravings for lighter foods. What is the phenomenon that hot summer days = lighter appetites? Even if dinnertime is comprised of lighter fare, dessert is still a must, am I right?
The farmers markets are again the source of my delights – lusciously sweet Anjou pears eaten in the car on the way home. Several were saved long enough to create a smashingly impressive dessert that is so easy to make, with real simple ingredients.
Topping things with buttery caramel? Definitely.
Please visit me at Attune to see this summery recipe:
fresh gingered Anjou pear cobbler
The sort of obvious thing? I have never eaten buffalo wings (never liked chicken).
The ironic thing? I love faux wings.
The bad thing? Most are either made with soy or vital wheat gluten.
The awesome thing? I have a buffalo chick-quin wing that is both gluten and soy free.
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I am a Burning Man attendee.
Jason is a Rainbow Gathering attendee.
Growing up in different parts of the country, I’m thinking. We both followed the Grateful Dead a bit, but that [click to continue…]
We had pre-funked all week with margaritas and enchiladas and margaritas, so when Cinco de Mayo rolled around, what do you think we served yesterday for our little shindig? [click to continue…]