Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cozy Side Dish

Roasted potatoes are not rocket-science, I know. But, if they are not on your weekly menu, particularly in the fall and winter (okay, it is still 68 degrees here, but still...) you are missing out. This is a warm, hearty, healthy side dish. We have been doing vegetarian dinners, so roasted potatoes go well with a vegetable omelet, asparagus and salad, or if you eat fish, broiled salmon.

I use this recipe but add two chopped zucchinis and one chopped onion. I also use a lot less olive oil, but I don't really measure so I am not sure how much I use. The tiny fingerling potatoes at Trader Joe's right now are so buttery and the bag of blue, red and yellow potatoes look just a bit fancy.

3 pounds small red or white potatoes
1/4 cup good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic; toss until the potatoes are well coated. Transfer the potatoes to a sheet pan and spread out into 1 layer. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking in order to ensure even browning.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Kitchen Envy

I am grateful for my home.
I love our simple life.
We are warm and safe and fortunate.

But, can I also simultaneously really, really want to redo my kitchen and have it look like this?

Seriously. Can we talk about that chandelier? And the red pan? And how cute the kiddies would look with their bottoms on those stools, dripping oatmeal all over that lovely counter? And how my pumpkin muffins would always puff up just right in that oven?


Monday, September 13, 2010

Things I Love

Silver nail polish

Seriously, for 6 dollars, I actually feel just a little bit current and cool. This is refreshing seeing as I just finally heard that darn "Umbrella" song everyone has been talking about. Or everyone was talking about. Last year.

It is huuuge. Really, really huge. But, you can read through it like a book. Okay, it will take weeks. But his simple approach to plant-based meals is refreshingly easy and with a plethora of recipes, you will certainly know what to do with those last measly vegetables in your produce drawer.

We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

This read-aloud will delight your children. The illustrations are beautiful and fun. The story teaches the importance of nature and also the growth/changes of family. I admit it; I cried.

Okay, please tell me you watch this show. Please. It is superbly acted, dramatic, funny and such an interesting glimpse into recent American history. Plus, the clothes. And Joan. Okay, and Don. And the role of women and...the clothes. Don't be alarmed if you watch and suddenly have an urge for a cocktail.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I like Arting

My oldest declares the above, "Mama, I like arting," while coloring with crayons. When asked what she did at school that day, she answers, "I arted." And after my visit with her teachers this morning for our getting-to-know-you sesh in her new classroom, she asked, "Was there a lot of arting stuff in there?" My little one, last night, followed the trend. When I asked him what he was doing, he answered, "I am a hard worker. I am arting."

So, last year I saw this brilliant idea to help deal with the massive amount of art projects that our children bring home from school, in addition to the masterpieces produced at home. Well, I have never used photoshop and we don't have much wall space. So, I came up with an alternative. Probably a bit lazier and a little pricier, but I think the kids will love it. (Hope to try the aforementioned idea next year...photoshop tutorial, anyone?)

I took photos of L's masterpieces throughout the year, kept a few in a folder for her to look at in the future, and secretly recycled the rest. (I know, I know. Terrible, but necessary.) Then, I created a book on Shutterfly for her, with a photo of her on her first day of school, 20 photos of her art, and a photo of her at the end of the year. The book is en route and I can't wait to see what she thinks!