Sometimes you find things you didn’t even know you were looking for – thank you, W). This was in yesterday’s Boston Globe (in the Ideas section). An article about the history of tomatoes under Q & A (an interview by Devra First with David Gentilcore, professor of early modern history at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom). Gentilcore wrote Pomodoro! A History of the Tomato in Italy. It is difficult to imagine Italian food without the tomato and this is especially timely as we are following an Italian cooking theme in our house this week. If I am a little late in writing it is not because I am making dinner – because my children did and it was wonderful. Truly better than anything I have been turning out lately. So – our menu included fresh green salad with creamy Parmesan dressing, fantastic bruschetta, braised chicken with peas and potatoes (delicious!) and a Parmesan parsley risotto (as good as it sounds)…oh, dessert, too (yes – although I didn’t need it). Triple chocolate biscotti and a lemon pudding-like confection that I forget the name of – like a semifreddo but not quite that. I am slow in getting going today because we are just back from a weekend in the Berkshires and I had some things to catch up on. Now that I have tackled part of that list, I have a new list…great, right? Some of the things were easy – get light bulbs, confirm camp registration – you know, the usual. Couldn’t get the dog washed – they are closed today but did everything else – well, almost everything else. I will post the recipes from dinner under Recipes – Tried and True and write about the Berkshire trip, too.
There are so many good resources for things to do with your kids – Here are a few I like and really use.
Parents Connect – A well-organized easy to navigate site (from nickelodeon) that shows activities and events (on-going and special) by area – even by neighborhoods. Great listings and ideas.
KIDOINFO – Parents Guide – Providence and beyond – This is a terrific resource for all things Rhode Island and truly beyond. There is a great camp guide, summer guide and 100 things to do with your kids in Rhode Island (and Connecticut and Massachusetts, too).
Boston.com has a great Things to do section as well and organizes it by neighborhood, too. Here is a sample of this weekend’s line-up:
|Cirque Du Soleil – Ovo
The thought of paying to see insects eat, crawl, work, flutter, play, fight, and …
8/13/2010 Friday 4:00p
(repeats 5 times)
Grand Chapiteau at Fan Pier, Boston MA
Featuring: Cirque du Soleil
What am I going to do with all of these tomatoes?
Well, I would eat them plain (with salt is heaven) but I think I need to share with the other members of my family who won’t eat them that way. Continue reading
Not as easy as her Cloudy Lemonade but as delicious! From Nigella Lawson
Mint and Lime cool aid
- 8 limes (1 cup juice)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- bunch fresh mint, some sprigs reserved for pitcher later
- 5 cups water
- ice cubes.
Remove zest of 4 of the limes using a veg peeler or a zester and put this along with the sugar, mint, and 1 cup of the water into a saucepan. Bring this to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Let this mixture simmer in pan for 5 minutes after boil. Cool, strain into pitcher. Squeeze limes to make 1 cup plus 2 tbls of juice then add water and sugar mixture into pitcher. Add ice cubes and springs of mint.
Looks like I will have another messy kitchen today! Continue reading
My dear husband heard this on NPR early this morning and thought I would like it and wrote me a note about it so I could find it…I just returned Pragmatic Mom’s Nigella Lawson cookbooks to her and saw one at Whole Foods last night so some more synchronicity…
Here is the link – I would pretty it up but I am trying to make anti-harvest muffins – not hers. Ina’s..
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129100059 (short 7 minutes – on NPR today) Cloudy lemonade which sounds practically perfect for a day like today.
Nigella’s latest cookbook is Nigella Fresh
I do love NPR!! They did not have the recipes up this morning but they do now – Here: Continue reading