Veggie Quinoa Bibimbap

Holy smokes, it’s nearly July! Spring and June have simply vanished. And I’ve been a little neglectful of you all — I’m so sorry. I wish I had a sob story about mountains of work, but it’s kind of the opposite (for once!). I spent the past two weekends frolicking about with W, falling in love with the northeastern part of the state, and discovering the best, most-charming bakery in Vermont. Not even the oppressive heat of last week or my new-found ability to destroy essential devices with my mere presence has managed to offset my enthusiasm. But even so, I wish I’d spent a little more time here, especially since I promised you all giveaways! Those will still be happening, very soon. I’m stuck in rural upstate NY house/garden/cat-sitting for the next two weeks, which means productivity is my only option.

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Roasted Mushroom Ravioli with Thyme & Garlic Scapes

I’m sitting here, staring at these little ravioli on my computer screen, trying to think of something nice to say about them. And I’m finding it rather difficult. Not because they weren’t good — they were, in fact, quite good (aside from a mediocre pasta dough experiment, which I will address at a later date). But because I’m sitting in my 91° room, while a fan blasts 91° heat towards my face at high speeds long after the sun has set. So when I look at these ravioli, all I can see is warm, hearty food that was cooked over a pot of boiling hot water, then tossed into a sizzling hot frying pan. Not the sort of thing one dreams about on an evening like this, when throwing together a minimum-effort burrito and cracking a cold beer feels borderline commendable. But a few days days ago, in the balmy 78° weather, these things really hit the spot. So I will now attempt to transport my consciousness back in time, so that I may present these things with the level of enthusiasm they deserve.

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Carrot, Snap Pea, & Greek Yogurt Wraps

So, not to rub it in for anyone that didn’t experience the same, but we had an amazing weekend here in the northeast! I had a feeling that the sunshower I was caught in while walking back from town on Friday might be a harbinger of amazingness, and I was right. The weather was gorgeous, with just the right amount of heat. I rode my bike a ton. I took care of some sweet kitties (my talented friend Aaron’s picture, not mine). I finished planting my garden (which now contains a somewhat bizarre hack-job teepee trellis made from fishing line and a big stick). I resoled a pair of shoes. (That might sound impressive, but if you watched me removing the soles from my destroyed shoes with a box cutter that occasionally came way too close to my body, the only thing you’d be impressed by is my stupidity!) And I re-watched all four Alien movies. (I’m going to resist the urge to launch into a detailed analysis/criticism of each one. [You're welcome.] I’ll just say that if you ever want to try out a recipe for very screwy dreams, watch Aliens and Alien 3 in the same night, then go to sleep in a room filled with shoe cement fumes.)

But really, it was the little things that made this weekend especially great. Things like the strawberry rhubarb juice I got at the farmers’ market and practically inhaled because it was so good, and the chocolate chip espresso angel food cake that I bought a quarter of once I managed to stop drooling. But the most exciting thing of all was the appearance of my most favorite spring vegetable of all . . .

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Things To Look Forward To

Hey everybody! I have a couple tidbits of news to share, and I was hoping we could chat about them over one of my favorite spring snacks. Yes? OK!

So there are a couple giveaways in the works, and I thought I’d give you a heads up about them. (They’re both really good, and I don’t want anyone to miss out because I just threw them out there without warning.) The first is a joint-giveaway between me and Nicole Russo — a style consultant based out of NYC. Nicole will be supplying the awesome part of the giveaway (a gorgeous Alexis Bittar bracelet!), and I will be chiming in with the hey-dude-let-me-make-something-sweet-to-celebrate-your-awesome-giveaway part (French 77 lollipops). (Yes, that is how we talk to each other. Nicole and I go way back — like high school way back.) The second giveaway is a homemade bitters giveaway. Thanks to BTP’s amazing Bitters book and my tendency to become obsessed with things (especially if it means I get to design labels and put stuff in cute little bottles), I now have eight different varieties of bitters bottled up and awaiting loving homes. So jewelery lovers, sweets lovers, and cocktail lovers — be on the lookout for free things this month!

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