Keep it simple (French Fridays with Dorie: Vanilla Vegetable Salad)

Can I tell you something?

I really like non-recipe recipes.

They seem to fit in with my "unable to follow instruction" sensibilities.

This week (woo hoo, I am finally back on schedule), French Fridays with Dorie has one of the ultimate non-recipe recipes - vanilla vegetable salad. 


Not complicated (French Fridays with Dorie: Shrimp & Mango "ceviche")

First of all, how come it is Wednesday already??? I am pretty sure that someone is messing with my personal time/ space continuum and that I have been thrust into a different dimension.

Just saying...

In other news, my missing house keys finally showed up. (In the center of console of my car - a place I never put anything.) This may not excite the rest of the world, but I have been looking for them for over a month. (It wasn't the house keys I was worried about, it was the mail key - getting a replacement key from the USPS was not a road that I wanted to travel down...)

Life is so complicated, sometimes.


Said no one, ever (French Fridays with Dorie: French Lentils)

There are certain phrases that I am pretty are not uttered in the normal course of things...

"Yes, that outfit does look really as bad as you think it does."

"Gee, ice storms sure are fun."

"Oh, yeah, winter is coming." (At least not if you live North of the 42 parallel...)

"Those lentils sure look pretty" (said no one, ever).


#sorrynotsorry (French Fridays with Dorie: Curried Chicken, Peppers and Peas en Papillote...or not)

Likes and dislikes are a funny thing.

They aren't always based in logic and I am not convinced that we have 100% control over what we like and don't like.

I know that tastes can be "acquired" - mind over matter and all that, but does that mean we really LIKE something?

The older I get, the more decisive I have become about giving things a chance. I will try (almost) anything once. Beyond that, I make no promises. I am not sure if that is a positive or negative trait... #sorrynotsorry


Holding on (Tuesdays with Dorie BwJ: Oven-Roasted Plum Cake)

Today, I saw some trees exhibit the first flush of autumn.

Edges of green leaves starting to shift toward shades of orange and red.

The days have taken a Jekyll and Hyde approach - one day is firmly planted in the realm of summer, the next sending bold hints about the days ahead.

I have a love-hate relationship with these last few weeks of summer.

On one hand, I am looking forward to the glory that is early autumn in Upstate NY. Few things compare to those lazy, weekend afternoon drives through the mountains when the leaves are at the peak of color.

On the other hand, I know that those lovely days are soon to be followed by long stretches of sub-freezing weather and many hours of "quality time" with snow shovels and mind-numbing cold.

I have decided that I am going to hold on to every last vestige of summer as tightly as I can - there is no need to surrender yet...