Can you believe it? Three weeks flew right by and here I am back in Boston. As some of you know (from reading the tour updates) I had the time of my life but I must say being back home is a welcome change of pace. I missed my bed and my kitchen dearly. But mostly my kitchen. I would sleep in the back of a car as long as I had a wonderful kitchen to spend my days in. Seems like an interesting choice doesn't it?
Today I have a to-do list that is disgustingly long but I plan to ignore the majority of it, mainly because it's pouring rain outside but also because I plan to be in the kitchen alllllll day. I used this excuse yesterday as well. Only I replaced the "it's pouring rain" with "it's sunny and I'm going to the lake". I love interchangeable excuses.
I had most of the following meals planned out and grocery list ready by the time we hit Boston on Saturday night. Being in the car for 5000 miles/3 weeks provides ample time to scour recipes and make plans for future meals. While on the trip, Kaston decided he was going back to being a pescetarian as soon as we returned to Boston and Nick decided to join in on the fun...which sort of put me on the bandwagon. Why not, right? So, as you will notice the following meals are sans "land animals". Enjoy!
Last night I was too excited to get back into my kitchen. And I got a little ahead of myself on the meal plan for the week. I made a version of this pasta (with quite a few changes) and it was deeeelicious. It was so refreshing and a great first home-cooked meal. Luckily it's so good because it will probably also serve as our second home-cooked meal tonight!
Creamy Pea and Mint Spaghetti
from Sips and Spoonfuls
You either love or hate gazpacho. There is no in between. And I'm a person that happens to LOVE it. How do you feel about it? We used to make this delicious cold soup every summer at the Tea Room and the chopping process for the amount of soup we made was absurd. It literally took the entire kitchen/as many hands that could fit into that tiny space. I'm ashamed to say that I haven't made gazpacho since then. BUT I had some the other day at a little restaurant outside of Philly and immediately decided I needed to incorporate it back into my summer routine. I'll probably make it today so the flavors can meld and be absolutely delicious for tomorrow. YUM.
from The Pioneer Woman
I haven't had tofu since leaving Boston. I think I may have mentioned something about making it at home (in Missouri) and received somewhat of a snarl from my mother. She just doesn't know what she's missing. This is the first recipe I've come across where the tofu is roasted instead of pan fried and I'm intrigued. I also love the addition of roasted kale.
Roasted Tofu and Kale with Pine Nuts
from The First Mess
I'm hoping by Thursday that this rainy weather Boston is experiencing will subside and we can go outside to grill. I've yet to try black bean burgers on the grill but it seems easy peasy.
Black Bean Burger
Kale. Shrimp. Lentils. I'm in. Seriously this looks delicious. It's been hiding in my Foodgawker favorites for quite sometime and I feel like I've totally been missing out. I'll definitely give you a full report on this one.
French Lentils with Kale and Shrimp
from Bev Cooks
a few summer treats
these are just a few things I wouldn't mind being at my next outdoor get together...
Lemon Mousse Tart with Berries
from The Fig Tree
Cherry Hand Pies
from Spoon Fork Bacon
from Ezra Pound Cake
Nutella Fudge Pops
Strawberry Basil Ice Cream
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