New to my playlist. Heard this song from Jenny Lewis streaming from my husband’s office. She rocks and you won’t be disappointed. Jenny Lewis is reflecting and reveals nostalgia. It is her life beating along with its past and present at the forefront. The beat draws you in while the lyrics are raw and deep. Afternoon tunes that can be played in the background. isostilo is a fan and totally digging her vibe.
For the upcoming weekend or any other day. 20-year-old Hope Tala, a singer songwriter from London, is amazing. Her first single, Blue, is a bit indie, a bit R&B, and simply lovely. Can’t wait to see what else she delivers. Another addition to the playlist. I want more!
Here is something to kick off your weekend mood. Adding Santigold’s latest 10 track dancehall inspired release of Gold Fire Sessions to my playlist! You should too. It is just what we need to keeping us grooving through August. Play this all day long!
The season for fresh juicy peaches and vibrant berries is here. Last weekend, the peaches and berries were on full display at the farmers market. I am already regretting not buying more of them. The season is short and you must take advantage of your local farmer’s bounty. Pick them yourself if you have the time. Such a wonderful summer activity. I have found two different ways to enjoy these summer delights from epicurious that if times allows, I will give a go. Otherwise, I will add them to my greek yogurt or enjoy them one bite at a time while lounging on deck.
Peach Salad, Blueberry and Corn Crisp from epicurious. And if you are really up for enjoying some peaches long after the season then this jam looks damn tasty (maybe it is the bourbon that caught my attention).
For the past 15 years, I have visited the beautiful rolling hills of Litchfield County to spend time with my in-laws. Each visit a new discovery is found and something new is put on the list to do the next time. Guy Wolff’s rustic barn studio, located in the town of Bantam, CT, stands out along the country road with a lovely welcoming flag inviting passing visitors. Guy Wolff Pottery has been hand making pottery in this studio since 1971. The barn is filled with white and red clay traditional pottery. There are also one of a kind works as well. All made by Guy Wolff with his signature stampings. The studio that is keeping alive 18th and 19th century pottery traditions for the gardens is a true gem to be experienced. You will meet Guy in person as he greets every customer who walks through the door.
Came home from the farmers market with a bounty of fresh basil and salmon. I did a quick surf on the web and found this lovely recipe from Whole and Heavenly Oven for pan seared salmon with spinach basil pesto sauce. Pesto is one of those easy peasy dishes to whip up quickly. The vibrant green sauce has just a few ingredients and boy is it good. It is so summer! I did a hybrid of Whole and Heavenly Oven’s recipe with my favorite pesto recipe from Silver Palate (sorry but it is so damn good!). I wanted to insure that I would have extra sauce to enjoy throughout the week.
At the end I did 1 cup basil, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup of toasted pine nuts, 3 garlic cloves, lemon instead of lime, 1 cup of olive oil, 1 cup fresh parmesan, and salt and pepper. Pesto is one of dishes that you can play with by adding a little more or a little less of any of the ingredients and you will be enjoying it by the spoonfuls! Happy cooking!
image from Whole and Heavenly Oven
A hot summer day doesn’t really have you wanting to turn on your oven. But these yummy chocolate chip cookies from Smitten Kitchen will have you running to the grocery store for the chocolate chips and turning on the oven. Perfect when you need a little something sweet to accompany that cold glass of lemonade. Here is a recipe to keep in your back pocket for those days when your sweet tooth kicks in. Of course everyone has the basic Toll House recipe but this SK recipe really seems to take them up a notch. My 11-year-old who was looking for an activity had fun making them and is a huge fan. What more can you ask for?! Happy baking! Happy Weekend!
Personally I would add a little less chocolate chips (we used Ghirardelli semi-sweet) to the recipe otherwise perfection! image and recipe from Smitten Kitchen