Archive for July, 2017

At Home: A Totally Cloudless Sky

July 30, 2017

It’s pretty rare to have a totally cloudless sky around here. I first noticed it when driving back earlier from doing an errand. Even on days when, as today, the weather couldn’t be more perfect — low 80’s with no humidity — there are usually some clouds. But not today. Definitely needed to document the evidence.

At Home: Totally Cloudless Sky

At Home: Totally Cloudless Sky

At Home: Totally Cloudless Sky

For sure, this is “Rozy Weather”!

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At Home: Salade Niçoise

July 27, 2017

Salade Niçoise is one of our favorite salads. Restaurants often use fresh tuna (here’s an example), but I use canned. It is a French salad, and whenever we ordered it in France, it always came with canned tuna; therefore, I think it’s safe to surmise that canned tuna is considered traditional. Lettuce, tomatoes (here I’m using local Jerseys), hard-boiled eggs, and potatoes are also traditional. I did, however, depart slightly from two other traditional ingredients. Haricots verts were unavailable, so I picked out the thinnest regular green beans. (I actually did such a good job, the cashier at Delicious Orchards first rung them up as the much more expensive haricots verts.) As for the olives, I use Kalamatas because they’re more readily available than Niçoise. For the dressing: a classic vinaigrette. I dressed the lettuce separately in a bowl, plated everything, took the photo, and then spooned vinaigrette over the rest.

I’ve always believed we eat first with our eyes. This colorful, eye-catching salad definitely said, “Eat me!” And it was as delicious as it looked.

At Home:  Salade Niçoise

At Home: Fish Chowder

July 25, 2017

Summer seems to be taking a bit of a hiatus. It’s been unseasonably cool along with lots of rain. Today, the temperature barely made it above 70 — about 15 degrees below the norm. It was the perfect day for some fish chowder. I used this recipe. As written, it makes six servings, but I cut it down to two. Delicious!

At Home: Fish Chowder

At Home: Summer on a Plate

July 18, 2017

At Home: Summer on a Plate

NJ Peaches & Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Balsamic Vinegar, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Basil

At Home: First NJ Peaches of 2017 Season

July 16, 2017

They’re from Fralinger Orchards, in Bridgeton. Bought them at Wegmans which carries them every year. A peach of a peach!

At Home: NJ Peaches

le 14 juillet 2017: The last time we saw Paris…

July 14, 2017

…was in June 1999. No iPhones back then.  I used my iPhone to snap these photos which were taken with a regular camera.

Paris: June 1999

Paris: June 1999

At Home: July 4th Holiday 2017

July 6, 2017

On Monday, Jen came out to the house by herself because unlike her, Louis did not have the day off. Lunch was Hebrew National franks with the usual accompaniments — Batampte deli mustard and sour kraut — along with Busch’s vegetarian baked beans. I didn’t take any photos.

Jen spent part of the afternoon sketching.

At Home: J. Sketching

(More about her art work in a future post.)

Dinner started with Chilled Strawberry-Watermelon Soup I’d made earlier in the day.

At Home: July 4th Weekend 2017

For the main course, Beer Can Chicken. (The previous post, Beer Can Chicken Without the Can, is here.) This time, instead of beer, I filled the canister with white wine.

At Home: July 4th Weekend 2017

At Home: July 4th Weekend 2017

Accompaniment: Jersey Bi-Color Corn.

At Home: July 4th Weekend 2017

Dessert: Breyer’s Vanilla and the last of my Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream using pick-your-own strawberries.

At Home: July 4th Weekend 2017

The next day — the 4th — lunch for Michael and me started with homemade Yellow Squash Soup.

At Home: July 4th Weekend 2017

We then had some of the leftover chicken served at room temperature. To go with it, I made Macaroni Salad.

At Home: July 4th Weekend 2017

The weather during the entire holiday was perfect for dining al fresco and relaxing on the patio.

Dining Out: April – June 2017

July 3, 2017

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April
New York City
Dinner:
Gotham Bar and Grill
italienne Taverna
Union Square Café
Toloache (Passover)
Rotisserie Georgette (Passover)
Maxwell’s Chophouse

Lunch:
Benoit
Turkish Kitchen
Daily Provisions (Take-out)
Morini Ristorante
Great Northern Food Hall

Late Supper:
Dog & Bone

New Jersey
Dinner:
Tillie’s

Lunch:
Jersey Shore BBQ

May
New York City
Dinner:
Fusco
Majorelle
Maialino
Made Nice

Lunch:
Made Nice
Dog & Bone
Morini Ristorante

Supper:
Made Nice

New Jersey
Dinner:
Aarzu

June
New York City
Dinner:
The Beatrice Inn
italienne Dining Room
Union Square Café
Eleven Madison Park (Anniversary)
The Grill
Fowler & Wells
Nur
Rocco Steakhouse
italienne Taverna
Aquavit
Upland
Korali Estiatorio
Dog & Bone

Lunch:
Made Nice (Take-out) – 2
Le Coq Rico
Tocqueville (Anniversary)
NoMad
Street Taco
Indian Accent
Gramercy Tavern Dining Room
Augustine
The Modern Bar Room