Posts Tagged ‘At Home’

Deep Freeze!

January 5, 2018

Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze

The proverbial light at the end of this frigid tunnel:

Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Mother Nature Adds Insult to Injury!

January 4, 2018

We came back last night after spending almost a week in NYC dealing with sub-sub-freezing temperatures! And today, we are being bombarded by a winter storm that is being called a bomb cyclone. In our neck of the NJ woods, it’s in the form of a blizzard. Lovely way to start 2018. Not!

Have I mentioned that I. Hate. Winter?!

At Home: January 2018 Bomb Cyclone Blizzard

At Home: January 2018 Bomb Cyclone Blizzard

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

December 17, 2017

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

This year’s Chanukah dinner took place yesterday evening. As you can see by the place settings, there were four of us: Jen, Louis, Michael and me. The menu for the savory part of the meal is one that has become a tradition.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Plain Soft French Brioche Baguette (cut up); Gluten-free Ciabatta Rolls

The Ciabatta rolls were, of course, for Louis.

And speaking of Louis, he doesn’t normally like salads. However, this one he loves. As does everyone.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

My Famous Chopped Salad

I did ask if we should have something different for the main meat, maybe short ribs or even chicken?  But the resounding response from the others was, “No way!”

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Pot Roast

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Potato Latkes

Jen insisted that we grate the potatoes instead of using the food processor because, she said, that “would make them taste better.” O.K.! Using my 50-year-old box grater, we took turns and got the job done managing not to add any grated finger tip skin. I did, however, use the food processor to grate the onion since I wasn’t in the mood to cry, which is usually what happens when you use the box grater. We kept the latkes warm in a 250 degree oven until it was time to serve them.

To accompany the latkes, of course…

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Homemade Applesauce

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Red Cabbage with Apples

Time for dessert!

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Homemade Gluten-free Chanukah Cookies

As I mentioned in a previous post, although I originally started making them for Louis, because they’re so tasty, we all like them, so I stopped making regular ones.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Gluten-free Jelly Donuts

By the Way Bakery is near Jen and Louis’s apartment. Their entire line of baked goods is gluten-free and kosher. These cake-like little suckers were excellent. In Israel, by the way, sufganiyot (donuts) are traditional for Chanukah. (Notice what I did there?)

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Ice Cream and Sorbet

Salt & Straw is a company located on the West Coast which makes really delicious ice cream. Our friend Andrew has twice sent us gift packages from them containing a variety of flavors. A few months ago, Daily Provisions, the take-out spot next door to Union Square Café, began carrying Salt & Straw’s ice creams. D.P. is conveniently located a short walk from our apartment. Lucky us! For this occasion, we selected two flavors we’ve had before: Sea Salt & Caramel Ribbons and Joe Coffee & Freckled Chocolate. Louis prefers sorbet, one of his favorite flavors being chocolate.

Jen bought these at Eli Zabar’s.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Milk Chocolate Chanukah Gelt

A sweet end to what everyone agreed was a delicious meal.

Chag Sameach!

At Home: Chanukah Cookies

December 15, 2017

At Home:  Chanukah Cookies (2017)

Getting ready for our family Chanukah dinner tomorrow night. These cookies are gluten-free. I started making them several years back for Louis along with regular cookies for the rest of us. However, because they’re really tasty, we all like them. So, I stopped making the regular ones.

At Home: Earthquake!

November 30, 2017

At Home: Earthquake!

So, this afternoon, I was relaxing in bed reading. Suddenly, a little before 5 p.m., I felt the bed, the room, indeed, the entire house moving!! It lasted only a few seconds. While it was happening, I had this very strange feeling. A kind of disorientation. When Michael came into the room shortly afterwards, I mentioned it to him. He said he hadn’t felt anything. Could it be I imagined it? A few minutes later he was back.  He said there had been an earthquake along the mid-Atlantic coast, magnitude 4.1.  Originating in Delaware, it sent shockwaves through parts of New Jersey. Obviously, those parts included our area. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me that it was an earthquake. Definitely an experience I hope not to have again.

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

October 20, 2017

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

This is a photo I never thought I’d be taking. Sure, I’ve posted pictures of our patio table set for dining many times before. But this one is different because of when it was taken. In October! Michael and I agree that in all the years we’ve been living here, we’ve never dined al fresco in October. Usually, when October arrives, we take the patio umbrella down. However, this year’s weather has been totally out of whack with summer temperatures of high 70’s and low 80’s lingering well into this month. So, why not take full advantage? We’d been eating our main meal of the day in the afternoon — very often on the patio throughout the summer — and that’s what we continued to do.

October 4

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Salad: Mixed Greens, NJ Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Red Onion, Vinaigrette

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Lamb Chop (from Iceland); Eggplant “Sandwich” with Roasted Red Pepper, Goat Cheese & Red Onion; Hot Pepper

October 5

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Summer Squash “Gazpacho”

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Babyback Ribs

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Babybacks, NJ Sweet Potato, Homemade Cole Slaw

October 6

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Summer Squash “Gazpacho” with Homemade Croutons

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Spit-Barbecued Chicken, Grill-Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, Hot Pepper

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Homemade Cherry Clafouti

October 7

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Chilled Zucchini Soup with Homemade Croutons

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Cheeseburger, Grilled Onions, Fries, and Pickle

(Note: No cheese on Michael’s burger. Instead of grilled onions, a slice of raw onion.)

A couple of days of rain and then back to outdoor dining.

October 10

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Salad: NJ Red & Yellow Tomatoes, Garden Mix Greens, Red Onion, Goat Cheese, Vinaigrette

At Home: Dining on the Patio in October!

Lamb Merguez (from D’Artagnan); Couscous with Dried Apricots, Dried Dates & Prunes; Hot Pepper

The weather then became fall-like — chilly during the day and frosty overnight — before turning into Indian Summer with daytime temperatures in the low to mid-70’s. However, because our backyard is very shady, it’s always much cooler there, making it too cool to eat outside. Michael took down the umbrella marking the official end of this year’s patio dining.

At Home: Umbrella Down

To view the complete set of photos on Flickr of our October al fresco meals, click here.

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”!

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: 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