Posts Tagged ‘At Home’

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.

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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

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.

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

June 3, 2017

Bright and early Wednesday morning, Ed Wendel’s crew arrived to do our annual spring clean-up. It was actually a bit of a surprise because when I spoke to Ed a couple of weeks ago, he wasn’t sure exactly when he’d get to us since he was swamped with work, so I was figuring next week. And, by the way, no surprise that he’s swamped with work because when it comes to landscapers, he is the best!

Shortly after the crew started working, Ed stopped by to check things out. He’s one of our favorite people. We love having the chance to chat with him on a range of subjects.

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

His guys are ace pruners.

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

When the mulch arrives, the job is nearly done.

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

The finished product is always A++!

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

The tree that replaced the tree that replaced the tree that fell on our house has grown substantially and is doing very well.

At Home: Spring Clean-up 2017

At Home: Umbrella’s Up!

May 27, 2017

At Home: Umbrella's Up!

A Memorial Day Weekend tradition, it’s how we mark the unofficial start of the summer season.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

May 21, 2017

During our trip to France in 1999, we visited Limoges. We bought a dessert set consisting of a large serving bowl and 12 dishes.

At Home:  Dessert Dish

I love that the design is perfect for the strawberry ice cream I made yesteerday using some of the berries we picked at Battleview.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

At Home: Spring Colors

April 29, 2017

At Home: Spring Colors

White Dogwood Tree (?)

At Home: Spring Colors

Azaleas