So last Sunday I helped my best girlfriend unpack and organize her new kitchen. It was seriously such much fun and I felt like a kid in a candy store the whole day. We organized her pantry, her cabinets and then finished up the day by going to Whole Foods to stock up her pantry. She had a huge kitchen in her old house, but not a pantry, so she was super excited to be able to buy more than a days worth of food. We piled in the pasta, beans, canned tomatoes, quinoa and so on. I told her that once she gets settle I will take her shopping again for the basic pantry staples, so when she gets home from work, she can throw together a meal on the fly. In the process of doing all of this unpacking and organizing, we both discovered that this is something I can actually do as a side business from the blog. I love working with people, organizing, figuring out what supplies and pantry items people need in a kitchen, so why not make a side business of it? It’s something I’m working on, so for those of you that are local, and possibly interested, stay tuned…
The best part of the day was when I got home. John took the kid’s paddle boarding that day and on top of that cooked up an amazing dinner. I’m seriously such a lucky girl! He made two types of chicken legs, (recipe soon) my kale and ricotta salata salad, and this minty limeade (recipe soon). I threw in that orange carrot and miso salad that you see in the background from leftovers in the fridge. It was tasty but doesn’t photograph well.
It was a hot night, so John piled us into the car and we headed into the city for some ice-cream sundaes at Ghirardelli. The city was about 20 degrees cooler, which felt great! It was the perfect ending to a perfect Sunday.
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July and got to relax a bit. We had a great 4th. It was a jam packed day full of family, friends and ton’s of food. Thanks to the Leung family for hosting us for lunch and thanks to the Corren family for hosting us for dinner. Both lunch and dinner were amazing, and I must admit that I ate more that day then I did for Thanksgiving, so Friday was a day full of quinoa and lighter fare. I didn’t get much in the way of pictures, but I grabbed two shots of the kids at the parade and threw them into a collage.
Sunday night dinner: Cilantro lime chicken tacos with mango avocado salsa and lacinato kale salad. I’ve been making so much of this salsa lately for parties and such, that I decided I wanted some tacos this week. Mangos and avocados are totally in season right now, so it’s the perfect time for this meal.
Monday night dinner: Green bean and shallot ravioli & crispy garlic bread. This is Eli’s FAVORITE dinner and I love it because it’s super easy to throw together at the last minute. It’s pretty much a pantry dinner as I always have everything on hand except the green beans. BTW, for those if you that are local, I just saw an amazing bunch of local organic green beans at Whole Foods!
Tuesday night dinner: Leftover night! How I love hearing those words in the summer. We typically don’t have tons of leftovers in the summer, as the kids are home scarfing down all the leftovers for lunch. Tonight, I’m taking the leftover chicken meat from the tacos and making quesadillas. I’m also making a fresh batch of salsa to top the quesadilla with. I will slice up some fresh summer veggies as a side.
Wednesday night dinner: Heirloom tomato soup and quinoa cakes. It’s supposed to cool down and be a bit foggy, so I’m going to make up some of our favorite summer soup and some cheesy and crispy quinoa cakes.
Have a great week everyone! BTW, for those of you that are looking for some great and easy summer reads, I just finished 3 great books, Gone Girl, Defending Jacob and The Forsaken. Gone Girl is one of those books that half the people love and the other half hate, but I loved it. Defending Jacob (no, it’s not Jacob from the Twilight series) is a murder mystery full of courtroom drama, and The Forsaken is sci-fi teen drama similar to the Hunger games, but without all the gore. If any of you have any great book recommendations, please let me know!