Hi friends! I’m excited to share today’s post with you- I’ve got the makings of a beautiful Mediterranean dinner party here to inspire your own backyard summer entertaining as these long hot days beg to be celebrated with friends and family! I created a menu that keeps your oven off and kitchen labor to a minimum, but will still provide a delicious, memorable evening for your loved ones. The trick- seasonal produce that’s fresh and beautiful, it’ll save you the trouble of hours of prep time!
Speaking of saving, Lou and I have been watching our spending in ways we never have before now that we’ve got a little one on the way and find ourselves all of a sudden facing things like preschool tuition (I swear I had no idea that was even a thing), saving for college and the general financial responsibility of providing for this little guy who will be joining us in the next few months. As we make these adjustments I’ll be finding ways to make every penny count- including using my Blue Cash Everyday card from American Express, which that offers a host of savings opportunities, including 3% cash back on groceries! You can bet I’m happy for that 3% back when I’m shopping for summer soirees, PLUS the $250 I will earn back if I spend $1,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership! Click through to see all of the dishes and decor, with details on how to make everything below. Hope you love, and happy entertaining!!! xx- Sarah
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Hi friends, happy Saturday! As you may have seen here, we have a boatload of passion fruit coming from our vines right now and I’m looking for every way I can eat it. Which led me to trying this recipe for passion fruit curd- a divine creation I swear! I loved the recipe and the curd BUT it has a bit too heavy of a sugar load for my liking. I decided to try to substitute the sugar with raw honey which causes less blood sugar spikes, has more nutritional properties and is always my preferred choice of sweetener.
The thing is, to keep all of the benefits of raw honey you have to abstain from heating it. Which led me to modifying Martha’s recipe by heating the passion fruit juice and egg yolks but waiting until after I removed the mixture from the stovetop to add in the honey. This proved to be delicious, but instead of a thick gelatinous curd I was left with a thick, delicious sauce. If I understood more about the science of what happens in the curd making process this wouldn’t have come as a happy surprise, but since I’m fairly inexperienced in the art of cooking with sugar it was a total happy accident!! I’ve been drizzling the passion fruit sauce on my greek yogurt parfaits, honey sweetened creme fraiche ice cream (I need to share my recipe for that soon too!), piles of stone fruit, and pretty much anything else that I find that could use a touch of sweetness (I’ve got plans for it to hit my fish tacos soon but I’m not sure if that is actually a good thing or a weird pregnancy thing). All I know is it sounds questionably delicious to me so I have to try it!!! Ok, have at it my friends, recipe after the jump! xx- Sarah
Blackberries were on sale at the market yesterday- three 1/2 pints for $5! I nearly yelped when I saw them. And then I scooped up my berrries and hustled home to make a galette. And by hustled I mean waddled because I swear to you I am so pregnant that multiple neighbors have complimented me on my pregnancy stride (monkey covering eyes emoji). No, that’s cool. I’ll take any compliment I can get these days. Anyway, back to the galette. They’re the rustic baker’s pie, the lazy lady’s best friend, the thing that summer dreams are made of. They’re so easy to make and such a treat to devour! And I say devour because after I finished shooting this Lou served us each up a slice and one would not describe me as ladylike as I shoveled it into my mouth. Ahhhh, pregnancy and galettes. SO DELICIOUS!!! Recipe after the jump. xx- Sarah
This has been my entertaining go-to as of late: a heaping piled of grilled veggies served with herb whipped goat cheese, which happens to be so tasty that I would eat ANYTHING it was spread upon . This is so easy to throw together, leaving plenty of time for chatting with guests, and is always a hit! We usually grill some chicken to go with it and serve alongside a giant summer salad. It’s delicious and satisfying, un-fussy but still worthy of guests. I’m a fan and hope you will be too! xx- Sarah PS if you are lucky enough to have leftovers, chop them up and combine them with reamaining herb whipped goat cheese for a beautiful summer salad (see mine here)!
If you had told me three years ago that I’d be adding bone marrow to a frittata, I would’ve asked you where you were getting your drugs. HA! But the times, they’ve changed. And here I find myself searching for ways to incorporate as much bone marrow (from organic, pasture raised, happy cows) into my meals as possible to reap the many rewards of it’s deeply nutritional and healing properties. You see, as our ancestors well understood, bone marrow is chock full of incredible minerals (calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium to name a few) and vitamins (specifically the most important A, D, and K) that are critical for healthy thriving. Our ancestors appreciated the bits and bobs of the animal that we have since stopped eating- the organs, the marrow, the FAT. They somehow instinctively understood that these parts of the animals contained an abundance of nutrition critical to healthy humanity. And I personally love knowing that nothing is being wasted- we’re eating every bit of the animal we can get our hands on. This makes sense to me in so many ways.
While I love eating bone marrow roasted and sprinkled with salt, I also love the idea of sneaking it into other meals to increase the amount of it that we’re getting. I’ve been making the beef stock from the Gjelina cookbook (it’s heavenly and now that I’m mentioning it I should note that the cookbook is my all time favorite). The recipe calls for 5 pounds of beef shanks, all of which have marrow in them. I also add two long split marrow bones that I get at the farmers market to the pot. I’m careful when I’m making the stock to not stir the shanks/marrow bones and when it’s done I gently remove the shanks and collect the marrow from the bone centers. This is what lands in this frittata, after sitting in the refrigerator and firming up a bit.
Now, are you wondering how this tastes? Because ultimately that is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING! And the answer: it’s flipping delicious! The marrow sort of blends in with the goat cheese and egg, adding a richness to the flavor that isn’t overt. It would be a brilliant way to sneak bone marrow into your family if they find it to be suspect. And the asparagus and tomatoes add the sweet taste of summer that finishes it off perfectly. I love it, and I think you will too! xx- Sarah
Hi friends! This pregnancy really took it out of me for the first 20 weeks or so, and now I feel (at 22 weeks) like myself. Or at least a rounder, slower, but still capable version of myself. Which is such a JOY, I’ll take it! I’d heard from so many friends and moms that the second trimester is amazing, but I spent half of mine asleep! It took me a bit longer to shake off the first trimester fatigue but now that I have I see what everyone is talking about. And now that I’m awake the NESTING INSTINCT HAS HIT ME LIKE A TSUNAMI!!!! I’m in the kitchen so much and when I’m not I’m puttering around the house/yard and daydreaming about what our life will be like with another family member soon! It’s such a special time, I’m soaking it up!!
I thought I’d welcome myself back with a little recipe post. And I’m hoping to be hanging around here more often- it felt so good to have my creative hat on and I realized how much I missed this space (and all of YOU!). I’ll write more soon, I promise! But for now- this salad, for all your throw-together-meal-night needs. It’s light, flavorful, easy, healthy, and feels indulgent in spite of all of it’s simplicity. And stone fruit- I eat it like a professional when it’s in season. I can never get enough! It’s also perfect to bring to potlucks and bbq’s because it’s just so pretty that your friends can’t help but love you for it. I hope you enjoy! xx- Sarah