July 24

Strawberry, hazelnut and ricotta salad

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I’ve been having a great time experimenting in my garden this summer with some new plants that I’ve never attempted to grow before.  I have raised beds made out of metal and I struggle a bit with keeping my salad greens from bolting when it gets really hot.  I decided to try some sorrel, it’s a perennial herb that has a nice citrusy bite.  It’s beautiful bright green leaves and and intense red veins make a great addition to your favorite salad mix.  It’s best to pick the leaves when they are young as they can get a bit tough as they mature.  

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July 17

Black and blue cobbler

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Cooking in the summer seems almost effortless.  The farmers market is brimming with fragrant, perfectly ripened fruit just begging to be eaten.  When you have such high quality ingredients you don’t need much to enhance them and cobblers are a great way to highlight seasonal fruit easily and without a  lot of fuss.  I’ve never been big on fruit desserts since my boys aren’t that into them.  My husband has a rule that fruit and dessert are two things that should always be kept as far away from each other as possible.  He is willing to eat fruit for breakfast but when it comes to dessert it’s chocolate, or forget it.  

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July 10

summer fruit and halloumi salad

Summer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.com    Summer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.com

Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about eating a salad.  If your like me you get stuck in a rut and make the same things over and over again until you just lose interest.  One of the benefits of having a blog is that it pushes you to try new flavor combinations or ingredients that you probably wouldn’t have tried.  I’ve been reading about halloumi and what a great vegetarian option it is for years but had never gotten around to trying it before this week.  I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for, it is amazing.  Halloumi is a cheese made from goat and sheep’s milk and it doesn’t melt over high heat so it’s ideal for grilling or pan frying.  

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June 26

yakitori chicken

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I am all about grilling in the summer.  Any excuse to spend more time in my garden and outdoors is a plus here in Oregon.  Since sunny days are such a rare treat I try to make the most of them by firing up the barbecue whenever I get the chance.  This is one of my favorite recipes for grilling.  Yakitori is usually bite sized pieces of grilled meat on skewers.  It’s easy to prep it ahead of time and served with a green salad and some grilled vegetables it makes a super healthy and satisfying meal that everyone in my family will enjoy.  

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June 19

Chocolate chip angel food cake

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Baking for others increases my self worth.  What can I say except that I love to please people and the best way I’ve found to do that is to bake for them.  Baking can be a risky endeavor when you aren’t confident about your skills and most people don’t want to struggle through the learning curve needed to master baking.  I owe my cooking education to Martha Stewart.  I dedicated hours immersing myself in her perfect world of perfectly risen soufflés and labeled linen closets until I felt so inadequate that I had to try to replicate at least a small part of her exquisite existence.  

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June 11

Greek yogurt strawberry cupcakes

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It is officially strawberry season.  I have been eating them every chance I get because there is nothing to compare to local, sweet, red to the core strawberries.  I love to walk out into the garden and grab a few still warm from the sun for an afternoon snack.  My favorite way to enjoy them is to slice them up and let them macerate in a tiny bit of sugar and toss them with some fresh mint or basil.

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June 4

Grilled salmon and corn salad

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I have had a really terrible few days.  Nothing big or life altering big, but annoying, aggravating and frustrating big.  We just had a new roof put on and it took us a few days to realize that in the process the roofers managed to cut some electrical wires and didn’t bother to mention it.  So yesterday I had an electrician tearing my house apart trying to figure out what they had done.  Several hours later we hadn’t made any progress and I am now the proud owner of a large hole in my kitchen ceiling.  Finally after calling the roofers and finding out that yes, indeed they did remember cutting through an old wire we managed to find the problem and get it fixed after we tore off part of the new roof.  

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May 30

Vegan carrot cake baked oatmeal

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I have a birthday weekend coming up and I have to say that I’m at the age where I’m just not that into the festivities.  I would really like a little time to spend by myself in the garden planting the rest of the vegetable garden.  I find I miss spending time by myself.  Working with my husband means that we are together pretty much all the time and while it’s great to have a flexible schedule and spend time with each other I crave a little solitude once in awhile.  I miss the ability to meander.  I think you know what I mean, shopping with my husband usually entails me running in and making my purchases as quickly and efficiently as possible, no lingering.  

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May 28

52 objects – No. 15

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Making something with your own hands is so gratifying.  I don’t knit anymore but I do miss it sometimes.  It’s one of those things that has fallen to the side as I spend more time with my photography and this blog but I do want to get back to it at some point.  This is one of the first projects that I designed myself and I was really pleased with the result.  It’s a felted bag with a knitted panel on the front and if you’ve never felted a project before it’s a blast.  You knit this really huge floppy thing that looks like it could hold a dead body and then you put it into a hot washer and out comes this lovely seamless little bag that looks like it was custom made.

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May 26

A stolen weekend

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It’s nice to find time alone with your spouse occasionally and reconnect.  Our day to day lives are so centered around our son and our business that it’s easy to lose sight of each other.  Me and my husband were fortunate enough to get out of town on our own for our anniversary weekend.  We spent three days hiking and exploring Bend, Oregon and had a wonderful time.  We got to see one of my favorite bands,  The National Friday night and ran into some dear friends.  My husband would move there tomorrow if he could convince our son to relocate.  

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