I can't believe it's been an entire year since last year's Rosh Hashanah recipe post. No matter what holidays you celebrate, I think we can all agree that they provide the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family around a table for delicious food. For me, they are also a great excuse to try new recipes and focus additional energy in the kitchen. This year was no different. David and I hosted 10 friends, both old and new, for an evening of apples and honey, lots of wine, and cheesecake!
I've recently been experiencing an extended period of low-anxiety; dare I say "normal" levels of anxiety? Well, that is until a few days ago when a series of First World problems swirled around me. I really want to highlight the intentional use of First World problems in this context. The situation I'm about to describe is minor on the grand scale of life, however, trivial does not exclude consequences. So what's this situation which in the moment turned my world upside down?
Our beloved CSA is now closed...forever!
Just the other day I commented to David that I haven't had more than a few bites of watermelon all summer! The watermelon gods must have heard me, because guess what's showing up in our CSA box this week? This is also the first week in months where I have not double booked myself every night, so it also means getting back to meal time normalcy. For those of you new to this menu series, take a closer look at my planning method here.
It's my birthday week! It's also looking like this unusually cold and rainy weather is finally moving on, just in time for a glorious holiday weekend. I hope you have plans which include being outdoors and grilling, we certainly do. It's been way too long since I've posted a weekly menu. This is mostly because my schedule got crazy (see the last menu post for details), so our lunches and dinners relied heavily on quick salads, eggs, and canned tuna/salmon. I have nothing against these things, they just don't make for very interesting blogging. But fear not! My kitchen is back in action, plus...STRAWBERRIES!
I am notorious for over booking myself. I say "yes" to just about everything because I truly enjoy staying engaged in my community and seeing my friends, but sometimes this means I don't get a single night to just go home after work. This coming week is one of those weeks, which means simple recipes will be key in making sure dinners happen.
I'm not sure what it's like where you live right now, but DC can't make up its mind; one day we are nearing 70 degrees, and the next we struggle to touch 30. These huge swings in temperature make getting dressed in the morning much harder than it should be, plus I can't seem to kick this cold. Okay, I'm done whining...on to a menu which I am hoping will lift my spirits this week.
This week's menu planning took a little extra thinking; one dinner out, one night helping at cooking school, and hosting friends for a casual weeknight meal creates a more complex, but exciting puzzle. I am certainly looking forward to trying new things this week, and encourage you to do the same - happy cooking!
Walking enthusiast, kitchen experimenter, sports lover (watching, not playing), and future world traveler.
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