Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friends of ours were married this weekend along the ocean in Jamestown (technically, Conanicut Island). The weather was perfect, the ceremony was completely unique (and in both English and Bosnian), and the entire affair...simply lovely.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I had almost given up on cabbage. Then, on a spontaneous evening out at Julian's restaurant in the West End, we ordered an appetizer that came with a side of scrumptious Sesame Slaw. It didn't have a name, exactly, and it wasn't mentioned on the menu, but I recognized the dressing as sesame oil based. That night, I looked up a Sesame Slaw recipe on Epicurious, and discovered the following breakthrough: we can make cabbage taste delicious.
Sesame Coleslaw (from Epicurious/Bon Appetit 1998): I divided the recipe in 1/2 and the final amount was perfect for dinner (for 2) and again, for a pot-luck side at a BBQ.
- 6 C very thinly sliced green cabbage (about 1-pound head) (3 C)
- 3 C shredded peeled carrots (1/2 C)
- 2 C fresh spinach leaves, trimmed, thinly sliced - or mixed salad greens (1/2 C)
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (1/4 C)
- 1/4 cup oriental sesame oil (1/8 C)
- 1/4 cup sugar (1/8 C)
- 3 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger (1/2 T)
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce (1 T)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted - forgot to toast these (shake on, at end).
Combine cabbage, carrots and sliced spinach (I used dark salad greens) in large bowl.
Whisk vinegar, oil, sugar, ginger and soy sauce in medium bowl until sugar dissolves. Season with salt and pepper. (Cabbage mixture and dressing can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately; chill.)
Toss cabbage mixture with dressing. Season coleslaw with salt and pepper...Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Sesame Slaw (2nd Version), for a Labor Day BBQ, taken 9/7/09.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Generally speaking, Uncle Joe always seemed quiet and reserved, to me. I remember being at Grandma & Grandpa's and the phone would ring...'that must be Joe,' my Grandpa would say. He called every day, but barely said 10 words. I never heard Uncle Joe speak of anything personal, but he always asked how I was doing, and always squeezed me with a hug as my family and I head out.
More often than not, on these occasions, Uncle Joe would slip in a joke. Mom always said that for someone who didn't communicate affection well, that was 'his way.' I remember, maybe when I was 11 years old, he would ask if he needed to get me a bra for Christmas (mortifying!). About 8 or 9 years ago, in the middle of the Thanksgiving prayer, his prayer of thanks included a prayer for me...that 'God please help her...we're awfully worried...we don't know why she put that earring in her nose.' And when I brought Chris to a family reunion to meet my extended family, he asked Chris if the balloons popping made him feel at home..."since you must hear gunshots all the time, living in New York City." The man definitely left an impression.
A few hundred people came through Uncle Joe's visitation and funeral last week. His life touched many people--more than many of us had imagined. A blessing that his suffering has ended, but such a loss to those left behind. (obituary)