this week on tumblr

It's been awhile since we took a look at the ol' tumblr page, so I thought I'd share with you some things that have caught my eye on the interwebs lately.

(via myidealhome.)

A glorious tree-house for grownups.


via nawasaka

This is blowing my mind. Did we seriously get all of these phrases from Billy Shakes?


via What Possessed Me: The Mali Magillah: The Day is Done

A real photo. Isn't it incredible? I've linked to her travel stories before, but if you still haven't gotten the chance to read them, please do. They are inspiring and beautiful and raw.


While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. 
My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.
"Stop Coddling the Super-Rich" by Warren Buffet

Well-said, sir, well-said.


(via {frolic!})

…because having faith in something is a very good thing, if only because it provides a rest from over-thinking and indecision…
via A Visual Guide to Fresh Herbs at


Have a great weekend, folks. I may work up the courage to try a hip-hop yoga class tonight, and then tomorrow we head up to Montreal for a wedding. In the meantime, I'm choking down a less-than-delicious version of the TGIF green smoothie. I will not make this one again.

nyc wine & food festival

We're going to the New York City Wine & Food Festival tomorrow! How and why, you ask? I'll give you the long-winded version. I've teamed up with the ShopRite Potluck blog to share recipes and tips for creating delicious meals on a budget. You know I love my CSA deliveries, farmers markets and co-ops, but I know that a lot of folks still head to the grocery store each week to stock their kitchen. I joined the Potluck blog to create recipes and menus that can help link people of all incomes and backgrounds to healthier food choices. 

To be honest, I've been completely surprised by the quality and variety of ShopRite imported and specialty products. My area hasn't had a ShopRite store in a long time, but now that ShopRite is back in the picture with the grand opening of their Niskayuna store, I'm pumped. I've had the pleasure of tasting quite a few of their products from their new Specialty Imported Pasta to their Mango with Peach Salsa and, my favorite, ShopRite Hazelnut Spread. I'm genuinely excited to see what else the new Niskayuna store will offer and what other natural and healthful ingredients I can get my paws on. (Yes, I know the Hazelnut spread isn't exactly a health food.)

What does this have to do with the NYC Wine & Food Festival? Well, for the fourth consecutive year, ShopRite is the presenting sponsor of the festival and the Grand Tasting, which is a two-day crazy event full of the best food and wine in the city. We're telling people about the Potluck blog, and we'll be stuffing our faces with food and wine. Yup, yes, sounds lovely. So Chris and I will be hopping a train to the Big Apple to pig out and stalk celebrity chefs. I really wish we got the Food Network so I would be better able to positively identify all of the famous TV personalities. Just going to have to play it by ear :)

From the press release:
The Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite is part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival hosted by The Food Network, Food &Wine and Travel and Leisure magazines. As one of the Festival’s most popular attractions, The Grand Tasting will not only showcase ShopRite’s premier line of limited edition specialty products, but will also offer attendees signature dishes from the city’s most respected restaurants and world-renowned wine and spirit makers in a deliciously designed two-day gastronomic experience.

You can read about what I'm most looking forward to in the new ShopRite right here. Feel free to chime in, leave a comment and check back for new recipes, reviews and cooking demos. Like 'em on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Chris & I will be getting back in time for me to scoot over to the second half of the 3rd Annual Local Harvest Festival in Washington Park! From Scratch Club is making their debut festival appearance-- we'll be sharing recipes, samples and a food swap intro so stop by the booth from 11am-3pm.

fundraiser for amanda

There's another fundraiser over at From Scratch Club and I'd like to tell you about it. A long-time FSC contributor, Amanda, recently lost her house in a fire. Amanda, her husband and their three young daughters were able to escape with literally the clothes on their backs as the fire swept through.

(Amanda's three daughters in the kitchen! Photo from one of her posts on FSC.)

Amanda was the generous host for the Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking party & mini food swap last spring. (It's worth noting that this party was where I first officially met the From Scratch Club and was the inspiration for our now-thriving food swap community!) After the pickling & fermentation demo this month, I had a chance to chat with Amanda and other FSC peeps over drinks and I was struck with how upbeat and awesome she was. I don't know Amanda well, but in that short time I was totally blown away by her strength and ability to carry on and create as much stability for her family as possible. She's also an avid runner, and I always marveled at the group runs she posted through the Albany Running Exchange at some unholy early morning hour. That's a tough cookie.

In addition to the farm fundraiser, FSC is hosting a fundraiser to help Amanda and her family through this transition. And there are gift baskets! Oh, there are gift baskets! With your donation, you are automatically entered to win one of these goodies:

  • a signed copy of Kate Payne's Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking;
  • a set of custom canning labels by Kaela of Local Kitchen Blog;
  • a basket full of "swap" goodies... homemade canned things, jams, baked goods, etc, or;
  • one of my demi-aprons (!) with other assorted kitchen things.

That's right, you can get your paws on this Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Reversible Demi Apron! Made with love by yours truly. Surely you remember these aprons hanging around now-on-hiatus Etsy shop? 

Click over to the fundraiser and give a little, will you? All of the info and details are over there and feel free to comment here, there or email me if you have any questions. The fundraiser runs through October 15 and gift basket winners will be announced on the 17th.

dinner elves

When you provide food for others, you aren't just providing a meal. You are adding a few extra minutes to their day, crossing off a line on their to-do list and hopefully offering at least a tiny bit of comfort. So sneak over to your grandmother's house or your best friend's apartment and leave them a dinner. Be a dinner elf. To help get you started, I've shared a few things to keep in mind over at From Scratch Club. Head over there and then get cooking!

Posting has been and may continue to be a bit light here, but stay with me. I made my first ever jar of pickles, even though I don't love pickles, so you'll be hearing about that just as soon as I work up the courage to try one. I need to show you Chris' latest incredible creation plus share a few tidbits from what he's been up to this summer, because it's pretty bad-ass. So hang in their during the radio silence, because there are good times ahead.. Remember to soak up those late-summer rays; my walk to work this morning felt suspiciously autumnal and I'm not quite ready for it.

win some, lose some

Well, our wee kitchen was not a finalist for Small, Cool Kitchens 2011. We came in third and the top two of each category advanced. I loved being able to show it off proudly instead of mutter about how small it is and throw stuff around in a tizzy. It helped me to appreciate its charm and be okay with having a 40 square foot kitchen with 10 square feet of walkable space, at least for the time being. Thanks to all who voted and commented here and elsewhere. Our kitchen has gained a little bit of celebrity, which must have been weird for Chris to come home to. He left a tiny box of a kitchen and came back to a famous tiny box of a kitchen. Ta da! Welcome home!

However, in a really freakish turn of luck, I won two other contests last week! My Summer Veggie Wrap with Spicy Mayo post was a Brown Bag Challenge winner over at Small Kitchen College (small kitchens are so en vogue!) and I now have a Mini Gourmet Getaway and a Spicy Relish Lunch Tote from BuiltNY. Neat.

I was also named last week's "Chef-Herdess" at for my garlic scape pesto recipe, originally posted at From Scratch Club. They host a weekly Cook-Off of recipes in which at least half of the ingredients come from a CSA share, farmer's market or garden. I got the cutest package in the mail from them with how-to cards, a mixed Homegrown Summer cd and a pretty rad t-shirt that actually fits. So in terms of online contests, I really can't complain.

Stop over to The Kitchn today to vote for your favorite finalist! I've got a personal favorite, can you guess which one it is? And if you can't get enough of our small kitchen, read my tips for surviving in such a tiny space here and take an extended virtual tour of the kitchen right over here.