Friday, September 24, 2010

Some Late Summer Recipes

Here's a dish with the corresponding meal I served on a hot, late summer night:

Roasted Eggplant with Tomato, Parmesan, and Basil
(A fresher, lighter version of eggplant parmesan)

Grill eggplant slices on a grill or cast iron grill pan.  Arrange the slices on a plate and sprinkle with parmesan while still warm.  For the topping, slice fresh tomato pieces and put in a bowl with basil leaves.  Toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt.  Cover the eggplant slices with the tomato and basil.  Yum!

This is what I served with it: pork chops, noodles, lima beans, and yellow squash sauted in olive oil with chives.

A Summary of August and September

Due to general fatigue, blogging has been sadly sparse of late by certain green-stay-at-home-winter-veggie-storing moms.  This blogger wishes to apologize for her negligence.  I know each time one of you went hopefully to see what new insights, recipes, and quirky insights were posted here over the last few months, you were sorely disappointed.  So I thought a brief recap of the last few months were in order.

There was the beach, Avalon, NJ:

(and a birthday at the beach . . . well, four, actually . . . the boys and my parents)

There was homegrown goodness, eggplants did especially well.  The picture below shows veggies my enthusiastic young farmers harvested themselves when asked to look for tomatoes.  An interesting side note: Jesse has a hot pepper in that left hand.  The residue from that pepper when rubbed on his lips somehow burned the skin on and around his lips in an alarming fashion.  (Lesson learned: Warn children not to pick hot peppers.)

We got serious about biking.  OK, yes, those are training wheels and helmets, but you have to start somewhere.

Daddy and Grandpa snuck the boys off for ice cream.

And Abigail got even cuter.

Hilarious Testimony

Did everyone see Steven Colbert's testimony before congress today?

Watch testimony

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hotter than Ever?

This article suggests that the heat and cold of the last year could be a little alarming:

Tenacity of Summer's Heat Blister's the Record

Global warming, here we go . . .