The realization that we’re halfway through August is making me feel a little panicy. There’s just a few precious weeks of summer left and I feel like I’ve hardly touched the surface of everything I want to do. I really need to go through my closet and make sure I wear all my whites and brights before Labor Day. I need to get up early on the weekends and spend every free second I have soaking in the sun and swimming in the ocean. I haven’t even taken my yearly happy hour trip to the Frying Pan or ANY roof-top bar… like what have I been doing!? And most importantly I need to consume as many local summer vegetables as humanly possible before it’s too late. I’ve been a little manic running from tent to tent at the market buying up every delicious veg that I can get my hands on. I’m talking WAY more than any respectable couple could eat in a week. But I NEED to – when I think of the slim pickings in mid-winter it me makes throw in a few extra zucchini before I even know what hit me. If there is any local eat that I’m feeling particularly frantic about it’s CORN and TOMATOES. I realize this is my second corn and tomato recipe, but corn and tomatoes ONLY taste good fresh-picked in the summertime and I need to enjoy them while I have them! This Fresh Corn Polenta with Steak, Parmesan, Arugula & Tomato recipe is an awesome summer meal that highlights both corn and tomatoes beautifully. Topped with steak right off the grill, Parmesan and arugula, it’s so good you’ll totally understand why I’m starting to panic!
St Patty’s Day is Monday and I’ve done my fair share of all-day marathon St Patty’s Day celebrations, but on a Monday? I just don’t have that kind of stamina anymore! I mean, I’m not actually Irish, but I am a redhead and green looks good on me so I feel that I need to commemorate the day. Since it’s on #buzzkill Monday and I’m not the sprightly young 21-year-old I once was, I will need to take it down a notch. What better way to do so than with food!? The problem is, I’ve had very bad experiences with St Patty’s- themed dinners. When I was a kid my mom would make corned beef and cabbage, the BAIN of my existence. I couldn’t stand the smell or the look of it, let alone the taste. I would fill up on Irish soda bread and then be starving later in the night. I desperately need some Irish deliciousness in my life and this recipe for American Shepherd’s Pie is the pot of gold at then end of the St.-Patty’s-Day-is-on-Monday rainbow!
My god this winter is cold!
And snowy, and icy, and blustery, and bone-chilling COLD!
I’m usually the last person to complain about the cold, in fact I usually LOVE it. I love the snow, I love to ski, and I love the way the city looks blanketed in snow, but this winter it’s downright chilly. And summer is still so far away – how can we warm up? With this Hearty French Onion Soup of course!!!