Rites of Spring

May 6, 2010

Warmer weather brings so much more activity. Lots of simple (and complex) pleasures. One of my most treasured experiences is hiking in the Holyoke Range, then heading to The Lady Killigrew in Montague. So many things to love about it — outdoor seating, great setting (next to the Mill River), dogs are allowed, great beer and an excellent salad (warm brown rice with broccoli, mixed greens, shredded carrots and beets and maple-balsamic dressing). It’s like cold beer on a hot day — such a satisfying reward.

Another spring reward was hosting a dinner party at our house. We had a great crowd and made a huge salad (with a Lady K.-esque dressing) and rigatoni with asparagus and a white wine-cream sauce. Good stuff and good company. So satisfying.

Spring Styles

May 6, 2010

Lately, we’ve gotten a bit away from Asian meals. I guess we’re streaky like that. We’ve been eating a lot of Italian food., and we’re OK with that. We’ve been loving our bread and our red wine. Recently, we’ve made some great “antipasto” sandwiches with meat-free cold cuts, mushrooms, artichokes, olives, peppers, tomatoes and herbs. They’ve been stupendous really and don’t take much time to put together. ¬†Also, during our recent trip to New Jersey we made asparagus risotto and bagna cauda.

We’ve been having a lot of Mexican food lately, too. We both love our refried beans, and we often add beer, broth, herbs and hot/enchilada sauce to perk their taste. We made soft tacos recently with grilled veggies and cilantro sauce to accompany our tasty re-frijoes.