a (sweaty) update

June 1, 2011 by Abby

I really hate blogs that begin every post with an apology about not updating, so here’s the last one: sorry! Life moves at a frightening pace here at the Smith-Armada household, and it’s June. One second, it’s damp, bleak and all sorts of other terms one might describe as “abysmal” with a few scattered days of beautiful, and now? It’s a muggy, sunshiney, sweaty mess. When did that happen?

What I’m trying to say: a lot of shit has happened, and none of it bad, but none of it was especially cooking related. I mean, we ate a lot…

A couple quick notes:

  • A visit to Reid’s aunt Georgianne, who’s fabulous by the way, scored us a whole library full of Cook’s Illustrated. I love the hell out of that magazine so far, and it’s one of the best gifts ever, bar none! She also let me have her recipe for coconut creme pie, which will be featured on this site eventually (behind, like, everything else).
  • Despite never growing anything in my life, Reid and I started a raised-bed vegetable garden in our backyard as an experiment. It’s so cute and full of life, and makes me feel infinitely more like a hippie than I ever did in Los Angeles. In an era of locally-grown, ethically-sourced, organic blahblah, nothing feels better than tomatoes from 4 feet away. I’ll be posting about our growing adventures here, as well as recipes.
  • CSA season is here again! Our box from Golden Earthworm (an all organic farm local to us in Jamesport) starts this week, and while we are splitting it this year with our upstairs neighbors, it will be our main source of vegetables along with our garden.  Inspired by Michael Ruhlman, we’re going to show what comes in from our wonderful box each week.
  • I want to give props to DnA Foodcast, a wonderful and nerdy food podcast. Dave and Alexander cook a variety of fun recipes from across the country, and the results are hilarious and fun to listen to (especially when you’re stuck doing dishes). Subscribe! They deserve it.

I suspect that summer is going to overstay its welcome after the all too-brief visit from spring; but with summer comes barbecues, sandals, long hours at the beach and lots of delicious food. Like pie.

You’ll be hearing from us soon.

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