Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Squash Blossoms Are Back!



I received some zucchini blossoms this evening via Wee Wonder's trip to the farmers' market with her dear and generous grandmother. Since there hasn't been time for a garden (or the farmers' market, frankly) this year, and I didn't have a wealth of my own squash blossoms to play with, it was a most welcome gift.

Much can be done with squash blossoms. I could have stuffed them with bacon and mushrooms and then baked them. Unfortunately, I was out of (GASP) bacon and (ARGH) mushrooms. I could have filled them with ricotta and herbs and then deep fried them, but I was out of high-heat oil. I could have stuffed them, raw, full of goat cheese with blueberries, but, alas, I'd been making salads with that cheese all week, and it was gone.

I wasn't feeling like having a sandwich for dinner.

So, I just went for something simple. Along with some hydroponic butter lettuce and thinly-sliced apples, I served up the torn blossoms dressed with mirin, a bit of salt, and aged rice vinegar. Light and delicious.

I have some left over. Time for a trip to the store.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bubbles in the Bathtub




In my younger days, I used Dr. Bronner's exclusively. In fact, I believe that most of my fellow scruffy hipster neighbors in Cleveland Heights' Coventry Village bathed in the stuff. Beware the peppermint variety on thy sensitive areas, pilgrims.

Then, I moved to SF, something made my skin go crazy, and I had to switch to pricey "skin calming" body wash. Lately, though, I've thought that a nice lavender Dr. Bronner's might be worth a try. If my skin rejects it, I can always use the remainder for washing dishes or laundry. I will not, however, be brushing my teeth with the stuff, thanks.

You can read 15 reasons to love Dr. Bronner's here.