Walking home from TJ’s and the Greenmarket today, I wrote a poignant post in my head for tonight’s blog about the changing of seasons, how wonderful it is to have fresh food all of the time, how mother nature provides such a bounty as the weather changes, yadda yadda yadda.
But I won’t bore you with that. Instead, I’ll just say: OMG STRAWBERRIES!
These would’ve cost an arm and a leg a few short weeks ago. Today? 4 LBS for $7. A flat of strawberries two feet long. I spent a good chunk of my afternoon washing them and cutting the stems off.
Now here is the question. What’s a girl to do with 4 LBS of strawberries? Any suggestions?
Another thing that was abundant today in NYC: heat. It was like 95* today. Ugg.
When I was out and about I saw three separate groups of people attempting to lug a just-purchased window AC unit down the street. Um, people? I am the queen of toughing it out when it comes to most stuff – hello, I once schlepped an entire case of wine from Union Square to my apartment a mile away by hand because I was too cheap to pay a $5 delivery charge – but at some point you just get a cab, guys. It looked miserable. And made me thankful that our apartment came with an AC unit already installed.
Today’s EAT: Meet my favorite recipe in the world: Rack of Lamb with Caramelized Shallot and Thyme Crust:
I’ve blogged about it before…about making it with chicken because I’m a tightwad and lamb is expensive. Well, tonight, I went for the real deal and picked up a frenched rack of lamb for dinner. It was to die for. Roasted asparagus and arugula salad were pretty spectacular, too. Not really a special occasion, just a random Wednesday night, but sometimes it is nice to have a nice dinner, just because.
This recipe, I’ve made it probably 30 times. And dropped jaws at dinner parties with it. It is just so easy and so good. It is shocking how few ingredients it contains, given the bold flavor. Seriously, try it! I’d love to know what you think, too!
Today’s DRINK: It’s a pink drink week:
Rose wine just screams summer. And this Mulderbosch cab rose is quite enjoyable on a warm night!
Today’s RUN: You think I was going running in 95* weather today? Hell to the no. I went to my air-conditioned gym and hit the elliptical for 30 minutes and then took a 90-minute Vinyasa class. On a “day off” somehow I still managed to spend two hours at the gym! Oh well, the yoga felt amazing – I haven’t been in a couple of weeks and really have missed it.
Tempo night tomorrow night – I think my legs are recovered enough to handle it, I guess we will see!
Today’s QUESTION: Do you have AC? Could you live without it if you had to?
And also, what the hell should I do with all of these strawberries? Suggestions and recipes welcome!