Monday, August 31, 2009
The kids were all assigned new random names for their first day of school, thus the name tags.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
1/2 pound penne
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound thick asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups (10 ounces) shelled English peas or frozen baby
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
cheese, plus more for serving
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and
cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a large
skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and asparagus and cook over
moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant, about
3 minutes. Add the stock and boil over high heat until reduced by half and the
asparagus are tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the peas and cream to the skillet
and boil over high heat until the sauce has thickened, 3 minutes. Stir in the
penne and cook until heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in the
butter, sage and the 1/2 cup of cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer
the pasta to bowls and serve right away, passing additional cheese at the table.
Honey Lemon Curd with Creme Fraiche
5 large egg yolks
1 large egg
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus more for garnishing
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
Crème fraîche, for serving
In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the whole egg, the lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest and the honey. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Set the bowl with the lemon mixture over the boiling water, reduce the heat to moderate and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 7 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the butter. Pass the curd through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium bowl.
Ladle the strained curd into 4 cups or ramekins. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the lemon curd to prevent a skin from forming; refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours. Top the curd with dollops of crème fraîche and sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest.
The lemon curd can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Humanity craves but dreads autonomy. One does not want to live under the yoke of guilt and fear. Autonomy consists of making with open eyes the decisions that give shape to one’s life. But being afraid of making fateful decisions, one is tempted to hide autonomy in a metaphysical fog and to become sidetracked and bogged down in puzzles about free will and determinism. It is far easier to define autonomy out of existence than it is to achieve autonomy in the very meaningful sense in which it can be attained. The difference between making the decisions that govern our lives with our eyes open and somehow avoiding this is all-important.Taimur Khan
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I'm not gonna lie to you, this workout crazed chick was T-I-R-E-D at the end of the ride and happy to get home to a bath and a nap. The Cannon Valley Trail is such a gift though. Nearly perfectly flat, surrounded on both sides by lovely mature trees of many types and tons of wildflowers, surrounded mostly by protected lands, this was a nice long morning and early afternoon with nature. Andrew caught many toads, including this giant, and we encountered road delays even on this protected trail as they pulled down a tree across the path and quick cleaned it up. Only in Minnesota!
The boys were thrilled with our lunch at Culvers in Red Wing and then we stumbled across a lovely sculpture garden at the top of a cliff on our way back to the car. IT was a hot, hard climb, but worth the effort.
Today was a lovely afternoon at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Every time we go I am struck by two things; how much I love this place, and how much Andrew loves this place. Scott and I have pledged to try to get here at least monthly through the fall so we can be renewed more often!
What to do with all the beautiful but sort of useless photos I took today? Slideshow of course! Enjoy!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Here is a fun slideshow of the pictures I snapped thanks to Picnik.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
- Been working out like a fiend, 16 out of the last 18 days and most of those were two workout days.
- Watched my cousins win four prizes between the two families at a system wide Library film contest.
- Had my car in FOUR TIMES to be repaired. The day it seemed we had finally gotten it all working...the electrical system in the FORD started in on us.
- Had my bike stolen out of the "secure" underground garage. Was told to keep our bikes in our apartment (?)
- Met my next door neighbor and the neighbors next to them. We've all lived here more than three years and we've never met. LOVE our quiet building! Unfortunately found out mine was not the only bike stolen.
- Have my eye on a leather couch in the garage. Its taking up space in someone's stall and I'm thinking they might want to part with it. It matches our loveseat...
- Finished all my "learning coach" tutorials for Andrew's school and found a spot for his textbooks. He completed his first live session today, just a fun craft club to get him used to the technology. Boy is his typing going to improve quickly, those kids can CHAT!
- Decided to start one more blog to keep a diary on how the Connections Academy process is going for us.
- Andrew is super excited and taking it very seriously; he took his science textbook with him in the car last night when we were out running errands because he thought it looked so fun!
- Have not done one scrapbook page in over two weeks...but I'm gonna!
- Got a new family computer with uber power so Andrew would be all set for school. I love that four hundred bucks buys and uber computer these days.
- Heard Ben say, "woof, woof", "book", "kiss" and saw him wave goodbye all in one week!
- Uploaded and backed up all my photos for January through June, 2009. Where has the time gone!
- Borrowed the truck from Scott Saturday and took Andrew to a short film fest (that he loved) and to the Sculpture Gardens at the Walker. Good times!
- Forgot to pick Scott up at work at midnight...oops!
- Here's a coupla short videos of sounds I love...