Wednesday, July 10, 2013

MS MR - Think of You

MS MR just released a music video for their song "Think of You" off their new album Secondhand Rapture.

And they're coming to Philadelphia in September on their tour.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mount Moriah - Lament

Now I can't even remember how I found this band, but maybe it will come to me in a few days.  Regardless, I love them.

They just released a new album earlier this year, which is great, but my favorite song by far is an older one.

Mount Moriah - Lament from Hueism Pictures on Vimeo.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Things I want to cook this Spring

I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling over the summer, before heading off to business school this fall, so I'm hoping to get a fair amount of cooking in over the next month while I'm still home and operating out of a fully stocked kitchen.

As inspired by my friend Stephanie, I'm looking forward to many more Steph's salads this Spring.

We have a bunch of avocado in the house, so in addition to Avocado Toast, I'm looking forward to making either this Crunchy Creamy Cucumber Avocado Salad or this Avocado Cucumber Grapefruit Salad.  I'm also a sucker for slaw in the summer, perfect for BBQs, and this Indian Coleslaw looks delicious (although I'll have to substitute out the peanuts, due to my newly discovered peanut and hazelnut allergies, boo.)

On the topic of salads, this is my favorite salad of all time, the Sliced Spring Salad from Orangette:

While I don't have a kid in the house, I still love sweet potatoes, and am excited by all the possibilities in this post from Nicholas Day.  I also love that this Green Pea and Ham Soup calls for frozen peas!

As we start moving into summer, I'm excited for more Tomato Salads, or maybe a Spring Panzanella to hold me over in the meantime.

I also think this Asparagus and Tarragon Tart looks beautiful, and might just have to be my fancy-pants offering the next time I'm invited somewhere for dinner or brunch.

Finally, in this short window of asparagus season, I hope I make at least one Shaved Asparagus Pizza.

Happy Spring Cooking!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lord Huron - The Stranger

Another song/band I discovered through the Sounds of Spring Kinfolk playlist, Lord Huron is an L.A. based indie folk band.

They're touring a bunch this summer too.

The Stranger:

Time to Run:

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Avocado Toast

I couldn't quite believe I hadn't posted this previously, because it's such a standby breakfast or snack for me, but I guess not.  I've been making this for years, I think originally inspired by my friend's then boyfriend's younger sister, but then I felt justified and oh so smart when The Wednesday Chef posted her version.

My sister and I also made this pasta for dinner last night with our friend Kristi, and it was delicious as always, but I didn't manage to grab a picture.  It's perfect if you have some over-ripe or about to go bad tomatoes lying around, and so easy and simple and delicious.

This is the perfect mix of crunchy, salty, fatty, piquant, and creamy.  It's also super adaptable.  The Wednesday Chef has more of a recipe, but she uses a couple of bowls, which I think are entirely unnecessary.

Avocado Toast

Toast a piece of bread.  (I like mine quite crisp.) Spread with dijon mustard.  Scoop out half an avocado and smash on top.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Notes: You can also add some mayonnaise or cream cheese along with the mustard, if you want a more creamy and filling snack.  You can squeeze some lemon juice on top if you have it handy, for added freshness.  If I'm eating this for lunch, I'll use the whole avocado on two pieces of toast.  I haven't tried adding sriracha, but I bet it would be delicious.  I usually use sourdough, since that's what I mostly have lying around, and it is delicious, but I think almost any kind of bread would be good.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Jurassic Crepe

We had some ham leftover from Easter, and so Megan made these crepes the next week, inspired by a version from Le Happy, a great little creperie here in Portland.  She served them alongside some sauteed asparagus, tossed with some toasted sesame oil.

They were delicious, although I would recommend oiling the baking sheet before assembling your crepes for baking, as we had a little trouble getting them off the pan.

I don't know which crepe recipe Meg used since she did it before I got home from work, but Alton Brown is usually pretty fool-proof.

From there we just assembled the crepes on a baking tray, layering some dijon mustard in the bottom (optional), them some ham (trying to leave a well for the egg), and finally cracking an egg into the middle and then folding the sides up.  We topped with salt and pepper (and some dried oregano for the ones with mustard in the bottom), and then baked in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or so, just until the egg whites were set but the yolks were still runny.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ane Brun - Do You Remember

Another new music find, courtesy of another excellent Spotify playlist.  This time, the Sounds of Spring playlist put out by the good people at Kinfolk magazine, which I highly suggest checking out if you haven't heard of it before.  It's a really beautiful lifestyle magazine and a wonderful source of inspiration.

But back to the main event, which is Ane Brun, a Norwegian singer/songwriter.  I couldn't love this song more.  I've been listening to it on repeat for the last month, with no signs of tiring.  I also just think she's lovely.

She's currently touring in Europe, but here's hoping she makes her way over to the US sometime soon.

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