Sunday, November 4, 2012

november already?

  fall is one season that i always try to celebrate in full. pumpkins galore, pomegranate seeds in everything, lots of layers, and black riding boots. this fall has been a busy one...

last week i was in florida on business. during my time off i got to snap the following photos. not a bad place to visit in the fall...


back in dc...

my fall according to instagram and my iphone.  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

stuffed trout

i was back home in michigan several weeks ago and had the opportunity 
to cook up some fresh trout with the assistance of my parents. i am grateful 
that my talented mother was able to photograph me the whole time.

stuffed fresh trout (on the grill)

if you are opposed to fileting your own fish, you can ask your butcher, 
or fish monger to filet (don't forget to de-gill!) your fish. i prefer to keep the heads on
for several reasons. first, because anything cooked whole tends to be a lot more flavorful.
 second, because it is a good reminder that what you are eating was once alive.
third, presentation.

what you'll need:
fresh trout
tin foil
one lemon per fish
olive oil
old bay seasoning
grill or oven set at 375f
start by dragging the blade up and down the fish to remove excess scales
your goal is not to remove all scales. rinse your fish inside and out and pat dry
optional: remove dorsal and pelvic fins

slice one whole lemon

chop or tear your dill and add it to a bowl with 1 tsp. olive oil, fresh lemon juice, 
two tablespoons of soft butter. mix all ingredients together
 spread a generous amount of mixture inside and out of the filet

line the lemon slices up each filet. drizzle any remaining juice over the filets and seal the tinfoil

steam the fish on the grill for 10 minutes. open the foil and cook until the fish is done. 
(as this is not a true grilled fish, you can throw it in the oven as well). if you prefer to 
grill the fish, i recommend a charcoal grill as it is easier to clean up than a gas grill.

Friday, September 7, 2012

i love lucy

dear lucy, come live with me in dc? 
i know you want to...right??

i think she would miss michigan too much...

i love lucy.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

staying in this weekend?...

...need something to do? here are six items on my list this weekend...

1. pour yourself a hefty glass of wine (or brew some tea) and start reading through this.
what katie ate is a beautiful site with lots of gorgeous photography and food.


2.check out fumi koike's bright and colorful work at
 i am obsessed with her use of color and a simple background.

visit her at flickr as well
Life as a Dog by Fumi Koike

3. visit the cutest animal related site on the web. zooborns posts weekly.

4. get inspired. take a look at some unconventional uses for lufa.
your showers will never be the same.

lufa series by fernando laposse

5. watch a funny movie- the mayo clinic suggests,
"laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response
and increases your heart rate and blood pressure, producing a good,
relaxed feeling." plus, who doesn't love a good laugh?
need helping picking out a movie?
check out bravo's 100 funniest movies of all time here
(animal house for the win)

6. and finally:
 image from today i love this

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

push on...

i celebrated my 27th birthday this past weekend. i was quite dreading this particular birthday. 27 sounds so...well, old. however the day came and went and frankly i don't feel any different. i think that is how birthdays always go, right? i spent the week celebrating here and there. wednesday, ruth and i went to screen on the green, a dc summer tradition, and watched one of my all time favorites it happened one night. thursday was reserved for birthday errands with lauren and friday- dinner and drinks with kate at one of my favorites, hanks oyster bar. saturday, matt and i went to the national gallery of art to see this show and then of course- birthday party saturday night. busy, busy, busy. 
oh hello, 27.

"it happened one night" at screen on the green

birthday flowers are the best kind of flowers.

a fabulous birthday gift from my aunt dana. i am obsessed.

goodbye, july. 'till we meet again!
 hello august. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

welcome to summer

enough said. hello summer. hello hot sticky air and sleeveless dresses. please don't stay 100 degrees for too long....

a few weekends back, gabe, matt, and i went to the wharf to pick out our supper. a dozen crabs, two pounds of shrimp, scallops, and some crab legs later we headed home to cook up an amazing feast. dena joined us later.

(that is one crazy wiring job...)

back home we steamed our crabs (gabe, a dc native taught us how!) and other goodies

one can of beer, cider vinegar and a whole lot of old bay

later in the week....

and even later. kath came down from new haven for a quick visit.

now back in ct, she is very missed...

more later!