Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Recipe: Pasta with Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Artichoke Hearts

swiss chard from farm box
swiss chard

Last night I made pasta with Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Artichoke Hearts. Pretty good. I think I might cook the noodles in chicken broth next time just to give them a little more flavor. The swiss chard was beautiful as I cut it up. I love the all the colors in the stems. Below the recipe from Body & Soul.


Coarse salt and black pepper

12 ounces whole-wheat penne (I used white pasta)

2 tablespoons olive oil

3/4 pound chicken sausage, removed from casing

1 bunch Swiss chard (about 1 pound) cleaned, stems and leaves separated and chopped

1 (9-ounce) box frozen artichoke hearts, thawed

3 cloves garlic, minced (I added an onion too)

1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced (I added more)

1 tablespoon tomato paste

3/4 cup grated Parmesan (about 2 ounces), plus more for serving

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Set a large pot of salted water to boil for pasta. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking sausage into pieces, until cooked through and lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.

Add remaining oil, chard stems, artichoke hearts, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook until chard stems soften slightly, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chard leaves and cook, stirring, until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add pasta to boiling water; cook until 2 minutes short of al dente. Add sun-dried tomatoes and cook 2 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta water and drain pasta; return to pot.

Pour half of reserved pasta water into a small bowl. Add tomato paste and whisk to combine. Add tomato paste mixture, sausage mixture, Parmesan, basil, and red pepper flakes to pasta in pot. Toss to combine, adding reserved pasta water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper.

swiss chard, chicken sausage,  and artichoke hearts pasta

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Fourth of July is my favorite holiday after Halloween. Living in an historic New England town is the perfect place to spend the holiday. I'm kinda bummed our house isn't as far as long as I hoped. I really wanted to have a big 4th of July bash in our backyard. Maybe next year? If I was having a big party I would make some of these diy crafts from Martha Stewart. Check out related links for more 4th of July party ideas.

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origami paper napkin rings and votive holders

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Jennifer Day: Air and Ocean Paintings

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Gorgeous Air and Ocean paintings by Jennifer Day. On display at Bromfield Gallery in Boston from July 1-August 1, 2009. I would love to check them out in person.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Monticello Through The Eyes Of Maira Kalman

maira kalman for the nytimes.com

I really want to visit Monticello. Seeing it through Maira Kalman's eyes makes me want to go even more.

maira kalman for the nytimes.com
maira kalman for the nytimes.com

Henry Moore Textiles

Drawing by Henry Moore

Henry Moore known mainly to the world as a prolific sculpture has introduced a special exhibit of fabric designs from the 1940's. Textile manufacturer Zika Ascher commissioned several well known artists in the forties to create designs to liven up the post-war era. Above 'Fruit and Flowers' a drawing by Henry Moore and below a few examples of his textile work. The pieces are on display at Sheep Field Green Barn in the UK till October. Find out more: henry-moore.org.

(discovered via elle decoration)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Around My Neighborhood: Marblehead

fort beach marblehead
boat in sand at low tide
marblehead harbor sunset late june

Is summer really here? With 3 weeks of off and on rain it sometimes felt like the warm weather would never arrive. Last night we had a beautiful sunset. Everyone was out taking long walks and riding their bikes. A few shots of Marblehead Harbor filled with sailboats above. Below some shots of roses and flowers in bloom in my neighborhood. I would love to grow a climbing pink rose on my house! Have a nice weekend!

red roses on fence
Pink Roses on Washington Street
pink roses climbing house

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Vegetable Box: Week 3

Veggie Box: Week 3

Holy crap I got a lot of veggies this week! I can't imagine how many veggies you get with a full family share. This week I got beets, radishes, swiss chard, scallions, lettuce, mint, and garlic chives. What will I make? I do love a good Beet Goat Cheese Salad! Maybe the mint for some Mojitos to celebrate the sun returning?

Veggie Box: Week 3
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Gardening In Late June After Rain

Front Door with Pots

It's rain here nonstop for 7 days. Everything is green, wet, and damp. My garden has grown a lot over the week. My tomato plants have finally taken and are growing nicely. I ended up with 12 plants in the ground. Three I had in containers which I suddenly decided this morning would do better in the ground. Now the pots are sitting next to my front step waiting for some annuals.

I love watching the garden grow but I am realizing I'm a bit of anal retentive gardener. I think everything is a mess. I can't handle all the little plants. It's seems unorganized and dirty. Thinking about it at my computer makes me squish my face between my brows. A grimace that has caused me early wrinkles.

Most mornings you'll find me standing on the sidewalk just staring at the plants. In my mind I'm reorganizing all the plants. Placing the Lilies further back and Sedum in the front. I hate that the front part of the garden has too much purple and the leaves are too similar. The back side has a strange height issue. I wonder about tree peonies and how I need to remember to put in Delphinium and Cone Flowers next spring. I'm getting a little ahead of myself. Has a gardener been born or have I found a new hobby to obsess over?

Side Garden Late June
Tomato Plants Late June
Garden Late June

The World Of Interiors June Cover

The World Of Interiors: June 2009 Cover

Swedish antiques with lots of different stripes. How could I not love the June cover of The World Of Interiors?

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Inventive Shots of Color

lisa cohen: postcard around door & books in fireplace

It's been gloomy and rainy for a week in Massachusetts. Can't take it anymore!! I had the image on the left pinned to my bulletin board for months. A shot of color makes the weather so much easier to deal with. Photographed by Lisa Cohen.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Recipe: Kohlrabi, Radish, Carrot, Cabbage Slaw

kohlrabi, carrot, napa cabbage, radish slaw

Last night I made a simple Asian style slaw using my kohlrabi from my weekly farm box. It was pretty good. The Kohlrabi tastes a lot like the ends of broccoli. I hope to get another bunch in the next couple of weeks so I could try roasting it. Above a shot of the slaw from last night that I paired with Steamed Cod with Ginger and Scallions.

p.s. thanks everyone for all your helpful kohlrabi cooking tips!


4 kohlrabi

6 radishes

4 carrots

3 cups chopped napa cabbage

1 cup cilantro


3/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar

4 T. canola oil

1 T. sugar

juice of 1/2 of lime (reserve zest)

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Remove skin of Kohlrabi with a vegetable peeler. Wash all vegetables. Dice kohlrabi, radishes, and carrots using your Cuisinart. Pour into a bowl. Give the veggies a quick toss with your hands. Rough chop napa cabbage and combine. Add 1 cup of cilantro. Stir. Make dressing in small bowl. Whisk. Pour dressing into slaw in stages so that the dressing fully incorporates. Top with salt, pepper, and lime zest. Keep in fridge till time to serve. Enjoy!

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Stripping Wallpaper in Side RoomStripe Wallpaper on BeamStripe Wallpaper on Beam

While I was stripping the wallpaper off the walls in the little room yesterday I discovered stripe wallpaper. The stripe paper only seems to be on the beam in the corner. The paper looks brown with a faint white chalk stripe. Kinda funny. Maybe my walls we telling me something? They like having stripes on them?

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Can I Sew My Own Liberty Print Dress?

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Tops designed in Liberty Fabric by A.P.C.

It's amazing to see my favorite Liberty florals appearing in modern and sexy summer fashion. I could buy every single piece and feel like the happiest girl in the world. Like many of you I'm broke and unemployed. Liberty heaven feels far fetched and a guilty pleasure I can't indulge.

Chelsea over at {Frolic} and I have been wondering what if us non-clothing sewers took the dive and tried making our own summer frocks? We can buy our coveted liberty fabric online and try whipping up a few simple dresses? Maybe I'll start with some fabric that's a bit less expensive then Liberty.

My mom always made fancy dresses for my sister and I when we were little. She even made a few skirts for me to wear to work when I first graduated from college. Mom will you come and help? I found some patterns I like here. I can do this, right?

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doily table overlay

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