Monthly Archives: June 2010

Arugula Love

I love Arugula…and I'm the only one around here who does! I love it's peppery, spicy bite, even though sometimes it may burn a bit, it's a good burn. As my wee crop dwindles with summer approaching, I plucked tons of it, and decided to make Arugula Pesto. It is delicious, so I thought I'd share, in case you've never made it before, and are a fan of the potent leafy green. It's actually not so potent in the pesto. It just leaves a hint of peppery-ness, and I think it rivals regular old basil pesto.


Arugula Pesto
(adapted from Michael Chiarello's recipe on


4 Cups packed fresh arugula
3-4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/4-1/2 C olive oil
3 Tbsp walnuts
1/4 C freshly grated parmesan (optional…sometimes I skip the cheese)
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt & pepper
Boil a large pot of water and briefly blanch the arugula (15 secs). Immeditely plunge into a bowl of ice water. Drain and squeeze out as much water as you can with your hands. Put arugula, garlic, walnuts, in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Stream in olive oil and blend for 30 seconds. (The original recipe called for 1 Cup of olive oil…I thought it was waaaay too much. Just add it until it reaches a consistency you like) Add the lemon juice and cheese, and pulse to combine. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Will keep for one week in the fridge.
So good. Today I mixed it in with some potatoes and green beans for a lunch of Arugula Pesto Potato Salad and Green beans. If you add it to mayo, you can mix it up with some chicken and have killer chicken salad, or just use it as a sandwich spread. I also had it mixed in with my scrambled eggs this morning. Deliciousness.

garden goodies

So thrilled that it's that time of year again, where the garden starts giving us gifts of yumminess. Here is our first little bowl of treats, some Arugula, Snap Peas, and Lettuce.  There is sooo much arugula and lettuce, out there. It never looks like alot, but it always is more than you think. Good thing I like Arugula.


And a tasty seasonal lunch was made…


Popping back in here to say hello! No need to explain my absence. If you read my blog, you know I am a bad blogger. I have a love/hate relationship with the internet. Sometimes I just need to break away!

Speaking of breaking away, my husband and I went away this weekend for our anniversary, and stayed at a snuggy little Bed and Breakfast. It was a gorgeous old home, and while the front was added in 1927, the original house was from 1820, with low ceilings and thick walls and windowsills, and lots of nooks and crannies. Totally my cup of tea.



They also have Alpacas, which were a hoot. If we ever get a place with more land, they may be worth considering.  They're so comical, with their messy mop of wool/ hair. AND you can felt their wool. hmmm…


 Since I'm lucky enough to be married to a guy who shares my nerdy obsessions, we spent the afternoon at the Mercer museum, where Henry Mercer amassed a collection of 30,000 objects representing daily life before the Industrial Revolution. Then he built a 6 story concrete castle to house them, which is fascinating in and of itself. 





There was ALOT to look at. I have a billion pictures on my camera, mainly of objects that I thought to myself "oh, I should start a collection of THOSE!"



I'm thinking shoe forms, sewing shears, butter molds, butter paddles, candy molds, haircombs, the list goes on. I need to amass my own enormous collection, so my mother can come over and say "how do you DUST all of that?"