The bottom of 2nd Street,
East Norwalk CT
Exact same spot this photo was taken.
surrounded by serenity
Went by our community garden plot last weekend. I'm embarrassed about how long it's been since I've been there. It was a very disappointing garden year and I just sort of lost enthusiasm for it. Must say, I brought home more tomatoes than I have all year and the carrots are doing splendidly! Popped one out of the ground, brushed the dirt off of it and ate it - delicious! Much tastier than the store variety.
For the life of me, I can't remember what the name of this flower is...anyone know? The flowers were blooming in someone else's plot - and still beautiful tho it's late in the flower year. I thought little bee had passed on because he hadn't moved at all, but when I nudged him, he moved a bit.
I've been complaining about how this autumn isn't nearly as pretty color wise as last year. I may have to eat my words. While out and about yesterday, I came across a few trees that were just spectacular! It seems that last year all the trees and vines were spectacular all at the same time while this year they seem to be turning in waves.
I've prattled on about nothing long enough! It's a gorgeous day here - hope your day is to, though if you live in Indiana, gorgeous is not a word that would apply today!
Sunset in East Norwalk 10/20/10
My mom told me she had the great pleasure of meeting chef and author, Dorie Greenspan last spring on a cruise she and dad took. Ms. Greenspan was the guest chef/lecturer on the ship and mom found her to be an absolutely delightful, approachable lady. Because of this happy meeting, I am now the proud owner of Ms. Greenspan's new cookbook "Around My French Table". It's a beautiful book - full of gorgeous photos, stories, anecdotes and, of course, recipes that seem elegant and ~very French~, but as my daughter demonstrated tonight, are really quite straight-forward...and...dare I say...easy! The end result? A simply, superbly delicious dish!
We Blystone's love our sauces!
From Ms. Greenspan's cookbook (you can also view the recipe here):
"'Apples and cream often signal that a dish is from Normandy', Dorie Greenspan says in her new cookbook, “Around My French Table”(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010). The west-of-Paris region is known for its apples and for its dairy products, including butter, cream, Camembert and creme fraiche. Pork also works well in this recipe."
Chicken, Apples & Cream á la Normande
Start to finish: 25 minutes
All-purpose flour, for dredging
Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Tbsp.olive oil
1 large apple (Rem used a macoun), peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
8 mushrooms, stemmed, wiped clean, thinly sliced
1/3 C. chicken broth
2 Tbsp.++ calvados
2/3 C. heavy cream
parsley, fresh and chopped (this is our addition)
egg noodles, cooked according to package directions, tossed with a bit of butter
roasted asparagus (method emailed to you if you want)
In a shallow bowl, mix the flour with some salt and pepper. With a paper towel, pat dry the chicken breasts dry, then dredge them through the flour, coating both sides lightly and shaking off the excess flour.
In a large, deep skillet over medium-high, heat the butter and oil. When the butter melts, add the chicken breasts, in batches if necessary. Cook for 3 minutes, or until browned on the bottom, then turn and cook an additional 3 minutes.
Add the apple, onion and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and stir lightly. Cook for 1 minute.
Add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, until the chicken is nearly cooked through.
Turn the heat to medium-high and add the calvados, boiling until it is almost evaporated (about 1 minute). Add the cream and cook until the cream reduces by a quarter. Season with salt and pepper and add parsley. Stir to combine.
For plating: Spoon egg noodles onto plate. Place chicken breast on top and spoon sauce over all. Place asparagus spears on side of chicken & noodles. Serve and listen to the mmmmmm's....
(and do remember to double that sauce!)
expect good eating at times!
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside--
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
~Robert Louis Stevenson
Photo: Saugatuck River 10-07-10, 7:35am
When I first saw this, my twisted mind took a turn for the worst.
Do you blame me?? All sorts of second guessings going on there.
I don't think I'll tell you what I first thought...
What about your first thought?
(Insert evil laughter! ;-)
expect oddness at times!
Of course my first thought? Virgin mum? Um, a virgin mum just doesn't work!
When I go up through the mowing field,
The headless aftermath,
Smooth-laid like thatch with the heavy dew,
Half closes the garden path.
And when I come to the garden ground,
The whir of sober birds
Up from the tangle of withered weeds
Is sadder than any words
A tree beside the wall stands bare,
But a leaf that lingered brown,
Disturbed, I doubt not, by my thought,
Comes softly rattling down.
I end not far from my going forth
By picking the faded blue
Of the last remaining aster flower
To carry again to you.