Monthly Archives: June 2012

Roasted Tomato, Asparagus and Zucchini Couscous with Lemon Basil Dressing

Summer has officially begun. Well, by the calendar, that is. Last week held the first day of summer. Looking outside today in the Pacific Northwest is another story. It’s cold. It’s raining.

Boo.

While the weather might not get the message, summer foods are in full swing. I’m eating all the Rainier cherries, asparagus, watermelon and peaches I can get my hands on.

My Opa brought over some home-grown strawberries earlier this week, and I even got the chance to make strawberry jam. Look for that post later.

If you’ve never had homemade strawberry jam, you’ve not lived. It tastes so…strawberry-y. It’s so strawberry-y, you’ll feel like you’re tasting them for the first time. Summer in a jar.

Recently while at Mayfield Lake with my family, I went on a cooking marathon and came up with this Roasted Tomato, Asparagus and Zucchini Couscous with Lemon Basil Dressing.

It is easily my favorite thing I’ve made in a while. So simple. So freaking full of flavor and goodness.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 4

Crab and Corn Chowder

Admittedly, it’s been a bit of a rough week.

From attending the funeral of one of my husband’s high school friends to our family having to put down our beloved dog Rocco, let’s just say I’m glad this week is over.

At times, the fragility of your own existence slaps you in the face and makes you take a hard look at how you’re living and what you’re doing with your short time on this earth.

Time with friends and family has certainly helped me get through this week. Moments of joy with them,  a special walk with my husband, or being with others at a community celebration bring me back to what really matters in life.

Celebrating the things you are passionate about and living the kind of life you want to live, whatever that may be, comes back into focus at times like these.

For me, cooking has a way of soothing my soul.

Something about quietly chopping vegetables, stirring a pot and being present in the moment, yet not really thinking about anything in particular, grounds me and helps me process whatever is going on.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 4
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