Monday, August 29, 2011

House (or Apartment) into Home

So many antioxidants it makes my head spin! Late summer when stone fruit and berries collide is definitely my favorite fruit-season.

I've discovered that there are three (inanimate) ingredients that make me feel at home, no matter where that home might be. Flowers, fruit, and food! Today we did some serious, for-real grocery shopping at Trader Joe's on 72nd Street, which I am madly in love with. I already adored TJ's, but its prices are so much lower and quality so much higher than anything else in the neighborhood that I've become a little obsessed with it. And then later, I cooked my first real dinner in the apartment! I'd previously made a few things here and there (oatmeal, scrambled eggs, tuna salad), but not an actual meal.

On the menu: Indian Summer Frittata with corn, bell pepper, jalapeƱo, kalamata olives, tomatoes, and basil, homemade guacamole, tortilla chips, salsa, and August Fruit Crumble with plums, figs, black cherries, and strawberries. The frittata was so good we both had seconds...and it has so many seasonal veggies! (Frittata and crumble from Mollie Katzen's "Still Life with Menu.")

I love how the interior of a ripe fig looks like an amethyst geode or a crystal cavern.

Add some sunset-colored snapdragons, and I'm set.


  1. I miss you! (And James, Dad, and Whiskers, of course). I also miss home made apricot jam..I got some replacement jam at one of the dubious local markets, and it was terrible in comparison. You've spoiled me for life.