summer break

summer-breakHey friends. I’m taking a bit of a summer break from blogging. It’s just too beautiful outside to spend all of my time in front of a computer. I’ll be back in the fall, which is my favorite season and my favorite time to blog anyway.  I hope everyone has a good summer!

p.s. The photo above is taken from a hike along the Hudson a few weeks ago. So pretty!

summer peach salad

I’ve been away for a few weeks, settling into the new home and neighborhood. For the past few weeks, the only cooking we’ve been doing has been on the grill. Otherwise, we’ve been exploring the amazing selection of restaurants around here.

Summer Peach Salad

This weekend, we went on an impromptu date to the little Italian restaurant down the street, enjoying the restaurant’s quiet and tree-filled backyard. The sun was setting and heat dissipating, leaving cool and breezy air behind. We lingered for a while, with nowhere to go and nothing to do.

I ordered the peach salad, expecting the usual tiny slices of peach over a bed of greens but was delightfully surprised when I received a plate full of large, crunchy peach slices, no greens, and a huge slab of parmesan. The combination was entirely satisfying.

Summer Peach Salad

The next day, I  ran out for some peaches and re-created the salad. I’m already fairly certain this will be at the top of my summer salad list. By the middle of summer, I’m usually sick of salads loaded with greens and am ready to switch it up.

Summer Peach Salad

I recommend just-ripe, or slightly under-ripe peaches for this recipe. It gives the salad a great crunch. I don’t think it would be the same if the peaches are too ripe and soggy.

summer peach salad
 
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Cuisine: Salad
Yields: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and just ripe
  • 1 oz. hard parmesan, thinly sliced or grated
  • 1 sprig of parsley or mint, chopped
  • thick balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice peaches in large, thin pieces
  2. Top peaches with parmesan and parsley
  3. Drizzle with thick balsamic vinegar, to taste

This salad feels so fancy. It would make a great addition to a picnic or lunch.

Peach Salad

the weekender 5/23/2014

collage

Happy weekend friends! I hope everyone has a relaxing and beautiful three-day spring weekend. I was hoping to get out of town for a quick hike, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I might go to The High Line instead or try to catch the cherry blossoms at the Botanical Gardens.

I was taken by this collage (above) and all of the other prints by Beth Hockel.

I just love this homemade driftwood seahorse. It would be perfect in a beach cottage.

Making an owl cake seems easy, right?

I’m dying to fill the house with succulents and this d.i.y. hot pink clay planter is so much fun.

It’s the season for lighter foods! I’m craving these zucchini fritters and this shaved asparagus salad. What about you?

Want to start decorating your cupcakes like a pro? Amanda from I am Baker shares four ways to frost a cupcake with just a star tip.

I’m so excited because I bought removable wallpaper (also known as renter’s wallpaper). Now I need to settle on a design. Vintage Revivals did a geometric wall pattern with a sharpie. And Mandi did one with a stencil. They’re both so great! Which one would you do?