After an insanely busy summer of never being home for more than just a few days in a row, I’m already feeling a bit of boredom from routine settling in. All of the travel and plans did get exhausting…but now that we’ve gradually settled back into day to day life I feel a sense of wanderlust. It’s odd, because we didn’t even go anywhere exotic this summer, we were just constantly on the move. In some ways I am such a homebody, yet at the same time I hate feeling stagnant. We met with a couple of Zack’s landlords (people he cash-rents some of the ground he farms from), for dinner a couple months ago. I had never met them before, but they were a rare couple I felt a quick connection with. She described herself as a social-introvert and that has stuck with me ever sense. I love and NEED my downtime, but I also love going out and doing things with people…something I don’t get to do nearly as much as I used to in the area I now live in.
Salmon is a staple in my diet, one that appears at least once a week. I only buy my fish wild – never farmed, and I usually purchase it as one whole fillet, which I cut up into individual pieces to freeze. Then I pretty much always prepare it the same way: sprinkled with olive oil plus Chef Paul’s Magic Salmon Seasoning, and cooked in the oven at 450F for around eight minutes. It’s a pretty flawless recipe, and any remaining fish is easily adaptable as leftovers.
As always, summer is off to a busy start. Between traveling to lake of the Ozarks where my in-law’s have a house, and visiting my friends and family around Chicago, our summers fill up with plans pretty quickly. We spent a long memorial day weekend at the lake with with a big group of people, and now we’re home for two days before we head up to Chicago to get together with my family for my Grandma’s 91st birthday. 91 years old and she’s still living by herself and in great physical shape, I hope to be in that good of health if I ever reach my nineties! Her actual birthday is today, which she shares with my husband. May 28th will always be a special day to me for the fact that two people who are so very important to me share it as a birthday.
I grew up eating mostly boring greens. Apologies to my mother, because she is an amazing cook, but for the most part salads in our house weren’t very exciting to me. I recall a lot of iceberg and romaine from my childhood…we can blame my brother Eric’s picky eating if you want. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a salad full of iceberg lettuce (wedge salad anyone?) or romaine lettuce. They certainly have their place, and I do use them myself, but I feel like so many other delicious greens go overlooked by people…and most of them happen to be the ones that are much more nutritional! Maybe iceberg and romaine aren’t exactly boring, I’ve just been over-exposed to them in my life… as many of us probably have.