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being home.

It’s been a crazy few months, living out of boxes and feeling as if life has had very little, to no order. I was lucky enough to live in two warm, and welcoming spaces (thanks to D. and my amazing neighbors!) while I renovated, but moving in and out of both of them within 4 months has been a lot. But I’m finally home and settling in, unpacking more and more boxes each day. The kitchen boxes of course, were the first.

While I had all of my necessary kitchen gadgets with me the whole time, there was nothing more perfect than rediscovering all of the things that had been neatly packed away in boxes, especially the things that matter most. Now the tattered collection of my mom’s cookbooks are proudly displayed in my kitchen, high on a shelf for daily inspiration and my beloved Kitchen Aid mixer, the one my father gave me years ago, is front and center on the counter, ready for it’s next batch of (holiday) cookies. Even with boxes piled high in the spare room, it’s good to be home.

I’ve discovered a few things about myself during these last few months, one of which is that I love being home, surrounded by the things that make it my home. And that home is nothing to take advantage of. When you live in other peoples homes or space, even for a short time, you appreciate your own home all the more. The comfort it gives you on a daily basis.

For me, a large part of that, is my kitchen space. It’s made up of only the things I need, and nothing I don’t (especially now because I did some serious editing to my “stuff” before I packed it all up). And it’s truly the one place I love being more than any other.

As I continue to unpack my boxes and put things in their new places, I have to decide where each goes, based on importance and use. My large collection of wooden spoons (best for my favorite pots), my small whisk (perfect for a homemade vinaigrette) and my good knives are all within arms reach. I still have more to go but each day I get a bit more settled.

What are your favorite kitchen must-haves?

feeling displaced.

I’ve been living out of bags and boxes for what seems like forever. In truth it’s only been a few months since my renovation project started, but it seems like so much longer. It always does when you’re displaced. I miss home. And all the comforts of what that means. The unevenness of my floors, the back door that doesn’t quite close correctly, the corner of the couch that I always sit in. Everything I own is tucked away somewhere.

I long for the day I can return home and even as I write this, I know how lucky I am that I even have one. So many thousands of people are much, much worse off than me in the wake of Hurricane Sandy so my longing seems so trivial at a time like this. My heart hurts for those who lost everything. I can’t even imagine how awful that feeling must be. I can’t.

Having your life turned upside down, even a little bit, is a challenge but one that I will continue to deal with, because perspective is key. For me, I’ll be settled back in long before countless others, but I will carry a heavy heart as I do. I was lucky in the storm, so very lucky. I live on the coast and could have so easily had it much worse than I did. For that, I am grateful every day. So a little more displacement is ok. I hope that everyone affected by the storm can find comfort as well, and as soon as they can. In whatever way they can. My heart is with you all.

the passing of a friend and chocolate chip cookies.

I found out this morning that a dear colleague of mine passed away. Two months ago. And I never even knew. My heart is heavy. And I feel awful.

How does so much time pass between friends? How does something so awful happen, and I not know?

I’ve known Bob for over twenty years. Even as I write this, I can’t believe how long it’s been. He owned a small print shop in the town I used to live in and we’ve been doing business together for years. I moved away several years ago but still gave him whatever business I could. Not because I couldn’t find anything closer than the hour that now separated us, but because they are good people, who do good work. And Bob and I were friends.

When I first started Gourmet Recipes for One our conversations slowly shifted from design to food, and Bob was so excited about this site that he printed my first set of business cards for free. As a thank you, I made him cookies. Chocolate chip cookies. His favorite. CONTINUED »

7 ways to enjoy zucchini.

zucchini

Cooking for one can sometimes be a challenge because I’m always looking for ways to incorporate my ingredients in different ways so I don’t feel like I’m eating the same thing all week. Case in point, vegetables. And the larger the vegetable, the longer it takes to eat it up. Zucchini is in abundance right now, but thankfully there are a lot of different ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of my favorites:

– grilled. Cut into thick slices, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill until lightly charred. Enjoy as is or like this. Grill a few extra and toss with couscous or quinoa (for a quick meal later in the week).

– diced. Simply sauté up some zucchini and onions in a pan with a bit of olive oil, stir in some eggs and you have a quick meal in no time.

– raw. If have haven’t tried them raw, try this.

– grated. Either in this or this.

– with friends. in fritters.

– in place of pasta. cut zucchini into long, thin strips and sauté in a pan with some olive oil until softened. serve with tomato sauce and some really good Parmigiano-Reggiano grated over the top.

– the blossoms. perfect in a frittata or stuffed with cheese.

How do you like to eat zucchini?

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