Posts made in June, 2014

Is it Minestrone?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Soup | 1 comment

A light soup for supper uses the market produce that stands alone by Wednesday alongside the first of summertime garden ones.


The green veggies team up with orzo, Frisée (for texture), fresh herbs, and bright yellow zucchini blossoms for laid-back comfort.

Pass the Parm, please.

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Father’s Day for Real

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in New | 0 comments

When firefighter shifts, training academies, and water polo tournaments are part of your family’s unscripted schedule, kinfolk celebrations have a lot of wiggle room.  We have honored Christ’s birth on Boxing Day and eaten turkey on Friday after Thanksgiving.  Yesterday at noon we got the text—we would be able to gather on the patio as a family to honor Ty and MP.








We built 4 pizzas, a big salad, and banana pudding topped with a torched meringue!








We prayed together, mowed through all the food, retold stories, giggled with girls,

















counted gray hairs and embraced another year—what will it bring to us?

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” NASU

—Philippians 4:19  


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My Pick for this Summer

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Pasta | 1 comment

MP’s garden is looking haute. The bell peppers and tomatoes reign supreme; the cucumbers, zucchini, Japanese eggplant, heirloom tomatoes and petite haricot vert are beginning to line our plates.






















I love the idea of slicing sunburst squashes and zucchini into ribbons or pasta-like strands but my mandolin is a scary gadget. I get squeamish watching the pros use one.  The guard is the safety net but doesn’t really work with a vegetable like the slender squash.








MP to the rescue.








Zip, zip, zip—















Let’s cook.

I grab smallish red onions when I see them; the giants are too much of a commitment for some dishes.  Anchovy, red pepper flake and garlic sautéed briefly,








before I added the strands of squash.








While the pasta cooked,














I bloomed a packet of saffron and added it to the sautéing vegetables (releasing the brown bits).








The two ‘pastas’ married in the skillet with Pecorino Romano, fresh parsley, basil, scallion slivers, lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon.








The delicate tresses laced together beneath toasted walnuts and scattered drops of walnut oil fragrant with summertime headiness.

Where am I?


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Celebrating a Decade

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in New | 3 comments

We celebrate ten years of the Divine Ms. Iz.  The littlest Lunde is petite, pensive, pure, and not easily fooled.


























And then there were three!






























































































































The little spaces in my heart lean low-- reminiscing about life’s dreams undone-- then sanctified in the presence of God’s gifts to me.  The journey of love goes on.

Happy Tenth Birthday Isabella Rose.



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Kitchen Hijack

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Cookies | 1 comment

Guess who hijacked my kitchen and baked these delicious cookies?

♥  xococo  ♥

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