In My Kitchen: July 2014

 

I know I’ve missed a couple of IMK posts but I cannot believe that I just typed June only to remember that we’re in July already.  I guess time flies where you’ve been a slug.

Now technically not inside my kitchen, but outside my kitchen window is my hummingbird feeder which gets drained about every 2-3 days.  For some reason my feeder attracts just the males who fight all day because they don’t want to share – it’s like watching Star Wars fights with lasers.  A couple of them got into such a fight that one guy drilled himself into my screen door and I had to pop him out since he was quite stuck. Why these little sugerheads don’t have diabetes I don’t know – probably because those wings are beating so fast they must burn the calories right off.

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Now here’s a controversial item that I bought from the Pottery Barn catalog.  Barbara from Just a Smidgen was kind enough to tell me where she found hers after I saw it in one of her IMK posts. See all of the great ideas you get from snooping into other people’s kitchens?

I just love the galvanized metal and think it will be perfect for the barbeque that we’ll be having for my daughter’s engagement party in September.  I love it –  my husband hates it although he has no one to blame but himself.  I showed it to him in the catalog and said “isn’t this cool?” and he gave me the um huh so I ordered it.  When it came in, he decided that he hated it and wanted to know where I was going to put it…well, right here in my kitchen but out on the porch for barbeques of course.  He’s suspicion and claims that I never showed it to him which to be fair, is an old trick I’ve played a few times where I’ve bought things that I know he won’t like but then say “omg!  don’t you remember I showed this to you?  You liked it then – your memory’s really going.”

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I just love this colorful towel that my daughter found for me in San Francisco on one of her business trips.  Does anyone have any idea what it says?

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IMG_1550Life is just a bowl of cherries these days and they’re finally available in the stores.

IMG_1551Since we’re again having a glut of lobster in New England ($5.99/lb), I’ve got some Lobster Risotto cooking (recipe here).  At these prices, it’s cheaper than steak so I’m finding it very hard to let a week go by without some sort of lobster cooking.

And finally, in my kitchen are my “assistive devices” (don’t you love the tennis balls on the walker?)  which will be going to the senior center in town…I may keep the cane because you just never know when you’ll need a cane.  Since I spent about 3 hours on Monday with an ax, shovel, and saw digging out overgrown shrubs, I’d say that my hip is now in good working order.  The hip felt great – all the other muscles, well…let’s say I need to work on that a bit.

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Thanks for stopping by my kitchen this month and thanks again to Celia for hosting this monthly get-together.  Please stop by to say hi to her and see the others who are kind enough to allow us a peek in their kitchens – http://figjamandlimecordial.com/2014/07/01/in-my-kitchen-july-2014/

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47 thoughts on “In My Kitchen: July 2014

  1. So beautiful to see a humming bird, thank you 🙂 Oh A glut of lobster… I wish we had that problem in Australia! I can’t wait for cherry season here… it seems so far away! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Liz x

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    • Those little hummingbirds are amazing to watch & some of the males are iridescent. They just buzz in & buzz out all day long – I wish that I could move that fast!
      Ah, you folks are heading into your winter now and we’re just finally forgetting what 3′ of snow & frigid air feels like. Sometimes I’m not sure why we stay in New England, especially during the winters.

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    • I always think of the tennis ball trick as something the very seniors use but after scraping the tiles on the kitchen floor a few too many times, I got out the old tennis balls. Do you know how tough it is to cut through those things!?!
      Thanks for stopping by my kitchen and maybe someday we’ll figure out a way to share our lobsters with you.

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  2. Thanks for the good belly laugh Diane. I so needed that. Your hummingbirds need a little mini boxing ring. Lobster risotto sounds so good. Would love a bowl of that right now. I am glad you are recovering slowly but surely. It’s a long process and takes lots of patience. Stay strong and take care. BAM

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    • You know when I sit out on the porch or at the kitchen table it sounds like we’re living in a giant bee hive – those little wings beat so fast they always make me think we’ve got a bunch of bumblebees out there. I wish you could share some of the risotto too – any plans for coming over to the States this summer?
      Thanks for the good wishes & I am feeling stronger every day.

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      • Hi there Diane,
        I would love to watch your hummingbirds from your kitchen and I so wish I could go home this summer but it is not possible but would love to come and visit you if I could. I will send you a quick e-mail update your way. Take Care, BAM

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    • Thank you for stopping by Lauren. I grew up eating lobsters because when I was younger, they were the cheap “fish” you could eat on Fridays. With 3 kids though my mother made sure we knew how to shell them ourselves & now, I can crack a lobster in no time. I have friends who do the same when they visit – stock up on the lobster, pack it on ice & feast some more when they get home.

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  3. We have little sunbirds who come and sit on the mirror in our entrance at the front door – too beautiful for words! I am sure they think they are looking outside when they look into the mirror. Pete and I also have vast differences in opinion when it comes to certain things – oh dear, guess its normal though. Lobster, oh boy what a treat! So pleased your hip is back to normal.
    Have a beautiful day Diane.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    • Oh Mandy, you’ll have to try to get a shot of your sunbirds to show us. We get wild turkeys strutting through the neighborhood every now & then and they’ll go up to people’s storm doors & start smacking their reflections thinking it’s someone on their turf. of course, I don’t think anyone’s ever claimed that a turkey is very bright!
      John & I have such different tastes that I have no doubt that our kitchen wouldn’t have ever been renovated if we didn’t have the designer as a referee. What I usually do is just buy what I want on the small to medium items & on the big stuff – like right now I need a new sofa & chairs for the family room….well, I just wait him out until he comes to his senses. Alas, so far we haven’t come to agreement & I’m thinking we might have to divide up the rooms – he can decide on the family room and I’ll pick the living room:)

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  4. Those delicious looking cherries are calling me – we sometimes get cherries imported in from US and they are just incredible! 😀
    Nice to see your hip recovering well!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. Man, that lobster is swoonworthy! We pay a bucketload for lobster here in Canberra, which is probably why I’ve never eaten lobster 😦 From the other side of the world it was lovely looking into your kitchen.

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    • Growing up in New England, I guess we’ve just become so accustomed to having lobster that I maybe take it for granted. It’s been about 4 years now that it’s been selling for around $5.99/lb but in the winter it does go up in price – still not as expensive as crab meat though…that is out of sight here on the east coast.

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    • Thanks Mimi & yes, every day I do feel so much better. See, thank you – I knew someone else would love that galvanized thing. I’m putting fruit on it for now, candy in little Bell jars, decorate w/flowers every now & then. But I think it will be perfect for a barbeque, which is the way Pottery Barn displayed it – hot dogs in rolls on the bottom & the condiments up top.

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  6. Goddamn. Lobster cheaper than steak? Lobster gluts? Do you know how jealous I am, with frozen Canadian loster than come in tubes of plastic, all squashed. Also we don’t really know how to cook lobster over here so it normally ends up like tastless rubber. I’m moving. (PS I’ve never seen those daisies so Im suspect on them being English, but then too be fair my idea of gardening is to rip everything up and burn it. Learnt that from my father (He said do it once and you’ll be exmpt from gardening for life)

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    • Now if your ancestors had caught one of the boats coming over here (not the Titanic though), you’d be here sitting on the back porch cracking these lobsters like a pro. I don’t think I’d ever try one of those that you get over there – if you don’t drop it in the pot yourself while those creepy eyes & claws are waving at you, then best not to try it.
      I have no idea what these so called English daisies are – I sent my husband out for packets of Sweet Williams & carnations and he came back with those. I thought everyone over there had beautiful lush gardens! You sound like my husband though – just as I had a beautiful full bed of flowers that were re-seeding, he covered them up with about 6″ of mulch because he thought they were weeds…hence, new packets of seeds.

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  7. Diane, our ‘hummer’ feeder doesn’t get drained nearly as fast, but my hubby & I have often commented on how “Star Wars”-like their maneuvers are. So much fun to watch! I LOVE your galvanized 3-tier server (for whatever & wherever you use it!) and also your collection of therapeutic devices, which sound like they’ve outgrown their use. (Yay!) As for your kitchen towel souvenir, I think it has something to do with “dance” (but don’t quote me… just go for it, now that your hip’s feeling better!) 😉 xo

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    • It’s funny that I have 1 feeder here & my neighbor across the street (who moved last year) had a feeder there. She always got the females & there would be at least 6 of them buzzing and sharing. I get the males but they just don’t like to share & work in pairs to chase off the intruders while only one feeds.
      I definitely like your interpretation of my towel & think it’s great advice – dance – I certainly will!

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  8. Hi Diane
    Lobsters cost about $50 a kilo here. I don’t think I have ever bought one, too expensive for me. Good to hear your aids are no longer needed. Sounds like a brand new Diane is here.

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    • Whoa, Glenda, let me pick my jaw up off the floor! Now that would be an expensive meal. What I never understand though is, with lobsters at all time lows, if you order one in a restaurant (shell on, not what we call lazy man’s lobster), they are probably about that price. Hell, for $5.99/lb I’ll buy as many as we can eat and give myself the spare change in a personal tip.
      Yes, Diane Version 2.0 is now available!

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    • I am so sad that we can’t share it with all of you wonderful people in Australia. I just hope that they aren’t hauling in too many here and we end up with too few. I love all shellfish but we used to be able to get clams for a very cheap price (steamers dunked in garlic butter). Unfortunately in the past few years the clam beds have become tainted with what’s called Red Tide and polluted the clam beds. Naturally the prices are sky high now.

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      • It’s a dilemma for me here – we have a market that only sells sustainable fish but unfortunately there’s no fresh fish…makes you wonder. The other markets have it & I really enjoy having fish during the summer since it’s much lighter than a meat. I have been seeing some fish as being from “farms” – it’s not wild but I frankly haven’t tasted a huge difference so maybe that’s what we’ll be seeing in the future. Our clam bed though are really threatened with overfishing & the red tide during extremely hot summers.

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    • Oh Tandy excellent idea with the Mac and cheese. Believe it or not, it’s one variation I haven’t tried but I will now. I’ve done lobster scramble for brunch which is basically scrambled eggs with a little Brie melted in.

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  9. Darling, I’m glad you’re on the mend, but do take it easy! You’re the bionic woman now! I’ve never seen a real hummingbird, but oh, they’re so pretty on tv. Maybe one day! And I’m sorry love, but I’m with your hubby on the whatchamacallit. 😉 Love the idea of a lobster glut though, and maybe Niki bought you risque tea towel and didn’t tell you? hehehe…

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    • Oh I paid dearly the next day after my altercation with the shrubs – the hip felt great but all my other muscles were saying “Diane, will you ever learn to pace yourself?”. Those hummingbirds are so much fun to watch. One minute they are hovering, looking at you and then in the blink of an eye, they’re zooming off so fast you’d think they were never there. I’m going to make my husband feel good about not being the only one not crazy about the whatchamacallit…but he should really pay closer attention when I show him things in a catalog.
      You know, I could very well be displaying a risqué towel…can’t wait for an old stuffed shirt to visit and figure it out! It would please me.

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  10. A glut of lobster is a problem I wish I had. And Tandy’s idea of Lobster Mac and Cheese sounds like heaven.

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    • Hi Joanne – thanks for swinging by the kitchen. I’m afraid the cherries are gone right now but I’m hoping to pick some more up…grab them while they’re in season. My daughter always manages to find some little treasure for me in her travels.

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  11. Fresh fruit and a glut of lobster sound divine! And I happen to like that metal tiered tray for decorating and displaying food and treats. Fun to peek in your kitchen!

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    • You’ll never hear me complain about plenty of fresh fruit or lobster! I was going to send back the tiered tray but then decided I really did like it & I know it’ll come in handy for barbeques. In the meantime I am finding plenty of things to put on the trays – I think my husband’s given up and realizes it here to stay.

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  12. Our funny little ‘hummers just buzzzz us while we sit on the patio having dinner….love to watch them on the flowers. I guess male domination is just a ‘guy thing’ we’ll not understand….Ina the Barefoot Contessa has a great lobster mac recipe. But make it in lttle ramekins so you don’thave to share….oh, no….now I sound like a male hummungbird! LOL!

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    • For the past week I’ve been filling the feeder every other day. I think the teeny little babies are out of the nests and drinking when the bully guys let them. I love watching these guys while my cat sits in the window going eh-eh-eh at them.
      I think I’ve got to try that lobster Mac and cheese since I’ve gotten almost (not quite) tired of the lobster risotto. Of course my husband would love that one too for sure! I’m used to ‘food protectionists’ since my daughter would put a fork through my hand if I went near her food…sharing food is not something she cares to do.

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  13. Oh.. I’m finally getting back round to blog reading:) I’m sorry to have created a bit of a stir in your kitchen. I love my galvanized rack, in the kitchen or by the barbecue! I will have to remember your little trick as well.. it would go well with my “buy now and ask forgiveness later” strategy:D

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    • Barbara, I LOVE mine and in all honesty this time I did show him the pic in their magazine and he agreed that it was cool. So that’s on him for ummm hum-ing me and not paying attention. Now other purchases …

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