farro & asparagus salad with sesame-miso dressing

Farro & asparagus salad with sesame-miso dressing.

After such a long and lingering winter this year, it feels like this late, coy spring is hurtling into summer faster than I can keep up with.  One moment it was snowing in April, a perpetual winter, a movie on pause, and the next it was everything at once — an 80-degree Memorial Day, violently green foliage everywhere we look, another year’s worth of friends getting illustrious degrees, my brother finishing his freshman year and coming to visit New York for the first time. A wedding venue booked (!), a date set, a trip to Vegas to celebrate some amazing friends.  Our first New York lease on the cusp of expiring, an apartment move next weekend.

With the whirlwind of things that have been happening lately, this past long weekend could not have been more welcome.  There were things to do, but spread out over three days instead of two, it gave us the chance to take a couple much-needed deep breaths, pump the brakes a little, and relax. We took a break from packing to watch Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, which appealed to every sentimental whim of my English major heart; we enjoyed our favorite things about this creaky “has character” apartment in our last weekend before the move, like the green-tinged, dappled sunlight that filters lazily through our vine-covered balcony in the early afternoons. (And the in-apartment washer-dryer. We’ll miss you, world’s oldest and smallest washer and dryer. You may have been highly inefficient, you may have threatened to explode, but you were in our apartment.)

Farro & asparagus salad with sesame-miso dressing.
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spinach, caramelized onion & roasted garlic white pizza

spinach, caramelized onion, & roasted garlic white pizza

Sometimes it tickles me to realize what a sliver of things show up in this little blog life of mine.  For instance, an abbreviated list of the wide expanse of Things that Happen and are Not Pictured in my Non-Blog Life:

  • Dishes
  • Cleaning up artful mess
  • Cleaning up artless mess
  • Fits of food rage (RIP mini cakes)
  • More dishes
  • Realizing a long time later that I forgot to clean up artful mess because I was too excited about eating
  • Sometimes work
  • DISHES
  • Spilling flour
  • Spilling everything else
  • Lots and lots of delivery pizza*

*By delivery, I really only mean Papa John’s.  I know, I know, in New York.  A New York slice is a thing much appreciated. But for elastic-waistband-pigging-out, there’s no love like our Papa J’s love, y’all.  To the point where we’ve adapted their weekly specials into our everyday vocabulary (“Early Week Mania” Monday through Wednesday guys, just sayin’).

spinach, caramelized onion, & roasted garlic white pizza spinach, caramelized onion, & roasted garlic white pizza

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roasted brussels sprouts and chips, three ways

Roasted Brussels sprouts, three ways | Two Red Bowls.

It’s almost Thanksgiving! So this week I thought I’d post on what seems to be the Thanksgiving vegetable of the year. If last week was about bucking trends (or being unable to participate), this week is definitely all about falling in line with them. At this point, I think I may be the last blog on the Internet not to have done a post on these toy cabbages. But just in case you’re not already Brussels’ed out, here’s several more ways to roast them — as chips and as hearts, and in three different flavors. (In other words, if you’re not Brussels’ed out, after this you will definitely be.) READ MORE