What a busy one. I can’t believe how crazy Mr. J and I both are at work. Looking back, I don’t know that July has been my best month in the kitchen, but I made some things we liked and more importantly, ate great stuff this month, even if it wasn’t all blog-worthy. We’re all about the grilled chicken thighs and Mr. J made a bourbon BBQ sauce that is fantastic. In July, I went to River Bar (loved the view), SmashBurgers (a new fav for something quick), Frogmore (undecided), Chilacates (ah-mazing tacos), and Lala Rokh (adorable and perfect for summer).
This burger with mushrooms, swiss, and herb aoli was the best thing I made this month. So good. I got a similar kind of thing as a chicken sandwich at SmashBurger and loved the combo of mushrooms and swiss.
My chicken salad with radish and dried blueberries was soooo fantastic. Make it immediately. Go on a picnic. Feel fancy.
Panzanella salad just says summer and the quickie dressing is useful for anything.
August has a trip to the Cape and lots more grilling in store. I’m itching to serve a burrata bar since it didn’t make the catering cut for one of my events. I have a few more burger ideas before the summer is over too.
The Little One:
He is just so funny. I love him to pieces. He’s 6 months old and doing SO much. He was perfecting the art of sitting and then all of a sudden figured out how to go from his belly to a seated position. He’s trying to crawl really hard so it is only a matter of time. He can scootch, so now it is time to baby proof. Wowza.
He loves applesauce and doesn’t like peas. Atta boy Thomas, Momma doesn’t like peas either. We did give it a valiant effort.
Thomas can find the tag on a toy so quickly…even his taggies toy, he finds the 1 real one. We all traveled to Maine and he was very well behaved. I was so proud and glad he got to meet family from all over the country. He was a CHAMP in the car even though coming home took a million hours.
make more salad dressings: Sure did! I made a Teriyaki Sesame Dressing for a Baby Bok Choy salad.
factor more time into how long every-day tasks/trips will take: still learning, though I was super early to meet Mr. J for the baby’s check up so I got some steps in around the parking lot and circling the building.
recreate restaurant menu items: ehh. not this month I guess.
be more adventurous with my reading selections: I finished Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl and loved it. I’m ready for a new one now.
use the crockpot more: Yes! I made chicken mole for tacos! There was a ton leftover so I have a freezer stock of chicken mole burritos.
seafood once a month: ehh. not this month I guess. I’ll get on it.