All Posts for May 2010

Just Because it’s June: 2010

Monday, May 31st, 2010

When I was high school, there was a very popular and shapely girl in my class named June. And this was the era of Rogers’ & Hammerstein’s plays, in particular, Oklahoma! So the guys used to sing about classmate June with the title: June is Bustin’ Out All Over….and she would blush.

I don’t think that was the “bust” the songwriters meant, but I always remember the song for that reason. Now, of course, I think that term means that all the summer flowers are bursting and all the foods of summer are beginning to show up at Farmers’ Markets and supermarkets.

So for June, I hope to feature some early summer recipes and flowers that are in my neighborhood and beyond.  For example, today’s feature pictures are from my walk last week in my friend Linda’s neighborhood, where the houses are somewhat different, as is the foliage.

This was a basket of flowers on the steps of a house in my friend Linda’s neighborhood, where I walked with her last week. I love the way the sunlight (it was early morning) strikes the flowers.

Salads are an important part of my summer recipes…not just lettuce-based salads, but also cold grain salads like tabouli, slaw salads, and marinated veggie salads.  Here is a photo of spinach salad with pixie tangerines, which I will post later this week. The photo is just a tease!

Spinach Salad with Pixie tangerines and Lime Dill Dressing

Error! I had planned to post the Profile of Johanna Hertz in May and Gabrielle Pelicci in June, but reversed them in error. So this month I will post Johanna, pictured (again) in her shop, Cloth & Bobbin. In fact, I  will post this as my first article for June. My apologies to you and Johanna.

May was National Mental Health Month and I  had started to post my short list of books on the subject. But company this week-end interrupted my posting, so I will post it this month. Glad I am the boss of my blog or I would have been fired! (And since I am writing this on Memorial Day, this is a perfect place to make a Memorial Day acknowledgment for all the men and women who make our freedom possible.)

Since I have not posted any products in the last couple months, I thought for June I would feature the cleaning products I have been using recently, which give a positive nod to the concept of Earth Day Every Day. These are products by METHOD and I really feel good about using them. More on the posting….

A Sample of Method Cleaning Products

Finally, I plan to review another book from Square One Publishing. It is a book on eating raw foods, but do’;t get nervous. Many of the recipes use familiar foods and with warm weather, less cooking might not be a bad idea!

P.S. My husband and I are going on vacation the last week in June, so I am not sure how much I will actually be able to post before I leave. I can also postdate my articles, but time is the issue, so if this month is shorter, I will make up the short fall in July. Here is a final picture of what beautiful summer flowers are in bloom. JOYous June! (I have not forgotten that JOY is my theme for 2010!)

Grated Carrot Picnic: Guest Recipe

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Eve Fox has a blog called the Garden of  Eating ….”a sinfully good blog about food.” With a name like Eve, her choice of that title is perfect, especially because her food looks sinfully good, and now that I just made her carrot salad, I can attest to that. To see more of Eve’s recipes and food information, go to

Here is what Eve has to say about this recipe, which she calls:

Salade de Carottes  (Grated Carrot Salad)

There are such lovely fresh carrots for sale at all the farmers markets lately; I can’t resist them. It’s a perfect time to make this classic French grated carrot salad. It’s so simple, fresh and tasty. You can order this in pretty much any cafe or restaurant in France and it’s almost always good (and cheap!)

While you can certainly use a food processor with a grating attachment to grate the carrots, I think they turn out a little better if you grate them by hand. It may just be the blade on my Cuisinart but I find that the grating attachment tends to tear the veggies up a little in the process of grating them. So I did these by hand though my right arm started aching about 2/3 of the way through and my husband obligingly offered to finish up the grating for me (he’s very nice like that.)

Although I stuck with the traditional French preparation in the recipe below, you are welcome to shake things up a bit by adding dried currants and/or thinly sliced red onion or some grated beets to the salad or throwing a little Dijon mustard into the dressing, etc. Bon appetit!

I did follow Eve’s advice and grated the carrots by hand. Since I had flat leaf parsley growing in my patio window box and organic carrots lemons in the ‘frig, how could I not make this? I also thought that adding slivered almonds would be nice, which I may try over the Memorial Day week-end when I have company. This is a perfect picnic salad!


7 large, sweet carrots, peeled

1/2 bunch of large, flat-leaf parsley (Italian works better than curly), rinsed and dried

Juice of 2 lemons

2-3 Tablespoons olive oil

2 tsp sugar or honey (I used honey)

Sea salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. Grate the carrots as finely as possible and place in a medium-sized bowl (You want it to be big enough to make it easy to toss everything together with the dressing.) Coarsely chop the parsley and toss it in with the carrots.

2. Make the dressing by whisking together the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and salt and pepper until the salt has dissolved. Drizzle it over the carrot/parsley mixture and toss to coat. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed (you may want to add more lemon juice, salt or pepper). Serves 6.

My confession: I made this a couple of days ago, cutting the recipe in half, since my husband is not a big raw salad eater. It was soooo good I ate all of it, which means I ate 3! portions. ellensue