Monday, August 18, 2014

Summertime Nectarine Sorbet

This delicately-flavored sorbet takes advantage of the fresh nectarines that are in season toward the end of the summer and only requires a handful of ingredients!
Summertime Nectarine Sorbet

This summer, I've been making more of an effort to stop by our local farmers market to pick up the fruits and vegetables that I need for the week. Thinking back on all of my purchases thus far, it seems as if I managed to bring home a container of peaches and/or nectarines every single week.

While the simplest way to enjoy fresh fruit it to give it a thorough wash and eat it "as is", I couldn't pass up the opportunity to put my ice cream maker to good use and to turn some of our nectarines into a delicious frozen dessert.

This recipe for Summertime Nectarine Sorbet, based on my recipe for Summer Peach and Lavender Sorbet from last summer, is super simple to put together and only calls for a handful of ingredients -- nectarines, water, sugar, and lemon juice. Are you ready to see how easy it is to make homemade fruit sorbet?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Menu Plan: August 17 - August 23

Sharing our Menu Plan for August 17 - August 23, 2014

Since Stephen and I spent a good portion of the weekend with family, I spent a good portion of the weekend off the grid. Because of that, this week's Menu Plan is coming to you a little later that usual. It's also coming to you after we finished eating tonight's dinner.

Better late than never, right?

Without further ado, here's what's on deck for dinner for us this week.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Broadway Social - Bethlehem, PA

This sleek bar-bistro serves gastropub fare, craft beers, and specialty cocktails in a low-lit industrial space on Bethlehem's South Side.
Tuna Napoleon - The Broadway Social - Bethlehem, PA

When I first moved to the Lehigh Valley as a college freshman, I wasn't really all that focused on getting to know the ins and outs of the city that would be my home for the next four years. I was more worried about keeping up with my studies, making new friends, and carving out a place for myself at my new school. The idea of exploring all of the attractions that Bethlehem had to offer didn't really occur to me until I was an upperclassman, until after I had found my stride.

Of course, I didn't truly understand how special Bethlehem was until I had returned to the area after living in other parts of the country for the better part of a decade. The city has reinvented itself, and the South Side has a completely different vibe than it did when I was a student. I often find myself wondering how my college experience would have looked had I had access to all of the fabulous restaurants and cultural opportunities that are currently available in the area.

Take The Broadway Social, for example. This bar-bistro is just down the street from the house I lived in during my junior and senior years of school, and had it been open when I was still a student, I bet my roommates and I would have stopped by on a regular basis.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Menu Plan: August 10 - August 16

Sharing our Menu Plan for August 10 - August 16, 2014

Have you ever had one of those weeks during which everything you touched seemed to fall apart? That was last week for me.

I think it all started when I ruined a perfectly good batch of homemade guacamole by absentmindedly adding too much salt. A few days later, after coming home from a night out with my girlfriends, I managed to do something to the photo eye sensors of our garage door, rendering it inoperable. Of course, that was the one night I decided to park my car in the garage rather than in the driveway... so, yeah, that was fun. Finally, yesterday, we determined that the toilet in my bathroom was going to run constantly unless we did something about it. This discovery came only hours after discovering a toilet leak in the master bathroom.

Needless to say, I'm hesitant to put my hands on anything else lest I cause more problems. Let's hope the series of mishaps has ended and that this week is relatively uneventful. To start, I'm going to be much more attentive when I'm in the kitchen so an innocent mistake doesn't go ruining dinner.

Speaking of which, are you ready to see what's on deck for dinner for us this week?