Monthly Archives: April 2012

Gluten-Free Strawberry Muffins

After not seeing a drop of rain in weeks, Sunday’s storm was the perfect happy excuse to stay inside and bake. I found a wonderful recipe for strawberry, millet, and almond cake with buttermilk on Beatrice Peltre’s blog La Tartine Gourmande. This is a gluten-free recipe, which I was excited to try out because I wondered how different the texture and taste would be.

As my boyfriend and I have been discovering, gluten-free products are really expensive. This recipe calls for almond meal, which costs $10.99 for a 2-pound bag. So I got a little creative and made my own. Take 1/2 cup of almonds and 3 teaspoons of sugar, and use a food processor to blend them together – so simple and inexpensive. I ended up adding a little extra sugar because the oils from the almonds made the mixture a little sticky.

Strawberry muffins

Jeff has a brand new muffin pan, so we decided to make muffins with the cake mixture. I usually find muffins dense and heavy, but these came out nice and light  Рa delicious spring and summer treat. If you would like to try it out for yourself, click here for the recipe on La Tartine Gourmande.

Gluten-free muffins

Happy 100th Birthday, Fenway Park!

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Thanks to the Red Sox for letting around 50,000 fans check out Fenway Park yesterday! I got there pretty late in the day, so I was disappointed to miss checking out the press box, taking a peek inside of the Green Monster, and see other areas of the park normally closed off to the public. But walking along the warning track¬† is an incredibly special experience! I really, really hope the Red Sox organization has another open house this season to celebrate Fenway’s 100th birthday. I would love to take my time photographing everything Fenway has to offer.

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Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink Salad

As summer approaches, I tend to crave quick, light, and healthy dinners. I can’t say I’m overly organized when it comes to meal planning each week, so this salad is a creation that constantly changes. I bought fruits and vegetables without having any specific meals in mind, but wanted to create something full of flavor. So a little of this, a little of that, some of the quinoa I found in my kitchen, olive oil, and ground black pepper.

4/18/2012

A late afternoon stroll…

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4/1/2012

Weekends are all about random adventures, so my boyfriend and I headed out to western Massachusetts to visit a few farms. As photographers and outdoor enthusiasts, we’re always stunned by the beauty of the country… I grew up in the country, but I certainly did not appreciate the magic of it until I moved away.

Jeff and I pretty much have the same routine when we visit farms – check out the barn animals, support the farm by purchasing farmstead cheese or eggs, and chat with the farmer for awhile. But look at who we met this weekend:

 

 

There’s something in this dog’s eyes that’s just magnetic. Perhaps it’s an old, good, graceful soul… I made several attempts to photograph her, and this is the only frame she sat still for. But that’s all I needed. Don’t you just want to hug her???

3/31/2012

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