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Friday could not have come fast enough this past week. It felt so good to get out at lunch and breathe in the crisp Fall air. Actually it was pleasantly warm. It had just rained as I walked through the park behind the building where I work. The leaves already turning, even the resident swan had tucked his head in his feathers preparing for a fall afternoon snooze. 570

Most Fridays find me picking up Zoe after work and heading home to make pizza. This week I was on my own and happily headed to the Providence Athenaeum for their weekly Salons. This week featured, Providence College Associate Professor, Cedric de Leon. He was speaking on topics featured in his new book: “The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago”.

While I was very interested in what Mr. de Leon had to say (he is an excellent public speaker and I bet a very popular teacher/lecturer), I was a bit preoccupied by the always fabulous snacks offered at the Salons. Most especially the teeny tiny, crustless Quiche squares, perfectly dainty delectable chocolate chip cookies and superb chocolate shortbread. Yes, you can have a glass of wine…..but what I really love is the sherry they serve. Sherry! Not a beverage I have on a regular basis. When in Rome…..


Oh, but which glass to choose?? No really, I actually stood there for a while trying to decide which glass to choose. I love them all, but I was most taken with the lovely red.574Isn’t this gorgeous? I brought my goodies into the main room and tried very hard to pay attention to the talk, but the glass just drew me in. 575

Is that a lighthouse on it? No, a tower? Why? What is the history, and boy does this sherry taste lovely!


My Mother thought I was pretty crazy for taking pics during the talk, but that IS her hand holding up the glass so that I could take a pic of the bunny on the glass. :)

The talk ended and I reluctantly delivered my empty glass back to the table. My Mom works at the RISD Museum, and said there was a big celebration going on that we should check out. Rhode Island School of Design had just finished inaugurating its new President and there were food trucks and stands all around the outside of the museum. Seeing as it was Alumni and Family Weekend, it was a pretty bustling event with folks visiting from all over. RISD laid out the treats in style. Featuring New England specialties that I thought were downright delicious.

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Against a backdrop that looked like a cool frame of fabric,


Last Good Tooth rocked the crowd. 579

What a fabulous Friday. I was intellectually stimulated, sustained with spectacular nibbles and entertained with some fabulous local music and surrounded with cool people and awesome art. Thanks Providence(and Mom!), what a great night! Bring on the weekend.

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Eat your Greens!

We’re always told that aren’t we? Popeye had the right idea. Green veggies like spinach, kale, parsley have a ton of great nutrients. Luckily I’ve never had a problem eating my greens. Love them all cooked in a miriad of ways. 

This morning I needed some green to brighten my day. Inspired by a recipe in Bon Appetite magazine, I whirred in a blender; 

1/2 packed flat leaf parsley(leaves and stems), 4 kale leaves(center ribs removed), 1cup frozen strawberries, 1 banana(cut into pieces), 1tsp ground flaxseed and 1cup of water. Serves 2. 

It’s a very refreshing smoothie and not super sweet. I love it.

Work was hectic as usual. Straight from work I needed to pick up Zoë, and head to my book club meeting. After my meeting Zoë and I went to a RISD Graphic Design Dept. opening. We happily nibbled on assorted cheeses, crackers, fruit and  chips while looking at fonts and typefaces. 

By the time we got home, I was beat. The last thing I wanted to do was cook. However, I had ground beef in the fridge needing to be cooked up and 3 peppers bigger than my head, waiting to be stuffed. I couldn’t let any of it go to waste. Cook I must! 

I read over the excellent Stuffed Pepper recipe in my Whole 30 cookbook. I tweaked it based on what I had in the fridge. 

I sautéed 1/2 onion; chopped, 2cloves of garlic; minced, 1/2 zucchini diced, 1/2 lb ground beef, small tomato; chopped, 4 leaves of kale, middle rib removed, leaves chopped. While sautéing, I sprinkled in some cumin, chili powder, salt and freshly ground black pepper. I lastly squeezed in some fab tomato paste.  

My phone is being futsy so the pics I took of stuffing my big peppers have vanished. Oh well, you will have to use your imagination! 

After preheating the oven to 350deg. I cored my peppers & cooked them for about 10 min to soften up. Once my meat and veg mixture was cooked I pulled the peppers out and stuffed away. I baked them for about 20min.  

I have to say, I don’t miss bread crumbs and cheese. Ingredients you might expect in this dish. It was quite scrumptious without!  

Comfort food with shades of green. 

Happy cooking friends!

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its been quite a week for me. Needed to start my day off right. 

Classical music, eggs & a steaming cup of coffee. 

Have a scrumptious day my foodie friends!

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Crockpot Chicken

I love the idea of roasting a chicken and eating it for days. It is so versatile. Enjoy the same day with steamed green beans, roasted potatoes and perhaps some gravy. Then use the remaining meat in various dishes for lunch and dinner throughout the week. The only problem is, it takes time to cook and you must turn on your oven! A welcome task when there is a chill to the air. However, this week it was quite hot. I don’t need to add anymore heat to my apartment. 

So…..what to do? I roasted a chicken in my crockpot.  

Could not have been easier. Take a 3-5lb chicken. Remove the “bag of innards”, rinse the chicken and pat dry. Season the chicken liberally inside and out with salt and pepper. Sprinkle oregano and thyme all over. I had fresh herbs so I stuck some thyme sprigs inside the cavity, and stuffed thyme and oregano under the skin. Quarter 1 lemon, cut one garlic bulb in half. Place both in the cavity as well. Nestle the chicken in the crockpot.  

 No need to add ANY fats or liquids! Trust me. Set the time for 6-8 hours on LOW. When it is done, this is what it looks like.  

 Gorgeous right?! And those juices, oh my! The aroma is divine. The meat falls off the bone. I dig in right away. I removed the rest of the meat the next day. I wanted to make a Thai Red Curry dish using some local veggies I bought at the farmer’s market, but realized at the last minute that I had no coconut milk. A crucial ingredient. No biggie, I peeked in my pantry and fridge and whipped up Chicken Tacos. 

I sautéed onion, green pepper and zucchini. I seasoned the mixture with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. I would have added some of the chipotle sauce but it had been in my fridge a little too long and had to be discarded. No biggie. Didn’t need it.  

 While the chicken and veggies were sautéing, I made a quick guacamole. Really easy. Just smashed avocado with salt, pepper, squeeze of lime and a couple dashes of hot sauce.  

 I warmed up some corn tortillas and assembled my tacos.  


I added the chicken bones, juices, carrot, onion and celery to a pot, added some water and now have it simmering on the stove. Soup for Sunday supper!  


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Sunday Summary

Ah Sunday’s, I’d like to think its all about heading to the beach and reading, swimming, napping. In my reality, this day of respite is usually spent shopping for groceries and prepping for the week. Better make it good then!

First: coffee on the slanted porch in my favorite cup. 

After being properly caffeinated I made my way into the kitchen and brewed some tea. Actually, I brewed the tea then iced it for the week. I love the Mango Black Tea from Trader Joe’s. It reminds me of a fabulous passion fruit iced tea I served when working at The Star Cafe in Montrose, CA. We went through that by the gallon! The fruitiness is very refreshing. 

I sweetened it slightly with some Cardamom Clove simple syrup made by the Royal Rose company. They produce a wonderful variety of small batch, organic syrups in Maine. I think this one will give it a bit of spice. Fruit and spice, that’s nice! 

Zoe is back home with me this week. We are missing her big Sister who left for college last Tuesday. I thought I’d cheer her up by making her favorite sandwich: BLT. Our lettuce and the gorgeous tomatoes came from 4 Town Farm in Seekonk, MA and the bread is a country loaf from Seven Stars Bakery on Hope St. in Providence, RI. 

 So simple so good. We also could not resist the farm’s sweet corn. 

I was smart and prepped my lunch for Monday while I prepared dinner. No rushing around in the morning! 

It’s going to be a scorcher tomorrow. Stay cool my friends. 


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Pizza on the Porch

Friday night is pizza night here in the Huntley household. Every week the girls and I look at our schedules, the weather, think about how we feel and plan some pizzas around that! Last Friday was extra special as our dear friend Debbie was visiting from Columbus, OH(GO BUCKS!). I decided to invite my Mom Lucia and my good friend Pernille over to join us.

I don’t go too crazy when I make pizza. Friday’s can be tiring. It’s the end of a hectic work week and soon enough; school! Let’s make it easy on ourselves. My Mom brought beer, Debbie brought wine and Pernille made a great green bean salad with toasted walnuts and a Dijon dressing.  

I don’t make my own dough. Balls of dough are readily available at my local grocery store for about $1.30 a ball. I decided to make 3 pizzas. 

One was kid friendly cheese. My friend Amy got me hooked on this awesome pizza sauce: Don Pepino’s. I also can’t resist the can. Great label!  

We nibbled on the cheese pizza while waiting for the others.  

We are big BBQ Chicken pizza fans here so I thought it was an obvious choice. Instead of my usual Stubb’s Sticky Sweet Sauce, I used this spicy sauce I had in my pantry: Leonardo’s Chipotle Pizza Sauce from Vermont.  

This sauce was spicy! With a really nice smoky depth of flavor. I topped the sauce with a mixture of shredded cheddar and mozzarella, then shredded chicken and red onion. I went easy on the sauce as I didn’t want to overwhelm with spiciness but the heat became subdued as it cooked. Next time I’ll add more.  

My last and final pizza was the favorite of the night. Pesto pizza with my Mom’s homemade pesto, fresh mozzarella cheese and homegrown tomatoes. Fabulous! 

It was so good We ate it all up and I forgot to take a picture of the final product! 

Tomorrow I will be out and about so no “pizza on the porch”. We’ll be back at it next Friday. Who knows what combo we might drum up. 


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Boston Bound

Last week, on a beautiful sunny day, I hopped a train to Boston. Since I’m job hunting I’ve been on a super strict budget so “hopping a train” was not in my budget, but this recently scheduled meeting was important so off I went.

I took the train from Attleboro. So easy! Pay a small fee for parking(don’t forget the number of your spot!!), put the money in the slot and you are set for the day. Till 11am, you can purchase your ticket (cash only) at the coffee counter. It was busy for mid morning. I spied many men in Red Sox jerseys. After an excited little boy started talking to me, I realized there was a home game today. He was thrilled to be with his Dad headed to his first Red Sox baseball game! Full confession friends: I have never been to see a game at Fenway Park! Ridiculous. I need to change that.

The ride was relaxing. I caught up on some reading and stared out the window. My meeting spot was near Clarendon St. So I got off at the Back Bay stop. I quickly arrived in Copley Place to see workers setting up for the Boston Marathon

To prepare for my meeting, I went to one of my  favorite places in the city; the Boston Public Library. An architectural gem, it is a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle. Just look at their beautiful courtyard.

 All prepped and ready to go, I headed to my meeting. Since shopping was not on the agenda, I spent much of my time looking up and around at the shapes and styles of the buildings. Lucky to have such a lovely day to do so.

Once my meeting was finished I decided to take a stroll through the Boston Common. Clearly not the only one to do so! I was joined by joggers, lunch-breakers, old friends catching up, babies in strollers and more.

 No stroll through the Common is complete without a visit to see Mama and her babies. The famous, “Make Way for Ducklings” statue based on the well loved Children’s book by Robert McCloskey.

Mrs. Mallard and her brood had on such fetching Springtime bonnets!

All of this strolling has made me famished. I almost sped down Beacon Street to eat at the newest cafe/bakery; Tatte Bakery.

Tzurit Or is the celebrated baker/owner of Tatte. I have such admiration for her! The Beacon Hill location is the fifth Tatte to open in just over three years. Bright and inviting, this location did not disappoint.

 The hard part was deciding what to get. Not an easy task when so much goodness is in front of you.

 I was so happy with my choice: Tomato Tatin with a side salad. Scrumptious!!

 I enjoyed my lunch, thought about my day and watched cars and people go by.

 I even managed to fit in a tiny cookie.

 Back in the day I attended Emerson College. I used to love wandering around Beacon Street looking at the buildings and architecture. This sunny Spring day brought me back.

 The house above was ready for the marathon. Sneakers as flower pots! Love it. Even the neighborhood doors were full of character.

 I made my way back up toward the train station. Passed the beautiful Trinity Church on my way. I was not able to go inside but it is a thriving Episcopal church with hours open to the public.

Across the street I noticed a really cool sculpture. It included a flower pot and hammock! After all that walking I was so tempted to hop in! However, it was very windy and I had a flowy skirt on so I opted out. Too bad!

One more pit-stop before I take the train home.

Joanne Chang’s fabulous Flour Bakery. The sticky buns are amazing but I stuck with a “light” afternoon pick me up of chocolate chip cookie and iced coffee.

The cookie was divine. Crunchy, chewy with a big chunk of bittersweet chocolate nestled inside.

Boston you never disappoint. I can’t wait for my next adventure in Beantown.

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