Sunday, June 12, 2011

sunday dinner

most sundays the husband and i cook dinner together and most sundays we invite andrea (my sis only lives three blocks away). we usually invite her with no expectations but she typically brings a wonderful salad to add the the deliciousness of the meal. this sunday was no exception...

andrea's summer salad did not disappoint with arugula, strawberries, walnuts, and goat cheese...all organic and we dressed it with olive oil and amazing creamed vinegar we bought in italy.

rob and i made roasted lamb for the first time... 

it was scrumptious, easy, and we have tons of left-overs. the prep time was quick so we just sat back and waited for it to cook to perfection.

we rubbed the 6lb leg of lamb with fresh lemon juice
coated it with 8 diced garlic cloves and about 3tbs chopped fresh rosemary, in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 then down to 350 for an hour. next time we will do 45 minutes (we like it a bit more rare).
we reduced the 'tid-bits' with red wine, chicken broth, extra rosemary, chives, and onions for a nice sauce before serving.

what are some of your favorite sunday dinners?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

kick off summer

we have been so busy...away living it up in italy! thanks so, so much to my in-laws, jeanne and pat for giving us an amazing family vacation! i will eventually do a travelogue to share more details but for now a little catch up...

back in ny for only 24 hours rob, pat, anne, and i were together again for a memorial day bbq on pat's rooftop.

perfect sunset, burgers, steak fajitas, bratwurst, salad, fruit, blue moon, dancing, dance offs, good times. 

this weekend we recruited our bicycle tour guide (dustin) and set out to ride the cyclone at coney island.

it was a bumpy ride but relatively scenic. we caught the first whiff of sea air which rob really enjoyed. ocean air is good for the soul it the diversity and craziness in coney.

we had a few beers at ruby's while relaxing and people watching then we headed to the cyclone! 

dustin was sure his hat (an italy gift from anne) would stay on but of course it flew off on the very first hill. luckily, it landed right in my hand (see the above pic)! the ride was wild, very rough, and hilly. we were on a bit of an adrenaline kick from the ride and could not stop laughing about the hat... 

a few extra pics from the day taken by the amazing hipstamatic photog, anne p.