Thursday, May 31, 2012

{sweet things} may 2012

Welcome to sweet things, a new regular feature on the blog.  At the end of each month, I'm going to be sharing some fancies, fixations and favorite things from the last four weeks--both in the kitchen and beyond.  Here's a look at what I'm obsessed with right now.

1) An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler: I'm only halfway through, and this book has already completely changed the way I think about cooking. It's both basic and brilliant, and the writing is superb. I'm so inspired that I've been in my kitchen all week--roasting vegetables, poaching eggs, and just eating well. I got a chance to see Tamar Adler speak at the Foodie Book Fair earlier this month, and she was just as lovely in person as she seems on the page. 

2) Castelvetrano Olives: I thought I hated olives. Turns out, I'd just never tried the right kind. This plump, bright green variety is buttery, slightly sweet, and actually tastes like olive oil. I've been buying them in bulk from the antipasti bar at Whole Foods and snacking on a few each night while I prepare dinner (read: eating them straight out of the container while standing in front of the refrigerator).

3) Girls on HBO: After one episode, I couldn't decide if I thought this show was hilarious or horrifying. After watching the next four back to back, I officially jumped on the Girls bandwagon. The characters are compelling, the story lines are fresh but familiar, and it makes me oh-so-glad I am no longer 25.

4) Pig Speakers from WestElm: I love playing music (right now it's this on repeat) and podcasts (every episode of this is hilarious) in the kitchen, but I hate ruining my decor with bulky, unattractive iPod docks. This pig is perfect--it looks like a cute ceramic figurine, but conceals a surprisingly powerful speaker underneath. 

5) Wolffer Estates Rose: It's a bit disingenuous to claim that this is something I'm loving now, because I've been loving this wine every summer for the past five or six years. This year is no different. Not too sweet and not too dry, it's the perfect thing to sip all season long. 

6) Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs in and Out of the Kitchen by Alyssa Shelasky: I'm a longtime fan of the eponymous blog, and Alyssa's book is everything I hoped it would be. It's juicy (covering her romance with a former Top Chef contestant), beautifully written, and all around delicious. The kind of book that makes you believe that anything is possible--in the kitchen, in life and in love. 

7) Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment: As far as lip balms go, this one is on the pricey side, but I think it's worth it for two reasons: first, it has just enough color to feel special but not so much that it feels like lipstick, and second, it's actually sweet like sugar (not that I've been eating it or anything). Plus it has SPF15, which is always important in the summer months.

Those are my seven sweet things for May. I finally got my kitchen unpacked and ventured in there to do some baking, so I'll see you back here with a recipe very soon.


Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

I've been meaning to do one of these types of posts again myself. It always fascinates me to see what others are into right now. Congrats on your move! I bet you love being even closer to the Hudson running path!

I just (very belatedly) claimed my beauty insider birthday gift at Sephora - two minis of those Fresh lip balms. Love them!

Kelsey Taylor said...

Love all of these! Especially the lip balm. All of my favorite foodie bloggers have been talking about "An Everlasting Meal" -- guess I have to invest!!

Alli said...

Yeaa girrlll that Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment is my favorite! I have the untinted one too and love it. They taste like lemon cupcakes!