I started my Monday morning by waking up with Andrew at 5AM to grab coffee before his 7AM flight. It’s a sadly not-so-rare scenario for us that those groggy few minutes before the sun came up were the last time I’ll see my husband until the weekend. He’ll land back in Florida on Wednesday, just as I’ll be en route to Philadelphia for a business trip of my own. With that in mind, I’m needing all the coffee I can get to make it through what’s sure to be a lonely and longer-than-usual feeling workweek. To accompany my morning java, here’s everything I’m eating, wearing, watching, and reading this week.
While I’m not even the slightest bit Italian, I am married to one. One of the best things about being married to an Italian is that my husband is a very good cook, especially when it comes to traditional dishes like “gravy” (pasta sauce), meatballs, and arancini (rice balls). I’m always looking for cooking tips, and what better place to pick some up than from an Italian grandmother? YouTube star Laura Vitale shares three tricks that she learned from her grandmother in this article for PopSugar.
- Buy one cheap olive oil and one nice one. The higher quality version can be used to make no-cook sauces and toppings that need a potent, fresh flavor like basil pesto and bruschetta. Save the cheaper olive oil for cooking dishes where the flavor won’t be able to shine as much, like kale and white bean soup with Italian sausage.
- Freeze Parmesan rinds to add to soup. You might think there’s no use for a rind of Parmesan cheese once you’ve grated every last strand, but Laura notes that Parmesan rinds are a crucial component to flavorful soups. According to Laura, to make soup even better, you throw in a little bit of a wedge of parmigiano reggiano cheese in the pot, and it releases all that flavor as it cooks.
- Treat time as an ingredient. The best cooking tip Laura received from her grandmother is to recognize that time is just as important of an ingredient as any other. “Never mistake the difference between what takes a long time to cook and what takes a long time to prepare. One of the most important things when it comes to cooking is time — allowing something to cook for a while and not rushing it. When you’re cooking for someone, make sure it comes from the heart; it’s a different experience.”
I’m all about adding statement jewelry to simple outfits right now, and I’m particularly loving tassel earrings. My current go-to is this multi-colored pair, but I’ve also rounded up a few other favorites for you:
For those of you who think that Game of Thrones is the only summer television worth watching, I’m here to correct you. I was introduced to the TV Land series Younger last summer, which follows Liza, a single mom who struggles to get back into the publishing world at age 40 after a divorce and hiatus from the industry to stay at home with her daughter. After meeting a hot young tattoo artist who mistakes her for a 20-something at a bar, Liza makes herself over to pass as 26 in order to land a job. Currently in its fourth season, this comedy/drama gets a 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes for good reason. You can stream seasons 1-3 on Hulu Plus.
You may have seen in earlier posts and on Instagram that I’m an ambassador for Book of the Month Club. I received my August box last week, and am excited to dig into my first choice, Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips. This thriller gets rave reviews, and chronicles a mother and son’s visit to the zoo: The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running. I’ll probably finish it in one sitting.