It’s finally warm in Washington! I know I will regret celebrating when we hit 90°, but it’s almost July and we’ve had such awful weather this year. I’m going to make the most of what could potentially be a brief warm spell by grilling, hiking, and doing all the outdoor things. In case you are in need of some weekend inspiration, here’s what else I’ll be doing this weekend.
Movies and TV
- TBH, I haven’t had time to watch much TV this week or even to think about watching a movie. It’s just been work, work, blog, blog, get sick, work, blog. If you have any recommendations, please send them my way. I definitely need to relax this weekend.
Books and Long Form Journalism
- “After Oranges” by Wyatt Williams: This is one of the best-written and most evocative articles I’ve read in a while. Williams introduces the reader to one of America’s most important nonfiction writers, John McPhee. He famously started his writing career by convincing his editor to let him write an article on oranges. The assignment took McPhee on a long trip through Florida during 60s, where he witnessed the start of orange juice concentrates and documented the lives of the people who grew oranges and produced orange juice. Williams takes up where McPhee left off and returns to the same places he visited to show how the industry has changed since McPhee was last there. The piece is also a meditation on how stories find us rather than us finding them.
On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox
I just got this cookbook, and I love it! I first knew that I was going to have to buy this book when I read an interview with the author in which he argued that good food should take time to prepare. In other words, he was saying that we all need to slow down and enjoy what we are doing for once. I couldn’t agree more. Now that I finally have the book in my hands, I’m happy to report that it lives up to the hype. He has some of the most inventive recipes for vegetables and fruits that I’ve seen out there, but they also don’t seem unnecessarily complicated. Some of them feature three ingredients that you simply eat together, while others might take you a couple of hours to make. It’s also the perfect book to have around in the summer, when vegetables are plentiful and delicious.
Cocktails Wish List
- Punch just published five variations on one of my favorite drinks, The Aperol Spritz. It’s one of my favorites because it’s refreshing and simple to make. The classic calls for Prosecco, Aperol, and a bit of soda but, as this article shows, there are many ways in which you can make it your own.
- If you saw my latest cocktail post, you know that I’m on a quest to infuse unusual flavors into the drinks I make. It’s no surprise then that this Charred Lemon, Rosemary, and Coriander Gin and Tonic from Sprinkles and Sprouts caught my attention.
- Not only is this Spring Beetroot Gazpacho from Serving Dumplings beautiful to look at, but it also packs a punch with the addition of some wasabi. I also love that it’s made with kefir, one of my favorite fermented beverages. It tastes a lot like yogurt, but it’s the consistency of cream or very thick milk. Best part? It’s so good for you!
- In about a month, we are all going to be up to our ears in zucchini with no clue what to do with it. When that time comes, I’m making this Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake from 101 Cookbooks. I have been making her recipes for years now, and they always turn out perfect, so I can’t wait to give this one a try.
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