Monthly Archives: July 2012

Old Home Weekend

Usually, our weekends are filled with house projects, cooking, cleaning, and lazing about. This past weekend, there was almost none of that.

We got up early on Saturday, did some quick chores, watched some Olympics, and played with Aggie. Aggie retreated to her basement apartment (more on that later)….then we were off.

We headed up to Boston for the day (and overnight). First, we caught up with my two best friends from college, Sam and Jess, who we don’t get to see too frequently. We had a delicious lunch at The Common Ground in Allston. It was so so nice to see them and catch up. Sam got married in March and Jess just started an awesome new job, so there was so much to catch up on.

Around four, and under cover of dark ominous skies (complete with the low rumble of thunder), we headed to a cookout at my cousins’ house in Watertown. Despite the weather, it was such an excellent time.

I come from a massive extended family. My dad is the fourth oldest of 16 kids. So, I have like 40-some-odd cousins on that side alone.

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People have assumed that this was a picture of all our wedding guests. Nope, just the Nobles that could make it.

And sadly, we’ve been really bad about getting together unless someone dies or gets married. So this cousin event was born in January, to be repeated six months later in July.

Our January event was small, as there was a major blizzard that kept people off the road. Not us.

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And there was drinking. Shocker.

So back to July. We had a better turnout, though just-as-bad weather.

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People flew in for this, dudes. It rocked. There was eating, drinking (…um a lot), and remembering the people, places, and times of the past. Reconnecting like that is just plain good for the soul.

We’ve promised to host a party….just as soon as the septic is replaced!

We woke up bright and early on Sunday in our hotel (…to room service) and watched some more Olympic events. We checked out and hit the road at 9:30am, and we were home by 10:30am. Aggie was happy to see us (and I was happy to see that she hadn’t recreated a dog version of Risky Business while we were out for the night. My Porsche and crystal egg are just fine).

And we were off again!

Steve’s best friend from high school is getting married in September in ATL. Steve is a groomsman, and we are so looking forward to the wedding. Understanding that many people wouldn’t be able to make the trip from our home in RI, the groom’s parents threw a lovely engagement party out on the lawn of a local historic waterfront home. There was food, live music, and drinking (sensing a theme?!). So much fun.

We headed home, gave the house a quick clean, and settled in for some Olympics (theme #2?). Nice way to cap off an excellent weekend of reconnecting (and drinking).

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July Meat CSA

As I said in the last post, our July pick up date for our Pat’s Pastured meat CSA is today. Well, it was today; I’ve just returned from the farm. The weather was weird. This picture was taken from my car (…it was parked and not even on yet):

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(it’s been instagrammed, but it’s not far off from reality)

Usually, Steve does the pick ups for both CSAs, as they are on the way home from his work. He has since realized that, despite our marital arrangement (loosely: we split the house $, he pays the utilities, I do the food), he does like 84% of the grocery shopping now. Well, I still pay, but he picks up the veggie CSA, the meat CSA, and the Munroe Dairy. Hehe. Sneaky moi!

Anywho, today Steve had the opportunity to go fishing right after work. Can’t say I blame him.

Poor guy, this happened:

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He’s on his way home now.

This week brings us:

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• bacon
• frankfurters
• country style pork ribs
• pork rib chops
• chicken wings
• two chicken legs
• a 3.5/4lb cornish rock chicken
• a dozen duck eggs
• 2.5 lbs of ground beef

I’m excited for these duck eggs, though I wish they were duckier looking:

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I’m foreseeing some duck egg carbonara… searching Pinterest now for some more ideas! Follow me at knobleg529 on both Pinterest and Instagram.

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June Meat CSA

Our July meat CSA pick up is this Friday, so I should at least squeeze in the June one first, right? Right.

In addition to one dozen medium eggs, we got:

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That is one whole chicken (3.5ish lbs), one stewing chicken (like 2.5 lbs), two big chicken legs, a pound of Mexican style chorizo, almost a pound of two lamb shoulder chops, four quarter-pound thin (like 5 Guys style) burger patties, 1.35 pound pork rib chops, 1.25 pound sirloin steak, a little over a pound of ground beef, and about a pound of hot Italian sausage.

We were honestly still trying to finish the May stuff. But that’s ok, it has all been amazing so far. Here are the photo worthy things I made (or, you know, the things I remembered to take pictures of)

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That would be a whole butterflied chicken with a balsamic fig glaze, basically smoked on the Weber then seared to caramelize (…or burn, as it were from this angle) the glaze.

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The merguez from May, grilled and served…

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…with a golden raisin and fig pearl cous cous (and yogurt).

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Pork rib chops with a chipotle honey dry (sticky, really) rub, grilled, with homemade peach bbq pinto beans and grilled spring onion tops.

And tonight’s dinner?

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The lamb shoulder chops, quickly marinated in lemon juice and zest, oregano, rosemary, s+p, olive oil, and garlic x100, then quickly grilled on high. Served with: a quick herb, lemon, and slow olive oil poached garlic spread; a tomato and cucumber salad with feta and herbs; greek yogurt; and, toasted lavash. Instagram lamb:

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If you were wondering, no, I haven’t been losing that much weight. Shocking, I know. Maintaining mostly, but the meat (…and endless outside beers !) is worth it.

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I am not dead. Promise.

But the battery for my laptop is. And it’s really hard to blog exclusively from my iPhone. I have sausage fingers.

When I return, you can see:
• the finished powder room!
• the yard has changed for the better!
• Aggie’s basement apartment!
• my addiction to Craigslist!
• my addiction to spray paint!
• the guest room transformation!
• CSA updates!

For realz, to the approximately 4 people who might chance to read this semi-regularly, I’m sorry for the radio silence. It’s all good in the hood (…unless you are my laptop battery).