Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Dear Supporter,Have you ever wondered if the cell phones that we all depend on emit radiation and are safe to use?At EWG, we did wonder and undertook a 10-month research review to understand the risks -- and our research is receiving a lot of attention. Turns out, cell phones do emit radiation -- enough so that scientists are concerned about potential cancer risks. We'd like to believe that cell phone radiation is safe, but no one can say for sure. Much more research is crucial for scientists to reach a conclusion.Make no mistake -- at EWG, we are still using our cell phones. But we believe that until scientists know much more about cell phone radiation, it's smart for consumers to buy phones with lower radiation emissions. As a result, we have put together the most comprehensive online consumer guide to cell phone radiation, rating more than 1,000 cell phones marketed in the U.S.
In our Cell Phone Radiation Guide you will be able to:
- Look up your phone
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Response to our guide has been overwhelming. EWG has been featured in news articles -- from The New York Times to USA Today -- on TV -- NBC, ABC, MSN, and more -- and online.
See the guide that is creating all the buzz for yourself!
President, Environmental Working Group
Friday, September 25, 2009
2 small loaves goat cheese
orange and/or tangerine juice to cover cheese (approximately 4-5 oranges)
½ c good olive oil
3-5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2-3 T fennel
fresh ground pepper
pitted greek olives
1. Freeze goat cheese for 15-30 minutes to harden before cutting.
2. Using a butter slicer, cut goat cheese into quarter inch thick "coins".
3. Lay coins side by side in a large serving dish.
4. Combine orange juice, orange zest, garlic and pepper in large spouted measuring cup.
5. Slowly whisk in olive oil and then add fennel.
6. Pour mixture over goat cheese.
7. Sprinkle olives around tray.
8. Serve with thinly sliced french baguette.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I warmed up the sauce in a pan while I brought the water to a boil for the noodles. The noodles took 2 minutes to cook, so while I cooked those, I heated the chicken in the microwave. Toss the noodles and the sauce, top with some cut up mozzarella and serve alongside the chicken. Such a delicious lunch (or dinner) in less than 10 minutes.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My husband is planning a birthday dinner for me, to celebrate the big 3-5. (Yikes! I'm going to be closer to 40 than 30 but I feel like I'm in my 20s! ...with the exception of the crows feet of course.) Anyway, he's hosting a family-style dinner at a fantastic restaurant in Seattle called La Medusa. I just came across these menus on Cynthia Warren Design and love them. I might have to make something along these lines for my own party. Check out her site for other beautiful and creative designs.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Between the display at The Tin Table, and watching Mad Men, I have decided that I must have a set of vintage shaped champagne saucers. Thank goodness my birthday is just around the corner so I will be hinting around to friends and family. I found the little beauties featured above from Chow. I'm crazy for them!
I'm a creature of habit and therefore I always end up wearing outfits that look the same day after day. My uniform usually consists of t-shirts or tanks under cardigans paired with whatever style jeans I'm loving at the time. This year I have a feeling there will be another uniform in rotation... lots of long sweaters with leggings and ballet flats or boots. You really can't get a cozier uniform.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
- Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil & Feta (double batch) served with crostinis and broccoli
- Halibut with Tarragon Lime Butter served with corn on the cob and my current salad obsession
- Farro with Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes served with sauteed cabbage and salad
- Black Bean Green Enchiladas
- Granola with non-fat milk
- Scrambled eggs with feta cheese
- Tomato sandwich with lemony-feta spread
- Peaches, nectarines, plums, & raspberries
- Pesto pasta
- Leftovers (always a favorite)
- Raspberry apple juice
- Whidbey Island Ice Cream Bars (vanilla dipped in chocolate)
- Peaches and ice cream
Farro is one of my favorite discoveries of the past year and has become a regular in the meal rotation at our house.
What is farro? It is the Italian name for emmer wheat. It's a whole grain and looks similar to barley. When properly cooked, it’s chewy and has a nutty flavor. I'm a big fan of Bluebird Grain Farms Organic Whole Grain Emmer Farro. You can find it at the University District Farmers Market, the Ballard Farmers Market, and at Whole Foods. You can also buy it from Bluebird Grains Farm on their website www.bluebirdgrainfarms.com.
What do you do with it? Basically, anything! You can serve it as a side dish, put it in soups and salads, or add a protein and voila, your main dish is ready!
We have tried various recipes and combinations of flavors and they have all been delicious. Our standard recipe is:
Cook the farro (boil one cup of farro in 5 cups of broth for 5 minutes, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 50-60 minutes, drain).
Toss in a variety or vegetables, nuts, herbs.
Add a little vinaigrette or cheese.
Last night, we weren't sure what to make for dinner. We had some roasted chicken we needed to use. After looking at what was left in our garden and taking stock of the pantry, we came up with the following combination (shown in the picture above): farro, shredded chicken, a mix of red and yellow tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green onions, toasted pine nuts, and fresh parsley. Tossed with a little vinaigrette, it was delicious!
A couple of our other favorite combinations are (a) tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta, and walnuts; and (b) fresh corn, tomatoes, green onions, and vinaigrette. With fall just around the corner, I can imagine that caramelized onions and mushrooms will be making appearances in our farro soon. Any recipe you come up with will be great served warm or at room temperature. Leftovers are even better served cold the next day. Enjoy!
If you live in Seattle, or hope to visit one day, here's a quick list of some of my favorite restaurants...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
My sister-in-law ordered these adorable letters from Wee San Francisco spelling out "JOHN" for her son's nursery. She framed each letter and hung them above the crib. It looks absolutely adorable and is such a fun and playful touch for a little boy's room.
I would have never known these little beauties were made by hand-cutting each design out of high quality paper because they are so detailed and precise. What talent! I was also impressed with the size of each piece, since often times I go to order artwork and am shocked at how small the pieces are.
In addition to individual letters, Wee San Francisco does names, scenes and portraits. Read all the wonderful reviews on Etsy.
I've had the biggest sweet tooth lately with cravings stronger than usual. Of course, I can't get enough of Tara's peach and blueberry crisp and make one every week for dessert after dinner, but what about my morning or mid-afternoon cravings? Ah, enter my new favorite chocolate fix... Green & Black's Milk Chocolate with Almonds candy bar. I've been putting these down at record pace... about one per day which is a little unsettling considering each one is 2.5 servings. We've even had to hit the grocery store late night so I can get my fix. If you like chocolate, keep an eye out for these bad boys. They're available in this flavor and many more.
My daughter has been to the doctor a few times with me during my pregnancy plus she just had her two-year check-up so she's been talking about the doctor a lot lately. As much as I'm trying to limit the amount of toys we're buying, I couldn't resist this Little Doctor Kit. It's been a huge hit and has already provided countless hours of play with her dolls and with me. She's checked my blood pressure and my ears more times than I can count. She also loves using the stethascope on my belly to "listen to the baby" (it makes noise when you press it against something) and she always gives me a sticker after she gives me a shot in the arm or leg. It's pretty darn cute and one of the better toys I've purchased.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
And are they kidding me with all these adorable shoes?! I can hardly resist.
My mom hosted a little dinner party last night and made one of my favorite side salads that I'd completely forgotten about. I didn't have my camera so the picture was taken with my phone and clearly not that great, but at least you can see that it's quite a pretty salad with the bright orange mandarins against the green lettuce. Great recipe to have in your file.
2 heads romaine lettuce
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
De Gournay Jardinieres & Citrus Trees...
Refresh with a blend of earthy and citrus scents.This delicately sprawling patter inspired a blend of top notes of Italian mandarin, Sicilian Tangerine and Valencia Orange with subtle hints of mountain fir, petit grain, peppermint and lemon leaves. Finally grounded with dry notes of Cedarwood, woodland moss and white musk, the result is an earthy and graceful spicy citrus blend.
Monday, September 14, 2009
My sister-in-law came across the blog Katie Did with the most amazing homemade children's clothing. The author/seamstress doesn't currently sell her clothing but she's working on a small line of designs to be available in late summer/early fall. So any day now! I will take one of each please!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I found this little tote at JCrew and something about the color and fabric reminded me of some Marni purses I've seen the last few seasons. I snatched it up thinking it's a perfect fall tote/diaper bag in a great neutral color. The price was right too... $68.50! Also available in other colors. Store only (online has metallic options but they are not cute).