Salt Shaker Saturday

by Rachel Crain on June 11, 2011 · 4 comments

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“Summer lovin’ happened so fast…”
We’ve been spoiled this year by living on borrowed time in Las Vegas. Even this late in the spring the weather has been mild and lovely. That means pool season comes late but it also means I’m still turning on the oven regularly and baking comfort foods. That’s all about to change with the forecast showing the 100-degree days are coming in the next week so I decided it was time to start menu planning for the coming reign of fire from its throne on the desert sun. Every year NPR releases their recommendations for summer cookbooks. I used the 2008 list to purchase most of its titles from the used book sellers on Bargain hunting pays off. I ended up ordering half of this list spending about $3.00 on each cookbook and so can you by clicking on this link: The 10 Best Cookbooks for Summer.

If you are interested here are lists from other years: 2009 / 2010 / 2011

Keep Cool and Carry On
I plan on buying lots of fresh fruits and berries and vegetables and herbs to make interesting batches of homemade icecream and frozen custard this year. At long last I bought (on sale) the ice-cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid. I can’t wait to try this out! Ice-cream, you scream!

Bump and Grind
Speaking of KitchenAid, years ago I bought one of these from Target. I have a different model but the point is I bought it from Target and spent a few dollars on it rather than several hundred on fancier models. I’ve been buying coffee beans from a big box store and fresh grinding every morning. It’s sooo worth it. Plus you can put the stainless steel bowl in the dishwasher and also use it to chop fresh herbs without the coffee aroma effecting taste.

You Are What You Read
Not far beneath the sex, drugs and kitchen rats lies my kindred spirit. Gabrielle Hamilton is not for the faint of heart but she will fill and feed your heart if you belly up to her table. Here she is being interviewed about her brilliant autobiography Blood, Bones and Butter.

My favorite author is Mary Karr. She will knock the wind out of you, ready or not. You will laugh and cry. You will blush and you will relate in secret ways. You will tell her to get her rear end to church, which eventually she does. I am about finished with the second book, Cherry, in her autobiographical trilogy.

Toot Your Own Horn
In case you missed my most recent blog I want to share it with you here because, I have to say, the Fresh Cherry Bread with Rum Butter Glaze was an important part of my week. 

Layer the Flavor
Don’t forget to email me at or comment here and share with me how you layered the flavor in your life this week. What was fun, beautiful, ordinary and miraculous that made your days delicious?

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Nichol June 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I have tried to comment before and this is the first time this option was here. I do read your blog!


Rachel Crain June 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

It’s always been there but you just notice is all. : ) I’m glad you read my blog! I read your comments!


Stefani Izquierdo June 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

A shout out to my girl Rachel! Yes, I layered the flavor this weekend. It all started pool side with Grapefruit Basil Martini’s rimmed with sugar, followed with Broiled Salmon, Summer Lemon Gelato with Raspberries and Italian Champaign….Next, we have Sunday Dinner: Starting with a Cabernet from the San Pablo California Reserve, Fusilli Pasta, Summer Red-Yellow Tomatoes, seasoned with Truffle Oil and topped with Parmesan Cheese, roasted Arugula-Yellow Squash as the side and served with a Spinach-Roasted Pine Nut Salad that was drizzled with a light olive oil and fresh lemon. It’s all about the experience, beautiful friends and great meals!


Rachel Crain June 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

There you go with your photographic memory again! That all sounds tasty AND delicious! And you’re right, it is all about the experience, beautiful friends and great meals.


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