What’s a reasonable way to have pie for dinner? A savory galette, naturally. Recently, I made one featuring leeks and Yukon golds. The beauty of the galette is that it really doesn’t have to be much of a beauty. The scraggly, folded edges give it somewhat of a rustic charm. A galette comes together pretty quickly and bakes for less than an hour. I was very tempted to use a store-bought pie dough, but it didn’t seem reasonable since I had all the ingredients for dough on hand. Galettes work well in a lot of places: a small wedge could be an appetizer or side dish with salad, roast chicken, or scrambled eggs. The versatility of a galette really lends itself to a lot of dishes. We had ours with a glass of White Burgundy.
Potato Leek Galette
1 1/4 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 c. Butter
2-3 tbl. Water
2 Large or 4-6 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes
3 tbl. Butter
1 tbl. Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Salt & Pepper
1 beaten egg
Assemble the pie dough by mixing the dry ingredients, cutting in the butter, and bringing together with water. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least an hour. Preheat the oven to 400F. For the filling, thinly slice the leeks and add to a pan with butter, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook until leeks soften. Thinly slice potatoes (either using a mandolin, a knife, or a vegetable peeler). Toss the potatoes with the cooked leeks. Add the grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Roll out the dough into a large circle. I can’t emphasize enough that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Add the filling to the center and fold up the dough around it. Brush the pie dough with the beaten egg. Bake for 45-55 minutes until crust is golden brown.
On a quick visit home I stopped at The Farnsworth House, an architectural masterpiece designed by Mies van der Rohe in Plano, Illinois. The 1,500 square-foot, one room weekend retreat features glass walls that showcase the adjacent Fox River. The house was commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth in the late 1940s as a place for her to get away from Chicago and enjoy nature. When she met van der Rohe at a party and asked him to design the house she knew she was in for something special. Berlin born van der Rohe directed The Bauhaus before bringing his designs to Chicago. He emphasized that less is more with the simplistic design of The Farnsworth House.
Preserving the house as presented many challenges over the years. Within the first few months of ownership the Fox River flooded into the home, ruining the expensive silk curtains. The materials for the home were all very fine quality, primavera wood and Italian stone floors, but expensive to maintain and replace. The home has flooded a few times, causing a disaster each time; the glass breaks, the wood warps, the curtains stain.
Visiting the house feels like stepping into a sculpture, a piece of art you can walk through and feel. It’s marvelous to look at photos of the stunning house but only when experiencing it in person do you feel just how silent it is on the inside or how cool the stones feel beneath stocking-covered feet.
I love visiting a new place that offers something new to learn and experience which is why I’m starting a new section on the blog: Field Trips. Keep checking in for more education day trips like a visit to The Farnsworth House.
To plan a visit to The Farnsworth House or make a donation, visit: https://farnsworthhouse.org
Duvet Cover, Clarifying Shampoo, Backpack for 15″ laptop, Salt Box, Woodblock Print, Net Bag, Utility Jacket
I’m looking at this duvet cover from Schoolhouse – a home design store that will be opening in Pittsburgh this fall. I like keeping my bedroom really simple and neutral because I think it helps me sleep.
Woodblock prints like this one from Blockshop Textiles have been catching my eye lately. The prints are simple designs with great composition. Blockshop Textiles also sells graphic scarves, rugs, pillows, and table linens. I really like the Hans Napkin, too.
Utility jackets like this one from Everlane have been a staple of my wardrobe since high school. I count on my jacket to have a lot of pockets because my pants usually don’t have any. Structure gives this casual jacket a more formal look.
I have been wearing Fjallraven backpacks for years but am looking for one to fit my 15″ laptop. I’ve also been carrying these simple net bags, which work great for grocery shopping. I always travel with one stashed away so I never have to use a plastic bag.
This clarifying shampoo really helps my hair feel extremely clean, clearing up any built-up product. It’s something I really only need to use once a week. I like this one from Sachajuan because it barely has any scent (maybe just a hint of rosemary?). Neutrogena makes a very inexpensive and effective clarifying shampoo, but I couldn’t stand the smell.
The Mountains cradling the Hudson River are not intimidating as a name like Storm King would suggest. The tall walls of fall foliage wrap the little river towns like a scarf. Independent shops, art galleries and cafés dot the walkable streets. Bountiful farms, orchards and wineries lay just beyond the towns. Many restaurants in the area proudly source ingredients almost exclusively from the valley. Hiking trails through forests, up mountains, and along cliffs lead to panoramic views. Hudson Valley embraces both the old and the new serving as a backdrop for opulent estates of the gilded age and modern conceptual sculpture. It’s a great place to spend a long weekend and take in the very best parts of the fall season.
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Newsletter No. 012
This week I’m fully embracing fall with some recommendations on cozy blankets, a great book, and a delicious soup… even though I’m still waiting for that sweater weather to kick in.
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Newsletter No. 011
I’d like to start off by thanking everyone who has encouraged me to keep this newsletter going. Right now, despite the almost 90 degree weather all week, I’m very excited for plaid, crispy leaves, bonfires, and apple cider. The transition into a new season always brings me creativity and inspiration. This time last year we were planning our trip to Hudson Valley. It’s a great place to spend a fall weekend and I’m working on a travel guide. Look out for that soon.
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Baked Coconut Shrimp
Eating healthy while on vacation is absolutely a challenge. For me it’s so hard to pass up the opportunity to try new things. Back in April on a trip to Sanibel Island, Florida, I made a point to cook a healthy (Whole 30-compliant) meal. Inspired by Florida flavors, I made coconut shrimp with an avocado-lime slaw. I love this dish because it has a great balance of protein, healthy fat and nutrient-dense vegetables. To cut down on cooking time I bought a pre-made slaw mix and just made the dressing. Simplicity is key when cooking in someone else’s kitchen.
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Spring is finally here after another long winter (doesn’t winter feel longer every year?). I feel like a different person when the sun is out. This week, I’ve felt very inspired by spring – the colors, the produce, the weather, etc.
Thank you to everyone who read last week’s newsletter; I can’t say how much I appreciate all the feedback and support. Please continue to send feedback, and if you think someone would enjoy the content, please pass it along
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Newsletter No. 001
First I have to thank everyone who signed up for the Newsletter. I appreciate all the support and feedback. So far the newsletter is designed to be a little recap of my week focusing on three topics: things I bought or want to buy (which will mostly fall under the umbrellas of beauty, food, and home goods), media I’m consuming (anything from news articles, tv shows, podcasts, books, etc.) and the best thing I ate all week – either my experience with a recipe or a restaurant. If you know someone who might enjoy the content please send them here to sign up. Thanks again!
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I don’t have a cutsie name for the green smoothie I start my day with every morning but I would describe it as well-balanced and tropical. It’s made with spinach, pineapple, orange and coconut. The spinach is packed full of vitamins, the fruit adds sweetness and potassium, and the coconut milk adds plenty of fat to keep me full. I usually have this with eggs for breakfast but will sometimes just take the smoothie alone to go. No, I do not have a Vitamix. I use this blender by KitchenAid. I would recommend this blender because it’s only $100 and has never given me any issues. I make a big batch of the smoothie, pour it into silicone ice cube trays and freeze. When I want to make a smoothie I just blend a 5 cubes with a half cup of water. Surprisingly to me the cubes keep their flavor for well past a week in my freezer. I love making the smoothie with frozen cubes because it creates a refreshing, slushy effect and the smoothie will stay cold for a long time on the go (I love Working Glasses because they are inexpensive, durable, and easy to clean).
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