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March 2014

Hello March! We are all hoping that spring is just around the corner, though there is snow in the five day forecast. This month we bring you two photographs from our travels to London, England. We are busy making travel plans for an upcoming trip. Exciting times ahead!

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March 2014 Calendar #1: London, England – Summer 2010. A clock found amidst the hustle and bustle of London’s famous Portobello Market, one of our favorite stops as we traveled the British Isles.

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March 2014 Calendar #2: London, England, Summer 2010. A flower shop in the heart of Borough Market, a great spot in London to visit and try a wide variety of local foods.

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February 2014

Our second month back doing calendars – this time we bring you two photographs from our travels from Italy. The first is a bouquet of flowers from a market in Rome and the second is a black and white photograph of the Grand Canal in Venice. Enjoy!

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February 2014 Calendar #1: Rome, Italy – Spring 2011. If memory serves this photograph was captured at the Campo de’ Fiori in the heart of Rome.

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February 2014 Calendar #2: Grand Canal, Venice, Italy, Spring 2010. Gondolas, palaces and canals, oh my!

Here’s how it works:

1- Click on the image for the calendar you wish to select. This will open a new window (or tab) displaying the correct wallpaper image for your screen.

2- Right-click (or ctrl-click) on the image.

3 – Select the option, “Set as Desktop Background”, “Use as Desktop Picture,” or something similar.

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Tomato & Oyster New England Chowder

One of the many reasons that we travel is to learn something new. Sometimes it is an historical tidbit, or a few words of a new language. But, more often than not, we are trying new foods. This is the first in a regular series about food related travels, recipes, memories, etc. Today we have a recipe for you. Enjoy!

In honor of our recent getaway to New England I thought I’d share a favorite recipe. This recipe originally appeared on our other blog, Domestic Fork while we were staying on Cape Cod back in 2012. This is not a classic New England dish, but it is a tasty chowder, if you are a fan of oysters (and I definitely am!).

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This chowder dish reminds me of quintessential New England moments in my life: of hot summer nights in Maine on picnic tables with my parents and brother, wearing ridiculous plastic bibs tearing apart lobsters and clams. This recipe also remind me of images like the ones in this post about autumns spent on Cape Cod with Kate.

The recipe below has been adapted a bit for my tastes, mostly to add more spices and tomatoes. Be careful shucking the oysters (or buy them pre-shucked, I won’t tell anyone)!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 1 pound sea scallops, sliced
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 pound oysters, shucked, liquid reserved

 

Directions:

Shuck oysters. If you don’t know how, find an instructional video on YouTube. It takes a bit of practice. Empty the oysters and liquid into a bowl for later use.

Melt butter, add chopped onion and cook gently until softened. Add tomatoes, green pepper and nutmeg. Cook, stirring often, until hot and softened. Add lemon slices. Then add scallops and broth. Simmer for ten minutes. Add oysters and oyster liquid, then set to simmer for an additional five minutes.

Remove lemon slices. Find a ladle and dish it out! Oyster crackers are a nice addition, giving a little bit of crunch to each bite.

TBT: Enough with the snow!

Hi there! Welcome to another Throwback Thursday (TBT) – where we feature a photograph from our past travels.

SNOW!?! This winter has been full of snow. A few inches here… a few inches there… four inches here… almost a foot there… It has been enjoyable for some and a pain for many. While I personally enjoy snow, I understand the inconvenience and danger it poses to others. It is actually snowing outside now as I write this blog post, adding to the 3-4 inches we received last night.

With all of this snow, I think back to the first winter that Brett and I were married. We lived in a teeny, tiny apartment on Beacon Hill in Boston. It was late January when a blizzard rolled through the city and shut EVERYTHING down. We received 26 inches of snow. During the storm, Brett and I went out to explore. We used our snowshoes – a perfect use, if I do say so myself. We encountered a few ambulances and police offices – but no other cars were out. We passed a few cross country skiers, but all was quiet in an otherwise bustling city.

I included a few pictures of our first blizzard below.

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