Tuesday, June 22, 2010

SUP - I Love Adventure

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I love to try new things. In the last couple of weeks I've tried a cherry tomato right off the vine (gross, never again), fixing my lawnmower (fail) and standup paddleboarding (epic win). Fortunately for me, no one wants me to write about eating tomatoes or fixing lawnmowers (although I am available). I do, however, have a story for Bald Head Island's haven magazine about standup paddleboarding (also known as SUP). I also have a teaser blog post about it at their blog, The Island Times, so click the link and check it out.

Oh, and many thanks to my friend Rory Laverty for joining me on the adventure, to Coastal Urge for supplying the boards and to Millie Holloman Photography for their phenomenal photos of the whole thing.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Beta Radio - Seven Sisters

Beta Radio, Wilmington's latest injection into the Americana-Folk music scene, released their debut album, Seven Sisters, a few weeks ago and I reviewed it for Deckfight. The review is here. This is easily one of my favorite albums this year and I think you should do two things: read the review and buy the album.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Go Fly A Kite

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I can cross kite flying off my life list now. On Friday, May 28, I went to Bald Head Island as part of my Adventure Series on their blog and I flew a kite for the first time.

I know, I know. I'm 32, have whitewater rafted Class V rapids, bungee jumped, climbed a mountain and never flown a kite. But now I have. Go on over to The Island Times to read all about it.

And if you're in the area, head out to Bald Head Island where Coastal Urge will be hosting Kite Night at Beach Access #39 on East Beach every Friday at 5:30 pm.

Grilled Vegetables and Tofu with Parsley-Walnut Pesto and Quinoa

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This week we picked up the fourth of our 10 CSA boxes through Copper Guinea Farms. In the last two weeks the weather’s gotten warmer and we’ve seen a decline in lettuce but an increase in squash. As we move into summer I’m sure we’ll get a variety of squash, zucchini (which is squash, really, but I like to spell it and say it) and tomatoes.

Which brings me to our garden. We had our first harvest this week: one zucchini and one cucumber. There’s a Hungarian Heart tomato on the vine. It’s odd looking, heart shaped and supposedly pinkish-red when ripe. This morning I harvested another zucchini and two more cucumbers and counted 52 tomatoes on our plants. I don’t eat tomatoes (or meat cooked into a ball or loaf, but that’s for another time), but I’m looking forward to making salsa, fried green tomato (they lack the gross texture of a ripe tomato) BLTs and fresh red sauce this summer.

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And, with that in mind, how about a recipe using some of the ingredients from Copper Guinea’s CSA box and our very own herb and vegetable garden?

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Grilled Vegetables and Tofu with Parsley-Walnut Pesto and Quinoa.

Oh, and there’s this: I’ve never written a recipe, but I guess you’ll see that.

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