10 Words of Wisdom for the Dog Days of Summer

1. A bouquet of basil might be more beautiful than a dozen roses.

Bouquet of Basil

2. When mom tells you, “Sweet Dreams, don’t let the bugs bite, ” she means it. Don’t let the bugs bite! They are disgusting, terrible pests that might as well require you to move. Ask the magician. He knows. Fortunately for me, they typically bite only one person in the bed.

I made a tart with strawberry figs, left over El Pollo Rico chicken (see # 3.), caramelized onions, and boursin to cheer him up.
Strawberry Fig Tart

3. El Pollo Rico is a Riverside gem. Order a whole charcoal-grilled chicken combo with extra green sauce. You will not be disappointed. Bonus, El Pollo Rico is really fun to say out loud.

4. Homemade desserts make friends’ birthdays better, particularly home-baked Fat Witch brownies.

Fat Witch Brownies

5. Dirty Sixth Street Scavenger hunts make friends’ birthdays infinitely better.

6. Julia Child must have been speaking about omelettes when she said this: ” The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”

Country Omelette Brunch

7. Building a career is not always as easy as this roasted cherry tomato pasta…especially in this economy.

Roasted Tomato Pasta

8. Mangoes grow in Texas…in McAllen by G & S Groves. Surprised? Me too.

G & S Groves Mango

9. Our hell-like temperatures are not the only topic of conversation. Popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and margaritas also make pleasant small talk.

Peach-Kiwi Rocket Pop

10. And on a non-food related note, dust your ceiling fan. You probably never notice, while it’s spinning way up there, but it’s filthy. Really, really filthy.



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7 responses to “10 Words of Wisdom for the Dog Days of Summer

  1. Marguerite Krenek

    OMG, Well that’s a lot of info. But the pasta and brownies look wonderful. Not a popsicle fan, but they are pretty. Love, love, love basil, as you know, even in chocolate. I’m still thinking about you as my personal chef. Just wait till you see my new kitchen!

  2. JRB

    This is so effing cute! And good friends are also what make birthdays great! …Especially ones that can cook. 🙂

  3. What a sweet little blog! I am an Austinite living in the mountains of New Mexico, and while I love being here, reading your post made me long for Austin tonight. Thank you!

    • Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I lived in Santa Fe for a year or so, but definitely longed for Austin! I just moved to Houston for a new job, hence my absence. I hope to find a new CSA soon. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

  4. Carley

    This is super random, but I’m planning a birthday scavenger hunt on dirty 6th for a friend. Do you remember any of the stuff that was on yours?

    • Erin Krenek

      I didn’t put it together so I don’t remember too much about it. But we definitely did, take a picture in a haunted place, and a take picture of the group getting shots. Our host got creative and left several items up to interpretation. Have fun!

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