Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Flowers, Littles, Whales and Sauteed Spinach with Garlic

Yesterday I spent the day at the beach with two of my favorite people.

Hannah, age 4 - doing a "mermaid sea" dance for me.

And Jillian, age 2 - just being happy Jillian

They are small, but mighty. Speaking of mighty, we were lucky enough to see a whale; about 300 feet off shore he (or she) happily breached a half-dozen times for us before swimming away for deeper waters. I hope my littles will be blessed in their lives and see many, many more of these magnificent creatures. I guess it really is up to us, isn't it?

When I got home I was again blessed to find that my lilies had bloomed.

My shasta daisies should be next. Littles, whales and flowers. How lucky can one girl get?

I have a huge bunch of spinach from last week's CSA share. Since I also have an abundance of mixed greens (and the family has forbade me to make salad today) I decided to cook this bunch, rather than salad-fy it.

Lightly sauteing the spinach allows it to retain some of its crunch, the addition of garlic gives it a punch. I hope you find happiness and lucky sightings in your daily adventures.

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic (serves 4)

2 BIG Bunches of fresh spinach, rinsed well and torn free of the largest stems
6 cloves garlic, peeled, sliced in half if large or left whole if smallish
2 tablespoons olive oil
splash of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Pecorino Romano Cheese, freshly grated (or freshly grated Parmesan)

In your largest saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic cloves and saute for 2 minutes or until fragrant and just getting golden. Add all the spinach and toss around to coat. Smash a lid down on the spinach and cook for 1 minutes. Check for wilt. Toss around the spinach and cook for 1 more minute. The spinach should just begin to wilt.

Spoon everything into a bowl, splash with vinegar and sprinkle with cheese.

A Cook's Notes: I am serving this tonight with simple grilled shrimp, a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine. Bon Appetite!


  1. Such a fantastic sounding meal. Your "littles" are darling! What fun to take them to the beach.

  2. BEACH! And BABIES! You are a lucky girl!

  3. To me, that sounds like the perfect meal.

  4. That does sound great. The girls are darlin'.

  5. Your girls look delicious! I can't wait until mine make their way to Gramma's house. Your meal sounds wonderful. He who has gout can't have shellfish, butthe spinach would be great will grilled chops.

  6. Save a plate for me, cher! Sounds wonderful! Your littles are precious and your garden is beautiful!

  7. Your Littles are absolutely adorable! And little Jillian shares a name with my youngest.

    I saute my spinach the same way, but have not added the cheese. I'll have to try a little next time I make it.

  8. What a precious post - giggly girls do make moms smile! Your spinach recipe is right up my alley. Looking forward to the Farmer's Market to buy up gobs of local goodies. Just added you in my blog roll...silly me forgot 'til today.


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