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Hi.

Welcome to my blog. I document my adventures in travel, style, and food. Hope you have a nice stay!

It's not the heat, it's the humidity.

 I have been neglecting the blog.  After returning from vacation, the labor and delivery gods were not kind, and I paid the price for two weeks in paradise.  Washington, D.C. and environs are the same swampy, sweaty piece of land I remember from my youth, and all I want to do is sit in the basement with an iced tea binge-watching "Orange is the New Black."

We are going camping this weekend--next to a river with an air-conditioned camper, and I will make this eggplant dish for the third time in a week.  It's from the current issue of Bon Appetit.  They call it "coal-roasted eggplants", but I just grilled the daylights out of mine on the gas grill earlier this week.  On the camping trip I am going to put them right on the coals, unless I decide to make them ahead of time.  After you roast them to the point where the skins are blackened and the flesh is collapsing you cool on a wire rack until you can remove the skins.  Then I put mine in a colander to drain until completely cool.  I mashed it with a little za'atar/salt/olive oil/lemon juice and smoked paprika and served on top of yogurt mixed with a little sumac and garlic (also from the Bon Appetit) .  Serve with bread or Stacy's pita chips.  I am also making Spam musubi for the trip.  Maddy had better come.

Sophie has her baking class at L'Acadamie de Cuisine this week.  They made soufflĂ©, ginger cookies and brownie pie yesterday.  Today it's calzone, sticky buns and sweet potato rolls.  Despite a disclaimer stating for "health reasons" the food could not leave the school there is a plate of cookies on my counter right now.  I hope nobody in our family becomes "patient zero."   Sophie is happy because they don't have to do the dishes after they cook.  I am happy because we don't have to turn on   my oven.

We are thinking of heading here for Spring Break next year.  I have reservations pending approval for time off at work, and Ian says he is game as long as he can bring his stand-up paddle board.  It's supposed to come in the mail tomorrow, and I hope we can put in at Riley's Lock after work.  Then I won't have to ride my bike to Crossfit in the "feels like 101F."  

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But it's "lite."

And it was all yellow