just a little in my kitchen this september

The months are flying by this year and I haven’t posted as much as I hoped to.  One thing I really love about Celia’s In My Kitchen posts over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial is that they give me a chance to recap a month and share a little bit about what’s been happening in my humble kitchen here in San Diego.

First off, we’ve been living in our current neighborhood for a little over six months now and though the location isn’t as walk-able as I’d like our forever home to be, it’s an eclectic neighborhood where markets become a bit like treasure troves.  The closest market being North Park Produce, a local chain that prides itself on being a global grocer and an excellent resource for spices I might add.  Just the other day, I picked up these Armenian pizzas.   Lavash-like rounds smeared with tomato, onion, garlic, meat, and spices that have been ground to a pulp.  I served alongside home cooked lentils.

pizza

I’m hoping to get to a full post about our recent trip to Sonoma and Napa with my parental units but it is a must that I share these pistachios that have been roasted with sea salt and citrus zest.  Served with their wine tasting flights at Darioush Winery, I gobbled up my fair share right at my seat but needed to take some home for good measure.  For the pistachio lover in your life, the $10 box is really really a treat.

darioush

I also picked up a small Pyrex dish while perusing antiques in Ocean Beach the other day.  The pattern was one I had not seen before and I had yet to decide on what pattern I would pillage for but I couldn’t pass it up.  The size is perfect for fruit crumbles and dips.  The significant lover’s suggestion would be to bake up some spinach and artichoke dip.

pyrex

And lastly, this bottle of Patriota by Tikal from Argentina is a malbec blend that isn’t going to last too much longer in this house so in case you are hunting for an inexpensive and satisfying bottle, voilà:

tikal

Until next time, happy nibbling!