Yesterday afternoon I looked at Eric and suggested that maybe we head back to Boston in the morning. Yes, we’d have to wake up at 5:30 to give ourselves enough time to get to work, but it’s totally worth it.  It would mean another sunset, a few extra glasses of wine, and, most importantly, additional time surrounded by nature… rustling leaves, chirping birds and croaking frogs, and the soft, repetitive sound of rippling waves hitting the dock.

This weekend was rejuvenating. Amidst the stress in our lives, we took these few days to have some friends on the Cape to eat, drink, and play Taboo. Unfortunately, we need at least a few days to get into vacation mode (isn’t that sad?) so when we all began chatting about departing, a few of us suggested that calling in sick to work would be a good idea (unfortunately, Facebook ruins this).  We just all felt like this was what we needed right now… some time to clear our heads, to enjoy the presence of close companions, and indulge in epic feasts.

Before our journey down here, I made sure to have a few containers of food prepared. When I was making this bowl of tabbouleh and frantically photographing each ingredient, something I completely neglected was that I’d already posted a quinoa tabbouleh.  The good thing, though, is that they are quite different from one another.  The first is loaded with tomatoes and cheese and beets and can stand on its own as a meal, where as this is definitely a taboulleh that you serve with other dishes, like hummus and pita and all that good stuff.  But I do apologize.  I hope you’re not sitting there at your computers, completely bored by the site of this bowl.  I promise, though, it’s quite delicious and worth giving it a try.

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  • June 24, 2013 - 1:22 am

    Liren - Please. Boring? Never. No such thing with tabbouleh. Your weekends at the cape sound lovely, no wonder it is hard to leave. I say you go ahead and play hookie.ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 6:43 am

    Tieghan - I love anything with a little spice. This looks like a darn good quinoa salad to me!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 7:56 am

    Jamie @lifelovelemons - Love me some quinoa salad. Might have to try this next!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This quinoa is stunning! Love the look of this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - Gorgeous recipe and photo. Completely relate to your desire to stay on the Cape another night!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    dixya| food, pleasure, and health - nothing is more relaxing than good food, great wine, and amazing company. And a bowl of quinoa with all these ingredient never gets old or boring :) have a good MondayReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    Russell at Chasing Delicious - I love that last image – gorgeous dish!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 4:46 pm

    Mr. & Mrs. P - Love!!! Such a nice twist on a classic…ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    Maria - Pinned and wishing I had this for dinner!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 10:30 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnnn… I LOVES me some tabbouleh.

    Viva la vidaReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    Averie @ Averie Cooks - I love that you used carrots AND spiced it up. I should try this kind of spiced carrots rather than just in…spieced carrot cake cupcakes :)ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    Kiran @ - Love this spiced tabbouleh. I’ve never been to Cape before, but can definitely relate to the desire of not leaving :)ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 11:38 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I could use a nice weekend getaway to relax and enjoy nature, take me with you next time?ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2013 - 2:20 am

    Cook Republic - This is such a fantastic base dish. My mind is racing with all the variations one could make using different nuts and veggies. Thanks for sharing Brian! xReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2013 - 7:36 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Gorgeous tabbouleh! Totally not bored looking at this! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2013 - 8:06 am

    TidyMom - oh I’m NEVER bored by the site of ANY food on your site Brian!! looks delicious! and your weekend sounds heavenlyReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2013 - 8:40 am

    Laura - I’m the same way with getting into vacation mode. I think the stressy-ness of travel time and the sometimes hangry moments/meltdowns in the car/airport does this. Takes a very focused effort to fully power down. Also honestly, you could post at least 12 types of quinoa tabouleh and I would be SO into that. This one sounds wonderful and I’m intrigued by that all spice and mint combination.ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2013 - 9:35 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - This one looks amazing…and I have to say the other one looks pretty delicious too :)ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    Jessica Eiss-Healthcoach - thanks for an oil free recipe! Looks great and will be sure to make this. Do you know you have your site set up to use the first picture posted when someone links it? A dull picture of the quinoa comes up, instead of the pretty salad. Just thought you might want to change it, or give people the option to choose what pic, when they are linking it. I shared it in a FB group since it was oil free. thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2013 - 12:18 am

    Kasey - I always need a vacation from my vacations (I’m *still* recovering from Japan!). Your trip looks lovely from what I’ve seen on Instagram. This salad looks like the perfect thing to pack :)ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2013 - 12:44 am

    Nusrat Azim - Chances are, if it looks good, it tastes good too :) Your salad is one hell of a flavor explosion in the mouth, I bet :)ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2013 - 7:42 am

    Jeanette - Love how fresh and light this tabbouleh is – perfect for a summer gathering!ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2013 - 6:37 am

    Joanne - Quinoa could never ever bore me, especially when it’s as pretty as this! I’m so glad you got to take a bit of time just to relax!ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Tabbouleh is one of my favorites! And this looks like a pretty tasty version. Love the addition of the chile – a simple twist!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Kim - What a beautiful salad :-) Perfect for a picnic! You have inspired me to play with my own versions!ReplyCancel

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    Easy Summer Dinner Recipes — Eat Well 101 - […] left to right: 1. Spicy Carrot and Quinoa Tabouleh by: A Thought For Food 2. Miss Shortcake-Gordough’s Donuts by:  Ohsweetbasil 3. Easy summer pasta by: Movita Beaucoup […]ReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    Mary Frances @ LOVE - the secret ingredient - I cannot tear myself away from your blog!!ReplyCancel

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    Love - the secret ingredient - I cannot tear myself away from your blog!ReplyCancel

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This is the week of milestones.  Yes, it was Father’s Day yesterday. But it was also Eric’s birthday (the big 32… I like to remind him that I’ll forever be his younger man).  In addition to this, we attended (and I photographed) our dear friends’ wedding.  Despite a week of rain, things lightened up Friday afternoon, just in time for their rehearsal dinner, and stayed bright and sunny for the next 36 hours.  The weather reminded me of our own wedding, which occurred four years ago this week.  It’s hard to believe that time has flown by like this.  I couldn’t be happier with the life we’ve created with each other.  Full of laughter and love (and no shortage of delicious food and drinks).  We don’t have a lot planned in the way of celebrations, but I can guarantee a lobster dinner and a bottle of champagne will grace our table.

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It occurred to me as I sat on the plane to Vegas that I hadn’t read a book in a while.  Like, a really long time.  Articles in The New York Times or pieces in The New Yorker, yes.  But an actual book?  It’d been over a year.  Before our trip, though, I purchased the latest David Sedaris book, thinking that maybe he could set things right.  And, you know what, he did.  As always, I found his words engaging, his stories honest and hilarious.  Just what I needed to get back on the reading wagon.  As I finished the book and flipped the last page (or, in this case, tapped my phone), I gave myself a pat on the back.  And now I’m searching for another great piece of literature (any suggestions are welcome).

Memorial Day marked the start of my family’s annual summer reading contest, where we see who can read the most books.  When it was just the four of us participating (meaning my parents and sister) the race was tight.  Over the last few years, though, we’ve invited other relatives and friends to join in and I’ve pretty much given up any notion of winning.  It’s still a lot of fun, though, and I’m so happy that we’ve continued this tradition.

Books and breakfast seem like the perfect summer pairing.  Mornings are when I get most of my reading done, either in bed or sipping on a cup of coffee at our kitchen table, the windows open to let a warm breeze in.  Leisurely mornings like that make every day feel like vacation.  While I’m kind of a scone fanatic, sometimes a muffin is what I crave.  As we roll into berry season, I feel the need to pack all of my morning treats with them.

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  • June 12, 2013 - 12:24 am

    Tieghan - These look amazing! What awesome flavors!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 12:54 am

    Laura (Tutti Dolci) - I love berries with ricotta, these are breakfast beauties!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 12:59 am

    Kiran @ - I could have these for breakfast, every single day! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 7:22 am

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - I always hated reading until I was out of school. Now I truly enjoy it but am finding the time to read harder. I’m currently, even if slowly, working on the latest Dan Brown book. Love these muffins, Brian! Lovely flavors.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I’ve been meaning to read the new David Sedaris book! Thanks for the reminder, and these muffins sound so lovely! Great recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet - That summer reading contest is such a great idea for a family! I’ve been reading the same book since March now… I’m determined to finish just so it will be done haha.

    These muffins look wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 8:35 am

    steph@stephsbitebybite - These are STUNNING! I am drooling over the bursting berriesReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 8:50 am

    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough - Love the idea of that summer reading contest! I really need to get on my reading list already; it’s getting out of control. But about these muffins… YUM. The honey and ricotta additions are my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 9:02 am

    carrian - At the risk of always being on repeat, gosh this looks gorgeous! I’m starving for muffins now.(I guess I have to get out of bed, wah wah wahhhhh)ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 10:09 am

    Jeanette - I love fresh berries – this combination sounds fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - I wish I had one of these muffins right now! Not sure if you are into memoirs, but I really enjoyed My Life from Scratch by Gesine Bullock-Prado.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 11:13 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - These muffins look incredible, and your photos are beautifulReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Ohhhhhhhh my achy breaky heart.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    Ken Leung - Hello lover, come to papa. This muffin is a beauty.ReplyCancel

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    hungryrabbit - Hello lover, come to papa. This muffin is a beauty.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    Marcia - An hour after eating my pitifully unsatisfying brown-bagged lunch slumped over my desk at work, having these photos pop into my inbox is quite simply cruel!
    These look fantastic! A recipe keeper!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Nusrat Azim - Eye popping !
    Drool-inducing !

    Lovely, of course :)ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    Liren - I love how your family has a summer reading contest. Such a fun idea. I’m guilty of the same, I find that the more you write the less you read, or at least that’s the case for me. I’m trying to remedy that and will add David Sedaris’s new book on my list. That and these beautiful muffins.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    mr. & Mrs. P - These look wonderful!!! Need to try them asap!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    thelittleloaf - Ooh, my company publish David Sedaris! Good choice :-) Lovely muffins too!ReplyCancel

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    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn… I loves me some scones, even when they turn out to be muffins.

    Conexiones orgánicas verdaderos son como velcro.ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 6:44 am

    Carolyn - These caught my eye when you put them on Facebook yesterday. So pretty. I had to give up my New Yorker subscription. It was great when I commuted in to work on the T, but I barely have any time to read these days!ReplyCancel

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    Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) - I don’t have a lot of time to read these days as well and books just keep landing on my reading list. This muffin also landed on my list of recipes to try out. Can’t say no to a good-looking berry muffin.ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking - I love berry season and I’m always up for some ricotta sweet treats. Gorgeous BrianReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Igor Boltenkov - Very vkusno!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Kelly Brisson - Can’t resist, have to make these tonight. Great recipe, Brian. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    sweetsugarbelle - The things you make always give me the overwhelming urge to type GAW-GUS! You are so talented, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - This post reminds me of the many summers I spent reading books at the my Aunt’s beach house. I used to love doing that. Need to pick up the habit again. Especially since I can go to the beach year-round now.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2013 - 6:59 pm

    Suzanne Perazzini - What a beautiful set of photos! I am an author and I love reading. David Sedaris is a favourite. As for a recommendation, I am of course prejudiced towards my own books. You can see all of mine here:
    Feel free to delete this link if you think I have been too cheeky.ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2013 - 11:19 am

    Katie - The only redeeming factor of spending an hour on the T every day has been the amount of reading it allows me to get done! I’ve loved getting back into the habit of books. Your reading contest reminds me of when I was little – I used to keep a notebook with every single book I read written down it and the date I finished it. I used to compete with myself and would sometimes read two “chapter books” a day. (Go me.) These muffins look lovely, and eating one with a cup of coffee and a good book sounds like a perfect morning.ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - These muffins look amazing. Sadly, I don’t seem to have a lot of time for reading… But, I’ll happily munch on a muffin while entertaining Miss Maddie in the morning! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    Russell - Oooh. Yes please.ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2013 - 7:41 pm

    Christy@SweetandSavoring - Whoa, the photos are mouth-watering and what a glorious combination- lemon, ricotta, berries…and honey?! Yes please :)ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Gourmandize - These look beautiful! I just tried my hand at homemade ricotta… this seems like a natural progression…ReplyCancel

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    Ricottás erdei gyümölcsös muffin | Home Bisztro - […] süti a recept az A Thought For Food blog receptje nyomán […]ReplyCancel

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    Confessions of a Food Lover - These look so yummy, can’t wait to try them.ReplyCancel

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