“All men are created equal. Now matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words.
That is what America is about.” 
– Harvey Milk

How far we’ve come.

Last week, when the Supreme Court announced it’s decision to strike down DOMA and to allow same-sex marriages to resume in California, I sat at my computer, stunned.   I wasn’t exactly speechless.  In fact, I screamed so loud I’m pretty sure our neighbors heard me. I hadn’t expected to be so emotional, but it hit me hard.  As much as we’ve tried to tell ourselves that our marriage (which took place four years ago on June 20th)… our love… our life… was no different than anyone else’s, DOMA was always there to point out that it wasn’t real.  At least that’s how it felt… and it hurt terribly.

When the decision came in, I knew we had to do something to celebrate.  Maybe lobster and champagne. Something decadent.  I spent the afternoon buying groceries to prepare a nice meal.  By the time Eric got home from work that evening, I had the table decorated with wine glasses, cheese and cut up rounds of baguette. As he entered the kitchen, I rushed over and threw my arms around him.  “We’re married… again!” I said. He laughed and gave me a kiss.  “Yay,” he replied. “Now let’s pop open some vino!”

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  • July 1, 2013 - 12:57 am

    Tieghan - What a fun and elagent dessert to celebrate and amazing thing! I am so happy for you guys and this looks delicious! Pass the bowls and spoons please!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 3:11 am

    Sarah - Hooray for justice and equality!! I’m so happy for you, and for society! I love your husband’s priorities too. ;PReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 8:06 am

    Christy@SweetandSavoring - This post made me so happy! Congratulations on being legal :) Also, this crumble sounds kind of spectacular. I love the second to last photo- just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 8:32 am

    steph@stephsbitebybite - This is making me so hungry!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    mr. & Mrs. P - Sounds like a delicious combination!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    dixya| food, pleasure, and health - what a beautiful celebration :)ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    Eileen - Aw, yay! Congratulations! And this crumble definitely sounds like the perfect way to celebrate. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    Elizabeth - Congratulations on being married (again!). This looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 5:56 pm

    Tamie smith - It was one of the most moving decisions I’ve heard in a long time. There are millions of us who smile while watching the folks celebrate their marriage once again. Congratulations, you wonderfully lovely couple. A toast to you indeed! I will certainly try your recipe with much delight.ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 11:23 pm

    Marcia - Lovely post, Brian. Congratulations & thanks for sharing your happiness with us.

  • July 1, 2013 - 11:33 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Hooray, happy news for love and marriage at last!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 12:04 am

    Dawn Sage Simonson - I’ve got to try this! It looks absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 6:48 am

    Carolyn - Well, I certainly considered you married already! But it’s nice to be vindicated again. Hope you had some of this crumble to celebrate.ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Gorgeous and summery dessert!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Joanne - I was super thrilled when I heard about the supreme court ruling…couldn’t be happier for you. You guys deserve to celebrate to the max…and this crumble is the perfect way to do it!!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Grace @ Earthy Feast - Ahhh.. love, it’s the best thing in whole world. :) This crumble is pretty high up there too – perfect for a lazy hot day. I pinned it – it looks so good! :)ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    Shaina - Congratulations on the second wedding – vow renewal? That crumble needs to come to my house. I’m in love with the fruit combination.ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    Jeanette - Love crumbles and that lemon verbena sounds divine.ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 7:06 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Haha yeah I think I screamed as well when I heard the news. Also I couldn’t concentrate for the rest of the day. I was glued to Facebook and Twitter.ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Hooray!! What a celebration it was, I can never forget. And this crumble is the perfect way to usher in happiness!!ReplyCancel

  • July 3, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Bill - Hi Brian,

    Just discovered you blog and it’s really beautiful. I’m always glad to find another guy blogger in a food blog world filled with women. Sounds like we have some things in common. One of my favorite places in the world is Cape Cod. My partner and I were married at the Red Inn in P’town in 2010 and try to make it up every summer. We were very excited about the DOMA ruling as well.

    BTW,this crumble looks fantastic. Gotta try it.


  • July 3, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Colleen - Congratulations on the great SCOTUS news last week!! I was thrilled to hear the news, too!! :)

    I also LOVE this recipe idea – it looks delicious – and perfect for a 4th of July BBQ. Can I ask, though, what kind of cherries you used? Do you need tart pie cherries, or regular bing cherries? Or another alternative that I’m not thinking of right now?


  • July 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    Sowmya Udai - This looks delicious.. Bookmarking it :)ReplyCancel

  • July 4, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    Alison Lewis - my mouth is watering! happy 4th!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2013 - 12:27 am

    Andrew Frishman - MMMnnnn… I LOVES me some cherry crumble!

    ¡Me encanta la oportunidad de probar el “encore” de este postre!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2013 - 9:47 am

    Bill - Awesome combination of fruits. Hard to beat fruit, flour, sugar, and butter! Thanks for a great recipe!ReplyCancel

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  • July 8, 2013 - 9:07 am

    TidyMom - BEAUTIFUL summer treat!!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    Nusrat Azim - Such a happy, beautiful dessert! Sweetness, grace, sex appeal all over :)

    Gorgeous pictures. I always love reading your posts :)ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2013 - 1:20 am

    Trevor Sis Boom - DOMA was horrible and we too felt pained at how it served to make our marriage feel less than. If there is ANY silver lining to this it is that my husband and I now get to share a new sort of wedding anniversary with so many other couples. I think it will be quite lovely as we celebrate it all together each and every year. Happy Marriage day Brian!ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2013 - 6:46 pm

    Emma - A most delicious apricot crumble recipe.ReplyCancel

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    Burrata with Cherries and Balsamic Roasted Peaches » A Thought For Food - […] I’ve said before, I’m not much of a baker and rarely prepare anything more than a quick, rustic crisp for dinner guests. So, I did what I feel comfortable doing and roasted some peaches with balsamic, […]ReplyCancel

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 @ KiranTarun.com - 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

  • July 11, 2013 - 7:10 am

    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

  • July 26, 2013 - 8:23 pm

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

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    21 Quinoa Salad Recipes to Try This Spring - Simply Quinoa - […] Spicy Carrot + Quinoa Tabbouleh from A Food For Thought […]ReplyCancel

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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