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Silver Linings Amid Winter Blahs

Talk about Spring weather fake-out. At this time last week, I was admiring the brown grass, puddles, and lack of wind chill. I could taste the artichokes, asparagus, and greens and berries and all the stuff that’s only available in Spring. Now I’m back in stew-mode, eating buttered noodles, watching the ice build up on the sidewalks and windshields of this once-again desolate place. Remind me in October to start planning my winter getaway. I’ll aim for early February, when morale is at its lowest.

On the bright side (because there is always a bright side), Valentine’s weekend was quite the love-fest. Yes, Jake did get me flowers and we went out to brunch at the Red Stag, but also we went out with some friends and saw an amazing show at the Entry. The highlight was Lucy Michelle (and one of her Velvet Lapelles backing her up.) I’d never seen her before, but she is the current sweetheart of the Twin Cities’ music scene. And the girl can out-whistle Andrew Bird AND she sang a version of “Not in Nottingham” from the animated Robin Hood (with foxes!) In addition to the wonderful set by Lucy, Big Trouble kept her up on stage for their set of all. cover. songs. All about love! It was so much fun and a great way to spend Valentine’s eve. (Chris Koza played after Big Trouble, but I wasn’t really feeling it. I mean, how can you top a cover of “I Will Always Love You” on Valentine’s Day?) (more…)

To-Dos and How-Tos

No resolutions here. I figure 2008 went rather well, I don’t need to make resolutions and just keep doing things that make me happy and a better person. I’ve learned a lot, I love my friends and family, and I can’t wait to keep learning, cooking, and writing.

The recipe of the moment is for caramelized onions. It’s more of a method than a recipe, since you can take this and run with it. (“Teach someone to fish…”) I like to add CO to grilled cheese, pasta, brussels sprouts, or eggs. The possibilities are endless. Add garlic, or thyme, or sugar, or balsamic vinegar, and probably a whole lot of other things I haven’t even thought of. I decided to emulate the Pioneer Woman, so here is how to make CO in photographic steps. (more…)

A few of my favorite things…

The holiday season is upon us. And with the celebration of holidays, I ask myself, do I celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah? How about both? Gifts are gifts and cookies are cookies. I’ve never been one to turn down either.
 
When I was a child, my family would celebrate Hanukkah as a four-person unit. Christmas was reserved for the outside world. In school, the mall, the homes of most everyone we knew. My grandmother, who was supposedly Jewish, liked the look of a Christmas tree so much, she insisted on having one every year. As I imagine many people do, I don’t immediately associate Jesus or church with the celebration of Christmas. Instead, my eyes light up at the sight of red and green M&Ms, candy canes, and plates piled high with assorted cookies.

For our holiday party, Roxie and I made Christmas Wreath cookies. For Hanukkah, you could dye them blue and shape them into menorahs or candles. Or make them pink hearts for Valentine’s day. Or make them in the middle of summer at the cabin like my aunt used to. 

Christmas Wreath Cookies
Adapted from AllRecipes.com

bad photo, good cookies

bad photo, good cookies

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Two big ass turkey legs in one week!

Lately, I’ve been too busy eating to update the blog. In the past two weeks or so, I was lucky enough to have two Thanksgivings with friends, and a restaurant-worthy beef tenderloin dinner with my family, and various junk food and cheese-and-cracker binges here and there. I love the holidays.
 
For the first Thanksgiving, or Thankskegger as we say, I made the usual hummus, and had a bowl of candied almonds out for munching. My main job was kitchen manager, or yeller-at-everyone, and I made sure every dish was properly reheated and everyone was fed.

A view of the buffet table, photo courtesy of Sarah

A view of the buffet table, photo courtesy of Sarah

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Hhhhhappy Halloween!

Here I go again, blogging from work. I’ve got a very easy pasta recipe coming to you shortly, but right now I just have to tell you. I am bursting at the seams with love for Minneapolis. A few years ago, I never thought this would happen. I’ve loved cities before, but usually after moving away and trying to start life in a new place, or trying to start over in an old one.

Life is pretty good here. Most of my family lives here, which is comforting and saves a lot of money since I don’t have to fly or drive several hours to visit them. I have friends that I love, a nice and reasonably priced place to live, the ability to see touring bands at small- to medium-sized venues located minutes from my house. The Twin Cities is thriving in many ways: public radio, the local arts and music scene, a variety of neighborhoods that are home to people of all ages and types. (more…)

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