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Sprung

Last week, I started writing a rather depressing post about the miserable cold and my lack of enthusiasm for most things in life. The SAD was so much. Luckily I was too lethargic to finish, and I can now move on because SPRING IS HERE! So long, SAD. I had my first artichoke recently, and though it was pretty measly ($1.99) I’m looking forward to many, many more.

The coming of spring is about new life. Snow is melting, puddles are forming, bulbs are sprouting (as Jake S. identified as we walked the streets of Chicago this past weekend). This season ties with fall for my favorite. I love me some jeans and t-shirts, cool breezes, and sunsets I can stand outside long enough to appreciate. (more…)

Cure for the uncommonly cold

Now is the time for comfort food. I recently got a gift subscription to Bon Appetit and their main articles this month were on cheese and caramel; it’s been incredibly cold; I’ve been busy with work and new projects, like knitting my first hat. When I cook, I just want something good. Good to eat with a quilt across my lap while watching something enriching on my new favorite channel, Create. Produce is a rarity around here, except for Cuties (so cheap and juicy!) so I’ve been getting my fill of starches and dairy. (more…)

My kind of hotdish

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
-Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country

Hats off to Rox for posting this quote on her blog a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes, I feel so uncreative, I don’t even know where to start. I’m surrounded by creative people every day and I marvel at their ability to generate ideas, create beautiful works of art, or make useful objects. Hell, even pick out interesting outfits. How can I be more creative? What is my art? (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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