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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…)

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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It’s the new year!

Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year! It’s 5769! Yesterday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Even if you’re not Jewish, it still feels new because new school years start in fall.

5768 was a great year for me. I visited a lot of new places including the Grand Canyon, Colorado, Seattle, and Vancouver; I met Jake and with him came a lot of new friends;  I saw a lot of my favorite bands perform live, including Wilco and St. Vincent; and I started this blog.

Yesterday, I spent my Rosh Hashanah as a lot of Jewish Americans do, by going to synagogue services for the first and only time that year. (more…)

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