Sunday, November 29, 2015

a ruby a day

it's snuggling season!  any warm surface will do.  towels fresh out of the dryer?  check.

a lap? check.

a human lying down?  even better.

a human whose legs are propped on the new ottoman, thus making a perfect cat-shaped bridge between ottoman and couch?  best. option. ever.

if she keeps snuggling, i'll keep taking pictures.  you better not get tired of them.
"the difference between friends and pets: friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude."
--robert brault

Monday, November 16, 2015

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.”
—Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Poet, Playwright, Essayist

Friday, November 13, 2015

the thanksgiving plan

mom and dad are coming again this year (!), and i love to cook, so i'm already planning our menu.  no turkey again this year (my parents are awesome), but we will have:

--fancy mac & cheese (i learned how to make a roux as a teenager using this recipe; i make it with penne noodles, because penne > macaroni)
--grandma norma's green bean casserole (a must, obviously)
--from the smitten kitchen cookbook, a recipe for roasted eggplant with crispy chickpeas and a yogurt tahini sauce (i haven't tried this recipe before but it looks awesome and could be a quasi-substitute for meat)
--smitten kitchen's kale and caramelized onion stuffing (which both my parents - independent of one another - asked if we could add mushrooms to, because in my family mushrooms are king.  we will be adding mushrooms.  this is another recipe i haven't tried yet but am excited to!)
--brussels sprouts of some sort, perhaps the pioneer woman recipe i've used before and love
--pumpkin pie of some sort, per mom's request (maybe another pioneer woman recipe that becky made one year - it's a pumpkin cream pie, which cuts the super pumpkin-y flavor and consistency of normal pumpkin pie...the exact specifications of this is still up for debate)

basically, this thanksgiving reflects my trio of food inspirations - family + smitten kitchen + pioneer woman.  that about sums up what i eat in everyday life, a sprinkling of things i learned in cooking classes and things mark bittman taught me how to make.

Monday, November 9, 2015

"no matter how much one may love the world, one can live fully only by living responsibly in some small part of it."
--wendell berry

Thursday, November 5, 2015

i have a friend who is vegan, and his birthday was yesterday.  i used it as an excuse to try mark bittman's vegan mexican chocolate pie WHICH WAS OUT OF CONTROL GOOD.  as in, i was licking the blender.  as in, i would make this again and i am not vegan.  it was super easy to make and it came out of the pan pretty well (always my worry - whew) and people liked it!  i only told them it contained tofu after the fact. :)

and the best compliment at of the spanish teachers at school - who grew up in mexico - said it tasted exactly like this hot chocolate that her grandma used to make when she was growing up in mexico.  victory!  thank you, mark bittman.

Monday, November 2, 2015

october: 27, 28 & 29

three books this month!  i'm back on track.

people of the book, by geraldine brooks (i…did not ever get into this book.  this is the book that i read for weeks and weeks, just a few pages every night before i went to bed [because (a) i was so tired from how crazy my job was, and (b) i didn't like this book enough to go to bed early to read it].  this is a fictional story based on the real life sarajevo haggadah - who the author believes wrote and illustrated it, and the path it took from the 1400s to the present.  it was a little too intellectual for me, which makes me sound like i like fluffy books, which isn't quite true.  i don't know - this book didn't do it for me.)

we are called to rise, by laura mcbride (oh, i loved this book.  it's the story of four people in las vegas who start out unconnected and their lives intersect by the end.  a 50-something mother, an elementary school kid, a CASA worker, and a soldier.  it was sad - very sad at points - but somehow also optimistic and uplifting, and i really enjoyed it.  melissa picked this as our book club pick for last month, and she gets a gold star.  i'd highly recommend it!)

david and goliath, by malcolm gladwell (in a surprise move, i found a note i'd written myself in early september that just had this book's title on it, and then i realized i had never included it on the blog AND OMG I READ THIS [LISTENED TO THE AUDIO BOOK] IN SEPTEMBER AND THIS COULD TOTALLY COUNT FOR SEPTEMBER AND I'M NOT [QUITE] AS MUCH OF A SLACKER AS I THOUGHT!  oh, malcolm gladwell, how i like your books.  this book is short pieces on interesting subjects, and there well written and will leave you pondering them after you finish reading [listening].  seriously: if you haven't read any of his stuff you should get on that.)

two days too late (but so true)

"i'm so glad i love in a world where there are octobers."
--anne shirley, "anne of green gables," by l.m. montgomery (a series i devoured when i was in middle school)

Friday, October 30, 2015

what i'm listening to right now

"crop comes in," by chatham county line: