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Archive for 'cookbook challenge'

labor of love

Sometimes food doesn’t ask much of you. A paper-thin slice of salty prosciutto requires no preparation or adornment. Heck, you don’t even need a fork to enjoy a perfectly ripe pear or a  handful of crisp, cold carrots or a wedge of sharp cheddar cheese. But sometimes food makes you work. Artichokes, for instance. With […]

comfort food

July was an extraordinarily crappy month, and I’m still somewhat bummed out. I can be a little (read: a lot) obsessive, especially when things are not going my way. So, in an attempt to take my mind off my worries, I’ve spent quite bit of time in the kitchen with Sara Moulton’s cookbook, indulging in […]


So, I’m pretty darn impressed with myself. This Independence Day I participated in the awesomely named Melon Run and finished the 3-mile race in 29 minutes, 22 seconds–my fastest-ever time for that distance! It’s a good thing that I’ve been doing all that running, too, since I’ve also been stuffing my face with foods like […]

one fish, two fish (and way, way more!)

I’ve got about a million recipes to share, so I’ll just get right to it. Hors d’oeuvres Crispy Zucchini Sticks with Olive Dip–This beer-battered, fried zucchini made my entire house smell like a truck stop diner, but it was SO worth it. I’m usually not wild about mayonnaise-based dips, but the olives and lemon juice […]

duck, duck, goose

Well, I think my liver is still recovering, but the girls’ weekend in Sarasota was a blast! However, after spending three days partying at the beach, I felt generally lazy, sluggish and unready to face the real world this week. Needless to say, I fell woefully behind on cleaning, laundry, exercising, etc., which means that […]

giving me the crepes

Crepes freak me out a little. The batter is simple enough–eggs, milk, flour, salt and sugar–but it needs time to rest, and it must be just the right consistency. Cooking crepes is even more intimidating. The flat little pancakes cook quickly, take some finesse to flip properly and are prone to tearing. Add in the […]

I think I’ve made a horrible mistake

Having Sara’s Chorizo Chicken Wings and Smoky Salmon Chowder with Lemon Pepper Crackers for dinner seemed like a good idea at the time. I don’t usually cook or eat such heavy, calorie-dense food, but I figured that a little bit of each wouldn’t hurt. I was wrong. My tummy could not hate me more. Stomachache […]

when apples attack

I absolutely love to bake. Unfortunately I also have a somewhat meth-like addiction to sugar, so I don’t like to keep sweets in the house. Life is unfair, no? In any case, I’ve fallen seriously behind on the desserts portion of this cookbook challenge, but I attempted to remedy that today with Sara’s recipe for […]

stop me if you’ve heard this one before

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. <Insert excuse about how busy/lazy I’ve been.> Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. <Insert promise to get better at posing recipe results more often.> Blah blah blah blah blah. Clearly, […]

paté = okay

“Don’t do it,” whispered the devil on my shoulder. “Just walk away. No one will know.” I’m standing in the meat department at Publix, staring at a bloody, gummy package of raw chicken livers, desperate for any excuse not to put it into my cart. When I started this cookbook challenge, I knew there would […]