Entries from January 2010

Liz’s First Home: Toilets and Tulips

January 26, 2010

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Liz is planning on doing major overhauls in both the kitchen and bathroom that involve a little demolition and a lot tiling. But, in the meantime she decided to make her bathroom a little more aesthetically pleasing by painting the trim white and the walls grey (previously blue).

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I bet you $5 Liz was pooping when she took this picture.

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And on that note… Tulips! Liz’s mom gave her some tulip bulbs and apparently you can just stick them in water and they begin to bloom!

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Just as I was calling my own Mom and asking why she doesn’t give me tulip bulbs to sprout indoors in creative ways I came across this image on sfgirlbybay – look at those sweet containers!

Tools for Cooking and When Did This Become Such a Food Blog?

January 25, 2010

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I picked up this rolling pin at the farmer’s market this weekend – it’s hand-made by a 93 year old man whose wife insists he keep busy by making wooden rolling pins. I love it.

I am slowly building a collection of tools needed for cooking. My cast iron pan has changed my life. I recently picked up some spring form cake pans in various sizes.

Some other tools on my list:
• measuring scale (for those European recipes)
• grater (for cheese, rinds, whatnot)
• a really nice knife
• a large wood cutting board
• porcelain / ceramic bread pan
• pasta attachment for the mixer
• copper (and/or stainless steel) pots and pans (slowly but surely I want to replace our nonstick pots and pans)

Any other tools that I shouldn’t live without that I don’t know about yet?

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Homemade pizza (using this dough recipe) with olive oil and garlic sauce, local mushrooms, local spinach, apples, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, and topped with Parmesan.

Reading this book coupled with an evolving outlook on the food I eat has led me to spending more time with the food I make. I’ve never been much of a cook but it is now a hobby I’ve taken on full-force. There are times when I prefer the food I make over some of my favorite restaurants. Life is happening between eating and I’m really, truly enjoying it.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 23, 2010

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We had a hankering for some chocolate chip cookies last night – sprinkled with sea salt on top, of course. I’m not even going to act like we just ate two of these, either.

We chowed down on these cookies while watching Return to the Blue Lagoon – this movie was a lot more fascinating to me as a 9-year-old in 1991. But speaking of girl crushes – add Milla Jovovich to the list.

Girl Crush

January 22, 2010

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I love Chloe Sevigny – and I especially love this photo of her. I must find some pink lipstick this weekend. Whenever asked who would I have play me in a movie I answer with Chloe Sevigny.

And in related news, we just started catching up on the new season of Big Love. Is anyone else watching? Who is your girl crush?

source: unknown. it’s been sitting in my inspiration folder on my desktop for months with no intentions of posting. sorry!

Calendar and Food

January 22, 2010

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I got my brother this calendar for Christmas and was finally able to give it to him when he came home this past weekend. He accidentally left it behind so I get to enjoy it for a while until I meet up with him on his upcoming tour.

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I was feeling a little blah about cooking dinner last night and just combined the pasta, cheese and veggies we had at home. It is Kamut and Quinoa pasta – squash, zucchini, garlic and spinach sauteed in olive oil, butter, turmeric and coriander – all mixed together and broiled in the oven with Parmesan and goat cheese for about 10 minutes. It turned out delish and was super easy to make. Next time I might try it with less cheese and get some lemon into the mix.

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