December Links

  • Spread the love…of bread starter.
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  • The cheese ball of all cheese balls, although I think I’d rather have several mini cheese balls than one massive cheese ball.
  • Speaking of cheese, I often take it for granted that we live two blocks from our co-op, which sells good, real food.  I bought mozzarella and ricotta at Target the other night for baked ziti, and it was so painfully clear from its taste and texture that the cheese was not real cheese. Next time my laziness will not prevail over good cheese.
  • I’ve slowly been organizing the recipes that I’d like to make from my stash of food magazines much like this. The list-maker in me thoroughly enjoys it, but the realist in me thinks that I’m wasting a lot of time typing.
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  • Update: I used the list! I was trying to come up with a vegetarian pizza idea, and I referenced my spreadsheet where I found a recipe for eggplant, green olive and provolone pizza. Baby steps…
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  • Do you use Spotify? Here’s my cooking playlist.
  • Two of my favorite foods, relished!
  • As a lover of mini things, these BLOW MY MIND. I want the spoon.  Or the mailbox.  Or the giraffe.

Food Truck Friday: Lobster Roll


I started my lunch break today with a run to the court records office, and when the nice guy there didn’t charge me for my copies, I decided to take the money that I’d saved* and put it toward a lobster roll from Smack Shack.  I usually try to go out of my way to eat meat on Fridays during Lent to stick it to the Catholics (Hi, Grandpa and Grandma!), but when it’s sunny and over 70-degrees in Minnesota in March and there’s a food truck selling lobster rolls a block from your office, you quickly get your priorities straight.

*my money, not a client’s

This Week

A glimpse at my week…

The Valentine’s Day Wild game was my idea; the amazing seats were all Matt.

Second row seats mean pucks flying into the glass four feet in front of your face and reading the lips of players who say totally filthy things to one another.


Post-game dessert: chocolate éclairs from Rustica.

My new toy/early birthday present to myself

Our household of two has gone through about a million tissues and a thousand decongestants in the last few days, so I made a big pot of tomato-basil soup.  Simple and delicious, especially with a grilled cheese or a bagel with sharp cheddar and apple slices.

Giant dough ball

Future baguettes

Rising in the late winter sun.

Bánh mì fillings.

Fresh bread, freshly pickled vegetables, tender bits of pork, and copious amounts of sriracha.

Bacon, cheddar, and chive strata for the weekend.

When the Cat’s Away…

The mouse will bake cookies and eat french toast.

While Matt was reliving college for a weekend, I was cleaning, organizing, rearranging, catching up on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, working, baking, cooking, and searing my tongue and lips on a hot fork after roasting marshmallows over a burner for one of these.  Ouch, and yum.

After discovering the recipe and thinking about them non-stop for a few days, I found time to make a batch of Heidi Swanson’s Carnival Cookies.  Cookies filled with banana, oats, nuts, popcorn, and chocolate?  Yes, please!  They’re cookies but they’re healthy, so you can totally eat a handful of them in a day.  It’s science.

For brunch on Sunday, after a nice, long run, I made a few pieces of french toast with less-than-fresh Tartine bread.  Bread + a couple of eggs + milk + cinnamon + orange zest + a sprinkle of powdered sugar + maple syrup with a side of orange, orange juice, and a latte.