To-do for 2016

I’m somewhat ambivalent about newsletters. I sign up for them thinking it will be a good chance to get information, but more often than not I unsubscribe because a. I don’t have time to sort through them, or b. they never tell me anything that I need/want to hear. Williams-Sonoma Taste blog is an exception….

An idea worth stealing

I got home from a brief Christmas trip to Oregon to find a mail box full of Christmas cards. I love the photo cards of kids, because it gives me a chance to see how much they’ve grown, and my cousin’s husband always does a sketch or watercolor for theirs, so I love seeing his…

How to say “I love you” in spaghetti

Husband J and son j have these 2 weeks off. Having worked my entire adult life in retail I have never, I repeat never, had the holidays off. And I don’t now. I work on my feet, so when I come home at night, particularly now, I’m done. All I want to do is sit…

“Life is too short to drink cheap vodka”

“Life is too short to drink cheap vodka” I said this to a total stranger today. Yeah, I need to work on the connection in my brain that says “Don’t say that!” But it’s true.  I did the math: I could buy three bottles of crap vodka, or one bottle of Ketel One (my poison…

The Other Other White Meat

I was 18 years old when I first tried rabbit. It was my 18th birthday and my mother took me to a nice restaurant, told me I could order whatever I wanted, and then was promptly horrified when I ordered rabbit. “You’re eating Peter cottontail!” she implored, to which I replied “Peter tastes good!”  Ever…

Roasted fall vegetables with lentils and spices

I’m a meat-and-potatoes girl. I’m also a so-boring-it-hurts, what?-I-like-the-rut-I’m-stuck-in, green-beans-with-everything! girl. But look at me, all branching out and stuff. I’ve been trying to find vegetarian recipes (if you have a favorite send it my way!) and I got this one from Sunset magazine. Technically it’s vegan. At the very least this recipe makes the…

Kape, kahvi, qava, kope, ka-feh, qehve, kahawa, coffee

I once gave up coffee for Lent. I lasted 3 days.  Not having coffee threw off my morning routine so much that I was useless. Also, I’m not Catholic so it’s not like I had to or anything anyway. I’ve been drinking coffee since freshman year of high school. I don’t drink it to keep…

The best 5 bucks I ever spent

It was a junk shop dressed up as “vintage” but whatever. There were about 20 of them sitting there in all their rusted glory. I spent five dollars (no sales tax in Oregon) and took it home, not exactly sure how I was going to redeem it (ah, the days before Pinterest). But some scrubbing…

Venison chili

You really don’t appreciate the beauty of a rainy day until you’ve lived in a drought. It didn’t even rain all that much today – just a bit this morning and then a nice cloudy, gray today. We decorated the Christmas tree and hung out around the house, all while the venison chili was doing…

Doesn’t follow directions well

If we had report cards as adults that’s what mine would say…at least when it comes to recipes. I like to think of them as a guideline (and then I wonder why they don’t work out). Take last night’s dinner: greek lemon chicken and rice. No, I didn’t measure the lemon juice for the marinade,…

The non-cocktail cocktail

I love a good cocktail more than I love new-book release day, but let’s face it, at 47 you (meaning I) probably should cut back a bit. Enter the non-cocktail cocktail. In this case it’s a Cranberry Shrub, courtesy of Self magazine (you can find the recipe here, or on page 50 of the December 2015…