Wednesday, March 31, 2010

When happiness is essential......

Today has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, as Judith Viorst would say. I sometimes have these days in my line of work, and though the world's problems inspire me to work harder and to be a better person, they also tend to bog me down from the inside out. I suppose the day wasn't that bad, but I sort of feel like I need a hug (from someone I know and not a stranger please). If you've had a similar sort of day, or feel like you might in the near future, please take note of this very interesting site I've found: Their tagline is "good news...served daily" and I feel like there really could be nothing better. If we all read this instead of watching our nightly news then I bet our collective happiness stock would be much higher.

In completely unrelated news, tonight I'll be taking a break from cooking to check out D.B.A Barbecue (, where I've heard from a very reliable source that their sweet potatoe fries are to. die. for.

Monday, March 29, 2010

I’ve decided that it is my sister and not me who should have a food blog, because while I go to great lengths to put items in crockpots and assemble skewers for grilling, she makes HOMEMADE gnocchi. Who does that?
Laura's Gnocchi!!!

Not one to be outdone by my small sister, rest assured that you will
soon see a post by me about how I am also fully capable of making homemade gnocchi. For now though, Ill keep it short and go back to assembling my veggie skewers. Grilling out on a day like today is perfection!

Happiness thought of the day:

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Late St. Pat's Day post, and..... vermicomposting?

Many apologies for the delay in posting. Due to a long list of boring and anger-inducing internet issues that I will not go into right now, a post that I completed (with pictures!) about my Americanized St. Patrick's Day dinner was deleted from existence.

No matter, I will give you the abridged version here in far fewer words: it wasn't very good. Yes, that's right. If you didn't like corned beef and cabbage when you were a child, you may not like it as an adult either. Just sayin'

The meat was actually ok. I used a recipe from my very favorite recipe website: I rubbed brown sugar all over a four pound piece of corned beef, covered it with Guinness, and then cooked it on low in a crockpot all day long.

While it was cooking, I went to see my actress friend play the lead in Mulan at the Alliance Theater and then went to the High to look at art. I'm telling you, there's nothing quite as thrilling as calling into work (don't tell!) to cook good food, watch a play and visit an art museum.

When we got home I turned the crockpot on high and added some cabbage, potatoes and carrots. If you ever do this, you should note that the vegetables need more than an hour (more like two) to cook properly.

I also made Irish Soda Bread (which my family would call a scone). I happen to love soda bread, and was excited to use the highest rated recipe on - again - What I have since realized is that my family recipe (from my grandmother who is 100% Irish) does not call for caraway seeds. There is a reason for this: caraway seeds do not taste good in soda bread. I realize it is an Irish tradition, but if my rebel grandmother decided to toss them out of her recipe I feel fully justified in cutting them out of mine.

That, in a nutshell, is my St. Patrick's Day this year. If anyone has any Irish recipe favorites, please pass them on. I'm feeling like I need a St. Patrick's Day redo.

On an unrelated note: I've decided to try vermicomposting again. My first attempt occurred when I lived in southern CA and all of my worms died because southern California happens to be overrun with ants (which, sadly, do eat worms). It was very traumatic, but I'm willing to try again. We'll keep the worms out of harms way in the garage, where they can eat our vegetable scraps in peace and turn them into some lovely compost for our garden that is literally smaller than a twin bed.

What I'm listening to now: This band makes me very happy. I went to see my old roommate play at a show, and Dancer Vs. Politician played right before him.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

looked long before leaping

I've just decided to start this blogging thing. My family is taking a 10 day trip to Ireland at the end of July, and in preparation I'll be making all sorts of Irish food. One cannot know a land without knowing its food I like to say. I've never actually said that, but its catchy and perhaps I'll start using it in the future. What better time to start blogging about Irish food than on St. Patrick's Day, where I'll make some (Americanized) Irish food for friends. And of course drink lots of beer. If you have any recipe favorites, I'd be happy to try them and will write about them here.
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