2011 is ending in the warmest of ways. I took a break to spend time with loved ones, but will be back to "liking" things before you can say Happy New Year. Hope your holidays have been merry & bright.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Any guesses as to what movie the post title is quoting? Hint: It has to do with the color red.
A lot of eating goes on this time of year and rightly so. That's what thick Irish wool sweaters and staying in the apartment watching Netflix under a throw are for. No need for flaunting the bod Oct-May. At least not in the places I've resided in (Minnesota, Ithaca, & New York City). Plus, "nobody likes a skinny Santa".
These slow-cooked, heavy duty foods may get a little complicated to conjure up, but playing with spices, aromatics, and roasting makes you feel part witch/part Ina (more about her later).
A few weeks ago we indulged in a seemingly lunch-like dinner: soup, salad, and bread. But the layering of numerous spices and hearty ingredients made it very seasonal and very fulfilling.
First up: Tyler Florence's fall salad that I originally spied HERE. I added some grape tomatoes & bacon crumbles, and subbed in spinach. Lots of fall flavor. I hope so; it's in the name.
We paired it with one of my favorites - Andaluca Butternut Squash Apple Soup.
This classic fall recipe choice has the addition of leeks.
I knew nothing about leeks prior to this recipe, but found David Lebovitz's blog very informative (as usual). I kind of want to put leeks in everything now.
We finished by whipping up an easy homemade cinnamon applesauce thanks to a jaunt out to Warick, NY.
Bought THIS the other day using a gift certificate I won (I won! I won! I never win things!) reading THIS blog.
Then, I met THIS lady.
The only problem now? No idea how to cook a turkey. Maybe her book I bought for full price (Full price! Full price! I never pay full price!) will give me some guidance.
Accepting tips starting...now.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I can be naughty, I can be nice.
Some things never change. Happy Holidays!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
This is Minnesota Nice:
The other 49 are available as well in sterling silver, 14k gold, or with an addition of a diamond.
I originally saw this featured in GOOP; get 25% off your purchase by using the code "GOOP25" through December 31st.