Miscellany

Oct. 26th, 2006 06:42 pm
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-Cold medicine is yucky. I think its goal is to make you so dry you must drink lots of fluids.

-The beach last weekend was wonderful.

-S is back on a south beach type diet so she can fit in her dress uniform for retirement. I'm having a hard time with meat in my house and in my kitchen. I didn't think I would if I didn't have to deal with preparing it, but I am.

- Need to make holiday plans soon. Not sure what we are going to do.

-Project household consolidation should be done by the end of the year. We are going to order the new kitchen parts this weekend and perhaps paint a little.

- Work is crazy, one more test to take and then I am fully licensed.
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My thoughts/changes are this:
-I dont' know what kind of world that Ina lives in where butternut squash and asparagus are available in the same season. I used green beans and added some zuchini. Really a bit of whatever I had from my farmers market haul.
- 1 1/2 sticks of butter? Please. I used a little more than 1/2 a stick, some olive oil and extra veggie stock.
-Veggie pot pie requires veggie stock. Nuff said.
- I put all of this in 1 big casserole dish and used pre-made pie crust I had in the freezer. Next time I'd use a bisket crust.

Now, on to the recipe:
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
2 cups sliced yellow onions (2 onions)
1 fennel bulb, top and core removed, thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups good chicken stock
1 tablespoon Pernod
Pinch saffron threads
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 1/2 cups large-diced potatoes (1/2 pound)
1 1/2 cups asparagus tips
1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced carrots (4 carrots)
1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced butternut squash
1 1/2 cups frozen small whole onions (1/2 pound)
1/2 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
For the pastry:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Flaked sea salt and cracked black pepper


Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and fennel and saute until translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the flour, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Slowly add the stock, Pernod, saffron, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the heavy cream and season to taste. The sauce should be highly seasoned.
Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Lift out with a sieve. Add the asparagus, carrots, and squash to the pot and cook in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain well. Add the potatoes, mixed vegetables, onions, and parsley to the sauce and mix well.

For the pastry, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with your fingers until each piece is coated with flour. Pulse 10 times, or until the fat is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water; process only enough to moisten the dough and have it just come together. Dump the dough out onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Divide the filling equally among 4 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough into quarters and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl. Crimp the dough to fold over the sides, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_28918,00.html
Barefoot Contessa/Ina Garten

baaaa.

Sep. 28th, 2006 09:42 pm
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1. Explain what ended your last relationship?
different priorities

2. When was the last time you shaved?
on Saturday

3. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.?
eating cereal

4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago?
kissing s

5. Are you any good at math?
sometimes yes

6. Your prom night?
left early

7. Do you have any famous ancestors?
sure do

8. Have you had to take a loan out for school?
thankfully no

9. Do you know the words to the song on your myspace profile?
no song

10. Last thing received in the mail?
Smithsonian Magazine

11. How many different beverages have you had today?
about four

12. Do you ever leave messages on people's answering machine?
of course

13. Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to?
boy band

14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?
not always

15. What's the most painful dental procedure you've had?
just cavities

16. What is out your back door?
rat playground

17. Any plans for Friday night?
fish zoo

18. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?
very much

19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns?
from mom

20. Have you ever been to a planetarium?
in August

21. Do you re-use towels after you shower?
for days

22. Some things you are excited about?
my job

23. What is your favorite flavor of JELLO?
vodka laden

24. Describe your keychain(s)?
silverware handle

25. Where do you keep your change?
phone pocket

26. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?
last week

27. What kind of winter coat do you own?
black wool

28. What was the weather like on your graduation day?
don't remember

29. Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed?
what door?
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I can't tell if I caught a germie on the airplane or if I'm allergic to something here in Colorado. Either way, I have a runny nose and a stuffy head. Yuck.

I'm stilling in stock broker school all week, pushing toward my licensing exam on the 9th. Its hard to sit still and concentrate when my head is all filled with snot.

If I have a cold, and the old wives tale of feeding them is correct, I should be well in short order. I don't know what my grandmother thinks is required for survival while sitting on your ass all day, but apparently its oatmeal AND bagels for breakfast, a pbj sandwich for snack, 3 cups of last nights leftovers, chips and salsa, and veggie pot pie. Later brownies and ice cream. I might roll back home. She's gone for a few days and she left at least a weeks worth of groceries and an additional weeks leftovers. I will not go hungry. I will stock her freezer while she is gone do it doesn't go to waste.
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The guy sitting across from me is totally grooving out to whatever he has playing on his laptop/mp3 player. He's quite oblivious to the fact that he is at a cafe full of other patrons.

Yuck.

Aug. 4th, 2006 12:10 pm
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I bought a new stick of deodorant the other day. The first on in the unscented row had been opened, so I took the next one behind it. I didn't check the flavour until I got home and realized it was Powder orsomethingscented.

Since its a million degrees in DC/MD I can't go with out and I had used the other stick up. There was nothing left. So I used the scented one.

I can smell baby powder ever time I move my arms. I can TASTE it. Ugh. I think I will stop for new deodorant on my way home and leave this one for [profile] kailisue

That wil remind me to make sure I check next time.

Sluggy Day

Jul. 22nd, 2006 03:26 pm
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I have no motivation today. It started last night....
I walked a small dog and then took her for an r-i-d-e in the c-a-r to go pick up dinner I didn't have to cook. I then ignored the mail, the laundry and my study cards to watch a movie. I fell asleep in the middle and woke up as the ending credits were rolling. Its not that I wasn't enjoying the movie, I was just beat.

Today, I woke up, and the small dog wasn't too urgent to go out, so I caught up on a few days worth of journals, and spoke with [livejournal.com profile] kailisue on the phone. Resolved to get something done today, I went to clean the patio. The rats have stripped my basil down to stalks, so I had to throw it all away, and it was quite sad. No pesto for us this season. One of the tomato pots got knocked down by rat antics, so I had to clean that up, and set it upright again. I started to sweep up and hose down the patio and was waved over by neighbors for a visit. I hung with them for a bit, and then came back and finished the patio. By then it was 1:00, so I turned on the movie from last night to finish.

I should study, clean, do laundry or spin the dog around the park, but I can't even motivate to shower, much less anything else.
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Haiku2 for lyrical1
hugs or kisses yes please
but make it usable to
my liking of course
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Created by Grahame
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So far I have spent the day cleaning and cooking. Friends are coming over tonight for a picnic and concert in the park. I made: Nicoise Salad (grilled tuna, tomatoes, potato, egg and green beans on greens), we are going to have cheese and crackers and Strawberries with citrus cream.

Yum, yum, yum.

I am trying to catch up on laundry, [livejournal.com profile] kailisue is usually the one who takes care of that stuff. I usually forget it. I'm such a slacker.
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I've been studying about Munis all day today, and well, when I study sometimes I talk to myself.  The dog thinks I keep callilng her name when I say Munis.

In my world, kaili doesn't sound like muni, but I guess if you are a small dog, its close enough.
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So I made Not-Chicken maranaded in Annie's Shitaki Sesame dressing on the new skewers I bought on sale at Wegmans last weekend. I put some carrots in foil with some ginger and honey and the last of the brussel sprouts in foil with Olive Oil, S & P. I cooked up some couscous the easy way, and dinner was ready. Yummy!
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- Walk dog. Walk to other house to measure kitchen and 2nd bedroom. (Yes, a queen bed will fit where the futon currently is. And less tightly than I guessed.)
-Go Over to TV hill to pick up [profile] kailisue's dehumidifier from Sears.
-Stop at One World for caffeine and sustenance on the way over.
-Call W on the way
to talk about friends grill for sale, and get her to send me contractors name.
-Ikea. Had brilliant vision at a gathering last night of what we could do in [profile] kailisue's kitchen to make it usable to my liking. Of course that requires gutting it. Want to price project.
-Go to grocery store and get stuff to make brownie biscotti and other non melty treats.
-Box things to go to PO
-Study
-Clean downstairs

Oh Yeah

Apr. 22nd, 2006 04:27 pm
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I have a new cell phone number.... comment if you need the new buttons to push.
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Am I the only one who doesn't think that itunes is all that?

I'm a bright girl, why can't I figure out how to set this thing up the way I want it to be set up?
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I heard about These guys on the "Good Food" podcast. I just ordered my lovelies, meant for containers, and they will be shipped for my zone in about 2 weeks or so. Thought I'd share, as [livejournal.com profile] kwalton and others might be interested.
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LJ Interests meme results



  1. bombay sapphire:
    mmmmmmm. Gin. Need I say more?
  2. cook books:
    I love cook boooks. I read them like novels. I love to curl up on the couch and read them and look at the pictures. I often do this on a Sunday when I am looking for a cooking adventure.
  3. feminism:
    Feminism. Hum. Should be pretty self explanatory, but, I believe that I AM a feminist and that I can still work in corporate america and finance and be one.
  4. hangar one:
    mmmmmm. Vodka. I am sensing a theme here....
  5. kris delmhorst:
    A really great New England folkie girl that I first heard at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. She writes brilliant lyrics and has a haunting voice.
  6. nature:
    I grew up spending my summers living outside at summer camp, and leared to appreciate nature as a source of bueaty and solace.
  7. queer:
    I like queer as a descriptor as it doesn't feel like it puts me in a box. I've been with women, I've been with men, and my future is unknown. I also see it as something that encompases non "vanilla" sex, regardless of gender.
  8. sleeping:
    I love to sleep. Sleeping in is one of my favourtie indulgences.
  9. urban kayaking:
    I live in the city, and have done some really great kayaking in the city. Many port cities (Boston, NYC and Borroughs, Seattle, Portland (ME and OR), Baltimore, Washington and Portsmouth are all cites I have paddled in) have direct water access and really great things to explore.
  10. womens music:
    Womens music is what made me a lesbian. It was the gateway.


Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.



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I've tried a few Weeknight Kitchen recipes, and loved them all. Many need to be adjusted to make them veggie, but many are veggie in their own right.

In my version I used sliced almonds (the matchsticks, not the thin slices) and a bag of mixed greens from Trader Joes all washed and pre-cut, so I ommtted the seperate stem cooking part. I also cooked my rice the 2:1 way.

Sue said it wasn't anything like what her SoulfoodcookingEx used to make, but it was good. So good she ate two bowls full.

Rice Bowl of Melting Chard and Two Beans )
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I've been bad about updating and feel like I should say something so I stole this from serenejournal )
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To make a long story silly, I got money for an ipod for christmas, and then got a major flat tire that led to the replacement of all 4 tires on my little RAV4. Goodbye $600 and christmas money and ipod. I also asked for a coat from LLBean for christmas that ended up being back ordered and later canceled. My parents offered to a) shop for a new coat or b) send me a check for the price of the coat. (I think they felt bad I spent my holiday money on tires.)

So now I have most of the money for an ipod and I'm looking around to see what my options are. So, Ipod owners, is it worth the extra $50 to upgrade to the Ipod from the Nano? I like the idea that I can sync my calendar and addresses, but really have no inclination to watch videos on it. I'm commuting to work an hour each day by train and going to the gym 4ish days a week. That is really what I am wanting it for. I'm missing NPR while I drive and know I can get podcasts of the things I am missing.

I'm also not Ipod brand committed. Is there another option that is just as good? Better? I bow to all that are more knowledgeable on this subject than I am.
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