Thursday, March 30, 2006
I'm also starting to think about growing things .
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Then yesterday I received my first Candy Swappers package in the mail from Lisa in Atlanta. She sent a overflowing box full of hot chocolate, Dolce Bits, Sweet Georgia Brownies, chocolate, Cadbury eggs, praline pecans and Peach Buds.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
I've started trying to perfect my vegetarian chili recipe for the Cleveland.com Food Forum's Chili Cook-Off Benefit for the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. I am very nervous about the event! I have never entered a food contest before...well, one time I entered a pie contest and it didn't go so good. Please come down, support a good cause and have some chili at the Great Lakes Brewery on April 5th!
Oh, my Secret Pal sent me a great St. Patrick's Day package!!! Thanks SP7, I can't wait to find out who you are!!!
Thursday, March 16, 2006
- Cleveland International Film Fest is starting
- St. Patrick's Day - don't forget that the parade route is different this year
- The Bishop giving dispensation so I can eat corned beef & cabbage without feeling guilty
- Honey Hut opens for the season - have a scoop of Pistachio!
Monday, March 13, 2006
I saw Martha Stewart making this recipe on t.v. a few years ago. Since then I've made it a numerous times - it's one of those dishes that's pretty easy and at the same time impresses guests. This is how I do it:
Linguine & Red Clam Sauce
1 lb dried linguine
2 Tbs olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 (6 oz) cans chopped or minced clams, 2 with their juice
1/4 c. white or red wine
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
3/8 tsp hot red pepper flakes (or more, to your taste)
salt & pepper
1 Tbs butter
In a skillet (with a lid) large enough to hold the pasta later on, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and slowly cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add everything else - clams, wine, tomatoes, red pepper flakes and S&P, to taste, keeping in mind that the clams and their juice are salty. Stir, reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer till thickened, about 15 - 20 minutes.
Cook pasta & drain while sauce is simmering. Add drained pasta & butter to the sauce and mix well in skillet. Cover and cook 1 minute.
Friday, March 10, 2006
The third girl in our group showed up and we walked over to the House of Blues to see the Violent Femmes 25th Anniversary show. When I bought our tickets the only ones available were in the upstairs - and they were not all together. So like everyone else, we sat in seats that technically were not all ours. The 2 seats that were together were all the way on the end of a row - so that you could not see ANYTHING.
Anyways...not quite sure what I was thinking but while I was sitting in someone else's seat I decided to be a rebel and snap a picture. I totally got busted and yelled at like a high schooler. But I wasn't sent back to my seat! Hahaha.
The Violent Femmes are old dudes but are so weird and cool that they completely mesmorized for the entire show. What entertainers! I didn't know anything about them before the show except that I like to dance around to Blister in the Sun at social gatherings - mainly weddings and on New Year's Eve.
Gordon Gano (the lead singer) looked like someone you would not want sitting next to you on an airplane. He wore this big red t-shirt and I think either a pair of sweat or fast pants. Too far away to tell, but gross either way. My friend told me he "used to be the cute one!?!"
Brian Ritchie played all kinds of different instruments including something that looked like a stick, a xylophone, shakuhachi and conch shell!
My personal favorite was the drummer Victor De Lorenzo - he was so cute dancing around, banging on stuff.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Week 1 - A very easy and quick recipe to make during the week - don't be shy with the spices.
Pita with Black Bean Salad
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup cooked black beans (or canned black beans)
1 tomato diced
1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded
½ cup green onion
garlic powder to taste (for more flavor, roast whole garlic gloves and mince)
ground cumin to taste
3 TBSP reduced fat Italian dressing
whole wheat wraps
Mix all ingredients except bread. Marinate
for 1-2 hours. Fill wraps. Serve immediately.