Posts Tagged 'recipes'


For Father’s Day, Katie made Tim B. his two favorite foods: ribs and coleslaw. The BBQ sauce (from scratch) was phenomenal, so I’m including the recipe.

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Stout Cake

My good friend Dave turned 21 on Wednesday, which happens to be our weekly LOST get-together night.  He doesn’t really like straight up booze, so I made him the next best thing: a Guinness cake.  It’s my most successful layer cake to date!  Probably because I used a couple of useful tricks:

– Line bottom of cake pans with parchment paper.
– Bake cake layers at a lower temperature for longer.  They will be flatter and easier to stack.
– Freeze cake layers for up to an hour before stacking/frosting. 

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Other updates:

– It’s been one year since my beloved cat, Boo, passed away. I still think about him when I cross the Calvin Coolidge bridge and spot graffiti on the parallel Norwottuck Rail Trail. It read “EB U R THE 1 4 ME 4EVER + ALWAYS ❤ BOO” until recently, when it was altered to say, “EB U R FREE ❤ BOO”

– I’ve been regularly dipping into my precious perfume samples…ever since I learned to open the vials without spilling (more difficult than you’d think). I tried Serge Luten Fleur d’Oranger today, and I realized I’m not as fond of white florals as I once thought. I wore Piguet Fracas to David Sedaris and Caron Tabac Blond to Esselon Cafe.

– I’ve also been enjoying wearing my new $30 prescription glasses from The prescription is a little off, but I probably deserve that for being such a cheapskate.

– I am building a wattle fence and trellis for my garden. Stay tuned.

Good Things

I made Valentine’s Day cookies with my mom.  They are lemony with Royal Icing.  DO NOT EAT the decorative balls like I did for 22 years, they are really covered in silver.

I finally got winter boots!  They have Thinsulate, Hallelujah.

I signed up for a 27-month gym membership at a Very Low Rate of $25/month.  The ellipticals have built-in FANS, and I get three complementary sessions with a personal trainer.  Note to self: The Martha Stewart show is on at 10AM.

Someone left an offensive snow-o-gram directly in front of my apartment.

Last Suppers

Happy Inauguration!  I spent the first hour of the ceremony with my despised eye doctor answering the dreaded question, “Better one, or two?”. Barack Obama was sworn into office as I sprinted up the steps to Congressman John Olver’s office. However, I made it in time for Obama’s speech and enjoyed refreshments with the gang.

Lately, when I’m not busy nursing my Raynaud’s Disease

I have been doing a lot of cooking including:

Chipotle White Bean Casserole with Cilantro Pesto and Garlic Spinachy

Chipotle White Bean Casserole with Cilantro Pesto and Garlic Spinachy

RECIPE @ 101Cookbooks – This was OK with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top, but none of the leftovers got eaten. Probably because it gave Keith and me heartburn. I had the most fun making the cilantro pesto with my new Cusinart:


Vegan Tofu Scramble

Vegan Tofu Scramble

RECIPE @ PostPunkKitchen – Success! This was almost identical to the version they serve at Cafe Evolution. I added spinach and grated carrots on top and served it with vegetarian baked beans.


Heathers Quinoa from 101 Cookbooks

Heather's Quinoa from 101 Cookbooks

I don’t know what it is, but quinoa has been popping up everywhere lately. The New York Times did a little piece on it, my coworker Connie made it for her Election Night Dinner Party, and I could swear its a featured grain in the Healthy Living column in the new Martha Stewart Living. Quinoa is a tiny, ancient Peruvian seed, but I just like to describe it as “rice sperm” because it’s high in protein and when its cooked you can see a little curlicue thread in each grain. It also rich in the amino acid lysine – lucky for someone like me who gets canker sores all the time.

I used this recipe from one of my favorite food blogs. The roasted tomatoes were really key. I didn’t have paneer cheese, but it was good with parmesan sprinkled on top. Or you could try nutritional yeast.

Other foods/bevs I have been enjoying lately:
D’anjou pears
Butter + honey on toast
Roasted salted pumpkin seeds
Butternut squash
Green Earl Grey tea from Esselon Cafe
Mayflower Porter*

*Okay, I didn’t really love this, but as an olfactory enthusiast, I appreciated its complexity. Kind of like the time I tried Cantillon Gueze, which tastes like horse blanket. At least the porter tasted like coffee.

This is a cool website for looking up what produce is currently in season.

Vitamin B6 Soup

Why shouldn’t I have a blog? Every college graduate and their mother has one nowadays, and I’m feeling just as self-indulgent. Twitter, however, is where I draw the line.

I made a hearty fall soup with my pal Melissa last night. I’m not one for precision in recipes – I like to use the best elements in a handful of similar recipes for maximum potential. So anyways, we improved a watery version of Carrot Ginger Soup Melissa made the previous night, and here is the approximate recipe:

1 lb. carrots, chopped
2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped
4 Tbsp fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
Small container plain yogurt
Salt, to taste
1 tsp basil
Cilantro leaves

Cook the chopped carrots and potatoes in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and food process small portions until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Garnish with cilantro if you like. We each had a bowl with a dollop of sour cream, and enjoyed vivid dreams because of the high concentration of Vitamin B6. So neat! My supplement-happy sister had suggested I try B6 this past summer, but I forgot all about it until now.

Speaking of family, how cute is mine?!

Mom, David, Michael, Grammie, Rick, Diane, Andy, Fern

Clockwise from L: Mom, David, Michael, Grammie, Rick, Diane, Andy, Fern

I’m headed to Brooklyn this weekend for some awesome CMJ events. I’ll be seeing Camilla for the first time in 4+ months, and probably other Bardians as well! Stay tuned for a recap and more scintillating blogging (hint: Halloween costumes, my 1st garden in review, pictures from Chicago).