Archive for October, 2007


WND – Cajun Chicken Salad

October 25, 2007

Firstly. Go Sox!

I live in Boston, I’m pretty sure I’m legally obligated to be excited that the Red Sox made it to the World Series (and won last night’s game 13-1).

Okay, moving on.

A remuda is a herd of horses. Did you know this? Why do I know this?

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WND – Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

October 18, 2007

Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

The Food Network is my default TV choice. It’s what I watch when I just want something on in the background. It’s what I watch when I’ve just gotten up on weekend mornings and I’m not coherent enough for anything with a plot. It’s what I watch when it’s 11:30 pm and I don’t quite want to go to bed yet but there’s nothing on TV.

The other night my roommate called out to me from the living room, “Hey, look! I’m watching the Food Network of my own volition.” This, I think, says more about the appeal of Ace of Cakes and the limited number of things on at 10:30 on a Tuesday night than about my ability to convert her to an obsession with the Food Network. Although, she doesn’t usually complain when I watch the Food Network for hours on Saturday morning so maybe my subtle plan for world domination is moving along on schedule.
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WND – Birthday Stew

October 11, 2007

This is the end of the Fall Birthday Season. The weather cooperated and we had a cold gloomy day on Wednesday which went nicely with the beef stew and bread pudding that was requested for dinner.

Beef Carbonnade
Mashed Potatoes

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

There’s a story from when I was a wee young thing in which I was given a homework assignment to come up with three sentences using contractions. Allegedly, I returned to school the next day with the following three sentences:

I don’t eat broccoli.
I won’t eat broccoli.
I can’t eat broccoli.

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WND – Farewell to Summer Dinner

October 4, 2007

Ham Biscuits
Devilled Eggs Hard-boiled eggs
Tomatoes & Mozzarella
Curried Chicken Salad

There are two kinds of people in the world. People who can make pie dough, and people who can make biscuits. I don’t really understand this, since in theory biscuits and pie dough require the same skill set, but experience suggests that if you can make one, you can’t make the other. I make excellent biscuits and lousy pie dough.

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SND – Espresso + Chili = Love

October 1, 2007

First off, I should note that this came from Petra’s famous handwritten cookbook and I think it might have been the first dish I ever made from it. It is also, perhaps, the most requested dish that I make. I know that JM would eat it as often as I felt like cooking it. Unfortunately(?), this makes tons of leftovers… which is great for the first three days. And then I start thinking that if I never see chili again, it’ll be too soon.

On the other hand – BIG.VAT.OF.CHILI…. and there’s no wrong there. So, thanks, Petra for passing this one along.

Also note: do not make this during Passover. I’ve never felt so bad in my life. Just a head’s up so you don’t make the same mistake.

Black Bean and Espresso Chili
Sweet Cornbread with jalapeño
Plain, old ordinary cornbread
Lots and lots of wine (courtesy of Matt, Ruth, and Goofy)

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