Archive | January, 2013

Pinned it Tuesday: tinto de verano

29 Jan

In case you’re unfamiliar, tinto de verano is popular in Spain and very similar to sangria.  The name “tinto de verano” translates to “red wine of summer.”  Typically someone who prefers white wine over red, I figured I’d give it a try.  I read that carbonated water, sprite/7-up, orange or lemon soda could be used but what grabbed my attention with this particular recipe is that calls for sparkling lemonade, which I just love.  Prepare yourself.  This recipe is very complicated:

Tinto de verano

Fill glass with ice.  Add red wine to halfway.  Top with sparkling lemonade.

I’m pretty much obsessed.

red wine spritzer

(original recipe here)


Thank god I brought a professional

28 Jan

This weekend the Chef and I checked out the “Our Global Kitchen” exhibit at American Museum of Natural History.  It took us through history and around the world in overarching categories of Grow, Trade, Cook, Taste, Eat, and Celebrate.  I absolutely loved the exhibit, probably because between the exhibit itself and the professional I had in tow, I learned SO much about the food we eat – “from farm to fork” – as the exhibit (correctly) prescribes.  Of course, as I posted on Facebook, I didn’t have much to contribute:

“My contribution to touring the ‘Our Global Kitchen’ exhibit, and particularly the ginger mist contraption: ‘Mmm…smells like a Moscow Mule!’  Thank god I brought a professional.”

Check it out!  Moscow Mule optional.

That time I was irony for Halloween

26 Jan

As I mentioned in this post, my brother and I spent one evening flipping through old pictures when we were home for Christmas.  I couldn’t help but laugh when I came across this picture, which – about 25 years later – seems a bit ironic, doesn’t it?  Here I am in nursery school dressed up for Halloween as, you got it, BRIDAL Barbie!

bridal barbie cropped

Here’s another, not quite as funny, yet still worth a giggle – “goin’ to the chapel and she’s (not) gonna get maaaarried…”


Pinned it Tuesday: baked lemon and thyme mushrooms

22 Jan

I’ve always liked mushrooms (especially stuffed mushrooms!) but recently I’m obsessed.  So I pinned it!

Baked Lemon and Thyme Mushrooms

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Pre-heat the oven to 400F.  Zest the lemon, reserving the juice for later. Combine the zest, thyme and enough olive oil to make the mixture pourable in a bowl. Clean and slice the mushrooms and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with half the olive oil mixture and season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle the parmesan over the mushrooms and return to the oven for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese is lovely and golden.  Drizzle the remaining olive oil mixture and some lemon juice (to taste) over the mushrooms.  Serve on a thick slice of crusty, toasted bread rubbed with a clove of raw garlic, or over a bed of creamy polenta (I ate as a side with baked tilapia).

(original recipe here)


Pop quiz: holiday weekend

21 Jan

I am not the type of person who will respond “nothing” when you ask me what I did over the weekend.  I work really hard, and am generally pretty stressed Monday-Friday, so by the time the weekend rolls around, I cherish my time off.  And three-day weekends are pretty much nectar from the gods!

So this weekend, I:

(a) Stayed in bed late and read “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

(b) Checked out a new spot for brunch, Casaville, by my apartment (thank you Groupon!)

(c) Exclaimed on Sunday, “It’s like it’s Saturday all over again!”

(d) Movie hopped and saw “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty

(e) Ducked into a Belgium beer and mussels joint, BXL East, for a late lunch / early dinner

(f) Wandered into a pub with live music to class it up with PBR’s and shots of Jameson


I’m 31, not 3

19 Jan

cheese sandwich

This may or may not be pathetic because:

– I’m having a cheese sandwich for dinner

– I’m 31-years-old, not three

– I couldn’t even be bothered to toast the bread or make a grilled cheese

– This is not an unusual dinner selection for me

– I’m dating a chef

– I watched Pretty Little Liars while I ate

– Honestly, I don’t regret it.


18 Jan

Yes, another one.  And I stayed awake for the whole movie, thankyouverymuch.

Drink when:

– A living thing gets eaten

– The word “Velociraptor” is used instead of “Raptor”

– You see a dinosaur’s shadow or reflection

– You see Attenborough’s amber walking stick

– Sam Jackson talks with a cigarette in his mouth

– Jeff Goldblum is sarcastic

– Newman is eating

– The lawyer trips on something

– The T-Rex in on the screen

– Water ripples

– Somebody screams

– There is an aerial view in conjunction with dramatic music

– Attenborough says “spare no expense”

– Jurassic Park merchandise/logo is shown

– The children are in mortal danger