Whole Foods was a mad house today.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Whole Foods was a mad house today.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with their families and are gearing up for a fun New Year's.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday was the first time I've made a real meal in a long time. When I have cooked in the past few weeks, it's been something super quick -- a light pasta or a salad.
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 small onion, finely chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 bunch flat-leaf spinach (10 to 14 ounces), washed well, tough stems removed, chopped (about 7 cups)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
2 tablespoons butter
- In a small saucepan, combine tomatoes (with their juice) and 3 cups water. Bring just to a simmer; keep warm over low heat.
- In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add sausage and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up sausage with a spoon, until sausage is opaque and onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add rice; cook, stirring until well coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring until absorbed, about 1 minute.
- Add about 2 cups hot tomato mixture to rice; simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until absorbed, 4 to 5 minutes. Continue adding tomato mixture, 1 cup at a time, waiting for one cup to be absorbed before adding the next, stirring occasionally, until rice is creamy and just tender, about 25 minutes total (you may not have to use all the liquid).
- Remove pan from heat. Stir in spinach, Parmesan, and butter; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately (risotto will thicken as it cools), and sprinkle with additional Parmesan, if desired.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Just a little over a year ago, my favorite blogger, Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo, posted about a chair she purchased from Nightwood, a home decor business specializing in its own reconstructed furniture and textiles. I adored the pictures of her chair so much that I immediately emailed Nadia Yaron, one of Nightwood's founders, to find out about pricing.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
A squishy snake for your little one to drag along through the house. A tooth fairy pillow for when those shiners start to fall out. And a jumper that looks so comfortable I wish they made them in adult sizes. All made by oeuf - which means egg in French - start stocking up if you've got kids. They've got the most adorable clothes and toys I've seen for young children.
I never gave cauliflower much of a chance until I shared an apartment with my dear friend, Erjona, a few years ago.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Since I've been so entrenched in work, I've not had a lot of time to daydream about traveling as I normally would like.
Argentina and Vietnam, however, are top of mind these days. But in the meantime, I'm hooked on Tom's idea of one day buying a small, rustic cabin somewhere outside of DC.
Who knows if it will ever happen, but with the snow falling outside right now, Christmas just a few days away, it sounds perfect.
In fact, this cabin, as shown on The Selby, is totally right up my alley.
I have sadly neglected this blog for a good two weeks.
I have nothing to blame except for work and pure exhaustion.
It's been a month of weekends at work and long hours during the week.
And I have to admit -- I've not had a hint of interest in turning back to the computer once I get home.
So, in other words, this work-obsessed schedule meant that I had not seen my dearest friends for nearly a month. God, that's terrible, isn't it?! They too, are very busy people, and have so much going on in their lives -- work, relationships, you name it. They, too, were longing for a night of quality time together.
With those four weeks behind us, it was with great anticipation that the three of us trudged through the evening snow storm to meet one another for a long overdue evening at a local wine bar.
Many hours later the clock had struck 1am, several inches had fallen and it was time to part ways.
We giggled like schooI girls as we trounced through the snow-covered streets of Columbia Heights. We kissed goodbye and said, "I love you!!"
It might have been one of the best evenings I've had all year. There was something about Christmas being right around the corner, recognizing how special it was to be together and being so grateful for one another that left me feeling as lucky as any girl out there.
And Merry Christmas to all!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
My Mom's always saying, "I love Kate Hudson! She seems like she's so much fun!"
Of course, who knows, right? She's a celebrity with an image to worry about, but I admit, that there's something totally contagious about her spunk and that killer smile of hers'. And while I've seen many a photo shoot of hers' where she strikes a sexy pose, these pictures from her recent Bazaar photo shoot capture the fun of dressing up. I love it.
It's well known by friends and family that I have long adored Joanna Goddard's blog, Cup of Jo. I know I'm one of many, many loyal followers of her and it's easy to see why. She brings a little cheer to my day and a steady sort of optimism and beauty to everything.
When it's yucky outside, I've had a tough day or maybe I'm not feeling quite right with someone, her posts really cheer me up.
So it came as no surprise to me tonight that I loved her post about decorating her fireplace. I love the simple garland and the brass deer, but more than that, I share that desire to make things "pretty" at home. And the act of doing so, really brings great pleasure to my life, as it does for her.
Cheers to Joanna! She's the best.
(Via Cup of Jo)