What am I going to do with all this chard and radicchio?, I wondered when I picked up my weekly CSA. The next day, Elise from Simply Recipes posted Farro with Swiss Chard and Radicchio, so I made a big batch of it. The rest went into salads and frittatas.
My new babies. Please don’t die, little guys. I need you for pizzas and salads.
What I’m reading:I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Malala, an outspoken advocate of girls’ education in Pakistan and all around badass, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman when she was 14… and survived. Know what I was doing at 14? Skipping school to roleplay as Sailor Moon characters in AOL chatrooms. Shii-et. What I’m eating:Kaddo Bourani What I’m watching: episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 I’ve already seen a dozen times. <3 Jadzia and Worf forever <3
// Do you have a hankering for Vietnamese food too? These banh mi wraps would really hit the spot.
// Black bean burrito bowls were a lunch staple when I lived in San Francisco. I grew up not knowing about the deliciousness of Mexican food, but I’d like to think I’m making up for it now.
// More black beans! I never had a good black bean burger until I visited Frita Batidos here in Ann Arbor. I’m tempted to make my own now, and these black bean sloppy joes look like they would be a good place to start.
What I’m listening to:Egyptian Lover. You’ve got a soft spot for 80s electro hip hop, right? What I’m reading:My Life as a Mountbatten by Pamela Hicks. Uh yeah, still going through a rich English folk phase. It’s a little embarrassing. What I’m eating:Parmesan Beans with Kale and Sausage from Katie at the Kitchen Door What I’m playing: Cory and I usually watch something while we eat dinner together. After we exhausted everything Amazon Instant and Netflix had to offer from Anthony Bourdain, Michael Palin, Ricky Gervais, and Karl Pilkington, we started playing games together. So far we’ve played, The Wolf Among Us, Long Live the Queen, The Yawhg, and we just finished up The Walking Dead last night. I’m not a fan of the zombie genre and had no expectations for the Walking Dead but I ended up loving it. The ending had me in tears for much of the night. The only thing that made me feel better was to look up stupid fan art, which I’m pretty sure cures lots of things.
// Roasted garlic is heaven. I often roast garlic to spread on toast and slip into soups, but I’ve never used it as a salad dressing.
// Need to get my hands on some cheap mangoes for this Mango Chana Masala from the taste space.
// Spring and autumn are short in Michigan, and it’s going to get hot very soon. Should we get an air conditioner that we will only use for a month, or should I drink Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffees and horchata non-stop? Hmm.
// Brave Jezebel writer and her friends cooked some gross recipes from the 1950s. Why bother eating something if it’s not in a jello mold? I’ve since spent hours reading Mid Century Menu, in awe and disgust.
// Michigan pals, pre-order your paczkis from Zingerman’s while there’s still time. I’ve pre-ordered all five flavors, chocolate pudding, sweet ricotta cheese, rose hip, plum, and raspberry. Can’t wait!
// Love me some dumplings. These homemade pierogies by the Sugar Hit are on my to-make list.
// Our last attempt at making a dutch baby resulted in a shattered plate and scrounging the table (and yes, the floor) for bits of pancake. Maybe I’ll give this Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby by Hungry Girl Por Vida if I’m feeling adventurous.
// A couple years ago, I bought a springform pan to make a cheesecake recipe I found from Smitten Kitchen. I never made the cheesecake and I’m not sure if I’ve ever used this springform pan. Would this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake finally get me to use the pan? Probably not, but I would so eat this if someone made it for me.
– It was something like minus -37 degrees a few nights ago, but instead of complaining I’ll just say that Cory and I had a lot of fun sword fighting with icicles.
– Three family members bestowed us with Zingerman’s gift cards for Christmas. I’m thankful to have people in my life who understand that we are too snobby for Applebee’s. This week’s trip included acquiring a cinnamon bun larger than my face.
– My creepy mousepad from BENWINEWIN makes me absurdly happy. I swear, one part of my brain is swimming around in pastels and pretty things and the other part is obsessed with skulls.
– I haven’t been big on New Year’s resolutions in the past, but I sure have a lot of them this year. Now that I’ve ventured into the scary world of self-employment, I’ve set an awful lot of goals for myself. I haven’t been on top of blogging as I’d like to be, but that’s OK because I have new a best friend and her name is Lynda.com.
– Armed with a lovely new cookbook, I’ll be sharing some Turkish recipes in the coming weeks. Until then, here’s what I’ve been reading on the web:
// Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet – I grew up on the internet. It’s where discovered a world outside of my hometown, made countless friends, and met the man who became my husband. I’ve been sharing parts of my life online for almost 20 years, from the days of Geocities and g*URLpages (shout out to anyone who remembers that) to this blog. I’m sadly all too familiar with the experiences the women in this piece had.
// My friend Coco recently launched a beauty and makeup blog. I’ve missed her writing so much: “Listen, my face is already slathered in bee venom, snail secretions, and fermented soybeans. If you think something is going to stop me from putting donkey milk all over my hands, you’d have to wait until they’re cold and dead to pry it away from them.”