Jul 31, 2012

soft pretzels with beer cheese sauce (and) love


Tomorrow is our third anniversary!  (Happy Anniversary, Love!)  It's crazy how quickly the past three years have gone.  It feels like our wedding was just yesterday.

But, at the same time, a lot has changed in these past few years.  We finished grad school, got jobs, adopted a (slightly neurotic) pooch, moved across the country, and started a new life here in Cleveland.  I guess it really has been three years.

Jul 29, 2012

chipotle-style brown rice and adjustments


I used to run.  It was kind of my thing: my therapy, my challenge, my relaxation, and a major part of my social life.  I did cross-country for 6 years and track (distance running) events for 5.  I even finished the Cleveland Marathon (a week before my prom!).  It was my constant through the normal ups and downs of junior high and high school.

Once I started college, though, my knees started to hurt more and more (culminating in my last big race, a half marathon, my freshman year).  After that race, I hurt.  A lot.  I tried on and off, to come back to running, but my knees hurt more and more.

Jul 25, 2012

asian-style coleslaw


My sister sent me the recipe I based this off of on February 8th.  I know this, because it's still in my email in-box.  It's sad, I know.  It's down toward the bottom of the email list with other very important things recipes I've received.

Some recipes you see and right away you know you need to make them.  Sometimes immediately.  Others, sit around for awhile waiting to be tested.  This was one of those recipes.

Jul 23, 2012

mustard greens potato soup


I've not been posting much recently.  I know.  I'm sorry.

It's kind of been a whirlwind of a week: job celebrations involving Melt, training walks, yoga with best friends, playing with cute little triplet cousins, Bachelorette finales, husband work-clothes shopping, (no-longer-so-far-off) dreams of a house of our own, and other important things.

Jul 19, 2012

swiss chard and gratitude


It's been quite the week, in a good way.

On Monday, my sister's fiancĂ© successfully defended his Master's thesis.  He's officially going to be graduating this summer and starting work as an engineer in September.

Upon moving back to Ohio a (long) year ago, my husband realized that his Georgia counseling license wouldn't transfer as easily as expected.   Long story short, he took the 3 extra classes that Ohio required this past year and now is finally license-eligible.  On Tuesday, he was offered his ideal job at a small, local, private college working in their counseling center as a...counselor! It all kind of worked out somehow, because the job he got now was pretty much made for him.

Jul 16, 2012

thai green curry in a pan squash


This past week, I went out to dinner to my favorite Thai restaurant with one of my best friends.  We go there pretty often and neither of us ever look at the menu.  I always get the green curry with veggies and/or tofu.  She always gets the basil chicken.  It's kind of our thing.

So, I started thinking about making some of my own green curry at home.  I made it a few years ago (and it's super-easy with the pre-made curry paste), but I wanted to do a different twist on it.

Jul 13, 2012

chocolate fudge with balsamic and sea salt


My parents (and Chookie Chookie Grandma) recently got back from a trip to New York and Maine to visit family on my dad's side.  They went to New York to celebrate my cousin's high school graduation, and then they continued up to Maine to visit my aunts and see their new store.  (I would have loved to have gone, but unfortunately my husband and I both had to work that week.  Hopefully we'll get up there soon.)

I'm surprised the three of them ever came home.  They were raving about the store and the city of Boothbay for days!  My aunts started Eventide Specialties as a place to buy high-quality olive oil, vinegars, pasta, and other delicious things.  From the pictures I've seen, the store looks super-cute and it overlooks the harbor.  (How cool is that???)

Jul 10, 2012

cinnamon sugar zucchini bread


Some days are just a little funny, in a weird kind of way.  Yesterday was one of those days.

It was the first day of the second summer session of classes.  But, the (way too) short little weekend was the only thing separating it from the first summer session's final exam. 

I'm teaching in the same classroom at the same time as I was on Friday.  But, I'm teaching a different level (luckily one I'm very comfortable with, so that means very little planning work).

Jul 6, 2012

Jul 5, 2012

healthy artisan bread


This is one of my all-time favorite recipes.  It's healthy (no added fat, vegan, mainly whole wheat) and sooo delicious!  We enjoyed this as bread and made it as pizza crust--both turned out amazing.  And, the best part is that it's one of the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day recipes, so it took less than 5 minutes.