Archive for July, 2007

BYOD(TS), BYOB, BYOC

The cherry clafoutis was so good that I made another one the next day. This time with three peaches and one teaspoon of vanilla extract (instead of half). Of course, I’ve never actually had a clafoutis before so I can’t vouch for the authenticity but whatever I’m making tastes great.

Today, I grudgingly got out of bed at 10:00 AM and (quite willingly) made a pistachio-chocolate cake for a Jack-and-Jill party we’re going to tonight. It’s one of those boxed cake this, instant pudding that recipes—the only easy thing I could think of last night when I remembered the “Please bring a dish to share!” part of the invite and didn’t particularly feel like cooking. It’s also BYOB and BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).

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Three Dinners

Monday store-bought rotisserie chicken, zucchini and tomato cooked with herbs and parmesan, leftover restaurant mashed potatoes enhanced with fresh dill

Tuesday personal-size broccoli-zucchini white pizzas

Wednesday butternut squash tart and cherry clafoutis (via Smitten Kitchen)

Not super balanced but always tasty. Hands-down winner might be the zucchini-tomato side dish which was very as-I-go-along and turned out so unexpectedly good. Best recipe might go to the clafoutis because it’s so unbelievably easy.

Home, Sweet Home

It occurred to me this morning that I’ve been living in Vermont for two years, give or take a few days. It may not be perfect but it’s okay living here. And since I don’t have any plans to move in the near future, this is officially the longest I’ve stayed in one place since I left New York in 2000.

It’s a Thursday, 5:45 PM.

In The Middle of baking a graham cracker crust for a key lime pie

Can’t Live Without Rabies by Skinny Puppy and Tired Eyes Slowly Burning by the Tear Garden

Songs You Should Be Able To Play On Guitar Hero “Children of the Revolution” by Marc Bolan & T. Rex, “Pinball Wizard” by the Who, “Jesus Built My Hotrod” by Ministry, “Complete Control” by the Clash, “Gave Up” by Nine Inch Nails

A few of my what things?

Level99 Denim Gauchos By far, my favorite bottoms to wear this summer. They can dress up or down and stay surprisingly cool. The denim is super dark, which I like. They were expensive compared to what I usually spend on jeans but they’ve been worth it. Usually I put them on as soon as I come home from work and then I wear them all weekend. So relaxed and comfortable.

Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea This is part of Origin’s “A Perfect World” skincare line. I didn’t think I’d have much use for it in the summer because I generally don’t get dry skin. But then I had a sinus infection and my entire nose / upper lip area became desiccated. Tissues, pfft. This made everything better quickly.

Alan Moore Of all the comics I’ve recently read, Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing was my favorite. I couldn’t put the book down and I was so disappointed when it ended. You might be more familiar with some of his other work, like V For Vendetta and Watchmen. It doesn’t matter what you read, though. Alan Moore is just a good writer.

Wish I May, Wish I Might

[The setting: 1 and 2 are broadcasting the iPod to every room in the apartment, while sitting on the porch sipping vodka-and-ginger ales and arguing about music.]

1: [Out of the Blue] I wish Nick Cave and PJ Harvey had stayed together.
2: Why, so they could make music together?
1: [Wistful] Yeah… [Silence]

Suddenly, Chocolate Cupcakes

I impulsively decided to bake this evening. It was so sudden that when S came home from baseball practice, he said, “What made you do that?” I shrugged. One minute, I was reading Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway and the next, I was measuring out three-quarters cup unsweetened cocoa powder. I haven’t been baking lately and to do it without planning—even more out of character. But I just felt like it. That minute.

I went with the easy chocolate cupcakes from Baking Bites. They met all the moment’s requirements: easy and chocolate. I was unforunately out of chocolate chips but I threw some instant coffee in with the water. I used about a third cup of batter per cupcake and ended up with nineteen cupcakes. They’re not the best chocolate (cup)cake I’ve ever had but certainly not the worst. The cake is moist, they taste good without frosting and they hit the spot. What more do you want at the drop of a hat?