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Month: December 2010

What A Christmas!

What A Christmas!

This year for the Holidays, Kim and I (and Valentine and Charlie) visited our families in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  The cats never enjoy going in their cage for rides in the car, but they are usually pretty excited to get out when the reach […]

You’ve Been Charlied!

You’ve Been Charlied!

Valentine is definitely the most mischievous cat I’ve ever known.  She picks at the carpet, pushes objects off of any flat surface, and chews on cords.  Mostly she only does all of this stuff when she knows one of us is watching her.  Seriously.  She’ll […]

New Cookbook

New Cookbook

One of my Christmas gifts from Ben is a recipe book – Simply in Season.  Now I know not every woman is excited to get a cookbook from her husband, but I’m pretty sure there’s no hidden messages here.  I’m always looking for easy recipes, especially vegetarian recipes, that use seasonal ingredients, so I’m pretty excited about the book.  Apparently I’m not the only one who’s happy about a book of simple recipes using in-season foods, because when I google searched for a link to the book, I came across a blogger trying to cook her way through the book, Julie & Julia style.  I don’t think I’ll be using it quite that much, but I’m sure I’ll be cooking something from it soon!

Simply In Season
Simply In Season
Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

I made my first loaf of pumpkin bread!  We had processed a bunch of pumpkins to use for pie and froze the rest of the pumpkin puree in baggies, so I just defrosted it and used my mom’s banana bread recipe (thanks mom!), minus the banana, plus the pumpkin, plus a couple of spices.  To make the pumpkin puree, we started with sugar pumpkins, which are less stringy that the pumpkins people carve for Halloween.  You cut the pumpkin into quarters, put a half inch or so of water in the bottom of a bowl, put the pumpkin pieces in the bowl and then microwave, covered, for half an hour.  The pumpkin is then mushy and comes right off the rind.  You scoop the pumpkin out and puree it in a food processor.  Voila!  Freeze or use and enjoy!

Here’s the recipe for the pumpkin bread:

Mix 1/4 cup oil, 1/2 cup sugar, and 2 eggs in a small bowl. Mix very well in large bowl 3/4 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt. Combine first bowl with second bowl. Add 1 cup pureed pumpkin, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 cinnamon. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes until browned. Fork test.

Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bread
A Snowy Annapolis

A Snowy Annapolis

Last week, we traveled down to Maryland’s State Capitol, Annapolis, for Kim’s swearing in ceremony.  Afterward, went to downtown to walk around for a bit.  It was the first significant snowfall of the year for us, and I got some pictures of the scenery:

First Anniversary

First Anniversary

It’s hard to believe we’ve been married for a year now!  It’s been a big year too – Argentina, China, law school graduation, bar exam, moving, Ben’s trip to England, passing the bar exam, and getting sworn in to the bar! Maybe this year will […]

Lentil Soup with Parsnips, Potatoes, and Black Eyed Peas

Lentil Soup with Parsnips, Potatoes, and Black Eyed Peas

I made lentil soup today!  Kind of made it up as I went along, but it turned out well.  I used some of our homemade turkey stock that I have in the freezer.  I’m pretty sure you can’t mess up a soup recipe when it starts with homemade turkey stock… and it smells great (Charlie agrees). I flavored it with garlic and onions, and I put in carrots, because we had them.  I got a parsnip at the farmer’s market and put that in, since I’d never had one before, at least not that I can remember.  We had the black eyed peas in the freezer.  We had bought them fresh a few months ago and froze a pound or two to use later.  The only non-local ingredients were the spices I threw in until Ben and I agreed it tasted good – thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and a little extra garlic powder… I guess we really like garlic! I obviously have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to spices, but it turned out good in the end.  And the bread was courtesy of our fabulous bread machine.

Lentil Soup
Homemade Lentil Soup
Surprise Birthday Visit

Surprise Birthday Visit

So last Saturday, Kim told me that for my last birthday week event, I could pick a restaurant in Federal Hill to go to for dinner.  Of course I picked Pub Dog because what beats pizza and beer?  So we head over to Pub Dog […]