Saturday, January 17, 2009

taking stock

Q: When is the word "carcass" used to describe something lovely?


A: When you're making your own homeade chicken stock.

P and I made some delicious soup that was a version on Italian Wedding soup the other night. It was very tasty, but I ended up buying about $8 of chicken stock to make it, which was very salty and pretty basic tasting.

This inspired us to roast a chicken for dinner last night and drop the resulting CARCASS in the slow cooker for 15hrs (with onion, thyme, basil, bay leaf, carrots, celery) to produce some glorious stock. It just looks rich and so much better than the box or can....

L&P's meatball and whatever's in your fridge soup

Turkey meatballs:

1 lb turkey
1/2 c grated parmesan
1 c bread crumbs
1/2 c chopped onion (or more if you'd like)

Chicken stock (many cups, maybe 12 plus water)
Carrots, celery, onion, whatever is about to go bad in your freezer
1-2 bunches winter greens (we used chard because I couldn't find escarole)
Pepper (I found I did not need salt due to salty chicken broth)

Put all soup ingredients in a pot, boil then simmer until greens are tender, drop in your meatballs and simmer until done (10-15min).

Our super stock is chilling in the fridge right now in prep for eventual freezing. I see a lot of soup in our future...

Stay warm,

Friday, January 16, 2009


Cheers to you, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III.

This is the first time I have ever felt joy watching the six o'clock news...


Sunday, January 11, 2009


Box of....?

I am terribly lucky. I have had the lovliest 30th birthday ever thanks to my wonderful family and friends. I must give special thanks to P for the most ingenious birthday present ever.

Apparently, unbeknownst to me, he had not only planned me a birthday party the day before my birthday, but found a way to surprise me that did not involve hyperventilation and tears
(a la my 27th surprise bday-20-people-hiding-in-my-bedroom). He contacted many of my very close friends and family asking them to send me a letter, card, or postcard for my birthday that told me how I was special to them. Needless to say, I cried for an hour straight reading all of the wonderful notes and cards I received. Upon opening the box, I honestly didn't realize what the letters were at first, as I didn't think I even knew that many people.

It was so touching to hear all the different voices of the many people I love come across in these letters in their own very distinct ways. There were top ten lists that made me laugh, letters that moved me to tears, letters from other countries, letters in other languages, photographs, origami notes, a velvet Elvis card, stickers/stamps and bat drawings, and most of all the most beautiful notes and messages I have ever received.

To all of you who took time out of your very busy lives to write to me: thank you so much. This has been the best birthday simply because of this box of love! Most of all, thank you to Pete for this most perfect surprise....

To lighten up this recap, the celebrations also involved:

Tiny KickAss Cupcakes (no, that's the actual name):
ginger & mojito flavors. Pete snuck out to get them.

Surprise flower delivery
(Thank you, T!)

Clementine mimosas, on the couch, in pajamas

There were so many gifts and surprises, I'm just so surprised and overwhelmed (C, B&B, H family, M&D...). Thank you, thank you, thank you.

With much love and gratitude for my luck to know you all,

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

hunkered down

Well, it's certainly winter here. Time to hunker down and find a way to survive until May, or so. I am turning to the following devices to help me through the winter:

Le Creuset ramekins:
I don't typically eat eggs for breakfast, but look how cozy baked eggs are! Plus, I got to make a
bain marie which is not fancy or difficult, but sounds fancy and difficult.

Drinking champagne in pajamas

Slow cooking:
This is actually P's Christmas present from me to him, but as I suspected, I reap the rewards of his experimentation

Trying to get a vacation planned for late spring, which really helped last year. Not looking good so far, so will have to get creative in ways to pull through the snow/sleet/rain. As always, suggestions highly welcome...

Friday, January 2, 2009

auld lang syne

Old aquaintances, and newer ones...

Happy new year, everyone!