Tuesday, February 24, 2009

75 reasons...

Well, just one reason really -- one reason to have a cocktail: mardi gras. That's right, as of tomorrow, you'll be plunged into Lent and giving something up, so have a fancy drink while you can. [Note: In light of full disclosure, I have not given up anything since the year I gave up ice cream. It was an all together terrible experience.]

I would recommend a French 75, which I just learned is named after a gun, and not called "French" because of the champagne. Created by a French flying ace in WWI (romantic, non?), you can find this classic cocktail in famous New Orleans' watering holes.

So, you shake up:

1.5 oz gin
.75 oz lemon juice
2 tsp simple syrup

Then you:
top with champagne

Let the good times roll...

Monday, February 23, 2009


Here I am in the place where I come let go
Miami the base and the sunset glow

Yeah, it's going to be just like this,
(except with a bunch of very unavailable ladies...)

Stay tuned...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Re-purposing, or: The Slow Road to February

While I have not given a proper recap on good and enjoyable things that have happened this winter, my better half has. Since all I seem to be able to do is whine about the cold, I was particularly pleased to read his post and realize that, yes, there are have been some awesome winter happenings.

Without further ado, I give you the first LLT guest blog post (ok, that sounds grand, I'm just re-purposing the writing of someone cleverer and more productive than I....


The Slow Road to February


Before I get into the gloriousness of February, I felt it was somehow important to trudge back through the drifts of January before it fades from memory.

It snowed. I got to wear suspenders and a newsboy cap on New Years Eve. We left the brittle skeleton of our Christmas tree on the curb to be whisked away by the Cambridge city recycling elves. We celebrated LSB's birthday. Some friends got hitched and we stayed in a famously haunted New England inn, but, alas, no ghosts. I developed several new pet peeves (all involving snow removal and on-street parking). We stayed in an unhaunted New England inn. We ate loads of cheese and bought some cool little bowls. We made lots of stuff in my new slow-cooker, but mostly BBQ pulled-(insert meat here). The new hatchblack got progressively dirtier--with a thick layer of sludge, ice, and salt residue.

This was hanging in the unhaunted hotel

We left January--a withered and beaten-down month--curbside, on the reminants of dry pine needles. Then, it snowed some more.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

meditation on meringue

Snow capped peaks; meringue

I have never made meringue. As you know, I don't bake (much), but am intrigued by this frothy, crunchy cookie. I found this one at this bakery while on a fabulous and cozy winter getaway.

It melted in my mouth, got all over my coat, the car, Pete, and was sugary-divine. Are they difficult to make? I think it may involve cream of tartar, which I find fascinating, but don't believe I've ever used...

Meringue as big as my head

Just had to share this frivolous detail and also let you know that I enjoyed winter recently. Anyone out there have meringe-making experience?


Sunday, February 15, 2009

the reaping

seasons change...

My love affair with the AeroGarden continues. I simply must make it my job to endorse this product. If you live in a small apartment, somewhere where it is winter most of the year, or if you simply kill plants whenever you try to keep them, you must have and Aero. You must.

After six months of abundant herbs, many batches of pesto, basil/pineapple/lime gimlets, great garnish, mint juleps, pizza toppings, roasting spices and spice rubs, stock flavorings, mint simple syrup, and hours of pleasure standing in front of bright lights literally watching the grass grow, it is time to replant.

The final harvest became more pesto and a few last cocktails.

and now, we wait...

PS - thanks to Jamey for the replacement pods. Best. Present. Ever.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009


The end of January has been a bit of a struggle! I seemed to have hit a blogging roadblock, and even googled "blog post ideas" to see if something could jumpstart me. Unfortunately, I found advice from one site that said "don't write about what you had for lunch -- nobody cares." Um, pretty much all I write about is what I have for lunch (dinner/dessert/cocktail hour), which was a major bummer.

THEN, I realized how most instructions on how to blog are meant to bring out your wittiest, most cynnical, and oftentimes nasty critiques of pretty much everything around you. Since this is the opposite of why I started to write in the first place, I think I will continue to write about my lunch, thank you very much.

And, I will eat cheese and drink wine while I do it!

More to come...