February 8, 2011


Why Did I Not Think Of This?

Just got the best tip from an ex’s current girlfriend: A night that you can’t be with the guy you’re seeing, order and pay to have his favorite snacks (think wings, pizza, Chinese, etc.) delivered to his house, or to where he and his buddies are hanging out— instant Best Girlfriend Ever prize. 

It kills me that a girl a few years younger than me figured this one out, but, I mean— share, share away! I’m certainly going to cop it.

XOXO

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February 22, 2011


You know, cheap pizza and a good bottle of wine is a perfectly acceptable meal. If there’s anything living in Italy taught me, it’s that.
XOXO

You know, cheap pizza and a good bottle of wine is a perfectly acceptable meal. If there’s anything living in Italy taught me, it’s that.

XOXO

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March 23, 2011


I cooked a full, real meal for TGIS and me last night. My “bitchin” risotto, peas with bacon pieces, and chicken breasts stuffed with bacon, sauteed onions, and sharp cheddar cheese.

There was a moment in the planning of said meal when I realized I was thinking frantically over and over “A main course, a side, and a veggie! I need a veggie! IT NEEDS TO HAVE TWO SIDES!” And in that moment I realized I am turning into my mother.

XOXO

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April 12, 2011


I just iced a sugar cookie with peanut butter.

This is getting a little ridiculous.

XOXO

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May 14, 2011


After a morning running around town like crazy, picking up groceries and wine and book shopping— I JUST realized Candace Bushnell’s new Carrie Diaries book was out!— I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and breath. Back in the S.O’s condo. Back to writing about how annoyingly awesome my couple-life is. Gag me now.

The S.O’s two younger twin brothers are home for the weekend, so tonight, he’s cooking us, them, and my two roommate’s (present, and past and future,) a big dinner at his place, full of cheese, wine, and beer. I’m making prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe slices and a salad; he’s making Gruyère-and-bacon-wrapped brisket, sauteed green beans and fiddleheads, and mashed potatoes…with more Gruyère in them. My roommate’s bringing homemade sangria. For dessert, I picked up blackberry Cabernet and blood orange gelato. We have bread and cheese. Hence, all the running around from farmer’s market to City Market to Cheese Traders back to City Market again this morning. As he handed me the keys to his Prius this afternoon to finish the errands as he headed to work, he looked me in the eye and said, “The is the ultimate symbol of a man’s trust in you.”

This is how I know it’s love. Cars. Not money, not expensive gifts or vacations or declarations— Cars.

XOXO

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July 14, 2011


Just Call Me Betty Fuckin’ Crocker.

Last night, I made these mini-lasagna cups for the S.O, one of our roommates, and myself. 

Tonight, it’s potato and leek soup with an onion ring floating on top, and a side of braised balsamic scallions.

Dark chocolate and hazelnut torte is sometime later this week.

Who is the best hausfrau? This bitch.

XOXO

P.S— Did I mention I wiped down all the flat surfaces in the living room, kitchen, and dining room the other day to dust them off and keep them clean? Oh, yeah. Doin’ Momma proud.

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August 6, 2011


The most beautiful produce I have ever seen from today’s Farmer’s Market. I later got so bored that I made two color-coordinating and geometrically interesting salads for the roommate and I for dinner.
I need more hobbies. :/
XOXO

The most beautiful produce I have ever seen from today’s Farmer’s Market. I later got so bored that I made two color-coordinating and geometrically interesting salads for the roommate and I for dinner.

I need more hobbies. :/

XOXO

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August 19, 2011


Put 2 tablespoons of butter into pre-heated pan. Finely chop some onion, add those bits. Season a steak with salt, pepper, and a little bit of garlic powder, then throw that in, too. While that’s cooking, peel, thinly slice, and salt and pepper a cucumber. Add a teaspoon of vinegar. Let it sit for about ten minutes, then squeeze all the water and vinegar out. Add about a tablespoon of half-and-half, or heavy cream, whichever you have handy. By now, your steak should be done. Remove it from the pan. Open a bottle of wine. DE-GLAZE THE FUCKING PAN. ALWAYS, ALWAYS de-glaze your pan! Jesus Christ, I cannot begin to explain to you what moving a little bit of wine around the bottom of your buttery, fatty, salty, onion-y pan will do for you. No, wait, I can— IT MAKES A SAUCE THAT IS LIKE THE EJACULATION OF ANGELS. It is beyond fathoming. It’s just that good. So make it. Then, hunt down some apple sauce. It’ll be around there somewhere; it always is. Pour yourself a glass of wine— in a nice glass. Forget those Mason jars— tonight is about treating yourself. For once, skip the swilling it around, the sniffing, the gentle little teeny-tiny sip. You’re alone. Just pour a nice big glass of it, and get right to drinking it. Feeling better? Yeah, thought so. Grab a fork, a steak knife, and a spoon. Go settle down somewhere, turn a movie on, some music, whatever. Enjoy your meal. Take your time. Eat until you’re past the point of full. Eat to satisfaction.

Whoever said cooking for one had to be boring?

XOXO

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August 21, 2011


Cornbread to DIE for.

My great-grandmama was right— the trick is using a skillet, and LOTS and lots of butter to grease it.

Here’s to the better half of me being half-Southern.

XOXO

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September 9, 2011


September 17, 2011


I used to be quite the drinker. Now, however, not so much. But sometimes, all this girl wants is a really, really briny dirty vodka martini, extra olives, please.
So on nights when I feel like drinking what roughly equates to Mediterranean sea water, but know that I don’t have enough life problems to coax myself through a full martini glass, I make Filthy Martini shots. These roughly equate to a shot of Absolut from the bottle that was one of the last things my ex got me— I like it, ‘cause it makes me feel like a man’s buying my drinks, even at home— a healthy (by “healthy,” please read “like Nicki Minaj’s milkshakes,”) amount of juice from an olive jar, and a bleu-cheese-stuffed olive or two, plunked in with these AWESOME vintage skewers that I found in a kitchen drawer that look (and feel! They’re sharp— ouch!) like mini-swords.
So right now, I’m shooting back a rapier and a Hungarian broadsword. Cheers, and bottom’s up!
XOXO

I used to be quite the drinker. Now, however, not so much. But sometimes, all this girl wants is a really, really briny dirty vodka martini, extra olives, please.

So on nights when I feel like drinking what roughly equates to Mediterranean sea water, but know that I don’t have enough life problems to coax myself through a full martini glass, I make Filthy Martini shots. These roughly equate to a shot of Absolut from the bottle that was one of the last things my ex got me— I like it, ‘cause it makes me feel like a man’s buying my drinks, even at home— a healthy (by “healthy,” please read “like Nicki Minaj’s milkshakes,”) amount of juice from an olive jar, and a bleu-cheese-stuffed olive or two, plunked in with these AWESOME vintage skewers that I found in a kitchen drawer that look (and feel! They’re sharp— ouch!) like mini-swords.

So right now, I’m shooting back a rapier and a Hungarian broadsword. Cheers, and bottom’s up!

XOXO

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September 26, 2011


From garden…to table.

Fresh green onions and leeks into authentic Italian home-cooking.

XOXO

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September 27, 2011


I’m watching this new cooking program on PBS, and Hugh Jackman and his wife just happen to be this mixed-race Korean/French chef-couple’s neighbors, so they’re on the show, when this woman gives him a “ssam” Korean barbecue wrap-thing. She tells him that in Korea, people shove them all into their mouth in one bite, so Hugh gamely packs it all in his gaping maw in one go, when you see him start a little bit of choking in the background. 

And all I can sit there and say, as I stare at the screen in horror is, “And now she’s gone and killed Hugh Jackman. ‘Wolverine: Killed by Korean cuisine’— that will be his epitaph.”

XOXO

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October 1, 2011


Today I basically unhinged my jaw and shoved a drippingly-rare 8 ounce burger with bacon and avocado down my throat. It didn’t live in this world for more than 2 minutes. It was basically still mooing.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. And all was right with the world.

A week without red meat makes one weak.

XOXO

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October 21, 2011


Out-did myself on dinner yet again— mini Japanese eggplant Parmesan slices made with panko breadcrumbs over a bed of linguine and 15-minute homemade tomato sauce, with discs of mozzarella cheese melting in the pasta.

Home-grown eggplants, nonetheless.

Yes, the kitchen is my bitch.

XOXO

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