Archive for December, 2009

…and a happy New Year!

Happy 2010! May the new year be a sweet one!

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Happy birthday,

Today was the boyfriend’s 20th birthday! =) We ran about picking up his nieces and nephew from Federal Way, brought them home, took the two oldest girls to play at their cousins’ while we got dressed for dinner at Maggiano’s and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Benaroya Hall. It was just lovely.

We dropped the girls off afterwards and headed home for cake. Naturally, BF’s favorite cake has to be the most complicated known to man: German Chocolate Cake. That being said, it was beyond wonderful – and, as someone who doesn’t like coconut (there are two cups in the recipe- jeeze!) that is impressive praise. Four layers of moist chocolate cake, with a custard-coconut-pecan filling, rum syrup glaze, the richest chocolate frosting you’ve ever had, topped with more of the coconut and pecan mixture. Amazing. Yes, it’s labor intensive, but it is definitely worth it! And Jules GF flour really proved its worth – this is layer cake perfection.

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Say that three times fast.

Physical therapy this morning; had four different problems in my neck (joy!), impacting various muscles in my chest and back – seem to be somewhat improved. Mom and I ventured off to Costco (a frightening prospect this time of year), came home, made dinner (potato leek soup), and had a nice quiet evening at home. Scarf #2 is coming along quite nicely (well over halfway done) so we’ll see when I’ll finally finish it!

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Woke up kind of late this morning, hung around the house, made lunch; boyfriend picked me up and we dashed up to Lincoln Square to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie at 3:40– it sold out while we were waiting in line to buy tickets. UGH. Back home, we decided to forego the 7:00 and try the 7:40 instead. Made dinner, played Halo, drove back up to Lincoln — earlier, this time. 7:15, we’re on our way, I’m trying to buy tickets online via iPhone and guess what? Their ticket page is down. I called and the girl told me that all of the Avatar people were trying to buy tickets and it crashed their server, fantastic. Oh, and the show we wanted to see? It sold out ten minutes ago. So what happens? It’s 7:35 and we book it down to Southcenter, planning to skip the 8:00 and see the 8:30. Well, when I said ‘book it’ I meant it – we were there and parked by 7:52. It was quite impressive. After all that, the movie was great – I don’t know that I would ever buy it, but I love Jude Law as Watson and, on the whole, it was quite entertaining. But really, for all the trouble it caused, it really ought to have been!

Oh, and dinner? Gluten free chili and cornbread =)

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Market me

Highlight of today was definitely hitting up Pike Place Market with boyfriend and my mom — I took way too many photographs (as usual) and I can’t help but share them with you (as usual) so enjoy (as usual?)!

Oh, and dinner: Dover sole with black butter and capers, herb roasted potatoes and roasted asparagus bundles with red bell pepper bow ties…

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Mi amore

I can honestly say, I did nothing today. It was lovely. Seen, tonight’s dinner: eggplant parmigiana – a classic favorite modified from a Batali recipe.

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Merry Christmas!

25 December 09

Merry Christmas! We were going to go see Sherlock Holmes and get Chinese food (as per Jewish-Christmas tradition…), but P.F. Chang’s was closed and we couldn’t motivate ourselves to leaves the house. Sad, but true. We bummed around the house, he taught me how to play Euchre, made progress in Halo, etc. I love holidays.

Seen above, roasted brussels sprouts with an apricot glaze, which accompanied butterflied chicken breasts with asiago cheese and prosciutto- so delicious! I have to admit, having the BF home has certainly improved the menu!

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Tinseltown, revisited

Merry Christmas Eve! Spent tonight at the boyfriend’s parents’ house for a wonderful dinner + evening with family and friends, etc. – 21 in all (and this is considered a small gathering – oy!) Their Christmas tree is huge and gorgeous, but unfortunately, I just had my little Olympus P+S =/ ah well, there’s always next year…

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Boyfriend showed me how to make Dutch babies (seen above and plated below), modified using Jules gluten free flour. They are unbelievably delicious. There is more butter in this recipe than you would ever want to know, but they’re amazing (with that much butter, how could they not, right?) They’re fluffy, kind of custardy at the bottom – but with a crispy ‘crust’ and edges from the cast iron – just amazing. Topped off with a squeeze of lemon and powdered sugar, they’re wonderful – artery clogging but, wonderful!

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Physical therapy, more BF time. Uh huh. We’re establishing a pattern, and I kinda like it. Getting in touch with BF’s heritage, I made him my version of Hungarian Mushroom soup and played more Halo – and I’m actually getting better! Take that, traditional gender roles -ha!

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Turning, turning…

Today is officially the shortest day of the year – crazy right? Made a pot roast today, and these awesome parmesan herb popovers with Jules gluten free flour. They were excellent! I’ll post the recipe soon, along with all the rest – I promise! More BF time today (are you seeing a trend?) On an unrelated note, autumn quarter grades were officially posted today- yay! All I’ll say is that I’m pleased, excited AND made the Dean’s List – ok, I’m done. Happy solstice!

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More time with the boyfriend. I know, I know. We set up the XBOX today and he’s trying to show me how to play Halo 3… I’m awful. Just plain awful. Anyway, no need to dwell on that… It’s so wonderful having him home!

Seen above, a new snack alternative: toasted kale chips. I know, it sounds weird, but as someone who does not particularly care for kale, I have to admit, it’s pretty great. The recipe is super easy (I’ll post it eventually), you basically wash and dry a head of kale, toss it with olive oil and kosher salt, then bake for ten minutes until crisp. It tastes nothing like any kale you’ve had before, and are a great alternative to potato chips – try ’em out!

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Ocho kandelikas

Well. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited, happy, pleased, etc. I am to have the boyfriend home. I mean, really, it’s almost sad. Picked him up from the airport last night, dropped his stuff off at his parents’, came home and had dinner (chicken with blueberries and an apricot-dijon glaze) , enjoyed being in the same room at the same time, you know, the usual.

We drove down to Lakewood this afternoon and picked up two of his oldest brother’s kids and brought them to his parents’ and again, came home for dinner — it’s the last night of Chanukah, so we made more of those amazing butternut squash and sage latkes with Chicken Marabella (one of my favorite meals) and brussels sprouts with apples and bacon.

I’m off to spend more time with him — I feel like a social sponge, as if we’re making up for the last two months by spending every possible moment together. Silly, right?

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Ahhh, the first day of winter break…! Boyfriend comes home tonight! In two hours and 18 minutes!! In the meantime, I finished his scarf/Christmas present today! Isn’t it pretty? The yarn doesn’t photograph very well (it’s a dark, mossy green and kinda fuzzy) but you get the idea. I’m so excited it’s not even funny! I’m going to head out to the airport in an hour or so and I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with myself until then! AH!

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