30 July 2007
And perfectly juxtaposing the completion of this book, a new episode of Bizarre Foods is on, and Andrew Zimmern was just "beaten" by food for the first time. What was it you ask? Worms? No, he gets those down no problem. Balut? Rooster balls? Heck no. It was stinky tofu in Taiwian, at the above-mentioned House of the Unique Stink. While this show fascinates (and repulses) me, it makes me so grateful I can take a quick drive down the street and pick up fresh and beautiful blueberries -- not rotten, not fried, or mixed with grubs. Just plain old yummy blueberries.
"Advanced chicken butt eaters eat the whole thing." -- Andew Zimmern
It's like poetry.
29 July 2007
The main course was grilled quesadillas, but I also cooked up a dozen ears of corn. I prefer to grill them in the husk, but for efficiency's sake, I baked them in the oven (in the husk, at 375, for 25 minutes). Props to Brad for being the evening's master griller!!
Thanks to Brad, Birgit, Lisa, Amy, Ryan, Rachel, Don, Fred, Tracy, Jason, Krissy, and Tony for coming and joining in for the bday fiesta fun. I'm lucky to have such great friends, and I love you all!
Anyway, it was a really nice time, and you can always count on Fred for the quote of the evening (see this blog's title). Heidi even enjoyed herself, staying out of trouble for the most part (sorry about your quesadilla, Lisa!). And I officially feel 29. Not in any particular physical way. I just woke up this morning, looked at myself in the mirror, and felt 29.
To top off the weekend of celebration, Brad and I drove out for Chinese dinner with my mom, Larry, and Jordan. And more cake. Ha ha! Jordan is such a sweetie, and his personality develops more and more every time I see him. I'm upset because I forgot to take my camera (I never forget to take my camera), especially when Jordan fell asleep mid chew at the dinner table. Funny little guy. An interesting side note, apparently I'm the only person Jordan will pose for photos for. And if you've seen my photos of Jordan, pose he does. Love that little guy. I also love visiting Manchester more and more, hoping some day Brad and I can find just the right house out in the "country" but still be five minutes away from Target.
28 July 2007
*That which prompted cocktailer to permanently veto '80s channel.
27 July 2007
25 July 2007
Despite the crazy rain, this afternoon brought another visit to the Farmer's Market, where I met up with Krissy and Bava.
Things I learned:
- Amish kids can wear braces.
- There are different varieties of peaches. Who knew peaches aren't just peaches!
- Green onions are the same thing as scallions.
Dinnertime rolled around, and it was time to attack the zucchini. Check this baby out! Even Heidi wanted in on the action.
Trial and Error Zucchini
Gigantic zucchini (or small, whatever)
Links of sausage (I used sweet Italian)
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Remove sausage from casings and place meat in a heated skillet; brown
3. Chop tomato, basil, and shred mozz
4. Slice zucchini in half, longways
5. Scoop the innards (again, I used my spoked ice cream scoop)
6. In the scooped zucchinis, put a layer of tomato, then basil, then the cooked sausage. Top with cheese.
7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Enjoy! Can be sliced or eaten as a sandwich. The options are endless!
While tasty, this ended up tasting very zucchini-y. Next time, I would scoop a little bit more of the flesh to leave a thinner shell. I would also use a third link of sausage (I used two) and mix in some of the zucchini flesh to make a more substantial filling. And, of course, more cheese never hurts.
Now it's time for So You Think You Can Dance! Weeeee!
24 July 2007
Who knew you can get a vasectomy at PP? (you as in you men) And they have a support group/clinic service for pregnant/delivering Hispanic women that don't have family support. And how cool is this -- they recently held a "mom party" where one mom got a group of her friends together and a PP representative went and talked with them about talking to their kids about sex.
Oh, and Rachel and I might get to be in the newsletter. We're on our way to being staaaaaas, dahling.
We leave London at 2 pm on Wed Nov 14 and get to Paris around 5:30. I'm so excited to see both our hotels -- Brad did a ton of research, so I hope we've picked winners!
The Zetter, London
*Note, "porno pink" lights and champagne in the vending machines!
Hotel Mayet, Paris
Anyway, in my head, I'm envisioning the train going straight through the water, like a submarine. How cool would that be?! We'd see all the crazy water creatures, like Snorks.
Hurry up, November!
22 July 2007
Steph's Stuffed Zucchini
Two round zucchini
Any other veggie you may want to put in
2 cups-ish rice
Oregano (fresh of course, but I used dried)
Grated cheese (I used romano)
1. Cook rice
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
3. Cut the top off of the zucchinis (these make lovely hats for husbands)
4. Scoop the flesh out of the zuc., leaving a thick enough wall to hold all the goo (I used a spoked ice cream scoop [hs grad gift from Sara!] to scoop)
5. Chop tomato and basil (and whatever else you want to throw in)
6. Heat a pan, throw in some olive oil, and cook zuc. flesh, other veggies, and spices (throw in some oregano and pepper) for 3 minutes
7. Mix goo with rice, toss in a handful of cheese, and scoop mixture into zuc. and place them into a baking dish
Note: I cook WAY more rice than is needed. I like leftover goo for lunch the next day!
8. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes
9. EAT! Mmmm.