Archive | February, 2012

Number 30: Bagna Cauda

27 Feb

When I first found out what bagna cauda was, I was a bit skeptical.  It’s a dipping sauce made of butter, garlic, olive oil, and anchovies, and for some reason, that didn’t appeal to me.  As I was making it, though, I realized that I was absolutely insane.  Butter and garlic together- well, obviously heaven.  Add some oil and anchovies and you are dealing with a pot full of rich, salty deliciousness.  Just the smell was enough to drive me crazy! Continue reading


Number 86: Hare

23 Feb

Don’t worry- I am in no way under the illusion that this pile of greyish-purple slop looks in any way appetizing.  But I can tell you that it tastes pretty damn good.  I would be inclined to say that I did something wrong when preparing this meal (as I don’t think stew is ever supposed to be purple), but I followed this recipe to a T.  I guess because the soup contains a lot of red wine, it stained everything purple, but I can hardly imagine Robert Irvine placing a dish like this in front of his guests.  Nor would he use the leaves from celery as a garnish…but hey, I needed something green! Continue reading

Number 88: Flowers

15 Feb

So I told you that Dan was sick with a stomach bug yesterday, but what I didn’t tell you is that he still pulled through with the roses!  Good guy.  And instead of thinking “oh, how beautiful!” or “what a wonderful boyfriend I have,” I was thinking “can I eat these?”  And it turns out that yes, you can eat them!  So eat them I did.
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Number 99: Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

14 Feb

It’s Valentine’s Day.  And I’m blogging.  And drinking.  An watching last night’s episode of “The Bachelor.”  Because Dan came home from work with a stomach bug today.  I was hoping to do something a bit more romantic than sitting on my computer on Valentine’s Day, but what can I do?  Dan went to bed at 5:00 so I guess I’m going to entertain myself tonight.  And I guess that involves talking about the cup of coffee I drank the other day. Woo. Continue reading

Number 45: Malt Whisky from a Bottle Worth 120 Dollars or More

13 Feb

I have the best friends in the world.  On Friday night, Yankee Girl, her sister, and her husband came over for a few drinks.  While most people would bring over a sixer of beer or a bag of chips, they brought over a $200 bottle of Glenmorangie Signet.  Now that’s friendship. Continue reading

Number 13: PB&J Sandwich

10 Feb

There is nothing more classic than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I can’t even count how many times I brought one for lunch in grade school (is it just me, or did the jelly always soak through the bread and make it soggy?) and I have made more than a few in my adult life, as well.  But here’s the thing: they’re kind of boring.  Everybody has tried one and everybody knows what they taste like.  So I decided to do the only thing I could think of to “spice up” the sandwich.  I made a PB&J sampler platter, complete with 3 different kinds of peanut butter and two different kinds of jelly. Continue reading

Number 62: Sweetbreads

8 Feb

In the 1998 Academy Award-winning film “Six Days Seven Nights” (okay, it didn’t win any awards- it’s a really bad movie, actually), Harrison Ford and Anne Heche (yes, worst movie couple ever) sat around a campfire discussing breadfruit.  “It’s not bread,” Harrison notes ever so cleverly.  “It’s not fruit,” Anne responds.  Wow, what a script.  Anyways, that’s kind of how I felt the other night when I ordered sweetbreads.  They’re not sweet.  And they’re certainly not bread.  So what the hell are they? Continue reading