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Somebody drive me to JoAnn and buy me some crap.

I have to admit, I’m feeling a wee bit stuck. I don’t have a creative outlet right now, other than cooking. In that department, I check on my sourdough starter every couple hours, even though I know it’s not going to be ready for bread-baking until next week at the earliest.

A few nights ago, I spent an embarrassingly long time online trying to find interesting, tasteful cross stitch patterns (to no avail, except for one etsy shop—seriously, only one was not knick-knacky).

I have it in my head that I can learn to play the hammered dulcimer well enough to play Christmas carols for a crowd and/or at weddings.

No available cross stitch supplies and certainly no dulcimer. Ingredients for tabbouleh, but no desire to sit and chop parsley.

I do not like it when Ellary comes along and scribbles on the Dora page I am coloring with her new crayons.

So here I sit complaining, not sure what to do. I guess I’ll stare at my Christmas cactus, finally blooming and becoming beautiful again. I am green with envy.

Zuni Cafe Cookbook, etc.

(photo by tvol)

I got The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers from the library to explore. I’ve heard that reading certain passages of the hefty introduction is like being in culinary school, and I’ve already learned quite a bit about seasoning, tasting and adjusting. She also recommends spending an extended amount of time with one recipe or one ingredient, so as to become well acquainted with its variations. Zuni Cafe is in San Francisco, and apparently people come from far and wide for the Roasted Chicken with Bread Salad, so I’m going to attempt to make it this week, among other things. It needs to be seasoned a ridiculous three days in advance, but I guess that’s what makes all the difference.

Lots of leftovers coming our way!

Breakfast : Baked Oatmeal w/ Ricotta, Peaches & Honey (yum)
Lunch : Leftover Carbonara
Dinner : Oven-crisped Pork, Peppers & Greens over Quinoa w/ Turkish Almond Sauce

(photo by CraftNClutter)

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. It comes from The Splendid Table’s How To Eat Supper by Lynne Rosetto Kasper (love her!) and Sally Swift. After a bit of prep work, it comes together super fast and easy, even though it sounds complicated. The sauce is the best part, and there’s usually some left over to put over rice or couscous.

Breakfast : More baked oatmeal
Lunch : Zuni's Sage Grilled Cheese (grilled in sage butter, sounds so good!)
Dinner : Our favorite Noodles & Co dishes for the New Life fundraiser. I usually get the Bangkok Curry and Ellary gets the Mac & Cheese.

Breakfast : And more.
Lunch : Leftovers
Dinner : Farro Soup (never got around to making this last week)
**Gotta season that chicken tonight.

Breakfast : Coconut Smoothies
Lunch : Leftovers
Dinner : Leftovers

Breakfast : Coconut Smoothies
Lunch : Leftovers
Dinner : Leftovers

Breakfast : Cereal
Lunch : Take a guess
Dinner : Roasted Chicken w/ Bread Salad (you’re gonna want to follow this link to Smitten Kitchen to get an idea of just how good this dish looks).

Breakfast : Cereal
Lunch : Wah wah
Dinner : Somethin or other
**This is a preserving day, so I’ll be making and freezing chicken stock from the bones, as well as some pear butter spiced with cardamom (to become gifts!).

I’m excited for this week! I just hope I don’t make us all sick on leftovers.

Time for Fall Food

For some reason, I’m all about the online challenges right now. I’m participating in the Maximize Your Mornings challenge at the Inspired to Action blog, through which I am being kept accountable to get up before my girls in the morning. I’ve also decided to participate in the Plan It, Don’t Panic challenge at Keeper of the Home, because I’ve wanted to get better at menu planning, and have completely fallen out of practice. So I’ll be posting some meal plans here for the next couple weeks. Feel free to be completely disinterested. I just find this kind of thing helps me get going when I’m in a rut.

photo by s.jillian

This week, I am making three recipes out of Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Everyday, which is probably my favorite cookbook. I won it in a giveaway in June and have since made at least fifteen of the recipes, but I’ve been waiting for cooler weather to make these three (Mon, Tues, Wed).

No official meals, just putting up Sally Fallon’s lacto-fermented salsa.

Cauliflower Soup

Warm Kale Salad with Toasted Coconut and Poached Eggs

Farro Soup


Spaghetti alla Carbonara from the Zuni Cafe Cookbook


Breakfasts will be banana chocolate chip muffins (with soaked kamut and oat flours), for as long as they last.

Lunches will be whatever I can scrounge together. My goal for next week is to be a bit more prepared for this meal.

It Was Good


Singing Christmas hymns to Ellary at bedtime.


Pasta e Pasta at the farmer’s market.  Kevin and I downed a pint of their ammoglio sauce in a week.  I love all the incredible artisans in our area!


The Swell Season in concert.  I was swept away by The Rain, and you would not believe Colm Mac Con Iomaire on violin.  Please follow these links, close your eyes and listen.  Imagine what God must have been thinking when He said that humans were good—He knew people would go on to invent instruments and test voices and create music like this.


Cleaned and organized bookshelves.


Simple, powerful reminder that God cares about me.  I must respond to worry or stress with prayer.

holy experience

Foodie Adventure Day


Morning at a sunny coffee shop.


"Julie and Julia" at the dollar theater with Gaia.


A university architectural tour (wandering through new construction at Stockwell Hall, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Business School).


Ridiculous reading in the reference room at the Grad Library.  Call it an anthropological study in alternative diets.


Drinks and dessert at Eve.  Oops, scratch that.  Zingerman’s instead—cause they’re not above being open on a Monday.


Relief from the monotone of the last few days.


A husband who dreams up the idea and makes it possible.

holy experience

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