Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
i want it! i mean, i really, really, really want it! why does it have to be $550, jcrew?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
1 pound fresh cremini mushrooms
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2–4 tablespoons white wine vinegar, or to taste
1–2 cloves minced garlic (optional)
1/4 cup minced red onion
2 teaspoons fresh minced oregano
2 tablespoons fresh minced Italian parsley
sea salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon each black peppercorns and coriander seeds
Clean mushrooms and remove stems. Simmer mushroom caps in salted water for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Add olive oil, vinegar, garlic, red onion, oregano, parsley, salt, peppercorns and coriander. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning. Marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving. Serves 4 as an appetizer.
(found recipe here)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
other thoughts on the movie...
- i thought Heath Ledger was brilliant in the movie. great acting. RIP.
- i'm confused why such a popular indie actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal, would stray so far from her roots and star in one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. (well, i suppose money is a good reason)
- i love Morgan Freeman's voice. i could listen to him talk non-stop.
- i never noticed how cute christian bale was until last night.
- i thought some of the make-up the actors were wearing in the movie was too obvious...and i'm not talking about the joker's makeup. when you watch the movie, notice the bronzer christian bale has on to accentuate his cheek bones...it's too obvious.
- how is batman's voice so drastically different than when he is just a normal guy?
- there are other things i want to talk about but it would give away some of the plot line...darn!
- go see the movie. you'll like it.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
i'm pretty sure my parents have a chair that looks like this sitting in their garage gathering dust...but hey, it's good to know that i can buy another one for $225!...are they being serious?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
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Friday, July 11, 2008
1 pound medium shell pasta
2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
2 tablespoons anchovy paste or 4 to 5 anchovy filets
1 pound fresh tuna steaks, chopped into small pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup white wine
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 sprig rosemary
1/4 cup (about half a handful) flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup (about half a handful) chopped basil, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper
Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring it to a boil.
When the water has come up to a bubble, add some salt and the pasta, and cook to al dente according to package directions. When the pasta is done, drain it and reserve it in a colander until the sauce is ready.
While the pasta is cooking, place a large skillet over medium-low heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Toss the garlic and anchovy paste or filets into the pan and cook until aromatic and melted, about 1 minute.
Raise the heat to medium-high then add the chopped tuna, tomatoes, white wine, lemon zest and juice, rosemary sprig, parsley and basil to the pan as well. Season everything with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened up and the tuna is cooked through, 5-6 minutes.
Add the reserved pasta to the pan with the tuna-tomato herb sauce and give everything a good toss to evenly coat the pasta. Serve immediately.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
i did some googling and found these steps to becoming a runner:
- Week one: Walk for 6 minutes, then jog at an easy pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. Aim for three sessions with that same sequence for week one.
- Week two: Walk for 5 minutes, then jog for 2 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Aim to do three sessions in week two.
- Week three: Walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 4 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Aim for four sessions in week three.
- Week four: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 5 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Shoot for four of those sessions in week four.
- Week five: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 8 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do four of those sessions in week five.
- Week six: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 9 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Try to do four sessions for week six.
- Week seven: Walk for 1 minute, then jog for 11 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do four sessions this week.
- Week eight: For your first run this week, try walking for 5 minutes to begin and end the workout, and run for 20 minutes in between. By the end of the week, try to run for 30 minutes without stopping. Aim to run for 30 minutes four times a week, and you'll notice that your stamina and fitness will continue to improve.
ummm....i'll let your know if they work. *fingers crossed*
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
this past year i have been continuously adding to my summer reading list. topping the list is the book that everyone, it seems, has read: Eat, Pray, Love
i've only read about 20 pages or so, but i like it so far :) please let me know of any other recommended must-reads!
p.s. happy 4th of july!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temp
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons Red Food coloring
1. Preheat the oen to 325. Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add the kosher salt after sifting and set aside. Measure out the buttermilk and red rood coloring. Add the die to the buttermilk for easier incorporation later.
2. Cream the butter and the sugar using an electric mixer, until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, letting the eggs beat for 1 mintue in between additions. Scrape down the bowl in between additions.
3. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the wet ingredients. Start by adding one third of the flour mixture. Mix just to incorporate. Add half of the buttermilk. Add another one third of the flour mixture. Mix to incorporate. Add the last half of buttermilk, followed by the last third of flour.
4. Spoon into paper lined cupcake pans. Check the cupcakes after 12 minutes. Makes 12.