Sunday, December 28, 2008

My New T-Shirt

Not really...Can't wear the F-word......this voice still echoes in my head:

"Now, you girls, you don't say that horrible F-word, do you? DO YOU?"
-Becky Guinsler, 1989

Sunday, December 21, 2008


I was so bored I made PINCUSHIONS!
Now who the hell do I give them to?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My New House...Someday

If at some point I decide to change coasts, I'm going to live here.

Manchester, Vt.

Address: N/A
3 beds, 2.5 baths
Size: 1,800 sq. ft.

The cottage has cathedral ceilings with beams and windows allowing plenty of light into the large rooms.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Green Delight

I was lucky enough to encounter this little number on the Thanksgiving buffet yesterday, mini marshmallows and all..... affectionately named WATERGATE SALAD.
Here's the recipe... just in case you feel inspired.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Resume

It hasn't worked so far, but I suspect I'll have a new job soon.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I have always secretly despised Rachel I have a reason besides the wretched "EVOO"

Anthony Bourdain Blasts Rachael Ray's Doughnut Deal

Anthony Bourdain, he of the brilliant cuisine and the caustic mouth has blasted Rachael Ray's new deal with Dunkin' Donuts.
RACHAEL Ray is getting a royal dunkin' from Anthony Bourdain for her big-bucks endorsement deal with Dunkin' Donuts. The prickly chef and "Kitchen Confidential" author says of the Food Network cutie in next month's Outside magazine: "She's got a magazine, a TV empire, all these best-selling books - I'm guessing she's not hurting for money. She's hugely influential, particularly with children. And she's endorsing Dunkin' Donuts. It's like endorsing crack for kids."

Bourdain adds: "I'm not a very ethical guy. I don't have a lot of principles. But somehow that seems to me over the line. Juvenile diabetes has exploded. Half of Americans don't have necks. And she's up there saying, 'Eat some [bleeping] Dunkin' Donuts. You look great in that swimsuit - eat another doughnut!' That's evil."

PS - The add that this photo spawned from was pulled because Rachael's scarf loks too "Arab"

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Meijer's Thrify Acres Before Prom Circa 1991

They kicked us out for taking photos in the store.
Jason Simpson, Newark Catholic's token Ricky Schroder look alike.....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

She's warm now, but she hates me........

See? It actually looks like she is telling me off.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm Going Scanner Happy

I am finally putting all of the hours I spent in photoshop class at UW to good use.........The colors have been adjusted a bit...but the silly smirks are real....I swear.....

This is the only picture I have ever seen of Grace Emily and Thomas Fleck in which they actually look they were actually supposed to be together... but at second glance...I'm not so sure.
I think it was more like this:

FLECK: Oh!....someone is pointing a camera at us.....I need to grab my wife and squeeze her as if we have the perfect marriage, even though I ignored her for the entire day today by locking myself in the basement preparing for next years' boy scout pinewood derby races and drinking a case of Rolling Rock. Cheese!

GRACIE: Wha...hey, why is he putting his arm around me? Jesus, Tom, you almost spilled my triple Stoli on the rocks with a twist! Hey! You are smashing my face.....God, he reeks of Rolling Rock. Cheese!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

You too can have one of these........

Which came first

This is just wrong, but I had to do it. It counts as my yesterday blog.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Broken Dishwasher

Greg, Keith, Linda, Tube Top, and Dan are all coming to dinner at Casa McGann tonight.
I have been cooking for two days, so I THOUGHT I was way ahead, until now. The damned 25 year old dishwasher just broke again. Needless to say, I have little time to blog, as I will be making friends with Dawn and Bounty the Quicker Picker Upper.
This one gets a big 'ol FUCK!!!!!!

Here's the menu....Gotta go call the landlord now.

A Dinner Long Overdue
Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Heirloom Tomato and Dill Soup Shot with Nasturtium Oil

Wedge Salad with Pickled Eggs, Golden and Chiogga Beets, Blue Cheese Dressing, Bacon and Vintage Cheddar Popover with Elstar Apple Butter

Washington Lemberger Sorbet with Concord Grapes and Lavender

Veal and Fontina Canneloni with Porcini Mushroom Marsala Sauce, Tomato Confit, and Sage Oil

Lemon Basil Pudding with Phyllo Crisps and Se’ Decouvrir

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Wine Log - 2003 Terra del Grico Rosso

It's food and wine blog month for Jen and Nat....and I am a day late. I am an admitted addict to Facebook. When I should have been working on this blog, I was taking the "What kind of dog are you?" quiz. A Maltese? WTF? I generally think of myself as a terrier. I think the blond hair threw it off.

I purchased this bottle of wine at the Puget Consumer's Co-op a few months back. The person in charge of choosing wine for this place is brilliant. They find these amazing little vineyards who make small lots and somehow can negotiate criminal prices with the distributor. Probably because they can only get a few cases. So here I am swooning over this little Italian gem, but the last glass is bittersweet...I'm sure the co-op has already sold the last bottle.

But wait....the internet to the rescue! I just found this fabulous website where you and your friends can log wine. I am normally a fan of keeping a notebook for such things, as I love pen and paper, but this is more practical. As with most Italian wines, I cannot tell by looking at the label which words are the grape, the vineyard, the blend, etc.....the year is all I understand.
Problem Solved...just go to
... type in some of the jibberish, and it sorts it all out for you, while keeping a log of your wines. Sometimes it even has a picture, but this one was too obscure.

This one was an easy drinker.....not my usual "type", as I love big oaky reds, but it had this concord grape essence to it without the sugar that I loved....

I almost never love anything that comes from Italy...most I've experienced remind me of getting the vinegary Easter egg dye in my mouth as a child. This was an exception, and I look forward to many more.

I also just discovered that photographing wine bottles is an art that I have yet to perfect....something else to work on this month.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Deliciously Evil Benjamin Linus

I finally finished watching season four of LOST.
I can't believe I have to wait until Spring 2009 to watch more.
What would Ben say to that......"SO?"

What did Jennifer Bring Home to Play with Today?

Twenty of #2 tomatoes at the U_Disitrict"s Farmer's Market......the ones they banish to the back corner of the booth, waiting for you to come pick through them...some are overripe, some have deep cracks, and some just aren't gorgeous enough to earn a place on the display table. Thankfully, some plans I made for this evening fell through, and the boyfriend is in Dallas for the weekend, so I get to stay home and roast my friends for winter storage in my freezer.

I also bought 2# of raw peanuts in the shell to BOIL, Mississippi style. What I did NOT know is that this will take at least 4 HOURS!!!!
Guess I'll be up 'til midnight...........

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pretty Eggs

I got these today at the McLure Elementary Farmer's Market. They are from Biocento Eco farms in Yakima.
I can't wait to see how yellow the yolks are.........

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Anna is Certainly up to No Good

This is Anna, my dear old friend Lori Haff's child. Lori is one of the sweetest, most genuine people you will ever meet in your life. Anna, however, has a bit of the devil in her, most likely procured from the seed of Gino, Lori's husbund. Don't let this face fool you. As you read this, she just might be rifling through your bag and stealing lipstick and licorice.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Home of the Free Lenny Scoop

A solo afternoon in Fremont took me to The Royal Grinders for Gelato once again.
This time I decided on Pumpkin Pie with a Hazelnut Lenny Scoop (the little scoop on top that acts as a cherry, but better.)
I wished I had gotten the reverse flavor combo. Visit them here:

Friday, September 05, 2008

Dan's 40th Birthday

Cissel and I teamed up to take some pictures for a card for Dan's 40th birthday.....
Happy Birthday, OLY!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Name that crayon!!!!!

I love this!!!! I am always looking at things in the world around me and describing them in my mind in "Crayola"
Burnt Sienna, Periwinkle, Sea Green, and of the ever perplexing "Green/Blue or Blue/Green" debate. it always bothered me that the "Blue/Green" crayon was more green, and the "Green/Blue" was more blue.

BUT.....WTF? They changed half of the color names!!! I still scored a 33 - beat that!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Learning to Throw the Perfect Spiral

Tube top is trying to teach me how to throw a football. Not that Nerf, either, but a real honest to goodness pigskin.
I need a couple more lessons, but I have to say I am a fan.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I'm Back!

Because I bought my nephew a fabulous accordian for his birthday, decided I may be interested in this beauty. I would be lying if I said I wasn't tempted......
It is kinda sexy, kitten and all.....Also comes in Fuck Me Pink.