- these sweet potatoes are delicious. the goat cheese spread is the perfect complement.
- i made these snowball cookies with pecans instead of walnuts.
- burdick's hot chocolate is perfect on a cold, northeastern winter day. if you live in the boston area, you must go there. if not, i highly recommend ordering their hot chocolate.
- i love nutella and can't wait until i have time to make these cookies.
- have a leftover pumpkin or can of pumpkin? make pumpkin butter!
A few weeks ago, I bought a pumpkin at the fruit stand near the subway on my way home from work. There were only a few left and I bought a big one. I neglected to think about how heavy it would be to cart it all the way home. There were (of course) no seats on the T so I had to carry it the whole trip. When I finally climbed up to the 4th story and put it down on my kitchen counter, I could have sworn it weighed 20 pounds. As it turned out, it was only about 10 pounds (but in my defense, I had lifted weights and worked out my arms that morning...)
I promptly cut it in quarters and baked it. My goal was to make lots and lots of pumpkin puree. Making it is easy--just cut the pumpkin and put it face down on a baking sheet. Pour a few cups of water on the baking sheet and bake at 350 until the pumpkin's flesh is soft and easy comes away from the skin (30ish minutes).
After the pumpkin cools, take out the flesh and mash it (either by hand, or with a food processor). Easy enough--fresh pumpkin, which tastes much better than the canned variety.
Don't forget to save the seeds! I roasted these ones with butter and salt and they were delicious (and healthy!)
It's hard to believe that we're half way through 2010. Back in January, I wrote a post about some of my New Year's goals...so how am I doing? Knitting My knitting goal for the year was to finish a pair of socks that fit my feet. Sounds simple right? I've been knitting a lot--in fact, I've finished over 12 projects so far this year. I started the socks, but then frogged them due to a mistake. I just don't like knitting socks. Any sock knitters out there? Please, enlighten me and let me know the secret to knitting socks. I'm determined to complete a pair...after I finish the 5 other projects that keep taking a higher priority...
Books I've been a reading fiend this year. To date, I have finished 26 books. My goal for the year was 30, so I'd say I'm well on my way to completing this goal. If you're interested, you can find my book list here.
Blog I wanted to blog more frequently and make a concerted effort not to miss a whole month. So far so good...
Pictures I ambitiously decided to challenge myself to take at least one photo per day. While I love going back and looking through all the photos, this project has certainly challenged my creativity. Some days it's really easy to find a perfect shot. Other days, I quickly snap a cell phone shot or a self photo with my MacBook. Nevertheless, I'm using my camera much more than I would have without this project and I love love love some of the shots. I think it will be really fun to look through the year's photos at the end, remembering all the places I've been throughout the year. Through six months, the pictures have been taken in 3 countries, 7 states (US), and 20 cities. See all the photos on Flickr or check out some of my favorites below.
I spent 3 hours pitting cherries, rolling out dough and mixing ingredients for a delicious Father's Day cherry pie yesterday [recipe and details to come]. But I often want a fast, healthy, delicious meal...one with few ingredients and ingredients I already have in my pantry.
You too? Well, we're both in luck. Head over to stonesoup for a new ebook filled with simple, 5 ingredient/10 minute recipes. Did I mention that it's free? I leafed through it (can you still say "leafed" when you're reading a PDF and scrolling from page to page?) briefly this morning and am excited to try out some of the recipes. Especially the ones with chickpeas. I really love chickpeas.