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For [livejournal.com profile] jeni , [livejournal.com profile] yesthatjill, and other people who like chocolate: my friend Moxie's gluten-free, Pesach safe, fabulous brownie recipe is online here.
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Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan Style)

v. 1 -
1 c. oatmeal (chopped in blender or food processor)
1 c. unsweetened coconut (finely chopped)
1/3 c. agave nectar
3/4 c. peanut butter

Combine, mix smooth. Roll into balls. Leave them bare, or roll them in flax seed / melted chocolate / coconut / the material of your choice.

If you managed to break your blender and cannot chop the oatmeal, try:

v. 2 -

1 c. unsweetened coconut (finely chopped)
3/4 c. wheat flour
1/3 c. agave nectar
3/4 c. peanut butter

Combine, mix smooth. Roll into balls. Leave them bare, or roll them in flax seed / melted chocolate / coconut / the material of your choice.

Both these versions are derivations of this.

I cannot remember if I have told you this, darling internet, but my parents are going 'seagen' - as in vegan + seafood. It's a health choice, inspired by the sudden wave of cancer diagnoses among the people they (we) love. The reading they have been doing has them ready to stop participating in the commercial meat and milk industry, to weed the chemicals that go into the animals out of their diet, and we are all making some changes. I don't know how much of this I will take with me, but it has been remarkably painless so far. I like eating low on the food chain, and knowing my food's story.
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[livejournal.com profile] yesthatjill is soliciting ideas for slow-cooked and baked things to make when it gets cold. I love coming home to a warm, yummy-smelling house, so use the crock-pot a lot in the winter. My two suggestions for her are French Onion soup and Chicken Paprikish. It appears that people could use recipes for these, so I am sharing the ones I use here.  Please feel free to share your own best recipes - I love cooking things that have been recommended and vetted by friends.

Classic French Onion Soup )

 

AERA Recap

Mar. 31st, 2008 06:05 pm
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Sunday - Street vendor soft pretzel, Thai curry (solo), authentic Chinese (mu shu is the food of the gods)

Monday - New York Deli, American Indian Corn Soup, cornbread

Tuesday - Indonesian, Indian Take-out
 
Wednesday - Italian Trattoria

Thursday - Cuban lunch and Turkish dinner

Friday - Ethiopian, Thai

Saturday -Amy's Bread
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We saw the last three bouquet's of the day at the Macy's Flower Show.

We visited the MoMA design store, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations, the American Indian Community House, the Columbia University Campus ("I went to Columbia"), and, oh yeah, the conference.
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I am home now and have the world's most cruel head cold. More later, when I can breathe again.
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It would be refrigerator eggs, except I am out of eggs.

I threw the leftover black rice and chicken bits into the crockpot with a can of black beans, two cans of diced tomatoes, and a pile of steamed carrots. Wish me luck.

The refrigerator now contains two cartons of yogurt, some milk, frozen fish which is currently thawing, and condiments. Should be an interesting week.
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I feel like I have spent the last 72 hours grappling with the ungrappleables, which explains the couple days of radio silence.

I still have nothing to say about them, and they continue to clog my brain.

In the meantime, I will say I made a fabulous blueberry "tart" for dessert on Saturday. Since KM walked off with my pizza stone, I had to improvise. Thus, I smashed a full batch of Joy of Cooking sugar cookie dough into a ten inch springform pan and baked a base that way, covered it in my Standard Dairy Deliciousness, dumped a bag of frozen blueberries from my adventures in U-Pick fruit across the top, and had an excellent dessert. My carb-eating dinner guests appeared to enjoy it, the maniac on the low carb diet asked wistful questions about the ingredient list, and I finished the last piece this afternoon. I am now resisting the temptation to make another...
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Uh-oh.

I had random eggs for breakfast, and discovered I only have two eggs left!  For lunch I had a can of beets and a cup of cottage cheese (old cottage cheese, and I dont even like cottage cheese).

It is beginning to look like I had better go grocery shopping.
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In my continuing effort to Not Grocery Shop, I have instituted the tradition of "random eggs." If you would like to join me for random eggs, I will be happy to scramble you two eggs and throw in whatever happens to be in the refrigerator (I can't eat just-egg-scrambled-eggs this often).

Today's random egg additions: Wild Rice and Canadian Bacon.  It really wasn't bad :)
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I just ate a dinner that reminds me of my old college boyfriend: brown rice mixed with frozen broccoli, canned black beans, and diced tomatoes.  Of course the fact that I could actually taste all those ingredients proved definitively that M was not involved in its creation - all his "masterpieces" tasted of cayenne pepper and unwashed pots. 

I am playing what is essentially a game of grocery store chicken with the pantry. I don't want to go shopping - my credit card bill was a little high, so I want to slash the grocery budget, and grocery shopping is my least favorite chore anyways. I am learning I can go a long time before grocery visits, if I am willing to eat rice three times a day.
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I feel very Donna Reed-ish today - I am making French Onion soup, just blocked a sweater I am knitting (I may put up pictures later, since it looks like fairies armed with shiny sewing pins have captured an enemy), and will be altenately working on my thesis and pushing the vaccum cleaner around. I even have Betty Rubble's hair!

(I have made the Betty Rubble comment a couple of times - my roommate's immediate response was "At least Betty is hot!" [personal profile] madgenius just looked at me carefully, then laughed and laughed).
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I lovelovelove where I live, but oh please $deity, someday I would like to live in a place where I can run both the toaster oven and the microwave at the same time, without blowing the kitchen fuse. 

On the other hand, how would I get comfortable with fuses boxes, if I didn't get to visit ours each week? Perhaps it is for the best after all....

(Took a break to belly dance.  Lots of walking 4/4 shimmies and both calibrated and paddle turns this week, weeeee! splat!  Am now eating soup and bread, then back to work).

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