Somebody hold me… Because in nine days, it’s time to say goodbye to The Office. Forever. I don’t know if I’m ready yet.
(And the lines between TV talk and food talk blur once again… Bear with me? If you want?)
Critics say the U.S. version of the show overstayed its welcome, to which I respond: duh, and it’s all because of unsophisticated ding dongs like me, who kept watching no matter what. Sorry, serious legitimate critics and Comic Book Guys (and Ladies) of the world.
What can I say? I’m loyal. And I, for one, am glad the show stuck around as long as it did, despite the peaks and valleys. Here’s why:
1. Its success practically spawned Parks and Recreation, which we can all agree is literally amazing, sharp television, no?
2. It exposed the world to the girly genius of Mindy Kaling.
3. The Office at its worst was still a thousand times better than Two and a Half Broke Whitneys or whatever.
4. If it took that long to take Pam and Jim from nauseatingly perfect to real-life perfect, I’m okay with that.
5. Finally, if we had to tolerate a weak season (or a few) to get an epic a capella showdown involving Stephen Colbert (can’t find a clip to link, so sad), I’m game.
In short, I think this is a good time to give our insides a big old hug with springtime comfort food. That’s not as weird as it sounds… I don’t think.
Posted in Fall, Healthy (?), Main courses, Spring, weekend, Winter
Tagged caraway, carrots, chicken legs, comfort food, parsnips, radishes, roasted chicken, roasted vegetables, roasting
I’m afraid I am becoming predictable. Smoking! Gorgonzola and goat cheese in everything! Experimental ice cream flavors galore!
And here I am, once again bringing you farro. Thank goodness I can’t physically see you rolling your pretty little eyes at me.
This reminds me of some interview I’d seen with Mariah Carey, where she addressed criticisms that her songs sound the same. Being the capital-d Diva that she is, girlfriend was just like, “Well, excuse me for having a style.” Boom!
I apologize. That interview is firmly lodged in my brain where Spanish verb conjugations ought to be… And it’s probably never leaving.
Posted in Fall, Healthy (?), Main courses, Salad, Sides, Vegetarian, Winter
Tagged carrots, cinnamon, farro, feta, onions, parsley, pine nuts, preserved lemons, raisins, vegan, vegetarian, whole grains
I realize this is my third (wait… fourth) vegan post in a row. This is not intentional. I’m just digging the array of textures, flavors and colors of plants right now. You know? And truth be told, I have been googling things–very, very dangerous carnivorous things. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, if you, like me, have been on the vegetable bandwagon lately, TACOS. Pull up a chair and let’s talk.
Posted in Fall, Healthy (?), Main courses, Mexican, Winter
Tagged beans, black beans, butternut, carrots, cilantro, onion, serrano, spicy, squash, tacos, vegan, vegetarian
Carrots! Again! I KNOW. This is literally the rabbitiest of all rabbit food… That’s not a bad thing. Hear me out.
Aren’t rabbits notoriously… happy? Maybe they’re onto something. I’m not saying you ate a ton of ice cream last week, and are about to make even more, but… Maybe you did. If you’re me. Hey, me. I made carrot soup for you.
I can’t be the only not-at-all-an-actor (unless you count acting like a weirdo) who secretly wishes to be interviewed by James Lipton. First of all, he is awesome. Second of all, he has some amazing questions… Like the ones he always asks about favorite/least favorite words. I like talking about words.
And boy oh boy. I think I could go on a rather long rant about “awkward.” I can’t think of any other word that has been abused and misused like poor little “awkward.” I don’t dislike the word itself–not everyone can pull off the w-k-w combo! That is impressive. However. It seems everything today is “awkward.” It’s like we’re all stuck in that Alanis Morissette song about irony. A black fly in your chardonnay isn’t ironic, Alanis, and neither is it awkward, Lots of Other People. It’s gross.
That felt so good, you guys. Thank you for letting me put on my grouchy pants.
Let’s talk about words we like now. I have many! Among them: juicy, roasted, spicy, sweet, tart, creamy, orange, green. Do you see where I’m going? I’m going to salad town.
Posted in Healthy (?), Main courses, Salad, Sides, Vegetarian
Tagged avocado, carrots, cilantro, Fruit, lemon, orange, roasted carrots, roasting, salad, spices, vegan
If you’re not hopelessly nerdy like me, you probably won’t like this post and I’m totally sorry. There is a fantastic (not bragging, because it’s not mine!) recipe for minestrone soup if you scroll down.
So, it goes like this: When I was juuust starting to cook as a thing–a hobby–I picked up Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking and started to read it as if it were a novel. It’s a serious book for serious Italian cuisine, and soon enough, I came across this: “The least acceptable method of preparing garlic is squeezing it through a press.”
Uh oh. I totally had (and used) a garlic press.
Posted in Healthy (?), Italian, Main courses, Soup, Vegetarian, weekend
Tagged beans, cabbage, carrots, celery, comfort food, green beans, onion, soup, vegetables, white beans, zucchini