last week, a neighbor dropped off a bag of sweet corn and i had no idea what to do with it. fast-forward to a slowish day at work where i actually got to catch up on my feedly for basically the first time in four years and i came across this shrimp boil recipe which includes steamed sweet corn.

of course, i had potatoes and frozen shrimp but wasn’t sure what to do instead of the andouille sausage. thankfully, i’d recently splurged on a bunch of frozen food from costco and grabbed a big ol’ box of morningstar farms veggie sausage patties (rodney recently tried some at mickey’s for brunch and loves them). so, i layered the potatoes, sausage patties, and corn; threw in the old bay seasoning, poured water over and turned on the slow cooker.

five hours later, i popped the shrimp in for 10 minutes and served it up with a packet of rice and some melted butter.

it was so amazingly simple and delicious and perfect.

also, i mostly halved the recipe and we still had leftovers.

steak! and salmon

dinner was pretty great; the whole day was, actually. i forewent any attempts to fix the washing machine so we started with brunch at mickey’s then headed to wilson’s for the cubs game—this is usually when i get my crossword puzzle time in—and then home to get ready for a night on the town. we had already discussed that i usually like to walk home after dinners downtown cuz a) i don’t want to pile on another $20 cab ride after a spendy dinner and 2) it’s a good way to walk off said spendy dinner and i like to get a latte and a cookie from mother fool’s.

we got downtown a little early, so stopped into the ‘dise beforehand. the pool table was occupied, so we didn’t get to play. right before 7, we hopped down the block and checked in.

our waitress was really nice, the water guy was always prompt. the escargots weren’t as amazing as i remember. i ordered the caesar salad and rodney got the wedge with roquefort. i got the salmon with asparagus and he got the ribeye on the bone with brussells sprouts. i tried a bite of the meat and it was a little too salty for my taste but wasn’t bad. my salmon was so-so, but i didn’t really expect magic with fish at a steakhouse. in retrospect, the walleye would have probably been a better choice.

i don’t think we got done before 9 and by that time, there was a sprinkle outside, so the walk back was refreshing. except for those wedge shoes that i mentioned. i think i made it one capitol block before i took them off.

needless to say, it was a really great evening and my legs and feet still hurt.

eggplant and pasta

i need to start taking food pics again.

last night we made breaded eggplant and pasta with homemade sauce.

rodney offered to help do anything, and as it’s been a while since i’ve had a sous chef, it was hard for me to delegate, but i managed. he shredded the parm and beat the eggs and dredged the eggplant while i worked on other stuff.

i pulled out the linguine and asked if that was preferred to angel hair, but he said he liked angel hair better. i said i didn’t really care about straight pasta but definitely have an opinion on shaped pasta. he asked what my favorite shape was. i said, “orecchiette.” he said, “LITTLE EARS?! get out of here.”

so, yea. another thing we have in common that seems completely irrelevant until we discover it and then i get goosebumps thinking about it later.

dreary day

this is my least favorite biking weather; 32° and rain. it also means that i won’t want to leave the house when i’m done working this evening. which is fine, i guess; i’m getting used to the routine.

i typically get home around 3:30, jones begs for a walk until about 4, then we go for a walk, i work until about 5:30 and then feed the dogs and clean up the dishes from last night’s dinner. i knit for a while on the couch until 6:30 and then start dinner. i knit and watch the office while dinner is cooking. then i eat, knit some more, and go to bed when i get tired.


photo dump with updates

matt trimmed:


schmoo was happy to see something outside


the gals, chillin’


the walk to our tent from the closer porta potties


the land of sunshine stage that was in a crater


the view from my hammock on sunday


another view


the top of the land of sunshine stage from our campsite

one of the diyss hidden in a part of the camp that i didn’t get to very much

the view from where i had to go to call matt, the main entrance is off to the left

parking lot a

main stage schedule


packing list


merle likes to be close

dehydrating eggs+polenta, this turned out really well, actually


“when i am not close, i am tiny.”

nora has mastered the art of sleeping crooked



or, “what did you do on your friday night?”

since i’m hitching a ride with some acquaintances to EF17, i want to pack lite, which means i’m trying out food dehydration. since i had some of my overnight oats* all ready to go, i decided to give it a go.

the dehydrator instructions for fruit leather said to grease the tray with something, but since my breakfast isn’t supposed to be greasy, i went with a light avo spray and made sure it went on extra thin. i spread out the oats that i had (two-servings-worth) and turned on the machine:

this is what it looked like after one hour:

and after two, i flipped it over:

after three and four hours:

i let it rest in the machine for the night, as it would likely dehydrate more, and i was tired of checking on it.

in the morning, i cut it up into what i thought was two servings and decided to try the jet boil to taste the results:

it wasn’t as sweet as fresh, which is surprising since the almond milk that i use is the less-sweet sweetened kind. i guess i didn’t realize how much sweet it imparted. after i made the amount that i thought was correct, i found that even half of that was enough for a morning get-me-going meal. so, i might have enough to take to the festival without having to fuss with more.

the next trial will be scrambled eggs and polenta. and if everything about this fails, i have some boxes of zatarain’s rice meals to pack.

*my recipe is a slight modification to the one in oh she glows, but it’s very similar.

israeli couscous circle salad

i just spent way too long searching my blog for this salad, which i want to make for lunches next week.

israeli couscous circle salad

i will also put the ingredients here in case tablespoon ever goes away

1 cup Israeli couscous
1 can chickpeas
1 1/2 cups peas
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 package grape tomatoes
1 package pearl mozzarella
3 lemons
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 handful parsley
1 small onion
1 clove garlic

detox three, day three

i received a compliment on the seasoning scent of my lunch yesterday, so i passed the recipe along. while the chickpea kale curry is tasty, it’s missing either spice or sweet. i had even added some coconut nectar to give it something. i remember it being close to sensational last time.

the turkey burgers were both annoying to make and not very tasty. i don’t like touching meat to make the patties; i could have bought pre-pattied turkey, but i needed to add stuff to make it ‘thai’, fish sauce being an ingredient. i forget how salty the recipes are in gwenyth’s books (as opposed to the goop site).

i made an extra burger for tonight, but think i’m going to skip it. i have a project that i need to start an finish for the pantry and i can’t be spending two hours in the kitchen after work.

so, the detox will come to an end today. perhaps i’ll celebrate with a latte.

detox three, day two

the niçoise salad was pretty good; i think i could have seasoned up the tuna a little, and i forgot the avocado, but all in all, it was tasty. i even didn’t hate the arugula and radicchio.

i did stop to see matt and have a drink after work, but life is about moderation, not exclusion and depravity. while i was putting the menu together and reading through gwenyth’s cookbook, it occurred to me that it could be pretty simple to maintain the unprocessed/no sugar/still yummy food lifestyle; especially now that i eat bird. so, i’m allowing myself to create my own rules for this one.

keeping with my daily kombucha is helping. during previous fasts, there wasn’t a whole lot of movement until day four, if you know what i mean, and i was lethargic and bloated. who wants to do that voluntarily for a week?

i spent longer than wanted making the next meal (chickpea and kale curry) and didn’t sit down to dinner until shortly after 8, but the turkey chili didn’t let me down.

for some reason, in the recent past, i’d gotten used to having a couple spoonfuls of green tea or strawberry ice cream (haagen daas doesn’t put a bunch of crap in their ice cream), so mangoes are my dessert this week, and they’re a pretty good substitute.

my egg drop soup breakfast was tasty and i was sweating before i left the house. halfway to work, i realized that i was biking way faster than usual and i’ll attribute that to not stuffing my face for dinner and having calories before leaving the house (normally, i don’t eat anything until around 10a). we’ll see if my theory holds up the rest of the week.