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Rice pudding

Kids, rice pudding. That is what is on my mind. It has been all winter long. Unfortunately, due to my minor lactose intolerance, I never have milk in the house! Oh crisis! how to resolve thee? Mainly I have been content with contemplating rice pudding then realizing that I don't have any milk in the house and then not wanting to buy milk. Then my mind wanders off to kitties or hand lotion or Lupe Fiasco. But last week my favorite food blog, Chocolate & Zucchini,, posted a recipe for rice pudding! 

I really like that Clotilde made the pudding the way that I like to, no ovens!  A lot of recipes call for you to cook the rice and then combine it with the milk and sugar, etc. and then bake it.  Blurg, I say, too many dirty dishes!  And I don't really care for a crust on my rice pudding.  So stovetop it is!   However, Clotilde's recipe calls for 1 quart (ie 4 cups) of milk to 3/4 c. rice.  That is far too much milk, I'll be doing 2 cups to 3/4 rice as another recipe that I have recommends.

I love the simple comfort of rice pudding, but I consider a think layer of cinnamon on top to be a necessity!  Once I added raisins that I had rehydrated in some port, those were heavenly.  I also love Indian-style rice pudding, so I've been thinking about flavoring this batch with cardamom and ground almonds. 

Of course, none of this actually means that I will be making rice pudding, but those are my thoughts on the matter.  What think you, gentle folk?

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Omelet-y goodness

Well, this idea of posting more has really worked out, hasn't it? It's been over a month since my first and last post. woo for dedication!

This morning I woke up and decided to make an omelet. Actually, I think I went to bed thinking about making one, but the decision was fully formed when I woke up this morning. Also, I had all the appropriate fixin's: lunchmeat ham, part of a red bell pepper, an onion, and a smallish bit of cheddar.

So I chopped all that junk up real fine (except the cheese!), sauteed them in olive oil, and seasoned with salt and herbes de provence. [side note: I got a gift card to whole foods for christmas from my work and I used it to buy extravagant things I don't normally buy, like herbes de provence and fancy cheese] [other side note: herbes de provence always sound so exotic to me]

Then I added 2 beaten eggs, cooked that shit up. I feel I should add that even though I've been making omelets for years now, I'm still shit at flipping my omelets. I think it's because I put in too much filling, but they're so good!

Anyway, I totally destroyed the omelet flipping it, but whatevs, it still takes good. So I topped it with some shredded cheddar and a few drops of hot sauce.

Good eating!
from Glenn, It's Carrie Fisher!

Food food food

I have decided to follow the inspiration of the dear Allison and refocus this blog. I do a lot of thinking about food and cooking. I also like to do a lot of internet research before making a new recipe. But who out there will listen to my wandering thoughts? The blogpublic, that's who. Also, I hope to use this as a memory aid for future recipes.

Et voila, on commence!

Tonight for dinner I made one of my favorite fast, and few dirty dish creating, meals: pasta with pesto and shrimp.

Ingredients: your favorite shaped pasta, frozen shrimp (I like the uncooked because they're cheaper and I feel like I'm actually cooking), frozen peas, pre-made pesto.

I usually take out a portion of frozen shrimp and put them in a bowl of water to defrost, then I putter of the internet for a while. 10-15 min is usually enough. Then I start boiling the pasta, but! Because I am lazy, I set the timer for a few minutes longer than recommended. When there are about 4 min left I throw in the peas and shrimp. Everything cooks together and I strain it all in the colander. Then a few hearty spoonfuls of pesto (the good refrigerated kind, not the bottled, I got that kind once and it had a bizarre straw-like texture, not cool), mixed usually on the plate. Et voila! A yummy one-plate dinner. If I have a lemon in the fridge, I will sometimes do a nice little squeeze of juice, but it's not necessary.

I considered using different veg. I have a nice mix of green beans, yellow beans and carrots from Trader Joe's that I thought of using, but I didn't want to chance it not working out. Tonight was all about comfort food not experimentation.
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Election night drinkies

I had thought of having a few Moscow Mules (vodka, lime juice, ginger beer) tonight but then I got the to liquor store and, boy howdy!, hard liquor is expensive. So instead I got a nice Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. I will either be celebrating or mourning tonight. Here's hoping for celebration with the Big O.

OMG! dirty! Barack Obama. Jeez, get your minds out of the gutter.
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A book found

Success! The book has been identified. And by one of my Facebook friends. tsk tsk LJ friends, I'm afraid that you just lost a point in the ongoing "best online friends" competition.

The book is: Being of Two Minds by Pamela F. Service. I highly recommend that you read it.
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A book request

Hello LJ friends,

For a long time I have been trying to remember the title of a book that I read in middle or high school and I can't for the life of me.

It was about an American high school girl who was psychically/mentally connected with this boy who was a prince in a small European country. They would each, like, astrally project into the other's body at different times. And the one who astrally projected would appear to be in a coma while projecting. Or something like that. Then the girl gets the chance to travel to this European country and she helps the boy avoid an assassination attempt. Also, the boy and girl never told anyone else about this connection they had.

It was very exciting and very good. But no one has ever heard of this book! I'd love to read it again.

Can you help? Thanks.
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Nothing Gold Can Stay

Shall I tell you a secret? All right, lean in. I'm a poetry girl. I swoon for a well written poem. And here is one of my favorites:

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

It's by Robert Frost. Short and sweet and lovely.
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Wikipedia date meme

Wikipedia Date Meme, nicked from

Instructions: Go over to Wikipedia and enter your birth date and then pick 3 events, 2 births and 1 holiday that occurred on the day of your birthday.

May 26th

1828 - Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
1889 - Opening of the first Eiffel Tower elevator to the public.
1978 - In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens.

1920 - Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
1955 - Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef

Australia - National Sorry Day
my eye

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I love it when I see cute guys wearing my favorite jacket. it is a navy blue with white trim zip up warm-up jacket from Americal Apparel. It is actually from the men's section, but I'd been wanting one in this style for so long that I bought it anyway. The sleeves are deliciously too long.

I've met maybe one or two guys who were wearing the same style jacket and I was all, eee! that's ma jacket, ho! hee hee

But today, while interneting I came across this lovely photo:

A cute boy, in Paris, is wearing my jacket! hee hee. I'm going off to giggle to myself.
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I moved today. It's 9:41 pm and I am sooooo tired. it's kind of ridiculous. Also, my roommate goes to bed at 9:30 so it feels really late.

I did not move far, only a mile or just under. but now I'm living in North Cambridge, ie North Cambo or NoCambo. I'm trying to get the last one started as a thing, but I'm not sure if it'll work.

Also, we drove to the grocery store tonight! To a car-less person this is amazing. I should have gotten more heavy things but the tiredness affects me mightily.

Also, am "liberating" internet from an unprotected wireless signal. Seriously people, I'm not hacker, just a password would flummox me.

Ok, lying in bed and watching dvds until I fall asleep.

Also, if you want my new address, please make a comment and I'll add you to the email list.