• appetite

    a few of my favorite (Costco) things

    Even though our household is only two people, we still stock up at Costco. Their produce, frozen fruit, eggs, spices, and beverages are surprisingly good. Himalayan pink salt – $4.49 Avocados (6) – $5.49 Bananas – $1.99 Grapefruit – $6.99 Cherries – $13.99 Eggs (2 dozen) – $6.99 Avocado oil – $9.89 Green tea (100 bags) – $13.99

  • restaurant outing

    the eater 38 essential boston restaurants

    Pondering these for Sunday night dinners. Proud of Somerville for having so many on the list! 1. Highland Kitchen* 2. Giulia 3. Journeyman 4. Bronywn 5. Casa B 6. Dali 7. Bergamot 8. Rino’s 9. Trina’s Starlite Lounge* 10. Rialto 11. East by Northeast* 12. Santarpio’s Pizza 13. Oleana* 14. Bondir* 15. Hungry Mother 16. West Bridge 17. Strip-T’s 18. Rendezvous* 19. Craigie on Main 20. Neptune Oyster* 21. jm Curley 22. Troquet 23. Taiwan Cafe 24. O Ya 25. Shanghai Gate 26. Island Creek Oyster Bar 27. Asta 28. L’Espalier 29. Erbaluce 30. Shojo 31. Sportello* 32. Menton 33. Hamersley’s Bistro 34. Myers + Chang 35. The Gallows 36.…

  • restaurant outing

    Sarma

    Last night we went out to Sarma with my old roommate Chitra who was in town from San Francisco. She and I often bonded over our “Sunday night blues” (her: med school, me: lesson planning). It’s now wonderful to bond over Sunday night dinner. I’m digging the Sunday night dinner lately. Like many other teachers on Friday nights, I want to curl up on the couch in a fuzzy blanket and go to sleep early. Sometimes it’s hard to snag a dinner reservation at hip new places like Sarma (the newest venture from Ana Sortun of Oleana and Sofra). Most of all, I like the Sunday night dinner as a relaxing…

  • appetite

    Cupcakes and Cocktails with Blog and Tweet Boston

    Last Friday I took Cupcakes and Cocktails with Dustin Rennells in a class provided via Blog and Tweet Boston. My school is right next door (152 Arlington St vs. 122 Arlington St), so I’ve often thought “hey, maybe I should take a class there” on my evening walks back to the T. Six years later, I am glad that I finally did! If you take this class (it’s being offered again on March 28), definitely get dinner beforehand. The BCAE provided a cheese & fruit plate for us to snack on and Polar seltzer for us to drink, but I think I would have been on a sugar high and…

  • appetite,  musings

    coffee math

    Photo Credits: Epoch Times (Starubucks cup and beans), Old Bisbee Roasters My fiance recently got a new office, so we decided to do some of our Sunday work here instead of Bourbon Coffee Shop. The spacious kitchen features a Latte Lounge machine that serves up coffee, hot chocolate, lattes, mochaccinos, and cappuccinos for $0.50 each. That’s much cheaper than the $1.87 12 oz coffees at the Brown & Brew coffee shop above his old office. He asked me “how much cheaper is the French press coffee we make at home?” Here’s how much will $30 pay for when drinking 2 cups of coffee per day (on a per-person basis). Starbucks…

  • appetite

    keen on quinoa

    Quinoa Salad 1 cup quinoa 2 cups chicken stock 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 15oz can chickpeas 1 cup Castelvetrano olives 3 cups baby spinach 1 cup chopped celery 3 Tbsp lemon juice 3 Tbsp nama shoyu sauce 2 tsp Penzeys Ruth Ann’s Muskego Ave seasoning 1/2 cup chopped scallions 1. Cook quinoa in chicken stock. 2. While quinoa is cooking, saute chickpeas and olives in olive oil. 3. Chop the celery and scallions. 4. After about five minutes, add the celery and spinach. 5. When the quinoa is done, combine it with the chickpea-olive-spinach-celery mixture in a large bowl. 6. Mix well and add the lemon juice, nama shoyu…

  • appetite

    chili willy

    Today’s chilly snow day called for some spicy chili. The following recipe made 6.5 servings. 1 tbsp olive oil 2 pounds ground turkey 1 28 oz can crushed San Marzano tomatoes 1 15 oz can Muir Glen fire roasted petite diced tomatoes 1 can tomato paste 3 cloves garlic 2 jalapeno peppers 1 red bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 1 cup chopped celery 6 tbsp chopped scallions Spices: I was out of Penzeys Chili 3000, my go-to for chili, so I experimented with a combination of chipotle, cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes, and Aleppo pepper. Next time I will stick with the Penzeys Chili 3000. I browned the turkey…

  • musings

    favorite student

    I keep a small Lucite box of Russell+Hazel Quips + Queries cards to use as hall passes or notes for students. I know that scrap paper would do just fine, but I enjoy the little luxury that makes me feel like a 1900’s lady handing out her calling cards when visiting the neighbors. My students like writing on the cards too…reminders to save them the red cow sticker for their next skill mastery (yes, puffy animal stickers can still motivate the most macho of wrestlers), reminders to “laugh and sing Sexy and I Know It” so I won’t be stressed out, and reminders about who reigns supreme as my favorite…

  • appetite

    Red Lentils

    Loving these red lentils with a few additions. I was home sick and didn’t have the tomatoes or coconut milk that other recipes called for, so I looked for simple red lentil recipes that I could improvise with. Spiced Red Lentil Dal 2 tablespoons peanut oil (used olive oil) 1 large onion, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup dried red lentils, washed and picked over 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (used powdered ginger) 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon mustard seeds 2 cloves (used a pinch of powdered cloves) 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper Salt 2 tablespoons cold butter (optional) (used this) Chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish. (used…

  • musings

    body image

    The world is overrun with reality shows like Say Yes to the Dress, popularity of bridal bootcamps at barre studios, and the idea that you will look the best you ever will on your wedding day. It’s harder to shake the idea that the engaged woman should be toiling through circuit training, eschewing gluten, and aiming for this idea of wedding day perfection. I signed up for the Pure Barre Bridal Special; I’m not immune. And I liked the cute “bride to be” barre socks that came with it. 😉 However, my focus lately has been on better time management and creating healthy eating habits rather than hitting the barre…