10.21.2011

10 years can fly by

Well almost 10 years.. 2 days shy of 10 years.  Today I finally downloaded Spotify and have been poking around listening to some newer music.  Something about the a Kings of Leon song triggered an Incubus flashback for me.  I was remembering how I could not wait to buy Morning View and I was counting down the days to the release.  Then out of curiosity, I looked up when it was released: 10/23/2001.  Holy crap, it's already been 10 years.  I can't even remember the last time I bought a CD.  Do people even buy CDs anymore?  This particular CD was in and out of my CD player so much it was scratched so I'm pretty excited to be listening to it on Spotify.  And I don't care that no one seemed to like this album.  This was a good album dammit and it's going back in my rotation!

10.19.2011

good bye for now, asparagus

It's definitely the end of the line for local asparagus this year.  Before moving here, I had no idea Washington was so big on their asparagus crop but I have ended up eating it quite a bit.  For dinner last night, I made roasted asparagus and prosciutto pizza.  It takes about 10 minutes and was a win.

Because I hear pictures make a blog more interesting, here are the ingredients:


Manchego cheese
Garlic naan
Asparagus
Prosciutto

 Preheat the oven to 400F.  Trim off the woody bottoms of the asparagus and lay them out on a baking sheet.  Drizzle them with olive oil and salt/pepper.  Go light on the salt because the prosciutto is salty.  Pop them in for about 5 minutes to start the cooking process.  In the meantime, shred the cheese on the naan and arrange some torn pieces of prosciutto.  When the asparagus comes out, chop it as small as you like and add it on top of the naan.  Put it back into the oven until it's done to your liking.  I did about 5 more minutes because I wanted a soft and chewy crust. 

This was super tasty and quick.  I'm kind of bummed though because I think I'll need to wait until spring before the asparagus is back in season to make it again. 

10.17.2011

roasted green beans

We stopped by the library yesterday so I could get more cookbooks.  The Tyler Florence one had a recipe for roasted green beans.  To be honest, it never occurred to me to cook green beans in the over but it's so good!

Making them could not have been easier.  Preheat the oven to 400F.  Put the green beans on a baking sheet and toss in a little olive oil.  Grind some pepper on.  Grate on a good amount of parmesan cheese.  Cook about 8 minutes.  (Note: the recipe said 10 which translates to 8 in my oven.) Eat.

*Don't cheap out on cheese.  It's only like $5 to buy a good block of parmesan that can last you all week and it's worth it.  I grate it on a microplane so a little bit goes a long way though I'm probably dulling the crap out of my microplane.
*Don't use pre-ground pepper.  The disposable Mccormick pepper grinders are actually pretty good.  I use it for everything and it lasts several months.

To go with it, I butterflied a chicken breast and pounded it flat.  I breaded it in a mixture of plain bread crumbs, more grated parm, and red pepper flakes.  It baked at the same temp but went it 6 minutes earlier (so 14-15 mins total.) Poured on some store-bought chicken gravy.  Super tasty! 

10.14.2011

bad dream

I had a dream that I was driving around Seattle and found a Publix.  It was lunch time so I was super excited to get a Publix sub.  The sub tasted like it was from Subway and the manager yelled at me when I tried to bring it back and explain how the subs are made in Florida.  So sad.. it doesn't get any tastier than a Publix chicken tender sub! 

10.03.2011

it's official

I hate gardening.  I even took it out of my Facebook profile.  That's how much I hate it.  I have 75 bulbs that need to be planted and about 75 already in the ground that I need to avoid destroying.  Sigh...

10.02.2011

when you've got to feel it in your bones


I'm pretty sure this is one of those albums I'll still be listening to in my 50's reminiscing about how things used to be.  I feel like this one doesn't get the credit it deserves because all these years later it can still make me feel exactly like I did the first, second, and hundredth time I listened to it.

10.01.2011

new job

We've been super busy and I haven't had a chance to catch up with this.  We went to San Francisco and then I turned around and went to DC to train for a new job.  Once I'm settled in I'll be able to keep up on blogging more!