March 20, 2012

March 17, 2012

happy st patrick's day

A sombre choice to celebrate St. Paddy's, Bonny Portmore is a traditional Irish folk song lamenting the decimation of the oak forests of Ireland, which sailed the ships of England  as she set about conquering the world.   

A call to action from another era - something we would do well to heed on so many different levels in these turbulent times.  

March 13, 2012

March 6, 2012

March 4, 2012

happy belated 108th dr. seuss

After all, some of the most important things in life I learned from you:

1. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” 
 Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

2.  “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” 
 Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

3.  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” 
 Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

4.  “A person's a person, no matter how small.” 
 Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

5.  “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, 
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” 
 Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

February 11, 2012

(just short of) seven layer dip

Last weekend I decided to play the good wife and help G host a Superbowl party for his friends.  On the menu was this (just short of) seven layer dip, which I adapted from Cook's Country Best Potluck Recipes: More Than 100 Homestyle Favourites

It's just shy of seven layers because the original recipe omits olives (which is also the only food G absolutely refuses to eat) and because I served the guac on the side (ever since I had an encounter with a bad avocado a few years ago, I can't stand the sight of them - kind of like Goldschlager but that's a story for another day).

One of the things I really liked about this dip is that it does not include canned refried beans - with the high sodium content and sketchy texture, I'm not a fan.  Instead, the recipe includes a simple homemade bean dip which was yummy on its own.

Also really interesting was the sour cream layer which was whizzed in the food processor with shredded cheese.  It was a bit grainy on its own which concerned me, but I figured with enough beer in them the guys wouldn't notice, but it actually blended in very nicely with the other layers.

Rave reviews from the beer guzzlers and designated drivers alike.

(just short of) seven layer dip
adapted from Cook's Country
Printable recipe

Note:  If you want to add the guac, it goes between the sour cream and the salsa layer.

1 – 15.5 oz. can black beans, drained but not rinsed
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 t. chili powder
2 t. lime juice
1/8 t. salt

Pulse black beans, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, and salt in a food processor until mixture resembles a chunky paste. Transfer to bowl.

1 1/2 c. sour cream
2 1/2 c. shredded Tex-Mex cheese
Pulse sour cream and cheese until smooth. Layer on top of beans and sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
4 large tomatoes, cored, seeded, and chopped fine
2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced
3 T. chopped fresh cilantro
2 T. lime juice
6 green onions, 2 minced and 4 with green parts sliced thin (white parts discarded)
1/8 t. salt
Combine tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, minced green onions, and lime juice. Stir in salt. Let sit for at least 30 minutes then strain, discarding liquid, and layer over sour cream/cheese layer.  Sprinkle sliced green onions over the top.
Let sit at room temperature 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

January 15, 2012

January 5, 2012

one little word

I was dutifully compiling a list new year's resolutions and feeling exceptionally uninspired when I discovered One Little Word by Ali Edwards.  The concept is to choose a single word, just one, to focus on over the course of the year and see where it takes you.

The idea that one little word can have a big impact on your life stopped me in my tracks and my word came to me immediately.  Serenity.

  1. (n.) The quality or state of being serene; clearness and calmness; quietness; stillness; peace.
  2. (n.) Calmness of mind; eveness of temper; undisturbed state; coolness; composure.

To face the world with equanimity and assurance - precisely the opposite of how I have faced the world in the past year - and the thought filled me with excitement and inspiration.

So much more joyful than creating that same dreary list of resolutions again, non?

What's your word?