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Posted on Nov 16, 2010 | 5 comments

Hi guys,

I whipped up a little guac this afternoon for the girls book club meeting tonight!


The book was Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which I just couldn’t get through in time for the meeting. I still enjoyed the discussion, but after talking about the plot in-depth, I think I’ve had enough murder and sexual violence for now.

The gathering was a nice break in the middle of the week. I enjoyed lots of fun food, friends, and wine.




There were also a few appetizers involving cheese that I had to pass on:(


I heart Malbecs!


The host made Swedish meatballs since the novel is set in Sweden! Meatballs aren’t something I eat often, so I really enjoyed having something a little different for dinner.

Served with egg noodles and rolls!

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The night ended with a dark chocolate covered caramel. Week night get-togethers are such a treat, but I’m pretty tired now. I managed to make it to a 6:30 spinning class this morning, and although it was awesome, it really wiped me out. I don’t know how people exercise in the morning more than one or twice a week.

Good night, sleep tight.
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The Squash is Back

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 | 7 comments

I was warned this would happen: ecto ate my post.  I’m trying to stay positive and I’m writing this post for the second time today.

Monday was nice.  This weekend was my college’s homecoming and this morning I realized that the one positive thing about not attending (this was the first time I didn’t go) was that I didn’t have to suffer through the withdrawal that usually results after a weekend back on campus.  I’m typically in a bad mood for at least a week after spending time with friends and pretending to be a college student again.

I didn’t do too much at work today.  We had a speaker this AM and I made a few last minute edits to my case study before handing it in.  Two down, four to go!!!!

This morning, we also celebrated two birthdays at my internship, so I baked!

Remember that squash I had tons of and had to freeze?  Well, a while ago, a blog reader suggested that I sub it for pumpkin in a recipe that she had used for pumpkin bread.
Great recipe (thanks Laura!)!.  This was a hit with the other interns and I thoroughly enjoyed it myself. I followed it to a t except that I used brown sugar instead of white sugar  for half of the total sugar the recipe called for.  I also added chocolate chips to half of the loaf.
I made a few muffins for Matt as well and they were quite nice.


I have a meeting and class back-to-back tonight, which means I’ll probably be having pb and jelly for dinner.  I am ok with this because I love anything involving peanut butter, but it’s not very photogenic, so I’ll share my packaged TJ’s indian dinner because it was delish.


Black lentils and kidney beans in a spicy sauce with rice and naan….this was probably one of the best pre-made sauces/vegetarian meals I’ve had.  I’m two for two with this brand, so I’ll probably try the spinach meal next.

Lunch and dinner are going to be a bit of a challenge this week because I’m doing the full dairy elimination (versus taking the easy way out with the lactase enzymes) just so the allergist can completely rule out lactose intolerance.
Time is flying…I must go catch it!
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Big Appetite, Small Plates

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 | 9 comments

YesterDAY was not fun. I sat down around noon at Starbucks to try and knock out my case study, and it suddenly dawned on me just how much work I had to do. Then I threw a minor fit when I realized I had forgotten my lactose-free milk and stormed out of the ‘bucks to go home and retrieve it. This stomach stuff really gets to me because I feel so helpless about the whole situation. The good news is that, after five hours of nonstop work, I finished about 75% of the case study and was able to enjoy a little stair climbing at the gym. Once home, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders, and I got in the Saturday night mood. And a fabulous Saturday night it was. Matt and I received a gift-card from Kath‘s mother-in-law (Thanks Karen!) to one of our favorite South End restaurants, and we’ve been saving it for a chilly fall night!

Given that there was a two-hour wait, we headed to the bar of the Gallows restaurant for fancy drinks!


I had the above Roxbury Russet, a cocktail made with apple and brandy, and Matt had the whiskey sour of sorts below.


After round one, we headed to THE dinner spot, Toro, to wait out the next hour (the restaurant is very popular and they don’t take reservations, so there’s always an insane wait). I had a generous pour of a Syrah blend.

And then, we finally got seated at 9:30. Toro is all about creative and authentic Spanish tapas, so there’s always a lot of excitement when you finally sit down and get to read through the menu. Matt and I immediately ordered a pincho to tide us over: blue cheese and almond stuffed serrano-wrapped dates. To.die.for.
We also enjoyed $5 glasses of decent house garnacha.
Our first tapa was chicken and potato empanadas. I loved the filling in these, but the outside wasn’t that flaky crust you usually get with American-ized empanadas (although, I think last night’s shell was actually closer to how they are served in Spain)…not that it wasn’t good, but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.
Tapa two was cod fritters, and although these were very basic, they were totally awesome with lots of cod and not too much breading.
Tapa three was the specialty of the house: grilled corn with alioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese. Simply fantastic every time.
The menu at Toro includes a lot of really unique meats, but I’m not that adventuresome, even though I’d like to be. I told Matt I’d try one thing out of the ordinary and we went with a crispy pork belly with sunchoke, escargots, fava beans and smoked maple crumble. I have to admit, this was good, but I thought it tasted like a stomach and I just couldn’t really get past that. I kept imagining the crispy exterior as the lining of my own stomach, so I only had three bites.


Our last course was a fall special: pork loin with pureed squash and maple-apple butter. After the stomach, this tasted like heaven and the subtle sweetness was a nice flavor to end with.


I guess we gravitate towards the same types of foods because I’m noticing now that we ordered two fried ball-like tapas and two types of pork. I’m not really one to order vegetables when I’m doing the tapa-style dinner. Overall, last night was such an amazing evening and it was so fun to hand over a giftcard when the bill arrived!!!!

This week’s going to be a busy one, so I’m off to attempt a baking project before things get crazy. See ya!

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The Good and The Bad

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 | 8 comments

Howdy blog world,

I had a busy busy day at the ‘ole internship, which left me feeling a little drained this evening. The good news? I don’t have a food allergy!!!!!!! I really didn’t think I had one given that I don’t have any immune-system related symptoms, but I’m still so relieved. I do plan to stay away from scary artificial soy products and soybean oil, but soy lecithin (aka, chocolate) will be back in my life. The bad news is that I still have random stomach aches and spend approximately 60% of my day burping. The doctor continues to suspect lactose intolerance or another food intolerance and recommends trying the elimination again. It’s just sooo hard to avoid cheese:(

No time or energy for a workout today, but I did enjoy dinner and some quality couch time.



This meal was an easy combination of snap peas, asparagus, and shrimp served over my favorite TJ’s mushroom risotto.



Thursday is a holiday so I’m working really late tomorrow night, babysitting for Jon while his parents go to a concert. Does anyone else feel like the weeks are getting longer as we get closer to Thanksgiving? I hope all of you guys are doing well – I really do love reading your comments each day:)
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Put A Lid On It, Will Ya?

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 | 9 comments

Yesterday, Matt came home with this:


He found it right around the corner at our local liquor store!!! But, because we’ve had Pumking a lot lately, we decided to save it and have these instead:


The Octoberfest was awesome, but in a kind of generic way. The pumpkin ale, on the other hand, is going up there on my list because it was on the stronger side (how I like them) and a little spicy. Matt and I split these and they went down faster than water. I think we were anxious to depart for dinner because last night was THE night.


The night for what, you ask? Oh, just the night for the infamous cashew-chicken-cranberry-pumpkin risotto. The picture above was taken on the bridge to Southie. Yes, Matt and I chose to walk the hour to South Boston because we like getting exercise in fresh fall air:)


Amrhein’s is a romantic steak house with an old-timely feel. We only discovered Amrhein’s because I was reading Tina’s blog when she first tried the pumpkin risotto last year.


Oh tender, fluffy pieces of dough, how I love to dip you into a pool of garlic and olive oil and devour you.


Matt and I both knew what we had ahead of us, so we split a salad to get some greens in our systems. Matt really wanted the steak salad (being at a steak house and all) and he made the right call because this was delish.


And then, she arrived. Let’s all just take a moment to admire this beauty.


I’ll remind you again that this is cranberries, cashews, chunks of chicken, spinach, and a boat load of cheese all baked inside of a sugar pumpkin. This is serious stuff; it required 5 lactase enzymes.


This risotto makes my heart flutter. It was just as heavenly as I remember.


We worked slow and steady for a while, and then Matt announced that we needed to put a lid on it and take a break. Even after round two, we still didn’t finish the whole pumpkin and took a few dollops home. After dinner, I went straight to bed with a smile on my face and the happiest stomach on the earth.

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