archive for the ‘yummy’ category

friday night

Monday, May 18th, 2015

not a bad shot!
jean & glen’s backyard
saint paul minnesota
may 15, 2015
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brunch with s & s

Monday, March 30th, 2015

best photo of the pack!
boulettes larder
san francisco california
march 22, 2015
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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

aka smarties
leftovers from halloween
saint paul mn
november 9, 2014
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vodka tonic

Monday, August 18th, 2014

the limes are the best part of the photo
jean’s birthday
st paul mn
august 9, 2014
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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

still really disappointed in this film. last summer it was so much better.
tastes like summer
st paul mn
june 28, 2014
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berlin : eat/drink

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

frühstück (breakfast the german way, with bread and cheese) at café fleury.

prosecco berliners at a bakery in hamburg. it’s a new year tradition to eat a berliner at noon. i bought 3 berliners new year’s eve afternoon, and they were gone before noon the next day.

gorgonzola and spinach pizza at casa istoria. the waiter kept calling me “lady.”

fries with mayo and curry ketchup at 12:45am in hamburg.

new year’s eve dinner: raclette with friends, which was really good. i had never heard of raclette until that day. apparently it’s a big thing in germany? it’s part fondue, part grill. you can get a raclette grill at target. who knew?!

latte at café slörm. i drink coffee only when on vacation. i’m not sure why.

frühstück at kollberg35.

lebanese with stephanie & her friend silvia at babel.

a simple cheese sandwich on a baguette is all i need. and orange juice — it always tastes so much better in europe.

bread & cheese. beer & wine. eating & drinking are a big part of my getaways. i give myself license to eat & drink what i want, usually because i walk for miles and manage to burn most of it off. but this trip? i felt so full and bloated when i got home (partially due to a tummy bug) that i’ve cut back dramatically on bread & cheese & beer & wine. but the pounds have not melted off, so i’m sure i’ll go back to old habits soon.


jean’s birthday

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

omg, we stuffed ourselves
st paul mn
august 9, 2013
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today my brother turns 33!


Friday, September 20th, 2013

masu sushi and robata
minneapolis mn
july 25, 2013
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Friday, September 13th, 2013

we were so full from lunch we couldn't finish...
sushi tazu
denver co
july 20, 2013
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happy friday the 13th!


Thursday, August 15th, 2013

having one or two of these tonight, my last night of freedom...
masu sushi and robata
minneapolis mn
july 25, 2013
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Monday, September 10th, 2012

so grateful!
from jean & glen’s garden
st. paul, mn
september 9, 2012
expired polaroid 600 film

state fair!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

hello! i’m back from my august break, ready to fill you in on what’s been happening over here. first things first: jenn and i went to the minnesota state fair on the first night. stormy weather threatened to ruin our evening, but we stayed dry…

state fair!
this is some crazy ride, the highest one at the fair, and it kept stalling the first few days, leaving its riders stuck with no way of knowing when and how they will get down. sounds really fun.

state fair!
i did the same thing i do every year: buy fried cheese curds right away. and then i eat almost all of them, leaving me too full to sample everything else (i had no problem getting multiple glasses of beer into my tummy, tho).

state fair!
another high ride, and probably too high for my fear of heights, but what a great view!

state fair!
this is how our local brewer, summit, served beer on a stick. genius!

state fair!
i was about 3 beers in when i took this shot: it was 90 degrees and crazy humid. and yet, these stylish ladies thought the best footwear to pair with their shorts were rubber wellies over thick socks. the people watching never disappoints…

state fair!
the turbulent skies made for great picture taking. there were more shots after this, but like i mentioned above, beer was consumed and the photos got progressively less interesting (with the exception of the photo of state’s largest boar, i can never resist that 1200 pound fatty, mostly because his man parts are just so ginormous! like volleyballs!).

aaaaaanddd, welcome to september! the rest of the month will not be as crass, i promise.


Thursday, July 19th, 2012

so so so yummy
june 21, 2012
masu’s spicy ginger plum margarita, minneapolis mn
expired polaroid 600 film


Friday, April 6th, 2012

there isn't any left...
salt water taffy that i brought home from boston. didn’t think i really liked taffy until recently…

and that’s it, i promise to stop posting about boston. (for now!)

happy weekend, happy easter!

good eats

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

i generally do not photograph my meals, but the eats were so good in san francisco that i brought out the biggest and loudest camera i had with me before i dug in:

latte & double pain au chocolat & a spot at the sun-drenched window at tartine friday morning.

flying ninja
spicy tuna & veggie futo & sapporo at flying ninja friday afternoon.

grilled cheese & veggie soup at outerlands with sonya on saturday. hot ginger lemon apple cyder took the chill off and i’m going to dream about that grilled cheese for years.

not pictured: miette’s fleur de sel caramels, which i quickly became addicted to. i finished off what i brought home with me last night in a oh-my-god-these-are-so-amazing-and-my-day-was-shit binge that left me in a sugar coma for over an hour.

happy weekend! have good eats!

holiday gifts

Friday, January 6th, 2012

i like to give a handmade gift every year, and i really try hard to make it a gift that will get used. many of the things i’ve given to people in the past have been “stuff”… and i feel bad when people think they need to hang onto that stupid gewgaw that i gave them 14 years ago. so i lean towards edible gifts these days.

holiday gift given : granola

for xmas 2011, i made 2 batches of cherry & almond granola and “packaged” it in 3/4 liter mold jars from weck. i may have baked it a little too long, but it’s still pretty good and i’ll make it again for myself.

holiday gift given : sake soak

i like to give functional gifts, too. i gave a few people sake soak: a small bottle of sake and an orange, with instructions to draw a hot bath, and add sake and sliced oranges. sake is supposed to help moisturize dry skin, which i find hard to believe due to the alcohol content… but it’s still really fun to soak in sake with orange slices!

holiday gifts received

and i love it when i get yummy gifts in return: my sister also made cherry & almond granola (great minds?) and she gave me a jar full of cookies that she made. jenn made me magic salt (with garlic, sage, and rosemary) and now i put it on everything i make. and chandler sent me a jar of apple butter. i made scones last weekend and man, i had no idea apple butter was that good.

i’ve been feeling full and loved!

(i really need to start running regularly again.)

happy weekend!

turkey day

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

betty crocker's thanksgiving
tomorrow is thanksgiving! thought i’d share some goodies from 1960. look at the gold fruit above! and the orange turkey! is that cornbread in the shape of corn cobs? lima beans on the side? yum! let’s eat! the spread is from the cookbook betty crocker’s party book. my version is a facsimile edition of the original 1960 cookbook, which my grandmother and/or mother had, because i remember the photos and illustrations from childhood.

for those that are looking for a crafty turkey day project, may i present the thanksgiving gilded fruit centerpiece? according to the party book, you’ll need:

  • can of gold spray
  • fresh pineapple
  • variety of fresh fruits and nuts
  • greens

if you need me to write out the rest, then… well… you shouldn’t be buying gold spray or wasting a pineapple. you can figure it out, i’m sure.

and since all the yummy food blogs are focused on pie right now, i’d like to share the recipe betty has on the menu:

frozen pumpkin pie

9″ baked pie shell*
1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
1 pint vanilla ice cream

mix pumpkin, sugar, salt, spices. fold into whipped cream. spoon ice cream into baked pie shell. top with pumpkin-cream mixture. freeze at least 2 hr. serve.
*i’m assuming this is a frozen crust.

and since it’s 1960, everyone gets a cigarette after dinner. huzza!

see you all on monday. have a good turkey day!

apple jack orchards

Monday, September 26th, 2011

gourds, squash, pumpkins

poor ugly turkey!

gourds, squash, pumpkins

apple dumpling with cinnamon ice cream and caramel

apple spice donut

it’s autumn and in minnesota that means everyone makes at least one trip to an apple orchard before it snows. on saturday, i took my editor* out to lunch, and then we went to apple jack orchards. we marveled at the turkey, oogled squash/pumpkins/gourds, and ate yummy apple goods.

and apples! we each bought 1/2 peck of honeycrisps. fall is the only time i will eat apples, and my 1/2 peck will not last long. hopefully it’ll keep the doctor away…

*my editor is also known as my bff heather… she reads my blog every weekday morning and sends me emails when i make errors. she caught 2 gaffes last week, and she makes me look like a better writer than i am. she also contacts me if i haven’t posted by noon, to make sure i’m still alive. she’s the greatest editor ever.

coffee news cafe

Friday, September 16th, 2011

with martha & cynthia. i had the brie salad.
monday was warm and sunny and windy. we met for salads and and garlic-y french fries and wine and we sat outside to enjoy one last summer evening. as the sun went down the wind blew the lettuce off our plates and it brought in a cool front… by thursday morning there was frost on the ground.

autumn is coming, and i’m ok with it. (i think.)

happy weekend!

saturday night at the fair

Monday, August 29th, 2011

jenn and i went to the state fair on saturday night:

saturday nite at the fair!
our first priority was beer. i had been up since 6am to put on the yard sale i’ve been avoiding all summer, and i was ready for a drink.

saturday nite at the fair!
then, food. i had cheese curds, jenn got the cajun deep fried pickles served with a side of ranch.

saturday nite at the fair!
then we wandered for a bit: we looked at cakes and breads in the creative activities annex…

saturday nite at the fair!
then we watched a clogging demo. the old guy was so cute! then we toured the fine arts building…

saturday nite at the fair!
more food! jenn got a pronto pup.

saturday nite at the fair!
i’m pretty sure my fear of heights will keep me from ever experiencing the sky ride skyglider.

saturday nite at the fair!
the midway men’s club: the best place to refill your beer. theirs is the cheapest!

saturday nite at the fair!
more food: i had a cheese chilito at mexican hat. i think jenn got a taco. we both agreed that if we ended up working at a food booth at the state fair when we’re retired old ladies, life wouldn’t be so bad.

saturday nite at the fair!
the midway at sunset… we stayed away from the rides. the food and beer in our tummies ensured that we wouldn’t attempt rides like we were 12-year-old kids.

saturday nite at the fair!
butter heads! each of the dairy princesses get their head carved in a 90 pound chunk of butter. i think they all look the same, but with different hairstyles.

not pictured: the pretzel we shared, my friends dan & nick singing at the farmer union, crop art, the dnr fish pond, heritage village, animal barns, the horse poop i stepped in (it was dark!), freddy krueger at the haunted house, the giant slide… a small part of me wants to go back! i don’t feel like i saw or ate enough…