Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Mash Up

Again I find myself neglecting the blog.  After not getting a single reaction to my last post, which I thought was quite reaction provoking, I haven't felt encouraged to come back.  But I got over it.  

I had Rob home for nearly two weeks, which was nice, but he's gone off to Chicago for another two weeks. This time armed with some new gear from LL Bean.  I ordered him gloves, a neck warmer and a warm cap.  Tally went nuts when she saw Rob put on his red mad bomber hat but then quickly recovered when she realized it was just her Bunny in a funny hat.

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Here's a little recent food porn...

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I made ricotta stuffed meatballs in a quick marinara sauce.  A few of the meatballs burst in the oven.  Next time, smaller balls of cheese and a thicker layer of meat.  Other than that, it was a heavenly dish that Rob and I enjoyed immensely!

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And this was just awesome!  Crispy salmon cakes with a spicy avacodo cream over crunchy, chopped salad.  The salmon cakes were NOT good leftover, though, so next time I'll make just enough for the one meal as not to waste.

My latest obsession...

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I don't claim to be a coffee aficionado but I know what I like and don't like and this I love!  It is chock full of rich chocolate notes but without the cloying sweetness of hot chocolate.  Low acidity but dark and rich!    It makes the best cappuccino and I'm going to go broke keeping it in stock.  What is your favorite coffee?

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With it being "flu season" and Rob has been traveling so much, I've been trying to boost our immunity.  Since we refuse to get flu shots, I made up this lovely elixir that Rob dubbed Dragon Juice.  It's an infusion of turmeric and cayenne pepper with lots of freshly pressed ginger and Meyer lemon juices sweetened with just a little raw, local honey.  It's so spicy that you feel the heat it in your ears, throat and chest, hence the name.  We've been drinking it every day and it feels great!  I wish I could have sent a batch with Rob, but he doesn't check luggage when he travels, so no go.  Do you get a flu shot every year?

And lastly...

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The author was kind enough to send me a copy of his book The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin to read.  I just started it, it's a quick read so hopefully I'll have a review up for you soon.


  1. Tell Rob to get some Intelligentsia coffee in Chicago. It is some of the best I have had (and I *am* a snob!). The black cat espresso is wonderful.

  2. TJ's coffee is my favorite too. I buy 3 different organic beans and grind them once a week.
    Glad you're back. I'm reading!

  3. Missed your last post, I've been out of town, but i'll read it later. Dragon juice sounds...interesting :) Do you use canned salmon or fresh for your salmon cakes? I've tried it both ways and can't decide which way I like better. I've been reading a lot about shade grown coffee lately...what are your thoughts?

  4. Reesie, I use wild Alaskan canned salmon. I just can't abide the fresh stuff. As for shade grown coffee, it is meant to have a sweeter taste which is probably why I like it so much.

  5. Do you have a recipe for the Dragon Juice? We don't get flu shots, either.

  6. Rhonda, I juiced 3 Meyer lemons (regular lemons would be just great, too) and a good size chunk of ginger, about as much as the palm of my hand. Pour that into a half gallon mason jar with a tablespoon of dry turmeric and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Melt a couple tablespoons of raw honey in some warm water, add it to jar then fill with filtered water and shake really well. Store in fridge and drink daily.

  7. im glad to be here. and glad that you get back to blogging.

    cheers (coffee cup in the air) lol i love coffee too. im searching the internet about that coffe you've shown

  8. Came to you from Donna Boo s blog. I do get a flu shot yearly..IM' a nuttty nurse.

    My most favorite coffee is hard to find. Mariogogype is simply the best.

    Its mExican coffee

  9. That dragon juice looks so good! as do all of your recipes! can't wait to try them!