Monthly Archives: January 2011

from the weekend

Dinner with the girls is not always a civilized affair. Four ladies + pizza + hot wings =

What can I say, I’m keeping it real. And on that note, a close up of what I drank that evening.

I’m allergic to alcohol (I know, *gasp*) so I usually sip water while everyone sips wine. Well, my friend spotted this at the store and bought it for me so I wouldn’t be left out of the post-dinner wine sipping gabfest. It was so sweet of her. ps – no, it wasn’t very good, not recommended for people who can drink *real* wine. :)

good weekend

I don’t get out much anymore since I opened the shop, but this past weekend was a nice departure from my usual routine (which consists of getting home late from work, flopping on the couch, shoving food in my face, doing computer things and going to sleep). We started the weekend with a casual potluck to celebrate the birthday of one of my best friends. I made chili in our large Nacco dutch oven, which was given to us by my father-in-law.

When I use it, though, I like to place the lid on it askew so it’s easier to grab the handles. It looks kinda weird like that though.

(I’m not posting any photos of my chili because, dang, chili really isn’t photogenic, is it?) We continued the birthday celebration with a smaller get-together later in the weekend, once again kind of a potluck of sorts. All of the dishes were delicious, but the best part were these:

Mini burgers with slices of apple and crumbled blue cheese. Ama~azing. I made pumpkin mac and cheese, somewhat following {this recipe}, except I added some fresh sage that I crisped up in butter. And I used orecchiette, because it’s my favorite (I like that they become little wells for the sauce). So easy and so good. We ended the weekend with a hike in the woods to take advantage of the gorgeous weather. It’s so lush right now. Spring is close, I feel it!

Can you spot my furry pup?

It was a good weekend.

an adventure in pierogi

I made pierogi for the first time this weekend. It was also the first time I’ve ever tried to take photos of what I’m cooking as I’m cooking it, which is so much trickier than I imagined. Although, in my defense, pierogi is not the most camera-friendly thing to make. Kneading sticky dough, mashing potatoes, filling the pastry…it’s not easy to wipe one’s hands clean to snap a photo. These are all just excuses for my poor photography, of course. {Cough cough} Anyway, as I rolled out the dough, I realized I’d committed a major no-no at some point in my amateur home cheffing career, the consequence of which isn’t the worst thing in the world, but still not pretty.

Someone must have left this poor rolling pin to soak in water. What kind of horrible, stupid person soaks wood in water?! Oh, right. I was a bit sour over the split in my rolling pin, but my mood lifted as I started mashing potatoes, peas and cheese. It’s so fun.

My dough was a little on the sticky side, so filling the little buggers was kind of messy and they came out looking lumpier and more misshapen than I’d hoped, but what can you do.

They were ugly, but I loved them anyway. And ate every last one of them. Success!

some days

Some days just get away from me. As a result, my meals take a back seat to other priorities (a sad truth of working for myself, by myself). Take, for instance, my lunch today:

A mint chocolate chip cookie from Arizmendi. It was about the size of my face, or roughly 1000x the size of a quarter.  Nutritious, no, but delicious, absolutely. I guess I can’t feel too sorry for myself.

twenty eleven

Happy new year, everyone!! Every year, I get so excited at the idea of starting fresh, of setting new goals for myself (I’m big on resolution-making — the resolution-keeping part is something I’m working on).  I have yet to decide what to do for this year, since I’m still recovering from the last few months!  I might give myself a freebie this time around and just play it by ear. :) Something very exciting happened yesterday, which was that the article on P+P published in the Chronicle!  I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year, and I’m so grateful that the Chron is highlighting small businesses like lil ol’ Pot + Pantry. I feel so lucky. The shop was closed on Jan 1 so that I could recharge for a bit.  We went on the Behind the Scenes tour at the Academy of Sciences, which was the nerdliest kind of fun (my favorite kind).  We lunched at The Moss Room, where I admired the porcine paper clips…

…and I made the healthy choice of the Blue Lake Bean Salad over their burger and chips.  Of course, the salad also came with grilled pork belly, poached egg and fried capers, but I’m pretty sure those were all low fat. 😉 There was a neat (fake) igloo where they showed a movie on the Aurora Borealis and a “snow” machine pumping out snowflakes.

And I saw this little guy chowing down on lettuce, who is now my inspiration to eat more veggies.

In shop news, I’ve now launched a small online store for you to peruse some of my currently offerings!  There are quite a few more products to be added, which should be up by end of week.  And there will be weekly updates to the shop after that!