what’s on my kindle, part 18

Beartown by Fredrik Backman. I was pretty excited about this because I loved A Man Called Ove so so much (the movie is also excellent if you don’t mind reading subtitles) but I listened to about 4 hours of this book and gave up. Maybe if you like hockey you’ll like it? Sorry Fred. Leaving Lucy Pear by…

linguine alla cecca

If you’ve met me in real life, you know that I suffer from resting bitch face (RBF). I am frequently told by people that I don’t look nice, and occasionally that I am intimidating. I weirdly enjoy being told that I’m intimidating only because I feel uncool almost all day every day. I knew about…

spicy slow cooker pulled pork

Okay I’ve done pulled pork a couple of times already. But this one is the easiest. Idiot proof, even. I found a pork butt on sale at the grocery store so naturally I couldn’t resist. And I still think the slow cooker is the miracle invention of our time. I don’t even have a fancy…

kimchi potato salad

This is the dish you bring to a cookout this summer to really freak people out. I had kimchi potato salad at a place in my neighborhood recently that randomly serves breakfast food but also Korean food. It’s a niche market for sure. But when my options for a side were potato chips or kimchi…

salmon salad

I went to the grocery store with a specific list of ingredients in my head for this salad. Okay, I need salmon, potatoes, asparagus, and capers. For a salad Lyonnaise. Later, I googled “salad lyonnaise” to check what the dressing is supposed to be for this salad. As it turns out, a salad lyonnaise is…

stuffed shells

So here’s what happened. I made that vodka sauce pizza, and then I had some leftover ricotta and mozzarella cheese. And I thought to myself, What other carbohydrate can I use to deliver all of this cheese to my face? I always thought of stuffed shells as being a “winter” meal. Maybe because that’s when…

vodka sauce pizza

As promised post- San Diego, here’s a pizza with vodka sauce on it. If I’m being completely honest I cheated in all aspects of this pizza. I figured it’s still acceptable to blog because I have made both pizza dough and vodka sauce from scratch on many occasions. So if you want to impress whoever…

what’s on my kindle, part 17

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. This is a memoir written by a guy who grew up in Ohio but with family roots in Appalachia, and is a self-proclaimed hillbilly. He ended up going to Yale law school and is clearly successful now. It was pretty good- he has some thoughts on why the “white working-class” went…

orzo w/ tomato, basil & almonds

Hey Monday! I don’t feel like I actually had much of a weekend. On Saturday I went to an advanced instructor training for Body Pump from 8AM to 7PM. It was amazing but I still feel like my body is broken. And I had to work yesterday afternoon. By “work,” I mean I showed up…

mussels w/ aji amarillo squash sauce

I did it! Finally recreated one of our favorite dishes from Seattle. The GS and I debated a lot about this one. He kept insisting that the sauce was “cheesy” and resembled the texture of “melted Velveeta.” I remember nothing about cheese, and distinctly remember the bartender telling me there was squash in it. We…

scotch eggs

Happy Mother’s Day! One of the downsides of living in Baltimore is that I don’t get to spend Mother’s Day with my mom. And admittedly I procrastinated getting my mom a Mother’s Day gift this year, partially because I was on the road every day for work and partially because she’s insanely hard to shop…

beer battered fish w/ broccoli slaw

This sounds too fancy to be a quick and easy meal, right? WRONG. On Sunday I went to yoga and then picked the GS up from the golf course to take him to Wegmans with me. His golf buddy was all like “Dude, you’re getting dragged to the grocery store? SUCKS!” in the way that cool…