My confession of the day is that I’m a clean freak. Those of you that know me or have lived with me, know that really its not much of a confession because it is not something I can easily hide. Although, it probably should be hidden. crisply folded sheets and kitchen floors that can be eaten off of make me giddy. I’m sure everyone that has lived with me has seen, at least one occasion, lay down on the carpet and rake my fingers through it, pulling up all the hair and lint that the vacuum left behind. It’s a sick addiction really, no better than those people who eat rocks and glass and household cleaners you see on TV. We don’t own a mop, other than the swiffer, because I don’t see the point in smearing dirt around the floor. Using a rag rags and a spray bottle really is the cleanest way, at least in my world.

When company is coming, I usually go into a frenzy and try and get all the nooks and crannies we’ve neglected since the last visitors…. like bleaching the grout, wiping down the washer & dryer, lint rollering the sheets(my favorite). All the things that no one will ever see, but for me, secretly knowing that no one will be finding any crumbs or clumps of hair during their visit is a relief, especially when Grandma Oman is coming. And she is coming (Buddy too!) today. So it goes, last night was a cleaning frenzy. I used a whole bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s All Purpose Lavender Cleaner. Tim thinks it smells like apples, which is great because I spray it on everything.

I’d probably consider brushing my teeth with it.

Wes Anderson

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So we’ve been watching a lot of films. I say films because the word movie makes it sound like we love to eat popcorn and drink copious amounts of coke. While we do love coke and popcorn, we tend to watch our motion pictures while  slicing through fillets & asparagus. These kinds of foods are eaten while watching films, not mooovies. Bet you didn’t know that.

Lately, we’ve been real hung up on Wes Anderson Films. Due in part by the genius that is Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’s crafty & witty and surprisingly far more detailed than any one of those 3D movies going on. This Stop action will blow your mind. If you haven’t already, please rent (or buy) this. You won’t regret!

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You must be thinking this is looking more and more like a foodie blog. You’re probably  correct in this matter, but there’s not much I can do to help it, so just deal. k?

This is an ode to the chocolate chip cookie. There are two things I think about when the smell of these is drifting from the kitchen. 1) Really, why would anyone ever use a recipe that was not on the back of the yellow bag? its perfection. and 2) no doubt my favorite moment from friends, which usually plays straight off a reel in my head while these are baking.

I suppose I should probably explain the broken wine glass photo as well. attempting to take a glass out of the cupboard, while you have your hand in the oven trying to remove the cookies, Aaaand keeping the dogs snout out of said hot oven is difficult indeed. Let’s just say broken glass may have found its way onto the stove top and quite possibly as a crunchy little cookie topper surprise? hmm. Well, I’m pretty sure there was a guy on my strange addiction who ate glass habitually, so I figure it can’t be that bad.

I won’t bother to give you the recipe, because there’s no point really. You’ll never need to memorize it, although it could quite possibly just happen if you bake enough of them. If you are in the grocery store and decide to buy godiva chocolate chips instead, you’re pretty dumb. I’m just saying, buying Nestle is the way to go, then you have the recipe right there, in your cart, in your pantry, ready to go! Brilliant.

 

Nestley Toulouse! ehhh sorry for the horrid quality.

 

 

Quinoa Quiche!

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Quinoa has been blowing up the blogging world for some time now, so a few months ago I decided T&I should give it a try. After looking for it at Trader Joes, and finding it sold out – as in not a bag on the shelf, I was instantly curious with the obsession of this little grain. I opted to try Trader Joe’s pre-cooked frozen bag that contained other vegetables and seasoning. Bleh. T&I didn’t get more than a few spoonfuls of it down. Then something happened, Fresh & Easy opened and we became regulars there and abandoned Trader Joes overly crowded aisles. A Real bag of Quinoa landed in my cart one day and now it has been properly introduced to my kitchen. This is the second recipe I’ve used with these little beads of brown goodness, and I think we’ve got a great relationship going on. Hello Quinoa Quiche, seriously, ya can’t go wrong with a name like that!

(Quinoa Quiche) two words I’d Looooove to have going on in my game of WWF w/ Tim. Am I the only one that has started seeing words in terms of points? Triple letter Q? yes please.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water or better yet chicken stock, vegetable stock, or half a bouillon cube.
  • 1/2 tsp salt n peppa
  • about 1.5-2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 package baby spinach leaves (about 3-4 cups uncooked?)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil or butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • other herbs or seasonings
  • 1/2 cup cheese aromatic cheese (I used parmesan because thats all I had)
  • 4 eggs, beaten(I’m sure you could use egg white or substitute to make this even healthier)

Method:

Place quinoa in small saucepan, Add water or chicken broth. Cover, and bring to a boil. Leave covered, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15 minutes until just about cooked.

In a large pan, sauté the onions with the butter over med. heat until carmelized. Add seasonings and mushrooms. cook until mushrooms are tender but not mush. Add green onion, followed by the spinach leaves and cook just until spinach leaves have started to soften, but again not mush!

in a large bowl, whisk together your eggs(if using whole). Then add your quinoa & mushroom, spinach, onion mixture. Add cheese & mix well.

Transfer all to a 9″ pie pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Drizzle pie with  remaining 1 tbsp EVOO, and bake 20 to 30 minutes more, or until golden brown.

 

 

Friday night T&I stayed in. Not unlike any other Friday night. I did however, do something out of the ordinary, and so did Tim. I decided I was going to try one of Tim’s rice puddings that he seems to love so much. I had never tasted rice pudding before &  have no sentimental attachment to it like he seems to have. While I was eating Tim’s rice pudding out of a plastic cup (and only semi enjoying it as I found it rather bland), Tim let me put When Harry Met Sally on the TV in our bedroom. SO there we sat, on a Friday night eating rice pudding and watching a chick flick. Fast forward 24 hours, aaaaaand I had inspiration. I told Tim that I could probably make a better tasting rice pudding than the ones he eats out of little plastic cups, and his response was “well you better, cus you ate one of mine last night!” Soooomeone is a little protective over there plastic rice pudding! & then it was a challenge.

Raise your hand if  you buy your milk in a glass jug to make yourself feel rich and snobby and extra healthy and just plain cool. we did. we bought it from the fancy health nut store along with two nine dollar vanilla beans and eight cinnamon sticks that probably aren’t even real cinnamon. they’re probably bark. Cream top milk, which is more whole than whole milk in my book. whole as in, it hasn’t lost it’s butterfat. chunks of butterfat ontop. yumm. Read More

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