December 31, 2010

Local still hanging around

It snowed six days ago.

NY food

I think YJDKIY forgot how to blog! To break back into it, here is a recap of my favorite food stops over the holiday. YJDKIY in the City. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

First up, Cassis, a cute French bistro on the Upper West Side. See that table at the back (if you click the link)? We dined there and while most of the table feasted on mussels and pate, I had Saumon au vin Rouge. Salmon with roasted carrots, potatoes and English peas in a red wine reduction There wasn't room for dessert, sadly.

What there was room for the next day: CARBS! The Rockland Bakery bakery just outside of Nyack, NY!

First of all, it was jam packed the day before Christmas, so excuse the lousy photography.

Second, I was distracted by the thousands of bread types just calling to be snatched up.

Bagels right off the belt and into the oven. I don't think I'll ever be able to eat a cold, hard NC bagel again.

I did find it a little gross that all those people were standing in line breathing on the bread. But when bagels started falling from Heaven onto our heads (literally! falling out of the sky! not kidding!), I called it a wash and ate another one!

December 28, 2010

Oh yeah those!

Forgot about this for a bit! Oops!

MONDAY: Twice baked potatoes and broccoli

TUESDAY: Tortellini Soup  Vegetable Soup

WEDNESDAY: Ave-cado Sandwiches, sweet potato fries

THURSDAY: Chicken Tenderloins with Pesto Pasta and Peas

FRIDAY: who knows!

SATURDAY: Corn bread, BEPs, spiced butternut, greens

December 24, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like...

...vacation! This fridge is empty!*

I rounded up the salvageable ingredients, plus some WH Microgreens we hadn't tried yet to see what I could concoct.

Plus some flavor courtesy of these characters.

Mash up the avocado and mash in about 1/2-3/4 can of white beans (WHY have I not thought to make guac like this before? You can't taste the beans but it gives it a little extra protein and fiber filling). Add in a small amount (~1/4 c.) shredded cheese, I used jack. Add in the spices in desired amount (I went heavy on the garlic and light on everything else).

In a separate bowl, grate red cabbage, carrot and a tiny bit of onion (I totally overdid it...blechk!). Add white vinegar, spicy brown mustard and some agave (not pictured, they were camera shy) and mix to form a slaw-like consistency. Layer on a flour tortilla in the following order.

All together now...

For photographing, add toothpick to hold the roll!

*yes, I know they are dirty, but cleaning out the veggie drawers is on my after holiday to-do list.

December 23, 2010


1. Chrome Snare Drum
2. Drummer Smurf
3. Barrel Drum Table
4. Ringo Starr
5. Flower Bouquet Gourd Drum
6. Drumline

WHEW! I'm glad that's done...not sure what I was thinking. Wait, there are two MORE days til Christmas! What should 13 be?

Wassup wasa?

A new tasty snack from Wasa: Flatbread

They are really flat!

And really tasty! They are the perfect amount of rosemary flavor and cracker flavor, but are a bit salty. Two crackers = 70 calories and 2 g of protein. Not the bestest, but it'll do for a chip alternative!

December 21, 2010

Obligatory Holiday "Baking"

Y'all know YJDKIY hates baking. Cookies and cakes and pies just don't do it for me. But given the time of year, I felt compelled to make *something*. Why not make it of the no-bake variety?!

 I give you....super easy Peppermint Bark!

 (missing picture of this chilling in the fridge)

Ta-da! No-fail! Except how the crushed up candy cane didn't really stick to the chocolate, but we'll ignore that for now.


 1. Lord of Rings Aragorn Pewter Sculpture
2. LeapFrog Twinkle Twinkle Little Stout
3. LEGO Lord Vladek
4. Kenny Loggins' Leap of Faith
5. Lord & Taylor Gloves
6. Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

December 20, 2010


Garbanzo, Spinach and Sweet Potato Soup

Pretty much all the ingredients in the title!

Dice up onion and garlic and saute in a large pot.

Add peeled and diced sweet potato, plus some cumin, fresh ground black pepper, garlic salt and rosemary.

Continue saute for 8-10 minutes on medium heat.

Add broth of choice (not sure why I went with chicken...the smell of it was really kinda gross!), and prepare a lot of fresh spinach by removing from stems in small pieces.

Let everything simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Serve with a side of bread, or as some other eaters in this house, topped with parmesan!


1. Purple Dancing Lady Orchid
2. French Lady Fingers
3. Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Dog Collar
4. Showy Lady's Slipper
5. The Ultimate Emergency Dance Lessons
6. Lady Gaga CD

December 19, 2010

Holiday Week Menu

SUNDAY: Lemon-Parmesan Salmon and a veggie

MONDAY: Spinach Gnocchi Bake

TUESDAY: on your own!

WEDNESDAY: White Bean & Avocado Wraps with WH Microgreens

Seasons Eatings for the rest of the Week!

Challah Happenings

It's the holidays right? So, YJDKIY can have not healthy breakfasts right? Since I have this from WH#4, it's ok to eat it, right? Riiiiight.

For Challah French Toast, I cut two slices of the white bread.

Mixed some egg beaters, soy milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Soak the bread in the egg mix.

Transfer to a hot griddle or pan and sear each side for a few minutes until golden.

Since I'm a dipper not a dunker, Weggie's organic maple syrup on the side!

PS: loaded with calories and I'm already ready for second breakfast. doh! I knew there was a reason I didn't do this!


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