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New blog?

HOORAY! I got into my WordPress account! It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks since I haven’t been able to retrieve my password. But now I’m thinking about moving my cooking blog to my personal website. So anyway, will most definitely update soon either way!

But check out my most recent post on my temporary/maybe permanent cooking blog.


I LOVE Green Beans

I don’t know if you already knew this, but I love green beans. I could just snack on raw green beans all day. Granted, I get that weird green bean breath, but I don’t care. They’re so delicious and nutritious and crunchy and tasty and perfect. So I decided at Lowe’s the other day that I would buy green bean seeds. At first, they took their sweet time blooming. I thought “What am I doing wrong? Are they not planted deep enough? Is the weather too hot? Is it too late in the season?” But then last week they began to sprout. I left on Friday to visit my manfriend, and when I returned home this evening, they looked like this:

my green bean plant! it has canopies for ants! not that i want many bugs hangin around my beans...

They had grown SIGNIFICANTLY since I had left. I’m so excited!!! My only fear is that they don’t have enough room to grow. I’d re-plant them in our backyard, but we haven’t had a chance to clean it up and redo the soil and all that jazz. We just don’t have time. I also looked up whether or not I needed to give them a stake or wire or something for them to grow around, and I conclude from my research that they do not. Apparently there are some green beans that grow that way, and some that don’t. The ones I bought did not say I had to provide something for them to grow around, so…I will not provide it.

So I’m pretty psyched for these green beans to grow. Stay tuned!

Inman Park Festival

Hi all. Once again, I apologize for not updating, but this time I really have nothing (food related) to update. I haven’t tried any new recipes because I’ve been moving to a new house. Now that I’m mostly settled in, next week I’ll be trying a whole chicken recipe from Biscuits n’ Such.

But if you really want some news from me, Diner Journal has published its Spring issue, and I would highly recommend that you buy it/subscribe to it.

Otherwise, if you’re in the Atlanta area, come see me in the Inman Park Parade this weekend! It’ll be awesome.

Shabu Shabu fail

Last week there was a crazy storm in Atlanta, which took out my power for almost 3 days. I wanted to make this beef shabu shabu recipe, but in addition to the fact that I didn’t have all the right ingredients, I couldn’t really make it because I didn’t have internet. I could’ve written it down at work before I came home, but I forgot. I tried to make it from memory (I only read the recipe a couple times), but it just didn’t work. I’ll definitely try it again – hopefully the next time I go to the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market so I can get shabu shabu and thai basil.

This week I’ve decided to try a Two Day Detox again, but this time with a vegetable-based juice. It’s called pH Solution: cucumber, celery, spinach, parsley, lemon, and distilled water. I’m still a bit skeptical, but so many people have been coming to Arden’s Garden asking about the TDD that I feel I should give it another try. Also, I made jook again this week since I had a bunch of leftover stuff from last week. That’s the downside of cooking for yourself: all the yummy meat and produce you buy will go bad if your electricity goes out.

Wish me luck!

Day 10 of No Gas


The reason I haven’t updated my blog is because I have had no gas in my house for 10 days. It’s a really long and aggrevating story, so let’s just say it really sucks not having hot water, a stove, an oven, or heat. And I won’t be getting gas until Tuesday (again, a really long, frustrating story). I promise to tell you all about it as soon as I feel I can look back on this and laugh.

Now is not that time.

Recipe Exchange: Beef Stroganoff and Squash Stew

December was a busy month for all of us, I’m sure. I made two recipes from my recipe exchange: beef stroganoff and a squash, chickpea and lentil stew. The beef stroganoff was delicious, but today I want to blog about the stew. I promise you I did indeed take a picture, but it was with my phone, and looking at it now it’s just not worth posting. Instead, I’ll post a picture of the delicious chicken & rice I had while visiting NYC for new year’s:

chicken & rice. SE corner of 53rd and 6th. it's the same guys as on the SW corner.

I also made a beer brined pork loin from Chili Cheese Fries for my manfriend when he came to visit. It was a-mazing. I’m always afraid of drying out pork, but this was juicy and perfect. I cooked it in the oven, but I definitely want to try grilling when it’s warmer! Tomorrow I’m going to make this recipe for Brunswick Stew, a traditional dish from Georgia (with German roots?). I also think that “Get a Husband” is a ridiculously silly title for it. I will definitely take a picture of it, but I can’t promise I’ll post about it this week. I’ll try!

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Recipe Exchange

A few days ago I tweeted that I was making up a recipe. It didn’t really happen. I wanted to make some sort of curry with chickpeas over mashed yams, but…super fail. But whatever. I ate it, it was kind of tasty, and now I know not to do it again!

Last week a friend from college sent me an e-mail titled “Recipe Exchange.” It was a kind of chain letter – we were supposed to send a quick recipe to the person at the top of a list included in the email. Then we were to copy the text, create a new email, put the sender at the top of the list, and our own name at the bottom (there are only two names on the list: the sender and yours). Then we send the new email to 20 friends and wait to receive some recipes. Needless to say, the instructions are confusing, but if you successfully forward the message onward, you’ll get a few recipes back.

I’ve received 6 recipes so far, and this week I’ll be trying one. I’m kind of cheating though – it’s a variation on beef stroganoff, which is something I make pretty regularly. The next recipe, however, will probably the butternut squash soup recipe I received, so stay tuned!

I also apologize for not updating. I haven’t tried many note-worthy new recipes, so I haven’t bothered posting anything. But hopefully with the holidays here and these Recipe Exchange recipes I’ve been receiving, I’ll have something to report! If you’re interested in doing a recipe exchange with your friends and family, I’ve pasted the text after the jump! (I’ve also put my name in slot #1 in case you want to send it off…)

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