Glicco’s Arrabbiata Pasta Gravy from Elbow Foods – I used this to try to recreate a mussels dish I’d had in Chicago, which had a slightly spicy, chunky tomato broth. I used this 4oz jar of sauce, about a cup of broth and maybe half a cup of white wine, along with an extra shake or two of crushed red pepper. We would up with a very flavorful, slightly spicy broth. Super delicious! Not quite as thick as the one I’d had in Chicago, but I’ll just have to try again. (Poor us.) Anyway, this was actually from the box I got in April – there were several times when I went to use it but realized it wasn’t going to stretch quite far enough, but this was a great use of the sample!
Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean from Lafaza Vanillas – I used a piece of this to make a vanilla old fashioned, which was quite delightful.
Bee In Your Bonnet Cinnamon Honey from Everyday Eclectic and Original Hot Sauce from Southern Art – These two were served alongside some snow day chicken and waffles that Handsome and I made. The cinnamon in the honey was a nice pair with the cornmeal waffles I’d made. And I thought the hot sauce was great – it’s the vinegary kind, nice and sharp without being too blazingly hot.
Back to Chicago once more for a conference; this time ALA Midwinter. Previous editions: ALA Annual 2013, MLA 2014. Continue reading
I didn’t think I’d read that much in January – in general lately, I haven’t been reading much. Hopefully that will change as I finally settle into new routines after moving.
If you only read one, read Blameless.
Apparently I don’t have a photo of the January box, which arrived a few weeks ago. But in any case, here’s what it included:
Cinnamon Honey from Everyday Eclectic – The suggested recipe involves baked pears, which sounds delicious. But it’s more likely this will wind up on an english muffin or maybe pancakes.
Smoked Paprika Mayo from Empire Mayonnaise – I’ve gotten a mayo from these folks before, which was quite tasty. The suggested use for these is on top of black bean burgers, but I bet it would also be good on turkey burgers.
Original Hot Sauce from Southern Art & Co. – Hot sauce! We will probably wind up using this on eggs. I very much enjoyed the other sauce I got from them, a Bulgogi BBQ sauce I used to make some steak wraps.
Grower’s Blend “Shorty” EVOO from Other Brother Company – Remember
when I smashed a bottle of olive oil a few months ago? This is from the same company, and it’s the same olive oil blend. Looking forward to trying to use this, probably in a salad dressing.
Key Lime Curd from Just Jan’s – I can’t think of the last time I had a curd in the house. Seems like I probably need to make some scones. Though it occurs to me that it might be really interesting on a cracker with goat cheese…hmm.
I’m starting to have repeat producers in my boxes, but (with the exception of the olive oil here) it’s not been the same product. Hopefully that will continue!
I’ve come to accept that I’m just never going to catch up on this influx of tiny jars and bags. Oh well! That said, I have managed to make a little dent recently, in part because Handsome and I are eating many more weeknight meals together, so I don’t feel like I have to save these for when he’s around. Continue reading
Let’s start off with a few numbers:
- Zipcar rentals: 15
- Untappd badges unlocked or leveled up at least once: 31 (I don’t know how many times I leveled up that stupid “you drank an American beer” badge.)
- Workouts & bike rides: 107
- Jars canned: 70
- Miles on the bike: 69.4 (I think there are some farmer’s market trips that didn’t get entered)
- Steps on my Fitbit: 2,641,742 (1,181.31 miles)
And how did I do on the goals I set for myself for the year? Not great, but that’s OK. It was a fun year!
I read 38 books this year (same as 2010), which works out to one every week and a half or so. That feels about right. I continued to read a lot of magazines this year, though I have cancelled a couple of subscriptions, and I read a ton of stuff on the Internet. If Pocket’s analytics are correct, I’ve read just over 1.1 million words through their service alone, which they say is the equivalent of 25 books. I have definitely read a lot online this year – as online content is wont to be, it’s easy to consume a couple of posts or articles when I have a few minutes, and from pretty much anywhere.