“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
I haven’t always been a big fan of sweets, and chocolate in particular never held much allure until recently. Those commercials where the actress takes a bite of a cocoa-confection and gets just a liiiittle too excited still repulse me… but I think that’s more the absurdity of the message they’re trying to push: candy is life changing [read: all women are sad sacks with chocolate fetishes]. I’m not exactly a bra burning feminist, but this ad genre really grosses me out: Annoying Choco-Promotion; as if high heels, runs in our stockings and big dogs(?) are life’s biggest stressors.
__Someone getting that much pleasure out of a piece of candy makes me feel like their life (and stomach) must be pretty empty, and that is a super bummer.
__Forget the tiny squares of chocolate, I want a giant square of these dense, fudge-like brownies.
“Let them eat cake!”
Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Pinterest has gotten its talons in me pretty deeply… I could spend hours and hours browsing online, only to discover that I’m still sitting in my fuzzy bathrobe, sallow-skinned and red-eyed at 3pm. On a week day. My self-imposed pintervention took place when my sister tried to show me her favorite DIY craft projects and I had to casually pretend that I hadn’t already seen every. single. one. of. them.
What can I say, I enjoy finding cheap ideas for home decor, and quick-fix meals; but I also found myself becoming increasingly aggravated with humanity while I was on the site– I would have to fight the urge to comment on other peoples’ use of adjectives (for example: a lampshade made of popsicle sticks, whimsical yes, but sophisticated? No. I simply will not accept that). And then there are the sadsacks that write things like “mashed potatoes in the crock pot? THIS IS LIFE CHANGING!!” It hurts my heart that not having to boil potatoes could truly change someone’s life.
With that said, far too many pins claim to have the best recipe “ever.” As a general rule I dismissed these without a second thought. Until I made this cake for Nick’s birthday. Dark, dense and chocolatey without being too sweet, this may forever be my go-to dessert recipe! So thank you, Pinterest, for sending me this gem while simultaneously erasing my self-respect.
“Work! Labor the asparagus me of life; the one great sacrament of humanity from which all other things flow– security, leisure, joy, art, literature, even divinity itself.”
Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Sesame Peanut Dipping Sauce
_ _ I have found myself less and less compelled to cook lately and therefore, not compelled to write at all. While I do enjoy making meals for my roommate, I recently came to the conclusion that I just miss cooking for my boyfriend… Then I looked around and realized that I had sent myself back to the 1950s, so I fixed my hair, popped a mother’s little helper and tried to think of a dish that I could load with butter.
Just to clarify, I’m joking about the drugs and fixing my hair.
“Hey, aren’t you going to stay to greet the Great Pumpkin? Huh? It won’t be long now. If the Great Pumpkin comes, I’ll still put in a good word for you!”
-Linus, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Pumpkin Cannolis made with Ice Cream Cones
_ _ The absolute hardest part about trying to write on a regular basis for this blog, is coming up with something to SAY. I’m constantly trying new recipes, taking pictures of the food and making them usable for the site, but then they just sit on my desktop, mocking me: “Write something, dummy! Your two readers are waiting with baited breath!” I’ve always had trouble with the follow through, and my room is a testimony to this—stacks of unread books have been deposited next to my bed; three water glasses are currently sitting on my dresser (where I moved them from my bedside table) because I told myself that if they were a little closer to the door, I would remember to bring them down to the kitchen; and a pile of unfolded, clean clothes is in the corner, from which I continue to pick out one garment at a time as needed… But, perhaps to shut me up after all my whining about not having a job, the universe has sent me two awesome employment opportunities, so I’m trying to do the things that I’d previously been putting off before my life gets crazy, including posting some new recipes.
_ _ Although I was looking forward to the Fall, Colorado has thrown me a curve ball and went straight from Indian Summer, to hail and freezing rain, but I won’t be dissuaded! I’m going to continue to make food that involves an inordinate amount of apples and pumpkin and anything peripherally related to sweater weather.