Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater…

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
-Henry David Thoreau

At one point or another, we all have to face things that we don’t like about ourselves. My revelation came yesterday; I dramatically splashed cold water on my face at the bathroom sink, slowly looked up into the mirror, and said to my sister’s reflection: “I think I’m officially a Craig’s List lurker.”

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One More Time…

“We had our breakfasts–whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn’t matter, you must have your breakfast.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

Looking back at my past posts, I sigh, shake my head and feel deep, deep shame. I used to use a point-and-shoot camera, I shot at night under florescent lighting, and some really delicious dishes came out looking absolutely terrible. SO I’ve decided to slowly start remaking and shooting these embarrassments and the first one is this breakfast casserole! Continue reading “One More Time…”

First They’re Sweet, Then They’re Savory…

“Kissing don’t last: cookery do!”
-George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel

Mini Lemon-Thyme Muffins

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_ _I absolutely love to cook. And more than that, I love to cook for other people. Throughout my last semester of college I had a professor that brought us snacks… every single day. She’s the sweetest lady (and completely out of her mind) and this gave me an excuse to use her and the rest of my classmates as my guinea pigs for previously untested recipes. They were always met with general endorsement, but they were usually your average crowd-pleasers: chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin muffins etc… But on the last day of class we had a potluck, and I decided to go out on a limb with these lemon-thyme mini muffins.

_ _As soon as I got to the classroom however, my crippling need for approval from others kicked in and I self-consciously shuffled to the far end of the table and nestled my plate discreetly between two others; then I lurked in a dark corner, anxiously watching people’s faces as they tried my culinary work.

_ _One kid in particular caught my attention as he tried one… then two… “Oh my god!” He scooched the dish closer to him, “I hate these!” A couple inches closer, “no one else should even try these!” …He then proceeded to dump the rest onto his paper plate. He really hated them. And so do I. Hate as in love… Obsessed.

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