feta salsa.

my contribution to the super bowl.  this salsa/dip is delicious, easy and pretty much combines a bunch of my favorite ingredients.  definitely a crowd pleaser, too.  i served with homemade pita chips, but i can see this having a multitude of uses/variations.  enjoy!

7 February 2012 ·

a beer and a smoke.

this lovely little concoction was made in my home a couple times this past weekend.  once, it was completely justified.  the other, perhaps not (lesson learned: a nightcap is rarely necessary at 3:30a).  but, it is quite delicious…a variation of one of my favorite adult beverages, the michelda.  didn’t get a photo taken this time, but will try for one next time and add to the post.  cheers! 

a beer and a smoke (courtesy of jim meehan & the pdt cocktail book)

ingredients:

lime wedge

1/2 tsp. celery salt

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper

1 oz. sombra mezcal

.75 oz. lime juice

4 dashes cholula hot sauce (*this just happens to be my fav)

1 dash celery bitters

6 oz. victory pilsner

orange/ lime zest

method:
rim a collins glass with lime wedge, then celery salt, salt and black pepper. stir mezcal, lime juice, hot sauce, celery bitters with ice. strain into collins glass. top with beer and garnish with lime zest.  bottoms up.  

7 February 2012 ·

i kind of love this.  so, if anyone wants to purchase it for me, feel free.  themadeshop 

i kind of love this.  so, if anyone wants to purchase it for me, feel free.  themadeshop 

7 February 2012 ·

"in a dream i saw a way to survive and i was full of joy."

~ tobias wong

1 February 2012 ·

stunning: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664614/in-kate-mccgwires-sculptures-feathers-flow-like-rivers#7

stunning: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664614/in-kate-mccgwires-sculptures-feathers-flow-like-rivers#7

19 January 2012 ·

wisco winter. 

in honor of winter and the 30th birthday of a dear friend, 16 of us ventured to the northwoods of wisconsin for a weekend that was nothing short of legendary.  really.  i don’t throw that word around lightly.  it’s hard to summarize all of the awesomeness that went down, so a few highlights will have to do: ice fishing, cross country skiing, vast amounts of new glarus beer & curds, roaring fires (both inside and out), a snow couch, ice hockey, delicious meals, drinking games, snow angels & star gazing in the middle of a frozen lake, townie bars, arctic cats, the most amazing birthday cake ever and one of the most beautiful sunsets ever spotted. 

the photos from the weekend will provide more details.  take a peek if you so desire: http://www.flickr.com/photos/67014339@N02/sets/72157628905751265/ 

a special thank you to the moran family for opening their northwoods home to us.  it is quite the magical place and a perfect haven for fun & relaxation.  i feel lucky to have spent time there and hope for plenty more in the future.

thanks to tim for being the weekend’s dj. 

also, an extra special thanks to the cast of characters that made the weekend what it was: anne marie, dante, kristin, colin, hannah, tim, ryan, ivette, nicole, eric, mike, ani, tom, ryan, laura and kauba the neighbor dog.

looking forward to the next northwoods adventure!                     

17 January 2012 ·

gameday.

(photo by robert lachman)

in my world, football game days are pretty much equivalent to a good holiday: a gluttonous day filled with good food, drink and friends.

yesterday was just that occasion.  while i would have much rather been watching the usc trojans play (and win), nfl wild card weekend would have to do.  below are a couple of game day recipes that i think are perfect to nibble on while watching your favorite team fight it out on the field (and hopefully celebrating their victory!).  i was hoping to include a few pictures of the final product, but we were just having too much fun to snap any photos.   

piri-piri chicken wings: http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/piri-piri-chicken-wings-in-the-style-of-nando-s-148518/  

here’s the scoop.  i’ve never been a wings fan, but a friend made these for a usc game watch during college football season and now i’m addicted.  the piri-piri hot sauce has a depth & complexity that typical hot sauces just can’t offer and the unbeatable combination of ginger, cilantro, garlic and everything else in the marinade makes these ridiculously good.

white queso dip:  http://penniesonaplatter.com/2010/11/04/queso-blanco-the_first_attempt/

okay, so thanks to some scheduling difficulties (which i blame on a legendary night at barrelhouse flat [http://barrelhouseflat.com/] two nights prior) this queso dip didn’t exactly make it to the table.  but, i had all intentions of doing so because it’s so darn good.  credit goes to seth for originally finding and sharing the recipe.

special thanks to mike for bringing the delicious homemade poppers and amber & chad for the salted caramel ice cream.  i love having friends that can cook!

stayed tuned for the next post…it’ll be a good one.  a preview: 16 awesome people spend a weekend in the northwoods of wisconsin.                   

9 January 2012 ·

Thigmotrope Satellite is a beautiful tool for creating vertical gardens.  These steel Thigmotrope Satellites are designed to be screwed into a wall and hold tillandsia air plants - can also be mounted on horizontal surfaces.
Designed By Seth Boor in collaboration with Flora Grubb.  Made in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thigmotrope Satellite is a beautiful tool for creating vertical gardens.  These steel Thigmotrope Satellites are designed to be screwed into a wall and hold tillandsia air plants - can also be mounted on horizontal surfaces.

Designed By Seth Boor in collaboration with Flora Grubb.  Made in the San Francisco Bay Area.

(Source: carlmartinflorproducts)

30 December 2011 ·

"shake the hand that feeds you."

~ michael pollan

29 December 2011 ·

brown bag it.

a tote along lunch classic in this abode.  i often substitute sweet potatoes for the squash as i have a slight preference for the texture and flavor.  however, having made this many times both ways, i can say you won’t regret picking one over the other.  both are equally delicious. 

29 December 2011 ·

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