It's snowy and cold out this morning, making it extra hard to go in to work after the weekend. Staying warm and eating soup for dinner are my top priorities for the day.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
It may be no surprise, based on my road trip post, that I've been obsessed with the American Southwest. It's mostly thanks to just having finished this book, which chronicles the writer's search for the "Anasazi" (quotes used because the term is problematic at best). I'd love to go on my own journey to these ancient places. And, to be just a bit more seasonally appropriate, I'd also love to snowshoe through them.
|Mesa Verde, image found here|
|and here (this is my kind of park guide)|
|Chaco Canyon, from here|
|And Capital Reef National Park, from here|
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I have a problem with getting obsessed with things pretty easily, and then dropping them from my thoughts just as easily a few months later. I often toy with the idea of improving the quality of my food--making my own jam, yogurt, bread, etc, so I know exactly what's going into it. Commitment to actually doing these things is the hard part for me. So, in an effort to make myself actually carry out my imagined ideals, I decided to sign up for a weekly CSA. Every Friday, a box of fruits and vegetables will be dropped at my door. Colorado's growing season is short enough that it's not all local by a long shot, but that kind of compromise is okay with me...I'm approaching this with a "baby steps" attitude. This week my box is going to contain leeks--here's a recipe that I'm going to try to make. I've adapted this one from epicurious; it seems like a cozy meal for the cold weather we've been having lately. And if I'm really ambitious, I'm going to try homemade yogurt this weekend. We'll see what actually happens--I'm predicting something smack dab in the middle of "lazy" and "productive."
Potato and Leek Pie
3 tablespoons butter
1 3/4 cups 1/3-inch cubes peeled red-skinned potatoes (10 to 12 ounces) (also in my box!)
1 1/2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only; about 2 medium)
1-2 fennel bulbs, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Pie crust (recipe doubled), room temperature
1 egg, beaten to blend (for glaze)
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I'm always on the hunt for a good book. Usually I have a couple going at a time,
and I try to find a balance between subjects that make me think and light reading.
Here's what I've been eying--I think a trip to the library is in order.
I love Borges. I haven't read this one but I've
been enjoying reading authors' thoughts on the
process of writing lately.
I've been trying to improve my sewing skills,
so hopefully this will help.
I recently read an interview with A.S. Byatt
on the Paris Review and it made me want to
read more of her books more thoughtfully.
I heard an interview with the author of India
Calling on the way into work one morning,
and it sounds like an interesting read.