Recently Consumed

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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The sights, sounds and tastes of Memphis

I took a quick little work trip to Memphis last week and while it doesn’t warrant its own post (unless you really want to hear about the 2.5 hour tour I took of a steel mill?!), I wanted to share the few pictures I took and moments I spent soaking up Memphis culture.  We stayed on Beale, so we spent most of our time there, eating at Blues City Cafe, Itta Bena and Rendezvous, watching the Duck Parade at the Peabody and listening to live music but we did have just enough time to tour Graceland and have a dinner/wine flight at Flight (how cool is this restaurant concept?!) and then before we knew it, we were back home.

P.S. Apparently the sausage platter — sausage, cheese, pickles and BBQ for dipping — is a thing in Memphis.  I dig it!

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Five Foot Two, Joanne

My love for Lady Gaga was rekindled after watching this documentary of hers.  What a fierce and dedicated artist she is.  Immediately after watching this, I A) re-watched her Super Bowl performance (perfection!) and B) bought her most recent album (because why didn’t I already own that??).  If you wanna have a long passionate discussion about Lady Gaga, you know where to find me.

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Stranger Things 2

We finished the series on Monday night and remember how I wasn’t super into the first season?  Either I totally got caught up in the collective experience aspect (I mean, we were ALL home watching last weekend, right??) or I liked it more than I thought because I was pretty into this second season.  I would fully watch a third season that was just Dustin and Steve Harrington hanging out.

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The Nix

I’ve had this book on my “to read” list for something like a year but it’s over 600 pages long and I could never find “the right time” to pick it up.  Turns out “the right time” is when it’s your book club pick.  Not going to lie, I was NOT into it.  Felt like four different books rolled into one.  I just kept thinking how tangled and confusing it probably was to write/edit.  I think somewhere in there was a good 300-page novel, but we’ll never know.  I just know I was SO ready to be done with it.

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The West Wing

GUYs!  WE FINISHED THIS SERIES!  On my TimeHop this week, I saw a tweet I wrote TWO YEARS AGO saying we had just started it.  I can’t believe it took two years but at the same time, I can’t believe it was only two years because it felt like so many more!  Look, it’s a very well-done show but 7 seasons of 22 extremely fast-paced hour-long episodes is just too much.  When you factor in how much TV and they way we view it has changed since this show aired, it’s just really really hard to get through.  I honestly wouldn’t encourage anyone to take it on.

P.S. Watching this show post-election greatly depressed me.  Our current administration is NOT the administration of Jed Bartlet.

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No Knead Bread

Words cannot express how delighted I was when this little loaf came out of the oven on a snowy Monday night.  I tweaked the recipe by using active dry yeast instead of instant (I just dissolved it in water and let it sit for 10 minutes, THEN added the other ingredients) and doing two cups AP flour and one cup whole wheat.  Next time, I’ll let it bake with the lid on for an extra 10 minutes (high altitude baking, yo!) but I think this recipe is a comfort food season game changer!

In other news, it’s Friday and I’m so dang glad.  I think we are going to try and hit up a movie for Denver Film Fest and I KNOW we are going to Snooze with Hannah and Josh!  I think I’ll fill in the gaps with granola, a book and a quick outdoor run 🙂  How about you?

Make This Now: Fall is here!

Somehow, we’re here, mid-October, and I have no idea how it all happened so fast!  I swear it was just September and it was still hot and I could still convince myself it was summer but now all the trees have turned, many have already started losing leaves, oh and that part where it already snowed.

I think I might be into it though!  Sweaters, pumpkin spiced things, just enough daylight after work to fit in a quick run and I’m really embracing fall comfort foods, so I wanted to share some of the standouts thus far in this fall game.  Enjoy!

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Thai Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

I don’t know much, but I do know you need this in your life.  I made this pizza dough a few weeks ago and not gonna lie, I was skeptical because you add the oil in last and I had a hard time getting it to fully incorporate (it seemed so oily!), but then it all worked out and I think half the beauty of this pizza was the dough we used.  The other half was perfectly roasted cauliflower, the subtle heat from the creamy yogurt sauce, cheese (obvi!) and those green onion and jalapeño garnishes.  MAKE IT!

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Crispy Peppercorn Chicken Wings

Remember when I said I should cook wings more?  Tis the season!  As disinterested as I am in actual football, I’m equally as interested in football food so while Joey was cheering on the Cowboys, I was cheering on these wings.  But actually, so was Joey.  Not gonna take any credit because he marinated them and cooked them and all I did was cut up some green onion, celery and a lime but these were delicious!  It’s a dry-rub so these aren’t dripping in sauce but that rub was a slow burn of epic flavor that we both loved.  I could definitely get used to eating these often.

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Kale Salad Bowl w/ Tahini

You know what makes eating a salad for lunch (almost) every day really easy??  Roasted sweet potatoes, feta cheese crumbles, chickpeas and a garlic-y tahini drizzle to tie the whole thing together.  I looked forward to this lunch-time combo EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I usually make this with arugula (because sometimes you just don’t have the time or patience to prep a bunch of kale) but they were out, so spinach it was and it worked perfectly.

 

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Roast Chicken with Butternut-Tahini Purée

There is something so innately comforting about roasting a chicken.  That is, until you set off the fire alarm… TWICE.  But still, this came out of the oven and I carved it up and served it with the butternut-tahini purée that Joey made and some black rice and was in fall food heaven.  We make this meal every fall/winter and every time, I’m blown away by how delicious it all is.  I could (would? did?) eat that purée with a spoon.  It is SO GOOD.

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Super Soft Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

Okay, this picture is making these muffins looks kinda craggy but I swear they were, as promised, “super soft.”  And also really light and fluffy and I totally ate one (the SECOND biggest, because I left the actual biggest for Joey) fresh from in the oven, in the dark, while watching The Night Of and it all felt too good to be true.  Plus I got to use my new ice cream scoop on the batter and it was deeply satisfying how quick and easy it made the whole process.

Pro Tip: Crumble one over some yogurt and call it breakfast 🙂

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!