Make This Now: New Year, New Recipes!

Um why do I feel like it’s been a really long time since I did one of these posts?  I mean it HAS been since October, and we’ve had something like 8 holidays between then and now, so I guess it really has been a while.  I’m not going to lie, I write posts like this and they feel so stupid and unimportant in comparison to things that are happening in the world at large.  In the past couple of months, I’ve bailed on this post more times than I can count.  My heart just isn’t fully in it.  But then I remember mornings where eating this granola made me happy or cooking pasta with Joey made me feel whole or baking hot pink slider buns felt meditative and I can’t discount those feelings or not share them with you.  Soothing by way of food is totally a thing ♥

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Tahini-Cardamom Granola

I recently splurged on a jar of cardamom — spices can be so pricey sometimes! — so I was extra delighted when I came across this granola recipe that made use of my new purchase.  I made a few nut modifications, subbed apple cider for orange juice and had to bake it for an extra 20 minutes (!!) but it turned out SO GOOD.  Perfectly crispy, subtly spicy with a hint of sweetness and delightful over some full fat Greek yogurt.

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Pasta with Mushrooms, Crispy Sage & Garlic Bread Crumbs

I don’t own/cook from cookbooks very often so pardon how often I mention The Savvy Cook but I’m at it again with this insanely delicious and even more insanely easy pasta recipe.  I didn’t think I’d be able to share it with you but then I found it on the internets!  You’re welcome.  The sauce is simple yet so flavorful and my noodle slurping game felt very on point the night we made/ate this.  An instant keeper!

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Chickpea Sliders with Whipped Feta & Cucumber Slaw

Honestly, baking little slider buns has become one of the greatest joys in my life.  And the moment I saw these hot pink brioche buns, I knew I had to have them!  They came out so pretty and more importantly, tasty.  I’ve never whipped feta (and I actually I still haven’t because Joey did that part), but now that I’ve tasted it, I don’t think I can live without it.  I wish I had seasoned the chickpea sliders better but loaded up with feta and slaw (don’t skimp on that stuff, the contrasting crunch really makes a difference!), these were amazing!

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Chicken Chili 

Joey made this for me Monday night, as the snow was coming down hard and I was curled up on the couch watching the Olympics.  Can you even believe how beautifully he garnished it?!  I think it was the homemade taco seasoning, leaving the chicken is bigger chunks and putting Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, green onion and pickled jalapeños on top that really made the dish.  The best food is food that makes you feel loved, ya know?

Tell me the best thing you’ve cooked recently!

Weekend Things: 2017 to 2018

2017 wasn’t a perfect year and 2018 won’t be either, but the weekend that took us from one to the other most certainly was!  A long weekend felt like the perfect way to pause and reflect on 2017 while also having time to usher in 2018 and even though I’m feeling sort of tired today, I went to bed last night feeling completely at peace with how the weekend played out.

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Went to close my office blinds on Friday and saw the most beautiful sunset.  I literally ran outside to snap a picture 🙂  The best way to kick off a long weekend is with a trip to the library to pick up new books, of course.  Joey wanted to stay in but in a rare moment, I did NOT feel like changing straight into my pajamas upon getting home and felt the itch to get out, so I convinced him to go see a movie.  We saw Call Me By Your Name and I’m still not sure what I thought of it.  Beautiful in many ways, confusing in many other ways.

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Saturday and a bold statement: If I could only eat at one breakfast restaurant for the rest of my life, it would be Stowaway.  It’s just that every time we decide to go out, it’s the only place I really want to go and it never doesn’t sound good.  Thankfully, Joey indulges me in going all the time.  I don’t even know what we did on Saturday — wait, no that’s wrong!  WE FINISHED WATCHING THE LEFTOVERS!  And I seriously need someone who considers it “the best show ever” to explain to me because I hated it.  Help!

Filled in the rest of the day with a trip to the gym (I ran exactly one mile less in 2017 than I did in 2016, which I think should kill me, but I sort of don’t care?), a mountain of granola and our traditional New Year’s dinner of black eyed peas and collard greens.  Oh and we watched Gone Baby Gone and despite some real plot problems, we still liked it.

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NYE!  Started with a bunch of yogurt pancakes (minus the apples and I subbed half whole wheat for all-purpose — loved them!) and then I made a pie for dinner the next day ♥  Later on, we hit up Huckleberry Roasters for some January planning, NYE caffeinating and new book reading.  It gave my heart such joy.  We need to hang out in coffee shops more.

Festivities for the night started with us getting all dressed up Great Gatsby-style!  We had a themed party to attend but went to dinner in costume first.  I think the gal taking our order at Cart-Driver was confused for a minute before we explained we were going to a party afterwards.  Just FYI, we ordered all the costumage (costumery?) on Amazon, it all arrived on Saturday and much to my shock and delight, it all worked out perfectly!  Not going to lie though, that headband was hell.  I took it off mid-party because it felt like it was actually cutting into my head and I had a headache all day Monday that I’m blaming on that thing.  What were women in the 20’s thinking?!

In conclusion, eating Cart-Driver’s clam pizza, talking 2017 happenings and cheersing Joey and Jenn at midnight felt like the best end to a weird rocky year.

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The first day of 2018 was blissful.  Started slow and easy with breakfast on the couch, followed by movie time.  We’re seeing The King and I at The Buell next weekend but Joey had never seen the original, so I felt we needed to watch it.  Yul Brynner is a goddamn delight and I was overjoyed to discover the whole film is just as good as I remembered it being.  Newly discovered favorite line: “I’ll do the remembering!”  It just applies so well to my life 🙂  I also picked us up some lunch burritos from the newly opened Illegal Pete’s in our neighborhood.  Every young hungover Denverite seemed to be there so the line was brutal but worth it.

We had my family over for New Year’s Day dinner — a Dorsey family tradition that I thank my wonderful mother for — and it honestly made my heart so happy ♥  Made bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey chicken, shredded kale salad and cauliflower gratin plus that vegan French Silk Pie and loved how it all turned out.  Everyone left shortly after 9, we cleaned up in a state of euphoria and were in bed by 9:45.  It was the best!

Please be kind to us, 2018.