FLC: Half Way There!

Happy Friday!

After a day of 50° temperatures and sun, it snowed last night.  Why, Colorado, why?!  Just kidding, as much as I utterly detest being cold, I don’t mind snowy weather.  Maybe because it makes hot tea, oatmeal breakfasts and wearing comfy clothes that much better?  Who knows.

Anyway, today marks the halfway point for our Food Lover’s Cleanse, so I thought I’d share some thoughts, hopes for next week and favorite meals so far.  Also, sorry to use the word “cleanse,” for what I consider to basically be my usual diet/cooking habits, but on steroids.  It’s Bon Appétit’s word, not mine!

BA Cleanse

In a nut shell, I’m in love.  Or should I say I’m obsessed?  I’m checking the #BACleanse hashtag on Instagram 929384749586 times a day, I’m looking forward to cooking dinner every single night, I’m posting food pictures at a rate that’s probably annoying every single follower I have and I’m loving every food-filled second.

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Joey, on the other hand, probably won’t eat a salad again after next week and I swear I saw him wipe away a tear as he passed up the rum cake and leftover candy in the break room earlier this week.  It’s a much bigger change of pace for him than for me, but he’s being such a trooper.

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Both of us, however, have been loving this whole cook-dinner-and-transform-the-leftovers-into-a-lunch-salad-for-the-next-day thing.  Love it in a way that I hope can become a habit that lives on past the end of this “cleanse.”  Also, turns out eating a massive amount of greens at lunch means a salad actually can be filling.  If only I’d known that was the key all along.

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As for the actual food, it’s all been amazing.  Like “why is this the first time I’ve used a recipe from BA?!” amazing.  Like “how is there this much flavor without butter, bacon or mass amounts of cheese?!” amazing.  Like “I don’t even miss pasta or pizza!” amazing.  Okay, just kidding, we already decided the new deep dish pizza place that opened last week is the first place we’re going once this cleanse is over.  But aside from pizza cravings (and the mild desire for spontaneous dinners out or occasional coffee shop visits), this meal plan has been totally, completely, 100% satisfying.

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Favorites this week have included the Bistro Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Beet Soup with Caraway (that color!), Scrambled Eggs with Caramelized Onions and Chèvre, Mahi-Mahi with Fennel, Olives and Orange (that Joey hated, but I loved) and last night’s Bean and Walnut Salad with Fried Eggs.  Oh and did I mention that Spicy Orange Hazelnut Chocolate Bark?  Gimme.  Gimme all of that.


We’re hitting the store (or two…) again tonight and though I’m super excited for everything on next week’s menu — Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Celery Root with Walnuts and Thyme, Braised Chicken Thighs, Curried Brussels Sprouts — I’m also terrified of that grocery bill.  Wish us luck!

2012: A Year in Review

Last Saturday Joey surprised me with dinner and a Christmas show in Lone Tree. He also surprised me by getting the stomach flu the day before, which meant he could barely eat and I got dessert all to myself. And then I started making sugar-high-driven demands like “Let’s recap what happened in 2012!” The convo went a little something like this.

In January, I quit my job at Starbucks and rang in the new year by drinking champagne from a margarita glass.


In February, I had my first New Orleans Mardi Gras experience and celebrated Valentine’s Day at my favorite Boulder restaurant.


In March, I landed a job in Boulder and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by drinking a pitcher of “Strong Island Tea” by myself, followed by a 3 hour nap.


In April, we celebrated Joey’s 25th birthday, entertained my cousin for a week when she came from New Orleans to visit, and watched the Rockies lose on Opening Day (and a million other times during the rest of the season).


In May, I finally gave in and joined a bowling league, celebrated my 5 year anniversary and ran my favorite 10K, the Bolder Boulder.


On June, I celebrated my niece’s first birthday, my 2nd blogging anniversary and climbed a 14-er!


In July, I celebrated the 4th of July by being hungover and walking most of my 10K, turned 23 and switched blogging sites.


In August, I took a trip to Vail/Glenwood Springs, said a sad goodbye to the Olympics, and won an “award” (cough a magnet cough) for most improved bowler.


In September, Joey and I brewed our first batch of beer and took a trip to Colorado Springs for the hot air balloon festival.  Then I quit my job… again and watched Joey finish his second marathon.


In October, I saw a horrible Madonna concert, watched Joey’s cousin get married, carved pumpkins and celebrated Halloween like an old boring person by staying in and watching a scary movie.


In November, I saw my first James Bond movie, ate more delicious food than I thought my stomach could hold on Thanksgiving, painted my own Christmas ornament and marched headfirst into the Christmas season.


In December, Joey and I went to Jamaica, waited in line for our KBCO Studio C CD, watched every Christmas movie known to man and celebrated Christmas with food, gifts, laughter and family.


Like any normal human being who is given a “fresh start,” I do have some hopes for 2013, but that’s a topic for another day.  I hope you all have a Happy New Year’s Eve and a good start to the new year!