A Few Good Things for Valentines Day

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Rather than post a chocolate recipe for two with witty little comments about having better things to do than the dishes, I thought I’d just share a few random good things on this Valentines Day.

Like this virtual Valentine from Women’s Health:

(I don’t want to admit that yesterday’s monster headache was likely related to inadequate caffeination in the setting of intense weather, but what can I say? #addicted)

10 Creative Ways to Eat More Beets.

The Getty Images “Lean In” Collection. As one of my Facebook friends put it, “Surprisingly awesome.”

This hilarious Serious Eats post debunking aphrodisiac food myths.

What it sounds like when a foodie and a non-foodie have a meal together. I think my favorite part is the description of the Sangiovese. I want to sip an adulterous wine, dammit.

In the spirit of my post on 10 Ways to Love Yourself this February, I’m cashing in a Christmas gift card for a massage. This is basically all I want ever.

What are you up to this Valentines Day? 

Keepers: Photos I Just Couldn’t Delete Part I

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Just to get this out of the way: I have nothing to say about the Superbowl. I have nothing against football—it’s just not on my radar. That said, I still have plans to attend a gathering at a friend’s place after work today to chitchat about the commercials.

So, moving on…

I don’t know if it’s the Year of the Wood Horse spirit or some other force that has compelled me to clean the f*** out of my closet and old photo files, but I’ve been very focused on making space in my life—and on my hard drive—as of late. For what, I don’t really know yet, but I”m curious.

The way that some articles of clothing are impossible to get rid of, here are a few food photos from 2009-2011 I just couldn’t part with:

What articles of clothing are impossible for you to get rid of? 

Late to the Cage-Free Party

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The other day as I was going to deliver some light mayo packets to a patient because they didn’t trust the kitchen to send them up, a different patient who calls me Blondie started singing “Heart of Glass” down the hall. Now that I’m in the very last days of my “old” job, I’m acutely aware of the things I will and will not miss about the place. I’ve also started noticing little things that never struck me as funny or weird before. For example: Cage-free mayo is a thing?


Apparently it’s been a thing since 2008 in Europe, and since 2010 in the States. Unilever, which owns Hellman’s aims to go totally cage-free by 2020 in their products. According to the press release on the company’s website, creating the formula for the 30 million jars of Hellmann’s Light® Mayonnaise, this involves sourcing ~3.5 million pounds of eggs from an estimated 125,000 hens. That’s a lot of mayonnaise. And a lot of loose hens. There’s probably a joke there.

On the one hand, cool.  On the other, cage-free, doesn’t automatically mean the hens are raised more humanely or without antibiotics and hormones. In some ways, it seems like a gimmick to distract consumers from the fact that they’re eating whitish paste in a tube that has a lot of other crap in the mix. This is to say nothing of what they’re putting the mayonnaise on. Adding health-halo cage-free mayo to your s*** sandwich isn’t actively making you any healthier.

Anyway. I’ve never been a mayonnaise fan—it’s the flavor and the mouthfeel that just don’t do it for me, even when we made it from scratch back in the food lab in grad school. I’d rather spread hummus or avocado on my sandwich or use Greek yogurt to make a dip. However, I suspect I’m in the minority. For those of you mayo-lovers out there, here’s a recipe for a homemade version.

Do you like mayonnaise? What are your favorite sandwich ingredients? 

When Bad Lighting Happens to Good Food

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IMG_4608I don’t know about you, but I am so happy it’s Friday. I was starting to get really sick of eating lunch while working on nutrition notes at my desk. I think I have taken my 30-minute lunch break exactly twice in the eight months I’ve worked at this particular job. At least the food has been good. I was reminded of an old favorite I need to make again soon: tortellini soup.

Luckily, this weekend involves social plans for edible things like drinks, brunch, a birthday dinner for my mom, and even a cookie exchange. Who ever thought I would learn to not take the concept of eating while not having to type for granted?

What are you looking forward to this weekend? 

Home for the Holidays

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wallpaperWhen I arrived at my parents’  house on Monday night, my old room was in a state of disarray, thanks to my dad’s latest home improvement project. Even though I haven’t lived there in 10 years, it was still weird. I tried to view the mess/transition as a metaphor, and that actually helped. In a way, I also kind of loved seeing the old retro wallpaper 16-year-old me had wanted to paint over when the family moved in.

Christmas Eve morning, I went to hot yoga with my mom, sister, and aunt after interviewing someone for a writing project I’ve been working on. It was a great way to start the holiday. A little Christmas pre-tox, anyone?

Oh, and it snowed. Someone enjoyed that. dog on table

Christmas Eve dinner was fairly low-key this year, as it was just my immediate family. For some reason, sushi is the traditional appetizer in our house, and though we usually do Greek lamb, this year that was saved for Christmas Day, so we enjoyed salad and some items from a local Italian market. After my mom played us all her favorite parts of last week’s SNL episode, we traded a couple gifts and had dessert. I enjoyed a mini chocolate cake my mom made from a friend’s recipe—it was like a mini soufflé!

My sister and I always exchange our gifts on Christmas Eve. Remember when I posted our text conversation about dinosaurs? Now I know why she was asking my favorite. dinosaur planter

I think this guy is going to be a planter…or maybe a holder for incense once I put some little rocks in him.

Christmas morning I was up at the ass-crack of dawn because I heard my mother walking around. I read on the elliptical machine in the basement to kill some time until the rest of the house was up. We opened presents, had breakfast, and did stuff around the house until my mom’s side of the family came over.

As always, the food was delicious. I enjoyed an assortment along with wine.

It was a mellow Christmas holiday—no complaints! It’s always good when, at the end of the night, you feel like everyone had a nice time.

What did you do for Christmas? Any favorite food items? 

My Grocery List

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I recently received a request from the lovely Karen Skogland to do a grocery shopping post.

I’m not sure if I’ve written before about how much I love grocery shopping, but it’s one of my favorite day-to-day things. My hairdresser and I were laughing recently about how we kind of hate clothes shopping—we like to just go in and get out with what we came for ASAP—but love shopping for food. It doesn’t even feel like a chore! I love the whole experience of looking around, selecting the perfect produce, gathering together the components for a meal…it also satisfies the workaholic side of me that loves crossing items off a list.

Generally, I try to stick to the basics,  I usually allow myself one impulse buy per shopping trip. I find that budgeting for that keeps my finances in check without making me feel deprived or bored.

groceriesIn general, I keep a well-stocked pantry, so my weekly shopping list is not quite this long. Here’s what I would buy if I were moving—or returning from a long trip and had basically nothing left in the fridge or cabinets. This is not intended to be an Eat Like Me list, but more a glimpse into what one nutritionist keeps in her kitchen.

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One Bachelor Loaf, please…

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I’ve talked before about how much I love the bloggers at How About We, and they’ve once again managed to make me laugh with this funny little post about sad single-people food in grocery stores. Exhibit A:

For the record, you can totally slice and freeze a whole loaf too…For some more amusement: Want to know what to eat after sex? What about what your breakfast says about last night? And here’s a little something about what your go-to ice cream flavor says about you

What was the last thing that made you laugh?