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Antipasti Skewers

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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.

Abraham Lincoln

Few things, gather round:

If you need to burn 700 or so calories, rotate heavily on these –
1. Ball – T.I. featuring Lil Wayne
2. I Cry – Flo Rida
3. Can’t Get Enough – J Cole featuring Trey Songz

I’m moving to Brooklyn in 2 weeks. No biggie. It’s for science.

If you put salty snacks on sticks and serve them as appetizers, people like it.

Antipasti Skewers

Mix and match the following salty bites

  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Pitted garlicky olives
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Tiny balls of fresh mozzarella
  • Roasted veg such as mushrooms or sweet red onion
  • Basil pesto, for dipping (thinned with lemon juice)
  1. Thread antipasti of choice on long wooden skewers and arrange prettily on platter. Drizzle with pesto (thinned with the juice of a lemon) or just serve with pesto for dipping.

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valentine

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When I saw you, I fell in love. And you smiled because you knew.

Arrigo Boito

Eat chocolate and hold hands today. Be cheesy and disgusting with your love. Hug strangers too. Give heart-shaped cookies to cab drivers. And smooch as you see fit.

For any resistant lovers, just play THIS.

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blizzard

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You are the sky. Everything else — it’s just the weather.

Pema Chodron

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Boozy Almond Milk Hot Cocoa

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The whole world was this symphony, and there was not enough of her to listen…

Carson McCullers

It is softly, quietly, beautifully snowing outside. Heavy flakes laden with whimsy and magic. There is cocoa in my air. Vanilla. Cinnamon. Clove.

A snow day. Records spinning. How lucky.

Boozy Almond Milk Hot Cocoa

Serves 2

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves or a pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • Spiced rum, Schnapps, or liqueur of choice*
  1. Heat almond milk, cinnamon stick and cloves in medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil then reduce to simmer. Whisk in sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, vanilla and salt. Stir constantly until foamy and smooth and piping hot.
  2. Add a good glug of chosen booze to two mugs and divide hot cocoa evenly. Sip and savor.

*If using a sweet liqueur, adjust sugar in recipe to taste

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golden curried croutons

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This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as being a mighty one, the being a force of nature…

George Bernard Shaw

at a very young age, i showed the signs. bird books. rock collections. magnifying glasses and caterpillar jars. i some times wondered if we were simply a tiny droplet universe riding on a leaf somewhere. i mixed all the condiments in the fridge together, convinced something brilliant would be born. in 4th grade, i built a robot out of cardboard boxes and aluminum foil. wow. science made me happy. it’s always been in me, deep down there, showing itself consistently and awkwardly.

what i’m trying to say is that i found a mighty purpose. forced by nature, really, to a new and interesting place. i think i’ll try it for a while.

and as we know, all purpose, and the world itself, is built on soup + crunchy croutons. these golden squares are destined for steaming bowls of the finest lentil soup…

Golden Curried Croutons

Makes a bundle

  • Day-old bread, cubed
  • Olive oil
  • Curry powder, about 1 heaping teaspoon for a sheetpan-ful
  • About 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Sea salt + cracked pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread bread cubes on baking sheet and drizzle with a good amount of olive oil. Sprinkle with curry powder, cinnamon, salt + pepper. Toss to coat.
  3. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, tossing once, or until lightly crisped and golden brown. Float on your finest soup.

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