Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Broccoli Potato Chowder

This isn't an exact recipe; rather, it is something I threw together to use up some veggies. The soup ended up being extremely thick. We liked it, but I think it would be too thick for more people. Feel free to adjust to suit your tastes (including adding more bacon, cream, or cheese).

2 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
1 medium onion, diced
olive oil, optional
6-8 small potatoes, diced (I used russets)
2 broccoli crowns, chopped
3 cups of water (or broth for more flavor)
1 cup half and half
4 oz shredded cheese (feel free to add more)
garlic power, salt, pepper to taste

1. Brown bacon and onion. Add a bit of olive oil for flavor or if the bacon isn't rendering enough fat.
2. Add the potatoes and water. Simmer until the potatoes are cooked.
3. Add the broccoli. Continue simmering until the broccoli is cooked.
4. Add the half and half and seasonings to taste.
5. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup.
6. Add the cheese; stir until it is melted. Adjust the seasonings if needed.

Makes about 3 quarts.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My new favorite

I recently was gifted a new cooking pot, something I had been coveting for years, but was too cheap to buy myself. This is the 3 1/2 quart version, and now I'm lusting after the 7 1/4 quart version. Or maybe I should dream big and get the 13 1/4 version like my friend S has. Not that I'd be able to lift it, lol.

I've been keeping the pot on the stove because 1) I'm using the pot a couple times a weeks so why put it away, 2) It looks pretty on the stove, and 3) I don't have room in the cupboard to keep store it.

Monday, September 27, 2010

No more brown bagging it

Got myself a new lunch bag. I've been coveting these Built bags for quite a while and when I saw this one for sale, along with a turquoise version, I couldn't resist.

I had been using a Lean Cuisine/Susan G. Komen lunch bag (it looks like they aren't selling them this year), a gift from my friend V for a few years and was ready for a change.

I like how the bag squishes down when it's empty. My coworker throws hers in the washing machine every once in a while so I know they're easy to clean.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Free Museum Day

Check it out! You still have time to get tickets for tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fancy fingers

My SIL talked me into my first mani/pedi. I thought it was an interesting experience...I think I'll have to repeat it some day. My nails never looked so good. I thought it interesting that the guys in the office noticed my nails first and made more comments than the women (note that there are 3X more women than men in my group).

But I was disappointed that the manicure only lasted 10 days. After a week, there were tiny chips. This is they looked like after a few hours of scrubbing in the kitchen. I did wear gloves and I was trying to be careful. Oh well. The pedi is still going strong though.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My fashion statement

I was going to title this post, "I am not a terr----t," but I thought in today's political climate, that would be asking for trouble. So how are the titles related? Well, I'll taken to wearing a scarf to cover the lower half of my face on my drive home. The sun shines in at just the wrong angle and I want to protect my skin while it is healing. The heat irritates my skin, plus I want to prevent hyperpigmentation. I'm surprised I haven't gotten any stares. My carpooler said I should pretend I was holding a gun on her. Maybe that would get someone's attention. Yeah, bad idea. But it was kinda funny when she said it.