January 2010 Archives

This Time, Brooklyn

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 31, 2010 at 6:55pm

John and I snuck in another quick weekend trip to NYC, always a happy time. As I’ve written before, my husband is from Manhattan, and my in-laws still live there, and they graciously allow us to crash in on them several times per year. Weather-wise, it was a horrible time to descend on the city…

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So Many Chateaux, So Little Time

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 27, 2010 at 6:36pm

Let me clarify – I was not in France (sacre bleu).  Instead, France kindly came here, to freezing cold and colorless Minnesota-in-January, at the invitation of the Commanderie de  Bordeaux Minnesota Chapter.  Let me clarify – I’m not a member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux (sacre bleu).  But my friends Debbie & Stu the Wine…

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How to Savor One Chocolate Truffle in Eight Delicious Bites

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 21, 2010 at 2:56pm

Melt it!  (I microwaved for about 15 seconds). Dip rasberries, strawberries, or walnut pieces – unlike a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop (three licks), I savored six raspberries and two walnut pieces for a total of eight delicious bites. Take that, owl. Truffle by Vincent A Restaurant (still savoring them even a few weeks after our…

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(Almost) Chicken Parmigiana

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 20, 2010 at 7:40pm

And an almost-post about it. I bit off a bit more than I could chew this afternoon and attempted a multi-step dinner when I knew that I had to be out out the door by 4:45 pm (basketball practice, church run). I usually keep Wednesday night dinners extremely simple (due to basketball practice, church run), but…

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Sunday Laziness

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 17, 2010 at 11:43am

It feels a-mazing to be chilling out this Sunday vs. running errands, wrapping presents, cooking for a crowd, chasing around for school supplies, cleaning up the house, grocery shopping, or getting on a plane. I didn’t plan for it to be this way, but I am relaxing, and ahhh what a wonderful concept. Not sitting…

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Fresh Tart, Fresh Start?

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 16, 2010 at 12:56pm

So, what do you think of the new name? Moderate Epicurean has a special place in my heart, but it’s awfully clunky to describe to people and I was ready for…something crispier. I like both ‘fresh’ and ‘tart’ for meaning sassy, because…I’m (worse than) sassy (but what I really am wouldn’t make an appropriate blog…

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Soup, Soup, Soup

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 12, 2010 at 2:21pm

I can’t get enough of it (as you well know if you read this blog – I do a soup consolidation post every winter).  Warm, nutritious, satisfying, easy to make, and delicious – what’s not to like?  I mix things up with garnishes….a grating of cheese, a sprinkle of toasted nuts, a drizzle of excellent…

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Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 9, 2010 at 12:55pm

I’ve written this before, but I feel I should give another plug for lovely souffles. They seem so intimidating, especially given all the fallen versions we’ve seen on TV comedies, mocking some poor cook for daring to try one. But seriously, they’re ridiculously easy, and cheap, and stunningly delicious (even if they fall), and not…

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A Last Look at (Moderately) Healthy Eats, 2009 Version

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 8, 2010 at 9:21am

Baby, It’s Bitterly Cold Outside

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 8, 2010 at 7:36am

Seriously, it’s been below-zero for a week. Nothing new for Minnesota, just a particularly harsh reminder that holiday and birthday fun are officially over, welcome to real winter.  Forget the fluffy snow-twinkly light-wrapping presents-sledding winter. No, this kind of cold is way beyond the warming reach of hot cocoa. This is ugly, mean, dangerous cold,…

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