Monday, February 27, 2012

Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad and More!

Why Go Out When You Could Stay In?

Here's a quick break down of my life since the new year began. 
  • I fill my free time on weekdays with blogging, workout classes, dates with girlfriends and volunteering (OK OK.. and maybe a little too much TV). My theory is that if I'm busy enough, I might not notice that part of me is 388 miles away. Mostly though, my weekday activities just succeed in making me incredibly tired. I'm still well aware that beloved hubby is. not. here. STUPID PITTSBURGH.
  • Moving on... 3 out of the past 7 weekends we've been out of town visiting friends and family
  • 2 out of the remaining 4 weekends we've hosted out of town friends and family
That left us with only 2 "normal" weekends to negotiate. And those were completely crammed with plans because we'd been ignoring our local friends for 2 months!

So, you can image how excited we were when we discovered that we'd somehow forgotten to make plans for an ENTIRE WEEKEND.

Let me repeat that.



We took walks, watched movies, SLEPT, and most importantly... we ate a TON of amazing homemade food. 

Throughout the weekend I made:
  • Spinach and Mushroom Korma This was OK..a little bland to be honest, but had potential if you boosted up the spice content a bit.

  • Mushroom & Barley Soup This was FANTASTIC, but only if you LOVE mushrooms. I recommend doubling the barley. (Vegan)

  • Beer, Cheddar & Mustard  Pull Apart Bread For the dough: I cut out a tablespoon of butter and used 2 cups of white flour, and 1/2 & 1/3 cups whole wheat flour in place of the extra white & rye. For the filling: I cut 1.5 tablespoons of butter and I used low fat cheddar. This bread was DELICIOUS, but not decadent. If you're going for decadent, use the original recipe.

  • I also made some chocolate chip cookie dough, whiiiiiich... never turned into cookies. Whoops!
In the last 2 months we've dined out in highly regarded establishments in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Los Angeles, Boston and New York. But really, there's no place like home.

1 comment:

  1. I tried the warm butternut squash salad. It's good! Love the post. -Adee