Yummy Fixins

Paleo, no gluten, no sugar, no nightshades. Oh, and I make music.

Sep 30

nottoohandsome said: I just looked at your tumblr to see what you'd been up to, and now I want a) bacon, b) tarragon gelato, and c) to read a Murakami novel. Basically, it did everything that it's supposed to do. xoxo, mitchco.

Hey, Mitchco!  You really can’t go wrong with bacon, tarragon gelato and Murakami!   Hope you had fun!!!!


The key to really awesome applesauce is to let the apple caramelize for a little bit before you start turning them.  I’m making an apple pear strawberrysauce for my pork tenderloin tonight.  Apples and pears from Gorzynsky Ornery Farm and strawberries from Mountain Sweet Berry Farm.
Here’s a link to one of my applesauce posts that shows the steps.

The key to really awesome applesauce is to let the apple caramelize for a little bit before you start turning them.  I’m making an apple pear strawberrysauce for my pork tenderloin tonight.  Apples and pears from Gorzynsky Ornery Farm and strawberries from Mountain Sweet Berry Farm.

Here’s a link to one of my applesauce posts that shows the steps.


Sep 29

A Coupon and a Dream

Do any of you folks know anything about modern, blow dryer technology?  I tangled my mind into a big, ugly knot today, and thought I’d hit you wonderful people up for your science-based opinions before I start the long, arduous task of researching an inane topic, as is my personal nature, AND MY CURSE.

It started with an unadvised (and thus, ill-advised) trip into Bed Bath & Beyond with a coupon and a dream.  I’ll never buy one single thing in a BB&B unless I have that 20% off coupon, but I had it today, so I thought I would replace my 25+ year old blow dryer that has been singing my hair for about 10 years now.  I was faced with a wall of decision that was loosely broken up into three parts - 1. the “Italian Motor” blow dryers for sexy people who ride in super cars with gold-plated engines and befriend Flo Rida, 2. the feature-rich, and accessory-laden mid-rage blow driers for people that believe that tourmaline in the dryer can make your hair healthy, and 3. low-end artifacts from a bygone era for the confused masses that are themselves surrounded by the aroma of burnt hair (ok, me).  

I don’t mind spending some extra money (especially with that coupon in my hand, CHA CHING!) if the value proposition is there.  If there is technology that will help my hair look better the two times or so per month that I blow dry it, and I believe the product will last at least 5 years, and is a quality product that will not harm me, I’ll do it.  I’ll take the plunge.  I’ll bumble with the bee — the Capital B that starts the word “Benjamins,” about which this all is.   [Dropping Lil Kim into an inappropriate context without stranding any prepositions is HARD.]

I’ve read a bunch of reviews of blow driers in the meantime, but have any of you used these new-fangled infra-red, tourmaline, ceramic, negative-ion, sci-fi, post-human blow driers, and found that they make a difference and/or truly have a benefit?  Have you found one that has quality construction, is built to last, is not heavy, or unnecessarily loud?


Sep 28
Way to make me question my damn life, re-used Chipotle bag!

Way to make me question my damn life, re-used Chipotle bag!


Sep 26
This was not the zip car I reserved.

This was not the zip car I reserved.


The Task at Hand

Every day of the past three months or so has shown me that it’s not the task I have to do, it’s my resistance to the task that takes up all the time, and causes all the stress.   


Sep 25
Am I loving all of the other articles (other than the one I’m supposed to be reading for work), or am I just procrastinating?  

I am a huge fan of Murakami, so I had to at least skim this one. I loved the drop quote, but read that called out quote on the right, the one that starts with “One heart is not connected…”

From The Atlantic, Sept 2014 issue, pg 40, “The Mystery of Murakami” by Nathaniel Rich

Am I loving all of the other articles (other than the one I’m supposed to be reading for work), or am I just procrastinating?

I am a huge fan of Murakami, so I had to at least skim this one. I loved the drop quote, but read that called out quote on the right, the one that starts with “One heart is not connected…”

From The Atlantic, Sept 2014 issue, pg 40, “The Mystery of Murakami” by Nathaniel Rich


From The Atlantic - Sept 2014 issue, pg. 20. I need to read the cover story for a project I’m on at work, but thought this was short and interesting enough to capture and post.

From The Atlantic - Sept 2014 issue, pg. 20. I need to read the cover story for a project I’m on at work, but thought this was short and interesting enough to capture and post.


Sep 21

Il Laboratorio del Gelato, Lower East Side, NYC.

Tarragon. Tarragon gelato, people.

(Caveat: there is nothing “paleo” or “sugar-free” about this gelato.  My kid ate this, not me - ok, I got one tiny taster spoon of the tarragon.)


Sep 20

The kid is reading an Anglophilic spy-thriller series, and one of the villains loves tea time, so we are doing our own villainous (not really, but I’ll be speaking with an accent) tea time with lime ginger raw mousse, fresh ginger tea and maybe a cookie or something.

Bottom pic is the life hack for getting mousse and other thick stuff out of one’s VitaMix.


World’s first 3D printed car by @LocalMotors at @MakerFaire NYC.

World’s first 3D printed car by @LocalMotors at @MakerFaire NYC.


World’s first 3D printed car by @LocalMotors at @MakerFaire NYC.

World’s first 3D printed car by @LocalMotors at @MakerFaire NYC.


Sep 19

Dumplings for the kid.  Dumpling filling burgers (it fell apart on the plate) for me.  Both served with cauliflower herb flatbread and watercress. 

My dumpling recipe from a year and a half ago.  I haven’t changed it.



Sep 18

The beauty!

Thought I bought romaine and opened it up to find radicchio. These pics do it no justice.


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