Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sausage, Kale & Mushroom Risotto

There are lots of things I love. Three of them are sausage, kale and mushrooms. I also love rice. Also, fancy words, like Arborio.

Do you love these things? 

Here's my challenge to you. Pick things you love. Throw them in a pan. Whisk whisk whisk. Enjoy. Then tell me about it please.

That's kind of what this risotto recipe was for me. I read the original recipe and it called for spinach, also a loved thing. I've made the spinach version, is bangin' (yea I said it), but this time when I went to make it I had kale. 


The slight crunch of kale really took this creamy dish over the edge. Things I love in a pan. Cream, crunch, yum.

This is getting ramble-y. That's kind of what happens after Chako and I eat an entire pan of risotto. Rambling happens.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Unpacking and Being Healthy

I put too much stuff in my juice to make it all fit on the picture! So...JUICE!!

We made it to Michigan. We are getting pretty settled. It was pretty intense for me at first, and I don't think I let myself be prepared for it. Especially because we are staying with Chaco's parents for the first few weeks (who are the most kind and generous and welcoming people ever), and because I don't have any sort of job or work lined up and because I need a car...I just felt like I was on vacation. Then when I realized I wasn't on vacation I would freak out. I need a job! I need a car! I've been a little bonkers.

Then yesterday I had a little job interview for a part time gig, and I took the car for several hours and found my way around on my own. Something about this little act of getting lost then finding my way, and running errands without Chaco just made me feel like myself again. I think I just needed to feel like an independent lady for a minute. I've lived in New York for years, for a lot of it on my own and I just didn't really know how to react to the change, and to moving with someone.

I'm very happy to be here. The pace is different, I feel suddenly more relaxed and I'm getting creative ideas that I want to work on on my own, new things I want to try. You'll see and hear more about those soon...

Also, since we arrive here, we are taking steps to be more healthy and lose a bunch of winter weight we gained while being all lazy and in love in the city! Seriously, it needs to happen. For my birthday I got a JUICER! Then we went produce crazy at all the GIANT HUMUNGO grocery stores here, and we are juicing crazy.

That's what went into today's juice. Carrot, cucumber, bok choy, grapefruit, green apple and ginger. This one is not as elegantly curated as other, but it was very tasty and packed full of healthy stuff.

I am getting addicted so you can look forward to more posts with fun juice combos and recipes. I've been getting a lot of ideas from Shutterbean, as she is a master juicer!

Enjoy, have a great day, be healthy, and RELAX! It's Friday!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Moving Story

I have a special story for you. A horror story. 

Seriously, it's frightening. I'm shaking. It's a story about moving. About attempting to pack everything you own into boxes and bags and baskets and on the backs of your pets and then renting a truck and putting it all in the truck and then getting the animals in the truck without the help of sedation and then driving 12 hours only stopping to pee and get Burger King.

Are you scared now?

Want to meet the main characters?

We have fear. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Monday we will be moved. At least into Chaco's parents lovely home. Then we will do it all again a few weeks later. But that will be much less scary.

The next few days are going to be a bit insane. We have a goodbye party tomorrow night, then its go time.

More updates next week. Hopefully we will look less like above.

Oh, and Chaco got new glasses. Not pictured here. He's super hot.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Quick Shots

I really miss cooking. I miss my kitchen. I can't wait to get to Michigan so I can cook in Chaco's mom's amazing kitchen. Then set up my new kitchen. Then cook there.

In the meantime. Some quick shots.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

May Kitchen Wish List

Dreaming of setting up my new kitchen in a few are a few things I would love to acquire in the new space!

sources: one/two/three/four/five/six/seven

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Displaced Vintage GIVEAWAY with Blythe Ponytail Parades

The awesome Violet at Blythe Ponytail Parades is hosting an awesome giveaway for my vintage etsy shop, Displaced Vintage. It's for a $20 gift credit to the store!! You can enter up to 6 times!!! That's bonkers. She's a smart lady.

Visit Blythe Ponytail Parades for the details and to enter now!! Seriously, do it. It's easy. And you could get free jewelry, with pearls. Or a vintage clown doll. Or a crystal ice bucket. I have all these things.

Check out this sweet graphic Violet designed, she's uber talented.