Thursday, November 29, 2012

Daily Pic | November Edition

November Nutshell
Hurricane Sandy • satellite offices • BoweryBallroom • meeting up with old pals • a super-fun wedding • a Nor'easter • epic Boardwalk Empire • no cable for over a week • free brunch • more warbys • thanksgiving • finally getting inked • finally getting a smartphone • art projectz • The XX • Lord Huron • Crystal Castles • homemade soups • pizza dough disaster • RetroFitness • McLoone's date • guess those are the highlights... Till next month...

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fennel and *Chicken* Soup

I managed to come up with a good soup recipe last night.  It really hit the spot, and while happily we're healthy in our house, this would be a perfect 'under the weather' soup.  Super fast, healthy and satisfying!

Fennel and *Chicken* Soup 
• One huge carrot or several small (about a cup), cut into coins/moons
• 2 ribs celery sliced into moons
• ~2+ C chopped fennel.  Use stalks 1st, then however much of bulb, cut into coins/moons.  

     Use as much fern part as you want. 
• 2 small shallots diced
• 2 TB olive oil
• Black pepper to taste
• 1 bay leaf
• Dash of garlic powder
• 2 C wagon wheel pasta
• Chicken or turkey (I used pre-cooked light meat turkey) About 2 cups or 1 package
• 3 cans low sodium chicken broth plus 1 3/4 cups water

2TB olive oil in the bottom of a dutch oven or heavy pot. 

Saute carrot, celery, fennel and shallot in oil until they begin to soften.

Add chicken stock and bay leaf and let simmer (covered) 5 minutes.  Add pasta with additional water and semi cover.  Allow to simmer until pasta is cooked through, stirring occasionally.

Add meat at the end and let simmer together for a minute or two.

Served with crusty bread.  Any and all substitutions encouraged ;) 

Serves about 5?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Daily Pic | October Edition

Good Morning.
What a month!  October flew :)  I cannot believe this was the same month that we came back from our honeymoon!  Seems like ages ago.
Lots of activities, excitement, and even frustration! 
We had.... A MOUSE!  That was the low-point probably.  We never did catch it, but we still have a factory's worth of traps around.

We saw Delicate Steve @ the Historic Blairstown Theater, and they were totally awesome.  The stars out there were more incredible than any I have ever seen, ever.
We had two dept birthdays at work: So.many.balloons. And 5 family birthdays as well.  Libras all around!
Hurricane Sandy was not overplayed at all and we've all spent the last week going somewhat crazy.  Living between two gas stations has meant waking up at 4:30 in the morning to the red glow of break lights through the curtains and a soundtrack of fights and angry horns.  SO glad its passing.

Besides that all, I managed a teeth cleaning, a trashy book trio, a trip to the Papermill Playhouse for 'A Chorus Line' two (!) trips to McLoone's, a fun Halloween Party in Chelsea, a pumpkin carving sesh with my man, and several trips into the boonies!    Even if it went out on a weird note, October was a good month. 
And, now the 'Tobes Grid!