Note to self: start dinner earlier

Tonight’s culinary adventure was Butternut Squash And Sage Lasagna. It has absolutely no healthy qualities to it, but it sounds like it is going to be amazing. I started way too late, so I’m not eating until almost 10 pm. I’ve had to get by on carrot sticks with hummus and some wine. I know, horrible, right?

Here is the finished product.


Plenty (More)

For Thanksgiving, I made the Broccoli and Gorgonzola Pie with a puff pastry crust. I don’t have a tart pan, so it was a little different than the picture in the book. I also made the Very Full Tart, full of roasted veggies and cheese in a pie crust. The Crusted Pumpkin Wedges With Sour Cream (not shown) were not as good as I had hoped. It is possible their flavor was over powered by everything else.


This morning, I made the Leek Fritters with a parsley-cilantro-yogurt-sour cream sauce. It definitely tamed the cumin, coriander, and tumeric in the fritters. They were pretty awesome.



This afternoon, not in the book, I made a pumpkin pie. From a can. With a frozen pie crust. Yup. I did. And it will probably be amazing in two hours.



A while ago, I picked up a copy of Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi. I can’t tell you how amazing these recipes are. But I can show you!

I made two recipes tonight: Seasonal Tempura and Black Pepper Tofu.

First the tempura


Then the black pepper tofu


When done was absolutely amazing! The tempura recipe came with a recipe for a lime-cilantro sauce that was incredible! I ate way too much!!


Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Want (My Own) Kids

I recently read this post about 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Want Kids. It was interesting, but not completely true for me. So here is my list to explain why I don’t want kids of my own.

1. I’m not good with babies

I can deal with babies, but it is really difficult for me. I don’t think they are cute. I try to pretend, but I’m really grossed out by them. I’d like to think that if I had one of my own that my instincts would kick in, but I can’t guarantee that. They poo, they pee, they snot everywhere. I just can’t deal with all of the bodily fluids, and the food burped up everywhere.

2. I hate primary colors

I’m a neat freak, I’ll admit it. Primary colors were cool in the 90’s, but I’ve outgrown them. I love my time tutoring 5th grade, but I can’t handle the chaos for more than an hour or two. If I had a kid, it would collect everything. It would make a mess. I couldn’t handle that.

3. I’m selfish

I like doing what I want when I want. I like traveling as I feel like it. It is hard enough having pets. I can’t imagine how hard it would be if I had children.

4.  I’m an introvert

When I get home from work, I often just hide on my couch watching tv because all the socialization of the day is exhausting. I do a good job of faking it as an extrovert, but I’m not naturally one. I have a lot of respect for people who work all day and then go home and have to continue having conversation.

5. I’m petrified of pregnancy

I have a feeling that I would wake up screaming, clawing at my belly, yelling to get the alien out. I hear that the hormones take care of this issue, but maybe I’ve seen one too many movies and have too much of a wild imagination.

6. I’m saving the environment

Every person born into existence is using precious resources. I’m doing my part to conserve carbon emissions.

7. The world is a terrible place

Have you watched network news lately, or listened to the Republican Party? How could anyone bring a child into that horrible world that they paint? I know it isn’t quite that bad, but I still can’t do that against my conscious.

8. I need my sleep

I’ve talked to friends with babies. They get no sleep. They are woken in the middle of the night. They walk like zombies among us. I crave my 7-8 hours, regardless of how dream riddled they are. My nieces came to visit and I fell asleep before them.

9. No one wants my genes

I came out of the womb with buck teeth and cross-eyed. Four years of braces and two eye surgeries later, I almost look presentable, but I don’t know what of that I will pass down. Also, I have otosclerosis and had an ovary removed because of a 4-inch ovarian cyst. Why would I impose all of that on anyone else?

10. I already have a lot of children

I taught high school for a number of years. Boarding school. In loco parentis, et al. I love my kids. I adore them. I’m so proud of them. I am grateful that I can be part of their lives. But I’m glad I didn’t give birth to them. I’m missing those genes.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m awesome with kids. And I’d be great with someone else’s. I even think that if I had my own  by accident that I would figure it all out like everyone else. But I wouldn’t do it on purpose.

Hair Porn

The results of the colortastrophy poll are in. Red still won, but natural is getting closer.

The before picture. Yes, I purposely did not brush my hair once it dried naturally. It makes for a better before photo.

The after photo. I needed a little change, so Wilson added some highlights.


Poll—Colortastrophy: where to go from here?

OKCupid self destruction

After getting too many messages from people who are age 20 or think that they should be having sex every single day, I’ve decided to limit the number of messages I see on OKCupid by updating my profile. I always tried to keep my profile short, sweet, positive and to the point. But I realize, people need to know exactly what they are getting themselves into. So this morning, I added a bit more about myself.

Read it and tell me, have I gone too far? Or is it better to know exactly where I stand?

[[Please read this entirely before contacting me. Thanks!]]

I asked friends for three words and the first response was, “alluring, amusing, and amazing.” A close second was, “sassy smart vixen.”


I’m not your typical [[geek]]. I prefer waking early in the mornings. I prefer real life, and I shower regularly unless I’m in a country without potable water. I believe that technology should be unobtrusive, but beautiful. I also believe technology should be left at home occasionally. And I have a healthy streak of sarcasm.


I love live [[bands]], a [[science]] museum, or reading a good book. I’ll try just about anything once except for jumping out of a perfectly good plane. And I’ll take a campfire, or a morning kayak any day of the week.


Over the years, I’ve formed some very strong opinions about touchy subjects. I don’t believe that politics, religion, and sex should be avoided on a first date, so I’ll mention them here and get them out in the open.


- If you are under 28, turn back now. I am not a cougar. I am not a notch in your bedpost, and no, you can not come over so you can do your laundry. If I wanted a child, I’d adopt.


- I am a strong-willed, confident, independent woman. I do not need nor want constant hand holding—literally or figuratively. I’m not a big fan of public displays of affection and I don’t need to be in constant contact with you physically or electronically. I’ll respect that you have a job and are busy and expect you will do the same for me.


- I’m not interested in organized religion. I consider myself a recovering Catholic. It’s like being a recovering alcoholic—I’m never not one, I just don’t practice. It is hard to get past the brainwashing. I broke up with the Catholic Church because I shouldn’t be treated differently because I’m a woman. Neither should gay people for that matter. And sex isn’t a sin.


- I don’t believe in God or Jesus any more than I believe in Zeus and Hercules. They are stories that ancient people told.


- I get my news from NPR, The NYTimes, The Atlantic, and other online sources. I don’t watch network news because of its sensationalism. I definitely never watch Fox News, if you can call it that.


- I am centrist, but am forced to vote on the left because I think the right has gone off the deep end. I’d like to see balanced budgets with cuts made all around—leaving the departments to decide how to implement them—and tax loopholes removed. I’d love it if the government were more efficient, but I think they would have to hire smarter people first.


- Science is something you understand, not something you believe in. I understand the effects humankind has had on global warming and am trying to do my part to stop it.


- I’m a vegetarian. I’m not against people eating meat, but you should understand where meat comes from, the effect it has on the environment and have made your peace with it. I will occasionally eat meat when it is something special.


- Ignorance is never an excuse. I actually don’t believe in excuses. I try to own up to things I get wrong. If I’m late, it’s because I didn’t plan enough time to get where I was going.


- I believe in becoming friends before lovers. In other words, I’m not interested in making out with you or going home with you on a first, second, or third date. I am a long-term, Wall Street investment, not a Vegas slot machine.


- I don’t believe in having sex as often as you brush your teeth. I enjoy sex and I don’t want to go weeks without it if I’m in a relationship, but if you are unable to go weeks without it, I’ll never trust you when we are apart.


- Speaking of brushing your teeth, I go to the dentist every six months and appreciate good teeth. It is hard to kiss someone with bad teeth.


- I never want to be in a situation where I question getting an abortion, but if I do, I want safe, legal choices.


- I have shot guns before. I don’t own any and have no interest in being with someone who does. I’m a firm believer that the pen is mightier than the sword. And the people I know who own guns are usually the most mentally unstable people I know.


- I am a feminist, but I won’t balk at a little chivalry like holding the door open for me.


- I don’t like country or rap music. I will tolerate it in small doses, but don’t expect me to grow to like it.


- I have worked hard to get where I am and I expect you to have as well. Ambition is a turn on.


If you got this far and laughed because you feel the same way, then keep reading. ;-)


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