Friday Faves

1) First and foremost, I would like to give a standing ovation to DayQuil and NyQuil…Couldn’t have gotten through this week without y’all.

2) This really neat infographic about the shelf life of food:

My roomie and I could learn a thing or two from this…haha. Our fridge is where produce goes to die 😦

3) This.

I LOVE Ina Garten and Barefoot Contessa, but I’ll be damned if homegirl doesn’t demand some straaange ingredients sometimes…

4) Leftovers. This will soon become an item on my list of least faves, I’m sure.


This was what was left over from my reception on Wednesday. I stayed an hour and a half after everyone left cleaning up, packing up leftovers, and dancing around listening to music and drinking leftover wine.

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We only had so many containers for leftovers, and the rest unfortunately had to be chucked. Looks like I’m having cheese + crackers + veggies + chicken skewers + meatballs for lunch for the next week!

5) These Posters

A Facebook friend of mine posted a link to his aunt’s Etsy site a week or two ago, and I am in heart with all of her printed posters! I especially love the idea of framing these two Beatles quotes next to each other. We don’t have ANY art in our apartment…I may have to make a purchase!

Have a great weekend!

Cherry Salsa, Two Ways

I have a bone to pick with major news outlets.

NBC is getting enough flack from most corners of the US during these Olympics, so I’ll leave them be…EXCEPT to mention that starting all the best sports at 10:30/11pm is way too late and you are totally running into my precious sleep time.

No, no. My beef is with news websites. I consider myself a pretty well-informed person: I follow many news channels on Twitter, and, thanks to the hounding of my favorite Global Studies professor in college, my homepage will always be set to CNN World. This week, I had to unfollow all those news sources and I am afraid to open my web browser!

Why would run “Breaking News” banners all over their site carrying an Olympic result that none of their West Coast viewers will see on TV for well over 9 hours?

This has happened to me two days in a row now, with both the men and women’s team gymnastics finals results. The first culprit was LA, while the other happened to be a “friend” on Facebook posting a New York Times article.

WTF mate? Double u, tee, eff.

To top it all off, I don’t usually even get to a TV until 9:30pm anyway, because I don’t have one at my apartment. So my days have been going like this:

11am: Have huge result of my FAVORITE SPORT get spoiled.
2pm: Watch replays online of what I didn’t get to see the night before
6:15pm: Get home from work; beg people to let me come over and hog their TV or to come with me to a bar and watch.
9:15pm: End up just waiting for T-Man to get off work and take me to his house or a bar
9:30pm: T-Man asks, “Are you really just going to watch the Olympics again?”
9:45pm: I turn on Olympics, and have missed most of it, so I spend 1.5 hours watching a sport I already know the results for.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Woe is me.


These salsas are what I made on Sunday, the one day that no results were spoiled for me. I sat in peace at home, scheming up ways to use up the huge bag of cherries I found on sale at Safeway, until I went to a bar with a friend and watched swimming and gymnastics competitions for which I did not know the result.

Aaaaaaand the cherry on top of a perfect day (hee hee, I made a punny)?  The salsas were delicious.

“Traditional” Cherry Salsa
Tangy, with flavors traditional to pico de gallo

1 cup cherries, chopped (measured after chopping)
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1-2 tbs cilantro, chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
jalapeno (optional)

Mix ingredients in a bowl and enjoy.

Cherry Salsa with Balsamic & Basil
Sweet, delicious warm or cold, with a punch of basil

1 cup cherries, chopped (measured after chopping)
~1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
5 large basil leaves, cut into strips (chiffonaded)

Put vinegar in a small saucepan at medium heat. I added just enough that the vinegar covered the bottom of the 6 inch pan. Once it starts steaming and slightly simmering, add 1/2 of chopped cherries and stir to coat. Turn down heat to low and cook until balsamic is reduced (probably not more than about 5 minutes).

Add to a bowl with remaining chopped cherries and as much basil as is desired. Add more basil for garnish if desired.

And someone get this girl a TV!

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Today = First day of Summer! Summer time = Fruit time.

Whether it’s smoothies, popsicles, fruit tarts, or even a juicy apple or peach as a mid-day snack, fruit is clutch in the summer.

One way I love incorporating fruit into my baking is by mixing fresh fruit juice with powdered sugar and covering all baked goods in sight with it. OK, so that’s an exaggeration. But after incorporating Lemon Shortbread Squares (which include a lemon glaze) into my yearly Christmas cookie rotation 2 years ago, I started looking for more citrusy baked goods.

After finding a recipe for some orange icebox cookies that were filled with coconut and covered with chocolate, I made some tweaks and thus was born my Orange Creamsicle Cookies.

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