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2008 Archives

Uh Oh

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 29, 2008 at 10:38am

Well.  Nothing will bring a days-long holiday celebration back ’round to moderation faster than a stomach virus.  BAM.  So long caviar, hello saltines.  So long fish soup with croute and rouille, hello baby sips of water.  So long comfy bed, hello toilet.  (Sorry.) So long 2008, hello 2009.  Hmmm, a seemingly inauspicious start to the…

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We’re Still Celebrating…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 27, 2008 at 12:36pm

Holidays still going strong here at the Levy Hacienda…  Let’s see, we’ve pretty much been celebrating since Sunday when my bro and sis David and Etta accidentally arrrived – flying from NYC to Billings, MT, through Minneapolis, they missed their connection and couldn’t secure another flight until Wednesday morning.  Woo hoo!  Well, not for them,…

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Merry Christmas!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 25, 2008 at 7:00am

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Merry everyone!  (Sigmund, our beloved dog, is no longer with us, but we think about him a lot at Christmas, especiallly when we trim the tree.  He wasn’t a cookie-stealer, but he was definitely a tree-hazard with his long tail.) (Portrait by my sister Stacey E. Meyer.)  Hope you (and…

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Leftovers

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 17, 2008 at 6:48am

I’m too fickle to cook very far ahead – I mean, I can eat most things for two days max, then I have to move on.  Not to mention many dishes taste pretty tired the next day (pastas, pizzas, lettuce salads, fish).  But beef works, and is often improved with a day or two of…

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 15, 2008 at 10:36am

The tree is finally trimmed – it’s a Christmas miracle!  I can’t believe how slowly I’m warming to Christmas this year, it’s bad for even me.  I’m getting there, I’m getting there, and even enjoying the process.  A little.  I’m trying my best to embrace the moment – the scent of the tree, the beauty…

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Inspiration

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 7, 2008 at 10:47am

For a lazy Sunday’s browse, here’s what’s cooking/opening around the web… Dear Dara reports that Turtle Bread’s long awaited venture in Linden Hills, Tosca, is in the process of opening. Sassy Radish fries lovely, crispy, perfect latkes – Holy Hannukah! Smitten Kitchen concocts a crave-worthy, hearty cabbage soup that I can’t wait to try. Use…

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French Onion Soup

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 6, 2008 at 6:18pm

Good on a cold Saturday night. And not nearly as decadent as it looks – onion broth, dry croutons, and a slice or two of Gruyere cheese. That’s it. Enjoy. French Onion Soup Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child Serves 6 1 ½ lbs. or about 5 c. of thinly…

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One Cold, Blustery, Thursday Night…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 5, 2008 at 11:49am

John and I had plans to hit Grand Cafe for dinner last night, but a serendipitous end-of-day exchange in the copy room of Henson & Efron changed all that.  Instead we were invited to dine a la chez Williams, with Debbie and Stu the Wine Genius, and we gratefully accepted.  I threw together a quick…

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More Food Styling 101

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 2, 2008 at 4:07pm

OK, so this latest assigment (for the online food styling class I’m taking) was to prepare a meal, then plate it/prop it three different ways. I seared a few pieces of salmon, made a quick couscous, and used sauteed red onion rings, chopped raw red onion, and dill for garnish. I’m hitting myself that I…

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More Back to Basics

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 1, 2008 at 3:10pm

I don’t know about you, but I feel basically rotten if I’m not regularly exercising outdoors.  Inside is fine for certain activities (a pilates class, for instance) and for crummy-weather days. But on a weekly basis, if I don’t get out at least 2-3 times, my energy and mood suffer (just ask my family, eek)….

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