November 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

There is this old story that we all know. It’s in our collective consciousness. It’s about soup; stone soup, to be specific. In the versions of the story that I know, this young traveler kid dupes an old lady into giving him a huge meal by convincing her that he has this awesome stone to make delicious soup. All she has to contribute is, you know, the whole soup. Whenever I cook soup, I kind of imagine that soup bones are like the stone in this story. They may help the story of the soup, but they are kind of just rhetorical. Maybe I feel that way because I have never cooked with them and don’t often knowingly consume soups cooked with meaty stocks, but I do know for sure that my soups are awesome and don’t need no stinking animal bones to rock. Plus it has always bothered me that this stupid punk traveler kid tricked an old, poor woman into making him a delicious soup, but again, I may just be deluded by some ignorant preconceptions. My point in all of this is that I love lentil soup, and I have a really easy recipe for it.

1 onion, diced

2 carrots, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 stalks of celery, diced

1 tbs rosemary

2 tbs soy sauce

16 oz lentils

8~ cups of water

Salt to taste

Sauté all the veggies until they begin to brown and then pour in the rest of the ingredients. Then just cook til the little lentils are tender! I ate this tonight along with roasted veggies and pasta. I just dressed some cute rotinis with basil, parsley, arugula and olive oil, salt and pepper. It was a super nice, easy meal for a cooooooooold rainy Pittsburgh day.


Eating Alone

November 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

can be fun! Lately I have been feeling a little bit sluggish and lazy when I think about just cooking for myself. I cook a lot at work and then when I try to plan out things to eat for myself, I never want to make anything more complicated than a sandwich. I cook sometimes with my friend Danielle. She’s only eating raw and I’m kind of vegan, so we end up cooking things that neither of us can eat for her boyfriend’s roommates or other people. It’s really fun, but I realized that I was making lots of food that I don’t like to eat and then feeling uninspired to make the foods that I do like to eat, so I thought, “I need to make a list of reasons why cooking for yourself is awesome!” Here it goes:

a.) You can make weird combinations that other people don’t like and you’d be embarrassed to eat in front of them, like hummus and relish sandwiches or vegan pizza with barbecue sauce.

b.) You can make lots of little things so there’s lots of variety in your diet!

c.) If you make a lot of something, you can pack it into little tupperwares to eat at lunch at work!

d.) If something you cook is gross, it is okay because nobody is eating it but you and there isn’t a lot!

e.) If something you cook is awesome, a friend might come over and say, “Hey! I want to eat with you!”

f.) There are fewer dishes.

g.) You can focus on food instead of conversation… just kidding! I can’t think of any more items for this list.

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