Archive for April, 2012

Cooking for the Week Ahead: April 22, 2012

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

So this is the wrong week to try and get back into a schedule, despite finishing up finals this past Friday.  I’m going to Columbia, Missouri on Tuesday and won’t get home until late Thursday night.  I will avoid talking about how angsty I am at leaving my boys–because that is another entry, best written when I’m drunk and alone in a hotel room in Missouri.  Wait, what?  Anyway.

I did end up making some meals for Lars so that he and Bjorn wouldn’t have to think much about dinner while I was gone.  And by “making some meals” I mean “I made taco meat and re-enforced that he should eat the leftover chicken tikka masala”.  So that’s what’s on tap for this week.  Otherwise I will be eating out at fine dining establishments in the Memphis Airport (apparently Lenny’s subs is awesome?) and the college town of Columbia.  Next week, though.  Count on it.

I did cook, as previously mentioned, for my HBHE 651 class as a kind of “gimmick” if you will, for our presentation.  We made a zucchini bread recipe from the Mayo Clinic and it wasn’t half bad.  In fact, I dare say, it was good!  I would make it again.  Next time, I won’t underbake the second loaf. LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING WHEN YOU BAKE BREAD, OKAY?

Getting an 'A' 101...Or how I learned to bake zucchini bread for a program development class.

Picture Post

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

We’ve been so horrible about sharing photos these past few months.  That said, I’ve purged my iPhone of a couple select shots from this past month and here they are…Sorry some of them are a little blurry but you get the gist.

Bjorn rocking his Red Wings jersey at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings would end up destroying the Columbia Blue Jackets.

A (blurry) photo of Bjorn and Grandpa at Bjorn's first Red Wings game. I just love the way Bjorn is looking at him.

Spring showers make for great afternoons frolicking in the mud.  Bjorn exemplifies this with his buddy, Morgan.

More mud. (At Eberwhite Elementary)A quick trip to the Big House to see the Spring Game. Most important to Bjorn, the band was in attendance.

A hard week's work culminates in a trip to Old Town for some libations for all ages.

Replacing one vice with another...after Old Town, we walk to Washtenaw Dairy for some "delicious ice cream". Bjorn and Morgan kept each other company by holding hands on the walk back.





On the other side

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Allergies kicked my ass this spring. We’re finally on the other side (hopefully for the foreseeable future!) and I can now get back into a routine. What that routine may be, I have no idea. I’m done with finals on Wednesday and then next week I’m off to Missouri for my first meeting for the new research project I belong to. These two nights away from Bjorn will be the longest I have ever been from him and it will be hard. The anticipation of leaving is already eating me up. I never thought I would get to be this bad.

Bjorn has been high-larious these past few weeks. The things that come out of that boys mouth! He has also become somewhat obsessed with Ballet, the Red Wings, and Dvorak’s 9th Symphony (he ‘doots’ it).

The other day we were hanging out in the living room and he just gets up and tells me “bye bye mama!”. I asked him, “where are you going?”. He replies, “to play hockey! with the red wings!”. Then he proceeds to walk towards the door. You buy a kid ONE red wings jersey and they think they’re part of the team. Its adorable. Kind of ready to embrace being a hockey mom. Kind of.

One of these days I’ll post some photos.

We have been cooking. All things I’ve posted before and don’t require too much effort. However, I did make a brand new recipe for a party I went to on Saturday night. Our friend Joe hosted a dinner and asked for me to bring an appetizer. Now–I LOVE appetizers, but I’m always horribly uncreative at cooking or providing them. Coupled with a shortage of time and this caused a great deal of stress (I believe an assortment of cookbooks are strewn across my bedroom floor). Anyway–I don’t really have a “go to” appetizer so was on a frantic search to find something that would be suitable for a gay man’s party. A tall order.

Enter Smitten Kitchen. I found this great recipe for Olive-Artichoke Crostini  (its especially great if you love green olives and artichokes–which I do!). Slices of baguettes and a delicious spread. Can’t go wrong. The only thing I wish I had done differently was chop up some parsley to sprinkle on top for coloring.

This upcoming week I’ll be trying a new recipe for a school project.  That’s right.  We are working on a nutritional intervention for type 2 diabetes prevention among adolescents–and our presentation involves feeding the audience a Mayo Clinic endorsed zucchini bread.  I know, right? Will keep you posted on if this tastes like cardboard.  I will beta on Bjorn and, let me tell you, he is a man of discriminating tastes.

Anyway–have friends coming over to bake tomorrow.  Best school project ever.