I’m cooking my favorite comfort food for a friend, even if its still 85 degrees outside. I’ve been ready for roasted ot vegetables, soups and stews since school started but So Cal weather isn’t cooperating. I had the pleasure of making dinner for another family who’s oldest just underwent some pretty extensive knee surgery, I have a soft spot for her because I too had a similar surgery but instead of fixing mine when it happened, I waited 10 years. Spring Break, 1991, final semester at college. Looking back that was not a decision I would not make lightly again. I completely derailed my studies by failing to finish college. Anyway let’s just say my ACL surgery was life altering so I wanted to help.
My favorite favorite favorite fall recipe from Gourmet Magazine (2001) Boeuf Bourguignon, that’s fancy for Beef Stew.
Don’t skip on any of the ingredients, trust me on this one, including those teeny tiny boiled onions. Bonus if you can find pre-cubed stew meat. I browned 4 lbs of it that day.
These are the carrots we pulled from the ground at Tanaka farms last week.
I even busted out the bread maker. My 8 yr. old said “WHAT IS THAT?!?!” if that give you any idea of how long its been. I used a box mix, set it to Regular Loaf and a couple hours later – perfection. King Arthur Vermont Cheddar Mix I heard it was a winner.
I didn’t have enough to make two loaves so I made focaccia using King Arthur’s Italian Style Flour . Not bad for my first attempt, I had a flat area that don’t poof. Hmmmm… My kids also din’t like the coarse salt and picked it all off. Sheesh. I loved the salt personally. Mopped up EVOO and Balsamic perfectly.
I have my birds with me today as I wear my feather in a bottle, thanks Deb. I’m wearing a jacket I picked up during a Target run. I call it my woobie because I practically sleep in it.
Next day I mailed off 2 rolls from week 41. I hope these aren’t all totally blown out. I’m using two labs right now, one local and TheFind out in Utah. Everyone seems to have their favorite but I’m still in what I call the “courting” stage.
our youngest employee turned 21, that means only ONE thing in my book ..
Sidecar Donuts has not only donuts like maple bacon, they serve Stumptown coffee and spin vinyl.
The office took him to the season opener game. DUCKS 2 Minnesota 1.
Late TONIGHT the new Foo Fighters series Sonic Highways premieres on HBO. I am BEYOND STOKED because this means NEW MUSIC aaaaaaaand NEW SHOWS! It’s been three long years since I last saw them live, the same night I got to shoot them for 3 songs. I will never forget that moment of taking a deep breath, closing my eyes while chanting to myself “this is just another band, this is just another band… calm the *&^! down Lindsey…” and then it happened … stomach churning I grip my insanely heavy 400 mm zoom, I check the ISO, the music starts I can feel the guitars rumbling through my chest. I look up and I see a flash of turquoise, here we go …. a mop of shiny brown hair heaves from side to side, front to back revealing a mouthful of chicklet sized teeth. The only thing I could think of was that my lens was not going to be fast enough for Dave. You can see some of the photos here >>portfolio/projects/foo
I was also asked to share another favorite Foo Fighter show moment on The Jet Set Family – you want to relive a show? check out this collection of short stories… Foo Fans you will love this compilation and its OPEN for contributors so share your favorite moment with Nic.!
The show is incredible, I was blown away. Honestly I thought OK, here we go this is going to be one huge promofest but you know what? It wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be. Instead its a look at the Foos beginnings, who influenced them and how a city’s roots reflected a certain sound. Finely detailing the emergence of rock and roll and its brotherhood of cross culture sounds. They weave the musical history with stories and sounds in these recording studios along the way. In the very last few minutes your payload is dropped and all the accumulative work comes together in one masterful sonic piece. I got a chill (albeit not a metal one) from hearing the first couple notes of First Breath After Coma ( Explosions in the Sky) from The Earth is Not A Cold Dead Place (iTunes) begin to play as Dave begins to reflect on Chicago. Ironically it’s a piece of music from another weekly series I once was in love with, Friday Night Lights. Listen you’ll recognize that echoing sound. I played that song relentlessly, I would edit to it, write to it and just space out to it … and then one day as I layed down on my yoga mat (first time in five years) that song played and I knew I was right where I was supposed to be, like someone had dropped me an audio cue to let me know, you’re doing it right. I think that’s exactly what the Foo Fighters new album is all about, taking notice of all the cues.
Rock on and tune in tonight at 11pm PST. HBO.
Saturday, I messed around all day on the computer trying to organize photos, update my portfolio and finish a couple articles for a couple people, I feel a bit worn out to be honest. I feel like the whole blogging thing is starting to consume me too. Why can’t I just be OK with minimal effort on things. *rolls eyes* I’m so tired,. I plopped myself down on Super B’s bed late Saturday and watched him play online until I could not ignore the little one coughing from her bed, my kids have been sick for a while. Before I left he asked if we could go to breakfast. Hmmmm I thought that’s weird. Nice but still weird, wonder what he wants.
We make it out a little too late the next morning so lunch it is. My favorite spot R&D, 2 cokes, tuna for him, french dip for me and shoestring fries drizzled in truffle oil. And I wonder why I can’t button my favorite jeans anymore. We talked about colleges and and cars and how good Coke in a bottle tastes. I am going to miss him next year. I feel like things are going well right now for him. I hope there are no surprises coming up. I feel like we are in the homestretch of this college app thing. Seven more months and he’ll be 18.