Thursday, January 18, 2007

No Kitty, that's MY pot pie!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Gnocchi with Pesto and Chicken Sausage, Garlic Toast

Lest you think I come home from work on a chilly January evening and start rolling the dough and grinding the basil, I must give credit to my friend Trader Giotto. Without him, this meal would not have been possible.

As I'm writing this, I hear a commercial for the LIMITED TIME ONLY JUMBO SHRIMP SPECTACULAR at Red Lobster. Any takers? Lobster Goddess? Time to live up to your name or what?

Monday, January 15, 2007

Since 2007 is THE WINTER OF COOKIES...

These Molasses-Spice cookies are good, but not GREAT. They would make good "bread" for ice cream sandwiches.

This vegetable-barley soup, on the other hand, was AWESOME. Dish it up with a dollup of prepared pesto, and it's good to go. Want to try some? There's a huge vat leftover in my freezer. And yes, Lobster Goddess, it contains ZUCCHINI. Mmmmmmm.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ok, is just about the coolest website ever. Well, ok, it's no Chowhound, but it's good.

After having a day of feeling semi-disgruntled at work, I was spending my T ride thinking about what my absolute ideal jobs would be. And here is what I came up with:

1. Read manuscripts of novels and offer my thoughts to the authors. Of course I would do this in a cozy office outfitted with a comfortable chair and ottoman with a small desk in the corner for when I needed to check my e-mail and surf the net.

2. Own a children's book store like the one Meg Ryan's character owns in You've Got Mail, but of course have enough trusted staff members that I didn't have to work from 6 am to 10 pm or work on weekends.

3. Food Critic. 'nuff said.

4. Own some other kind of fun store.

5. Online advice columnist. Like, say, if people came to this blog to ask my advice and opinion on anything under the sun, I would give it to them.

6. Teach Jr High/High School English or History to intelligent, mature, attentive, particpatory students.

7. Get paid to study social/cultural trends and their impact on society at large.

8. Work for a wealthy charitable foundation deciding who gets the grant money.

9. Do my current job, only within a more defined framework.

10. Waitress at Sambos.

What do you want to do?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

So far in 2007 I've read two new books and eaten at two new restaurants.

Year of Wonders, by an author whose name escapes me at the moment and I'm too lazy to get off my ass and look at the book, but she also wrote March, is a fictional account of a remote village in 1660s England that decides to quarantine itself when a case of the plague shows up via a bolt of cloth from London. The premise was interesting, it is apparantly based on a real story, but it was something of a slow read.

Marley and Me, by John Grogan, is this year's Tuesdays with Morrie. Or Chicken Soup for the Soul. Or insert other medicore sappy memoir here. If I didn't have an unnatural obsession with all things labrador retriever I don't think I would have made it past the first 20 pages. But since it IS about a goofy, cute dog I read it in about 24 hours, while constantly sharing Marley's silly antics with The Dude. I can't really say I ENJOYED Marley and Me...reading it was the literary equivalent of eating one of those giant popcorn tins that show up around the holidays. They don't really taste THAT good, yet you cannot stop eating.

As for restaurants, I enjoyed both Maccu Piccu Peruvian restaurant in Union Square, Somerville, and Todd English's Tuscany at Mohegan Sun. Maccu Piccu was a little heavy on the salt and starch, but good flavors and fried plantains! Todd English's Tuscany was basically Olives with a slightly less adventerous menu. Tasty, but would have been even better served with a side of actually WINNING at the casino. Oh and I also had a tasty burger for lunch at a nondescript casual restaurant at the Sun. Perhaps next time the Duchess of Oysterville will join me there.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Wondering what I've been up to for the past month? Take that, Martha.

Chocolate-Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

Gingerbread People

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Cookies in Boxes

Completed Boxes

Monday, November 20, 2006

Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl this year. Since I know you read my blog whenever the 56K connection up in the North Pole allows you to, I thought I would mention a few holiday gifts that I might enjoy.

1. You can check out my wish list at

2. You can visit and buy me some new wine glasses, since I seem to be on a rampage of breaking mine. I like the "gala" style in "balloon goblet" shape. They're larger than the glasses I have now, for more efficient boozing. Six of them would be very nice.

3. You could visit and buy me either the Rossignol Startline Cargo / Travel Bag or the Salomon Weekend Travel Bag

4. You could get me a big honkin' gift card to Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Filenes Basement, Lord & Taylor, or Macys. Or all of them.

Thanks Santa. Say hi to the Snow Meiser for me.

Love, Clownstyle

And to any of you readers who think it's shameless to use my blog post what I want for Christmas, you can suck it. Or you can buy me a gift. The choice is yours.