Friday, October 16, 2009

Fall is dragging me down

This isn't working for me. Although it shouldn't be a big surprise. Recently every time I put my pen down to write nothing comes out. Sadly, whatever does is such trash it just ends up getting tossed aside. It's probably the change in season. I'm no longer in my happy summer zone. Thank God I live in SoCal. It may not offer affordable housing, a booming job market or down to earth people but it's got great weather. How could I survive in a real winter when temps in the 60's drive me under the covers and to moody music?

I have 3 current things to rant about:

1. I want my latte!! I've been waiting for it for at least 15 minutes.

2. I want to push two middle aged women (keep your comments to yourself regarding my age) out of their chairs so that I can reclaim my rightful spot in the coffee shop.

3. People really need to stop carrying their pets around in oversize purses.

Wow, I really thought that belting this out would be hard but I guess my negativity is great for writing.

**Updates: they forgot my latte (really? didn't they see that I was suffering?) and the two old farts finally moved but I'm too settled to make the change (no comments about me being an old fart for not moving).

The coffee is really helping my mood. My eyes are still straining to stay awake but at least I'm not going to punch the annoying British guy initiating conversations with half the shop.

Ooouuuccchhh, I just choked on my coffee. Stupid coffee! Ok, so maybe my mood is only slightly improved. Baby steps.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Amazing Chicken Pot Pie (GFCF modifications included)

4 tbsp unsalted butter (GFCF: 4 tbsp vegan butter, such as Earths Balance)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
4 oz cremini or button mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
4 oz shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 tsp coarse salt
5 oz baby spinach
2 white potatoes, diced and parboiled
1 large tomato diced
3 cups (1lb) diced cooked chicken
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (GF baking flour)
2 1/4 cups chicken broth (select a gluten free broth)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp coarsely chopped rosemary
1 sheet pastry dough (instead with biscuits from a GFCF mix)

**All GFCF ingredients can be found at Whole Foods, Mothers Market and Henry's

Heat oven to 400F. In a medium pot parboil 2 white potatoes, peeled and diced. Cook until just tender, then drain and place in a large bowl. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 tbsp butter and olive oil, then add onions. Cook stirring just until soft, about 4 min. Add mushrooms and 1/2 tsp salt and continue stirring until softened, about 2 min. Gradually add spinach and stir until completely wilted, about 2 min. Transfer to bowl with potatoes. Add large diced tomato and chicken. Wipe skillet clean.

Whisk together flour, broth, lemon juice and 1/2 tsp salt and add to the same skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk until mixture is boiling and simmer until just thick, about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add to chicken mixture with 1/2 tbsp rosemary, then transfer to a 2-qt baking dish.

Top with pastry dough (or GFCF biscuits) brush with butter and sprinkle with rosemary. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 min. Let cool slightly before serving.

*This dish is simple and amazingly good. It might seem like there are a lot of steps but its really just a matter of cook down and mix.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Overload

Here's me over caffinated "OH MY PHONE IS RINGING" ...uh, negative Batman. Your phone is next to you ....silent. Still over caffinated, start talking in an Elmo voice to David and Fabrizio isn't even here. I'm losing it. My eyes are aching from being uber tired but my body and mind are racing in a really annoying way. I'm making up songs, dancing around, acting like a kid that needs ridalin. Now I'm alone and am just about ready to explode from energy overload. I have to say that I actually kind of like this feeling but I'm really not looking forward to the crash. Oh, that will probably be bad. Hopefully, it's when Fabrizio goes down for his nap. Yayyyy nap time. I might need to walk down to the coffee shop to reload if he decides he doesn't want to sleep. Oh no I'm totally rambling. My mind is racing, I'm misspelling so many words and this is taking forever to go over...here let me wirte withourt trgoing over mty workds to correct my se[elling. Oh thiats bad. I'm usually much better ate tyoing thatn this. Ok, thime to slooooowwwwww down for a second....not posihblleeerr fhd;lkjghdsfgube ai;ogh