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Dr Gourmet

Just thought I’d share a great nutrition website that I discovered a few days ago.  I’m somewhat addicted to Sirius XM satellite radio – in particular I love their “Doctor Radio” station, and there’s a great nutrition program on each week – last week’s guest on the program was Dr Timothy Harlan.

Dr Tim is a chef and MD, & so far I’m loving checking out his website at http://www.drgourmet.com as well as his associated blog at http://blog.drgourmet.com

There’s so much great stuff on both sites. Apologies for not being able to link up to the sites directly, but I’m having ridiculous problems figuring out how to do this for external links with WordPress. Actually, I’m having lots of problems with WordPress in general – although I much prefer its cleaner, crisper appearance, it’s definitely given me way more technical problems than Blogger did….despite the fact that I switched over here because of the technical issues I was having at Blogger!  Hehe! I’m doomed…….I’ll have to employ an IT specialist full time, I think…….

 

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Birthday Boy

I’m still having a hard time keeping up with additions here right now, although I haven’t forgotten it! My absence is mostly due to work commitments, combined with being away from home for best part of 3 days each week. And also partly due to my ability to procrastinate and maybe feel that I should “plan” my musings rather than just run with a new post by simply putting pen to paper.

But anyway, I thought I’d drop in and at least wish a very Happy Birthday to M for today! 

The Birthday Boy!

We had a fun weekend in NY, especially since the weather stayed unexpectedly dry for the most part. It’s been so horrendously wet here in New England this month, and across the northeast in general. Actually across many parts of the country, to be honest. I’ve heard lots of folk talking about how strangely wet their spring has been. It does all look beautifully green here though, I must admit. And I shouldn’t complain, because I fear we’ll go from this to “90 and humid” pretty much overnight sometime soon. And I dread that more than anything. The rain I can cope with.

Sunday afternoon was all about baking. I’d asked M: “Oreos or peanut butter?”, and I was given a long answer to a short question. Or actually, I really wasn’t given an answer at all! So I decided to hedge my bets and go for both. So I made a combination birthday cheesecake – half “chocolate and peanut butter”, and half “oreos”.

I’m not religious, but I did say a quiet prayer for my waistline upon completion of this creation! Later I cut it into the tiniest chunks for freezing too – that way we’re more likely to just grab a small piece for a treat, rather than be tempted to cut off and devour a slab the size of Rhode Island……..

Hope you are not too submerged this spring!

Emergence

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted anything. I’ve been through an exceptionally busy time at work, with lots of deadlines in quick succession. Combine this with some Exam Committee work that I do (that also has most of its deadlines for exam material submissions between March & May) & I have been left spending all my personal downtime trying to keep up on work-related projects, and just generally gasping for air – especially since my usual life routine of having 7 days a week to myself has been turned upside by spending  my weekends in another state! Not that I’m complaining about having someone nice in my life…..but I’m a creature of habit, & when my habits get knocked out of line, I’m not as quick as some to reach a new equilibrium!

But the good news is that I’ve survived my two busy months of deadlines, & I’m now trying to gradually restore some form of order & routine.

The other good news is that there’s a (seemingly) recovered hoarder in Watertown, NY! You may remember the original scene of carnage that faced me when M’s belongings arrived after his relocation.

The original crime scene - or part of it!

Well after many busy weekends of a constant cycle of “unpack, box up, itemize, donate”, we seem to have made great headway. I have to give M so much credit for how he has been willing to deal with his excess baggage. I must admit that in the beginning I had been devastated by the extent of the belongings he owned – mostly because of the “multiples” of everything that he owned, and the message that it all left me with. I thought I was going to be up against an uphill struggle for sure. But gradually, once he began to see that he didn’t really need multiples, or even much of the single stuff that he had….and when he began to see the benefit of donating (and receiving some tax benefit from it too)…..his mood lifted a lot, and he was extremely receptive to filtering everything. So much so that we’re now really only left with a small pile in the corner to sift through.

The last few stragglers….

So now we’re fortunate enough to be able to have more quality time together at the weekends, instead of just doing Box Patrol. And it’s really nice that our emergence from deadlines & boxes seems to be coinciding nicely with spring’s emergence too.

Last weekend as I drove into Watertown, I caught a glimpse of the Black River & did a double-take. It was the first time I’d seen that particular stretch without any covering of either snow or ice!

The Black River - minus the white!

Despite being overcast on Friday evening, we awoke Saturday to a beautiful blue sky with bright sunshine. And amazingly, no wind! It was too good to be true, and we decided to take full advantage of it, so after a leisurely late breakfast we took a drive into the Adirondacks region. Without the typical winds that we’ve become accustomed to up there, the water in all the lakes was scarily still, and the reflections were just beautiful.

The beauty of the Adirondacks region

M even put his cooking skills to use too – even though he’ll often organize breakfasts or lunches, usually I’m in charge of dinner.  So it was wonderful to have dinner cooked for me for a change! And it was delicious too.

Danger - Men At Work!

So there we are folks……emerging into a new routine in time for the spring! And I must admit that I’m loving the longer daylight hours we have now – although I don’t mind the winter and dark days, I am definitely more productive during the daylight, so I always get more accomplished when the days are longer.

How are you guys all enjoying the emerging spring?

My New Pad

Thanks for following me from my old place – I’ve been having a lot of issues with my old Blogger template & its formatting, & every new post seemed to take 3 times as long as expected to get it even vaguely presentable.

I’m not the most tech-savvy person, but I don’t think all the issues were operator-associated! So I’ve made the move over to WordPress in the hope that it’ll give me even a little less grief.  I’ve spend a ridiculous amount of time today trying to import things, & now I’m enjoying a celebratory glass of wine!

And to those of you who also use WordPress, please feel free to send any advice my way!

Here’s To Bacchus

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

It’s been a stressful time recently since M has not only had to relocate his life to upstate New York in the past couple of weeks, but he’s also been awaiting his final divorce settlement. The latter finally happened this past week, so it’s been a big relief to both of us. Even though it obviously wasn’t me going through it, I have been amazed at how it affected me emotionally too, just as the bystander. I don’t think I’ve ever personally known anyone going through a divorce before. Anyway, it was quite draining on me even, so I’m not only relieved for him that it’s over now & he can move on to the next chapter in his life, but also that I can kind of move on too.

I picked him up at the airport on Friday & we enjoyed some quiet time celebrating at home that evening.

 

We didn’t do anything of any real excitement on Saturday, but we did celebrate our first Valentine’s Day together – two days early, I know, but we won’t get to see each other then, so we fast-forwarded a little!

We’d talked about going out since M wanted to take me out for dinner, but then I suggested staying home & cooking, & eventually we decided on a fondue night. I haven’t done any fondue-ing for quite some time – I think the last time I had fondue was about 3 years ago for a birthday celebration. And I certainly haven’t played fondue-chef myself for maybe a couple of decades!


For Starters

We had a merry old time anyway – we started out with a wine-based, cheese & avocado fondue. I used Gruyere, Emmentaler & Comte cheeses, & that turned out delicious. If anyone is interested in trying it out, this was my simplified version of a few that I came across online:

– Mix 2 mashed avocadoes, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1/4 cup of sour cream
– Warm 1/2 cup of dry white wine, gradually add 1lb grated cheese, & keep stirring
– Gradually transfer in the avocado mix & continue stirring

Other herbs/spices can obviously also be added according to preference – garlic, black pepper etc. And you also add extra wine or cheese to the mix if you need it to be thinned or thickened. For dippers, we had beef, crusty bread & veggies, but naturally “anything goes” with fondue!

For Dessert:

When it came to dessert, I couldn’t resist a recipe that was shared recently by Mommie Cooks on her fabulous site. I love all things chocolate, & you just can’t beat Toblerone! Our dessert dippers included chunks of pineapple, melon & muffin! Delicious…..

We had a lot of leftovers since we were just a twosome for dinner, but I can assure you there will be no waste!