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Swinging Through Tuesday

January 5, 2011

Hello, hello! Did you have a good Tuesday? 

Mine involved reuniting with this sweet face:

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Talk about a swinger!

She loved the swings, but she was a little less sure about going down the slide with Ryan:

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I don’t blame her.

As you can see, we took a trip to the park.  We also worked in a trip to Jefferson, Texas, a small town about forty minutes away from Shreveport.  Jefferson is teeny tiny, and basically has three or four antique stores, a few cute restaurants and bakeries, and some really pretty old Southern houses.  It’s not big…but there’s a lot to explore!

I actually contained myself pretty well at the antique stores—I guess I kind of knocked myself out when we were in Seattle.  But, I did find these fun vintage Good Housekeeping cookbooks.  I love old cookbooks…the recipes aren’t always vegetarian-friendly (Jellied Beef Terrine, anyone?), but they sure are fun to look at!

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Plus, the cookbooks I found are illustrated, and the pictures are a hoot:

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“It’s always martini o’clock in my kitchen!” 

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“I don’t care if June Cleaver serves her meals with a smile.  Just eat your damn peas.”

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“Going to market is always more fun with a stylish hat and Vicodin!”

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“Nothing like flipping burgers to keep the old homosexual desires at bay!”

…Those are my interpretations, anyway.

Moving on.  Dinner tonight was easy and delicious.  My mom made zucchini cakes which we pan-fried in a bit of olive oil.  While she was working on the cakes, I cooked up a simple Mediterranean-inspired tomato sauce with onions, garlic, green bell pepper, kalamata olives, and diced tomatoes, all simmered down with a healthy glug of red wine. 

We served the cakes with white cheddar, on top of the sauce and a big mound of couscous.  It was kind of Italy meets Greece meets India…in the best way possible.  🙂

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Yum!  This was the perfect meal for a relaxing night at home. See you tomorrow, friends!

31 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2011 4:17 am

    Look at those blue eyes!

  2. January 5, 2011 5:09 am

    Adorable pics, beautiful eyes! Old cook books are fun, I love flipping through my moms.

  3. January 5, 2011 5:27 am

    What a fun looking book!! My mom would just love something like that 🙂

  4. January 5, 2011 5:55 am

    your burgers look perfect..love the culture “meetup” greece meets india

    and sophie..is gorgeous. and getting more so with each day!!! 🙂

  5. January 5, 2011 11:34 am

    She seriously may be the cutest baby ever.

  6. January 5, 2011 12:31 pm

    Sophie is beautiful! Those books are awesome! I love the illustrations! I swear I would get in so much trouble shopping with you!

  7. January 5, 2011 12:59 pm

    Sophie’s eyes are incredible… and you cookbook illustration interpretations are spot on! (I should add that I also always think it is martini o’clock. Something wrong with that?!)

  8. January 5, 2011 1:02 pm

    what a cutie! Those blue eyes- amazing!! The zuch cakes look so yummy. I made something like this a while back and now I want to make them again.

  9. January 5, 2011 1:13 pm

    Sophie is the cutest!! Her eyes are just gorgeous!

  10. greensandjeans permalink
    January 5, 2011 1:22 pm

    I would be hard pressed to find a baby more adorable than she is. And that picture of her going down the slide with Ryan? Priceless.

  11. January 5, 2011 1:41 pm

    Sophie is doll and those pictures are fantastic. Zucchini cakes sound so tasty – I haven’t made any in eons. By the way, not sure why, but your comments are hitting my Intense Debate spam folder. I’m not even getting a notification. 😦

  12. January 5, 2011 1:44 pm

    Hahahaha I love old cookbooks too…my mom found a bunch of old ones for kids when going through the attic and I had a big ol’ laugh at those…and ones from the 80s? Wow…

  13. January 5, 2011 1:45 pm

    Oh my gosh- those eyes! Sophie is the cutest baby ever. Seriously!

  14. January 5, 2011 2:15 pm

    awwww sophie! and those zucchini cakes look delicious! I’ve been OBSESSED with zucchini lately. Cant get enough!

  15. January 5, 2011 3:12 pm

    oh, that FACE!!! i love sophie… 🙂

  16. January 5, 2011 3:25 pm

    So cute, those eyes! She will be a heartbreaker some day.

  17. Kelly permalink
    January 5, 2011 3:27 pm

    I am seriously in love with Sophie!!

  18. January 5, 2011 3:56 pm

    those cakes look fab!

  19. JenATX permalink
    January 5, 2011 4:30 pm

    we were both in Texas at the same time! Although since this state is so huge that barely means anything haha. But since Jefferson sounds kind of cool, I’ll remember it next time we roadtrip in that area

  20. January 5, 2011 9:54 pm

    I think you need a Sophie tab at the top of your page, full of pictures of her. That face oughta be in pictures. SO ADORABLE!!

  21. thehungryscholar permalink
    January 6, 2011 12:20 am

    I think this may be one of my favorite posts. I like that first picture, especially!

  22. January 6, 2011 1:27 am

    Those zucchini cakes look so good, I haven’t made those in forever. You’ve inspired me now.

    I love your interpretation of those cookbooks hah.

  23. January 6, 2011 1:27 am

    Beautiful pictures of Sophie! Your captions are hysterical…and right on target!!!

  24. January 6, 2011 2:14 am

    omg she is a doll!!!! I just want to pinch her! I’ve never had zucchini cakes, they look easy and delish and I happen to have 2 sitting in my fridge…hmm.

  25. January 6, 2011 2:21 am

    Your captions are far better than anything a cookbook author could even think of. Maybe this should be a new weekly installment?? haha.

    On another note, I LOVE zucchini cakes but can’t make them too often or they will magically disappear!

  26. January 6, 2011 3:23 am

    That little girl is GORGEOUS! She has the most beautiful blue eyes – what a little treasure! Your interpretations are pretty spot on by the way lol 🙂

  27. January 6, 2011 11:44 am

    She is so cute!!! Gorgeous eyes!
    LOVE your interpretations!!! Hilarious!!!
    Your dinner looks bad ass incredible!

    Jen

  28. January 6, 2011 3:38 pm

    Jellied Beef? Barf. That sounds absolutely terrible. Gross, gross, gross!

    The zucchini cakes on the other hand – YUM-O!!!

  29. January 6, 2011 4:21 pm

    Wait! That sounds bad! Nephew is VERY CUTE!! Just under-photographed (or photos are under-posted) by you.

  30. Tess permalink
    January 6, 2011 9:28 pm

    Anna! Sophie is GORGEOUS! And so are your photographs. I’ve finally gone completely vegetarian, so this blog may very well help me. Are you thinking of putting together your own cookbook? Between your photographs and the wit I bet it would do very well. Anyway, miss you, and talk to you soon.

  31. January 12, 2011 4:27 am

    so funny–i was just thinking how sweet that girlie is and then i saw her name!!!!!!! 🙂 not a bad choice 😉 these look delish btw!

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