Sometimes you just have to laugh…

September 28th, 2009

On Sunday morning, I stumble into the kitchen for my morning coffee only to discover that my refrigerator door has been left ajar… In my groggy state, I stare annoyed at the spoiled milk… drink my coffee black… close the fridge tightly shut… and leave the house for my Sunday adventures…

Sunday night rolls around… I make a pb&h and continue to ignore the mess in the fridge… getting annoyed every time I open the fridge and the door refuses to shut… Monday comes and I call the maintenance department to let them know my fridge won’t shut properly… throw away everything that went bad…

The maintenance guy looks at the fridge for a few minutes and then, with a bemused smile on his face, shows me how the egg carton has gotten wedged in the door making it difficult to close unless you really slammed it hard…

honestly,  haha!

With school being so stressful and busy, there are moments when I’ve found, as many of my classmates would probably attest, you lose track of what is going on outside the law school bubble.  You become so absorbed in the competitive, workaholic environment that it is easy to forget other things… Thankfully, I have some wonderful friends and family who understand that and do a good job of keeping me centered but… When small things go wrong, such as the “broken” fridge, it reminds me that I need to laugh, not take life so seriously and remember that even though I’m in law school… I’m still allowed to have a little fun… occasionally… after my reading is done… haha!

Today I made the Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup from Giada’s Kitchen, which I won on a give-a-way from Debroah. The recipe is here. I halved it, adding an extra sage leaf. I made provolone grilled cheese to go with it. It was very good!  I’m going to submit this recipe to Joelen‘s Event,Tasty Tools, featuring Stock Pots.

My Chair Bread…

September 26th, 2009

A while ago, I stumbled across the Art House Co-op. They organize and exhibit co-operative art projects.  I decided to join the 10,000 project… 10,000 people are given a word and asked to interpret it.  Our word was CHAIR.  Well, after some thought, I realized that food is my art… so I came up with Chair bread using Cinnamon, Hazelnuts, Apples, Icing and Raisins… delicious!

My Chair Bread
(adapted from the Joy of Cooking)


3 tablespoon warm water
1 package yeast
1 cup warm milk
5 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and let sit for 5 min.
2. Add milk, butter, sugar, egg, salt and 2 cups of flour.
3. Gradual add 2 cups of flour until the dough is moist but not sticky.
4. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
5. Transfer to an oiled bowl and flip to oil the other side.
6. Let rise until doubled in size about an hour.
7. Roll the dough out into a rectangle and sprinkle with the CHAIR ingredients. Roll up the dough and place the seam side down into a greased 9 x 5 in loaf pan.
8. Let rise for another hour.
9. Preheat oven to 375. Brush with scrambled egg and bake for 40-45 minutes until the loaf sounds hallow when tapped.

Costa Rica: Mar y Sol

September 23rd, 2009

Oh, how nice it would be to go back to Costa Rica… sip a yummy fruity drink…sit overlooking a gorgeous view… eat delicious food…
Normally, I am not one for restaurant reviews but Juan and I loved Mar y Sol so much that we took a ton of pictures so I could blog about it… well, as I was putting this post together, I realized that I sort of forgot what we ate… I do remember it being amazing… so much in fact that Juan and I went two nights in a row…. there were just so many other things I wanted to try. If you are ever in Playa de Flamingo, it is definitely worth going too… a beautiful view and such delicious food!  The first night, Juan and I ate in the bar area overlooking the ocean.  We started with the drinks above that were fruity and yummy.  We were served a bread basket with some herb butter and tomato bruscettas… I may have eaten too much of the bread.  For the first course, we started with soup. He chose the lobster bisque with caviar and I had the gazpacho with avocado.
For our second course, we shared the tuna tartare with truffle oil and avocados… so delicious! Then, we shared the homemade salmon raviolis in a dill cream sauce… those were the highlight of the first night’s dinner… Wow!  I’m still drooling thinking about them…  at that point, I wanted to try the chocolate dessert but could not eat another bite… Juan being the amazing man that he is said… let’s come back tomorrow…

The second night, we started off with fancy drinks again this time sitting in the normal dining room overlooking the ocean and a little more romantic. I had a kir royale… then we tried the beef carpaccio…not wanting to fill up on bread… I tried to resist but I’m pretty sure I asked for more…  For my entree, I had the fish above… with a mango salsa, I believe… it was great!
Juan had this huge platter of seafood with a coconut-lobster sauce… he liked it…

Finally, we ended the night with the chocolate cake I had been eying and some coffee…which I ordered for us, after Juan coached me a bit on how to say everything correctly…  all the food was fabulous, the service excellent, the view beautiful, and the company, well, I’m sure you can guess…  wow, I would really  like those raviolis for dinner tonight…