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by Patricia on January 8, 2010 · 5 comments

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Aren’t leeks pretty? I love the colors and the concentric circles… kind of like Nature’s tie dye.

  • Remember I had all of that butternut squash? Well, I tried a recipe from Molly of Orangette for a warm butternut and chickpea salad with tahini. It was really good. Dan went back for a second helping. We had it tonight with a fried egg on the side for a little extra protein. Yum. Also, don’t forget the cilantro… it adds a nice balance to the flavors (I almost skipped it because I didn’t have it on hand, but made a quick trip to pick some up and am so glad that I did).
  • Do you use reusable grocery bags? If so, good for you. I have a stack of them and use them religiously (most of the time). I came across this article on lifehacker today and now I am paranoid. Oy ve. Do you wash your reusable bags? If so, how often? I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t washed most of mine. They are mostly the recycled plastic-y bags or other funky material (a la the $0.99 bags at Trader Joe’s) so I’m not sure you can wash them in the washing machine. Anyway, apparently we should all be washing our bags all the time because of germs. Ick. This makes me wonder if I should phase out those plastic-y bags in favor of cotton canvas which can easily be thrown into the laundry. Hmm.
  • I’ve been saving my Christmas cards for a few years now with the intent to reuse them in some crafty way though I was never quite sure how. Thanks to the Long Thread, I believe I’ve found my answer: holiday gift tags. Just think, you don’t have to buy any new gift tags and they are super cute to boot.
  • This recipe cheat sheet is perhaps the single best idea I’ve seen on the internet and I wish I had thought of it first. But alas, I saw this on Amy Karol’s fantastic blog (angry chicken) long before I had a blog of my own. All of your favorite recipes in shorthand on a single piece of paper. How clever is that?

{ 5 comments }

1 delaïdo January 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

While I was living in France, I discovered this delicious vegetable at the market called ‘poivrons.’ I loved them. I bought them every week; they were inexpensive and delicious.
The following year I moved to the UK and began looking for these poivrons. One day, at the market, I spotted them but the sign on the cart said “LEEKS.” This whole time I had been fooled into eating this horrible thing called a leek and I had had no idea.
Today I’ll openly admit it: I LOVE LEEKS! And your photo reminds me how much I love them and how long it’s been since I cooked with them.

2 Michelle January 10, 2010 at 5:45 am

Oh, you would be so happy if you made the switch to canvas shopping bags. Seriously! Not only can you wash them, but they hold soooo much more than those plastic bags and they never break or crush your groceries. Make the switch… you’ll be glad you did.

I enjoy the recipes at Orangette too. I haven’t tried this one, but it sounds yummy. Have you read her book? It’s awesome.

3 Patricia January 10, 2010 at 9:04 am

I have read A Homemade Life. It was one of my favorite books of 2009. Molly writes so beautifully.

4 Ashley January 9, 2010 at 8:32 am

I love your links list! And yes I am mesmerized by the leeks and their patterns. Everyone’s tried that butternut squash/chickpea thing – I really must make it soon. I love the Christmas card idea! So simple and awesome. I’ve never washed my reusable grocery bags, probably should. Though I checked out the article and I don’t think it’s as bad as it sounds. For example, if you have a clean bag then put fruit/veggies in it just one time, you’re likely to leave some yeast/mould behind. And of course the bags will have some level of bacteria. We’re covered with bacteria so us just touching the bags will cause that! Okay sorry for my rant about microorganisms. ;)

5 Patricia January 10, 2010 at 9:04 am

I know I probably don’t need to worry too much about the germs, but the article struck me because it never really occurred to me. I mean, I wash my clothes and dishes and everything else… but reusable bags? I can’t see washing the bags after every use as the article suggests but at least I’ll think about it once in a while now :)

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