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spanish tortilla

This is a great brunch dish, and I’m lining up my arsenal of brunch, make-ahead, and feed-a-crowd dishes for the festive season. My other set of in-laws and one of my brothers-in-law are coming for Christmas, so we’ll be eating. A lot. And this recipe eats really well.

I’ve made quiches, but never a proper egg tortilla. This recipe was from the America’s Test Kitchen Skillet Recipes special edition magazine (it might also be in the Best Skillet Recipes book). I kind of loved the lack of crust, and the firmer-than-an-omelette texture. Also, I would say chorizo has been my other favorite ingredient this year (next to beef short ribs). I’m going to have to try this again and experiment with some other flavors, but this one was super delicious.

6 Tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil
1.5 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, quartered, and cut into 1/8″ thick slices
1 onion, halved and sliced thin
Salt and pepper
8 large eggs
4 oz. chorizo sausage, casings removed
4 scallions, thinly sliced

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Parisville Arrow Quilt

Other posts on this project: Parisville Quilt Pt. 1, Parisville Quilt Pt. 2, Parisville Quilt Pt. 3Parisville Quilt Pt. 4.

I so wish I’d taken better photos of this finished quilt, especially since I’ve been holding on to it since February 2013–which is when I finished it! My friend Kathy and I have birthdays two weeks apart, and that’s what this was originally for last February. I’ve seen her a couple of times since then, but we’ve either held off on exchanging presents or I’ve forgotten it completely. This is a testament to the kind of close friendships you can have in your thirties…you might not see each other as much as you see your friends in your 20s (we keep the love alive with snarky texts and Facebook comments), but you can deliver a gift almost two years late and still get hugs and love for it. We always pick up where we left off in the conversation.

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Smitten Kitchen grilled cheese

Hannah and I had lunch yesterday with my good friend Kathy, a music journalist who is just so fierce–I’ll be posting more about her in the new year when she starts popping up on my television regularly. We ate at Spuntino, home of the supremely yummy small plates and burgers and truffle fries. She told me I’d “finally” posted another recipe (that baked ziti). Her devotion to this little blog of mine earns her all of the hugs and a quilt that I just delivered. More on that later. In the meantime, here is another recipe. I fully believe in giving the person what they want…or something?

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baked ziti

Dishes like this are what cold weather is for. It’s what makes it tolerable. Cheese, tomatoes, pasta, plenty of leftovers or enough to share. This is such a great option if you’ve got a crowd to feed over a holiday weekend and are tired of the Christmas leftovers. I might even make this for Christmas Eve this year.

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hannah haircut

We cut Hannah’s hair a month ago, but I keep forgetting to post!

It was time, and I love the sassy little bob. She was constantly pushing hair out of her face, and she hated having her hair done in the morning. I love Adam to death, but he is not gifted at doing her hair. So on the mornings that he gets her ready so I can get to work, she looked a little rough. But still super cute!

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Fall articles 2014

Man, oh man, Fall. You’re a doozy this year. I bit off a lot–a new part-time teaching job, taking Hannah to 3 therapies a week, plus a HUGE feature that I worked on for 6 months. I just submitted it on Friday, so we’ll see how that goes down. It’s been so busy that I never posted about my other 2 magazine articles published this fall.

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applecranjam1

Last year in early November, with the very last remnants of my spoils from apple season, I made this fantastic jam for Thanksgiving. I gave jars of it to Hannah’s teachers at school the day before Thanksgiving break last year (but not this year, she was out sick with an ear infection the whole week). We served it at the table for the big feast. We served the last jar of it last week for Thanksgiving, and I still forgot to take photos of the jarred goodness instead of the giant pot of hot goop.

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November 2014 Outfits

I really don’t know what to say for myself here. I only remembered to take these photos for 2/3 of the month, and I wore completely identical outfits three times. This should give you some indication of the kind of month November has been.

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Thanksgiving 2014

I never remember to take photos at Thanksgiving, I don’t know why. This photo above was the only one I have of the food. We made classic turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. I roasted brussels sprouts. My mom brought sweet potatoes and rolls, my brother and his family brought pies and his macaroni and cheese with wheat pasta. My aunt brought the yummiest bean dip and green bean casserole. It was a group effort this year, and I really loved that.

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Hannah meets the Penguins

On Halloween weekend we had a great time at a sponsored event for the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar movie (which opens on the 26th). Adam and I took Hannah (in costume) and met up with other bloggers to hang out at the Bronx Zoo, see the movie, and spend the night at the Residence Inn. Check out my post about it on GeekMom today.

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