12.09.2009

Baby, it's cold outside!

I woke up to find this out my window.


It's officially winter! I don't know if I was exactly ready for it - kind of snuck up on me. But here it is. Chicago's gearing up for the first big winter storm of the season. Supposedly it's going to feel like -20 degrees outside tomorrow morning. I even fell tonight on the sidewalk. Don't worry, it was of course a very Robin-like fall - arms and legs everywhere, still trying to talk on the phone and not spill the entire contents of my bag.

Anyways, I've got some good things I want to blog about swimming around in my head. The goal this week is to try to get at least one up here. So far it's almost the end of the week and all I've posted about is snow and my graceful coordination while on my way down to the ice-covered sidewalk...but I haven't given up hope. And neither should you. ;)

12.02.2009

Cookin'

Wednesday's over! And I'm sitting here in my bed, clean sheets and clean me. Tonight it's supposed to snow for the first time this season, so I'm feeling extra cozy all bundled up with the windows shut and the radiators clanging away.

This week's been going at a steady pace - not too slow, not overly fast. One of my goals for this week is to not buy lunch or dinner, but to eat food I already have and can make at home. I made a big batch of chicken salad on Monday which has been getting me through the week's lunches. Today I had it in a pita pocket with sprouts and provolone. Yum. And last night I experimented....

You see, I hate wasting food that I buy and don't eat before it goes bad. Last week, I bought this big bag of whole wheat chicken-prosciutto ravioli. And I cooked them and hated them. But I had a ton left over! So I thought, "What stuff can I put on these to make them taste better so they all don't go to waste?" I figured the more stuff the better, and Ravioli Lasagna was born.

I layered the cooked ravioli in rows like lasagna noodles with pasta sauce, cheese (mainly mozz, but I had a little cottage cheese and grated pecorino and romano left, so I threw all that in there, too), and vegetables (I went to Whole Foods and got some amazing produce: zucchini, green beans, sugar snap peas, a big portobello mushroom, and even okra!) that were sauteed in olive oil, chopped garlic and onion, and some fresh rosemary and thyme. Anyways, after everything was all layered, I baked it and, barring a little spillover in the oven resulting in a, um, slightly smoky kitchen, it turned out pretty darn good.

So...my experiment was a success, and I think with all the leftovers, I should have no trouble reaching my goal for the week!