Food & Drink

Pampered Chef

Pampered Chef apple peeler corer slicer

My friend Mai gave me a housewarming gift:  a Pampered Chef apple peeler/corer/slicer. It’s the best, and now I can easily make more of these. Pampered Chef makes pretty cool kitchen tools…so much so that I have a dedicated kitchen drawer for those things. I should probably host a kitchen show, huh?

December 31st, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Pampered Chef

Minnesota Christmas cookies

Frosted sugar cookies

My alter ego chef should be called The Midnight Baker. Some nights I have an extra surge of energy around 9:30 or 10pm, which was when I started making these sugar cookies for my coworkers. I may have purposely broken a few, for tasting purposes in the name of quality control, of course. Even the “rejects” passed, if I do say so myself.

December 31st, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Minnesota Christmas cookies

Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread (which isn’t really Amish) is like chain mail for your oven. A starter mix of yeast ferments and grows on your counter over 10 days. At the end, you bake a loaf  and divide the extra uncooked mix into three bags to give away to friends. Or you break the chain and bake multiple loaves. Done.

December 31st, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Friendship Bread

Alaskan White

Alaskan White

One from the Beer Series of photos, also including Mothership Monday and Summer Friday. I first ‘discovered’ this beer on my 2011 Alaskan vacation, and it’s now one of my favorites. Since my street name is the same as the city where it’s brewed, it’s even more appropriate to keep stocked in the fridge.

December 25th, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Alaskan White

Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds

Most people carve pumpkins in October, though my painted pumpkins lasted as decorations for two months. On December 1st, I finally decided I should finish them off before I finished putting up the Christmas tree.

December 25th, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Pumpkin Seeds


Thanksgiving Dinner

On Thanksgiving, the Curry’s have a unique family tradition that involves celebrating Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas cheer all in one day. The day began with a 3 mile Curry family Turkey Trot, this year in matching red logo T-shirts. My mom did a fantastic job with the table decorations in the new all-season patio, with a table each reflecting Thanksgiving, Christmas and Snowmen (January?) colors. A very filling dinner was followed by our White Elephant gift exchange and then Christmas desserts. And, I still had plenty of time to login online for the first Black Friday shift for work.

December 18th, 2012|Food & Drink|1 Comment


Wine corks

Wine corks…still debating whether this is a cool decoration or simply evidence of how much wine you’ve drunk.

December 4th, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Corks

Pumpkin Burger

Burger Pumpkin


The winning burger, er pumpkin, in the communications department’s pumpkin carving contest.

December 3rd, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Pumpkin Burger

Dinner Mashup


Tonight’s dinner was an edible mashup of my recent resume: Wrigley’s gum, McDonald’s Premium Chicken Salad & fries, and Target Wine Cube.

November 18th, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Dinner Mashup

Holá Arepa


More street food from the food trucks on Marquette Avenue. Today’s lunch was from Holá Arepa, makers of a Venezuelan sandwich featuring a flat, round, unleavened patty made of  cornmeal stuffed with meat and other garnishments. Estoy satisfecho.

November 15th, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Holá Arepa