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Protected: Under the weather.

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Protected: Sleeping alone: update.

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Lately I have been discovering all manner of awesome things that I really should have known about sooner, prompting me to feel like my life up until now has been a sham. It should be noted that generally, these discoveries tend to be food-related. I don’t think that I’ve talked about food much on this blog, which is strange, since my daily life is consumed with thoughts of what glorious things to make next. I think I worried about scaring you all off with my culinary psychoses. Now, however, the floodgates are open, so beware. Anyway, my recent discoveries include:

Mongolian hotpot. We went for the first time last weekend, and, uh, we now have plans to go again next weekend. Why did I not know about Mongolian hotpot? It is like fondue x 29082354093845093.

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The classic Martha Stewart mac and cheese recipe. I found it on Smitten Kitchen here, whipped it up last night, and feel like I wasted years concoting lesser mac and cheeses, never quite getting it right, when all along, Martha held the key to perfection. What wasted effort. I should have known.

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The possibility of curing our own meats. This past weekend, we got a pamphlet with our Saturday newspaper, full of holiday recipes that made use of Quebec maple products (as it was sponsored by the local maple industry). G. quickly narrowed in on the Maple-Cured Duck Prosciutto and I remembered that awesome local duck happened to be on sale at our nearby grocery store. This baby is now doing her thing in our fridge, and we are very pleased with ourselves. We feel like this is a way cooler treat to pass around during the holiday season than Christmas cookies (although if you are doing cookies, I implore you to try this chai shortbread recipe, found via Lake Jane, which is amazing–if you email me I will even translate it for you).

Homemade chipotle, courtesey of my favourite little Mexican cafe/grocery store, right by my house. They just started pickling their own, and it’s the first time I’ve cooked with chipotle not out of a can, and…wow. I love you, homemade chipotle. I don’t have photos of the smoky peppers themselves, but here is the shop’s beautiful Day of the Dead display from a few weeks ago:

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Getting off my lazy bum, actually planning menus for a given week, and therefore making grocery shopping that much more efficient. I know that most of you learned to do this within weeks of moving out of your parents’ homes, but I literally started making grocery lists off of planned menus (with lots of wiggle room, because G. and I are slaves to our cravings) a couple of weeks ago. And dude, I get it. It not only means that I don’t have to run to the grocery store every second day and be stupidly wasteful, but it’s kind of fun! I get to look forward to yummy things, instead of getting hungry every evening and then inevitably rooting through the fridge/pantry to come up with ideas. I’ll see you tomorrow, chicken tagine with tomatoes and almonds! (Recipe from this book, which I cannot recommend enough. Seriously. Buy it. It is amazing. I would marry Claudia Roden if she’d have me.)

People, what else have I been missing?

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