Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I just finished reading One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell. Now, this book is not new. It was published in 2008. Full transparency: I think I bought this book in 2008 and am just now getting around to reading it six years later. And so is my life! Full of good intentions. I have a bookcase full of unread books and in following with making 2014 my year, I've challenged myself to read as many books that I own as opposed to those that I now buy on my ereader.
I digress! Let's just say that I had high high hopes for this book. Even though I never read the Sex and the City books, like every other thirty something woman out there, I loved the TV series (season 5 is my favorite, by the way). The author's witty bantor in Sex and the City is what drew me to read this novel. I thought that would be the case in "One Fifth Avenue." Unfortunatley, it wasn't.
The book took me a bit to get into. I'm someone that gets lost in a book that I like, ie "The Light Between the Oceans," "Gone Girl," and "Something Blue" (have to show a well rounded list!). What I'm not a huge fan of is a book that has too many characters to keep up with. One Fifth Avenue is about the occupants of an extremely high end building in New York City so obviously there were plenty of characters to get to know. I just wish there weren't as many. I found myself getting attached to certain characters, like Billy Litchfield, and just wish he was brought up more often.
What I did like was how this book gave the reader a behind the scenes look at the New York elite. It's a true tale of the grass is not greener on the other side and I did find it refreshing that Bushnell played that notion up in the novel.
So I didn't hate it, but didn't love it. I think if it was a bit more Bushnell-esque with the sarcastic and quick humor it would have been a love it book.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I like to give myself little challenges, ie my current FitBit challenge with my coworkers. It keeps life interesting :). My newest challenge involves working through my stack of cookbooks. It’s so easy to buy a cookbook with the best of intentions, cooking maybe a couple of dishes then let it collect dust for a decade. This was the exact case with my "College Vegetarian" cookbook that my mom bought me for my new place after college (she had little hope for my cooking skills back then!). Since I'm in my (early!) thirties now, I'm a bit more confident in my cooking attempts. I do tend to cook the same thing day in and day out so I gave myself the challenge of cooking one new recipe a week from my cookbooks - ultimately making my way through all them. I even write little notes (like hated it, didn't use this spice, etc). I thought I would share my cooking attempts on the blog.
First up: Bean & Tomato Pasta
Adapted from "College Vegetarian Cooking" by Megan Carle and Jill Carle
Here's what you'll need for 2 serving:
Can of butter beans
Can of roasted tomatoes (the recipe calls for fresh tomatoes, I'm cheap)
1 Tsp. chopped garlic (used jar instead of cloves, just as good)
1 cup whole wheat pasta
Salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese for seasoning
Step by Step:
1. Rinse your beans then drain for a good 10 minutes.
2. Add 1 Tbl. Olive oil to a frying pan and sautée the tomatoes. Meanwhile, boil water and cook your pasta - this dish comes together fast!
3. Add in the butter beans and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.