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Roasted Broccoli

8 Aug

I love watching the Olympics. Watching the Olympics has myriad benefits. For one thing, watching muscly, toned, healthy people compete starts to motivate me to workout and get fit. (“Starts” is the key word here.) Then as I watch eight of the best swimmers in the world compete for a gold medal by swimming as fast as they can, my heart beats faster in anticipation and a sort of nervous empathy. (Then, I think that since I’ve elevated my heart rate, that counts as a workout, and I can comfortably continue to sit and watch the Olympics for three more hours.)

I also feel really patriotic watching the Olympics. I can’t help but yell, “Go USA!” and I dig the red, white, and blue uniforms.

I don’t know if this roasted broccoli will make you feel patriotic, but it sure does taste magnificent. After roasting broccoli for the first time, I decided that this is truly the best and only way to cook broccoli. If any of you angrily disagree, try this recipe, and then get back to me. I’d love to find another way to cook broccoli that is as delicious and simple as this.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Chop your head of broccoli into small florets and scatter over the cookie sheet.

Toss with a generous amount of olive oil and stir to coat.

Chop about 4 cloves of garlic, and sprinkle the pieces over the broccoli. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Roast in the oven at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. You’ll know the broccoli is done because some of the tiny pieces will be completely brown and the larger pieces will be brown only on the tips.

Garnish with the grated lemon peel and the juice of one lemon. Serve immediately or keep warm an oven of 275 degrees F until ready to serve. Best when eaten on day 1. (more…)

Easy Peasy Burritos

11 Jun

Men say they hate shopping, but I don’t buy it.

Have you ever been to an auction? At all of the many  three auctions I’ve been to, I’ve found that there is a disproportionately high ratio of men to women.

You can tell the men are excited to be there, examining the goods and trying to outbid each other. I was trying to figure out why men like auctions more than traditional shopping, and I’ve come up with an explanation: “competitive shopping.”

Maybe regular clothes shopping isn’t exciting enough for most guys. It’s slow-paced and generally friendly; there’s not a clear-cut winner. And maybe that is exactly the reason I like shopping: I feel like a winner each and every time I leave with a new shirt, dress, or measly bottle of nail polish.

Let’s all be winners.

Here’s probably the easiest burrito recipe yet. It’s tasty, fast, and uses normal ingredients you are likely to have on hand.

The best part of these burritos has got to be the cinnamon and brown sugar. Put those ingredients in ground beef and magic happens.

A snapshot of your onions, meat, beans, and corn filling.

Generously pile on that mozzarella cheese.

Ta-da! (And no, I did not attempt to take pictures of my folded-up burrito.) The inside shot will have to do. (more…)

Peanut Butter Cookies

26 May

When I was in seventh grade, I had to take a sewing class and a cooking class. The idea was to get kids back to the basics. The sewing class was probably the hardest class of my life. My hands are not meant to sew. They just aren’t. We made the most challenging things, too—like pillowcases. OK, so I know what you’re thinking. A pillowcase? Are you serious? That’s just two pieces of fabric sewn together. Well listen Mister Judgey Pants, it might be simple if you didn’t have to sew the pieces together. But apparently you do.

If you needed help, classmates were allowed to assist. I took “assist” to a whole new level when we moved from pillowcases and onto duffel bags. I convinced a nimble-handed girl to practice and assist on mine until it was finished.

Those were stressful days.

So let’s go back to the basics. (No, not the sewing basics, because those basic skills were never actually acquired.) This recipe hails from my seventh grade cooking class. It truly is easy enough for twelve- and thirteen-year-old kids (not like cursed pillowcases).

Did I mention this recipe has three ingredients? Yup, just THREE. If that isn’t incentive enough for you to grab a bowl and start mixing, I don’t know what is.

Start by getting out your list of ingredients. All three of ’em.

Mix the sugar and peanut butter. It will be nice and crumbly.

Add the egg and mix again. Your dough will be very shiny. Form into little balls.

Next make those cute little crosshatch marks.

Bake for 10 minutes, then eat, eat, eat!

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