Blame It On The Rain

No psycho animal photos today, folks. Sorry, I know that’s disappointing. You’ll just have to push through it…

For some reason I wasn’t very hungry yesterday morning, so I just had a handful of grapes ($.57/lb at Newflower!!!) and took off for a short run around the neighborhood. Afterwards I tossed a few Morningstar Farms “Chicken” Nuggets in the skillet- oven takes too long, microwave makes them soggy- and put together a nice little kindergartener’s lunch:


Nuggets (w/ honey for dipping, just like at Mickey D’s), pickles and mo’ grapes.

The rest of the day was spent running to Michael’s and Target to get supplies for a big cupcake project this weekend. We had the best afternoon thunderstorm, too. Chloe was freaking out; she barks and spins around at EVERY clap of thunder. It’s funny for about 2 minutes. And then just really, really annoying.

A few weeks ago I bought one of those new Luna cookies at WF, the chocolate mint flavor. The other day I was really excited to try it, but when I went to the pantry- no cookie. Apparently Brian got a little munchy and ate my damn Luna cookie. Luckily Newflower carries them, too, so I grabbed the pb-chocolate flavor and had it for a snack yesterday:



Verdict? Not bad. They’re very moist and chewy, and the flavor is along the same lines as a Z-bar* (though I much prefer the Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar). It was surprisingly filling, too.

*On a side note: Has Clif stopped making the Mojo bars? We can’t find them anywhere.

There are still about 20 recipes I want to try from the Molly Wizenberg book (and many can be found here). Last night I made a small dent in the list by attempting the Tomato Soup with Two Fennels. Though to be fair, I only used ONE fennel. It’s hard to justify spending $5 on fennel seeds that I’ll probably use once. And instead of using canned whole tomatoes and tearing them apart, I substituted crushed tomatoes.


This was great. Even if you don’t like fennel, I would still give it a shot. The licorice flavor really tones down as the soup simmers. It’s fresh and tangy, and the perfect rainy day meal- particularly if served with either a grilled cheese or some good bread with goat cheese (per the author’s recommendation). Like liquid sunshine. Oh, and if you do make it: Don’t leave out the pinch(es) of sugar and dash(es) of red wine vinegar at the end. And salt liberally.

I had the soup along with a baked potato w/ sour cream and chives and a hunk of bread spread with goat cheese. Goat cheese is great in the soup, too. Just FYI.


I just got back from an early morning run and think I might jump back in bed for a few more winks. Have a great day!


Favorite rainy-day meal?

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0 Responses to Blame It On The Rain

  1. Rose says:

    That soup looks really good.

    what do you think of the chik nuggets? I think I like them.

  2. Tammy says:

    macaroni and cheese. mmm.

  3. Eddie G says:

    I think a lot (if not all) of those Mojo bars were part of the recent peanut product recall.

    Rainy day food: Chocolate Silk and a brownie…followed by guilt and a dry salad for dinner :x

  4. Brian says:

    Lipton’s chicken noodle soup (extra noodly) w/ grilled cheese.

    FYI – I ate another one of your Luna bars this morning (Dulce de Leche). You should just buy extra bars for me.

  5. Heather says:

    Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for sure.

    Time to lock up the Luna Bars!

  6. Susan says:

    Brian, you would be dead meat at my house if you ate from my side of the pantry !! haha. New rule at Heather’s house: there is the Heather shelf and Brian shelf in the pantry, and then the general house one for all and all for one(chloe too).

  7. Brian says:

    Every shelf in our house is a Chloe shelf (except where we keep the chocolate).

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