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It’s not all that often that the beau and I get more than ten hours together; eight of those hours spent sleeping. But with New Year’s Day being yesterday and the blizzard blowing into town today, we’ve been side by side for hours. And I kind of like love it.

No set plans. Records playing in the background. Little birds on the back porch feeding, chirping and hopping away. Good reads. Even better food ready to be prepared. Plenty of vodka and orange juice and winter ale on hand. 

We will have to venture out to pick up our Field Goods delivery but I’m happy to strap on my snowshoes and frolic in the snow.

For those of you that will have to shovel at some point over the next three days, I’ve got a dish that will fuel you for hours. Or if you’re crazy like myself and will attempt to *run* in this nonsense, this dish will fill your belly after you thaw out. Either way, it’s tasty, hearty and packed with nutrition.

Snow Day Scramble feeds two very hungry people or four with less of an appetite (thanks to the mimosas)

  • 1/2 red pepper
  • two big handfuls of swiss chard, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • nutritional yeast
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • turmeric (gives it that yellow egg-like color)

Saute your veggies in either EVOO, stock or water. Once the onions are translucent, crumble in the tofu and add your spices to taste. Sometimes we also add: curry, cumin, paprika and mustard. Also throw in a big handful of nutritional yeast and about a quarter cup of water/stock. We learned this trick from Sarah over at X’s to O’s Bakery (recognize anyone in their cover photograph?!) at the Albany Veg Fest this fall. If you add the water/stock, then the tofu will stay moist like eggs instead of drying out. Turn up the heat to let the liquid absorb/burn off, and then stir in another big handful of nutritional yeast. I’m telling you, don’t hold back!

Serve with homefries, Ezekiel toast, “sausage” and/or hot sauce and you’ve got yourself one kick-ass breakfy.

Next up in our kitchen: buffalo chickpea dip! Oh, it’s gonna be a good day!

 

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In this week’s bag:

  • nectarines
  • golden plums
  • red tomatoes
  • romaine lettuce
  • joi choi bok choy
  • purple carrots
  • red, white & blue potatoes
  • blackberries

I didn’t get an opportunity to check out the veggies until about ten o’clock last night, hence the bright light of the bedroom. I had to carry the mini table into the bedroom because our living room was pure darkness; we don’t have a light just yet. I’m glad I did, many of these veggies needed to get into the fridge asap.

We decided to add-on the extra fruit subscription because the past couple of weeks that we’ve received our bag, we’ve been jealous of the fruit available and the fact that we didn’t jump on it sooner. The blackberries I’m going to share tonight at a little get-together with my friends from China; they are big, sweet and will be perfect paired with wine and an assortment of snacks. I look forward to this night each year to catch up and reminisce on our trip.

No late night for me, I’ve got a long run at 5am tomorrow and the Farmer’s Market following that. The beau is teaching a class at the local arts center and then we have to rush off to Albany for a wedding at the State Room. I’m pretty excited a) because I’ve never been there, b) I enjoy getting all dolled up lately, and c) there’s an open bar. Nothing but relaxation and cooking planned for Sunday.

Because I’m the fan of bok choy, I’m going to make a big stir fry with mushrooms and shredded carrots over rice. We picked up some Braggs liquid aminos that I’d like to experiment with instead of using tamari; my personal favorite. I’m also the one in the apartment that eats tomatoes so I’m most likely going to search the web for a new Indian dish that incorporates them. The nectarines are sweet! I had one for snack this morning and those plums intrigue me; I’ve never had a golden plum. Hopefully they are just as delicious as the purple variety because I’ll eat a couple prior to my run tomorrow morning. And as for the potatoes, those will probably wait patiently in the basket they are kept in until the evening that we crave a tofu scramble with homefries. Those evenings are the best.

It’s suppose to be a gorgeous weekend, hope you all get outside to enjoy it! Anyone looking to run 10+ miles, text me tonight. Anyone not looking to run 10+, I don’t blame ya! Leave me words of encouragement; I like to use it as motivation to finish what I set out to accomplish. Stay happy and healthy my friends!

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For the second year in a row, the beau and I headed down to NYC to celebrate the 4th. Time to spend alone together, in a city with tons of strangers. Don’t get me wrong, we are both head over heels in love with Troy, but there’s something about being in a place where no one knows your name. We could eat a meal in silence, we could sing along in the 7th inning stretch, we could make out on the train ride home- with no interruptions. Just kidding, we didn’t make out on the train ride home. We both were exhausted and couldn’t keep our eyes open for more than fifteen minutes. But it did cross my mind.

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We had breakfast at this great place called Peacefood Cafe in Lower Manhattan. The decor was simple and clean, and the tofu scrambles were just the same. I also had a veggie biscuit which was by far one of the best biscuits I’ve ever had.

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Because I’m not that into baseball like the beau, I just insisted that we sit in the shade. I’m not that dedicated, yet. We splurged (we only go once a year) and bought tickets in the Promenade Club which was well worth the few extra bucks. There was no wait at the bar, the bathrooms were SUPER clean and no lines to the fries.

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The veggie dog at Citi Field is vegan! But I don’t recommend it unless you love to slather on the mustard and sauerkraut. It was kind of gross and didn’t fulfill my craving for a good, grilled dog.

We left after the thirteenth inning (yes, thirteen!) in fear that we wouldn’t be able to enjoy dinner comfortably without having to rush to get to the train. Well, they lost after fifteen innings and I’m glad I wasn’t there to witness it. Instead, we were walking to Beyond Sushi in Union Square. It’s a small little place with the best sushi I’ve ever had. Yes, I said it.

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It is all completely vegan and the black rice blend that they use is gluten-free. All of the fruits and veggies pair so well together that we barely dipped the pieces into soy sauce; unheard of for us at a typical sushi joint. The service was quick and before I knew it, I was sitting there with an empty plate wishing I hadn’t had the fries and dog for lunch. Damn veggie hot dog.

With plenty of time before our train, we strolled back to the station and decided to order some delicious girly drinks at the TGIFridays… and of course, couldn’t resist more fries. I know, we have an addiction. No photographs here- we just sat and listened to some locals, chatted with the bartender and waited until we could rest our eyes.

It was a wonderful Independence Day in the city with my love and I’m pretty thankful for the rights and liberties that I’m able to exercise each and every day as a member of this nation. Cheers to our freedoms and the people who have fought for them!

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