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This may not be the sort of thing you’re supposed to say on a so-called “healthy living blog,” but this is the best lunch I’ve had in weeks.

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Sure, I try to pack my midday meals with veggies and greens and make sure I “eat the rainbow” and get all of the vitamins and nutrients I need. Yesterday, however, it was almost as if a supernatural force drew me out of the apartment and over to Silver Moon for what is, quite possibly, my favorite baked good. (Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies from Levain Bakery are a close rival.) The bread is soft and sweet, the chocolate melty. It inevitably ends up all over my face, but who’s looking?

This is my favorite movie of all time. I’ve seen it again and again (and again and again) and it never gets old. In fact, for a film released to a 1960 audience, it’s remarkably contemporary.
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Lately, I’ve been listening to mostly female musicians. This isn’t so unusual, but I’ve been playing some of the same songs by Adele, Robyn, and most recently, Regina Spektor. This album is from 2006 and I rediscovered it while going through the huge CD wallet I keep packed away in a drawer with old sweaters and comic books. Two songs have been on constant rotation: “Fidelity” and “Better.” (You can watch the video for “Fidelity” here… she’s too adorable for words, and the song just makes me happy.)

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My mom came home from vacation last night. We were both so tired, we could barely keep our eyes open. We did, however, manage to sit down in a restaurant and wait for food to be delivered to us. We’ve been going to the same Japanese restaurant for more than 15 years, and it’s the kind of cozy comfort food we crave when we’re too exhausted to cook and just want to relax.
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No sake or Sapporos for us; just hot green tea (which failed to perk us up).
IMG_2899.JPG Miso soup, house salad


IMG_2901.JPG Salmon avocado roll

Goal for 2011 update: Cook One New Recipe A Week

Week 1: Lemony Spaghetti with Bitter Greens & Chickpeas

Week 2: Lentil Chili

Week 3: Chickpeas in Star Anise & Date Masala

Week 4: Thai-Style Black Beans w/ Mango & Cilantro

Week 5: Ten Minute Tasty Asparagus & Brown Rice, Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cheddar and Toasted Almonds, Warm Red Lentil Salad, Garlicky Sesame-Cured Broccoli Salad.

Week 6: Beets, Spiced Quinoa & Yogurt, Sesame-Cooked Eggs Over Rice

Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries

Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes

Week 9: Rutabagas with Buckwheat, Black Beans & Kale, Garlicky Mushroom Greens

Week 10: Tamarind Lentils, The Double-Shift Scramble

Week 11: Spicy Chickpea Salad, Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze, Spicy Red Lentil, Peanut & Pumpkin Soup

Week 12: Sunday Night Supper Salad, Peanut Butter Banana-Berry French Toast Sandwich

Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich

Week 14: Black Bean Soup, Sweet Pumpkin Pudding

Week 15: Green Rice

Week 16: Matzoh Buttercrunch Candy,  Quinoa with Moroccan Winter Squash and Carrot Stew

Week 17: Truffled Turnip Soup, Nutty Lemon Brussels Sprouts, Cookie Dough Smoothie

Week 18: Raw Chocolate Fudge Cake, Spring Pasta

Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar

Week 20: Ultimate Veggie Burgers, Mmm Sauce

Week 21: Ribbed Asparagus Salad with Lemon, Spinach & Chickpeas, Chocolate-Chip Blondies, Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes, Leek Zucchini Pasta Salad

Week 22: Sesame Ginger Kale Salad, Hoisin Ginger Tofu with Smoky Tahini Slaw  

Week 23: Pan-Seared Asparagus Salad with Frisée and Fried Egg, Baked Ziti, Brown Butter Banana Strawberry Bread, Green Bowl   

Week 24: Quinoa Cookies, Chocolate Mousse

Week 26: Sweet Potato Stuffed with Caramelized Tempeh and Sautéed Kale, Shaved Fennel Salad, Summer Pesto

Week 27: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Week 28: Choco-holic Pancakes

Week 29: Green Israeli Couscous Salad

Week 30: Swiss Chard with Currants and Pine Nuts

Week 31: Babaganoush Soup, Freekeh Risotto, Brown Butter (Plum) Cake or Cobbler

Week 32: (Modified) Tomato Salad on a Roll

Week 33: None :-(

Week 34: None :-(

Week 35: Pappardelle with Spiced Butter

Week 36: Cucumber Peanut Salad, Grilled Peach and Avocado Salad

Week 37: Nut-Butter Crusted Fries

Things have been more than a little busy and messy lately over here, but I’m going to do my best to stay true to my blog vibe and stay constant. And as always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t hold back! I really appreciate how loyal and supportive you’ve been lately. Can’t say it enough :-)

How did you spend your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

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