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Cheesy Peach Jalapeño Bread

Mark has always been a better cook than me.  In fact, I’ll toot his horn for him a little (because I’m proud) and say that he’s a better cook than most.  The only place I’ve ever been able to up him just a little (there’s that competitive streak again…) is in baking.  So when Mark decided to start baking bread, well, I’m not gonna lie… I was a little scared.  He was encroaching on my territory and I just knew he was going to be good at it.

And I was right.  But, really, I can’t say it’s all that terrible to come home to the smell of warm baking bread… or to taste this delicious-ness fresh from the oven.

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The Diet: An Update + My Favorite Healthy Food Blogs

Last time we spoke about this subject, Mark and I had decided to give up sugar and flour and everything else a few other things in an attempt to eat super healthy.

But let’s just be real here.  Eating right is super hard, and having a major event like a wedding looming on the horizon doesn’t always help the matter.  In fact, in a lot of cases, it does the opposite.

So if you’ve gained instead of lost in the course of the whole deal, well, high five.  I’m on your team.

After our failure, and as our engagement shots neared, I began to get desperate.  And despite my deeply held hatred of crash and fad diets, I even managed to talk myself into a couple of fasts… secretly loving the idea that I might be able to cleanse and restart my system, blossoming into the kind of person who dreams of quinoa and kale and shuns all thoughts of cheesecake.

But if there is one thing I really love… it is cheesecake.

Good food, good wine, and good conversation are an essential part of life in my book.  And the parts that make up the whole of a truly good meal are some of my favorites.  Deprivation just isn’t my game.

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A Long Weekend

Okay, so… our weekend didn’t go exactly according to plan.  In Mark’s words, it was great until he hit the ground.

But he could have been hurt a lot worse.  So I’m happy that in the end, he only broke his collar bone.

And the upside of it all is that this kind of pain gets you just about anything you ask for.  In Mark’s case, that meant strawberry shortcake.  I went for Paula’s recipe ’cause basically, Ms. Deen makes everything just that much more delicious by adding extra butter.  Then added this.

Between this, shrimp tacos, a little wine and some food network, we had a pretty low key Memorial Day, but I’m thankful for every second… because if there is anything that an accident makes you remember, it’s how fast everything can change… and how lucky we are.

My Grandfather’s Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling is a funny drink. Order it up on your next vacation and you’re likely to receive something that closely resembles a Mai Tai… a slice of pineapple, maybe even a tiny umbrella. But the history of the drink is much more complex.

It is generally agreed that the Singapore Sling was created by Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore sometime in the early 20th century, but that’s where the agreement ends. While the Raffles still serves a version of the drink, and proudly displays the safe in which Mr. Ngiam locked away his precious recipe books, they admit that the original recipe was lost long ago. The current version was formulated by Ngiam’s nephew during the 1970s… but a quick search will reveal that even the “original” remains far from the only version.

The Singapore Sling has been interpreted and re-interpreted many times over, but to me, my grandfather’s will always be the one.

I wish I had a beautiful story to share with you about my grandfather’s holiday recipe… how it evolved through the years to become the very best representation of the drink. The truth is, it might not be the best, but the very sight and smell of it reminds me of the holidays, even if I wasn’t allowed a taste until well after I’d moved away from home.

Today, many of my family’s longstanding holiday traditions have faded, a sad side-effect of living so far from each other (and one that I swear every year I will remedy) but the sling remains. Wherever we all might be on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it just isn’t the holidays without this drink.

… and maybe a little Tom Waits, but that’s another story altogether.

Singapore Sling

1/2 Lime
1 oz Gin
1/2 oz Sloe Gin
1 oz Cherry Brandy

Muddle 1/2 a lime in a rocks glass, fill halfway with ice. Combine gin, sloe gin, and cherry brandy in a shaker with ice; shake for 10 seconds. Strain into glass and top with 7-up.

I Have a Maid of Honor!


Bridget and I work together, so I snuck in early today to leave this pretty card and a vintage plate filled with buckeyes on her desk.  She said yes… so I have myself a maid of honor!

… and she might be cursing me right now for leaving her with an entire plate of what are essentially homemade peanut butter cups, but better, because they’re made with Lindt 70% dark chocolate and just a little hint of cream cheese.

The recipe is over at Smitten Kitchen, one of my very favorite food blogs, and you have to try it.  It’s a little tricky to get that perfect buckeye circle at the top, I demolished more than one in the name of practice, but the recipe itself is super simple and you won’t be able to put them down… which is clearly both a very good and a very (very) bad thing.