A hodgepodge of information.

Three Weeks Into the New Year

D is usually the cook in our house but I thought I’d roll with being a wife and try to show him up this year. So my only resolution for 2013 is to cook more often and to try new things: recipes, techniques, ingredients. I’m not a fan of resolutions that set me up for failure so this is a good one! And it will teach me a lifelong skill, necessary for survival. I NEED TO EAT, RIGHT? (Also, I will finally be able to justify keeping all those years-old food magazines on my bookshelf.)

 Here is a cat in an apron, cooking your dinner.

I’m already pretty damn good at making chili but I decided to stray from my usual meaty version and switch it up a bit. I found this Black Bean Chili with Orange and Cumin recipe in the January 2009 issue of Bon Appétit and figured, why not? I had all the ingredients on-hand and one less trip to the store is okay by me.

My only resolution for 2013 is to cook dinner at home more often.

Founders Breakfast Stout makes everything better.

Chili and Founders Breakfast Stout. #coldweatherdindin

Will I be making it again, you ask? OF COURSE. For a vegetarian chili, it was very rich and filling. I didn’t miss the meat at all (I love meat) and the orange zest gave it a special twinkle I wouldn’t normally associate with chili. I’m into that. Obviously it doesn’t take much more than this to make me happy in the winter.

Except, if you wanna talk bacon. More specifically, BACON-WRAPPED MEATLOAF. I know, I know, bacon-wrapped everything is kind of over but I don’t care because I’m not a chef or a person who makes any sort of impact on food trends or whatever the hell … blah blah. Bacon in and on and around things just tastes really fucking good. So I made this meatloaf. And it was pretty much a delicious meat party in my mouth that night. I think this is going to replace D’s ‘loaf recipe (which is kind of perfection, or so I thought) on our list of ten-or-so meals we make regularly.

Loving this meatloaf so hard. #wildfridaynight

Here’s to making food in 2013. I hope I can remember to write about it in here. That’s not a resolution or anything but, you know … are LOLCats even still a thing?

It’s Never a Good Idea to Dry-Shave Your Legs

It’s been about five or six years since I’ve had a regular exercise schedule . Sure, I’ve gone to the gym sporadically, tried Insanity for a few weeks, took a couple ballet classes and so forth and so on, but the last time I truly committed myself to exercise on the reg was in 2008 (oh shit, was it 2007?) when my mom and I did the C25K running plan. It was easy right off the bat and then challenging and then sort of easy again. And by the end of the program, holy hell, I could run for 30 minutes without stopping. Kind of a big deal to someone who pretty much hates running.

I guess running is kind of boring to me but it feels good mentally. Am I contradicting myself? I don’t know … running is whatever. I like zoning out and being outside and not really thinking about anything. And lately I’ve been feeling like I need that again.

So this morning I dropped D off at work and hit up the Schuylkill River Trail and did Day 1 of Week 1 of the running plan and it felt pretty darn good. My head was clear and my spirits lifted. It woke me up and motivated me to get shit done and now I’m sitting here sipping on my tea, making my to-do list and feeling mostly good. My lower legs, though, those fuckers. I am cursing them. They burn like hell—not because of the cold weather or muscle tightness, but because I thought it would be NO BIG DEAL to dry-shave before leaving the house. God forbid another person running should look down at the five inches of exposed skin on my legs and see the patches of hair! The world would end. Peace, see ya later.

My name is Jill and occasionally I make bad decisions.