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Hungry. Rummaged. Came up with:

One can pinto beans, drained
Two shakes of bag of frozen corn
Two handfuls shredded cheddar
Half a bottle of Bavarian Hefeweizen
Two heaping spoonfuls sundried tomatos in oil
One spoonful crushed garlic
Salt/Pepper

Saucepan on stovetop. Stir. Bring to simmer till all melts together. Eat.
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10-12 sliced strawberries
balsamic vinegar
vanilla ice cream

i used some strawberries i had cut and frozen, but fresh will also work. i rinsed them to thaw a little bit then added a heavy splash of balsamic vinegar. refrigerated for a couple hours to marinate the strawberries.

add two scoops ice cream.

a variation would be to throw concoction into a blender to make a shake. using partially frozen strawberries will definitely keep the shake cold longer and a bit thicker.


eat (or drink) and enjoy!
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was hankering something more solid than oatmeal and soup now that i am feeling a little bit more human. i may not have a voice, but i do have an appetite today.

rummaged through the pantry trying to find something i could quickly and easily prepare with items on hand. this is what i came up with.

caribbean black beans

1 can black beans, drained, juice reserved
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 small red pepper, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp orange marmalade
paprika
salt
pepper

over medium heat saute onion and red pepper in olive oil until soft. add black beans and two tablespoons of reserved juice. add paprika, salt, pepper to taste. stir in orange marmalade. simmer for ~seven minutes or until heated through.

serve and enjoy!

if desired serve over rice.
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i love naan. you know, the flat bread from india which comes in a variety of preparations such as tandoori, garlic, cheese, etc.

tonight i made one of the easiest to prepare pizzas in my wing it arsenal. all the ingredients are from trader joes.

two slices of garlic naan
minced garlic for more of that garlicky goodness
two roma tomatoes, sliced thin, but not paper thin and seeds removed
italian four cheese combination, shredded
fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
salt and pepper

spread garlic onto slice of naan. lay the slices of tomato onto the naan. sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. add the shredded basil leaves. apply as much or as little shredded cheese over the tomato basil fixins on the naan as you desire.

toast in toaster oven for 4:30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and browning. i use the toast setting rather than a bake setting in order to have both burners hot. remove from oven taking care not to touch the top of said oven which will burn your fingers.

cut naan into quarters.

enjoy with a glass of merlot or cabernet sauvignon.

if you are really lazy just buy the pre-made pizzas in the deli case at trader joes. they are pretty damn good too.

however, i kinda like the idea of cutting basil leaves off the basil plant i bought and have been nurturing for nearly a month, as well as fresh tomatoes. of course if you have other toppings on hand, what the hell, mix it up. things like pickled artichoke hearts, mushrooms, pineapple, asparagus, etc.

i just like the fact these are nice personal size pizzas. if starved i make two. if not so hungry i make one.

mmmm...mmmm...
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i got this recipe off the ny times website. if you like hash browns or sweet potatoes, then you will like this. damn it is tasty!

Stir-Fried Sweet Potatoes With Brown Butter and Sage )
in my bachelorettehood i tend to eat single course dishes, but this recipe would be excellent as a side dish to eggs, pancakes, what have you.

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