Wednesday, January 26, 2011

365 Days Ago...

I met the most amazing person. She is pure, and trusting, and silly, and filled with emotion.

She filled a space in my heart I didn't even know existed.

She has these eyes that speak to your soul.


Thursday, January 13, 2011


This recipe is from the Williams-Sonoma Cookbook.  This cookbook is the best.  Every recipe I have tried is a winner, and that is saying a lot!

Now, I don't know about you, but I love me some pozole. I had looked at this recipe every time I opened the book up to make something, but was always too intimidated to try it.  I am not sure why.  Maybe because I love pozole that much and didn't want to be disappointed.  However, this recipe does not disappoint.  It is Delicious.  With a capital D.  Why did I wait so long to make you?!

So, without further ado; the recipe...


  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin; diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 Cups chicken stock (or chicken prepared chicken broth)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced fire roasted tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 can (15 oz. ) white hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Lime wedges; for garnish
  • Avocado slices; for garnish

In a soup pot over Med. heat, heat the oil.  Add the pork and saute until opaque on all sides but not browned, about 3 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a bowl and set aside.

Add the onion to the pot and saute until softened, 3-5 minutes.  Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring to blend the spices evenly, for about 1 minute longer.  Add the stock, tomatoes, hominy, jalapeno and sauteed pork with any juices, and season to taste with s&p.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the pork is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Serve with lime wedges, avocado slices, and warm tortillas.  I like corn tortillas the best, but flour are good too.  Dee.vine.

Also, don't forget to link up if you are participating in the Whip up Something New Challenge!

Whip Up Something New: A Challenge

My gorgeous cousin, Trish, is the inspiration behind this oh so easy challenge.  All you have to do is look through your stacks of recipes, and try a new one every month.  Easy right?  I hesitated with joining in at first.  I am not sure why, but then I thought, why not?  It really is an easy challenge.  One I would be doing anyway, might as well participate in the festivities!  Joanna is the lovely host for the month, so hop on over, sign up, cook up a meal and blog about it.  You know you want to!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Review: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

Title: The Birth of Venus
Author: Sarah Dunant
Pages: 391
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Alessandra Cecchi is fourteen when her father brings a painter to their home in Florence to paint frescoes in their family's chapel. She is immediately taken with this painter, as she has a talent and a love for art as well. Unfortunately in the Renaissance era, girls are not to paint, but to be married. When there is political changes from the death of Medici, everything changes. Her only option is to get married or move to a convent. She chooses the former, believing it to be the most freeing for herself.
Why I chose to read this: I purchased this novel as part of a box of books for $5.00. I didn't know anything about it, and so it sat on my shelf, untouched, for two years. I wasn't (obviously) that excited to read this, didn't know anything about Italy history, the Renaissance, and the fall of Medici. I pulled it off the shelf, dusted it off and started reading, pretty much because that is what was around me. Eek... Should I admit this?
My Thoughts: I love this book. I gave it 5 out of 5 smooches. From others reviews, I am wondering if my simple mindedness is why I love it so much. Like I said earlier, I really didn't know much about this time period. I became captivated with the description of the art and the political history that Florence as a whole became a character itself.
There is so much that happens and so much passion within each person. There are twists that I didn't see coming, and felt there was a lot of depth to the novel, and so delicious to read. I would definitely read more novels by Sarah Dunant.
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Who has read this? I would love to know who you believe the painter to be. I didn't find the answer to be clearly spelled out and I know there is some debate as to who he actually is. I have my theory, but would love to know your thoughts as well.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


This is only a test...

Trying to blog from my phone, as I am still without a computer.

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