42. Humbling Hummus

Humbling Hummus The mental energy it took to plan for the following two weeks was almost as exhausting as physical energy it would take to carry out my upcoming tasks. Preparing for the fundraiser consumed almost all of my free time and what was leftover was reserved for marathon training. I had to come up…

40. Substantiating Salmon

The sun was rising earlier and setting later, making it easier to develop a running routine, but nudging Marty to hit the pavement as hard as I needed him to was still my biggest challenge. Marty would retreat at any signs of aggressive spring chills and sudden wet explosions unleashed from the celestial sphere, but…

39. Distressing Dip

Marathon training was ramping up and Marty made a request to start eating better. With that in mind, on our next scheduled run, I arrived at his house armed with spinach and kale dip that was inspired by something that I got from Trader Joe’s. We could eat it as a post-run snack rather than…

29. Restorative Ramen

  It was a painful day and I was hungry but I had lunch plans with Isabella at three o’clock at Yusho — one of those teriyaki places that keep popping up — and I was to see Burton at five. I was too lazy to make a snack, so I starved. Isabella picked me…

22. Crestfallen Queso

I was whisking a roux for my Wednesday Alfredo sauce when I received an distressingly long text from Burton. “I went to the dermatologist today because I had a rash on my back and thighs that I was concerned about. I have insurance, so I don’t take any chances. Anyway, the doctor doesn’t know what it…

16. Thanksgiving Dinner Diversions

I got home at two o’clock exhausted and ready for a four-day break from the kitchen. I had two small assignments for Thanksgiving: my special labneh and pork rillettes to be served before dinner. Neither one were very much work; they practically made themselves. The labneh was straining in the refrigerator and all I had…

10. Promising Polenta

The next day at work I was tortured with excitement. I wanted to see the boy who wanted to see me. I had forgotten what it was like to be so excited about someone that I got distracted at work. I was so smiley and spacey that one of my lunch ladies asked me if…