It was over the summer sometime that I "discovered" Christina Perri via Pandora. And I was going to tell you, Internet, that you should check her out! Except I didn't get around to it and now she's all over the radio and you already know. So I am very late to yet another bandwagon, but I'm putting one of her videos here anyway. Just try and stop me! YOU CAN'T.
That's the video for Arms, though Jar of Hearts is also completely wonderful.
Speaking of which...
Gotcha! It's beets! Oh, but that was fun, wasn't it? How I tricked you? It's like Halloween has come early!
So, Raj has been pickling beets and I am somewhat enamored of them. Especially the last batch, which he made less sweet than normal. "Normal" representing "the way a reasonable human being would want to eat them". I like it when they're so tart they make your face attempt to turn itself inside out from the lips. Raj seems to think this has applications to my personality. Moving right along.
Beets come with beet greens attached. You guys, beet greens are delicious. Ok fine, the way we eat them you can't especially taste beet green, but they have a wonderful texture and are good for us. And are free (with purchase of beets). Normally, Raj cooks them in bacon grease. While this is of course scrumptious, I thought maybe we could try something else. I cooked these in some olive oil with garlic and crushed red pepper and then squeezed a lemon over them. Delicious. The recipe is here.
I figured that probably I'd need something to go with them (aside from potatoes, which let me say, I can currently not get enough of) and in trying to figure something out, thought to myself, "You should check with Betty." Which I did. Over at What Would Betty Do? I found this recipe for Cuban chicken. Sure, the rest of the meal wasn't Cuban at all, but the lime in the chicken would pair well with the lemon in the greens. Or something. In any case, it was some excellent chicken.
I got two butternut squash(es?) last week from the CSA and used one to make this roasted vegetable recipe. I subbed green beans for red bell peppers since that was what I had and it kind of seemed like you could make this with whatever you had around. Also, I subbed basil for thyme since we have no thyme and tons upon tons of basil. (Seriously. Do you want some basil?) And it was good! And so pretty!
Even when you photograph it as week-old leftovers straight from the fridge. Fair warning though, it makes a ton. As does this roasted butternut squash risotto recipe, which is what I did with my other squash. Mine didn't come out that pretty and I didn't pan fry any sage leaves for garnish. But it is pretty delicious. And if you'd like some, you should stop by because we're going to be eating it until the end of time.
At least Raj is on top of dessert. Quadruple stuff Oreos!
This photo caused something of a sensation on Facebook when I posted it last night. Raj seemed to feel that Facebook was a little too easily impressed with this, since he's done up to octuple stuff Oreos before. I hadn't seen that, but was entirely unsurprised to hear it. Should you, like one of my Facebook friends, wonder whether Raj gave me this or any other quadruple stuff Oreo, I'll tell you what I told her: RAJ DOESN'T SHARE COOKIES.
I do have one other non-food recommendation for you, which is New Girl on Fox. There's only been one episode so far, but I thought it was extremely adorable. It stars Zooey Deschanel, so I'm not sure how it could be anything else. I believe this show is on Tuesdays. We watched it on Friday, thanks to the magic of On Demand programming, which is itself very good stuff.
As is telling us, via comment, about good stuff that you recommend. It doesn't even have to be recipes! Or it can be! Freedom of choice: it's good stuff!