For the Joy of Cooking

I’m sure most people who are reading this blog have heard of The Joy of Cooking cook book. It is, outside of various well-known chefs, probably one of the quintessential cookbooks for anyone’s kitchen.

It is 86 year’s old and still relevant. I can’t name many humans who live to be 86 and are as relevant as this book.  Why is it so relevant?

Because even though it changes, it stays true to itself. For its 8th edition, created for the 75th anniversary, the editors brought back some of the older and simpler recipes that helped captivate Julia Child as she taught herself to cook.

I sometimes have to remind myself about that, staying true to myself, especially when the tumultuous world around me is trying so hard to make me forget it.

In honor of that, simple honest cooking, here is a recipe that I have always loved when it comes to cooking brussel sprouts.

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The Mountains Are Calling

“I always enjoy going out west” – Lewis and Clarke (together simultaneously, right before they both pointed at each other and said “ahhhhhhh”)
Like Mr. Lewis and Sir Clarke, I also enjoy going out west. In fact, the place I enjoy going the most out west is Seattle.

Seattle is a great city filled with good food and surrounded by beautiful vistas. Which is like me, anytime I go out to dinner with Stacey.

This trip, was extra special because it came 8 and 1/2 years after Stacey and I visited the city, on our first vacation together as a couple.

  • Oh, and our Friends Soren and Sarah Yoy WANNA be with  getting married…so there’s that.

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Getting Stuffed with Todd

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…

There’s nothing I love in this world more than stuffing food inside of other food….also my wife.

I also love my wife.

Nothing says “I love you” like making dinner and nothing says “I’m trying to eat more vegetables” like taking a perfectly nice mushroom and stuffing it with sausage.

So tonight…I did both

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Making Moves


It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I didn’t mean to stay away for this long, things just…well they got a bit out of hand.

We moved, and if you’ve ever moved…ever (even from room to room)…you know that moving is terrible and should be banned by the Geneva convention.

Since my petition has yet to be responded to by the UN and since we couldn’t renew our lease at Ye Olde Camp Garcia we had to move.

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It has been a long few weeks, hasn’t it?  I’m trying to remember a time in my life where I was really feeling all 24 hours of the day.

Even my dreams are stressful.

And not like, scary or “thriller” dreams, but like silly day to day stress. Meeting deadlines, being stuck in traffic, trying to unscrew really small screws with a tool that’s too big…normal stuff.

It’s insane, so I checked my horoscope…normally I don’t go in for that stuff, but I don’t think it’s so bad that Universe tells me things are going to be “okay” every once in a while.


It told me to “engage in creative endeavors” so here I am, sitting in bed with my laptop writing this blog and being slightly distracted by the intensity with which Lester is cleaning himself.

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A note to my wife

I have many memories of being in love.
I’ve been in love in Greece and Belize, on a train to Seattle and on a boat in the BVIs. I’ve been in love in some of the most amazing places in the world and if you asked me to describe any of them to you, I’d always begin with her.
Her smile as we walked into Disney World together for the first time, her eyes as she saw the Parthenon on our first night in Greece, her kiss in the hallway of my 3rd apartment in Chicago, and her glow as she walked down the aisle.
My memories are full of her because, thankfully, my life is full of her.
I cannot wait to make more memories in the years to come.
To my wife, Stacey, I love you more than words can say.
Happy anniversary.

Quick and dir…I mean healthy

Stax and I are doing this thing. It’s kinda new and hip so I wouldn’t blame you if you hadn’t heard of it.

It’s called “eating healthy”.

What you do, is eat foods that are generally less likely to kill you than other foods. So instead of things like hamburgers or three Chipotle Burritos in one day, you eat spinach and fish and other green things.

Oh, and yes, I did once eat 3 Chipotle Burritos in a single day (two in one sitting) and while I am disgusted at myself, I am also incredibly proud of that feat. Come at me, Adam Richman.

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