Friday, February 28, 2014

Food Friday: Cold Comfort (Food)

I heard on the radio this morning that we in the Mid-Atlantic are "supposed" to be in the 50s this time of year. I don't know, I grew up 45 minutes from here, and I always think of February as one of the coldest months. For me and my newfound love of the kitchen, that means making warming comfort food. And what better comfort food than soup? Soup made with root vegetables.

I love the hell out of my immersion blender. Okay, to be fair, I got the blender for Jake for his birthday a few years ago. But I use it a lot too. I love the way it makes a chunky soup smooth in just minutes. I love that I don't have to worry about pouring hot liquid into my blender, because I just know I'd end up with scalding skin. I don't love the cramps it gives my hand, but it's a small price to pay for a smooth soup.

I also love the hell out of the How to Cook Everything app. Mark Bittman is a genius, and to have an amazing cookbook literally at my fingertips, where I can export a shopping list and refer to how-tos without having to flip pages is a huge bonus. (Fellow bookworms, don't throw tomatoes at me: I have plenty of real-and-true cookbooks, too!) And so here's what I did with his recipe for Potato-Leek Soup. I hope it warms your home as much as it did mine.

(Recipe after the jump.)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Year, New Blog

Back in December, when my family announced that we were moving to Missouri, I got an (awesome) idea for a new blog: MoCo to CoMo--Montgomery County, MD to Columbia, MO. So cute, right? I'd chronicle the preparation for our move, finding a house, moving, and transitioning from being a Mid-Atlantic full-time employed person, to the world of being a Midwestern freelancer.

But it turns out the blank computer screen is super-intimidating, especially after having been out of the blogging game for several months. And so I waited. And waited. And...

...We decided to move to Michigan for two years before settling down in Missouri!

I decided that now that I'd be chronicling two moves, two new communities, two new worlds, it was time to actually get back on the blog wagon. And of course, I'll still be writing about theatre, food, drinks, and the family. I'm super-excited about this prospect. And I hope you're excited to come on the journey with me.

Welcome to Mamaturg on the Move.