Ok, ready for the weird/rad/no-filter? Sort of like rummaging through my big purse, if you scrolled through my “Notes” section on my phone, you’d find quite the array of random things. Just to give you an idea, I’ve conveniently tossed together a comparison list for you. Now, for starters, we have the essentials like:
–Restaurants to try…………keys
–Websites to check out…………sunglasses
On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have the totally random and seemingly unnecessary (but totally necessary) things like:
–Hawaiian phrases for “cheers” …………a tiny mirror
–DC library hours…………DC produce seasonality wallet pamphlet
–A cheesy “kitchen tips” entry for a magazine (don’t ask. Wait, totally ask. It’s awesome.) …………pocket-sized nail file
And right in the middle are the things that maybe not everyone has, but if you don’t, I want to make sure y’all have ’em:
–A list of your New Years resolutions (big and small – just something to check up on to remind yourself occasionally) …………Advil
–A list of “ideas” (mine happen to be recipe ideas) …………a reusable bag that stuffs into itself
**LAST BUT NOT LEAST, the two most important:
–A running list of gift ideas (you always think of the perfect thing that would be a great surprise, but then forget it when it’s said person’s birthday. Write it down!) …………an emergency snack (hey! You never know when you’re gonna need it, and you just may be the one to save the day.)
So there you have it! An insight into my world you probably didn’t want to have :)
I’m serious about those last two though. And a fun extra for your new “Gifts” list? Add a “me” section. It’s nice to have a list of things that you want to spoil yourself with. So you know what I like to treat myself to on a more regular basis? Jarred roasted red peppers and sundried tomatoes :D
Enter today’s recipe! Elizabeth and I made this dip for our dinner party, and it was a huge hit! The feta makes it creamy and salty, the roasted red peppers give it a sweet smokiness, the sun-dried tomatoes give it a rich depth of flavor, and the lemon brightens the whole thing up. Serve it on a crostini (read: fancy name for a baguette sliced on an angle, drizzled with olive oil, and toasted in the oven until crisp). You’ll be the star of the party.
Here’s what we did:
Roasted Pepper and Sundried Tomato Feta Dip
In the bowl of a food processor, combine:
-1 jar of roasted red peppers (juice drained off before)
-1/2 c. roughly chopped sundried tomatoes
-8 oz. good feta
-zest of one lemon
-juice of one lemon
-1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
-a pinch of red pepper flakes
Blend until combined into desired creamy texture. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Spread on a crostini and enjoy!
French phrase for fun:
Merci pour l’en cas, maman.
Thanks for the snack, mom.