Balsamic-Honey Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

Yes, they are as delicious as they sound. Unfortunately, I just started eating them and forgot to take a picture. Balsamic-Honey Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes 1 container mini heirloom tomatoes (Trader Joe’s)little less than 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (roughly)1/2 tbsp honey (adjust for tartness of balsamic)1/2 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp onion powder1/2 tsp dried tarragon1/4 tsp…

The Museum of Your Life

If you ever want to get the feeling of the time turner in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, simply fly from Asia to America. I left Shanghai at 6:00 PM, 12-19-12, and I arrived in Chicago at 5:30 PM, 12-19-12, after a 13 1/2 hour flight. I feel like I lost time in…

Dear Doomsday Preppers,

HAHA. Sincerely, the Mayans Alright, so 12-21-12 has come (and gone, in some parts of the world), and so far, I feel very deceived by the movie 2012.Not really, but I do wonder about all the people who bought stock in the prophecy. All the people featured on the Doomsday Preppers show or the one I…

Belly Up!

Belly of the Beast My first foray into making pork belly was a mixed review. Pork belly, which a delicacy in the States and quite expensive on most menus, is a relatively cheap cut of meat here. I picked some up from our local expat shop, intending to do something with it that would be…

Guinness Pulled Pork – Behind the Secret

A bit of this, a little of that: Pretty fabulous overall. Since the picture on Facebook garnered so much attention from people wanting the recipe, I decided to post it on here. Basically, I’m a “dab of this, a sprinkle of that” kind of cook. I don’t know the exact measurements, so I just did…

Ghosts of Holiday Baking Horrors Past

Dark Chocolate Almond Espresso Truffles:filling with espresso, crushed toasted almond coating,dark chocolate drizzle. This is my new favorite. Chrissi’s Annual Holiday Baking-Palooza was not on the same grand scale as usual, mostly because I don’t have my cookbooks or the same ingredients. Also, I had to consider the highly transitory nature of our population: Most…

Grandma’s Gettin’ Run Over By a Reindeer…

…and other sundry Christmas carols. Every time I try to explain that particular carol to my students, we end up laughing. What a horrible song! In the eloquent words of one 13-year-old, “Dude, G-ma, don’t leave the crib!” I enjoy all carols – all but “Feliz Navidad,” “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” “Dominic the…

And, Kids, Today’s Vocab Word is…

Anglophile. Thank you to the hundreds of people on Facebook, Twitter, texting, and at work for letting me know that Prince William and Duchess Kate are going to have a baby. How did I find out? I was sitting in my classroom, ignoring the slowly rising noise of students coming into the room for first…

Duck, Duck, Chop

Cinnamon roll cookies These weeks have been so whip-fast that I don’t remember here from there or then from now. Going back, it all started with me finally sucking it up and defrosting my duck – the one from an earlier post where it came with head, beak, and webby feet – in order to…

I Tried to Escape "Feliz Navidad"

I tried to, honestly. I really, really hate that song. It makes me want to pull out hair or break something when I hear it. Alright, perhaps not so very drastic reactions, but I do tend to run OUT of the store that is playing it. I can’t stand it. I don’t know why. I…