POTD #18

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Stop SOPA and PIPA. It's hurting more than it's helping.

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POTD #17

The best thing about my birthday is my free drink from Starbucks


POTD #16

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Day before my birthday... I went to the gym. 27 was clearly an exciting year.


POTD #15

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Love that I still get Transformers as gifts... hate that it took me 2 hours to transform. Ages 5+ my ass!


POTD #14

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You know it's going to be a great present when it's wrapped in Transformers paper!


POTD #13

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Sunny skies 2 days ago, rain yesterday, snow today... I love Canada


POTD #12

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My 5 minute tomato basil soup that took 20 and resembles baby food more than soup. Better luck next time.


5 Minute Tomato Basil Soup

So I’ve been saying for years and years that I hate to cook, but I’ve come to realize that I don’t hate it quite as much as I thought.  I just don’t want people to think that I like to cook so that when I actually do it, it appears that I went out of my way to do something nice.

All those hours watching the Food Network has finally hit me, and I think 2012 will be the year I actually cook for fun (and not just necessity).  That’s not to say I still won’t have my signature dish of pasta mixed with butter and parmesan cheese… I’ll just elevate it – asiago cheese anyone?

If you’re a foodie and on twitter, I HIGHLY recommend following Marcus Samuelsson (@MarcusCooks).  He has his own site and also contributes to Food Republic, so he’s constantly posting tips and recipes.  Today’s recipe is a 5 minute tomato basil soup that I’m going to try tonight.  Recipe and photo from Linda Wagner (@lovelindawagner, blog).  Check back to see if this was a success or utter failure.

Courtesy of lindawagner.net

Ingredients:
3 medium ripe tomatoes
3 sun-dried tomato slices
2 stalks of celery
a pinch of onion powder
a pinch of garlic powder
1-2 sprigs basil
1/2 avocado
sea salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and put in blender. (If you do not have a high speed blender you may need to add extra water to help the mixture blend OR you may want to try using a food processor instead). Add sun dried tomatoes and blend until smooth.
  2. While the blender is still going, add the celery, sea salt, onion and garlic powder and keep blending until fully incorporated. Then add the basil and continue to blend.
  3. Finally, add the avocado and blend for just a few seconds to combine. That’s it, your soup is done!

*If you’re using a VitaMix, the longer you blend in the first step, the warmer your soup will be. If you are not using a VitaMix and would like to heat your soup, you can do so over the stove top.


POTD #11

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Sunny, blue skies and 5 degrees... in January!


POTD #10

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Just because I extend my fist does not mean I expect a bump. I might just want to punch you.