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24th March 2004

10:20pm: The Closet and a couch
You see, yesterday started out with The Closet and a couch.

This sentence should be read with the emphasis which is typically reserved for nuclear missiles dropped at 5 am. Or something else that causes an apocalypse.

You see, this isn’t an ordinary closet. When we first moved into the apartment, we inherited some pots and pans, a box of candles, a punch bowl set for 12, and The Closet. When we first moved in, it was mostly full. There was a couch in there, a bed frame, and some odds and ends. We figured that a demon or dragon probably guarded it, because it seemed like the perfect space for a demon or dragon who liked cramped, dark spaces. We also figured that it would be decently safe to just through our cleaning supplies and empty boxes, and deal with it later.

Yesterday was the later.

It took an hour and a half to empty the closet. In addition to the couch and the bed frame, there was two windows, two doors, a rug, a roll of window screening, rusting blinds, molding hideous drapes and curtains, usable drapes and curtains, 12 curtain hangers (I counted) and a bucket of caulk.

I broke a sweat emptying that thing, between all the lifting and hauling. I disposed of 3 bags of trash. I have a new bedframe, put the old couch in the closet and got out the one that matched the rest of the set (now officially our most comfortable couch) and the world is happier.

Nicole made dinner (I was grimy and cleaning), and she made homemade pasta, tossed with shrimp, butter, tomatoes, sautéed onions, fresh mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes. Recipes will follow tomorrow and later days.

22nd March 2004

6:29pm: Lemon Fish
Lemon Fish

Juice and zest of 1 large lemon (approximately 1/3 c,
1/3 c mirin
1/3 c olive oil
1 cloves garlic
3 fillet of firm white fish

Juice lemon into rectangular pan. Add zest. Add mirin.
Add olive oil. Stir lightly to mix, and add crushed and
diced garlic. Stir again. Tenderize firm white fish.
Place fillet into marinade for 4-6 hours.

21st March 2004

1:54pm: Cookies!
Not one of mine, but a lot is going on recently

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe courtesy Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Desserts

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 30 minutes
Yield: About 48 cookies
Difficulty Level: Easy

16-ounce dark chocolate frosting
1/2 stick butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup very finely ground almonds
48 chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Beat chocolate frosting and butter in large bowl until
well blended. Mix in graham cracker crumbs and almond
extract. Place almonds in a pie pan or other shallow bowl.
Shape chocolate mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball
in very finely ground almonds to coat. Place balls on
cookie sheet. Using a finger, make deep indentation in
center of each ball. Fill indentations with chocolate
kisses. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until cold.

20th March 2004

2:17pm: Welcome
Welcome to JennLiving. I will try to put a post in here every day, with recipes, quotes, and other fun items. To start out, a recipe for Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms.

2 Portabello Mushrooms
2 slices of thinly cut ham
1/4 c feta
1/4 c mozzerella
1/2 Tbsp butter

Clean and remove stems from two portobello mushrooms.
In a frying pan, lightly saute the mushrooms until warm.
Then place in a casserole dish, bottoms up. Divide the
feta in half, placing half on each mushroom. Lay the
slice of ham over the feta cheese. Divide the mozerella
in half, sprinkle over mushrooms. Bake at 350 until
mozzerella begins to brown.

Makes 2 mushrooms
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