As promised, today we’re taking a trip to the beach. But that’s not all. We’re also embarking on a new feature here at TSLOK: Five Senses Friday. I’ve borrowed the idea from another blog I follow called Pink of Perfection. Check it out if you have a minute; it’s lovely and features some delicious recipes and photos!

The general gist is that you reflect on a moment in your day by way of your five senses: taste, touch, sight, sound and smell. I absolutely love this idea, especially since I’m a firm believer in how cooking and food in general involves more than just the tasty factor.

I’m sorry, you’re getting restless aren’t you? Ready to head to the beach? It’s not far – just across the street. Did you pack your sunscreen? Yes you do need some. And don’t give me that “but I never burn” excuse. There isn’t a cloud in the sky and the temperature is creeping past 80.

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Well let’s see…there’s sand crunching away in the spine of my book, Kenny Chesney singing about guitars and tiki bars on my iPod and to top it all off, I smell like a piña colada. Anyone want to take a guess at where I am?

I, dear readers, am on vacation. And guess what? I’m taking you with me!

So if you find yourself in need of a little sunshine then keep on scrolling. Oh, and if it’s any incentive, there’s a cocktail recipe awaiting you at the end of this post… Read the rest of this entry »

Few things can coax me out of bed on a Saturday morning before 11 a.m. Ringing phones, jingling text messages, attention seeking cats/boyfriends….all have failed in their efforts to rouse me from that cozy cocoon of fleece blankets and down pillows.

However, there is one sound that will have me leaping out from under the covers regardless of the hour and that’s the whirring of our blender. For many, a blender’s buzz means smoothies and milkshakes or perhaps margaritas (hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere). But in my house, that heavenly morning chorus signifies only one thing… Read the rest of this entry »

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Oh my God.

Ruth Reichl is here.

On my birthday.

And I get to meet her!

Okay, so she’s not actually coming to dinner but rather a nearby technical college where she will be giving a free presentation and book signing.

For those of you who are currently Googling Ruth…she is a best selling author, acclaimed food critic and television show host who was most recently Editor-In-Chief at Gourmet Magazine. Other resume highlights include restaurant critic at The New York Times and restaurant editor/food editor at the Los Angeles Times.

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“Our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.”

~ M.F.K. Fisher (food writer)

Friends, we are gathered here today to celebrate a miraculous event. On Saturday March 20, of the year 2010 Adria Marie (last name omitted to protect the innocent), sister to the writer whose words you are reading at this very moment…COOKED.

Yes, you read that right – my sister, the Princess of the pre-packaged meal, the Duchess of Dinner’s Ready busted out those squeaky clean Pampered Chef mixing bowls and whipped up her very own main course entrée. From scratch! And it wasn’t just any dinner either. It was ratatouille potpie courtesy of our friends at The New York Times.

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If Holly Golightly were my psychiatrist, then yesterday she would have diagnosed me with a bad case of the “mean reds.”

Translation: I was in a horrible mood and had no idea why.

(If you don’t know which film I am referencing, then go here right now and have some breakfast at Tiffany’s.)

To make it worse, the sun was shining and my boyfriend drove down to take me out to lunch. So not only was I moody, but everything – even the weather – was being nice to me. This of course only made me feel worse for being a downer in the first place.

So, I did what any self-respecting girl does when she’s feeling a little “red.”

I went home and made dessert.

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